Educational Programs

The following programs are offered by our educational retreat organization, Mindfulness Travels. Please read below for program dates, presenter bios, continuing education information, and additional details.


Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation with Dr. Larry Cammarata


November 7-13, 2021: Assisi, Italy 

January 9-16, 2022: Drake Bay, Costa Rica

February 6-12, 2022: Uvita, Costa Rica

May 29-June 4, 2022: Scopello, Sicily

June 12-19, 2022: Asturias, Spain

September 10-17, 2022: Amorgos Island, Greece



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. We will examine mindfulness, mindful movement, and body-oriented strategies designed to facilitate self-regulation, mood stabilization, and enhanced concentration. Five processes of self-regulation that are facilitated by mindful movement will be covered. Research supporting the psychological and physical benefits of mindful movement for various clinical populations will be reviewed. Self-compassion training as a complement to mindfulness skills training will be discussed, along with the research findings associated with self-compassion. The program will also review the benefits and limitations of mindfulness.

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 suffering and distress.

• Explain how acceptance-based interventions such as self-compassion 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, and Nurses.

Program Level

This educational program is appropriate for an Intermediate Level audience.

Continuing Education Hours

The 2021 Assisi, Italy retreat is approved for 9 continuing education hours for Dr. Cammarata’s program and 14 continuation education hours for Dr. Siegel’s program. Other retreat CE credits are currently pending for this program. Please read below for additional CE information.

Program Agenda 

Day 1: 7:30 to 9:00 am 

Why use mindfulness?

The essential elements that define mindfulness

The key components of mindful movement

Self-regulation and mindful movement

Day 2: 7:30 to 9:00 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: 7:30 to 9:00 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: 7:30 to 9:00 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: 7:30 to 9:00 am

Mindfulness of the body

Forms of mindful movement practice

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

Day 6: 7:30 to 9:00 am

Five processes of self-regulation that are facilitated by mindful movement

Mindful movement and mindful awareness in everyday life

How to cultivate the motivation for establishing a consistent mindfulness practice


Presenter Bio and Credentials: Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and mind-body medicine. Larry has practiced psychology for over 30 years and has expertise in the areas of mind-body medicine, clinical hypnosis, stress management, interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, and issues of midlife. Larry is a published author who was designated as an "Author-Expert" by IDEA for his writing, teaching, and service in the field of mind-body health, fitness, and wellness. He is a professional speaker and workshop presenter who has made contributions to local, national, and international retreats and conferences. 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. 

                                                                        

The Nature of Mindfulness with Dr. Ronald Siegel 

November 7-13, 2021: Assisi, Italy

January 9-16, 2022: Drake Bay, Costa Rica

September 10-17, 2022: Amorgos Island, Greece


Educational Organization: Mindfulness Travels

Program Content and Description

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-oriented 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.

Learning Objectives

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

• Describe the three core elements of mindfulness practice.

• Identify common denominators in psychological difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and stress-related medical disorders and how mindfulness practices can be used to address these.

• List seven clinical choices therapists should consider in tailoring mindfulness practices to the needs of particular individuals.

• Describe core insights from Buddhist psychology and how they can inform, enrich, and enliven the practice of    psychotherapy.

• Describe ways to adapt mindfulness practices to meet the needs of special populations, such as children and trauma survivors. 

• Analyze the differences between mindful self-compassion and self-esteem and how this applies mindfulness-oriented therapy.

• List key features of psychotherapeutic presence and their relationship to mindfulness.

• Identify the main differences between Focused Attention and Open Monitoring forms of mindfulness practice.

• Describe equanimity and how equanimity can be incorporated into mindfulness-oriented therapy.

• Explain how mindfulness practices are supported by neuropsychological research findings.

Target Audience

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

Program Level

This educational program is appropriate for an Intermediate Level audience.

Continuing Education Hours

The 2021 Assisi, Italy retreat is approved for 14 continuing education hours for Dr. Siegel’s program and 9 continuation education hours for Dr. Cammarata’s program. Other retreat CE credits are currently pending for this program. Please read below for additional CE information.

Program Agenda 

Day 1: 4:00 to 6:30 pm  

Core components of mindfulness as used in Western psychotherapeutic traditions 

Forms of mindfulness practice

Common denominators of psychological disorders

Day 2: 4:00 to 6:30 pm  

Tailoring mindfulness practice to individual patient needs, including the needs of special populations

Treating anxiety

Mindful communication skills to strengthen relationships 

Day 3: 4:00 to 6:30 pm  

Treating depression

Loving-kindness, equanimity, & self-compassion practices

Self-compassion and self-esteem: Clinical advantages of mindful self-compassion over self-esteem

Clinical interventions: Choosing acceptance vs. mindfulness-oriented practices

Day 4: 4:00 to 6:30 pm 

Mindfulness for psychotherapeutic presence

Buddhist and Western Psychologies: Treatment implications

Insights from neuropsychology: implications for mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy

Day 5: 4:00 to 6:30 pm 

Beyond symptom management

Mindfulness practices for psychophysiological disorders

Mindfulness as a practice to improve physical and emotional health and wellbeing  

Day 6: 4:00 to 6:30 pm 

Application of current mindfulness research findings to clinical practice

Mindfulness meditation for stress reduction

Mindfulness skills to enhance problem solving abilities

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 is subsumed within the overall fee of a Mindfulness Travels educational retreat.

Retreat Cancellation and Refund Policy

Upon registration for a Mindfulness Travels retreat, every participant is required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers cancellations and refunds.

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) 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 828-712-8421. 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 828-712-8421 to discuss your needs.

Continuing Education Information

It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. Please read below for additional details.

Programs Pending CE Approval

Continuing education credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following programs and professions listed below: 

January 9-16, 2022: Drake Bay, Costa Rica

February 6-12, 2022: Uvita, Costa Rica

May 29-June 4, 2022: Scopello, Sicily

June 12-19, 2022: Asturias, Spain

September 10-17, 2022: Amorgos Island, Greece

Psychologists

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. Please visit CES CE CREDIT for CE credit information.

Psychologists licensed in countries outside of the United States may be eligible for continuing education credit.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

If applicable: Social Workers – New York State

Commonwealth Educational Seminars 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-0444.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Nurses

As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Please visit CES CE CREDIT for CE credit information.

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