A Mid-Winter’s Meditation

Gregorian Chant and Harp

Jayne Demakos

January 12, 2014 (3 sittings at 1:30, 3:15, & 5:15 p.m.)

Light on the Hill Retreat Center

Van Etten, New York

Stillpoint interior winter


Come sit in the intimate and silent setting of Stillpoint Sanctuary and listen to Gregorian Chant and harp instrumentals.



With silence as a backdrop, sacred music from the monastic tradition–Gregorian Chant and Hildegarde von Bingen–will be interspersed with harp instrumentals in an hour of music and meditation. What makes this hour special is the intimate and serene setting of the new sanctuary at Light on the Hill and the design of the hour: sung chant, silence, and instrumentals, with no applause or speaking, save the gentle recitation of translations from Latin texts.

Three sittings will be offered: one beginning at 1:30 p.m., one beginning at 3:15 p.m., and one beginning at 5:15 p.m.

A fifteen-minute period of silent meditation follows the hour of music. Refreshments will be offered at Inner Light Lodge after the first two sittings, and dinner will be offered (for an additional $15) after the third sitting.

The cost is $20. Space is limited, so please send $20 (payable to Light on the Hill, 209 Blake Hill Rd., Van Etten, NY 14889) soon to reserve your place in one of these sittings. Let us know which of the sittings you prefer or if there is one that you cannot attend, and if you plan to stay for dinner. For more information, contact Alice via email (alice@lightonthehill.org) or by phone (607-589-4419).

Jayne DemakosJayne Demakos

For over twenty-five years Jayne Demakos has been using music to heal, inform, sustain and celebrate. She studied Gregorian chant with Musica Sacra: Church Music Association of America as well as through her studies in Music Thanatology (music for the dying) where Gregorian chant is part of the core repertoire. Jayne studied Contemplative Musicianship and Music Thanatology with Therese Schroeder-Sheker and is a candidate for certification in Music Thanatology through the Music Thanatology Association International. She has performed widely in many venues across the Southern Tier including the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts Summer Concert Series. Jayne is a certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and is coordinator of the music program at Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County. Jayne consulted and performed for the World Conference of Religions and Interfaith Services honoring the Dalai Lama. She has released two CDs: Hush, for Harp and Voice, and a collaborative album for Hospicare, Beauty Crowds Me: An Homage to Beauty. Whether as singer, pianist, harpist, teacher, or director, Jayne strives to create an environment by which we can feel our humanness more deeply. Read more about Jayne at jaynedemakos.com


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