People to People Yoga Retreat in Cuba
Cuba has become one of the locations nearest and dearest to our hearts over the past several years. The newly opened privatization of the island has blessed Havana and beyond with a deep expression of the underlying creative pulse that defines Cuba. It is our deepest desire to support this expansion for the Cuban people and to do all we can to help them grow as a culture and gain independence as a community.
Our People-to-People retreats offer an insiders look at history, art, culture, music, and expression from a local’s perspective. Our itinerary is filled with Q&As with historians, gallery visits to important artist’s galleries and studios working in Havana today, yoga exchanges with local teachers in our classes, donations to local organizations working to aide families in need from natural disasters to economic hardships, and workshops in music and dance from Salsa to Ballet.
We’ll explore the city of Havana re-emerging as one of the hottest cultural centers in the world, loaded with rich history, incredible music, art, amazing food, charming people, and lots of soul with locals supporting locals.
With new rollbacks on the travel restrictions with Cuba, US citizens are only allowed to travel with groups following an itinerary that supports general licenses. Our retreats fall under the People-to-People General License permitting travel with us to Cuba legal under US Jurisdiction. Direct flights from the US continue to be offered. Visas for entry into the country can be obtained directly with your airline at the airport. Please email us directly if you have any questions regarding these details.
THIS RETREAT INCLUDES :
– 5 nights accommodations in a Casa Particular
– Yoga practice daily as per the itinerary
– Breakfast daily in Casa Particular
– Donation offerings for families and working artists
– Salsa Music & Dancing Workshops at local dance school as per itinerary
– Beach clean up
– History walk and talk through Old Havana
– All dinners together as a group at private restaurants with discussions about owning and operating privately in Havana today
– Classic Car ride along the Malecon
– Day trip to Viñales to visit an artisinal Cigar Maker & Tobacco Farm followed by lunch at an ecological Farm-to-Table restaurant with garden walk and agricultural discussion
– Roundtrip airport transfers from Havana International Airport
** Gratuities for staff NOT INCLUDED but strongly encouraged**
Direct flights into Havana are available from several airports in the USA as well as most hubs abroad. Health insurance and a tourist visa is required by Cuba to enter the country and is available with the airline directly. Please let us know if you have any questions about travel details.
We have very limited space in this retreat and prefer that you share a room if possible to optimize space.
HOST HOUSE : CASA PARTICULAR #1
SHARED DOUBLE ROOMS
These rooms have 1 king or queen bed and 1 individual bed with full bathroom ensuite.
King or Queen Bed $1,705usd
Individual Bed $1,655usd
SHARED TRIPLE ROOM
These rooms have 2 queen beds and 1 individual bed with full bathroom ensuite.
Queen Beds $1,695usd
Individual Bed $1,635usd
QUEEN BEDROOMS : CASA PARTICULAR #2
These colorful rooms are located on the other side of the park from our host house and include ensuite bathrooms, minibar and are modern and comfortable. They have one or two queen beds each.
PRIVATE QUEEN ROOMS
These rooms have 1 queen bed, ensuite bathroom, and private entrance.
Private Room $1,805usd
Shared bed $1,680usd per person**
SHARED QUEEN ROOMS
These rooms have 2 queen beds, ensuite bathroom, and private entrance.
2 Queen Beds $1,695usd per person
**You must provide your bedmate for this option. We do not pair strangers in the same bed but can pair roommates looking for a shared room or apartment.
Visas and Airfare to and from Havana are not included in these packages.
Full, detailed Itinerary will be provided to attendees at time of deposit and for proof of travel.
day one : welcome & opening dinner
DAY TWO : music & history
DAY THREE : art & nature
DAY FOUR : food & dance
DAY FIVE : cigars & agriculture
DAY SIX : departure
*Please note that our Itinerary is subject to change as necessary according to circumstances and any unforeseen changes in our plans. Our intention is to keep as close to this schedule as possible but this is Cuba and at times we could find ourselves at the mercy of the powers that be. We will adjust and accommodate as best as possible if this occurs. Havana operates on a later schedule which is why our days are running later than our typical retreat schedules.
