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9 Days Oshun Goddess Women of Color Healing Yoga Retreat in Havana, Cuba

Casa Particular, San Lázaro y M, Vedado, La Habana CP. 10 400, Cuba

Yoga Retreat Cuba

In today's world where everyone wants to be perfect, we sometimes forget who we are and where we come from. That's why our retreat seeks to awaken in you, the goddess you are, to face the world full of pride for your origins and have in your hand the power of spiritual healing. Oshún is the Orisha represented by the River, honey and sweetness, love and fertility, gold and femininity. We dedicate this Women of Color Healing Retreat to this Afro Cuban Goddess, so that she, with her powers and love for her daughters, will heal and protect us during this journey through Cuba. In this retreat you will heal in a different way, knowing where you come from, will let you know where to go. Remember that you are a beautiful and unique being.

Meet the instructors

Ludisis Caridad
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Highlights

  • Local Guide always at your disposal
  • Hatha yoga class and Vipassana meditation sessions
  • Visit Havana, Varadero, Trinidad, Viñales and Cienfuegos
  • Workshop of Afro-Cuban culture or Santeria
  • Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 9
Airport transfer included: José Martí International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance

The accommodation that Yalorde Yoga offers you for this retreat is in Casas Particulares Premium Guest Houses both in Havana and in Varadero and Trinidad. In all the casas, you will have your private room with private bathroom. You can expect a room with all the amenities and amenities. In our Premium Casas Particulares (guest houses), you will have the opportunity to share with the locals and be part of the beautiful and colorful Cuban life.

Program

In this healing retreat, yoga, meditation, dance, workshops, ceremonies, and Afro-Cuban Rites will be in charge of providing peace, love and physical, mental and spiritual healing.

This trip is a wonderful concept for women who seek to learn more about Afro-Cuban spirituality and their own spirituality. Yalorde Yoga, as an Afro-Cuban woman, invites you to heal in community in a different way, stepping into your own true.

Healing activities and workshops that you receive during this retreat:

Afro Cuban dances workshops:

In these workshops, you will learn the main Afro Cuban dances and the representative dances of each Orisha. These movements intend to imitate nature and contain a rich variety of songs, dances, touches, masks, and attributes. The Afro-Cuban dance has come to save our existence, to corroborate our belonging to a legacy inherited from African grandparents, legends, and myths.

Orisha healing ceremony:

This healing ceremony will include healings with flowers, dances, songs, stamps, and herbs.

"Meet the Orishas" workshop:

In this interactive workshop, "Meet the Orishas", you will learn how our ancestors, in their efforts to hide their African religion and their magical practices, identified their African deities (Orishas) with the saints of Catholicism, resulting in a religious syncretism known today as Santería. This workshop will be conducted by Afro-Cuban women practitioners who will share with you their knowledge which they have inherited from previous generations.

Excursion to the temples of Yemaya, Virgen de La Mercedes, San Lázaro, and Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre (in Havana):

On this healing excursion, we will visit temples of Catholic Saints (Orishas deities) that most visit the premises. This will be a great opportunity to observe and recognize each Orisha while you are healed with the unparalleled tranquility and spirituality that characterizes these temples. For this trip, Yalorde Yoga recommends you bring white clothes.

Afro Cuban music workshop:

A folkloric musical expression whose root is located in the African language brought to Cuba during the Spanish colonization on the island. The hot music, sensual rumba, guaguancó, toque de Santo, songs, Abakuá, and Congolese songs, and the communication with the dead converge.

  • Hatha yoga sessions
  • Loving and Kindness Meditation Session
  • Behind our African Roots in Cuba Excursion
  • Self Acceptance Session Circle
  • Learning how to respect my African ancestors Spiritual Session

Day 1: “Bienvenida a Cuba”

Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport (HAV). The transfer to our "Casa Particular" (guest house) is around 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will warmly welcome you and show you your room. In the afternoon, meet in our community and we will have a welcome dinner in a restaurant of typical Cuban food in the heart of Havana with live music.

