Sugar Beach, Costa Rica with Amber Acheson, RYT:      February 2020

The Art of Living a Mindful Life

Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation

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

Playa Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Beach)
Northern Pacific Coast of Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica

Sunday, February 9 to Saturday, February 15, 2020

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

Observing beautiful sunsets is a daily ritual during this time of year.


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.

Yoga Platform Sugar Beach

In addition to the educational program described above, this uplifting retreat is designed to support and inspire you in living a mindful life with a focused mind, open heart, and relaxed body. You’re invited to explore the art of self-care through: gentle yoga, mindful movement, and mindfulness meditation. You will also enjoy time for deep relaxation in nature. Your senses will be enhanced by: delicious cuisine, leisurely walks along the beach, planned excursions, and experiencing the sights and sounds of nature that will surround you. This retreat provides you with an opportunity to restore your vitality and wellness while cultivating kindness, gentleness, and equanimity. 


Sugar Beach Resort is located within a secluded cove in Guanacaste province on 24 acres of natural beauty. This area of Costa Rica is known for long days of sunshine, beautiful beaches, wildlife, and clean, warm water. Practice yoga and qigong in the open-air pavilion overlooking the Pacific. 

Master Suite Sugar Beach

Enjoy swimming in the Pacific Ocean just steps from your beautiful, well-appointed accommodation. Awaken to the sounds of exotic birds and howler monkeys. 

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Experience mindful relaxation, as modeled by these master teachers.

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Observe the beauty of nature in its many forms, such as this tiger heron that we encountered on our 2019 tour of Palo Verde National Park.

Retreat Includes:

Beautiful accommodations at the Sugar Beach Resort 

Daily Gentle Yoga classes with Amber Acheson, RYT

Daily Restorative Yoga classes with Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT

Mindfulness and mindful movement classes with Dr. Larry Cammarata 

Breakfast and dinner

Sailing excursion that includes snorkeling

Palo Verde National Park river boat tour

Round trip ground transportation from Liberia, Costa Rica to Sugar Beach Resort (approx. 90 minutes each way)

Optional massages

7.5 CE credits for massage therapists through NCBTMB.

For qualified health professionals who complete the educational program, 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

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. 

Phone: 828-712-8421 

Payment: Please use drop-down menu

"I have referred about 4 people so far, to your website, telling them about…the retreats I have attended, as well as, about the others offered. You and Linda have created something truly rare, and deeply valuable. It can help change an individual’s entire way of being in the world. And, oh does the world need many more of us. After learning Qigong at the retreat, I am in love with Qigong. I realize my sense of time, while in Sugar Beach, was so present. I never thought about how many days were left, or what life would be after—I was just there-—with myself and each of the individuals in our group. Thank you again for such a beautiful experience." 

C.C., psychotherapist, CA


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Amber Acheson, RYT considers herself a student of life first and foremost. Her time spent in the schools of partnership, motherhood, creative endeavor and spirituality have taught her the most about what it means to be fully human. She’s grateful for the tools Yoga has taught her about embodiment, emotional regulation, and connection to a greater source and purpose in life. 

Amber has been a dedicated yoga teacher for over a decade. Her intention for sharing yoga is to inspire others to find connection, authenticity and empowerment in their own lives for the betterment of all life everywhere. She currently serves as the Director of Teacher Trainings and sits on the Board of Directors at Asheville Community Yoga, a nonprofit organization located in Asheville, NC that strives to make yoga accessible to all.

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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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