©2019 by Pronto Seminars.



October 9 -14, 2019 in Umbria, Italy


with Sara Dill, MD, Vy Le, MBA, Ron Fouts, MA



This program offers an experiential learning environment, in a relaxed setting, focused on developing the capacity for self-awareness for your well-being in demanding situations

A Glimpse Into Your Day

At 7AM, wake up to a hearty Italian breakfast deliciously prepared by the Villa

At 9AM, the day session will start with instructor led mindful practices. Within an experiential learning environment the instructors will apply the insights of mindfulness-oriented well-being to clinical practice 

12PM - 1PM The smells of Italy are intoxicating. Enjoy heaps of nourishing homemade regional Umbrian specialties for lunch. 

Afternoons are open for you to relax and rejuvenate in the healing sanctuaries of Umbria, immerse yourself in the Umbrian nature, history, and art experience through scheduled excursions and/or integrate mindful practices through personal inner and outer exploration


Hotel Villa Zuccari

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.


With Optional Excursions

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.

Walking Tour of Assisi

Experience a nostalgic walking tour guided by expert historian on the trails of the Medieval town of Assisi, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Ancient walk of Peace Bosc di San Francesco. Followed by a special dinner in the gardens

Art Expression Workshop

Discover your inner artistry amidst the natural surroundings and serene atmosphere, further enhancing your sense of inner well-being


Exercise deep breathing and mindful movement to restore your well-being

Spa Services

Enjoy spa services by personal request





Sara Dill, MD is a board certified dermatologist and pediatric dermatologist. She is the Program Director for the Dermatology Training Program at Roger Williams Medical Center and is a qualified instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with training through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness.

Sara is a graduate of Harvard University, UC San Diego, School of Medicine, and Brown Medical School Residency.  After experiencing burnout, she took a sabbatical from practicing medicine and studied mindfulness and life coaching. She is a certified life coach and specializes in mindfulness-based coaching for physicians on burnout, stress reduction, and work-life balance. She is the author of the recently-published book The Doctor Dilemma: How to Quit Being Miserable Without Quitting Medicine and speaks to physician audiences. Her passion is in helping physicians and healthcare providers re-discover their joy and happiness in medicine.


Early Registration is Recommended


Tuition of $1450.00 USD includes all seminar materials (6 days) and the welcome reception

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 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/CME certificate fees, and transportation costs 

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


For more information contact us at info@italyseminars.com 

or +1 415 812 2576



This program 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, Nurses, 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. Several components make up the core experience of exploring Mindful Practices: 

  • Mindfulness Meditation: Cultivation of an open, receptive, and non-judgmental orientation to one’s present experience

  • Self-Compassion: Cultivation of goodwill practices for oneself and others

  • 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 altering habitual patterns of thinking and behavior


Mindfulness Knowledge and Skills

  • Establish a direct, first hand, experience of mindfulness

  • Cultivate mindfulness through silence, conversation and dialogue

  • Establish an experiential understanding of their capacity to deliberately “train” the mind

Focused Attention

  • Focus and sustain attention on a single object

  • Focus and sustain attention on changing objects

  • Apply and enhance the capacity to pause or stop

  • Demonstrate an increased ability to recognize mind wandering and to redirect the mind

Situational Awareness

  • Explore new approaches to meeting challenging situations as a provider

  • Improve ability to step back, listen and be present to self and others

  • Demonstrate the ability to be aware of multiple aspects of present moment experience

Compassion and Resiliency

  • Observe and investigate the dynamic interplay of fear/constriction and vulnerability/openness within ourselves and our patients

  • Recognize the therapeutic power of the heart through kindness, self-compassion practices

  • Report how Mindfulness-based practices and self-compassion practices can help patients better care for themselves and be able to support these competencies with evidence-based research

  • Utilize mindfulness practices and self-compassion practices as a method for developing resilience

  • Describe the signs and consequences of burnout

  • Discuss warning signs of accumulating stress and apply mindfulness practices to manage them more effectively