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Sept 29 - Oct 4, 2020 in Umbria, Italy


with James Duffy MD, FANPA, FAAHPM, DABMA,     and Alejandro Chaoul, PhD



The twenty-first century healer stands at the crossroads of enormous, and unpredictable change. It has been estimated that the scientific medical database doubles every two months, and the power of our scientific medicine has grown beyond our own imaginations. As healers we stand at the center of this whirlwind of scientific change. Our role as healers has always been to create and hold a space safe where our patients can experience the benefits of our treatments, and also the inspiration of our healing presence. There has perhaps never been a time when our calling has been so challenging, and vital. 

The staggering increase in clinician burnout suggests that healers are struggling to sustain their calling. What does it suggest for our societies when our healers themselves experience such malaise?

Fortunately, our ancient healing wisdom traditions have provided us with an “inner technology” that can balance the genius of our physical sciences. During this workshop we will work together to explore these wisdom teachings and their relevance to ourselves, and our work as healers. 

During our time together, we will be invigorated as we:

1) Rediscover the story of our common healing lineage, and the powerful lessons of our elders.

2) Learn contemplative techniques for accessing our innate capacity for flourishing.

3) Explore clinical skills that will help us connect with, and inspire our patients.



24 hours of didactic and experiential sessions over 5 days. The material includes recent neuroscientific discoveries, ancient contemplative wisdom, and contemporary positive psychology perspectives.



(Each session will begin and end with a contemplative practice relevant to session material)

Session One

  • Goals and Program Structure

  • Brief Overview of Clinician Wellness in the Twenty-first century

  • Setting our Intention: Contemplative Practice on Clarifying our Vision

  • The importance of Presence/Inner Refuge: Stillness as a doorway. 

  • Contemplative Practice on Stillness and Openness 

Session Two

  • The Healer’s Journey – Understanding our lineage and where we are on our own path to healing

  • Becoming our Own Best Friend – Working with Shame and Trust

  • Contemplative Practice on Self-Compassion

Session Three

  • The Lexicon of Healing -The Nature of Suffering and Healing

  • Being Present – Scientific and Contemplative Foundations

Session Four

  • The Attributes of a Healer

  • Contemplative Practice, stillness & attention, silence & awareness

Session Five

  • The “Yoga of Medicine” – The 5 Contemplative Clinical Practices that transform our work as healers

  • Our CPR (Creating Professional Resilience) plan



Located in the San Luca district of Montefalco, the Villa is a large country house. The building’s oldest wing dates back to the late 16th century while the facade and the general layout date back to the 1800’s. Originally, the family’s living quarters were on the large upper floor while the ground floor served as the storage area for the foods harvested from the fields and the administrative office. The villa is surrounded by centuries-old trees and grounds that extend over an area of 40,000 square meters, where you can enjoy the 20 x 10 meter infinity swimming pool. The park, with its cypress-lined path, forest and extremely rare varieties of trees, including the Ginkgo biloba, paulownia, field maple, pink flowering horse-chestnut tree, Italian stone pine, and many more, is completely level, making it an ideal place for walking or jogging. The 980 Meilland rose bushes offer a unique spectacle from May to October.



Truffle Hunting is an extraordinary Italian adventure where you can be immersed in the traditions and culture of Umbria, the pinnacle of Italy’s truffle tradition

Guided by expert truffle hunters along the forests made up of beech and oak trees, you will find rich black truffles of both the winter and summer varieties while white truffles are found in the valleys below the mountains. This is an optional excursion, paid for in Euros on site. 



Professor of Clinical Psychiatry UCSF. Jim has been a full professor at several major medical schools including Cornell, and the University of Texas. He is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, integrative medicine and medical acupuncture. He is past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Medicine at the Texas Medical Center. He has published numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and textbooks. He has received teaching awards at Brown and UCSF and worked in the area of clinician renewal for almost twenty years. His intention is to facilitate an integral bridge between the ancient wisdom and scientific perspectives of healing.

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Director, Mind Body Institute, Houston, Texas. Dr. Chaoul is the Huffington Foundation Endowed Director of the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston, bringing a new approach for helping healthcare professionals flourish by reducing stress and burnout, and improving health, resilience and nourish the human spirit. 

He brings 20 years of experience at The University of Texas M.D. Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine. Since 1999, he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, holds group meditation classes for cancer patients and their support system, has a meditation clinic consultation as part of the Integrative Medicine Center, and directs the education programs. He is also an adjunct faculty member at The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care.

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Alejandro has taught at Rice University, the University of Houston and the Jung Center of Houston. In addition, he collaborates in the area of interfaith and contemplative practices at The Rothko Chapel and the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University. Since 1995, he has been teaching Tibetan meditation and Tibetan yogic practices under the auspices of the Ligmincha Institute in various parts of the U.S.A., Latin America and Europe. 

His research and publications focus on mind-body practices in integrative care, examining how these practices can reduce chronic stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and improve quality of life. He is the author of Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition (SnowLion, 2009) and Tibetan Yoga for Health and Wellbeing (Hay House, 2018), and has also published in the area of religion and medicine, medical anthropology and the interface of spirituality and healing. Dr. Chaoul has recently been recognized as a Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute.



Early Registration is Recommended


Step 1 Register for the program now by clicking the button below. 

Step 2 Book Your Accommodations

After you have registered we will send you a confirmation letter along with information on how to book your accommodations at Villa Zuccari

The Villa is offering our group a preferred rate which includes a full breakfast and lunch each day and other amenities starting at 80 euros per person, which is not available to the public. 

Your accommodation is a separate fee, paid directly to the Villa and is coordinated by Villa Zuccari staff. 


Per person per night, includes Breakfast & Lunch

Classic Double Room € 90

Classic Double Room single use € 130 

Superior Double Room € 105

Superior Double Room single use € 145 

Deluxe Double Room € 120

Deluxe Double Room single use € 170 

Junior Suite € 135

Suite € 145

Torretta € 160


Double Room € 80

Double Room single use € 120


Seminar Cancellation Policy

· You must email your cancellation request to;

· 100% of paid registration fees, less a $50.00 administration fee per registration, will be refunded for cancellations received by or before    May 1, 2020;

· 25% of the paid registration fees will be refunded on all cancellations made between May 2 and August 31, 2020;

· There are no refunds after September 1, 2020.

Villa Booking & Cancellation Policy

At the time of booking, a 1-night non-refundable deposit secures the reservation;

Cancellations received within 15 days prior to arrival date will be subjected to a penalty of 25% of total stay;

Cancellations received within 7 days prior to arrival date will be subjected to a penalty of 50% of total stay;

In case of no-show or early departure, you pay total stay.


Tuition of $1450.00 USD includes all seminar materials

Upon arrival you will be welcomed in true Italian hospitality by the Villa staff and Pronto team. After you have refreshed in your suite, you are invited to attend an evening Welcome Reception, gathering for orientation and introductions with local Italian wine and culinary treats


  • International airfare (to/from Italy)

  • Accommodations are booked separately and includes breakfast and lunch, starting at 80 euros per person per night for double occupancy

  • Extras include optional excursions, CE certificate fees, and transportation costs 

  • We can support you with transportation arrangements to/from the Villa


For more information contact us at 

or +1 415 812 2576



+1.415.812.2576 or +1.415.867.4698

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