"THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GOVERNED BY GOD WILL BE RULED BY TYRANTS" - William Penn
In the late 1860s the Rev. Raynard, under the most difficult circumstances, built St. Saviour's Church in the frontier gold-rush town of Barkerville, British Columbia. It stands to this day in testament to his heroic and outstanding abilities.
Almost 100 a hundred years later I (J.H.) came across the (almost) ghost-town of Barkerville while prospecting in the surrounding
mountains. Chapel-in-the-Clouds is a private chapel built in similar true pioneer style to St. Saviour's and dedicated in memory of the Rev. Raynard.
It is a place for spiritual rumination – a haven of peace and sanctity in these deeply troubled times. Non-denominational, it is open to
all with or without religious beliefs. The early morning sun rising over the mountains strikes the chapel sending an effulgence of colour reflected from the surrounding flower
gardens. At other times it is enveloped in swirling mists and barely visible – hence its name.
The extensive flower and water gardens that form
part of the chapel comprise thousands of flowers of every colour, in bloom 365
days a year – a truly halcyon and portentous setting. A true delight to
visitors is the amazing network of gardens, the likes of which are not seen
anywhere else in Costa
Rica. Full-time gardeners
are constantly maintaining and extending the breathtaking panorama and vista.
Many truly wonderful orchids are present in the gardens and surrounding forest.
The 3-storey tower attached to the chapel houses the organ, the Victory Academy of Horse Sense, and a lookout with sweeping views of the
surrounding mountains and gardens.
Chapel-in-the-Clouds can host services and marriage ceremonies in a setting unlike any other - both religious and civil. (You need only
your passport to get married in simple frontier style in the chapel.)
The poem on the rotulo by the pond under the chapel was used by S.O.E. agent Violette Szabo as her code behind enemy lines in WWII. It
became popular after featuring in the 1958 film 'Carve Her Name With Pride'. Violette Szabo was executed by the Nazis in February 1945 at the age of just 24, leaving a 3-year
old daughter. Its use is appropriate today when patriotic servicemen and women are laying down their lives unaware that they have been duped by mendacious government and leaders
with their own agenda.
The life that I have is all that I have
And the life that I have is yours
The love that I have of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours
A sleep I shall have, a rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years in the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours
Chapel-in-the-Clouds is a reflection of times past – when life was simpler, more meaningful, and less hurried.
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The building of, and inspiration behind, Chapel-in-the-Clouds
It was under the most difficult circumstances that, in 1854, the Rev. Raynard built St. Saviour's Church
in the gold-rush town of Barkerville, British Columbia. He was determined to open for services on Christmas Day, and did so with no roof and deep snow on the floor. The stains of
the snow on the walls can be seen to this day. I have visited Barkerville many times and taken many groups there during my adventure tours of British Columbia. St. Saviour's is an
The building of Chapel-in-the-Clouds, which took me 12-months working almost every day without leaving the site, was also under
difficult circumstances. It was started in the rainy season (a particularly wet one!) and rained for about eighty days out of the first ninety. The steeply sloping site of about
40-degrees also made working arduous and greatly influenced the design, character, and visual appearance. Although the chapel is small and intimate by intent – it seats 24, with a
further 10 or more standing - it covers five storeys from the lower level with font and fountains up to the three-storey tower. Oxen and packhorses were used extensively for hauling materials and the wood was sawn on
site from trees that came down in an avalanche 18-months earlier. Cedar shingles were used exclusively for the roof. The chapel dominates the gardens and ponds fronting it, and the
bell tower acts as a beacon and sentinel over the distant hills.
The creation of Chapel-in-the-Clouds has been through a series of events, amazing 'coincidences', and circumstances that perhaps can
best be described as 'out of this world'. I have no doubt that my hand was guided throughout, often in the strangest way. There is a reason why Chapel-in-the-Clouds is where it is,
why I was 'chosen' to build it, the frontier style of construction, the time of building, even down to the poem ensconsed in the gardens beneath the Chapel. I cannot say where this
predetermined course of events will lead or what the ultimate explication will be, but I don't doubt that it will be shortly forthcoming and may well be something of a revelation -
an enlightening and astonishing efficacy.