AMAZING CASA PARTICULARES JUST FOR OUR RETREAT!
Casa Particulares are private homes that rent out a few rooms to travelers. Staying in a Cuban home is an incredible way to get a real taste of the culture and to experience this Caribbean lifestyle. Our homes for the retreat are particularly charming and hosted by some amazing families.
THESE PHOTOS ARE OF OUR HOST HOME FOR RETREATS :
THESE PHOTOS ARE OF OUR OTHER ROOMS FOR RETREATS :
This gorgeous home is just a quick walk past the park from our host home. Guests will have either a private room or a shared room.
Deposits* of $1,000usd are due to secure your space in the retreat.
The balance of your retreat (minus your $1,000usd initial deposit*) is due 60 days prior to arrival. All details for this will be emailed to the group two months before the retreat.
You may pay with a credit card via PayPal or you may choose a bank wire transfer or deposit to settle your balance. We also accept Bitcoin.
MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT HERE :
Please check availability with us for accommodations before making your $1,000usd deposit*
Roommates should book together. If you would like to share a room and do not have a roommate we will provide one for you if possible. In the case that there is no one to share a room we ask that you take a private economy room instead.
To make your deposit, please click the link below. You will be directed to Paypal.com
Cancellations made within 60 days or less of arrival are 100% non refundable.
All initial deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Please note that with the ever-changing policies with travel to Cuba we will adjust our Humanitarian trips as necessary to make it possible to carry out our retreats as planned. By making deposits towards your trip you accept the risk that alternative routes may become necessary in order to join. We will do all we can in order to assist you in your travel needs. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable in these cases. Thank you for your understanding.
The acceptance of a verbal or written confirmation from YOGA ADVENTURES WORLDWIDE (YAWW) constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein. Participants are responsible to be adequately insured, therefore Traveler’s Insurance is strongly recommended*. YAWW and its staff assume no responsibility nor liability for any delay, loss, damage, injury or accident with regards to persons or property which may be caused by fault or negligence of any third party vendor. This includes hotels, transportation providers, and local operators participating in part for our services. YAWW shall be held harmless for any expense caused by injury or accident, to any participants as well as any loss or damage of personal items while on our tours. We reserve the right to make any changes to services and itineraries, with or without notice, which may become necessary. YAWW are not to be held responsible for changes in itinerary beyond our control, this includes bad weather or hurricanes; any inconvenience or complication caused by a hurricane’s direct hit, near miss, or significant threat of a hurricane strike. There are no refunds due to flight cancellations or changes, strikes, labor disputes, lockouts, threats or acts of terrorism, acts of war or declared war.
We highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to protect your investment. AIG offers Travel Guard at affordable rates. You will be asked if you have chosen to purchase insurance or declined at final balance due.
By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these terms and conditions.
If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a Skype conversation or to receive further info via email.
Our unique People to People Yoga Retreat in Cuba as captured by Anna Fishkin and edited by Reed Rickert of Modern Maya : Nomadic Media Collective
Some of our ‘intermediate’ salsa dancers showing their moves after a retreat.
An adorable short film about our adventures in Havana and beyond as created by our friends and local artists.
Travel to Cuba for US Citizens is legal with our programs. We operate under the US Department of the Treasury, Division of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) People to People (non-educational) general license 515.565(b). This license allows us to travel as a group to Cuba and participate in a full schedule as outlined by the US government while we are in Cuba.
Flights are available directly from the USA to Havana and are very affordable. We send you with all the legal documents you need to travel in and out of Cuba as required by US law.
Once travel plans have been made, regardless of any future changes in regulations you are still allowed to follow through with your original plans as they were when set in motion. That said, we do not anticipate any further set backs in this area of the government.
You will travel to Havana with your own tourist visa just like any country. You purchase this on your own through your airline at the airport in the city in which you are flying into Havana from. Your airline can offer further guidance in this area. The visa costs between $30-50usd in addition to your flight. You are required to hold onto this visa throughout the duration of your time in Cuba as they ask for it on your departure from the country. There are no departure taxes leaving Cuba.
