Yoga Retreat and Music Festival in Havana, Cuba

  • Havana, Cuba
  • Dec 12 - 19, 2016
  • Trip Size: 10 - 20 people


Deposit: $700


Join Siri Peterson Cavanna, Matthew Cavanna, Samantha S. Brown and John Grady D.O. in Havana, Cuba for this once in a lifetime yoga retreat and cultural immersion! Each morning we will uplift and energize with 2 hours of yoga and meditation with Siri and Sam, opening our bodies, minds and hearts to the adventures that await in Havana. Matthew will facilitate mindful movement practices and contact improvisation, and John Grady D.O. will offer osteopathic adjustments to soothe our tired bodies! The rest of our days and evenings will be spent enjoying Cuba’s rich cultural heritage, dancing and singing together as we explore the epic nightlife of the 2016 Havana International Jazz Festival. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a cultural exchange with the Cuban Yoga Association as well as rumba lessons, dance performances, tours of Old Havana, and an Afro Caribbean drumming ceremony. Enjoy your lodgings at the newly refurbished Hotel Capri just one block from the malecon and right in the heart of the festival. 

Join us in Cuba before it changes forever. If you love music, yoga, dancing and travel, this is the trip for you! Families welcome!

What's Included

Come prepared to enjoy:
-Accommodations at the Capri Hotel in Havana (price of trip reflects a shared double room; upgrades to a single room are an incremental $700 for the week)
-Bilingual guides available for included and optional events
-Transportation to / from Havana airport
-Daily morning yoga
-Daily breakfast
-3 group salsa dance classes
-Cultural exchange with Cuban Yoga Association
-All events passes to the International Jazz Festival 

Not Included

Optional activities:
-Tours of world heritage sites / Old Havana
-Private dance classes
-Afro Cuban drumming ceremony
-Visit to Rumba studio
-Yoga and lunch by the ocean
-Visit to local artist’s studio
-Visit to artisan market
-Live dance performances
-Contact improvisation practice
-Osteopathic adjustments
-Acupuncture sessions

*Cost of flight is not included but Cuba Wellness Adventures will procure your travel visa to Cuba. Contact us for more information on flight arrangements and travel options.

Before You Go

Read more about your host staff, led by Bay Area-based yoginis Siri Peterson Cavanna and Samantha Shakti Brown, as well as Matthew Cavanna and supported by Cuba Wellness Adventures:

Siri is a proud wife and mama, certified Anusara® yoga instructor, E-RYT 500, and a practitioner of yoga for over 25 years. A New York Times recognized dancer and choreographer, Siri's classes explore the unique relationship between yoga, artistic self-expression and mindful movement. Having healed her own physical injuries through yoga, she loves helping students access their innate healing capacities through optimal alignment. She offers public and private yoga lessons, meditation instruction, coaching, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings in Oakland, Berkeley, and the greater Bay Area. In 2016 she was named one of 100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda by Spirituality and Health magazine.

Samantha S. Brown is a Holistic Health Coach with a life time of training and experience in optimal mind body fitness. She is dedicated to continually being a student and teacher of the mind body arts. Samantha has 25 years of teaching experience and 29 years of practice in yoga, meditation, dance, functional fitness, body and energy work. She is the creative catalyst behind “Health and Wellness in the Workplace”, “Balanced Action Yoga”, “Yoga Core” and “Mind Body Bootcamps in Maui”. Each are mind body training series that provide maps for each individual whole health. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Samantha sees yoga as the ultimate lifestyle synthesis of intentional action and service to humanity. Samantha has dedicated her life to developing local and international service opportunities to build community connection and serve the basic needs of all beings as a basis to foster human connection for the unified awakening of all. Samantha is a mother of two boys ages 2 and 5.

Matthew Cavanna is a bridge-builder by nature, Matthew Cavanna has synthesized diverse trainings in shamanism, spirituality, performance, contact improvisation, bodywork, somatic therapy, limbic imprint recoding and conscious birth practices into a method he calls Living Bridges. Within this container, Matthew works with individuals and groups exploring the intersection of healing, birth, prayer, play, touch and movement.

Cuba Wellness Adventures was founded by San Francisco Bay Area yoga teachers, dancers, artists and public school teachers with a goal of connecting travelers to aspects of Cuba not usually seen by tourists. The organization helps people to see the complexities and beautifully unique parts of Cuban culture visible only to those with close family in Havana, the ability to take extended stays there, and/or the means to participate in celebrations or spiritual gatherings. Our trip coordinators are always a combination of Cubans and Americans with many years of experience living in and traveling in Cuba. The trips we facilitate offer a unique way to connect with another culture through dance, yoga and holistic medicine. While in Cuba you will have doors opened for you to make real and lasting connections with Cuban professionals, people who practice yoga, dancers, and families.

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