A Silent New Year’s Retreat

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga

December 28, 2013 — January 2, 2014

Light on the Hill Retreat Center

Van Etten, New York

Leaders: Gisela Konrad and Jeff Collins

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This five-day 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 style of yoga offered is viniyoga, a style grounded in awareness of the breath and physical movement that flows out of that breath awareness. It starts with your body, as it is; if you can breathe, you can participate in the yoga. Beginners to yoga and meditation are very welcome!



The retreat will include yoga and meditation instruction, dharma talks, chanting and opportunities for group and private talks with the teachers, and there will be time for walks in the woods at the Center. We will have a silent work period of about an hour each day to support the life of the retreat. We will also have several non-denominational rituals on New Years Eve. Chairs, some meditation cushions and some yoga mats are available at the Center, but if you have these items, please do bring your own cushion and yoga mat.



The cost of the retreat is $460, which covers the expenses of putting on the retreat. A basket will be put out at the end of the retreat for a donation (dana offering) to the teachers. To sign up, send a $100 deposit to Jeff Collins at 312 First Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, along with your name, address, phone number and email. Deposits will not be refunded if you cancel fewer than 14 days prior to the retreat. If you have questions, call Gisela or Jeff at 607-273-5464, or email us at jfgisela@lightlink.com.

 Jeff Collins and Gisela Konrad


Jeff is a hospice social worker in Ithaca and has been leading retreats for 20 years at various centers, including Southern Dharma in North Carolina. He has been practicing meditation for 30 years and has done three three-month retreats at IMS, and has been engaged in Diamond Heart work for 20 years. / Gisela is a yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist in Ithaca. She has been a yoga teacher for 30 years, and she has also completed two three-month retreats at IMS.




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