• Spiritual Offerings

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    Spiritual Community Events

    To promote spiritual awakening and practice in a supportive community:

    • Sunday meditations
    • Workshops, retreats, and performances
    • Seasonal celebrations and ceremonies
    • Education on wellness and healing
    • Conscious dance, movement, and yoga
    • Meditate at the Ellis Hollow stone circle
    • Enjoy the Peace Pole garden
    • Multiple spaces available for hosting workshops
    • Space for weddings, celebrations of life, and other sacred gatherings

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    The Kate & John Payne School of Ancient Wisdom

    • Learn powerful healing techniques
    • Attend talks and workshops from leading healers and experts
    • Master dowsing and intuitive practices
    • Learn about Devas and other spiritual beings
    • Study astrology to bring deeper awareness of yourself through your chart

    • Education on the Laws of Manifestation and Laws of Attraction

    • Nurture yourself in sacred space for ceremony

  • "The thing for all people to do at this time is to maximize their efforts at intercommunication among people...survival in this new age depends on intercommunication and group affinity. Face this with both courage and loving responsibility."

    Kate H. Payne, November 29, 1985

  • About Us

    The Foundation of Light is a Spiritual Center for Meditation, Healing & Study

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    The Foundation of Light is a spiritual center for meditation

    The study and regular practice of meditation, as an aid to the expansion of consciousness and self-realization, is a fundamental part of all Foundation of Light activities. Attend our Sunday morning meditations, participate in seasonal celebrations and ceremonies, and meditate in the powerful Ellis Hollow Stone Circle.

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    The Foundation of Light is a spiritual center for healing

    The founders of the Foundation of Light, John and Kate Payne, along with Mabel DeMotte Beggs, were experts in many forms of ancient healing techniques. Learn their powerful healing techniques as well as healing methods of leading contemporary practitioners and experts that we bring to the Foundation of Light to give talks and lead workshops.


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    The Foundation of Light is a spiritual center for study

    The Kate and John Payne School of Ancient Wisdom will introduce you to powerful healing techniques and tools and give you the opportunity to learn dowsing, how to communicate with Devas and other spiritual beings, and show you how to bring your vision and needs to fruition.

  • Events

  • Spaces to Rent

    Complete the Building Use Request Form below to rent a space.

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    Main Retreat Facility

    Built in 2000, the main Foundation of Light building has several diverse rooms available, depending on your group size and needs. Ideal for workshops, study groups, meditation groups, reiki shares, yoga classes, day long retreats, etc.


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    Great Room

    This spacious light-filled room seats up to 150 and holds up to 240. It’s excellent acoustics, large windows, and hardwood floors make it ideal for concerts, weddings, or other large events. Chairs and tables, sound system, and an upright piano are included.

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    This fully equipped kitchen is available for your next event as an adjunct to your use of the Great Room. It offers plenty of prep space, including large counters and a movable island, full size stove and refrigerator, and a large serving window into the Great Room.

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    The atmosphere is perfect for a book club or perhaps a study group.

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    Meditation Room

    The Meditation Room is the perfect space for meditation, yoga, or any type of contemplative experience. The room easily accommodates groups up to fifteen participants.

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    School House

    This Greek Revival one-room schoolhouse, called Hibbard’s Corners, was built about 1840 and functioned as a public school until 1936. Currently, it is used for workshops and seats up to 50.

  • Building Use Request Form

  • Join Us as a Member

    Open yourself to mindfulness, healing, community, and connection to the universal!


    The Foundation of Light invites your involvement and support as members of our organization. Membership is open to all persons interested in our programs, regardless of age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or national origin. Your membership contributes to sustaining the mission of the Foundation of Light, which has been in the community for over 50 years. We offer several categories of membership, including Lifetime memberships. Family memberships include children under 18. Partial or full membership scholarships may be available for those in need. Memberships run for 12 months from the date of joining.


    Membership benefits include:

    • Experience of the divine in community!
    • Free use of the library, meditation room or grounds for three hours each year, subject to availability. Invite your friends to game night, host a book club, or try out a class you're thinking of leading here.
    • The option to be included in our new registry of members and practitioners that will be posted online, in the building and sent once a year to members. It's a great way to promote your skills and products to our welcoming community.
    • First chance to register for any vendor/practitioner events, such as a healing arts fair, and preferred table/booth locations.
    • Plus everything that we offer to non-members, though perhaps with a greater sense of connection! Access to all of our classes, workshops, events. Use of the library. Access to the Stone Circle and meditation spiral.

    Thank you for considering joining FOL! Your generosity helps us provide exceptional programs and events with leading teachers and healers.

  • Make a Donation

    The Foundation of Light is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
    The Foundation of Light is ready to receive financial abundance from all sources!

    1) Make an online donation via PayPal. Simply fill out the form below and click on “Donate”. It’s easy, safe and secure.

    2) Mail your donation to:
    Foundation of Light
    391 Turkey Hill Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850

    3) Or call 607-391-0245.


    To make a donation on behalf of or in memory of a loved one, please enter the person’s name in the PayPal form or in your letter mailed to the Foundation of Light.


    Thank you for your generous donation to the Foundation of Light. Your generosity makes a difference, helps change lives, and helps to make the world a better place!

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

    The Foundation of Light is a center for meditation, healing, creative arts, and the study and practice of spiritual matters spanning many traditions. As such, it is open to all. For fifty years, the Foundation has opened its doors to any who seek to explore or develop their spirituality. Our buildings and facilities have been available for rent for decades to diverse groups for celebrations, memorials, workshops, and much more.


    The Foundation of Light applies the values of nonviolence, diversity, equity, and inclusion in conducting all business including program administration and the recruitment of participants, members, and board members.


    We encourage participation by diverse populations in all of our activities without regard (but not limited) to the following traits: national origin, language, race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, familial status, marital status, military status, political affiliation, socio-economic status, and source of income.


    We consistently work toward greater equity to guarantee fair treatment, access, and opportunity.


    We foster a culture of inclusion that encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness.



    “Diversity” in this context includes all the ways in which people might differ.


    “Equity” means fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, striving

    to identify and eliminate barriers to equality.


    “Inclusion” entails creating environments where any individual or group can feel

    welcomed, respected, supported, and valued for their participation.


    APPROVED by the Foundation of Light Board on 2/12/2023.

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  • Find Us

    391 Turkey Hill Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850