Heart of Cuba Yoga Retreat

Havana, Cuba

DD
Dancing Dogs Yoga
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20 reviews
Apr 2 - 9, 2022
Group size: 10 - 22
Heart of Cuba Yoga Retreat
Havana, Cuba

Dancing Dogs Yoga
  • Facebook verified
20 reviews

Apr 2 - 9, 2022
Group size: 10 - 22

About this trip

Havana ah-na-na......

Imagine waking up each morning to the sounds of the ocean crashing upon a Cuban beach.   Savor sunrise meditations, daily yoga classes, and delicious vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian food at Mhai Yoga Retreat Cuba  in the tropical paradise of Guanabo.

Just thirty minutes from Havana Viejo (Old Havana)  Mhai Yoga is situated near a pristine beach with a private pool and rooftop.  Each day, you will wake to cafe cubano, delicious breakfast, yoga, meditation and bliss.

After yoga, explore the culture and life of Cuba with a curated schedule designed to expand your mind and your heart, and  refresh your body and your soul.  Yoga. Eat.  Salsa.  Sleep.  Repeat.

World Class Yoga + Meditation

Shelley Carroll founded Dancing Dogs Yoga in 2010 and has been leading retreats and trainings worldwide ever since.  Enjoy daily yoga, meditation, and yoga nidra classes.


Set outside, you'll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the tropics.


Our yoga classes are designed for ALL levels of practitioners, so no matter where you are on your yoga journey, you will be challenged and inspired.  We start each day with a vinyasa flow practice and meditation, and on non-excursion days, offer a special afternoon practice, like yoga nidra or yin.


Some props are available, but please bring any props you require for your practice.

Bienvidos a Cuba

Welcome to Cuba.  We’ve created a full schedule of cultural activities on this service trip in support of the Cuban people including: 

• daily yoga sessions featuring your favorite DDY flow and Yinpowerment® classes;
• Overnight excursion to Viñales to explore tobacco and coffee farms;
• Beach and relaxation time at a pristine Caribbean beach in Playa del Estes;
• A night out at Fabrica De Arte, an old factory turned art and music venue in old Habana;
• Sunset meditations overlooking the Caribbean;
• Authentic Cafe Cubano any time you need a pick me up;
• Salsa dancing lessons;
• Special yoga practices with the Godfather of Cuban yoga, Eduardo Pimentel;
• Vintage car rides through downtown Habana (with LOTS of photo opps)
• Delicious Cuban cuisine both at the retreat and out exploring!

Organic Food

All of your meals are included at Mhai Yoga.  Breakfast includes fresh fruit and juice, local delicacies, and cuban coffee and cacao.  Our head chef Ernesto will surprise and delight you every single meal.

What Should I Bring?

Our retreat swag bags are epic, and often have amazing surprises.  You don't need much out here  though there are a few must haves:


Bring sunscreen, personal toiletries and medications, and shorts and swimsuits.  The weather is warm and humid, but can be breezy at night.  A light hoodie or jacket is often welcome.


This location is truly beautiful, so DO bring a camera.  We recommend leaving very expensive equipment at home unless you are prepared to deal with the humidity!  We do keep a professional photographer on staff, so bring an easy camera.


Pack sneakers!  While it will be tempting to live in flip flops, some of the hiking  can be muddy and rocky, and you'll appreciate the footwear.


Bring a little cash for incidentals.  Tips, souvenirs ...  you won't need much, but it's nice to have.  We recommend exchanging US dollars for Euros or Canadian Dollars at the airport, as there is an additional tax on US dollars due to the embargo.  You will have to exchange once in Cuba, but we will take you to a bank in Gunabo.

