Alice McDowell received her Ph.D. in religious studies from Fordham University and was a faculty member in the Philosophy and Religion Department Ithaca College for eighteen years from 1978-1996. During that time she received the Dana Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching and published articles on women’s spirituality, mysticism, and spiritual guidance.
In 1991 she founded Light on the Hill Retreat Center with her husband, Lawrence Muscat, and began guiding individuals on retreat, overseeing the construction of the center’s buildings, and regularly writing articles for its newsletter.
She graduated from the IM School of Healing Arts in 1995, where she first learned about the character structures (personality patterns), and the Raphaelite School of Healing in 2008–a seven-year training in Sufi healing and personal growth.
In 1998 she founded and continues to teach in the Hidden Treasure Program, a three-year course for five weekends a year in psychological and spiritual growth.
She has trained with healers, humanist and transpersonal psychologists, Sufi and Buddhist teachers, and Christian contemplatives, and has guided people in their personal and spiritual journeys for over 30 years.
Her book, Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self is a culmination of her many years of training, teaching, and personal development.
Listen to an interview with Alice on the WRFI radio program, The Made of Clay Report, with Eric Clay, M.Div., Ph.D., host of the program and founder of Shared Journeys.