Humanitarians in Havana

April 25 - 30, 2017 May 23 - 28, 2017 June 13 - 18, 2017 December 5 - 10, 2017 February 6 - 11, 2018 February 13 - 18, 2018

Yoga & Salsa Dancing Retreat in Cuba

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About

Join us for a yoga and salsa dancing humanitarian retreat to the long sought-after city of Havana and beyond. Another UNESCO Heritage Site, Havana is our home for the week. We’ll explore the city re-emerging as one of the hottest cultural centers in the world. Cuba is loaded with rich history, incredible music, art, amazing food, charming people, and lots of soul.

Our retreat will include yoga daily, private salsa dancing lessons with professional Cuban dancers plus nights on the town with live music to continue the practice, meals, excursions, and a humanitarian project to aid Cuban families in need. We will be supporting the people daily with our donations, cultural exploration, as well as sharing yoga with the locals.

Includes

THIS RETREAT INCLUDES :

– 5 nights accommodations in a Vedado Casa Particular

– Yoga daily as per the itinerary

– Breakfast daily in house

– Humanitarian donation drops for local families in need

– Salsa Lessons at local dance school as per itinerary

– Dinner & Salsa Show with Buena Vista Social Club live

– All dinners together as a group

–  Beach day with lunch

– Classic Car ride along the Malecon

– Day trip to Viñales including lunch at an eco-farm & cave boat ride in the mountains

– Free time to explore on your own

– Roundtrip airport transfers from Havana

– Taxi transport for dinners and salsa classes taken as a group

– Gratuities for staff


If you’d like to fly directly into Havana that is also available from several airports in the USA as well as most hubs abroad. You’ll need to get your insurance and visa with the airline directly which is very simple.  Please let us know if you have any questions about travel.  We are happy to help!

Pricing

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 bed and 1 individual bed with full bathroom ensuite.

King or Queen Bed $1,580usd

Individual Bed $1,560usd

 

(Please note pricing increased slightly to include an amazing cave boat ride in Viñales & all transportation around Havana instead of us having to coordinate small bills each time we head in and out of the host house.)


TWO BEDROOM APARTMENTS

These colorful apartments have 2 bedrooms with a queen bed each, bathroom to share, living area, porch, and kitchen. They are located next door and across the street from our host house. 

Private Room $1,670usd

Shared bed $1,560usd per person**

 

(Please note pricing increased slightly to include an amazing cave boat ride in Viñales & all transportation around Havana instead of us having to coordinate small bills each time we head in and out of the host house.)


**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.

Airfare to and from Havana is not included in these packages.


Contact Us to Reserve

Itinerary

DAY ONE : ARRIVAL

Transportation from Havana International Airport*
Casa Particular arrival and check-in
6:00pm  Welcome Grounding circle & opening yoga practice
7:45pm Sorting donations
8:30pm Dinner together as a group at our host house


DAY TWO :

8am Coffee, tea & fruit available
9 -11am Yoga practice
11:15am  Breakfast
1-3pm Salsa Dancing at local Dance School (cultural workshop)
3pm Lunch (on your own) at one of the best private restaurants in the city enjoyed as a group
5pm Explore Old Havana
6:30pm Classic Car rides back to the house
9pm Dinner in Old Havana at a Classic Paladar


DAY THREE :

8am Coffee, tea & fruit available
9-11am Yoga practice
11:15am  Breakfast
12:30pm Visit to Caritas Cubana  to offer Humanitarian donations for women, families, & children
1-5pm Beach Day with lunch included; (educational workshop re: culture and history)
Visit working artist studio and offer supplies to resident artists
8pm Dinner together on the town (meal included; alcohol not)
Optional outing to FAC an incredible art center, club, and bar


DAY FOUR :

8am Coffee, tea & fruit available
9-11am Yoga practice
11:15am  Breakfast
1-3pm Salsa Dancing at local Dance School (cultural workshop)
3pm Lunch (on your own) at one of the best private restaurants in the city enjoyed as a group
Explore Old Havana and visit a local art studio or gallery
8pm Dinner and Salsa Show with live music by members of Buena Vista Social Club

 


DAY FIVE :

7:15am Coffee, tea & Breakfast to go
8am – 7pm Viñales Day trip to visit the countryside, river and the valley. Lunch is included and will be enjoyed at a beautiful eco-farm in the mountains (cultural workshop); cave boat ride in the mountains
7:15pm Closing Circle & Yoga practice
9pm Dinner together at the house


DAY SIX :

7am Coffee, tea & fruit available
Leave for HAV airport


*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.

Stay

THREE 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 ‘CASA PARTICULAR #1’


THESE PHOTOS ARE OF OUR SECOND HOMES ‘CASA PARTICULARS #2 & #3’

This apartment building is just a quick walk down the block from our host home. Guests will have the apartment on the upper left to themselves. Two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen, bathroom and balcony make up this option. We have two apartments reserved.

Payments

Deposits of $1,000usd* are due to secure your space in the retreat.

The balance of your retreat (minus your retreat deposit portion) is due 60 days prior to arrival.

You may pay with a credit card using the PayPal links below (4% fee applies) or you may choose a bank wire transfer.


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.

You will be directed to Paypal.com


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POLICIES


CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made within 45 days or less of arrival are 100% non refundable.

All initial deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

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.

* Worldnomads.com is reliable, flexible travel insurance if you are interested.

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.

Video

What started out as a little Cuba retreat video became a short film about our adventures there. We turned it over to the local artists in Havana to create this little gem and we LOVE it!

Praise

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