Educational Programs

The following educational retreat programs are offered by Mindfulness Travels. Please read this entire page for program dates, presenter bios, continuing education information, and additional details. For information about our online educational program, please click on Mindfulness Skills in Clinical Practice.


Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation: Evidence-Based Benefits and Clinical Applications 

with Dr. Larry Cammarata


September 19 - 25, 2022: Ponte de Lima, Portugal (CEs and CMEs approved)

January 14 - 21, 2023: Drake Bay, Costa Rica (CEs and CMEs approved)

April 10 - 15, 2023: Assisi, Italy (CEs and CMEs pending approval)

June 17 - 23, 2023: Ponte de Lima, Portugal (CEs and CMEs pending approval)

September 16 - 22, 2023: Ponte de Lima, Portugal (CEs and CMEs pending approval)



Educational Organization: Mindfulness Travels

Program Content and Description

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. Five self-regulation skills that are facilitated by mindful stillness and mindful movement will be covered. The research-validated benefits of mindful movement will be reviewed, with an emphasis upon the neuroscientific, psychological, and physical benefits of the practice. Self-compassion training as a complement to mindfulness skills training will be discussed, along with the research findings associated with self-compassion. The application of mindfulness, mindful movement, and body-centered interventions in the treatment of various clinical populations will also be covered. The ethics, limitations, and boundaries of using these practices will also be reviewed. The benefits for clinicians attending the training include: (1) developing a deeper understanding of the philosophical and scientific foundations of mindfulness and mindful movement; (2) increased confidence in applying mindfulness, mindful movement, and self-compassion training in the treatment of various clinical populations; (3) integrating cognitive and experiential knowledge in a way that supports the quality of patient care; (4) increased emotional  and physical resilience in the delivery of clinical services; (5) understanding clear definitions of mindfulness and mindful movement that can be conveyed to clients and patients and; (6) increased knowledge of research findings validating the efficacy of mindfulness, mindful movement, and self-compassion training.

 Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:  

• Describe the essential elements that define mindfulness.

• List the key components of mindful movement.

• Identify the key elements of self-regulation and explain how they are related to mindful movement.

• Assess how the practice of mindful movement can be applied in the treatment of psychological disorders.

• List the benefits of mindful movement and body-awareness practices in the context of mindfulness-based therapy.

• Describe the status of current research in the field of mindful movement.

• Explain why mindfulness is not always sufficient to reduce distress, symptoms, and suffering.

• Explain how compassion and acceptance-based interventions such as self-compassion and loving-kindness meditation complement mindfulness-based interventions.

Target Audience

Mental health professionals, including Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and Physicians.

Program Level

This educational program is appropriate for an Intermediate Level audience.

Continuing Education Hours

Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation is approved for 9 CE hours. This live in-person activity professional continuing education activity was sponsored by Praxis Continuing Education and Training and co-sponsored by Mindfulness Travels. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, who has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the organizations listed below, maintains responsibility for the educational activity offered and for following the standards and regulations for the organizations listed below.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:

Joint Accreditation: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc and Mindfulness Travels. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 9 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.


Nursing: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this activity for a maximum of 9 ANCC contact hours. 

Physicians: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this live activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Psychologists: Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs.

Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 9 clinical continuing education credits.

NY Social Workers: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467

NY Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198.

NY Psychologists: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002.

How to earn CE credits:

In order to earn CE credits, you must attend the activity in full. No partial credit will be awarded. You will be asked to sign in each day of the activity. Upon completion of the course in full, you will be provided an instruction sheet on how to access the course post activity requirements. On this form, you will receive a link to a website where you will complete an online course evaluation and attest to attending the complete activity. Upon submission, you will be able to print or download your CE Certificate of completion.

Disclosure Information:

There was no commercial support for this activity. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


Program Agenda Summary

Day 1: 8:30 to 10:00 am 

Why use mindfulness?

The essential elements that define mindfulness

The key components of mindful movement

 Five self-regulation skills facilitated by mindful stillness and mindful movement

Day 2: 8:30 to 10:00 am 

Benefits of mindful movement and body awareness practices in mindfulness-based therapy

The application of mindful movement and mindful body awareness practices in the treatment of psychological disorders

The status of current research in the field of mindful movement: implications for treating psychological and psychophysiological disorders

Day 3: 8:30 to 10:00 am 

The limitations of mindfulness: Why mindfulness is not always sufficient to reduce suffering and distress

The mental discipline dimension of mindfulness-based psychology: Effort, mindfulness, and concentration

The wisdom dimension of mindfulness-based psychology: Understanding the mind  

The social-ethical dimension of mindfulness-based psychology: Restraining and cultivating the mind

Day 4: 8:30 to 10:00 am 

The key components of compassion and self-compassion

Self-compassion as a complement to mindfulness practice 

Self-compassion research findings: Implications for treatment of psychological disorders

Methods of facilitating mindful self-compassion

Day 5: 8:30 to 10:00 am 

Mindful body awareness skills and practices

Forms of mindful movement practice

How mindfulness of posture, vocal tone, and eye contact can support the treatment process

Day 6: 8:30 to 10:00 am 

Loving-Kindness Meditation as a complement to mindfulness and mindful movement practices

Tips for enhancing memorization of simple movements and integration of body awareness principles

Mindful movement and mindful body awareness in everyday life

Indicators of self-regulation through mindful movement and mindful breathing skills


Presenter Bio and Credentials

Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in mindfulness-based therapy and education, including the science and practice of mindful movement. For over 40 years, he has undertaken study, formal training, and practice in meditation and Buddhist psychology. He is the Director of Education of Mindfulness Travels and is also the Director of Training for East Bay Mindfulness Center. Larry is an instructor of Taijiquan (Tai Chi) 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.

