• Spiritual Offerings

    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

    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

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  • About Us

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

    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.

    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.


    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.

  • Spaces to Rent

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

    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.


    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.


    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.


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

    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.

    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

  • 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!

  • Become a Member

    We invite your involvement and support. Membership is open to all persons interested in our programs regardless of age, race, gender, color, or creed. Your membership contribution will help the Foundation of Light provide great programs and events, as well as bring in leading spiritual leaders, healers and teachers.


    Membership benefits include:

    • Experience the divine in community
    • Library use
    • Your membership helps contribute to continuing and sustaining the mission of the Foundation of Light. Our organization has been in the community for 50 years.
    • Local spiritual classes and workshops.
    • Unique center for spiritual resources
    • Sunday morning meditations that have been occurring for the past 50 years.
    • Healing: Programs that support self-healing and health through movement and dance.
    • Stone Circle: a place to experience centering and earth energies.
    • Members find themselves healthier through their association and work with the FOL
  • Contact Us

  • Find Us

    391 Turkey Hill Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850
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