Take the trip you have always dreamed of, in a beautiful place you may never expected to visit. This retreat is an opportunity for you to enjoy the culture, the yoga, the food, the community and the history of Cuba. You will enjoy yoga and meditation in the tropical paradise of Playas del Este, including yoga with Eduardo Pimentel, the Godfather of Cuban Yoga; tour Havana and enjoy its cuisine, warmth and history; spend time on a beautiful beach paddle boarding or just relaxing; learn salsa and experience local music and enjoy freshly prepared, organic meals every day. You will be forever grateful for this unforgettable adventure with amazing people and experiences!
As of June 16, 2017, the new administration issued a directive to tighten travel restrictions for Americans traveling to Cuba. Trump has declared that individual "people to people" travel will no longer be permissible under new regulations. However, travel with the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) licensed tour operators will be 100% legal. To this end, Mhai Retreat Center has teamed up with Cuba Candela, an OFCA travel services provider, to provide the "oversight" of our retreat schedule, provide necessary travel documentation for U.S. Customs and maintain all your travel records for the required 5 years. We are now offering more workshops and exchanges with local entrepreneurs as part of the inclusive package. Please see "What's included" for the additional activities.
The lead yoga instructor is Christy Holland from Cumming, Ga
Certified Stand-Up-Paddleboard (SUP) and SUP Yoga instructor.
Certified Health Coach
"My background is in Power Vinyasa. I have been teaching SUP and SUP yoga for 4 years and studio style yoga for 3 1/2 years. I am also a preschool sports instuctor. I teach 2, 3 & 4 year olds baseball, football, t-ball and soccer. I feel that working with different ages helps to make me a more playful yoga leader. I have also just received my Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I look forward to the opportunity to share my passions with like-minded new friends."
6 night accommodations
3 organic meals daily
Unlimited coffee, tea and smoothies
Daily yoga lesson with Christy
Daily yoga with Eduardo Pimentel
Group salsa lesson
Cigar rolling workshop
Palm reading, with Yoruba/Orishas discussion
Guided excursion to Old Havana with meal
Standup paddleboards available
Farewell dinner and bonfire
Cuban Tourist visa (can be obtained at many airline gates for $100)
Optional excursions, such as Hemingways' Finca Vigia Residence
Kiteboarding lessons (Cuba Kite Village is next door to Mhai retreat center)
This retreat will allow you to experience yoga by a beautiful beach and enjoy the warmth of Cuban locals, with their talent for music, dancing and preparing delicious cuisine (and the best mojitos you will ever taste). While the retreat center is more primitive than American standards, no where will you be cared for better than by the staff at Mhai.
A sample day schedule:
7:00 - 7:30: Morning meditation
7:30 - 8:45: Yoga
9:30 - 10:30: Breakfast
10:30 - 12:00: Salsa lesson*
1:00 - 2:30: Lunch and Cuban and Tarrara history
3:00 - 4:00: Cigar rolling workshop
5:00 - 6:15: Yoga
7:00 - 8:00: Dinner
8:00: Optional night out in Havana (your evenings are free to do as you wish)
*One day will include excursion into Havana with tour and meal
Your stay will include pool access, with a bar. The staff at Mhai will coordinate all excursions, as well as the coordination of spa services at Mhai retreat center.
Mhai Yoga Retreat is located only 15 minutes from Havana, in the beautiful paradise of Playas Del Este. The retreat center and villas are just steps from the beach. Villas and rooms have daily housekeeping services. All towels and linens are provided, as well as toiletries. Villas have fully stocked kitchens. There is a dining room and outdoor space, where the group will enjoy all meals together. The wonderful yoga palapa is located just steps from the retreat dining hall. Guests will have pool and squash court access. There is a bar located adjacent to pool. The accommodations, while very comfortable, are basic. The retreat does have internet service, but it is very spotty. Take this opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with yourself and those around you.
In addition to the activities and tour included in the package, guests will have their evenings free. Christine, the retreat owner, always has wonderful suggestions for paladares (family-run restaurants) and nightlife. The staff will happily arrange cars for all outings. One of the favorite nights out is a visit to Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a converted cooking-oil factory that is now home to a wonderful live music and art expo venue. There will be time to enjoy additional excursions and activities, or just relaxing on the beach!