Day 2: “Discovering Havana and Healing with the Orishas”

In the morning today, a relaxing Hatha yoga session will prepare you for the rest of the activities of the day. Our local hosts will prepare a delicious breakfast in which you will be delighted with tropical fruits such as guava, mango, or papaya.

To immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Cuban capital; today, we will have a walking tour through Old Havana in English. Old Havana is one of the fifteen municipalities of the province of Havana. We will enter into its historic center which, together with its system of fortifications, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO.

This historical tour will be followed by a healing tour where we will visit temples of Catholic Saints (Orishas deities). In the afternoon, an activity that will change your life comes: "Meet the Orishas Workshop".

Day 3: “Healing in Nature”

Enjoy a healthy breakfast in our Casa Particular, as today we embark on a trip to the Viñales Valley. To the west of the Cuban provinces, its main attraction is its natural beauty. Today, we will visit the natural cathedral of Cuba, the province of "Pinar del Rio" is not only famous for the Viñales Valley, Unesco's world cultural landscape, but also for cultivating the best tobacco in the world.

In Viñales, you will have an excursion to the tobacco plantations in which you will learn about the best tobacco in the world and you will get to know the protagonists of Cuban tobacco cultivation.

Today, you will have free time to discover this natural treasure. In the afternoon, we will return to Havana where we will have a moment of community when creating our "Self Acceptance Session Circle".

Day 4: “Behind our African Roots”

Undoubtedly, today will be a day of strong emotion for all of us because we will visit the National Museum of the Slave Route, in the Castle of San Severino in Matanzas. This museum that seeks to rescue the history of African slavery, is the first of its kind in America and has four rooms: the House of Commander, archaeological presentation, slavery, and the Orishas. They exhibit objects, pieces, photographs, and belongings that illustrate the horrors of the slave era.

After lunch, we will go to our next destination. The incomparable beach of Varadero where we will spend the next two nights. Sunset yoga session on the beach will be the activity that concludes this day full of emotions.

Day 5: “Varadero, the most beautiful beach to heal”

Delight yourself with an exquisite breakfast in our Casa Particular in Varadero while you feel the sea breeze. Today, you will have free time to do aquatic activities or simply relax on the white sands of Varadero Beach.

In the afternoon, an introductory workshop to the Afro-Cuban Dances and an offering to the Orisha Yemayá in the sea will transmit you love, joy, and unique healing.

Day 6: “Loving and kindness healing meditation”

Today, first of all, we will begin the day with a tasty breakfast prepared by your local hosts at Casa Particular in Varadero. Then, we 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, and the church of the Holy Trinity. Here, Spanish and African traditions are blended and flourish in a culture passed on from one generation to the other.

Before arriving at our villa in front of the sea, we will make a stop to be pleased with Cienfuegos, a city that dazzles for its French architecture. At dusk, love will be the one that will heal you with a yoga class dedicated to loving others and loving yourself. After a meditation session on loving, kindness will close the day.

Day 7: “Dancing in a Natural Cave”

Starting the day with joy is one of the greatest healings one can have. That's why this morning, we will start with a Cuban casino salsa class. Get ready to move your hips to the beat of the drum.

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 (not included).

In the evening, we invite you to dance salsa in one of the most impressive clubs in Cuba. This dance hall is inside a natural cave and is the perfect place to share with locals.

Day 8: “Knowing your Ancestors”

In the morning today; after breakfast, we will embark a trip to Havana in a private car. In Havana, an Orisha healing ceremony that will include healings with flowers, dances, songs, stamps, and herbs, will be a precious moment of reunification with your inner being.

Learning how to respect our African ancestors' workshop will give you an introduction to Cuban forms of communication with the ancestors. This is an interactive cultural workshop with locals.

