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8 Days Yoga and Afro-Cuban Cultural Holiday with Ludisis Mones in Havana, Cuba
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Vedado, Havana

Yoga Retreat Cuba

Join Ludisis Mones a Cuban dancer and certified yoga teacher for yoga and Afro-Cuban religious retreat. Welcome to our yoga and Afro-Cuban religious retreat. During this adventure, we will visit the cities of Havana, Santa Clara, Cayo Santa María, Cienaga de Zapata y Trinidad.

We will walk through the typical streets of the city to get into the popular culture and meet the people of the town. On this retreat, we will not only have yoga but also you will have the opportunity to learn and be part of Afro-Cuban religion experience.

Cuba is the most colorful place I've seen, not only for its beautiful architecture but also for its cheerful people. The pearl of the Caribbean gathers several races, cultures, and religions that make it without a doubt a wonderful destination for yoga retreats.

Loaded with history and secrets, Cuba has an unrivaled wealth: Its people. We Cubans are positive, pure of heart and in solidarity. And maybe it's our solidarity that catches the attention of visitors. We Cubans share our music, our folklore, our food and even our funny words that sometimes we do not even understand.

We Cubans are very family oriented people. The family is our backbone, no matter how distant we are physical, every Cuban carries in his heart the grandpa who smoked his cigar while helping you do the homework or that grandmother who each morning placed a marpacific flower in her hair while singing a song to Yemayá.

Meet the instructors

Ludisis Caridad & Günther
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  • Hatha yoga class
  • Afro-cuban Orishas dances workshop
  • Explanatory workshop on Afro-Cuban religion
  • Excursion to the Topes de Collantes National Park
  • All breakfast at your "Casa Particular"
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airports transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Italian, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: José Martí International Airport
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Afro-Cuban Religion

Cubans from different social backgrounds seek inspiration from the religion of the Orishas - sometimes known as Santería - a spiritual practice rooted in West Africa.

Those who follow this path seek to be guided by the orishas, deities or "saints" who reign over human efforts and the forces of nature. The ceremonies are carried out in the houses instead of a public temple or a church.

To honor the orishas, practitioners often create elaborate altars or "thrones," sacred spaces that present these powerful beings in a majestic splendor.

The orishas - gods of the Yoruba religion - have been recognized in Cuba for almost five centuries, reflected with their human characteristics and those elements that distinguish them, among them: colors, music, animals, preferences in food and drink.

Derived from the Yoruba culture, the so-called Rule Ocha, popularly known as Santería, is generated, which has as its center of worship those orishas with different myths and attributes.

Music and dance

In the religion of the Orichas, people communicate with the deities through the rhythmic language of the batá drums.

In front of the altar, the percussionists greet the orishas with their own rhythms in a sequence called gold. Then, they turn to the people and they play while a singer of praises sings in lucumi, a Yoruba language.


Day 1 - "Welcome to Havana"

After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, you’ll take a short drive to your "Particular House" for check-in and orientation. This evening, we'll celebrate your arrival over a traditional Cuban welcome dinner with live Music.

Day 2 - "Havana and Afro-Cuban religious"

We start the day with a relaxing Hatha Yoga class that will prepare you for the rest of the activities. Breakfast in your private house.

Next, we will make a walking tour of Old Havana and its labyrinthine cobblestone streets. We will also enjoy a tour in old cars through places such as Plaza de la Revolución, Malecón Habanero and Vedado.

After lunch, we will be part of a celebration of the Orisha Saints in which we will share with priests of the Orisha religion and we will learn about this interesting Cuban syncretization. This night you will have dinner by your own.

Day 3 - "Cienaga de Zapata tour and Cayo Santa Maria"

Start the day with a healthy breakfast in your private home. Then please get ready because we will head to Cayo Santa María, an island of 21.4 square kilometers located in the middle portion of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, north of the central region of Cuba.

On the way we will make a stop to discover and have lunch in La Ciénaga de Zapata a marshy ecosystem, belonging to the province of Matanzas in Cuba. This is the largest insular Caribbean wetland with an approximate area of 300 thousand hectares and is part of the best preserved green regions of the archipelago.

After having lunch in this ecological zone, we will continue the trip to Cayo Santa María, where we will stay in an all inclusive hotel on the shore of the beach.

Day 4 - "Rest day in Cayo Santa Maria"

This day you can optionally attend a free Vinyasa Yoga class on the beach, adapted to your level and needs. Contemplating the sunset we will have a session of meditation and offering to "Mother Water" one of the orishas of the Yoruba Pantheon.

Day 5 - "Visit the mausoleum of Che Guevara in Santa Clalra and arrival in Trinidad"

After a delicious breakfast and a dip on the beaches of Cayo Santa María, we will travel to the province of Santa Clara to visit the Memorial of Ernesto Guevara "El Che".

In Santa Clara we will have lunch in a "paladar" Typical Cuban restaurant. Then we will continue the journey towards the old and restored Trinidad one of the best preserved colonial cities not only of Cuba, but also of America, and to be inscribed on the World Heritage List by Unesco next to the Valle de los Ingenios in 1988. In Trinidad we will stay in "Casas Particulares Trinitarias".

Day 6 - "Hiking and exploring Topes de Collante National Park"

This morning you can take a Hatha Yoga class listening to the birds singing. After breakfast we will make an excursion of approximately four hours to the sugar and hiking plantations in the Topes de Collantes National Park, where you can enjoy a refreshing natural waterfall.

We will have lunch in a peasant restaurant near the Park. At night, the steps of the house of music await you to dance salsa and share delicious mojitos.

Day 7 - "Returning to Havana and learning Afro-Cuban dances"

After having breakfast in Trinidad, we will travel to Havana. In the afternoon you can enjoy a workshop of Afro-Cuban dances with live music and demonstration of the Orishas Dances.

Day 8 - "Goodbye Cuba"

After breakfast at your private home, we will have a farewell ceremony.

Included excursions

Excursion to the Topes de Collantes National Park is included in the price.


Ludisis Caridad Mones Castellanos

Günther Schauer

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Cuba


You will be served with farm to table food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

Things to do (optional)

  • Thai massages
  • Walk around Havana, take a bus to a nearby Havana beach, go dancing, join a dance class

Spa treatments

Private Thai Massage / 50 USD / hour. Please note that from October until the end of December, Yalorde Yoga does not offer Thai massage.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in private houses in Havana and Trinidad
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Cayo Santa María with all inclusive meals
  • All breakfast at your "Casa Particular"
  • Participation in Orishas party
  • Explanatory workshop on Afro-Cuban religion
  • All transportation to Cayo Santa Maria, Trinidad, Ciénaga de Zapata, Havana, and Santa Clara
  • All airports transfers
  • Afro-cuban Orishas dances workshop with live music and demonstrations of orishas dances
  • Excursion to the Topes de Collantes National Park

What's not included

  • Flights, visas, and airport taxes
  • Health insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners except those included in the itinerary
  • Thai massages

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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