The 5 Elements of Mindful MovementMovement practice through Qigong, yoga, Chi Walking & Chi Running
Castello di Petrata
This retreat is located at Castello di Petrata, close to the medieval town of Assisi, in the Umbria region of Italy. Built from an ancient 14th century fortress, close to the Basilica of Saint Francis, Castello Petrata is a castle perched high upon a peaceful plateau in the countryside outside of Assisi. The castle’s spa offers a pool, Turkish baths, a Jacuzzi, and other spa services for your pleasure.
The birthplace of Saint Francis, Assisi is recognised as a spiritual World Heritage site. It 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.” You will visit ancient villages, hike and run in beautiful dense forests, tour Assisi, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and get to know the friendly local Italians.
Following on from the huge success of our 2016 retreat, I’ll be working once again alongside my friends Linda and Larry Cammarata who have been teaching mindful movement practices for over 20 years. The retreat will focus on self-compassion; mindful movement through yoga, Qigong, Chi Walking, Chi Running; and meditation as applied to self-regulation for stress, mood, and sleep management.
Larry is a clinical psychologist practicing in Asheville, North Carolina who specialises 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.
Accommodations at the scenic Castello Petrata di Assisi
Daily breakfast and dinner
Roundtrip transportation from Assisi to our accommodations
Daily classes with Dr. Larry Cammarata
Yoga classes with Linda Cammarata, RN, RYT
Classes with Gray Caws including Chi Walking and/or Chi Running
Guided tour of Assisi
Guided hike and/or walk/run through the the “Bosco di San Franceso” (Woodlands of Saint Francis)
The “Bosco di San Franceso” (Woodlands of Saint Francis) contains beautiful hills, pastures, hills, and valleys, with an historic tower and art installations, which include “Terzo Paradiso” (Third Level of Paradise) — a grove of olive trees that are fashioned in the form of an infinity symbol. The Woodlands ultimately lead to the Basilica of Saint Francis. The Woodlands are part of the Italian National Trust, which promotes respect for Italy’s natural heritage, art, history, and transitions.
Guided hike/trail run along a newly-restored Roman aqueduct
A trail in the Regiona Park of Monte Subasio, along the newly-restored Roman aqueduct which transported water over a millenium ago between the tiny fortified hamlet of Collepino and the town of Spello. The 10 kilometre route begins outside Spello’s Medieval Porta Montanara; from here the trail runs between the aqueduct and stunning views over the Umbrian valley and the distant Appenines. The route crosses two Medieval bridges with the final stretch to the castle of Collepino before returning to Spello.
CE’s for qualified healthcare professionals and massage therapists
Not included: Flights and travel insurance
23-30 October: Cost per person based on 2 people sharing $2400 (check) or $2500 (credit card): USD per person, double occupancy, airfare not included
You can pay by PayPal or bank transfer directly to Mindfulness Travels in the US. Please visit Mindfulness Travels US website to book your place.
The 5 Elements of Mindful Movement
Earth represents physical support and stability. This is the body’s foundational support. Restful sleep, relaxation and nourishing food restores the strength and quality of earth.
Water provides fluidity to motion. Water provides fluidity to motion. When you can sense controlled, fluid movement your stride takes on a more elegant feel. Water lends elasticity to skin, muscles and joints, and allows you to face obstacles with grace and pleasure.
Fire symbolises work and transformation. Fire adds ‘drive’ to your movement and also provides smooth and natural energy that can sustain activity over a long period of time and without strain. Fire keeps water from turning to ice, allows it to be wet and flow.
Air represents the power of breath, the mind, thoughts and imagination. Air is an upward moving element. The key quality of air is movement and speed.
Space is container for other elements. Space is the whole body physically and energetically integrated, not just internally but with external environment and energies. Space has no beginning and no end. Makes space where things can happen.