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11 Days Cultural Yoga Retreat in Cuba

  • Havana - Vinales - Cayo Santa Maria - Cienfuegos - Santa Clara - Trinidad, Cuba

Overview

Cultural Yoga Retreat in Cuba

This is real adventure through Cuba's cities which need to be seen to be believed. Yoga sessions, with a tinge of spirituality and mindfulness, offered once a day except on first and last day as you travel through Havana, Vinales, Trinidad, and Cayo Santa Maria Island. Hatha flow to wake you up in the morning and a gentle or yin yoga to cap the day. Guided meditation and pranayama complement the practice.

Note: US citizens need to secure a general license to travel.

Highlights

  • All yoga and mindfulness sessions
  • Ticket to Buena Vista Social Club show
  • 2-hour tour in an American classical cabriolet
  • Full board in Cayo Santa Maria Island
  • All excursions with a local guide and private minivan transfers
  • 10 nights accommodation (homestays)
  • Taxi airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Breakfasts in the homestays

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 10.

  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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Staying in a family home (casa particular) is, hands down, the best way to meet local people and get a feel for Cuban hospitality. While on Cayo Santa Maria, you will stay in the modest Warwick Hotel which has lots of atmosphere and the cabanas are situated close to the beach. The accommodation is based on full-board, so breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included during our stay. Reservation is a must and as early as possible!

Old Havana, its crowning glory, is a spellbinding muddle of crumbling colonial mansions, shady plazas, cobbled streets and laundry-strewn balconies. Brightly coloured vintage Buicks line the pavements and salsa music drifts through the alleyways. It’s like a step back in time.

Beyond Havana, Trinidad - a UNESCO World Heritage colonial town is sensual and high-spirited where bands strike up in the streets and rowdy hole-in-the-wall rum bars stay open far into the night. Optional bici-taxi (bicycle taxi) tour.

Rolling through tobacco fields in Vinales, where we could go horseback riding or hiking through the hills or visit a cigar factory and plantation.

Afterwards we visit the scenic viewpoint at Hotel Jazmines which overlooks the Vinales Valley.

Then getting back to the beautiful bare necessities on castaway Cayo Santa Maria island connected to the mainland through a bridge. With swaying palms, snow-white sand and sapphire waters, it’s no frills, no fuss and no worries all the way. We stay in the modest Warwick Hotel which has lots of atmosphere and the cabanas are situated close to the beach.

The accommodation is based on full board - breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included during your stay.

Schedule

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Havana, stay in a boutique homestay.
  • Day 2 - Excursion in Havana - a 2 hour tour in American classical cabriolet through Havana in the morning and a private guided walking tour of 3 hours through the old city with a local guide in the afternoon. Salsa classes can be arranged at extra cost.
  • Day 3 - Travel to Vinales. Stopover at Las Terrazas - a UNESCO biosphere reserve and a pioneering eco-village.
  • Day 4 - Half day private walking excursion valley in Vinales with local guide.
  • Day 5 - Travel to Trinidad via northcoast, Havana and Cienfuegos. Included at Cienfuegos is a private guided tour with our local guide.
  • Day 6 - Cultural day in Trinidad. 3-hour private guided tour through colonial center. Salsa classes can be arranged at extra cost.
  • Day 7 - Free day in Trinidad.
  • Day 8 - Drive to Cayo Santa Maria via Hacienda Iznaga open air museum and visit the Che Guevara memorial at Santa Clara.
  • Day 9 - Cayo Santa Maria free day.
  • Day 10 - Drive back to Havana. Tickets for the Buena Vista Social Club show at Café Taberna in Old Havana.
  • Day 11 - Departure Havana

Cienfuegos

Included at Cienfuegos are two-three hours of a private guided tour with local guide.

Havana

Excursions in Havana include a private guided walking tour of three hours through the old city with a local guide in the morning, and a two hour tour in American classical cabriolet through Havana.

Trinidad

In Trinidad, you will experience a three hour private guided tour through colonial center.

Vinales

Half day private walking excursion valley in Vinales with local guide.

Patricia Olabre

Patricia is a London-based, qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher having finished her 500-hour teacher training in 2009 with Marc Beuvain, in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Her classes are geared towards all levels, especially for beginners, and she is certified to teach baby, kids, family, prenatal/postnatal, and most recently, Yin yoga. Group classes offer three variations to suit each individual's needs and capabilities.

Throughout this 11-day adventure in Cuba, you will be staying in family homes (casas particulares) in various cities: Havana, Vinales, and Trinidad. Full board at Warwick Hotel on Cayo Santa Maria island.

Breakfast is included during your stay with the locals.

