Costa Rica with Dr. Ron Siegel: January 2020

The Nature of Mindfulness

Awakening The Senses in Paradise 

January 12-19, 2020

7 nights, 8 days

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

La Paloma Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

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

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Our retreat is located in the beautiful and serene La Paloma eco-lodge that overlooks Drake Bay, an ideal location for meditation, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Drake Bay is positioned on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula, one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Adjoining Corcovado National Park, Drake Bay offers quiet secluded beaches, tropical rainforests, and wildlife that includes several species of monkeys, sloths, butterflies, scarlet macaws, and more. You will enjoy pristine modern accommodations, expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, and friendly service. 

From the Buddha’s earliest teaching to the wanderings of Zen masters, students of mindfulness have appreciated the power of nature to cultivate mindfulness and the understanding of interdependence. This retreat will awaken your senses and enhance your awareness while surrounded by lush tropical jungle, wildlife, warm ocean waters, and pristine beaches. Individuals and couples will be guided on the path of mindfulness through meditation, gentle mindful movement, clinical education, excursions into nature, and delicious cuisine—all within a beautiful eco-lodge at Drake Bay in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, where sparkling ocean meets verdant jungle to provide a safe and nurturing container for our time together.


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.

Retreat Includes:

·     Daily mindfulness practice and exploration of clinical applications 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

·     Gorgeous accommodations in an eco-lodge overlooking Drake Bay

·     Delicious fresh cuisine (all meals)

·     Mangrove river excursion 

·     Jungle hike with an expert naturalist guide 

·     Swimming & kayaking      

·     Time for relaxation, personal exploration, and connecting with nature   

·     Ground and boat transportation to the Lodge   

·     Plus many optional activities (e.g., snorkeling excursion) available at the Lodge

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. 

7.5 CE credits for massage therapists through NCBTMB.

Questions? Email Linda Cammarata

"I had the opportunity to join Linda and Larry Cammarata (L & L) with guest co-facilitator Dr. Ron Siegel for a Mindfulness Retreat in Costa Rica. L & L are skillful event planners and organizers starting with the location choice of an eco-lodge in Costa Rica. 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

"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.  My experience with you in Costa Rica was marvelous as well as educational.

B.G., Psychologist 

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)

Register now to reserve your place. This retreat has sold out early for the past four years.

Registration and Contact Information: Please email Linda Cammarata to register prior to submitting your payment, to ensure that there is space available. 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 

Payment: Please use drop-down menu

"Perched above Drake Bay, with open views of the Pacific and the lush of Osa Peninsula, La Paloma Lodge is a place that seems to get better each passing hour.” —The New York Times

"La Paloma Lodge is a spectacular eco-lodge experience…one of those once-in-a-lifetime places you'll always want to return to. I left feeling more like a friend than a guest." —Costa Rica Guide

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"...One of the most stylish Lodges in Costa Rica - polished hardwoods and hammocks, floor to ceiling windows, stunning views of the Pacific Ocean…" —Harper's Bazaar Travel Guide

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Monkeys are frequent visitors here, although they are mindful and compassionate.

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Drake Bay, Costa Rica 2019


The beach at Drake Bay invites your presence.


Siegel Color Press Photo

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

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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.


For more information, or to register, please click the link to email Linda or call 828-712-8421. Thank you.

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