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) 

Map of Spain

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 qigong (meditative movement). These mind-body skills can be applied to your personal and professional development. No prior experience 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 additional details, photos, and videos. 

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

Optional yoga classes with Linda Cammarata, RN, RYTTransfer included from Oviedo, Spain to retreat location and back to the Oviedo Airport                                                                        

9 Continuing Education Credits available for qualified health professionals

7.5 Continuing Education Credits available for Massage Therapists

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                                                                                       

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

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

Retreat Fee, Registration, and Contact Information

Retreat Fee: $2650 (check) or $2750 (credit card): USD per person for double occupancy. Single rooms are limited, and include a $500 supplemental fee. Airfare is not included.

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

Registration and Contact Information: To register, please email Linda Cammarata or call 828-712-8421.

Meet our Team

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 Sicily

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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Here is a video that depicts the natural beauty of the Asturias region:

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 2017