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6 Days Humanitarian Yoga Retreat in Cuba

  • Havana, La Habana, Cuba

Overview

Humanitarian Yoga Holiday in Cuba

Join to a humanitarian visit to the long sought-after city of Havana and beyond. You will explore the city re-emerging as one of the hottest cultural centers in the world. Cuba is loaded with rich history, incredible music, art, amazing food, charming people, and lots of soul. This retreat will include yoga daily, private salsa dancing lessons with professional Cuban dancers plus nights on the town with live music to continue the practice, meals, excursions, and a humanitarian project to aid Cuban families in need. You will be supporting the people daily with our donations, cultural exploration, as well as sharing yoga with the locals.

Highlights

  • Airport transfers
  • Daily morning yoga classes
  • Salsa lessons and dancing session
  • Visit to the river and the valley in Viñales with lunch
  • Humanitarian donations drops for local families in need
  • All dinners together as a group
  • Daily breakfasts in house
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 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 you to the streets finding emerging artists at work in their studios. 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 sipping Havana Club with the locals 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 has 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.

Yoga sequencing will be deeply inspired by the love and respect for the Cuban people. You will move consciously and breathe deeply in an effort to ground and immerse ourselves in the magic of this culture, focusing on unity. Unity of breath and body as well as the unity you share when you merge with other cultures realizing we are all one and the same at our cores. You will explore this amazing city together with open and grateful hearts embarking on this new experience together as you contribute responsibly to those in need. A detailed list of suggested donations can be found on our Travel Tips Guide.

Day 1

  • Meet at Cancun International Airport (CUN) for flight check-ins. Flights from CUN to HAV
  • Transportation from José Martí International Airport (HAV). Casa Particular arrival and check-in
  • 18:00 Welcome grounding circle and opening stretch
  • 19:30 Sorting donations
  • 20:30 Dinner together as a group at host house

Day 2

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 09:00 Yoga practice
  • 11:15 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Salsa Dancing at local Dance School (cultural workshop)
  • 15:00 Lunch on your own at one of the best private restaurants in the Old City as a group
  • 17:00 Walk around Old Havana
  • 18:30 Classic car rides back to the house
  • 21:00 Dinner in Old Havana at a Classic Paladar

Day 3

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 09:00 Yoga practice
  • 11:15 Breakfast
  • 12:30 Humanitarian donations offered for women, families and children
  • 13:00 Beach day with lunch included, (educational workshop re: culture and history)
  • 20:00 Dinner together on the town (meal included. alcohol not included)
  • Optional outing to FAC an incredible art center, club, and bar

Day 4

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit available
  • 09:00 Yoga practice
  • 11:15 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Salsa Dancing at local Dance School (cultural workshop)
  • 15:00 Lunch (on your own) at one of the best private restaurants in the city enjoyed as a group. Explore Old Havana and visit a local art studio or gallery
  • 20:00 Dinner and salsa show with live music by the Buena Vista Social Club

Day 5

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, breakfast available
  • 09:00 Viñales Day trip to visit the countryside, river and the valley. Lunch is included and will be enjoyed at a beautiful eco-farm in the mountains (cultural workshop)
  • 19:30 Closing circle
  • 20:00 Dinner together at the house

Day 6

07:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit available

07:30 Leave for José Martí International Airport (HAV). Flight check-ins. Flight out to Cancun (flight times depend on the season)

Please note that the Itinerary is subject to change as necessary according to circumstances and any unforeseen changes in the plans. The intention is to keep as close to this schedule as possible but this is Cuba and at times you could find yourselves at the mercy of the powers that be. Yoga Adventures Worldwide will adjust and accommodate as best as possible if this occurs. Havana operates on a later schedule which is why days are running later than the typical retreat schedules.

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

    Native to Huntsville, Ontario, where she owns Sacred Breath Yoga studio, Wendy’s teaching style is intimate and inclusive, leaving you with an invitation to begin where you are in your body and allow the journey to unravel from the inside out. She weaves a tapestry of practical guidance, subtle details, and deep insight so that you may access a pathway to self-discovery unique to yourself. Wendy has 12 years of teaching experience. She follows the roots of the Hatha Yoga tradition, yet continues to spin an eclectic web of various styles and teaching modalities into her classes.

  • 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.

This retreat will take place in Havana, Cuba.

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
  • 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
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All dinners as a group
  • Beach day trip with lunch
  • Classic car ride along the Malecón
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Day trip to Viñales with lunch at an eco-farm
  • Dinner and Salsa Show with Buena Vista Social Club live
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Humanitarian donation drops for local families in need
  • Old Havana and walk tour
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Havana
  • Salsa Dancing on the town with our instructors as per itinerary
  • Salsa Lessons at local dance school as per itinerary
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Cuba exit tax
  • Cuban visa
  • Mexico exit tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

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.

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  • Review by Aimee M. from Los Angeles, CA
    10 out of 10

    "As per usual, thank you for envisioning, coordinating and executing such an amazing experience. Cuba remains mostly untouched by the corporate arm that sustains and"

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    "somewhat shameful question of mine) and to see them operate by interpersonal connection in a way we used to before text and constant access, was refreshing and offered me perspective while reminding me, there is always another way. Being in Cuba and utilizing the connections you developed and allowed us to share gave me the opportunity to see, understand, question, and learn about Cuban culture in a way I wouldn't have had otherwise. I am so grateful that you have facilitated this type of unique experience in places around the world. You model a way for people to get to know the people who are the cities we visit. Also, being part of The YAWW family has allowed me to make lifelong friends out of strangers again and again. I feel like the richest woman in the world! I'm a YAWW woman loud and proud! Where to next?"

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    10 out of 10

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Yoga Adventures Worldwide organizes adventures and retreats in Tulum, Mexico and across the globe. They always aim to choose the best locations and instructors.

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Departure:
Sunday February 12, 2017
(6 days / 5 nights)

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