Exclusions

Lunches and dinners are not included in the price, unless otherwise indicated in program.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 1 yoga session per day, either a morning or afternoon session
  • 2-hour tour in an American classical cabriolet
  • 10 nights accommodation in Casas Particulares (homestays)
  • All excursions with a local guide and private minivan transfers
  • Breakfasts in the homestays
  • Full board in Cayo Santa Maria Island
  • Taxi airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Ticket to Buena Vista Social Club show
  • Entries to museums, salsa classes, etc.
  • Lunches or dinners, unless otherwise indicated in program
  • Tips to local guides and taxi drivers
  • Yoga sessions on arrival and departure days
For information about the booking conditions, please send Samyama Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Janine from London, United Kingdom

    "Cuba for me was an amazing experience. An eye opener to a dignified, hospitable and generous people despite the lack of resources they/ we at times had to manage without like soap, light bulbs, toilet seats. It is not a real problem for us to manage with less services than you might expect; its part of an authentic introduction to a country that is so locked into its socio - economic /political reality. Yoga with Pat I always find to be a special experience, translated onto the rooftop of Havana, the surreal beauty of the beach at Cayo Levisa, I'm speechless. The wonderful fresh food and yoga provided the grounding for what was at times a pressing travel schedule. The outstanding highlights were the visit to Che Memorial and Buena Vista Social Club, not to mention the rickshaw ride there - i will remember that as long as I live. The salsa classes were brilliant fun/ learning, a new passion in the making. I cannot thank you enough Pat for your guidance and commitment into this beautiful eclectic world of yoga and travel."

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  • Review by Wendy from London, United Kingdom

    "I had a fantastic time in Cuba. It was well organised. There was no hiccup. The guides are good and well informed. The warm and balmy night at the Hotel Nacional was not to be missed. The last night at Buena Vista was a good wrap up altogether with the classic Cuban salsa music. Oh the salsa classes were enjoyable. It was lovely. Patricia is a very good teacher and she corrects our pose when it is incorrect and she has the patience to teach. I really loved the yoga session by the beach at Cayo Levisa when the sun was about to set. Of places of interest, they were all nice and memorable, each has it own charm. Vinales has beautiful views of mountains and fields, Cayo Levisa has beautiful and warm waters and clean beaches and Trinidad has lovely live music everywhere and not forgetting Havana, the beautiful old vintage American cars. On the whole, I would really love to go back again."

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  • Review by Irene from London, United Kingdom

    "Another great holiday with Patricia and Cuba is one of the best with live music in every corner. Thanks a million for organizing this Cuban trip."

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  • Review by Sue from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga and meditation were excellent. Pitched at the right level."

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  • Review by Judith from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga was as usual very good, demanding but with the option to take an easier option. I found the meditation was not too long except when I was sitting on the chair. I liked the structure of the weekend and generally the ethos of quiet, ease and silence."

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  • Review by Margarita from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "That was my best yoga practice ever, great experience, love your calming voice. "

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  • Review by Alex from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga was brilliant, tailored to our individual level. Patricia is so accommodating and always happy to help achieve your aims. It was a perfect balance of meditation, yoga and free time. Would recommend a silent retreat to anyone."

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  • Review by Irene from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Two weeks of yoga holiday with Patricia in Philippines was one of my best yoga holidays so far. The three days of island hopping was full of fun with lots of swimming and kayaking in the clear blue South China Sea. We were on the go all the time watching sunset one evening and having dinner on the beach front. Never a dull moment .Patricia is a wonderful and a very caring yoga teacher and a tour organizer. Patricia always made sure we have plenty of food and she had brought us to some fantastic restaurants. This is a holiday whereby yoga is not the main focus compared to a yoga retreat. Thanks Patricia for inviting me to your beautiful country with such beautiful people that serve us with an open heart and smile."

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  • Review by Harpal from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Overall, I found Philippines to be an absolutely an amazing and wonderful experience. Beautiful country and beautiful people. I believe it was a well balanced trip. Very action packed! Island hopping was so much fun. Exquisite beaches. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for organising such an amazing trip. You worked so hard to make it a successful and memorable trip. I will always be in gratitude to you and carry forward fond memories of this trip."

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  • Review by Dave from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "From my general tourist perspective, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and gained a lot from it. I am very grateful to you for the experience in adding the Philippines to my collection of countries visited that I would probably not have done otherwise."

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  • Review by Jennie
    10 out of 10

    "I love coming to Patricia's class. She always gives you opportunities to grow within a posture by setting different levels and to grow within a class by building up to challenging positions."

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  • Review by Alison Goldie from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Patricia is an excellent yoga teacher who strikes the right balance between exercise and spirituality. She gauges the needs of her class very well, and is a warm, sympathetic, and highly skilled facilitator."

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Arrival: Tuesday May 16, 2017
Departure: Friday May 26, 2017

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