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New Year's Discover Cuba Yoga Retreat with the Cuban Yoga Teacher Ludisis Mones

Calle I Entre 9 y 11, Vedado, Habana, Cuba

Yoga Retreat Cuba

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Cuba.

This New Year Cuban Culture and Yoga Retreat is a 7-day program in which we will visit the Cuban provinces: Havana, Sancti Spíritus, Pinar del Río, and Cienfuegos. We will visit 3 of the most important sites that are part of the World Heritage according to UNESCO.

This trip combines Hatha Yoga and Vipassana Meditation with the joy and spirituality of Cuba. The Hatha Yoga classes will harmonize your body, your breathing, your wisdom, and your spirit. With Vipassana Meditation sessions you will learn to observe your thoughts without judging them.

To immerse yourself in Cuban culture, history, and traditions, Ludisis will show you non-tourist neighborhoods, enter local houses, share and experience local real life. Workshops of Afro-Cuban Culture, Cuban System of Health and Food will bring you closer to the Cuban reality.

All this with the guide of Ludisis, who will be at your disposal throughout the trip to give you the best New Year experience in Cuba.

Meet the instructors

Ludisis Caridad & Günther
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Highlights

  • Hatha Yoga Sessions
  • Guided walking tour of Old Havana in English
  • Meditation sessions on the shores of the cuban beaches
  • Retreat guided by a Cuban Yoga teacher who will show you each corner
  • Custom Retreat, small group that allows you to have more indivualized attention
  • Transportation to Viñales and Havana

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: José Martí International Airport
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Child care
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Program

Discover Cuba with a Cuban Yoga teacher who knows every corner of the country and will ensure that you have a unique experience in this yoga retreat.

On this retreat, you will experience Cuban music, a meditation on the beach, eating delicious Cuban dishes, making new friends, practicing Hatha Yoga.

You will also get inspired, increase your flexibility, learn about spirituality, gain more energy, enjoy nature with like-minded people, and change your life!

Day 1

  • Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport in Havana.
  • Check-in at Casa Casa Particular in Havana.
  • Walking tour through the historical center of Old Havana with our local guide in English.
  • Lunch in the heart of Old Havana, in one of those old squares that will captivate you with its colonial architecture (price not included).

Day 2

  • Delicious breakfast prepared lovingly by your local hosts at Casa Particular in Havana.
  • Travel by classic car with air conditioning to the city of Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial cities, not only in Cuba but also in Latin America (included).
  • Short Excursion to the City of Cienfuegos: The call Pearl of the South.
  • Check in at Villa Sonia our private house in Trinidad 1:00 p.m.
  • Walking Tour of the city of Trinidad (Optional Transfer to the city: 8 CUC).
  • Tasty lunch prepared by our hostess Sonia (price not included- price range from 10 CUC to 20 CUC)
  • Night of Traditional Music and Cuban Folklore on the Stairway of the House of Music of Trinidad. It is the most popular place to dance Salsa under the stars of Cuba (transfer to the club and entrance fee not included).

Day 3

  • Enjoy the tasty tropical fruits at your breakfast in Villa Sonia.
  • Excursion to the Topes de Collantes Natural Park, an immense protected area that owns 45% of the country's endemic birds (optional, recommended, price not included).
  • Lunch in a restaurant of typical rural food in the middle of nature (if you take the excursion-price not included).
  • Vipassana Meditation session and Hatha Yoga class at sunset on the seashore (included).
  • Homemade Cuban dinner made by our local hostesses Lisandra and Sonia.
  • Excellent opportunity to learn to prepare some of the most exquisite dishes of Cuban cuisine (optional dinner-price not included).

Day 4

  • Delicious breakfast at the Villa Sonia.
  • Travel in old classic car with air conditioning to the city of Havana, which next year will celebrate his 500th birthday (included).
  • Classes of Afro-Cuban Dance and Dance Salsa Cubana with Ludisis (included).
  • Tour of modern Havana in a classic American classic car (optional tour book before the trip).
  • Traditional show of Cuban live music with a cast that has won 7 Grammy awards, members of the famous "Buena Vista Social Club", all combined with the best Creole food and cocktails (book in advance if you wish to attend.) The best traditional music shows and Cuban dance in the country.

