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7 Days Women Connecting Souls Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Cuba

Calle San Lazaro entre M y L, Vedado, Havana, Cuba

Cuba Yoga Retreat for Women

Spend your week rejuvenating with daily yoga and meditation sessions, healing workshops, and a selection of Cuba's best cultural activities. Meet the people who live here and at the same time connect with your beautiful inner being as this is an adventure that you will always remember with love.

Meet the instructors

Ludisis Caridad
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Highlights

  • Daily Hatha yoga
  • Daily Vipassana meditation sessions
  • One-to-one life coaching advice session with Ludisis
  • Workshops on Self Connection and Positive Affirmations
  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • Local guide throughout the retreat
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: José Martí International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Health Club
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Beauty salon
  • Currency exchange
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Outdoor shower

During this retreat, you will spend your nights at two different accommodations. You will be staying at a private house in Havana for four nights. The private house is located very close to the main cultural and historical sites of the city, the colorful life of Havana gives it a familiar and vintage style.

You will be staying at a villa in Trinidad for two nights. The villa is located just in front of the sea where you can enjoy the best sunsets and practice yoga from the terrace on the roof of the villa.

In both accommodations, Yalorde yoga provides personalized assistance and all the services you need to make your stay during the retreat a wonderful one.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Cuba

On day one, you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport (HAV). The transfer to the guest house is around 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will warmly welcome you and show you to your room.

In the afternoon, you will have a welcome ceremony in which you will meet the other participants and will have dinner together at a local paladar (a beautiful privately owned restaurant). After that, you will have your free time to rest or explore by your own. No meals are included on day one. You will spend the night at a guest house in Havana.

Day 2: Havana

In the morning, Yalorde Yoga invites you to a relaxing session of Hatha yoga that will prepare you for the rest of the activities of the day. The local hosts will prepare a delicious breakfast in which you will be delighted with tropical fruits such as guava or papaya.

To immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Cuban capital, you will take a walking tour of Old Havana in English. Old Havana is one of the fifteen municipalities of the province of Havana. You will enter into its historic center which, together with its system of fortifications, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO. The Historical Center of Havana has 3370 buildings, most of great environmental and patrimonial value.

Walking through this city Intramuros, you will know its most characteristic symbols such as El Capitolio, El Templete, La Giraldilla, and El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro. The latter was inaugurated in 1630 and is the symbol that welcomes the city to those who arrive it by sea.

In the afternoon, Ludisis invites you to The Self Connection Workshop and also experience the Cuban Salsa Dance. Breakfast is included for day two. You will spend the night at a guest house in Havana.

Day 3: Valley of Viñales

What a better way to wake up in beautiful Havana and right away enjoy a relaxing Hatha yoga class! After breakfast, a big surprise is ready for you. You will explore Viñales Valley with a horseback riding excursion, visit a limestone cave, and marvel at the secrets that the valley hides for you. The horseback riding activity and the limestone cave visit are optional for you with extra costs.

The westernmost of the Cuban provinces Pinar del Rio, its main attraction for tourists is its natural beauty. Today, you will visit this UNESCO World Cultural Landscape also for growing the best tobacco in the world.

At the end of the day, you will have a session of silent meditation surrounded by the majestic mountains of Viñales Valley, meet your inner being, and fill yourself with the purity that the valley offers you.

Spirituality is one of the treasures inherited by Africans. Today, you will have the opportunity to have a one-to-one life coaching advice with Ludisis, who from an early age practices Afro-Cuban spirituality and has great wisdom and passion for helping others. A round-trip transfer from Havana to Viñales is included. You will spend the night at a guest house in Havana.

Day 4: Trinidad

You will begin the day with a tasty breakfast prepared by your local hosts at Casa Particular in Havana. Then you will start a trip to Trinidad, the so-called museum city of Cuba. This colonial jewel has a main square surrounded by magnificent 18th-century buildings such as the Sanchez Iznaga Palaces.

The Spanish and African traditions are blended and flourish in a culture passed on from one generation to the other. Before arriving at your villa in front of the sea, you will make a short excursion to Cienfuegos to be pleased with this city that dazzles for its French architecture.

To stretch your legs at sunset after the trip, a yoga class on the shores of the sea will restore your body and soul. At night, Yalorde Yoga invites you to delight yourself with live music and folklore at La Casa de La Música de Trinidad. You will spend the nights at a beachfront villa in Trinidad. Transfer from Havana to Trinidad is included. Breakfast is also included for day four.

Day 5: Eco - Topes de Collantes Natural Park

You will experience Hatha yoga at sunrise on the shore of the beach. Watching the rising sun will allow you to reconnect with your inner being and have a beautiful moment of peace. After breakfast, The Topes de Collantes Natural Park, an immense protected area that owns 45% of the endemic birds of the country awaits you for an optional hiking excursion.

If you prefer, you can spend the day enjoying the crystal clear water of Ancon Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the country for snorkeling. In the afternoon, there will be an immersion workshop in the Trinitarian popular culture, an excellent opportunity to learn about the typical ceramics of the area, the colonial architecture, and the efforts of the neighbors to conserve it.