While the Rev. Raynard held his first service at St Saviour's without a roof, in freezing temperatures, and with snow on the floor, Chapel-in-the-Clouds was inaugurated as the sun rose over the mist-covered mountains, the first rays of light striking the cross, amidst a backdrop of dramatic
EPILOGUE - DAWNING OF A NEW ERA
Not only have there been exceptional and singular experiences during the construction of the chapel, but since its completion, visitors, almost without exception, have expressed an awareness of a strange
'energy' and calmness that comes over them, not experienced elsewhere. This calming effect, coupled with spiritual resonance, can help people to overcome issues of all kinds where other modern
'treatments' invariably fail.
Many people today are afflicted with problems – drugs, alcohol, obesity, depression, anxiety – which cannot be cured or controlled by (dangerous and addictive) drugs or expensive therapies
- but the simple powers here can have a long-term positive influence.
For this reason, although Chapel-in-the-Clouds is on a private estate, the owners nevertheless realise that the unusual therapeutic powers here should be available to others.
At Highland Heritage, there is an overwhelming feeling of being beyond the affairs of this world, where the present is ample and dreams can become reality. Those lucky enough to have visited keep their precious experiences in their mind like a souvenir album – and in the city during one of those smoke-choked polluted days, they can close their eyes and drift back to where things are different, where it's pure, clean and quiet.
This spectacular mountain estate in Costa Rica (2 1/2 hours south of Miami) is now open to those who want to benefit from the many powers, therapies, magical energy and real frontier adventures here, by special arrangement with the Highland Heritage Landmark Trust which administers the property, maintains it – especially the frontier chapel – in perpetuity.
A WORLD BEYOND
A chapel especially built by the Hand of God …
for a very special purpose
A TRUE STORY
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Find out the extraordinary story of the chapel and why the builder was told – “One day this will become the most famous chapel in the world” – and what it means for you.
The sky turned black and the heavens opened up. For 14-days and 14-nights it rained … then a thunderous crash and the side of a mountain came down … followed by a raging torrent bringing with it huge trees, hundreds of them, uprooted by the ferocity – especially delivered for the construction of the chapel …
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The most exquisite and wondrous setting
WEDDINGS & CEREMONIES
Magic and Mystery
– For Very Special People –
If you are no ordinary person –
want a wedding in an enchanted place that is different –
followed by a honeymoon extraordinaire … perhaps to ride
away into the magical mists of Neverland
Or just want a simple, meaningful
wedding without all the paraphernalia that usually 'has' to go
with it, in a bewitching frontier chapel, where time has stood
still and dreams can still become reality …
While you can get married anywhere – in a million
different places – where else amidst a hundred magical
waterfalls, huge trees, rushing rivers, vibrant orchids, tropical
plants, natural springs and a wide range of wildlife and colorful
birds. And with a temperate mountain climate as near perfect as
you can possibly get, where better for a true frontier-style
wedding that will arouse the passions and adrenaline in any
It's not everyone who wants to make the adventurous
journey just to reach The Place that Time Forgot
… bumping along a rough track for a journey of some two
hours by jeep deep into the jungle and mountains but those who do
are rewarded with a discovery and happening that captures their
An entire estate and staff just for
Be Romeo & Juliet in your own kingdom for a
To make your wedding (or other service) especially
memorable you will have the whole Place that Time Forgot
just to yourselves, and everything within the entire 1,000 acre
estate. Over 1,000 movies in the cosy library for evenings
… the pub – The Bucket of Blood - just for
you … the Chapel radiating its wonderful powers …
horses to ride to the Lost World and Neverland
… guides to take you anywhere you want to go – to
waterfalls, mountains, special places … thermal waters that
can be the temperature you want at any time (great for a buck's
fizz while watching the sun rise over the mountains) …
visit monkeys in the rainforest (if they haven't already come
around by themselves) … a campfire at a cabin in the woods
by candlelight … bathing underneath a huge waterfall, with
hot towels warmed by a fire waiting for you … and so much
Where else can you get this pure 'natural'
Proposals, weddings, renewal of wedding
vows … and more
The first 'ceremony' to be held at The Place that
Time Forgot was for a couple who came from Canada/USA so
that he could propose (which was accepted!). The chapel –
and anywhere on the estate – can be a unique setting for
any kind of ceremony, from a marriage proposal … to a
wedding … to the renewal of vows … to a memorial
service … to dedications. The remarkable events that have
taken place in the chapel (and surrounds) attaches to anything
that takes place here giving it more meaning than anywhere else
A memorable honeymoon in The
Cottage that Time Forgot
… but love remembered
Where better to honeymoon than in The cottage that
Time Forgot … and, you won't have that hassle of
packing and traveling which, today, can be a curse at a time when
you least want it. The cottage is but a short walk from the
chapel, and you will have this delightful and entrancing cottage
with all the ambience to go with a special frontier wedding all
to yourselves. The cottage has fabulous views over the
surrounding mountains, colourful gardens and water features
– monkeys sometimes swing by and stare through the
A wedding you can afford
Why run-up a huge bill for a wedding … or go into
debt … or have your family go into debt? Overblown and
pretentious weddings do not have any real meaning except,
perhaps, to show off or 'keep up with the J…'s'.
