Cuban Yoga & Cultural Immersion Retreat (Feb 2019)

Havana, Cuba

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Lotus Retreats
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Feb 2 - 9, 2019
Group size: 8-24
Cuban Yoga & Cultural Immersion Retreat (Feb 2019)
Havana, Cuba

Lotus Retreats
  • Email address verified
1 review

$2390
Deposit: $500
Feb 2 - 9, 2019
Group size: 8-24

About this trip

Have you ever wanted to experience the true cultural offerings of Cuba? Now you can!! Lotus Retreats is excited to announce our first ever Cuban Yoga & Cultural Immersion retreat in Playa Del Estes, Havana, Cuba this February 2-9th, 2019.


Join Lotus Retreats for 8-days and 7-nights of exploration through yoga, immersion with the Cuban Yoga community, cultural trips to Havana and Vinales and an unforgettable heart-opening experience to connect with Cuba, the people, and a simplified way of life. 


Retreat to Cuba’s first Yoga retreat center on the beaches of Playa Del Estes and retreat yourself in the warm Cuban sun. The peaceful and secluded atmosphere of Playa Del Estes, Tarará is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation for  your mind, body and soul. Mhai Yoga is located only 15 minutes outside of Havana, affording you the opportunity to explore the city during the day or night, dining in one of the many newly opened restaurants, or soaking up salsa throughout the night, and always having our peaceful space to come back to. 


Expect lots of time to rest and play, you’ll be given the opportunity to participate in these cultural offerings but also the option to sit back and relax, completely designing the retreat week you desire.


Mhai Yoga provides an authentic experience to connect our retreat week with the true island lifestyle. The island culture, organic food movement and white-sand beaches are a few reasons you may never want to leave Cuba, but what will end up capturing your heart is the people.


The lesson to take from Cuba, is that of happiness with the present moment, and you will see, the people, even though they don’t have much, they are always laughing, dancing, making the most of every situation, and hopefully after a week retreat to Cuba, you will too!

Yoga & Workshops

We will gather on the Yoga shala twice a day to practice Yoga, meditation and connection to Self, spirit. Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin classes tailored to all levels will be offered by our team of Lotus Retreats teachers. However, this Yoga retreat and practice extends far off the mat and into our everyday life, actions and encounters. Our mission of practicing poses, breath and mindfulness on the mat, is to take this awareness and spread it beyond just the yoga shala and ourselves. Daily intentions, mantras and offerings will be encouraged to support your Yoga practice on & off the mat. 


In collaboration with the Cuban Yoga community, we will share a day with the Cuban Yoga Association and Eduardo Pimentel, the father of Yoga in Cuba, to learn about the history of Yoga in Cuba and have the opportunity to practice Yoga with Eduardo and his students. 

Excursions

Exploring the culture and different cities & towns of Cuba will be a huge part of this retreat week! Each day will be paired with an activity or excursion to experience authentic Cuba and it’s offerings. Learn to Salsa dance with a professional Cuban dance team included in the first days of the retreat! We will discover the city of Havana, what it is and the history of what it was riding around in convertibles to site see it all. You’ll have the chance to explore the city, shop and admire its rich cultural taste with a group outing for lunch at the Paladar. Of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Havana without a sunset visit to the Malecon, which walls the entire city of Havana overlooking the ocean.


This retreat also includes an overnight trip to Vinales, which are the organic farmlands of Cuba, to get a true taste of Cuba’s organic food movement! We’ll horseback ride through the farms, connect with local farmers, roll our own Cuban cigars! And practice yoga on the mountain top overlooking all of Vinales. In Vinales, you’ll have your own bed, breakfast, dinner with a Cuban family and we’ll practice evening & morning Yoga.

Nourishment

Nourish your soul with local handcrafted meals lovingly prepared by Mhai Yoga’s family staff. Mealtimes are a huge part of our retreat experience and Cuba offers all organic, hand prepared and nourishing meals for us to enjoy. Each meal is prepared with local foods that the staff purchases within the same day. The kitchen staff is so loving and caring during mealtimes that they’re always present and preparing special dishes for our groups. All meals are organic with pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. 

Disconnect to Reconnect

Disconnect with a digital detox. There will be no Wifi at the beach resort but there will be plenty of yoga, workshops, community talks and activities for you to connect with yourself and others!

Daily trips to “Wifi parks” will be optional if you need this offering.

Getting There

Travel to and from Cuba has become much easier!


Several airlines like United, Delta, Southwest and JetBlue fly direct to Havana Airport.

For travelers departing from the United States, US airlines now offer the option to buy the Cuban tourist visa on the day of departure at the check-in counter or at the departure gate. Check the confirmation email from your airline to confirm this, as their policies are subject to change. Please allow some extra time at check-in if you plan to buy the Cuban tourist visa on your date of departure.


