The 5 Elements of Mindful Movement

Movement practice through Qigong, yoga, Chi Walking & Chi Running

Castello di Petrata
2018 dates tbc

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.


Retreat includes


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)


Guided hike/trail run along a newly-restored Roman aqueduct


CE’s for qualified healthcare professionals and massage therapists

Not included: Flights and travel insurance

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.