Sicily, Italy with Gray Caws: 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 Gray Caws

Scopello, Sicily

May 29 to June 4, 2022

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

Includes a beautiful hotel accommodation 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.


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

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.

Our retreat is located within the beautiful Mediterranean seaside hamlet 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, such as the temple at Segesta. 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 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 a special place in our hearts.


Educational Program

Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation 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 in a hotel close to the Mediterranean Sea

Easy access to swimming and hiking 

Breakfasts and dinners 


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 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

Phone: 828-398-4680

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.


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Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT is a Registered Nurse and Registered Yoga Teacher 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.

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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. 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.


Gray Caws is a dear friend with a kind presence who is based in London, England, UK. Please read his personal statement below.

I am truly honoured that Linda and Larry have asked me to join them on this retreat. It was co-teaching with them in Italy in 2016 that inspired me to deepen my ‘Qi’ practice and train to be a teacher. If you're like me, then you love nothing better than to get outside and explore. I find that if I need a bit of a motivational boost to get that feeling of true contentment, being outdoors running, walking, and playing is where I need to be. 

My intention for this retreat is to guide you through the practice of mindful walking and running—whatever works for you—and to explore and share together the natural beauty of the environment. I believe that true health and vitality is nourished by focusing your mind and listening to your body. This allows you to tap into your natural, intuitive flow of breath, energy, and movement. 

I’m a personal trainer with over 10-years coaching experience, a running coach, and breathworker with a master certification in the Oxygen Advantage and Buteyko methods. I’m also a ‘new’ teacher of Qi Gong, having trained with Lee Holden and now enjoying the mentorship of Dr. Larry Cammarata.


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 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).

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

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