July 25-28 * Light on the Hill Retreat Center, Van Etten NY * $575 (includes sessions, lodging and delicious vegetarian meals)

Folks. I've gotta tell you. This place has a magic that is all it's own- relaxing in the embrace of the rolling hills and peaceful sanctuary is medicine on every level. The energy is palpable. Light on the Hill is a consciously created and maintained retreat center in the Finger Lakes region of New York and we'll have it all to ourselves. 238 acres of woodlands (with walking paths, streams, a pond, waterfalls and gorges), 2 labyrinths (of stone, moss & grass), a gorgeous practice space with a soaring ceiling and panoramic views, a peaceful meditation chapel, fire pit and the sound of songbirds on the breeze await you. Daily (optional) Practices offered include ::: sunrise meditation, pranayama / breath work, yoga (we'll weave practices of slowly flowing & deeply going chakra flow, shakti flow & yin as well as yoga nidra- yoga of sleep throughout the long weekend) & new moon ritual. Vegetarian meals are (so ridiculously good and) prepared and offered with love through the duration of your stay away (other dietary needs can easily be accommodated) and are enjoyed in good company with a gorgeous view (from the kitchen and the deck where you'll likely linger with your coffee or tea) you'll return to in your heart long after you depart. Breakfast is the one quiet meal of the day.There will be plenty of time to wander the grounds, journal, get lost in a book and relax barefoot & free. Camp fires, s’mores and stargazing optional but highly recommended as is an optional excursion off site to wander through the gorges and waterfalls of Robert Treman State Park (one of my favorite places in the world) just 1/2 hour away... and you'll really want to make your way to the nearby Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing on your way home, it's amazing. You'll emerge and return feeling renewed, rested, recharged and inspired. Do I sound excited? Because I am. Join us and you'll find out why. Email me with questions : laurie@ittakesanopenheart.com

"i go to nature to be soothed & healed & have my senses put in order once again." - john burroughs

Reserve your space today- this is an intimate gathering and space is intentionally limited.



For the third summer in a row, I’m so thankful to be holding space with my ISHTA sister and owner of Sattva Yoga, Karen Mandell at Light on the Hill for our Inner Light Retreat… Our First Time Here Looked a Little Something Like This…