Spain with Lavinia Plonka: September 2019

Moving with Balance, Vitality, and Joy

in the beautiful mountains of Asturias, in Northern Spain

 Lavinia Plonka, GCFP, Larry Cammarata, Ph.D., and Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT

September 15 to 22, 2019

Mindfulness, Awareness Through Movement®, and Qigong (mindful movement) 

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

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Mindfulness meditation, gentle mindful movement, and hiking in the fresh mountain air

Our retreat is located in Asturias, Spain's best kept secret and home to Hotel Fuentes de Lucía, an ideal mountain retreat, which is an oasis of serenity that is located within Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Nature Reserve, a pristine biosphere reserve that has a rich cultural heritage. Surrounded by dramatic peaks, deep gorges, and crystal clear rivers, you will breathe in the pure mountain air, relax your body, calm your mind, and stretch your limbs. When we held our first retreat in Asturias during 2015, we were captivated by the breathtaking beauty and pristine nature. 

Begin the day with a gentle mindful movement practice followed by a hearty breakfast in the main dining room, before the day's hiking adventure unfolds. We will walk beautiful mountain trails, accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable guide who will support your experience with an inspiring blend of scenic hiking, historical insights, traditional customs, and wonderful food. 

In a supportive small group setting, you will learn about and practice mindfulness, Awareness Through Movement®, and mindful movement (qigong). These mind-body skills can be applied to your personal and professional development. No prior experience is necessary. 


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to  sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 9 continuing education hours upon completing this program.

Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation with Dr. Larry Cammarata

This educational program integrates the application of mindfulness, gentle mindful movement, and body awareness in the treatment of medical and psychological disorders. The skill of enhanced body awareness can support the presence of both client and clinician. Mindful movement can add dynamism and energy to the treatment process, literally “moving” our clients towards the experience of wholeness while facilitating embodied insight.  We will examine mindfulness, mindful movement, and body-oriented strategies designed to facilitate self-regulation, mood stabilization, and enhanced concentration. The application of mindful movement and body-oriented interventions in the treatment of various psychological disorders will also be covered. For more details, click on Course Objectives.

Awareness Through Movement® with Lavinia Plonka, GCFP

The Feldenkrais Method offers participants a somatic learning experience that connects brain and body. Operating from the workshop theme of "Balance, Vitality and Joy," the classes, called Awareness Through Movement® lessons, use safe, gentle movements, combined with attention; the Feldenkrais Method helps people discover and re-pattern habits that may be interfering with their optimum functioning. Awareness Through Movement® lessons, most of which are done lying down, have been shown to reduce stress, increase flexibility, increase vitality and create a sense of dynamic stability for the whole self. Lavinia's choice of lessons (there are over 1000) have been carefully curated to support participants' enjoyment of the walking environment of Asturias. 

Retreat Includes:

Beautiful mountain view accommodations with WIFI

Daily hikes with an expert guide

Breakfast, dinner, and most lunches are included.  

Awareness Through Movement® classes with Lavinia Plonka, GCFP 

Mindful movement for self-regulation: Mindfulness and mindful movement classes with Dr. Larry Cammarata

Yoga classes with Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT

Transfer included from Oviedo, Spain to retreat location and back to the Oviedo Airport                                                                        

Excursions include majestic landscape hikes with a professional local guide:

Touring the finest areas of the Ubiñas Mountains, part of the Cordillera Cantábrica Mountain range                          

Walking through the local ancient forest that connects to small, rural villages                                                        

Exploring Somiedo National Park, a seldom-visited park that is one of Spain's most beautiful settings                     

Hiking along the northern Cantabrian coast, where the forest meets the sea                                                                                       

Our daily walking tours with a local guide support you in walking at your preferred pace and distance.

7.5 CE credits for massage therapists through NCBTMB.

For qualified health professionals who complete the educational program entitled, "Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation", a total of 9 CE credits are offered to Professional Counselors, LCSWs, Licensed Psychologists, and Registered Nurses. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

Questions? Email Linda Cammarata

Register now to reserve your place. This retreat is limited to 16 participants.

Retreat Fee, Registration, and Contact Information

$ 2650: Double occupancy (USD check, per person, double occupancy, airfare not included).

$ 3150: Single occupancy (USD check; space is limited for single occupancy; airfare not included)

$ 2750: Double occupancy (USD credit card, per person, double occupancy, airfare not included)

$ 3250: Single occupancy (USD credit card, per person, single occupancy, airfare not included)

Registration and Contact Information: Please email Linda Cammarata to register prior to submitting your payment, to ensure that there is space available. 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. 

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Lavinia 2015 scarf

Body language expert Lavinia Plonka, GCFP has helped people improve their movement, behavior, relationships and careers for over 35 years. Her unique expertise connects the dots among posture/movement, emotions, and the mind. Lavinia’s training and professional career have included theater, dance, yoga and the martial arts. She has taught The Feldenkrais Method® for over 25 years and is a level CL4 teacher of the Alba Method. She was an artist in residence for the Guggenheim Museum and movement consultant for theater and television companies around the world, from the Irish National Folk Theater to Nickelodeon. From Esalen to the Council on Aging, from Beijing to Mexico, Lavinia’s popular workshops explore the intersection between movement, emotions, and the mind. She is currently the director of Asheville Movement Center in Asheville, NC, offering a complete movement curriculum including workshops and private lessons. Lavinia’s writing includes several books and audio programs well as her popular column CosmiComedy.

L & L Headshot

Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT and Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. have been teaching mindful movement practices for over 25 years. Linda 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 licensed psychologist practicing in Asheville, North Carolina who specializes in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and education. 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 and Qigong who has received advanced training in China and in the US. Linda & Larry teach at yoga teacher training programs and lead international mindfulness-oriented retreats. They share a passion for mindful movement, music, and travel.


Select photos from our 2015 Asturias retreat 

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The video below depicts the natural beauty of the Asturias region.

And the following video provides an excellent overview of our accommodation.

This link will take you to a photo blog that accurately captures the beauty, nature, and culture of Asturias:

Asturias: Spain's Best Kept Secret

Details are subject to change, although we expect the essential itinerary to remain intact.

      © L. Cammarata 2019