Our Founder

Alice McDowell

Alice McDowell, Ph.D., founder of the Hidden Treasure program, is a counselor in private practice, retreat guide, and co-founder of Light on the Hill Retreat Center. She is author of the award-winning book, Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self and Dance of Light: Christian, Sufi and Zen Wisdom for Today’s Spiritual Seeker. Formerly a professor of religious studies at Ithaca College for 18 years, she now facilitates groups devoted to inner work.

Check out her website.

Presently she is serving as a mentor to the Hidden Treasure faculty.

Listen to an interview with Alice about her Hidden Treasure book on the WRFI radio program, The Made of Clay Report, with Eric Clay, M.Div., Ph.D., host of the program and founder of Shared Journeys.

Listen to Alice discussing her book Dance of Light and other topics on Soulful Thoughts podcast, with host Meghan Don, teacher of the mystic path and award winning author.

Hidden Treasure and Dance of Light are available on Amazon, and in bookstores everywhere when ordered through Ingram.

You may also purchase a signed copy of Hidden Treasure and Dance of Light directly from Alice McDowell by visiting her website payments page here: https://alicemcdowellauthor.com/payments/

Our Teachers

Elisa S. Keeler, M.A Transpersonal Psychology, is a Hidden Treasure graduate and a teacher of the program since 2011. Elisa leads transformational workshops, retreats, song circles, and sacred ceremonies. She emphasizes the importance of connecting with inner guidance, purpose, passion, creativity, joy, spirituality, and community.

Elisa is the founder of the Freeing Your Voice Workshop for adults and the Music for Unity and Social Change Program for public schools. She is a performing soul singer and recording artist. Her original lyrics and messages are influenced by the teachings of Hidden Treasure. www.elisamusic.com.

Elisa S. Keeler, M.A.

Joe Iadanza

Joe Iadanza is a contemporary spiritual teacher, counselor, interfaith minister and musician. His mission is to provide a supportive and empowering environment where people can find time for reflection and engage in deep inner work.

Joe leads individuals and groups through their own self-inquiry and the study of spiritual texts; specifically, “A Course in Miracles”, which he has worked with since 2005. In addition to teaching in the Hidden Treasure Program, he’s a founding board member of United We Om, a non-profit that has shared Yoga and Meditation with over 15,000 people in trauma impacted communities since 2015.