Drake Bay, Costa Rica with Dr. Ron Siegel: January 2024

Awaken Your Senses in Paradise

January 13 to 20, 2024

Dr. Ronald Siegel, Dr. Larry Cammarata, & Linda Cammarata, RYT, RN (retired)

La Paloma Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Learn and explore within a friendly and 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.


For complete CE information for licensed mental health professionals, physicians, and nurses, please click on Educational Programs prior to registering. 

Overcoming Self Doubt, Shame, and Inadequacy with Dr. Ronald Siegel 

“Did I sound stupid?” “Should I have sent that email?” “How do I look?” Why do we—and our clients—spend so much time feeling self-conscious and comparing ourselves to others? Why do we struggle to live up to inner ideals or outer standards, only to regularly feel not good enough or ashamed of our shortcomings? The assumption that we can find lasting happiness by being more successful, likeable, attractive, intelligent, or morally above reproach is so woven into our biology and culture that few of us notice it’s not actually true. Sure, having success or otherwise getting to think highly of ourselves feels good—it just isn't long before we hit a bump in the road, lose the feeling and are left hungry for the next boost. Particularly in the age of Facebook and Instagram, we need a way to free ourselves and our clients from the anxiety, depression, addictions, and stress-related disorders that arise from continuous self-evaluation and social comparison. This experiential, interactive workshop will zero in on how we and our clients can use mindfulness, self-compassion, and related practices to step off the self-evaluation roller coaster. We’ll explore techniques to navigate failure, rejection, and shame, while developing stronger relationships and greater comfort with vulnerability— tailoring techniques to clients with both secure and challenged attachment histories and a wide variety of disorders. Rather than imagining that we or our clients can develop a single, stable, secure self, we’ll see how working with our ever-changing parts or sub-personalities can help us relate to all experiences—pleasant and unpleasant, everyday and traumatic—as opportunities to awaken, grow and heal. You’ll learn helpful practices for savoring ordinary present moments, connecting more deeply to others, and tasting the wonderful freedom that comes from everything no longer being about us. Each day will include a mix of experiential exercises, research, theory, and opportunities to connect with fellow participants. You’ll leave with practical tools to apply in your work, while feeling refreshed and renewed personally. 

For a brief video introduction to Dr. Siegel’s soon-to-be released new book, please click on the play icon below:

Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation with Dr. Larry Cammarata

This educational program integrates the application of mindfulness, mindful movement, and body awareness skills in the treatment of psychological and psychophysiological disorders. Mindful movement is an accessible body-centered mindfulness practice that may be of particular benefit to clients and patients who are challenged by the sitting required of many mindfulness practices. Mindful movement can be used as a standalone mindfulness practice or as a complement to seated meditation. The practice of mindful movement develops the ability to regulate the mind, body, and breath, which can reduce the symptoms and suffering associated with psychological conditions such as Anxiety Disorders and Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders. We will examine mindfulness, mindful movement, and client-directed body-oriented interventions designed to facilitate self-regulation, mood stabilization, enhanced concentration, and quality of life.


Educational Programs

Overcoming Self Doubt, Shame, and Inadequacy: Discovering the Extraordinary Gift of Being Ordinary with Dr. Ronald Siegel 

Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation: Evidence-Based Benefits and Clinical Applications with Dr. Larry Cammarata 

For complete CE information for licensed mental health professionals, physicians, and nurses, please click on Educational Programs prior to registering. 

Also included at the retreat

·     Yoga classes with Linda Cammarata, RYT, RN (retired)

·     Gorgeous accommodations in an eco-lodge overlooking Drake Bay

·     Delicious fresh cuisine (all meals), including beach picnics

·     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

"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

$ 3850: Per-person, shared occupancy (USD credit card; airfare not included)

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

Registration and Payment: Please email Linda Cammarata to register. After registering, you may pay by credit card through an online invoice that will be emailed to you.

Questions? Email Linda Cammarata

Phone: 828-398-4680 

Photos and Teaching Team

"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 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, coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain and Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, and author of the new book, The Extraordinary Gift of Being Ordinary: Finding Happiness Right Where You Are.

Linda & Larry 2020

Linda Cammarata, RYT, RN (retired) is a Registered Yoga Teacher and retired Registered Nurse who specializes in applying mind-body practices of self-regulation to stress, mood, and sleep health. She is the Founder and Director of Mindfulness Travels and Natural Sleep Recovery. Linda has designed and presented wellness programs at world renowned spas in the US and internationally. She integrates mindfulness, gentle yoga, qigong, and contemporary science into her teachings. Her professional experience spans over 30 years in tradtional and complementary healthcare and wellness settings. 

Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in mindfulness-based therapy and education, including the  science and practice of mindful movement. He is the Director of Education of Mindfulness Travels and is also the Director of Training for East Bay Mindfulness Center. Larry is also an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong who has received advanced training in China and in the US. He was designated as an "Author-Expert" by IDEA for his writing, teaching, and service in the field of mid-body health, fitness, and wellness. His mindful movement work was presented at the 11th Annual International Scientific Conference of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.

For more information or to register, please email Linda or call 828-398-4680. Thank you.

      © L. Cammarata 2023