7 Day Connecting Souls Women's Yoga & Meditation Retreat, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

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Yalorde Yoga
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Jul 26 - Aug 1, 2019
Group size: 3 - 10
7 Day Connecting Souls Women's Yoga & Meditation Retreat, Cuba
Havana, Cuba

Yalorde Yoga
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$1700
Deposit: $250
Jul 26 - Aug 1, 2019
Group size: 3 - 10

About this trip

Bliss out and connect to Cuba, a mysterious destination recognized for its enchanting colonial architecture, vivid artistic culture and unique Afro Cuban Spiritual Heritage.


Cuba will fascinate you in a way you have never experienced before. This island is a source of beauty, culture and great spirituality.


Spend your week rejuvenating with daily yoga and meditation sessions, healing workshops plus a selection of Cuba's best cultural activities.


Want to discover the real Cuba, meet the people who live here and at the same time connect with your beautiful inner being. Your 7-day Connecting Souls Cuba Women Retreat is an adventure that you will always remember with love.


What's included?

  • Daily Hatha yoga classes and Vipassana meditation sessions
  • One-to-one life coaching advice session with Ludisis
  • 6 tasty breakfasts prepared by the local hosts
  • Water, tea, and coffee
  • Private transfers to and from the airport and local accommodations
  • Workshops on Self Connection and Positive Affirmations
  • Experienced local hosts available 24/7
  • 6 magic nights at the private local guest house
  • Old Havana walking tour with the local Ludisis
  • Tobacco Interactive Workshop
  • A short excursion to Cienfuegos
  • A visit to the Unesco World Cultural Landscape
  • Cuban Pottery Workshop
  • Round trip tour transfers

What's not included?

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tickets to shows and optional activities
  • Visa, flights, and travel insurance
  • Activities mentioned as not included in the itinerary
  • Transfer to optional activities

What People are saying about us

Review by Symone Morgan from the UK:

“Experiencing the real Cuba”

I mostly enjoyed the variation of activities and places to visit. Ludisis really listened to what I enjoy prior to the trip and tailored it to my needs. This included visiting a ceramics studio, art galleries and an unexpected visit to meet Ludisis’s family where I was welcomed with open arms. There was a good balance of excursions and meditation time which was useful for taking some time out and reconnecting. Ludisis was thoughtful, kind, patient and shown a genuine interest in ensuring I experienced all aspects of the real Cuba.


Review by Burnetta Gipson from the USA:

The 7 Day Cuba Retreat with Yalorde Yoga was one of my best vacations. Ludisis was awesome and perfectly planned our experience to include all aspects of the Cuban culture. Yoga on the beach was a great way to end our day! If you are looking for the perfect retreat I highly recommend Yalorde -Yoga.


Review by Patricia Joseph from the USA:

My Cuban Yoga Retreat was AMAZING!!! I’ve told everyone what an incredible experience we had! I’m hoping to be able to go again next year!!


Review by Laurinda Cameron from the USA:

This was the best retreat ever! We did everything…walked, danced, rode horses, hiked, explored, painted, toured, eat the best foods, fun, and excitement.


Review by Alisha Conrad  from the USA:

My experience in Cuba was amazing!


I felt renewed mentally, physically, and spiritually. As a yoga instructor, I was inspired by Ludisis knowledge and expertise. I learned a lot about the history of Cuba and the Cuban people made me feel welcomed. Ludisis and her family made my New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day the most memorable I’ve ever had. They also made my 40th birthday special by celebrating me at breakfast and live music in the evening. I’ve never been to a retreat that allowed me to customize my entire experience. I will return to Cuba or any other retreat ran by Ludisis!


Review by Leslie Tenney  from the USA:

The instructors are what make this a truly unique experience! Every detail was so carefully planned, though they were open and willing to accommodate individual preferences and modifications.


Because of the small group and the thought that was put into every detail, I felt that I experienced Cuba in a very different and personal way. As a native Cuban and because of the love that she puts into her work, Ludi is exceptional.


She offered insights that I don’t think I would have experienced otherwise. As a team, Ludi and Gunther work together to ensure the guests are happy and attended too always. They make a great team.


Review by Aart Schutte  from the Nederland:

You will enjoy the beautiful city of Havana more with a tour guide who really appreciates the beauty and culture of her city. Ludisis will bring you to the best places where you can enjoy the nice side of Cuba. She knows the cultural hotspots, places to have a good meal, and where to go dancing and meet the locals.

Ludisis is educated as a classical dancer, tourist guide and yoga teacher.  Ludisis as a guide is trustworthy, punctual, cultured and fun to be with. Ludisis understands the subtle difference between making you a plain tourist and making you a partaker of the local culture.

Excursions

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

  • Meditation session in the middle of the valley
  • Short visit to Cienfuegos City
  • Tobacco Interactive Workshop in Viñales Valley
  • Visit to real local Yoruba Temple
  • 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.
  • Old Havana Walking Tour.

Optionals

  • Excursion of Modern Havana in an old classic car “Almendrón”.
  • 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)

Recommendations for your trip to Cuba!

Recommendations for your trip to Cuba!

IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH, YOU WILL FIND ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TRAVEL TO CUBA LEGALLY:
 

1- Fly to Cuba from the US is allowed under the acceptable travel reasons:
 

Family visits
Official affairs of the government of the United States. United States, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations
News activities
Professional research or professional meetings
Religious activities
Public performances, clinics, workshops, sports and other competitions and exhibitions
Support for the Cuban people
Humanitarian projects
Activities of private foundations or research or education institutes
Export, import or transmission of information or information material
Travel related to certain authorized export transactions
You can also travel to Cuba with a license issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States. UU (OFAC) or as a national home of Cuban return.
 

