Pronto Seminars

Continuing Education Set in Italy

June 13-18, 2018: Mindful Practice: Bringing Mindfulness to Ourselves and to Our Patients with Michael Krasner, MD, FACP and Marie-Patricia Lück, MD

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  • Date: Wed, Jun 13, 2018 - Mon, Jun 18, 2018
  • Venue: Villa Zuccari
  • Location: Montefalco, Italy
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24 CME and CE credits are available for physicians, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors and registered nurses.

Course Description

A multi-day retreat-like workshop designed to improve the quality of care that clinicians provide while improving their own resilience and well-being.

It offers an experiential learning environment, with a focus on developing the capacity for self-awareness in stressful and demanding situations.

Designed for medical practitioners and healthcare professionals (physicians, NPs, Pas, Psychologists, Therapists, Counselors) involved in practice and education. No prior experience is required; however, experience with meditation or other contemplative practices is welcomed.

Session themes include communication with patients/families, responding to suffering, difficult decisions, errors, professionalism, medical education, compassion, self-care, resilience, and burnout.

Three components that make up the core experience of Mindful Practice are:

  • Mindfulness Meditation: Cultivation of an open, receptive, and non-judgmental orientation to one’s present experience
  • Narrative Medicine: Creation and sharing of reflective stories that explore the profound and meaningful experiences one has as a clinician
  • Appreciative Inquiry: A strength-based approach to individual and organizational change that alters habitual patterns of thinking and behavior

Physicians and other health professionals who have undergone training in mindful practice experience significant improvements in measures of personal well-being, resilience, and the quality of interpersonal care they provide to patients and their families. A growing number of medical institutions and healthcare systems are using Mindful Practice interventions for enhancing resilience among physicians and other health professionals.

In 2009, we published a report showing that practitioners participating in Mindful Practice programs show significant improvements in mindfulness, reduction in burnout, decrease in negative mood states, and enhancement of well-being and resilience (Krasner MS et al, JAMA 2009). These changes are associated with increased ability to experience and communicate empathy. Participants tend to adopt a more psychosocial orientation to care, in which their relationships with patients are richer, deeper, and more effective. They report a greater sense of purpose, community, and skill navigating the most challenging aspects of their practice (Beckman HB et al. Acad Med 2012). Since 2010, over 1000 health professionals worldwide have participated in Mindful Practice workshops and trainings.


Michael Krasner, MD, FACP

“Mick” Krasner, MD, FACP, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, practices primary care internal medicine in Rochester, New York. He has been teaching Mindfulness-Based interventions to patients, medical students, and health professionals for more than 16 years, involving nearly 2200 participants, including over 800 health professionals, and is engaged in a variety of research projects including the investigations of the effects of mindfulness on the immune system in the elderly, on chronic psoriasis, and on medical student stress and well-being. He was the project director of Mindful Communication: Bringing Intention, Attention, and Reflection to Clinical Practice, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the ACP and funded by the Physicians Foundation for Health Systems Excellence and reported in JAMA in September, 2009.

Dr. Krasner graduated from the UC San Diego School of Medicine, completed residency in combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and is currently full-time faculty engaged in direct patient care, medical student and residency education, post-graduate medical education, and research in the University’s Center for Mind-Body Research. He has shared his work in peer-reviewed publications, scientific assemblies, visiting professorships, and workshops throughout the world, focusing primarily on the roots of Hippocratic medicine through the cultivation of attention, awareness, and reflection of the health professional-healing relationship. His personal mission is centered on compassion in medicine and envisions a health professional-patient relationship where healing is truly bidirectional, care goals are mutually derived, and the uniqueness of the clinical encounter reflects the central act of mutual high regard.

Marie-Patricia Lück, MD

Dr. Marie-Patricia Lück is a Palliative Care Physician, Certified MBSR Teacher and Medical Educator. She worked many years in palliative medicine in South Africa before moving to London, UK where she was involved internationally in teaching various mindfulness programs. She now holds a faculty post in the Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and teaches as a core faculty member in the Mindful Practice program. She also continues to teach in South Africa for the Mindfulness Certificate Program at the University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her interest is in the cultivation of clinicians’ capacity for presence when facing the full spectrum of human suffering within a variety of culturally diverse, complex and intersectional contexts.

montefalcoAccreditation Information

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits:

The presentational method for this activity will be Case Presentation with Learner Participation, Lecture with Q&A, Small Group Discussion/Roundtable, Hands-On Demonstration, Workshop, Lab Exercises, and Interpersonal Practices. This activity targets all physician specialties. This activity will encompass the following desirable physician attributes:  Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, and Practice-Based Learning & Improvement.

Desired Outcomes

At the end of the activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Establish a direct, first hand, experience of mindfulness
  2. Cultivate mindfulness through silence, conversation and dialogue
  3. Distinguish between mindfulness and mindlessness
  4. Establish an experiential understanding of their capacity to deliberately “train” the mind
  5. Focus and sustain attention on a single object
  6. Focus and sustain attention on changing objects
  7. Demonstrate the ability to be aware of multiple aspects of present moment experience
  8. Demonstrate an increased ability to recognize mind wandering and to redirect the mind
  9. Recognize the therapeutic power of the heart
  10. Explore new approaches to meeting challenging situations as a provider
  11. Observe and investigate the dynamic interplay of fear/constriction and vulnerability/openness within ourselves and our patients
  12. Apply and enhance the capacity to pause or stop
  13. Discuss warning signs of accumulating stress and apply mindfulness practices to manage them more effectively
  14. Describe the signs and consequences of burnout
  15. Utilize mindfulness practice as a method for developing resilience
  16. Improve ability to step back, listen and be present to self and others
  17. Report how Mindfulness-based practices can help patients better care for themselves and be able to support these competencies with evidence-based research

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) through the joint providership of CME Consultants and Pronto Seminars. CME Consultants is accredited by the ACCME® to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Consultants designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), please contact Pronto Seminars at [email protected] should you require special assistance.


CE (Continuing Education) credits are provided for all courses by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC).  Credits for the courses are accepted by 3 accreditation agencies:

  • American Psychological Association: SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for its programs and their content.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association.  LCSWs and MFTs from other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through co-sponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

There is no partial CE credit. Full attendance is required for CE credits to be granted. For questions about CE credits visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at (707) 763-3576.



$1350.00 USD – Individual Registration  – Includes all materials and welcome reception for participant

$250.00 USD – Continuing Medical Education (CME) Certificate

$55.00 USD – Guests at Welcome Reception

$50.00 USD – Continuing Education (CE) Certificate


Venue – Villa Zuccari

Villa Zuccari Front Garden and TerraceThe Hotel Villa Zuccari, in the San Luca district of Montefalco, 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. (adapted from Villa Zuccari website)

Hotel Rates

Hotel rates are listed in Euros. All rates are per person and include full breakfast and lunch each day.
After registering for the seminar, you will receive booking instructions to receive these rates at the Villa Zuccari:

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

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Villa Booking & Cancellation Policy

  • At time of confirmation 1 night as a non-refundable deposit to secure the reservation.
  • Cancellations received within 15 days prior arrival date will be subjected to a penalty of 25% of total stay;
  • Cancellations received within 7 days prior 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.

Course Registration Cancellation Policy

  • You must email you cancellation request to [email protected]
  • 100% of paid registration fees, less a $50.00 administration fee per registration, will be refunded for cancellation requests received by or before March 31, 2018
  • 25% of the paid registration fees will be refunded on all cancellation requests made between April 1st and May 31st, 2018
  • There are no refunds after June 1st 2018.