Day 9: “Healing Body, Mind, and Soul”

Breakfast in our Casa Particular. To say goodbye to our new sisters, we will have an offering ceremony at the river. All of us daughters of Oshun, dressed in yellow will offer to our mother sunflowers, honey, candles, and whatever you want to offer her. To thank is an act of healing on its own, and on this day, we will have much to thank our ancestors.

Summary of travel times:

  • Havana to Viñales - 3 hours
  • Havana to Cienfuegos - 2 h 45 min
  • Cienfuegos to Trinidad - 1 h 22 min
  • Trinidad to Havana - 4 hours
  • José Martí International Airport (HAV) to Casa Particular - 35 minutes

Included excursions

  • Old Havana walking tour with Ludisis Mones.
  • Behind our African Roots in Cuba excursion.
  • Short excursion to Cienfuegos City.
  • Tobacco interactive workshop in Viñales Valley.
  • Afro Cuban culture or Santería workshops and visit to real local Yoruba Temple.
  • Excursion to a non-touristy neighborhood in Havana with Ludisis Mones.

Instructors

Ludisis Caridad Mones Castellanos

Retreat location

During this Women of Color Healing Retreat, we will travel through:

Viñales Valley

Located at the Órganos mountain range, in the Guaniguanico range, the valley and a large part of the range became in 1999 a national park. In December of that same year, Unesco declared it a world heritage site in the category of cultural landscape. Typical of the site is the unique mogotes, hillocks of limestone, honeycombed with cavities and with a nearly flat top.

Havana

Havana is as restless as the rest of the first Cuban towns. Saint Christopher of Havana was founded in 1514 at the site on the south coast, on a low and unhealthy land that forced the early migration of its neighbors to the north.

The pilgrimage of the fifth and Westernmost of the first towns ended five years later at the port of careening. The story goes at founding festivities at Saint Christopher were on the same day that those St. James the greater on July 25th and the bishop could not attend the Havana celebrations.

Cienfuegos

Many consider Cienfuegos, and most of all, its capital, as one of the most beautiful in the country no wonder they call the city the pearl of the south, or also a beautiful city by the sea.

Trinidad

The so-called museum city of Cuba, founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514, flourished between the 17th and 19th centuries thanks to sugar cane and the slave trade. There are still buildings that show the splendor of the time, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, along with famous Valle de Los Ingenios sugar mill valley.

Varadero

Varaderos' first settlers in 1887 probably never dreamed that the place would become one of the best resorts in the world. The so-called blue beach of Cuba is a city almost surrounded by water located at Hicacos peninsula, only a two-hour drive away from Havana.

Topes de Collantes Natural Park

With sites of impressive beauty, such as the waterfall of the Caburni River and Vega Grande, it is located in the Guamuhaya mountain range standing out for its endemic wildlife and flora, among the latter giant tree ferns. There is a spa in this peaceful environment of the Escambray.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

  • Reiki session - 40 CUC
  • Private yoga class - 50 CUC

What's included

  • Local Afro Cuban guide always at your disposal
  • Hatha yoga class and meditation sessions
  • Walking tour of Old Havana in English
  • 8 nights accommodation in beautiful Premium Casas Particulares
  • All airports transfers
  • Excursions in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad
  • Transportation to and from Havana, Viñales, Varadero, and Trinidad
  • All breakfasts at your Casa Particular (Premium Guest House)
  • Afro Cuban music workshop
  • Hatha yoga sessions
  • Loving and kindness meditation session
  • Behind our African Roots in Cuba excursion
  • Self acceptance session circle
  • Learning how to respect your African ancestors spiritual session
  • Orisha healing ceremony
  • Excursion to the temples of Yemaya, Virgen de La Mercedes, San Lázaro, and Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre (in Havana)

What's not included

  • Flights, visas, and travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Transfer in your free time and to the optional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Martí International Airport (HAV). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer 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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Friday November 29, 2019
Departure: Saturday December 7, 2019

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 250 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before May 5, 2019.

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