Sicily with Kristine Weber: May 2022

Awakening Joy in Sicily 

Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation

An educational retreat featuring gentle mindful movement and mindfulness on the Mediterranean coast


Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. and Linda Cammarata RN, RYT 

with special guest teacher Kristine Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500 

Scopello, Sicily

May 29 to June 4, 2022

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

Includes accommodation in a beautiful hotel within walking distance to the Mediterranean Sea, cultural explorations, adventures in nature, great food, and training in mindfulness and mindful movement for self-regulation. No prior experience with meditation or mindful movement is necessary. 


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


EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM


For complete CE information and additional details, click on Educational Programs.


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. 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.


Our retreat is located within the beautiful Mediterranean seaside village of Scopello.

Our retreat is close to the Zingaro Nature Reserve, which feels like a beautiful desert island oasis because it is a beautiful desert island oasis where you can hike along well marked trails, swim in crystal clear water, explore cultural artifacts housed in several museums, or simply relax and take in the view! 

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The retreat accommodation is modern, comfortable, spacious, and beautifully appointed.


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The heated salt-water pool overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, with views of the nearby Zingaro Nature Reserve.


Sicily is the largest Italian island, and contains many treasures that are unknown to most tourists. You will appreciate the warm, friendly Sicilian people, who we have found to be expressive, joyful, and very kind. Lovers of ancient cultures, natural beauty, historical architecture, and great food will surely be pleased!  

Sicily contains many Greek ruins. This photo was taken during our Fall 2017 retreat.

When we first visited Western Sicily in 2015, it was love at first sight! Then, as we began to more fully appreciate the natural beauty, unique culture, and friendly people, our relationship to the place deepened and we knew that our love affair with this unique region would continue throughout our lives. One of the iconic natural jewels of this area is the Mediterranean Sea. The charming village of Scopello, the magnificent Zingaro Natural Reserve, and tranquil port towns adorn the landscape. As Larry’s ancestral homeland, Sicily is a place that holds much meaning and heart for us. 


RETREAT OVERVIEW


Educational Program

Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation with Dr. Larry Cammarata 

For complete CE information and additional details, click on Educational Programs.


Also included at the retreat

Beautiful accommodations in a hotel close to the Mediterranean Sea

Easy access to swimming and hiking 

Breakfasts and dinners 

Subtle®Yoga for Health and Self-Regulation classes with Kristine Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500.

These classes involve specific slow, mindful, evidence-informed yoga techniques that promote top-down and bottom-up self-regulation, hemispheric integration, increased vagal tone, and positive neuroplasticity. You will apply techniques for improving mind-body awareness – including proprioception and interoception. Registered Yoga Teachers will earn 10 hours of continuing education through Yoga Alliance for attending all classes with Kristine Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500. 

7.5 CE credits for massage therapists through NCBTMB are awarded for attending the educational program entitled, “Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation” with Larry Cammarata, Ph.D.

Excursions:

A guided cultural site tour 

An excursion to Zingaro Nature Reserve, (hiking in the reserve, breathtaking views, relaxation, and swimming in the turquoise blue sea).

A boating tour of the Mediterranean coast and its faraglioni (oceanic rock formations) within the blue sea

A visit to La Tonnara, a place of breathtaking beauty 

Transportation details:

The retreat includes scheduled group transportation from the Palermo Airport to our accommodation and transportation back to the airport upon conclusion of the retreat.

Retreat Fee, Registration, and Contact Information

$ 3050: Double occupancy (USD credit card, per person, double occupancy, airfare not included)

$ 3550: Single occupancy (USD credit card, per person, single occupancy, airfare not included)

Registration and Contact Information: 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 by clicking on the "Pay Now" button below, using the drop-down menu to specify your fee category. 

Questions? Email Linda Cammarata

Phone: 828-712-8421

Please use drop-down menu to specify room type.


The following video was recorded during a personal visit in October 2019 that convinced us to return here on retreat. Of course, the dates and plans for our retreat are now set.


TEACHING TEAM and MORE PHOTOS


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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.


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Kristine Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500 is the founder of Subtle® Yoga and a leading authority on the neuroscientific benefits of slow, mindful yoga. She’s an advocate for the use of these practices as an integral part of the solution to the healthcare crisis. Her Subtle® Yoga Revolution series of online courses has been praised by thousands all over the world. 

She has studied yoga and holistic healing for more than 30 years, taught yoga since 1995, trained teachers since 2003, and trained mental health professionals to use yoga in their clinical practice for over a decade at UNC Health Sciences at the Mountain Area Health Education Center. She was recently invited to speak to staff and members of the U.S. Congress at Capitol Hill about the potential benefits of yoga therapy in the healthcare system.

Kristine presents workshops and trainings internationally and speaks about the benefits of slow, mindful yoga at health care conferences and on podcasts. She has published a book and many articles, written book chapters, and is currently conducting research on Subtle® Yoga for addiction recovery. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her New Zealander husband Brett, son Bhaerava and neuroprotective cat, Jerry. Find out more at www.subtleyoga.com.



The Zingaro Nature Reserve is bordered by the seaside towns of San Vito Lo Capo and Castellammare del Golfo.

Castellammare del Golfo 

"The stunning promontory between Castellammare del Golfo and Monte Cofano...is perhaps the most beautiful in all of Sicily. At its foot lies the fishing village of Castellammare del Golfo, founded by the Elymians as the port for the city of Segesta. It has a pleasant harbour that is overlooked by the remains of a much-modified Saracen castle and surrounded by sandy beaches…(Lonely Planet)."

      © L. Cammarata 2020