A Marriage of Meditation and Yoga

A Silent New Year’s Meditation Retreat

Led by Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad

December 28, 2016 – January 3, 2017

Light on the Hill Retreat Center
Van Etten, New York

Silent Retreat-Jeff

This silent retreat will flow from periods of sitting meditation (on cushions or chairs) to walking meditation to several periods of yoga practice each day. The yoga is grounded in the tradition of viniyoga, a style that is grounded in breath awareness and the physical movement that flows out of that breath awareness. So the awareness work moves seamlessly from meditation in seated stillness to meditation in movement. Beginners to yoga and meditation are very welcome.


The cost of the retreat will be $660 for a single room, or $600 for a double room with double occupancy in the lodge, $575 for a place in the lodge’s office, or in one of the cottages, $460 for a space in a retreat hut. These costs cover the actual expenses of putting on the retreat, including all vegetarian meals. A bowl will be put out at the end of the retreat for a donation (dana offering) to the teachers, and one for the volunteer cook. The retreat will start with dinner on the 28th and end with lunch on the 3rd.


To sign up, please send a $150 deposit to Gisela Konrad, 312 First Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, along with your name, address, phone number and email address. Deposits will not be refunded if you cancel at any time less than 14 days prior to the retreat. If you have questions, you can call, text or email Jeff  (607-279-5590; tsultrim312@gmail.com), or Gisela (607-279-3668; gisela@maitristudioithaca.com).


Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad

Jeff is a retired hospice social worker in Ithaca and has been leading silent retreats for over 20 years at various centers, including at Southern Dharma in North Carolina. He has been practicing meditation in the Zen and Theravadin traditions for over 30 years and has done three three-month silent retreats at IMS, and has also been engaged in Diamond Heart work for over 20 years.
Gisela has also been leading silent retreats for 20 years. She has been a certified yoga teacher for 30 years, studying under Gary Kraftzow, Richard Miller, and the late Joan Ruvinsky. She has completed two of the three-month retreats at IMS.