This Yoga and Culture retreat that we present to you in Cuba, is an attempt to share the love for this warm country where our yoga teacher and founder Ludisis Mones was born. To take you by the hand through its streets and squares, we have designed an itinerary, thought of you, we invite you to discover the real Cuba in an active, curious way, with great capacity of inexhaustible astonishment and discovery. You will be witnesses of an experience of the real Cuba, the Cuba that can only be seen knowing its corners by the hand of a Cuban.
This Cuban Culture and Yoga Retreat is a stay of 6 nights that gives you the opportunity to get away from everything and maybe discover why our idiosyncrasy as Cubans is so unique. You can expect a week of immersion in cubanía, relaxation, surprising discoveries and revitalization while embarking on this retreat. We will visit the cities of Havana, Trinidad and Pinar del Rio, besides knowing the Cuban Tabaco, Cafe and Rum route in Viñales Valley.
To penetrate the history of the capital of Cuba, "Havana", we will visit The Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña, the largest fortress built by the Spanish in the "New World". Havana repeatedly rose from the rubble and ashes that were reduced from time to time by French pirates and corsairs during the first half of the sixteenth century, so military defenses were built at the entrance to Havana Bay.
Havana, in turn, is the capital of the Republic of Cuba and the most cosmopolitan city in the country. From its first centuries, it became the most important cultural center of the Island. Diversity is the sign of Havana culture. Traditions of African, Spanish and African origin converge, with some Chinese and Arabic, among other recognizable influences in the daily life of the city.
Of particular religious interest and much of our idiosyncrasy is the Afro-Cuban religion; the heritage of our African ancestors. During our Retreat of Yoga and Cuban Culture, you will be able to enjoy an explanatory workshop as well as an Afro-Cuban dance workshop. The Afro-Cuban Religion or Santería is the syncretization of the Catholic religion of the Spanish colonizers and the "Regla de Ocha" of the African slaves. Each Cuban venerates a specific orisha "orisha" who protects and protects him during his life. The Cuban religiosity brings together songs, shouts, laughter, ceremonies, offerings and the so-called "spiritualism".
The inhabitants of Cuba are exuberant in their love and hyperbolic in their emotions: they are all friends of the Cuban citizens and they are friends of the whole world. In Cuba, there are no strangers since foreigners are going to be part of our great family, to whom they realize they belong when they are surprised talking to a Cuban for hours, whom he never met before and probably does not see anymore; as if he were a loved one for life. Cuba is a unique confessional, where the Cuban is ordained a priest of laughter, saving souls from the most serious depressions.
During our yoga retreat in Cuba you will receive daily Hatha Yoga classes. Hatha Yoga helps to harmonize the body, breathing, wisdom and spirit, conceptualizing and exploring the nature of being. Hatha Yoga offers a sequential method to become fully aware of our existence, the physical and subtle bodies while at the same time directing attention more and more toward a happy place of existence.
The aim of our yoga sections, classes and workshops will show you yoga as a process of awakening to the truth of one's own being, to a feeling of permanent equanimity amid, the turbulence of everyday life and the stages of our existence. It will be a precious time to be with your being and to know yourself as you really are.
The classes that will be carried out during our yoga retreat, are all planned to avoid in this way an unnecessarily difficult practises and that it may cause injuries to our clients. Ludisis Mones our certified yoga instructor will offer you a range of asana, pranayama and meditation sequences, so you can choose which sequence is best suited to your self-exploration.
Instead of thinking about asana held for a long time as static, we will encourage you to perform small adjustment movements that provide stronger stability and more comfort for breathing, body and mind.
The Hatha Yoga classes will gradually go from the simple to the complex in this way the body opens more easily and consequently more safely. In our classes we will enter the stillness from the moment we step on the Mat, during the most intense phases of practice and even in savasana.
We hope you will join us and enjoy our yoga retreat. We have prepared it with love.
Benefit of this Retreat: meditate, rejunventate, make new friends, life changing, do yoga with a schedule, get inspired, get more flexibility, learn about spirituality, get more energy, enjoy nature with like minded people, Know Cuba and Cubans.
Do not forget to bring your Yoga Mat and Swimsuit or shorts. Also, US citizen should bring USD cash to Cuba since Cuban banks might not accept US Credit cards.
See you soon in Cuba!!!
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!!
United States, Monday, 30 July, 2018
One of my very best travel experiences!
The instructors are what makes 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.
Aart Schutte - Netherlands
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. She has lived and travelled in various countries. 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.
Thanks Ludisis for showing me Havana!
MARIAJOSE CASTILLO - Chile
Tener a Ludisis como maestra ha sido una experiencia maravillosa. Ludisis me enseño con mucha paciencia y dedicación.Ella tiene mucho conocimiento de las materias que enseña . En sus clases no solo aprendi a bailar salsa cubana sino que también amplie mis conocimientos espirituales y de autoconocimiento. Recomiendo a Ludi 100 por ciento
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 12 acceptable travel reasons:
Official affairs of the government of the United States. United States, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations
Professional research or professional meetings
Educational activities and exchanges from person to person
Public performances, clinics, workshops, sports and other competitions and exhibitions
Support for the Cuban people
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.
3- TRAVEL INSURANCE
The insurance policy can be taken in the country of origin of departure or upon arrival, you could subscribe an insurance and assistance policy of Cuban insurance companies at the airport, port or marina in Cuba.
Travel insurance from Cuban insurance companies and most international insurance companies receive travel assistance services in Cuba from Asistur SA, available 24 hours a day throughout the year.
SEE www.asistur.cu TO BUY OR WRITE DIRECTLY VIA E-MAIL.
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.
WE HOPE THAT THIS INFORMATION CLAIMS YOUR DOUBTS.
SEE YOU IN CUBA