Please feel free to contact us with any other specific questions or concerns you have regarding travel. We are here to set your mind at ease and help you in any way possible. We have been running retreats in Cuba for several years now with much consistency and have not had any problems thus far whatsoever and do not anticipate any to come.
Looking forward to having you experience this amazing country with us!
I first encountered Christina and Yoga Adventures Worldwide in October 2015 when I attended the retreat in Morocco. Leading up the retreat I had a million questions and requests and Christina never hesitated to answer them and assist where she could, always with a friendly and enthusiastic mail (even though I think I must have been driving her crazy). I had an amazing time in Morocco, Christina planned everything to perfection. The accommodation was magnificent, the day trips where well thought out and well organised. And of course the yoga was incredible! After the retreat I knew I would definitely see her again and now my next adventure with Yoga Adventures Worldwide is in Cuba. Again Christina has effortlessly assisted with every request, concern and travel arrangements.
I highly recommend booking your next yoga retreat with Yoga Adventures Worldwide and have no doubt that you will find Christina the perfect host.
Elise V. Johannesburg, South Africa
Yoga Adventures WorldWide – Havana, Cuba is a life-changing experience. From the beginning, Christina provided everything we needed to stay informed and prepared for this trip. Christina cares so much, and it truly comes out in the way she runs her programs. She arranged our travel and accommodations in Cuba as well as offered a diverse travel itinerary – allowing for a truly relaxing and inspiring experience.
Our hosts were incredibly helpful and warm and contributed to our local Cuba experience. Nina, as always, offered a grounding and spiritual yoga environment for us to practice in – which really balanced our other time exploring the city, the culture, swimming in the ocean, enjoying the nightlife, and even learning how to salsa dance.
This trip is a gift that keeps giving. It has opened my eyes and heart to a new beautiful country and culture all while cultivating a seamless experience that combines yoga, life-long friendships, amazing food and music, and memories I will always hold close to my heart. Thank you, Christina and Nina for an extraordinary experience. I so look forward to future adventures with you!
Julia K. Portland, OR USA
As per usual– thank you for envisioning, coordinating and executing such an amazing experience. Cuba remains mostly untouched by the corporate arm that sustains and controls most of the world. To immerse in a city (Havana) of nearly 2 million people who never ask, “where’s Starbucks?” or “what’s the wifi code?” (A personal favorite and somewhat shameful question of mine) and to see them operate by interpersonal connection in a way we used to before text and constant access, was refreshing and offered me perspective while reminding me— there is always another way.
Kiran’s story in relation to his son about experience over objects really stuck with me this trip– as I’m sure it did you. Sure, we are fortunate to have many nice things, but the experiences and the relationships we have built are what truly touch us deeply. Being in Cuba and utilizing the connections you developed and allowed us to share gave me the opportunity to see, understand, question, and learn about Cuban culture in a way I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I am so grateful that you have facilitated this type of unique experience in places around the world. You model a way for people to get to know the people who ARE the cities we visit. Also, being part of The YAWW family has allowed me to make lifelong friends out of strangers again and again. I feel like the richest woman in the world! I’m a #YAWW woman loud and proud! Where to next??
Aimee M. Los Angeles, CA USA
“When I met Wendy in Cuba, I had been suffering from 5 weeks of extreme digestive pain and insomnia. I had gone through rigorous medical testing and it seemed that the only rational cause was stress. Throughout the five days of yoga practice with her, my pain went away and I enjoyed deeply restive sleep. Wendy’s style of yoga teaching helped to restore my health plus the setting and the retreat itself were spectacular! Can’t wait to go on another yoga adventure with these ladies!”
–Desiree B., Boston MA, USA
“Cuba was just what I needed and I was so refreshed and full of life when I got back! I can’t thank you enough for everything! It was absolutely amazing and the best time!”
–Jenny G., Tampa FL, USA