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5-day IMMERSION at Light on the Hill in Van Etten (near Ithaca), New York - ENTERING THE HEART

  • Light on the Hill Retreat Center 209 Blake Hill Road Van Etten, NY, 14889 United States (map)

This deep dive retreat is an immersion into the path of surrender.

Held in a container of unconditional acceptance, you will be supported in the process of purifying the heart. Through tender openness and unwavering honesty, you will be invited to bring to light everything that stands in the way of your true radiant nature as love … a love that transcends life and yet fully embraces it. Amoda points the way for you to dive in, face your personal wounds with courage and tender honesty, challenge your assumptions, and root the full flowering of your consciousness in the very belly of your humanity. 

The retreat will be supported by Kavi (Amoda's husband and beloved), who will provide improvised music of the heart, and his own unique brand of wild wisdom and unbounded love. His awakening has flowered gracefully through his relationship with Amoda over the past 15 years, and he brings to the conversation his deeply poetic nature and clarity of vision.

The Daily Schedule will include Talks, Inquiry (Q&A) Sessions, Silent Sitting, Guided and Active Meditations, Sacred Music of the Heart. The sessions allow for an intimate and spontaneous conversation, effortlessly traversing the depth and breadth of heartbreak, humor, and sacredness. There will also be time for contemplation, rest, walking, and enjoying heart-centered celebration with each other. Together, we will enter the slipstream of unspeakable grace inside the human experience!  

(Please note - all our retreats are held in a container of silence. In other words, we invite you to refrain from social conversation during meals and break-times so that we can go deeper. All dialogue happens during the sessions, which are intimate and powerful.)

“What really matters is your willingness to turn towards tenderness in the midst of that which offends you, to stand as openness in the face of brokenness, and to bear the unbearable. This is the path of surrender .. and the only way I know to enter the slip-stream of unspeakable grace inside this human experience.” - Amoda Maa

Immersions are for those who are ready for real transformation, and the results are often life-changing. We recommend that you already are familiar with Amoda’s teachings, either having attended a previous event, having read her book 'Embodied Enlightenment' or having watched her videos.

Arrival - Wednesday August 28th, 4pm

Departure - Sunday September 1st, 3pm

This is a fully residential retreat - accommodation and meals included (see details below). All attendees are required to stay overnight at the retreat center, as this creates an energetic container for the deep dive. 

Held at Light on the Hill - a beautiful retreat center perched on a hill in Upstate New York and surrounded by 236 acres of woods, streams, walking paths and panoramic views. 


The meeting room - daily meetings take place in the Inner Light Lodge, a light-filled meeting room, hexagonal in shape and with a 32-foot pyramid-shaped ceiling. 3 sides of the room are glass and overlook the stunning landscape. Chairs, backjacks, pillows and blankets are available for comfortable seating. Smaller break-out rooms with comfy sofas allow for quiet time during break-times. 

Other facilities - a sacred space for solitude and silent meditation/contemplation is available in the Stillpoint Sanctuary, a small hexagonal chapel surrounded by glass. An outdoor Labyrinth is also available for silent walking/contemplation. 

Accommodations - most rooms are single, with a few double rooms (twin beds). Rooms are simple but elegant, modern and comfortable, with large windows overlooking the beautiful grounds. All bedding and towels are provided. Bathrooms are shared and there are several of these (men & women separate) conveniently located in the common hallways.

Meals - 3 full meals are provided daily. All meals are vegetarian, with organic ingredients whenever possible. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Coffee, tea and light snacks (fruit, rice cakes, nuts/nut butters) are also available throughout the day.  

How to get there - Light on the Hill is easily accessible from Syracuse, Ithaca and New York City. Driving instructions and a map are shown here.  

(If you are flying in from outside the US and need assistance with travel to the venue, please contact us as we may be able to arrange pick-up. If you need to stay an extra night before or after the retreat, you may be able to stay at the center for a small additional cost or we may be able to help you make other arrangements.)

Costs - 

Tuition = $495.

Full cost (Tuition + Accommodation + Meals) for Single or Double Room is shown in the Ticket prices below. 

We can also offer a Payment Plan if you need to spread your payments over a period of time - please contact us here before reserving your place. 

(Please note - we are currently unable to offer scholarships, as we do not function as a non-profit organization and do not have additional funding. However, if you are in financial hardship, we have limited availability for alternative lodging - such as camping or shared cottages close by - to reduce the cost. Please contact us, and we’ll do our best to support you.)

Cancellation policy - Prior to July 1st, full refund minus $75 administration charge. After July 1st and up to August 1st, 50% refund. After August 1st, no refunds are possible. 

Please note - places are limited, we highly recommend you reserve your place in advance.

Contact - if you have any questions about this retreat before making your reservation, please email us here.