What’s included

  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    At Mhai Yoga or at an AirBnB when trvaeling
  • Meals
    Enjoy organic, Chef prepared meals-- breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay
  • Welcome Drink
    Enjoy a complimentary cocktail upon arrival. Drinks available for purchase during your stay.
  • Yoga + Meditation
    Enjoy daily yoga classes with Shelley and other senior DDY teachers.
  • Ritual Cacao Ceremony
    Indulge in a ritual cacao ceremony featuring locally sourced cacao. Set intentions, open your heart, and take part in a timeless tradition.
  • Candlelight Yoga Nidra
    Be lulled into deep relaxation with a candlelight yoga nidra session. The word nidra means sleep, and this workshop will create deep "yoga sleep" in a magical location.
  • Trip to Viñales
    Explore tobacco and coffee country and hike to the top of. mountain for sunrise.
  • Lunch at Ivan Chef Justo
    This world class restaurant on Aguacate Street is a favorite with the Obama family-- and you will fall in LOVE. Enjoy a delicious lunch (GET THE PAELLA!!!!) and a cocktail.
  • Salsa 💃🏼 Lessons
  • Airfare
    We can help you arrange flights and suggest best times to arrive.
  • Transfers
    We will arrange transportation for you for a small additional fee. When we suggest flights, we will do so to keep costs low by keeping the group together.
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol not included except for welcome drink and the mojito making workshop,
  • Tips + Gratuities
    Please tip the Mhai Yoga team!
  • Cuban Visa
    A $50 visa must be purchased. Check with your airline. Generally (with Delta) you can purchase at the gate.

Available Packages

Triple
only 2 left
$2400
Deposit: $200
Double Room
only 3 left
$2900
Deposit: $300
Single Room
only 1 left

Carve out your own space.

$3500
Deposit: $300

Itinerary

Arrive
Welcome to Mhai Yoga

When you arrive in Havana, we will transport you to the magical retreat center of Mhai Yoga just outside of Havana.  Relax by the pool, enjoy a mojito, and meet your fellow spiritual travelers.

Your Organizer


DD
Dancing Dogs Yoga
20 reviews
Dancing Dogs Yoga is a kickass, feel good Baptiste Yoga community,

Reviews

CT
Absolute paradise! The food was outstanding. We had multiple opportunities for exploring and plenty of free time to enjoy the amenities like pool, waterfall, and hikes. I would go again right now if possible!
By Clare Trively for That Yoga Jungle Life on 29 Jan, 2020
This trip was easily the best experience of my life. Between the supportive local community and the DDY tribe, growth was endless. This experience provided me with the tools to tap into myself and really learn how to serve others. It has forever changed my life as I embark on a new journey. I just recently became a teacher at a Baptiste studio because I was able to collect all of the tools provided and apply them to this new life. I am forever grateful for the DDY team, for Shelley, and for every student on the trip who was brave, open and vulnerable. The connection between everyone cannot even be put into words, just a strong feeling of community and support. Thank you x 10000 for this experience, I hold every moment close to my heart! If you are thinking of going, GO. You are ready now! Go be in it.
From the time I submitted my application for teacher training, I felt nothing less than support. Shelley and her entire team was nothing less than awesome- knowledgeable, engaging, professional, and took the time to be of service for/with us. I went into this training with a few certifications under my belt and came out a brand new person- the work in dropping what I knew to fully invest in becoming my true, most authentic self. Each workshop, each class, each conversation left me more confident to stand in front of a class; along with the solidified feeling I was right where I was meant to be. This was the greatest investment I have made for myself to this date and I am beyond thankful for the never ending support I receive from my fellow teacher training graduates and the teaching team. Give up what you must and BE A YES!
This is such an amazing opportunity for anyone really- wanna be a badass yoga teacher? YES. wanna improve your yoga practice? YES. wanna find out MORE about yourself? YES. When it comes to yoga, there's always so much to learn & so much room to grow. I absolutely loved every single minute, second I spent with my team during my teacher training- met great people from all over the place and most importantly, I learned so much about myself throughout the training. Overall, this was def a life change experience and I highly recommend DDY's DR teacher training! They have the best team ever and you will not regret it!
This trip was the reset and refresh my heart and soul needed. I was able to escape reality and technology by surrounding myself with the beautiful landscapes of Joshua Tree and the most amazing group of strong women. The highlight of the retreat was the vortex-labyrinth ceremony. The ceremony was focused on leaving behind the doubts and thoughts that are no longer serving you and to replace them with a new thoughts of empowerment and self-love.
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