Mhai Yoga will provide each retreat guest with a "reason for" visiting Cuba. Your travel is legally authorized as an educational people-to-people tour in "support of the Cuban people"


Once you arrive in Cuba, and you have passed customs and retrieved your bags, it is advised that you pass by the currency exchange booth so that you have cash on hand to pay for a taxi. You will note that there are plenty of yellow taxis waiting outside of the terminal.


Please find one and give them this address:

Tarará, Playas Del Este, Villa Harmonia, Casa #309 Yoga


Once you arrive to the gate of Tarará please let the guard know you are attending the yoga retreat.  Mhai Yoga is located in Tarará, a gated community located in Havana's Playas del Este region.


We will create a Facebook group and shared google document for all attending guests to arrange transportation to the resort prior to the retreat start. We recommend connecting with others to share taxis from the airport to the resort. 


No vaccinations are required to enter Cuba.


Detailed travel instructions and guidance will be included in your confirmation emails after booking! 

Packing List

Passport

Health Insurance

Cash (to exchange at the airport, there are no ATMS in Cuba)

Camera + charger

Small umbrella (just in case)

Reusable water bottle

Comfortable clothes for practicing Yoga

Swimwear, beachwear, sunglasses and a beach towel!

Light sweater or shawl for evening in Havana

Flip flops & sandals

Comfortable walking shoes for sunrise hike

Sunscreen & bugspray

Yoga mat

What’s included

  • Accommodations at Mhai
    8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Food
    3 Meals a day (pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available)
  • Drinks
    Daily juices, coffee & tea
  • Welcome Ceremony
    Opening & intention setting ceremony
  • Daily Yoga Classes
    Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative practices tailored to all levels
  • Salsa Lesson
    Professional salsa lesson with Havana's own Cuban salsa team!
  • Workshops
    Daily offerings like Acro and Partner yoga, pranayama (breath-work), meditation and various workshops
  • Closing Ceremony
    Closing cacao ceremony + ecstatic dance
  • Overnight in Vinales
    Overnight accomodations, transportation, food, horseback riding and excursions in Vinales farmlands
  • Daytrip to Havana
    Daytrip to Havana in convertibles with a group lunch in the city
  • Retreat Goodie Bag
    Lotus Retreats goodie bag with Yoga clothing, accessories and items from retreat sponsors!
  • Airfare
    Roundtrip flights to Havana are ~$300-$500
  • Airport Transfers
    Taxi to the retreat center is ~$35 USD, up to 4 people
  • Cuban Visa
    ~$50 purchased directly through your airline or at the gate
  • Travel Insurance

Available Packages

Triple Occupancy *Early bird
Available until Nov 2ndSold Out

WAITLIST OPTION

Shared room with individual twin beds, shared bathroom


$2190

Early bird pricing through Aug 2nd

$2390 After Aug 2nd


$2190
Deposit: $500
Double Occupancy* Early bird
Available until Nov 2ndSold Out

WAITLIST OPTION

Shared room with individual twin beds, shared bathroom


$2490

Early bird pricing through Aug 2nd

$2690 After Aug 2nd

$2490
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy*Early bird
Available until Nov 2ndSold Out

WAITLIST OPTION

Private room with private bathroom


$2990

Early bird pricing through Aug 2nd

$3190 After Aug 2nd

$3190
Deposit: $500
Triple Occupancy
only 1 left
$2390
Deposit: $500
Double Occupancy
5 left
$2690
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
5 left
$3190
Deposit: $500
$2390
Deposit: $500

Triple Occupancy

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Expand and enhance your vision of the world and your practice of Yoga with a Lotus Retreats week in paradise! Our retreat weeks offer a diversity of yoga classes, philosophy, workshops, sacred ceremonies, Kirtan & music and enlightening group activities to deepen all areas of your physical, spiritual, and mental being. We combine the practice of Yoga in connection to sacred nature with culture excursions to adventure and explore each country and it's unique offerings! We believe there is a whole world to see and want to show you how beautiful each unique country is. Our team is a group of passionate, well traveled Yoga instructors, workshop facilitators, musicians and devoted practitioners who are passionate about sharing their love & knowledge of Yoga with the world! Lotus Retreats currently host retreats in Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba and Bali. New locations will be released in 2019/2020.

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The most incredible thing I've ever been a part of! Not only was the glamping cute and comfy, the staff was amazing and the food was so so delicious, but the yoga was the best! Morning and night. The workshops were enlightening and the excursions were a blast! I can't recommend Lotus Retreats enough! Can't wait to do it again.

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Loren's yoga retreats are one of my favorite ways to replenish my soul and body with fresh new prana energy, inspiration, beautiful scenery, amazingly tasty food, and like-minded new friends from all over the world. Loren, you can count me in every time!!! :-) Pascal
By Pascal Nicolas on Jul. 18, 2018