8 Days Cultural Immersion and Yoga Retreat Cuba

  • Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba, Havana, Cuba

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Overview

Invigorating Cuba Yoga Retreat

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Yoga, dancing, and hiking on the beach in the heat is Rivkah’s idea of a perfect week. Join like-minded souls from around the world for a relaxing wellness week with organic and healthy food, invigorating yoga practice, and energizing and liberating dance classes. In addition, you can also experience an excursion to Old Havana which was recently named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Meditation, hiking, salsa lesson, Spanish lesson, spa night, beachcombing, yoga with live music, bonfire with live music, and folk dance workshop will enrich your retreat.

    Highlights

    • Daily yoga practices
    • Salsa class with Cuban teacher
    • SUP yoga class with Eduardo Pimentel
    • DIY spa night and aromatherapy workshop
    • Orishas dance show and workshop
    • Guided tour to Old Havana
    • 7 nights' accommodation
    • Daily meals

    Skill level

    • Beginner

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: French, Italian, Spanish, English
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    All rooms are spacious, comfortable, and include air conditioning and en-suite bathroom. There are single or double occupancy options. The villas are partially sustained with solar panels and all water is naturally heated. The location provides ample indoor settings and numerous outdoor green spaces for your yoga practice. Most people come on this retreat alone. Rivkah Rachel will find you a roommate of the same sex. It’s a great place to meet new friends!

    Amenities

    • Daily housekeeping service
    • Queen bed / single occupancy
    • Twin beds / double occupancy
    • Towels, linens, and toiletries
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Common dining hall for all students
    • Internet on site (available for extra cost)
    • Laundry (available for extra cost)
    • Swimming pool
    • Squash courts
    • Local restaurants, cafés, and small grocery store

    Come with whoever you would like. This retreat is open to all ages, sexes, but unfortunately only to the human species.

    The retreat schedule involves morning yoga and meditation, 3 organic home-cooked meals, afternoon yoga workshops, evening activities, free time after lunch, and two excursion days.

    Rivkah Rachel and Eduardo Pimentel will be guiding you through various yoga classes. The classes will range from Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, and Iyengar.

    Suitable for all levels, these moving meditation classes will challenge each student to go beyond where they have been before in a safe and authentic environment that encourages questions, smiles, and laughter. Whether you have been practicing for a decade or have never stepped on the mat, you will find your place within your Cuba yoga family.

    During the week, everyone has the opportunity for a one-on-one yoga session with one of the most experienced and talented Iyengar trained teachers in the world, Eduardo Pimentel. You will also have a chance to have a group class with some of Eduardo’s students here in Havana.

    Besides yoga, you will have all sorts of fun planned for you: salsa lesson, Spanish lesson, spa night, beachcombing, a tour of Havana, yoga to live music, bonfire with live music, and folk dance workshop! All activities on this retreat program are optional, though Rivkah Rachel hopes you will participate in all of them.

    On this retreat, you will go on a guided tour of Old Havana which is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.

    The retreat will take place at Mhai Yoga Retreat in Havana, Cuba. The resort is across a beautiful quiet beach, only 15 minutes away from Old Havana - recently named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. This beautifully secluded atmosphere is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenating your mind, body, and soul. Beautiful beach villas surrounded by lush plants and tropical flowers are the perfect setting for your yoga journey. These villas are situated just steps away from the beach. Take serenity on the outdoor terraces which are perfect for reading or sunset meditation.

    Distances

    • Old Havana - 15 minutes

    There will be three organic healthy meals served each day by an expert local chef using only the best ingredients grown nearby. Although mainly vegetarian, there will be fish and chicken served at some of the meals and there is unlimited coffee and tea. Rivkah Rachel is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions so please let her know. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

    • A night out in Havana
    • A tour of las Terrazas biosphere and ecological reserve
    • Kitesurfing lessons
    • Massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures

    The program includes DIY spa night and aromatherapy workshop. Massage, manicure-pedicure, or facial is also available for free if you book with a friend.

    • 1 private yoga class with Eduardo Pimentel
    • 7 nights' accommodation at a beach front villa
    • Daily 3 healthy meals
    • Daily housekeeping
    • DIY spa night and aromatherapy workshop
    • Guided tour to Old Havana
    • Massage, manicure-pedicure, or facial (if you book with a friend)
    • Meditation sessions
    • Orishas dance show and workshop
    • Salsa class with a Cuban teacher
    • SUP yoga class with Rivkah Rachel
    • Twice daily yoga classes in many styles
    • Unlimited coffee, tea, and filtered water
    • Use of swimming pool, squash courts, and other amenities on villa grounds
    • Gratuities for staff
    • Kitesurfing lessons and additional SUP rentals
    • Massages, facials, or other spa treatments (25-80 CAD)
    • Night out in Havana
    • Optional trip to Las Terrazas Nature reserve (40 CAD)
    • Roundtrip airfare to Havana (flights from Montreal average 450 CAD)
    • Souvenirs
    • Transfer from airport to the accommodation (Rivkah Rachel can book it for you)
    For information about the booking conditions, please send Rivkah Rachel an inquiry.

    Testimonials

    • Review by A traveller from Canada

      "We are not always the kind of traveler who gets to a place and just likes to sit down, but this place was too enticing to turn back from. Pulling in at around 5:30 in the afternoon we looked at other things to do in the area, but soon got swayed to hang around by their warm and inviting common area. When deciding on a place to eat, we were once again enticed by the on-site restaurant, and we closed off the evening in the hot tub, watching the moon and Jupiter in the night sky, with the Atlantic Ocean within arm's reach. "

      "All in all, a very relaxing place with friendly staff."

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    • Review by Heather Cumming from Canada

      "We had a great experience winter camping in the big red yurt- thanks to the owners and all staff who made our experience enjoyable for our family of five. We felt welcome even when our little ones were running around the lodge during meal times. Barbara read to our wee ones so we could enjoy a meal- an unexpected surprise. Amazing food and superb scenery- looking forward to another adventure at Cabot Shores."

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    • Review by A traveller from Canada

      "We will definately be going back. The whole experience was refreshing. The food was delicious. I have a food allergy and was thankful for how accommodating the staff was. Will be talking about this experience for awhile."

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    • Review by Lauren B-Mac

      "Thank you so much, we really enjoyed our stay in the Forest Yurt! Such a great laid-back place to explore with kids, the staff was wonderful and the food was awesome. We will be back soon for a longer stay!"

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    • Review by Mike Spence

      "If you want a place to sit in your luxurious room, watching satellite TV, then keep looking. If however, you enjoy nature and the wilderness, book this place now!"

      "We stayed in the Eagles Nest and it was amazing! Waking up overlooking the trees with the sun shining down on us was unforgettable. Going to bed and gazing at the stars and moon,same. "

      "We got in late and during breakfast the next morning, Barbara came over with a map and asked us what we liked to do. She showed us where things were that we never would've known about or found on our own. I got to jam with Paul one night in the main lodge. We rented a canoe and dragged it up 3 sets of rapids to a lovely little sand beach at the base of another set of rapids and spent the day swimming in a huge pool with not a soul around. "

      "We will be back next summer, with all our kids and their significant others and for a longer stay."

      "I really don't have the words to describe what this place means. Go find out for yourselves. You won't be disappointed!"

      "Thanks guys, and see you next summer!"

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