Silent New Years Retreat

Of Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga

December 28, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Led by Gisela Konrad and Jeff Collins

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Gisela Konrad and Jeff Collins will lead a six-day silent meditation retreat over New Years 2015/2016 at Light on the Hill.

The 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. Beginners to yoga and meditation are very welcome!

Chairs, some meditation cushions and some yoga mats are available at the Center, but if possible, please bring your own cushion and yoga mat.

Depending on one’s accommodations at Light on the Hill, the cost of the retreat will range from $625 to $445, 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 and our volunteer cook. To sign up, send a $100 deposit to Gisela Konrad, 312 First Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, along with your name, address, phone number, and email. Deposits will not be refunded if you cancel less than 14 days prior to the retreat. If you have questions, call Gisela or Jeff at 607-279-5590, or email us at



Jeff is a retired hospice social worker in Ithaca and has been leading retreats for over 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.