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A healing and inspiring space for reflection, deep inner work, and spiritual growth…


Welcome to Light on the Hill,
Your Sacred Space

Perched high in the hills of Van Etten in Central/Upstate New York, Light on the Hill is a retreat center that provides a sacred space where seekers can find peace and solace away from their everyday worldly pursuits. The center is located on 236 acres of woods, streams, gorges, and walking paths, and offers panoramic views as distant as Pennsylvania.

Light on the Hill has comfortable cottages and huts that are ideal for self-reflection, where individual seekers can choose to be on their own or on a guided retreat. Inner Light Lodge—a spacious and light-filled dwelling surrounded by nature and glorious views—is ideal for groups engaging in inner work.

While Light on the Hill is considered a place of spiritual refuge, it is not affiliated with any single religious organization. Seekers of all backgrounds and beliefs are welcome.

Join us for a Celebration of the Summer Solstice

Thursday, June 20th from 7 – 9 pm

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Individual Retreats

Group Retreats

Upcoming Events

The space at Light on the Hill was glorious and absolutely perfect. Perfect. It was a beauty-full, peaceful space…holy, light filled, spacious, peaceful, inviting stillness, contemplation, healing…a place where The Holy was so very present…as if breathing out upon us all…inviting us all home to our original selves, to wholeness/holiness.All of it – the meeting room, sitting spaces, bed & bathrooms, dining area and quality of food, and the countless little details like bed linens, soap/shampoo, artwork, choice of teas, mugs, cushions, placement and comfort of couches/chairs, and on and on, including welcoming/hospitable spirit of those who worked in the kitchen.

Thank you for providing the warm and beautiful space for my incredibly therapeutic retreat. The solitude, stillness and silence were exactly what my heart needed.

Thank you for your welcome, care, and kindness. We have a deep love for this land and the wise, beautiful energy it holds and shares. We feel so grateful to be able to come here, to be fed spiritually, to clear our busy heads and focus in on what is most important to us. We will bring this energy home with us and give it away.

Free Guided Meditations

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New Release

Dance of Light Book Cover by Alice McDowell

Dance of Light

by Alice McDowell, Ph.D.
Light on the Hill Spiritual Director and Co-Founder
Christian, Sufi and Zen wisdom
for today’s spiritual seeker.
Dance of Light by Alice McDowell