Portugal with Dr. Ron Siegel: September 2023

September 17 - 23, 2023

Ponte de Lima, Portugal


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

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

Click the play button below for a video overview of our retreat location.

Ponte de Lima is regarded as the oldest town in Portugal, and predates the establishment of the country. Of all the towns in Europe we have ever visited, we have spent the most time in Ponte de Lima, a place of exquisite natural scenery, beautiful gardens, a charming village, culture, and warm-hearted people. Complementing its relaxed ambience, Ponte de Lima is a health and wellness-oriented destination where you will see kayakers, runners, hikers, walkers, bicyclists, and enchanted nature lovers enjoying the activities along the Lima River. An iconic medieval/Roman pedestrian bridge in the center of town connects to the Caminho Português de Santiago and a trail system along the Lima River known as the Ecovia. A popular travel destination, Ponte de Lima is in close proximity to the world-class cities of Braga and Porto, in the north of Portugal.

Our retreat setting is the elegantly beautiful Paço de Vitorino, a former palace (pictured above) that offers a variety of cultural and leisure activities due to the proximity of the Lima River with its extensive trails, the Atlantic Ocean, the surrounding mountains, and the Caminhos de Santiago. The Paço de Vitorino originated in the 16th century, and was completely reconstructed in the 18th century. During 2015, it was fully modernized with WIFI and a saltwater swimming pool. The first owners of this mansion were the Portuguese explorer Captain António Ramos and the Incan princess Catarina Capac Yupanqui. 


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 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

Beautiful accommodations with WIFI

Most meals included

Scheduled excursions to places of historical, cultural, and/or scenic interest

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

Retreat Fee, Registration, and Contact Information

$ 3250: 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. Space is limited.

Registration and Payment: 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 through an online invoice that will be emailed to you.

Questions? Email Linda Cammarata

Please see Instructor Bios and additional photos and videos below.


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.

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 mind-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.

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.

More photos and videos

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The gentle and scenic Ecovia river trail is within walking distance from our accommodation, and provides access to the old town of Ponte de Lima, with places for contemplation and meditation along the way.

The town of Ponte de Lima offers many historical and cultural remembrances in the forms of statues, stories, and poems. You will surely be charmed by what you discover here.

The village of Sistelo has been recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal, and is nicknamed the “Little Portuguese Tibet”.

Click the play icon below for an overview of our accommodations.

Click the play icon below for a brief overview of Ponte de Lima.

Click the play icon below for an aerial view of Ponte de Lima.

Click the play button below for an introduction to the nearby city of Guimarães. Considered the birthplace of Portugal, this city was named the European Capital of Culture in 2012. The historic town center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Northern Portugal is extraordinarily scenic. 

Here is a brief video about the Peneda-Gerês National Park:


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