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5 Days Humanitarian Yoga Retreat in Cuba

  • Havana, La Habana, Cuba


Yoga Holiday in Cuba

Join a humanitarian visit to the long sought-after city of Havana and beyond. Explore Cuba, a city re-emerging as one of the hottest cultural centers in the world. You will get to know and enjoy a country loaded with rich history, incredible music, art, amazing food, charming people, and lots of soul. This retreat will pair yoga practice with a humanitarian project to aid a few Cuban families in need, giving you the chance to help others as you cultivate yourself!


  • Daily morning yoga classes
  • Warm-up salsa dancing session
  • Visit to the river and the valley in Viñales
  • Humanitarian donations to Cuban families
  • Visit a tobacco farm and cigar maker
  • All breakfasts and dinners included
  • 5 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Casas particulares are private homes that rent out a few rooms to travelers. Staying in a Cuban home is an incredible way to get a real taste of the culture and to experience the Caribbean lifestyle. There are three homes for the retreat, which are particularly charming and hosted by some amazing families.

The first home is a house, while the other two homes are located in an apartment building, which is just a quick walk down the block from the host home. The apartments have two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and balcony.

This retreat will take place in Havana, Cuba.

  • 3 dinners as a group
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Beach day trip with lunch
  • Classic car ride along the Malecón
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Day trip to Viñales with lunch
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Old Havana and art walk tour
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Havana
  • Salsa dancing lesson

This retreat will take you to the streets, where you will find emerging artists at work. You will explore the latest privatized restaurants, bars, and art centers to support the local population, beginning to have a hand in creating a new Havana. You will stay in a beautiful home in the hip neighborhood of Vedado, just a short taxi ride away from Old Havana.

You may choose to pass the evenings like the locals, sipping Havana Club on the porch, watching the night go by, making it an early night and turning in to relax, or heading out to see what the Cuban nightlife is brewing. Either way, you will find an amazing Cuba greeting you with open arms and warm smiles. You will enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and amazing Cuban hospitality in this steamy, tropical, pulsating city.

Nina’s yoga sequencing will be deeply inspired by love and respect for the Cuban people. You will move consciously and breathe deeply in an effort to ground and immerse yourself in the magic of this culture, focusing on the unity of breath and body, as well as the unity shared when you merge with other cultures. You will explore this amazing city of Havana and the stunning Cuban countryside, embarking on a new experience, as you contribute responsibly to those in need.

Day 1

  • 16:00 Transportation from José Martí International Airport (HAV)
  • 17:00 Arrival at host house and check-in
  • 18:30 Welcome grounding circle and donations sorting
  • 20:00 Dinner at host house
  • 22:30 Salsa dancing warm-up

Day 2

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Yoga practice with Nina
  • 11:15 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Humanitarian donations offered for children
  • 12:30 Old Havana art walk and history tour, classic car ride
  • Lunch will be on your own but the group will stop at one of the best private restaurants in Old Havana
  • 21:00 Dinner as a group at one of the best spots in town. Alcohol is not included
  • Optional outing to Fábrica de Arte Cubano, an incredible art center, club, and bar

Day 3

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Yoga practice with Nina
  • 11:15 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Humanitarian donations offered for women
  • 12:30 Beach day with lunch included
  • 21:00 Dinner as a group at one of the best spots in town. Alcohol is not included
  • Optional outing for Mojitos overlooking the Malecón

Day 4

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Yoga practice with Nina
  • 11:15 Breakfast
  • Free day to explore Havana and have dinner on your own

Day 5

  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, breakfast available
  • 08:00 - 09:30 Yoga practice with Nina
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Viñales day trip to visit a tobacco farm and cigar maker, the river, and the valley. Lunch is included and will be enjoyed at a beautiful eco-farm in the mountains
  • Humanitarian donations offered for families
  • Dinner back at the house in Havana
  • Optional outing for salsa dancing and nightlife

Day 6

  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 07:30 Leave for José Martí International Airport (HAV)

Arrival by airplane

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

Check in

From 5 p.m.

Check out

7:30 a.m.

Seasonal information

The weather in June will be quite warm, plan to dress lightly.

Mobile / communication information

Internet is not really available in Cuba. If you need to use it, you will have go to a government run hotel and buy a card with time on it to check your emails on a desktop computer in an office room. You should plan to be pretty much disconnected while in Havana. The host will have a cell phone with wireless service, in case of emergency. The number will be provided prior to travel.

What to bring

  • Art supplies to donate; do not bring oil paint
  • Basic articles to be donated to adults
  • Bathing suit
  • Cover up
  • Hat
  • Items to be donated to children (clothes, toys, books in Spanish, hygiene products)
  • Sunscreen
  • Yoga mat

Travel assistance

Yoga Adventures Worldwide is able to arrange your flights from Cancun to Havana, as well as your visa and required insurance upon request. The estimated cost of roundtrip airfare from Cancun to Havana is between 320 USD and 450 USD.

