Assisi, Italy with Dr. Ron Siegel: October 2018

The Nature of Mindfulness

Awakening the Heart of Peace and Healing

October 7 to 13, 2018

in Assisi, Italy

Dr. Ronald Siegel, Dr. Larry Cammarata, & Linda Cammarata RN, RYT

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

Our retreat is located at Castello Petrata, close to the medieval town of Assisi, in the Umbria region of Italy, which has been described by Lonely Planet as, "Italy's green heart…a land unto itself, the only Italian region that borders neither the sea nor another country. Removed from outside influences, it has kept alive many of Italy's old-world traditions." Please see thevideos at the bottom of this page, which provide an overview of the Umbria region and a detailed look at Assisi.

Castello Petrata is a castle perched high upon a peaceful plateau in the countryside outside of Assisi. The birthplace of Saint Francis, Assisi is recognized as a spiritual World Heritage site. Castello Petrata was built from an ancient 14th century fortress, close to the Basilica of Saint Francis.You will visit ancient villages, hike in beautiful forests, explore Assisi, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and get to know the friendly local Italians.

The retreat is open to everyone, with continuing education credits provided to qualified professionals such asLicensed Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Registered Nurses, and Massage Therapists. It will include educational classes that focus on mindfulness, mindful movement, mindfulness skills for your personal health and wellness, and applications of mindfulness, compassion, and mindful movement for your clients, patients, and students. Scheduled excursions and free time for personal exploration and relaxation are included.

Retreat Includes:

Mindfulness practice and clinical applications of mindfulness with Dr. Ronald Siegel

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

Optional Yoga classeswith Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT

Accommodations for 6 nights and 7 days at the scenic Castello Petrata

Dailybreakfast and gourmet dinner, plus scheduled lunches at Castello Petrata

Scheduled transportation to Assisi

Tour of the medieval village of Spello with a local art historian, including an optional hike along the Romanaqueduct

Guided hike in the“Bosco di San Francesco” (Woodland of Saint Francis)

Tours of Eremo delle Carcere (a mountain forest hermitage of Saint Francis) and Rocca Maggiore (a medieval fortress that overlooks the town of Assisi)

Optional spa services

Optional truffle hunting with local guides

23 CEcredits for qualified healthcare professionals

7.5 CE credits for qualified massage therapists

Retreat Fee, Registration, and Contact Information

$2650(check) or $2750 (credit card): USD per person, double occupancy, airfare not included

Private rooms are available for an additional $500.00 fee.

Registration and Contact Information:Please emailLinda Cammaratato 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.


Please see the photos, videos, and instructor bios below.

Basilica of Saint Francis



Ronald D. Siegel, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts.He is author ofThe Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, coeditor ofMindfulness and PsychotherapyandWisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, and coauthor ofBack Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Painand the recent volume,Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.

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Linda Cammarata, RN, RYTandLarry Cammarata, Ph.D.have been teaching mindful movement practices for over 20 years. Linda specializes in the healing benefits of yoga, qigong, andmeditation 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. 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.

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Castello Petrata

Photos from previous Assisi retreats

Mindful movement in the beautiful gardens of Castello Petrata

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October mornings often greet us with a magical mist that disappears into the sunshine of the day.

The expansive grounds of Castello Petrata provide many scenic tranquil spaces for rest and relaxation.

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The ancient village of Assisi is a friendly place that offers culture, points of historical interest, inspiration, and great food.

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Assisi is a place where you will want to get“lost” in one of its many enchanting alleyways.The cobblestone streets can easily transport you to earthly delights of gelato and cappuccino as well as spiritual nourishment.

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Members of our joyous group atop the 14th Century“Annamaria Tower”, discovered during a walk through the Woodland of Saint Francis.

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This statue of Saint Francis greets you as you enter his mountain hermitage. Notice the inclusive religious symbols that surround him. Everyone is warmly welcomed here.

Rocca Maggiore is a medieval fortress that sits high upon a hill overlooking Assisi.

Terzo Paradiso (Third Paradise) is a land art installation by Michelangelo Pistoletto consisting of 121 olive trees. You will learn about its symbolism during our retreat. This photo was taken from the top of Rocca Maggiore during our October 2017 visit.

VIDEO: Assisi, Italy

VIDEO: The Umbria Region of Italy

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