Cuban Yoga & Cultural Immersion Retreat (Feb 2020)

Havana, Cuba

LR
Lotus Retreats
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
12 reviews
Feb 1 - 8, 2020
Group size: 10 - 22
Cuban Yoga & Cultural Immersion Retreat (Feb 2020)
Havana, Cuba

Lotus Retreats
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
12 reviews

$2790
Deposit: $500
Feb 1 - 8, 2020
Group size: 10 - 22

About this trip

Have you ever wanted to experience the true cultural offerings of Cuba? Now you can during our uniquely designed retreat week in collaboration with the Mhai Yoga Cuban Yoga Association of Cuba! Approved by the Support of the Cuban people, this yoga-retreat offers you private activities and accommodations intended to support local Cuban communities and family owned restaurants, home-stays and an immersion with the Cuban Yoga community! 


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 just outside of Havana. Retreat yourself in the warm Cuban sun in a peaceful, secluded atmosphere perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Our retreat center is located only 15 minutes outside of Havana, affording you the opportunity to explore the city during the day or night, soak up the private-beach sun during the day, salsa throughout the night, and always have a peaceful space to come back to. 


You'll be given the opportunity to participate in several cultural offerings but also the time to sit back and relax, completely designing the retreat week you desire.


This Cuba Retreat week provides an authentic experience to connect 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. You will see, even though they don’t have much, the Cuban people 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. 


In collaboration with the Cuban Yoga community, we will share a few classes with 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. 


This Yoga retreat and practice extends far off the mat! Our mission of practicing poses, breath and mindfulness on the mat, is to take this awareness and spread it beyond just the yoga shala. Daily intentions, mantras and offerings will be encouraged to support your Yoga practice on & off the mat. 

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 vintage convertibles to 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 and roll our own Cuban cigars! We'll practice yoga on the mountain top overlooking all of Vinales for sunrise. 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 a team of friendly, 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!


"Wifi cards" for $1 an hour can be purchased and used if Wifi is needed throughout the week.

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.


We will provide each retreat guest with an approved document for visiting Cuba. Your travel is legally authorized as an educational people-to-people tour in "support of the Cuban people" and partners with only private companies, nothing government ran.


Once you arrive in Cuba, we will have organized transportation to pick you up and take you directly to the retreat center!


We will also create a Facebook group and shared google document for all attending guests to arrange transportation to the resort prior to the retreat start. 


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

Reusable water bottle

Small umbrella (just in case)

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

Headlamp / flashlight

Sunscreen & bugspray

What’s included

  • Accomodations
    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
  • Workshops
    Daily workshops, pranayama (breath-work), meditation and various workshops themes
  • Salsa Lesson
    Professional salsa lesson with Havana's own Cuban salsa team!
  • Daytrip to Havana
    Daytrip to Havana in convertibles with a group lunch in the city
  • Overnight in Vinales
    Overnight accomodations, transportation, food, horseback riding and excursions in Vinales farmlands
  • Retreat Goodie Bag
    Lotus Retreats goodie bag with Yoga clothing, accessories and items from retreat sponsors!
  • Closing Ceremony
    Closing cacao ceremony
  • 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

Double Occupancy
Available until Nov 01, 201920 left

A shared room with private bathroom


$2790 through November 1st

$2990 after November 1st 

$2790
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
Available until Nov 01, 201920 left

A private room with private bathroom


$2990 through November 1st

$3190 after November 1st 

$2990
Deposit: $500
$2790
Deposit: $500

Double Occupancy

Your Organizer


LR
Lotus Retreats
12 reviews
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 hosts in Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Guatamala and Bali.

Reviews

I had a great time! I met some amazing & beautiful people, did some great yoga & got a great glimpse of the Balinese culture in the week I spent there.
Great trip! The food was amazing and seemed like there was something for everyone! The people were incredibly friendly and helpful and Lotus Retreats staff (Loren and Ryann) did a fantastic job coordinating the details of this yoga retreat.
My 1st time to do yoga 🧘‍♀️ retreat & it was the best. The people, the place the activities were all entirely beautiful. The instructors Loren & Ryann Tillman were the best guide we’ve had both so inspiring that I will do yoga 🧘‍♀️ again with them. Good relationships don’t just happen, they take time, patience & two people who truly want to be together ... Loren & Ryan mabuhay ! L o v e ❤️💕 Evangeline Lara
I enjoyed the experience of being disciplined to wake up early every morning and evening to practice alignment/yoga as for the healthy treats. Definitely will recommend. Thank you!
nm
Amazing experience. Will definitely do more with Lotus!
Show More Reviews

References

TP
I had the opportunity to deepen my practice / experience the beauty of Tulum Mexico with Lotus Retreats and would do it again in a heartbeat! The Lotus Retreats crew quickly created a space of loving community, increased awareness, and intentional practice within the first few hours of our retreat and it only got better from there! These retreats are special. Humanity in raw form. I'll be back for more, no doubt!
By Travis Perkins on Oct 02, 2018
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