Day 5

  • Section of Hatha Yoga and meditation with views of Havana.
  • Delicious breakfast at Casa Particular in Havana.
  • Free Time to enjoy havana by yourself.
  • Preparation for the celebration of the new year.
  • Guided tour with Ludisis to the neighborhoods of Havana where you will know the real life of the Cuban. Introduction to Cuban popular culture, guided custom tour by your local guide Ludisis (Visits to non-tourist neighborhoods, workshop on Cuban health system, food distribution system, visits to "Un Solar" (local community homes that are not visited by tourists).
  • Great New Year Celebration You will enjoy the best new year's experience surrounded by music, typical food, dances and many surprises. (The transportation to the place and the value of the dinner are not included).

Day 6

  • Breakfast at Casa Particular in Havana and check in at another Casa Particular (included).
  • Transfer to Viñales by private car (included).
  • Horseback riding through the tobacco plantations and workshop on the production and harvesting of Cuban tobacco (recommended - not included).
  • Tour of caves, prehistoric murals and coffee plantations (included).
  • Lunch at the Guajiro restaurant (organic food from the garden to the table), (lunch not included).
  • Transfer to Havana (included).
  • Dinner in Havana (not included).

Day 7

  • Hatha Yoga and Vipassana Meditation Section (Closing Ceremony of the retreat).
  • Breakfast and Check out at Casa Particular in Havana.
  • Transfer to the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana (included).

Instructors

Ludisis Caridad Mones Castellanos

Günther Schauer

Retreat location

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Reiki
  • Snorkeling

General

  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Beauty salon
  • Free bottled water
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

Food

  • Breakfast: Healthy breakfast with coffee and fresh bread and eggs
  • Chia, nuts, oats, and fruits
  • Seasonal fruits: Guava, mango, papaya, and banana
  • Lunch: Frigoles, tostones, aroz, yuka con mojo, and tamales
  • Cuban deserts
  • Welcome dinner is included in a very special restaurant
  • All other meals are not included due to verify and choice of each participant

Please tell us if you have any specific diet or allergy before the start of the retreat so that our team will do everything possible to provide you with the best experience.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
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)

These excursions are recommended, please book in advance or upon arrival in Cuba:

  • Excursion of Modern Havana in an old classic car “Almendrón”.
  • Captivating connection with nature through an excursion to Topes de Collantes Natural Park in Trinidad.
  • Traditional show of Cuban live music with a cast that has won 7 Grammy awards, members of the famous "Buena Vista Social Club", all combined with the best Creole food and cocktails.
  • Horseback riding through the tobacco plantations and workshop on the production and harvesting of Cuban tobacco.

We will visit the most typical neighborhoods of Havana such as Plaza de la Revolución, Vedado, Cerro Miramar.

  • Eco trekking to Topes de Collantes Natural Park.
  • Snorkeling at Playa Ancon
  • Catamarán
  • Horseback riding at Trinidad and Viñales
  • Private salsa lesson (90 minutes - 50 USD)
  • Thai massage (60 minutes - 50 USD)
  • Tour guide in Havana

Spa treatments

60 or 90 min Thai Massage (optional). Please note that from October until the end of December, Yalorde Yoga does not offer Thai massage.

What's included

  • 6 nights beautiful accommodation in Havana and Trinidad
  • Rejuvenating Hatha Yoga Classes and Vipassana Meditation sessions with our Cuban yoga teacher, Ludisis
  • 7 x breakfasts lovingly prepared by our local hosts
  • Free airport pickup and dropoff...because we want to meet you as soon as possible
  • All Transportations to and from Trinidad, Viñales, and Havana
  • The best “New Year Party” with locals. Get ready to dance Salsa Cubana all night long!
  • Guided Walking tour of Old Havana in English
  • Short Excursion to Cienfuegos
  • Life changing visits to non-tourist neighborhoods in Havana to meet locals and know the real Cuba life
  • The Guide and personalized attention to each client of the local Ludisis
  • Explanatory Afro Cuban culture workshop from local practitioners
  • A free 2 hours Salsa Dance Lessons with locals

What's not included

  • Airfare, Visas, Travel Insurance
  • Dinners and lunches not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expenses for purchases and souvenirs
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and hosts
  • Extra dance and yoga classes, not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation not mention

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 60 days before arrival.

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Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 150 EUR for a private room and 100 EUR per person for a shared twin room. To benefit, book or reserve before June 21, 2019.

Thursday January 2, 2020
(7 days / 6 nights)

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