Our cottages and huts are ideal for self-reflection and a deepening of one’s spiritual life. You may choose a guided or healing retreat or simply be on your own.
Self Guided Individual Retreats
Self Guided Individual Retreats are for those who want to structure their own time. Some nurture themselves by walking in nature, sleeping, meditating, journal writing, reflecting, and walking the labyrinth. Others with training in a particular meditative tradition use this time to deepen their practice. Creative writing, drawing, playing music or working with dreams — the possibilities abound.
Partially Guided Individual Retreats
Partially Guided Individual Retreats are for those who basically want to be on their own but would also like to be given some meditative practices, music and/or inspirational tapes to keep their attunement on a spiritual level. These are selected by the guide in accord with the intent of the retreat. The retreatant meets with the guide for an hour on the first day, and may have another 30-minute or hour-long session another day.
Guided Individual Retreats
Guided Individual Retreats are more structured and intensive. The guide meets with the retreatant twice a day (for twenty minutes each time) and suggests practices, prayers and tapes which bring the retreatant through a six-stage process of detachment, union and return. This deeply transformative process can be geared to a person of any faith or to one who does not feel a part of any tradition but wishes to deepen his/her spiritual life. There is a 3-day minimum stay for this retreat.
Healing Retreats are for those seeking healing on a physical, psychological, or spiritual level. Each day the retreatant receives a 60- to 90-minute counseling/healing session. The session may consist of straightforward counseling, dream work, guided imagery, or movement exercises, depending on what modality best serves the retreatant. The retreatant then has time for resting, walking, listening to relevant tapes, or doing some simple practices that help integrate the benefits of the healing work. Because the retreatant does not return home, old patterns are not reinforced and the new energetic shifts have time to gel. The buildup of consecutive daily sessions is very powerful. Healing retreats focus on healing of life issues and psychological work, while guided retreats focus more on spiritual development.
“It’s hard to put into words what I do because I take the cues from the client. I see myself as a mid-wife, knowing that the client has the answers within. I listen to what they are saying and to what my guidance is also saying. Clients often get to a place of connection with their deepest self — a place of peace and insight. I do this by having them be present to their bodily sensations, images, or emotions to access this deeper reality. I see what defense structures they have and may give energetic exercises to help soften them. It all depends on what is surfacing within that person.”-Alice McDowell
Both of my retreats at Light on the Hill were precious opportunities to get in touch with my inner self, including beliefs and emotions that often get obfuscated by outside voices and distractions of our modern daily lives. The time alone, with no access to social media, news, or external influences, allowed me to get in touch with my true self and take a break from my ego. The highly intuitive and insightful guidance by Alice enabled me to go deeper than I could have on my own. As a result, by the end of both retreats I felt more clear, present, and at peace. I am glad I had these opportunities and look forward to being back in the future.– Renata, Individual Retreatant
Retreats at LOH are very important to me. The facility makes me feel at home, the grounds strengthen my connection to nature and the work I do on the guided retreat facilitates a deeper connection to myself. I love the challenges posed in retreat, the opportunity to separate from my day to day environment and find clarity on my part in things, what I do well and how I hold myself back. The realization that my feelings come and go without the daily stresses of life gives me the opportunity to clearly see my role in my struggles. I feel a deep appreciation for the gentle push I receive to confront my part in things both when I can’t see it and when I can. Chats with Alice bring up new clarity and I feel at ease taking to her, even when I’m not sure I agree or I don’t understand. I always feel supported. I find myself more grounded and with each retreat, I am able to hold on to more of that connection to self upon my return home.Helen, Individual Retreatant