Alice McDowell, Ph.D. is an author, spiritual director, retreat guide, senior teacher, and founder of the Hidden Treasure Program—a three-year training in personal and spiritual growth. She co-founded Light on the Hill Retreat Center in 1991 where she continues to guide individuals and groups on their spiritual journeys. As a professor of religious studies at Ithaca College for eighteen years, she taught courses in mysticism, world religions, depth psychology, and women’s studies, and received the Dana Fellow for Excellence in College Teaching. McDowell has her doctorate in theology from Fordham University and has trained with Sufi and Buddhist teachers, Christian contemplatives, and humanistic and transpersonal psychologists. Read more



Alice’s latest offering is an audio album of uplifting and peaceful guided meditations designed to help enhance your spiritual life and connect you with your True Nature. It comes in digital or thumb form.
The arrangement of the tracks follows the process she uses when guiding individuals on retreat. It begins with practices devoted to letting go of anything extraneous to your essence, followed by ones that delve into your True Nature and end with practices dedicated to returning to the world refreshed and renewed.    [more…]
How to Order:
Digital album, $9.99 or $1.11/meditation – download from Bandcamp.
Download - Dance of Light Guided Meditatinos
Thumb Drive made of natural wood with a card of the track titles in a velvet pouch, $18.00 including tax and shipping.
Thumb Drive - Dance of Light Guided Meditatinos


In her new book, McDowell writes about the spiritual journey as a captivating dance. In a clear and compelling voice, she guides the reader through the steps of the dance. Each chapter offers a rich description of one step to spiritual realization and ends with open-ended self-reflective questions for the reader. These steps include experiences of bewilderment, release, renewal, awakening, illumination, the dark night, and finally divine union or abiding awakening. Calling upon long-forgotten Christian mystics, McDowell situates them alongside contemporary approaches and the traditions of Sufism and Buddhism. Read more


Do you long to live a more authentic life but feel you might be getting in your own way? In Hidden Treasure, author Alice McDowell reveals five personality patterns that cause unnecessary suffering and block individuals from living a full and radiant life. These patterns can be so ingrained that they influence body shape and even who a person thinks they are. Through a series of exercises, compelling true stories, fun cartoons, and spiritual insights, McDowell offers the opportunity to learn about and break free of these patterns, and provides guidelines for readers to join or create a Hidden Treasure group for ongoing exploration. No matter a person’s age or background, Hidden Treasure can light the way to softening and healing these patterns―and restoring your true self and spiritual identity in the process. Read more


There are five patterns most often developed in childhood as a way to protect yourself from negative experiences. Your individual temperament and subsequent life experiences may influence the severity of each pattern. The behaviors stemming from the character structures cycle through—and negatively affect and control—your adult life. Most of them are annoying to others. Even though they enabled you to develop certain gifts, they play a major role in preventing you from reaching your true self. Take the Character Structure Quiz to discover your character structure/s. Read More


“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 this person has the answers within. I listen to what they are saying and to what my guidance is also saying. Clients often arrive at a place of connection with their deepest self — a place of peace and insight to their life challenges. I facilitate this by having them be present to their bodily sensations, images, or emotions to access this deeper reality. I see what blocks they have and may give energetic exercises to help soften them. It all depends on what is surfacing within that person.” ~ Alice McDowell Read More


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