Croatia: May 27-June 2, 2018

Moving into Vitality and Joy

A mindful movement retreat featuring tai chi, qigong, yoga, and meditation for everyone!

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

Hvar Island, Croatia

May 27 to June 2, 2018

Hvar Island is regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the world.Our retreat is located in the charming village of Dol Sveta Ana, a pristine 12th Century hamlet discretely nestled into the verdant brush & pinewood forest that majestically rises above the island's oldest settlement, Stari Grad. Our accomodatlons will be atSuncokret, a boutique holistic retreat center adorned by stone cottages in a secluded setting.

Dol Sveta Ana is often compared to Provence and Tuscany, with its sprawling vineyards, noble olive groves, fragrant lavender plantations, fertile fields, and charming stone cottages, so elegantly framed by the distant blue sea and open sky. Located only minutes away from the island's major attractions, yet peacefully tucked away from bustling tourist towns, St. Ana provides an ideal escape from ordinary life to an extraordinary organic haven.

In a supportive small group setting,you will learn about and practice the skills of mindfulness and mindful movement,skills that can be applied to your personal and professional development. In addition to your accommodations, the retreat also includescultural explorations, adventures in nature, and great food. No prior experience with meditation or mindful movement is necessary. CE credits are available for qualified licensed health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, registered nurses, and massage therapists.Please read below for details, photos, and videos.

The charming bay town of Hvar features a lively main square crowned by a hilltop fortress. This is a place,“…where 13th-century walls surround beautifully ornamented Gothic palaces and traffic-free marble streets…”(

You will learn about, experience, and practice the skills of mindfulness and mindful movement.

Mindfulnessis a skill that trains you to live in the present moment with intention, attention, and acceptance. It’s a way of developing kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity that can make a difference in the quality of your life and the lives of others.

Mindful movement encompasses a range ofgentle mind-body exercises that integrate mental focus, postural alignment, breath awareness, and deep relaxation. We will explore the practices of Qigong*, Tai Chi, and Yoga. No prior experience is necessary and all movement practices can be modified to suit your physical capabilities.

*Qigong (prounced“chee gung”) is an ancient Chinese healing practice that cultivates vitality, stability, balance, and relaxation.Through gentle focused meditative movement, breathing techniques, and visualization, the practice of qigong supports cardiovascular health and immune system functioning, reduces pain, strengthens joints, and promotes relaxation of the body, calmness of mind, and the balancing of emotions.

Captivating lavender fields to sea views

Idyllic beaches and crystal clear water of the Adriatic Sea, which is part of theMediterranean Sea

Relax, restore, and renew in a stunningly beautiful natural setting.

Comfortable, tastefully appointed rooms

Delicious, healthy brunches and dinners featuring Mediterranean cuisine and Dalmatian specialties.

Retreat Includes:

Transportation to and from Split to Hvar Island

Charming cottage retreat accommodations with beautiful views

Daily guided excursions featuring the culture and nature of Croatia

Chef-prepared brunch and dinners

Daily mindfulness and mindful movement (qigong) classes with Larry Cammarata, Ph.D.

Yoga classes with Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT

9 Continuing Education Credits available for qualified health professionals

7.5 Continuing Education Credits available for Massage Therapists

The retreat is open to everyone, with continuing education credits provided to qualified professionals, including Licensed Professional Counselors, LCSWs, Licensed Psychologists, Registered Nurses, and Massage Therapists.

Retreat Fee:$2200 (check) or $2300 (credit card): USD per person for double occupancy (a limited number of single rooms are available for this retreat); airfare not included.

EmailLinda Cammarataor call 828-712-8421 for registration and to inquire about available space.

Meet our Team

Larry Cammarata headshot

Larry Cammarata, a licensed psychologist practicing in Asheville, North Carolina who specializes in mindfulness-based therapy and education. He is an instructor ofTai Chi Chuan and Qigongwho has received advanced training in China and in the US. Larryis a published author who was designated as an "Author-Expert" byIDEAfor his writing, teaching, and service in the field of mid-body health, fitness, and wellness. Along with Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, and other leaders in the mindfulness field, Larry 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 theCenter for Mindfulnessat the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.

Linda Cammarata, RN, RYTis the Chief Inspiration Officer of Mindfulness Travels. She's a yoga instructor, qigong instructor, and registered nurse who specializes in integrative medicine and sleep education. Linda has spent over 30 years studying, teaching, and presenting her unique programs at women’s conferences, health spas, yoga studios, and other venues internationally. Linda has extensively trained with several qigong masters, has comprehensively studied energy medicine, and has a wide array of knowledge of women’s issues and sleep disorders.

L. Cammarata 2017