Nurturing our Light

A Mother’s Day Retreat for Women

Thursday, May 9 (5 p.m.) – Sunday, May 12 (11:00 a.m.)

Light on the Hill Retreat Center

Van Etten, New York

Leader: Jalaja Bonheim



This will be a time to slow down… to breathe deeply… to let the wind and the trees whisper in your ear… to listen to your deepest truth… to let yourself be held, cradled and nourished—by other women, by the circle and by the Earth herself, who adorns herself in all her glory at this time of year, and nowhere more so than at Light on the Hill, a magical sanctuary where one steps out of time into a realm of timeless magic and mystery.


If you have participated in Jalaja’s circles before, you know how gentle, how safe and how profoundly sacred a space they offer.

This weekend, the emphasis will be more on turning inward and communing with ourselves than on interaction. At times, we’ll be in silence. At other times, Jalaja will guide us in various types of body-centered practices. Throughout, we’ll be exploring the archetype of the Mother as the ground of our being and as the source of healing, wisdom and guidance.


Early registration (until March 31): $395. Thereafter $445. Price includes accommodation in private room, all meals, and pick-ups from the Ithaca airport, if needed. Cancel by or before April 10th, and your deposit will be refunded minus a $60 fee. No refunds thereafter; no exceptions.


To register, please download the registration form and mail the completed form to Meetings in Sacred Space, PO Box 848, Ithaca, NY 14851.


About Jalaja BonheimJalaja

Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D. is an inspiring teacher, public speaker, counselor, author and circle leader who touches and transforms audiences with her clarity, passion, and courage. Fresh, clear, and compassionate, her message is heart-centered and hopeful yet also down-to-earth and practical.


Jalaja is internationally known for her groundbreaking use of circle gatherings as a tool for empowering women, healing individuals and communities, and cultivating peace. For over 25 years, she has been leading circles, studying the dynamics of the circle, and developing a community of Circlework practitioners.

She is the founder and visionary director of the Institute for Circlework (, which serves as a hub to the growing community of Circlework practitioners around the world. Read more about Jalaja here.