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE CATEGORY: "SUPPORT TO THE CUBAN PEOPLE", BECAUSE WE OFFER YOU A LEGAL AND DETAILED TRAVEL ITINERARY, UNDER THE GUIDELINES OF THE CATEGORY, INDICATING EACH ACTIVITY FROM THE BREAKFAST TO THE  MOMENT BEFORE GOING TO THE BED.
 

2- Book your flights and get a "Visa or Travel Card" (it's the same)
 

Destination airport: Jose Marti (HAV) Cuba
 

For flights departing from the United States, the visa process may be different depending on the airline you fly with. Here is more information on how to obtain the Cuban visa in the United States, depending on which airline wants to fly.
 

The visa is called Travel Card!
 

Southwest: $ 50. It can be purchased online in advance or at the airport upon departure.
Delta: $ 50. Buy at the door or request by mail in advance.
JetBlue: $ 50. Buy at your final airport before flying to Cuba.
United: $ 75. Buy at the Newark or Houston entrance.
American: $ 85. It can be purchased online or at the Charlotte or Miami airport on the day of departure.
 

WE RECOMMEND TO BUY THE FLIGHT WITH AMERICAN AND THEN BUY THE VISA AT "CUBA TRAVEL SERVICES" A TRAVEL AGENCY WITH MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE THAT PROCESSES THE VISA AND SENDS IT TO YOUR ADDRESS. SEE THE LINK TO BUY THE VISA BELOW.
https://cubavisaservices.com/product/touristvisa-card/
 

3- TRAVEL INSURANCE
 

The insurance policy is included in your ticket sometimes. Contact your airline for more information.
 

4- Bring Cash
 

Plan to bring cash. American banks are still not uploaded to the Cuban banking system. Keep things simple. Just bring U.S. dollars or Euros. There are plenty of money exchanges and hotels in Havana who will give you the best exchange rate at the time.
 

Now, in our yoga retreat you have 7 days of lodging included, all means of transportation in Cuba, transportation to and from the José Martí airport in Havana and several lunches and dinners included. So you can decrease those expenses. You only need cash for tickets to museums and National parks, Your personal purchases, Entertainment; etc.

Available Packages

Blissful Private Ensuite Room
6 left

double or twin  bed and private bathroom


$1700
Deposit: $250
$1700
Deposit: $250

Blissful Private Ensuite Room

Itinerary

DAY 1:
"Welcome to Cuba"

Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport (HAV). The transfer to their Casa Particular (guest house) is around 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will warmly welcome you and show you to your room. 


Then in the afternoon, they will have a welcome ceremony in which you will meet the other participants and will have dinner together at a local palate (privately owned restaurant).

Today's accommodation:

  • Casa Particular (guesthouse - 1 night)

Meals included:

  • There are no meals included in this day

Your Organizer


YY
Yalorde Yoga
1 review
Ludisis is a dance and certified Yoga Alliance teacher from Cuba. Her studies in tourism permitted her insight at Yoga retreat venues. Ludisis is a person who radiates joy and harmony. She is passionate about spirituality and offers wisdom, guidance, and persistence to her students. Teachers who worked with her, found her to be a kind, strong and powerful individual, and she can be relied upon to act as the calm in the middle of a storm. She is balanced and kind-hearted as well as beautiful inside. A true guide to one's life's work. Together with Guenther, a Thai massage instructor, nature lover, globe trotter, Pathfinder, Trekker, Skier, Mountainbiker and Rock Climber. He does Thai Massage since 1995 and lived several years in Thailand, Japan and Chile. Our goal is to provide you with a unique and personalized retreat experience. In addition take advantage of the benefits of ancient Thai techniques, Meditation, spirituality, guidance, fitness, healing, and Yoga.

Reviews

This was one of the best trips I’ve experienced and was perfect for a single female traveler. I was nervous to visit Cuba alone so it was extremely reassuring to have a local guide show me around. Ludi was beyond flexible and the itinerary was customized to my interests. I couldn’t make the exact dates for the retreat but Ludi was more than accommodating and went out of her way to pick me up 2 days before the actual trip was scheduled to start. Because of that, I had 2 days of private guide with Ludi. I got to experience the authentic Cuban culture while enjoying all the touristy delights Cuba had to offer. I was initially hesitant as I had very little yoga experience but it wasn’t a problem at all! This was a great introduction to the practice for me. So If yoga isn’t your thing, dont fear! The accommodations were better than expectated, clean, safe and most of all locally owned. I would recommended arriving a day or two earlier if you’d like to spend more time in old Havana. I can happily say that I’ve made a fabulous new Cuban friend and cannot wait to return and spend more time in Havana. Thanks Ludi for the experience of a lifetime that I’ll forever cherish!

References

BG
This was the best trip I have been on . Very organized and well planned . The accommodations were nice . The itinerary allowed us to emerse ourselves In the Cuban culture thru painting, dance, hiking, site seeing, and so much more! I highly recommend Yalorde Yoga w Lusisis and Gunther.
By Burnetta Gibson on Jul 17, 2018
SC
Thanks Ludi and Gunther for a wonderful Cuban Experience Retreat June 27,2918 thru July 3,2018. I can not stop talking about the Culture, family atmosphere you showed ,and learning of Cuban Heritage. I plan to return soon. Much love from the USA. I highly recommend your services when traveling to Cuba. Shawn
By Shawn Coles on Jul 09, 2018