Passport / visa

The visa for Cuba is approximately 30 USD and can be purchased at Cancun International Airport (CUN) or through Yoga Adventures Worldwide. At Cancun International Airport (CUN), you will need to have in hand enough money to pay for your Cuban Visa and 24 USD for your exit tax from Mexico. At José Martí International Airport (HAV), you will need 25 CUC for your exit tax from Cuba.

Local expenses / money information

If you decide to book your flight from Cancun to Havana, you will be traveling with Mexican pesos. You should plan to change your currency at Cancun International Airport (CUN) or to take Mexican pesos out of the ATMs at the airport. It is suggested that you take all the cash you will need with you, as there is no way to take out more money once there. You will exchange MXN to CUC once you arrive and get settled.

Insurance during your stay in the country is approximately 7 USD per day. Most meals are included in the package; however, alcohol and any nightlife activities are on your own. If you plan to purchase any art that can be paid for in USD, pieces range from as little as 40 USD up to 16,000 USD.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Yoga Adventures Worldwide, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Day trip to the beach
  • Day trip to Viñales to visit a tobacco farm and cigar maker, the river, and the valley
  • Old Havana art walk and history tour
  • Ride on a classic car along the Malecón
  • Nina Endrst

    Nina has been practicing yoga for more than ten years. She grew up watching her mother practice meditation and yoga, which was an experience that made a profound impression and deeply influenced her approach to wellness. Nina completed her 200-hour registered yoga teacher training at New York Yoga, studying under Michael Gilbert. She simply wants to give students what she continues to receive from her teachers, which are love, peace, and the simple things that slowly started to change her life. Her Vinyasa flow classes are playful, thoughtful, and challenging.

  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Cuba exit tax
  • Cuban visa
  • Humanitarian donations
  • Mexico exit tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

To begin your days full of energy, there will be coffee, tea, and fruit available every morning before yoga practice. You will also enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and eat in some of the best restaurants in town.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Experience Cuban nightlife
  • Explore the old and new parts of Havana
  • Make it an early night and simply turn in to relax
  • Sip Havana Club on the porch and watch the night go by
  • Review by Kelly Anne from Orange County, California
    10 out of 10

    "I could not have imagined a better experience for my first yoga retreat. Christina took absolutely tremendous care of our small group. She was happy to do some light hand holding in the weeks leading up to the retreat, with my being a little nervous and having lots of questions. Christina's restaurant recommendations were amazing, I could write a dozen reviews for the food in Tulum. Tulum is honestly a magical place, with so much charm and rustic elegance. Everyone I met, from the locals to the expatriates, was warm and friendly. The location of the retreat was so stunning. The beach had the whitest sand and the warmest water. Rebecca Jo was our yoga instructor on the retreat. I did not know what to expect when it came to the yoga practice, as there are so many styles and philosophies, and I am used to very vigorous power yoga. Rebecca Jo led us through the most wonderful series of what I will call workshops, as opposed to classes. Her teaching style and the practice she led us through really opened up my body and mind to something totally new. This was honestly the best thing I have ever done for myself, and I cannot wait to attend another Yoga Adventures Worldwide retreat with Christina!"

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  • Review by Oriana C.
    9 out of 10

    "There is no such place as Tulum. Utopia just offers you the best in paradise, an amazing spot right on the beach and close to all the cool bars, restaurants, shops, and great yoga workshops. I have been there twice and long to go back again. Thanks to Christina and her staff. The only thing I would say is that you should not expect top luxury; if you are looking for plush pillows and linen, Utopia is not the place. Although the lack of luxury is more than compensated for by the fact that you are surrounded by the lovely nature of the jungle and the sea. I recommend to bring ear plugs, as the ocean is super noisy at night, it can be intense!"

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  • Review by a traveler from New York City, USA
    9 out of 10

    "This was my first yoga retreat, as well as the first time I committed to sticking with the practice. Nina was the best teacher and spiritual leader and kept her words light and connected. This was one of the best experiences ever; I walked away with a greater and calmer sense of self. I also made friends, who I will be connected to for life! Utopia is an eco-chic home on the beach, which is clean and friendly, with amazing fresh food. I highly recommend this if you need to get away and reconnect with yourself and take a time out from the chaos in life that you no longer need."

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  • Review by Elisabeth R. from Jekyll Island, Georgia
    9 out of 10

    "The yoga and spa retreat at Utopia was life-changing. The staff was super attentive, the massage therapist was amazing, and Luna, our yoga teacher, was such a wonderful spirit. She offered the perfect mix of classes, poses, and postures. The food and variety of fresh juices were delicious. We felt completely safe in Tulum at all hours. We went in July, when the weather is hot; however, the location of Utopia, right on the beach, offers a wonderful breeze. Christine, the owner, has developed a wonderful retreat in this perfect location."

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  • Review by Kim McPherson from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "One of the best yoga retreats I have ever been on. It was set in luscious surroundings, with an awesome accommodation. The yoga practices were beautiful and the food was amazing! I am ready to book my next retreat. Thank you, Christina, Nancy, and Rebecca Jo. I will be back."

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