Amorgos Island, Greece with Dr. Ron Siegel: October 2020

The Nature of Mindfulness

Mindfulness and Mindful Movement in the Mediterranean Sea

October 13 to 20, 2020

Amorgos Island, Greece

Dr. Ronald Siegel, Dr. Larry Cammarata, & Linda Cammarata RN, RYT 

Learn and explore within a friendly, supportive small group setting.

"Hidden-away Amorgos, with its secret beaches and untouched timelessness, is one of the most intriguing of all the Greek Islands, turning up surprises wherever you look.” —

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The Aegialis Hotel and Spa is a luxury 5 star hotel on the island of Amorgos sitting on a hill overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Mediteranean sea to the old port across the bay. This hotel prides itself on its friendly, welcoming team and its organic home grown produce, working in harmony with nature and promoting the natural beauty of the surrounding environment.


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Location information

Amorgos is a remarkably unspoiled Greek island at the southeastern edge of the Cyclades group, where traditional customs are still inextricably interwoven into a landscape as rich in beauty as in its history and culture. Regarded as one of the most beautiful Greek islands, it was originally inhabited by seafarers from Asia Minor in the 4th Century BC. This is a place that appears untouched by time, where the inhabitants quietly preserve one of the best-kept secrets of the Aegean. Surrounded by crystal clear blue and turquois water, striking natural landscapes, sea caves, and beautiful beaches, Amorgos island is one of the hidden gems of the Cyclades islands. It’s a place of serenity, natural beauty, and tranquility.

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Amorgos Island: From ancient mythology to popular culture

“Tradition says the ‘Ancient Water Oracle’ dedicated to Apollo was established here which compelled people throughout the Mediterranean to visit the geographically strategic island for advice, rejuvenation, and spiritual healing (Keith Flamer,” Amorgos Island was also the setting of the 1988 Luc Besson movie “The Big Blue”, starring Jean Reno.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to  sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 23 continuing education hours upon completing both programs.

The Nature of Mindfulness with Dr. Ronald Siegel

This educational program includes an examination of the theory and application of mindfulness as related to: anxiety, depression, and stress related medical disorders. The program will provide an understanding of clinical choices that therapists should consider when tailoring mindfulness practices to the needs of individuals. Participants will learn skills of: mindfulness meditation for stress reduction, mindful movement and body-oriented awareness practices to facilitate the mind-body connection, mindful communication skills to strengthen relationships, mindfulness to enhance problem solving abilities, and mindfulness as a practice to improve physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Participants will apply knowledge of current mindfulness research findings to clinical practice. Applying the insights of mindfulness-orientated psychology to clinical practice and adapting mindfulness practices to meet the needs of special clinical populations (e.g., children, trauma survivors) will also be included in the training. For more details, click on Course Objectives.

Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation with Dr. Larry Cammarata

This educational program integrates the application of mindfulness, gentle mindful movement, and body awareness in the treatment of medical and psychological disorders. The skill of enhanced body awareness can support the presence of both client and clinician. Mindful movement can add dynamism and energy to the treatment process, literally “moving” our clients towards the experience of wholeness while facilitating embodied insight.  We will examine mindfulness, mindful movement, and body-oriented strategies designed to facilitate self-regulation, mood stabilization, and enhanced concentration. The application of mindful movement and body-oriented interventions in the treatment of various psychological disorders will also be covered. For more details, click on Course Objectives.

"I’m still reeling from our beautiful Mindfulness Workshop that Ron, Larry and Linda provided for all of us. Our particular group of participants was outstanding! I have literally been to hundreds of workshops and this was by far the very best I have ever attended.

B.G., Psychologist 

"I had the opportunity to join Linda and Larry Cammarata (L & L) with guest co-facilitator Dr. Ron Siegel for a Mindfulness Retreat. L & L are skillful event planners and organizers. Daily itineraries showed attention to detail and included a rich blend of activities supporting mindfulness practices. They demonstrated flexibility in making adjustments as the needs of participants evolved. I wanted to share these thoughts because as travelers know, logistical problems can spoil an otherwise potentially wonderful experience. L & L create sacred space. I experienced awe, grace, humility, gratefulness, gentleness, kindness, connection, surprise, and laughter. I would characterize it as soul laughter. We were asked to consider identifying an intention for the week. I rested in 'reclaiming my joy'. When Mary Oliver asks, 'Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?' I would suggest you consider getting to know Larry and Linda through one of their adventures." 

Kay, Chicago

Retreat Includes:

Mindfulness practice and clinical applications of mindfulness with Dr. Ronald Siegel

Mindful movement for self-regulation: Mindfulness and mindful movement classes with Dr. Larry Cammarata

Yoga classes with Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT

Luxurious five-star accommodations at The Aegialis Hotel and Spa

Daily breakfast and gourmet dinner

Guided hiking tour, boating adventure, and Greek dance lessons!

Optional spa services

7.5 CE credits for massage therapists through NCBTMB.

For qualified health professionals who complete both programs, a total of 23 CE credits are offered to Professional Counselors, LCSWs, Licensed Psychologists, and Registered Nurses. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

Questions? Email Linda Cammarata

Retreat Fee, Registration, and Contact Information

$ 2950: Double occupancy (USD check, per person, double occupancy; airfare not included)

$ 3450: Single occupancy (USD check; space is limited for single occupancy; airfare not included)

$ 3050: Double occupancy (USD credit card, per person, double occupancy; airfare not included)

$ 3550: Single occupancy (USD credit card, per person, space is limited for single occupancy; airfare not included)

Registration and Contact Information: Please email Linda Cammarata to register or to inquire about private room availability prior to submitting your payment. After registering, you may pay by credit card by clicking on the "Pay Now" button below, using the drop-down menu to specify your fee category. 

Phone: 828-712-8421

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Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D. is Assistant Professor of Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, and coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain and the recent volume, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT and Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. have been teaching mindful movement practices for over 20 years. Linda 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. 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 and Qigong who has received advanced training in China and in the US. Linda & Larry teach at yoga teacher training programs and lead international mindfulness-oriented retreats. They share a passion for mindful movement, music, and travel.

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