Sicily: September 2018

Awakening Joy in Sicily

Mindfulness and Mindful Movement on the Mediterranean Coast

Includes accommodation in a Mediterranean villa, cultural explorations, adventures in nature, great food, and training in mindfulness and gentle mindful movement for self-regulation and healing (applicable to personal and professional development). No prior experience with meditation or mindful movement is necessary. CE credits available for qualified licensed health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, registered nurses, and massage therapists. 

Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. & Linda Cammarata RN, RYT 

September 22 to 29, 2018

7 nights and 8 days

 Click on the play button above for a brief video overview of our retreat.

Our retreat is located within the beautiful Mediterranean seaside village of Scopello, which is pictured above.

Our retreat explores the Zingaro Nature Reserve, which feels like a beautiful desert island oasis because it is a beautiful desert island oasis where you can hike along well marked trails, swim in crystal clear water, explore cultural artifacts housed in several museums, or simply relax and take in the view!

Sicily is the largest Italian island, and contains many treasures that are unknown to most tourists. You will appreciate the warm, friendly Sicilian people, who we have found to be expressive, joyful, and very kind. Lovers of ancient cultures, natural beauty, historical architecture, and great food will surely be pleased!  

Sicily contains many Greek ruins. This photo was taken during our Fall 2017 retreat.

When we first visited Western Sicily in 2015, it was love at first sight! Then, as we began to more fully appreciate the natural beauty, authentic culture, and friendly people, our relationship to the place deepened and we knew that our love affair with this unique region would continue throughout our lives. One of the natural jewels of this area is the Mediterranean Sea. The beautiful village of Scopello, the magnificent Zingaro Natural Reserve, and tranquil port towns adorn the landscape.

Retreat includes:

Beautiful accommodations in villas close to the Mediterranean Sea, within walking distance to a beach 

Easy access to daily swimming and hiking 

Mindfulness meditation and gentle mindful movement classes with Larry Cammarata, Ph.D.

Yoga classes with Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT

Breakfast and dinners prepared by a local chef 

9 Continuing Education Credits available for qualified health professionals

7.5 Continuing Education Credits available for qualified massage therapists


A guided tour of historical sites 

A day-long sailing excursion on the Mediterranean Sea 

A day-long excursion to Zingaro Nature Reserve, (includes a picnic, hiking in the reserve, breathtaking views, relaxation, and swimming in the turquoise blue sea).

The retreat is open to everyone, with continuing education credits provided to qualified professionals, including Professional Counselors, LCSWs, Licensed Psychologists, Registered Nurses, and Massage Therapists.

Transportation details:

The retreat includes scheduled group transportation from the Palermo Airport to our accommodation and transportation back to the airport upon conclusion of the retreat.

Retreat Fee: $2650 (check) or $2750 (credit card): USD per person for double occupancy, airfare not included.

Register now to reserve your place; the retreat is limited to 16 participants.

To register, email Linda Cammarata or call 828-712-8421.

To pay by credit card, click on the "Pay Now" button below.


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Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT & Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. have been teaching mindful movement practices for over 20 years. Linda is a Registered Nurse and Registered Yoga Teacher who specializes in the healing benefits of yoga, qigong, and meditation as applied to self-regulation for stress, mood, and sleep management. Her classes are uplifting and supportive. 

Larry is a clinical psychologist practicing in Asheville, North Carolina who specializes in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and education. He is a co-author of a book entitled, A Year of Living Mindfully: 52 Quotes & Weekly Mindfulness Practices. His work on mindful movement was presented at the 11th Annual International Scientific Conference of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. He is an instructor of Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Qigong who has received advanced training in China and in the US. 

Both Linda and Larry teach at yoga teacher training programs and have facilitated international mindfulness-oriented retreats for several years.

Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve

"The Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve is one of the few protected natural grasslands in Sicily. Located along Sicily's Tyrrhenian coast between San Vito lo Capo and Castellammare del Golfo near the hamlet of Scopello, the Zingaro covers sixteen hundred hectares around Mount Speziale and includes several grottos along the rocky coast.Lying in the shadow of Mount Còfano, the Zingaro is home to numerous species of flora and fauna. The star just one of the many native plants, some of which are present in varieties or subspecies unique to Sicily. A partial list of some forty species includes Bonelli's eagle, the Mediterranean peregrine falcon, several owl and hawk species and the Sicilian rock partridge. The Zingaro is a true sanctuary.” (

The Zingaro Nature Reserve is bordered by the seaside towns of San Vito Lo Capo and Castellammare del Golfo.

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Enjoying the golden sand beach of San Vito Lo Capo

Castellammare del Golfo 

"The stunning promontory between Castellammare del Golfo and Monte perhaps the most beautiful in all of Sicily. At its foot lies the fishing village of Castellammare del Golfo, founded by the Elymians as the port for the city of Segesta. It has a pleasant harbour that is overlooked by the remains of a much-modified Saracen castle and surrounded by sandy beaches…(Lonely Planet)."

“Castellammare del Golfo is a town and commune in the Trapani Province of Sicily. The name can be translated as ‘Sea Fortress on the Gulf’, stemming from the medieval fortress in the harbor (Wikipedia).”

      © L. Cammarata 2017