Spirituality is one of the treasures inherited by Africans. Today, you will have the opportunity to have a one-to-one life coaching advice with Ludisis, who from an early age practices Afro-Cuban spirituality and has great wisdom and passion for helping others. You will spend the night at a beachfront villa in Trinidad. Breakfast is also included for day five.

Day 6: Enjoy Havana like a local

In the morning, there will be Hatha yoga class in the shores of the sea. After breakfast, you will embark a trip to Havana in a private car. After checking in at Casa Particular in Havana, you will visit a temple of local practitioners who will teach you their rituals, ceremonies, and the characteristics of each deity.

The Afro-Cuban Religion or Santeria came to the island in the minds of Africans brought to Cuba as slaves. In Cuba, this belief was syncretized and in the present is one of the most popular beliefs in Cuba. An Afro Cuban or Cuban Salsa dance workshop of your choice is included this afternoon as well as a Positive Affirmations Workshop.

At night, one of the most important shows in the country brings you artists from the winner of several Grammys "Buena Vista Social Club". Transfers from Trinidad to Havana is included. You will spend the night at a guest house in Havana. Breakfast is also included.

Day 7: Hasta Pronto Cuba

There will be a Hatha yoga session and a Vipassana meditation in the morning. You will have your breakfast and depart to the airport from the guest house in Havana. To thank the Afro-Cuban goddess of femininity: Oshún, there will be an offering session and a farewell ceremony.

Transfer to the José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana is included. Pre and post retreat booking service is also available for women who wish to spend more time in Cuba.

Included excursions

  • Meditation session in the middle of the valley
  • Old Havana walking tour with Ludisis Mones
  • Short visit to Cienfuegos City
  • Tobacco Interactive Workshop in Viñales Valley
  • Visit to real local Yoruba Temple
  • Visit to a non-touristy neighborhood in Havana with Ludisis Mones

Instructors

Ludisis Caridad Mones Castellanos

Retreat location

This yoga retreat will take place in various locations in Cuba. You will visit Havana, Viñales Valley, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad. Come and explore Cuba with a Cuban who has local knowledge, insider secrets and history that you can not find anywhere else.

Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It is east of the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), south of both the U.S. state of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti and north of both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Havana is the largest city and capital; other major cities include Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey. Culturally, Cuba is considered part of Latin America. It is a multiethnic country whose people, culture, and customs derive from diverse origins, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the long period of Spanish colonialism and the introduction of African slaves.

Food

Six delicious breakfast is included. The breakfasts consist of exotic tropical fruits, omelet, natural juices, fresh bread, homemade jams, Cuban desserts, milk, and the best coffee in the world: Cuba's! Water and tea are also included.

In Trinidad, the hostesses Lisandra and Sonia will cook delicious traditional food from the Santi Spiritus region, without a doubt this will be a great opportunity to enter their kitchen and learn how to prepare some of these delicious dishes.

The dietary requirements such as vegetarian, seafood, and also regular food are catered for. Please let Yalorde Yoga know when you make your reservation and they will provide food according to your dietary requirements.

Vegetarian menu

  • Diced fresh Cuban pumpkin with herb and onion dressing (Calabaza Fresca con un aderezo de hierbas y cebolla)
  • Fried Rice with sautéed vegetables (Arroz Frito Con Verduras Salteadas)
  • Potato cake filled with seasonal vegetables (Pastel de papa Relleno de vegetables)
  • Stuffed tomatoes filled with sautéed vegetables (Tomatoes Rellenos De Verduras Salteadas)
  • Sweet corn fritter (Buñuelos de maíz dulce)
  • Tamales

Regular menu

  • Ajiaco
  • Congris
  • Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricassee de Pollo)
  • Fish with Escabeche Sauce (Pickled Fish)
  • Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder Roast (Pernil Roast With Mojo)
  • Ropa vieja (Cuban-style shredded beef)
  • Yucca with Mojo sauce

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • 1-hour of classic relaxing massage - 30 CUC
  • 2-hour private yoga session with Ludisis - 50 CUC
  • Buena Vista Social Club show and dinner
  • Horseback tour inside the valley
  • Museum of the Revolution - 5 CUC
  • National Museum of Fine Arts - 5 CUC
  • Night of live music and folklore at La Casa de La Música de Trinidad
  • Topes de Collante Natural Park excursion
  • Tour of caves, prehistoric mural, and coffee plantations
  • Vintage car tour - 60 CUC (2 hours)

What's included

  • Daily Hatha yoga classes and Vipassana meditation sessions
  • One-to-one life coaching advice session with Ludisis
  • 6 tasty breakfasts prepared by the local hosts
  • Water, tea, and coffee
  • Private transfers to and from the airport and local accommodations
  • Workshops on Self Connection and Positive Affirmations
  • Experienced local hosts available 24/7
  • 6 magic nights at the private local guest house
  • Old Havana walking tour with the local Ludisis
  • Tobacco Interactive Workshop
  • A short excursion to Cienfuegos
  • A visit to the Unesco World Cultural Landscape
  • Cuban Pottery Workshop
  • Round trip tour transfers

What's not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tickets to shows and optional activities
  • Visa, flights, and travel insurance
  • Activities mentioned as not included in the itinerary
  • Transfer to optional activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Martí International Airport (HAV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yalorde Yoga will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: José Martí International Airport Airport transfer included: José Martí International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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