But, here your 'simple' wedding will literally
blow away all others, as your photos will show, to the envy of
everyone – a million dollar wedding, absolutely
– and like no other!
Religious or otherwise – any
service of your choice
It does not matter what your religious beliefs are
… or if you have none. Chapel-in-the-Clouds is
non-denominational and can equally be used for a civil wedding as
can anywhere and any other setting on the estate. There is an
open welcome for all.
You can have any kind of service that you want –
even write it yourself and let your imagination wander. Music can
be anything you choose – within reason in the
Beautiful wild flowers from the misty
We do not know what it costs for 'flowers for a wedding'
these days, but we can imagine. For any service here we can
provide wildflowers that are more of a delight than
anything that can be bought. Early in the morning our crew will
gather flowers from high up in the misty mountainsides to adorn
the chapel – or anywhere else – and others to make
garlands for the horses and whatever other ideas you may
You and your wedding
in a special way
Details of all ceremonies will be entered in special
leather-bound volumes permanently maintained for all time in the
House of Sempiternal (everlasting) Memories – your
great-great-grandchildren will be able to see them in a hundred
years' time! And, it will have real meaning – the way it is
saved and stored amidst spectacular flower gardens, as opposed to
the 'electronic' memories shared with a billion other people that
lack any real meaning.
Lasting memories can also be created with photos in
other locations – by waterfalls, cascading rivers, mammoth
trees, stunning orchids, etc. Time is not important
here so you can have all the time in the world to create
wonderful and everlasting memories.
Guests and friends
The Place that Time Forgot is not a tourist
place and was created as a wonderful private estate – now
administered by a Heritage Trust. Thus, it does not have anything
resembling the ugly face of tourism.
Ideally it is for special people who appreciate the
natural world (it is a registered nature reserve) and prefer
being in small groups far from the madding crowd. As such, often
it is the couple only for a simple ceremony, but if you want to
have a few guests/friends then we can cater for them equally as
A special association
The Place that Time Forgot is a very special
and unique place, and by having a ceremony here, or even just a
stay, you will begin what can be and become a lifelong
association with somewhere the likes of which doesn't exist any
more. The mystery and mystique that surrounds it, the reasons for
its very existence, the strange and mysterious powers, and the
important role it has to play in future events … you can be
part of it all for, to us, you are not just a
person who comes here, to be later forgotten, but someone who
will remain here and with us forever.
One final word: If you are in the
public eye, we are very much old-school and believe in absolute
confidentiality, privacy, and honor. The Place that Time
Forgot, for a number of reasons, is a secure environment,
and if you want absolute secrecy this is one of the (very) few
places you will find it. So, if you prefer that
nobody knows what you do here, we can guarantee
sub rosa ('under the
rose,' as an emblem of secrecy). If needed, we can
also provide a licensed, armed bodyguard, to accompany you all
the way in.
Complete assistance from beginning to
One of the great attractions of The Place that Time
Forgot is its location – nestled way back in the
mountains, far away from anywhere – a Lost World.
But this great attraction also makes it a little difficult to get
to – all part of the adventure and a memorable experience
that will last a lifetime.
Thus, for important events it is better that we arrange
to have someone meet you at your hotel in San Jose (or elsewhere)
and organize all the transport – to co-ordinate with horses
awaiting your arrival to bring you the last stretch on the
And, in case you are thinking that all this is expensive
… no it isn't.
You can make The Place that Time Forgot your
centerpiece for a wedding and your total wedding package with
wedding, honeymoon, everything included from San Jose back to San
Jose including 6-days at The Place that Time Forgot
exclusively for your use with dedicated staff, etc can be less
that $5,000. (Does not include lawyers fees for legal
documents). If you want something very simple without the
whole estate then there are many very modestly priced options.
Ask for details.