                                                                        

Overcoming Self Doubt, Shame, and Inadequacy: 

Discovering the Extraordinary Gift of Being Ordinary 

with Dr. Ronald Siegel 


September 19 - 25, 2022: Ponte de Lima, Portugal (CEs and CMEs approved)

January 14 - 21, 2023: Drake Bay, Costa Rica (CEs and CMEs approved)

September 16 - 22, 2023: Ponte de Lima, Portugal (CEs and CMEs pending approval)


Educational Organization: Mindfulness Travels

Program Content and Description

“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. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

Describe research in evolutionary psychology, illuminating the origins and dynamics of self-evaluative preoccupation

Identify techniques to reinforce the experiential rather than narrative self

Apply mindfulness techniques to increase affect tolerance and experiential approach

Demonstrate applications of self-compassion to help manage difficult emotions

Implement practices of mindfulness and self-compassion to soften the inner critic

Identify cognitive and behavioral tools to help clients act more skillfully and freely by becoming less concerned with self-evaluation

Identify common elements in anxiety, depression, addictions and stress-related physical disorders

Specify the three core human motivational systems and how compassion practices serve to balance them

Describe the distinction between empathy and compassion practices to reduce clinician fatigue and burnout

Specify how a therapist can best choose which mindfulness and self-compassion exercises are most appropriate under different circumstances

Describe how to use mindfulness and compassion practices to help clients integrate disavowed or split-off aspects of experience

Target Audience

Mental health professionals, including Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and Physicians.

Program Level

This educational program is appropriate for an intermediate-advanced level audience.

Continuing Education Hours

Overcoming Self Doubt, Shame, and Inadequacy is approved for 15 CE hours. This live in-person activity professional continuing education activity was sponsored by Praxis Continuing Education and Training and co-sponsored by Mindfulness Travels. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, who has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the organizations listed below, maintains responsibility for the educational activity offered and for following the standards and regulations for the organizations listed below.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:

Joint Accreditation: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc and Mindfulness Travels. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this activity for a maximum of 15 ANCC contact hours.

Physicians: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs.

Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 15 clinical continuing education credits.

NY Social Workers: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467

NY Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198.

NY Psychologists: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002.

How to earn CE credits:

In order to earn CE credits, you must attend the activity in full. No partial credit will be awarded. You will be asked to sign in each day of the activity. Upon completion of the course in full, you will be provided an instruction sheet on how to access the course post activity requirements. On this form, you will receive a link to a website where you will complete an online course evaluation and attest to attending the complete activity. Upon submission, you will be able to print or download your CE Certificate of completion.

Disclosure Information:

There was no commercial support for this activity. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


Program Agenda Summary

Day 1: 4:00 to 6:30 pm  

The self-evaluation trap

It’s Darwin’s fault: The challenge of our evolutionary history    

Cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion: Formal and informal practices

Day 2: 4:00 to 6:30 pm  

Discovering who we really are: Understanding the narrative and experiential self

All parts are welcome: Working with the shadow and exiles

Swimming in Lake Wobegon: Awakening to the failure of success

Day 3: 4:00 to 6:30 pm  

Breaking free from conspicuous consumption and other status signals

The challenges of contemporary culture: Resisting selfie-esteem

Treating self-esteem addiction

Day 4: 4:00 to 6:30 pm 

Empathy fatigue and the promise of compassion

Avoiding avoidance: Working with anxiety, depression, and addictions

Tailoring the practice to the person

Day 5: 4:00 to 6:30 pm 

Relationships as an antidote: How to make a connection, not an impression

The power of cognitive reappraisal: Separating the doer from the deed

You’re not that special—and other good news

Cultivating secure attachment later in life

Day 6: 4:00 to 6:30 pm 

Treating self-esteem traumas: You have to feel it to heal it

Moving beyond I, me, mine: Embracing the reality of impermanence and interconnection

It’s about other people: Cultivating generosity and service


Presenter Bio and Credentials

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. Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, coeditor of  and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, and coauthor of the recent volume, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Program Fees

The continuing education program fee is $1,800.00 and includes all educational programs during the retreat. This fee is subsumed within the overall fee of a Mindfulness Travels educational retreat.

Retreat Cancellation and Refund Policy

Upon registration for a Mindfulness Travels retreat, participants are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers cancellations and refunds. Our retreat fee is non-refundable. If Mindfulness Travels must cancel, participants will receive a full refund minus $200. for administrative fees. 

Grievance Policy

The CE provider seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Linda Cammarata, RN at this email link: Linda Cammarata or call 828-398-4680. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Mindfulness Travels is committed to welcoming people of all abilities and doing our best to make accommodations for those who are differently abled. For individuals requiring special accommodations, please email Linda Cammarata or call 828-398-4680 to discuss your needs.

Continuing Education Verification

It is the participant's responsibility to communicate to their state board to verify CE requirements for their state. Licensed Counselors must check with their state board to ensure the reciprocity of CEs approved through the American Psychological Association (APA).

Programs Pending CE Approval

Continuing education credit is pending for the following programs listed below:  

April 10 - 15, 2023: Assisi, Italy (CEs and CMEs pending approval)

June 17 - 23, 2023: Ponte de Lima, Portugal (CEs and CMEs pending approval)

September 16 - 22, 2023: Ponte de Lima, Portugal (CEs and CMEs pending approval)

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