5 Day Christmas Dance, Hatha Yoga and Cultural Retreat in Cuba

Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to the spirituality of Cuba

Today we will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick him you up at the JJosé Martí International Airport (HAV).

The transfer to our "Casa Particular" (Guest House) is about 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will give you a warm welcome and show you your room.

Then, in the afternoon, we will have a welcome ceremony in which we will meet with the other participants and have dinner together in a local palate (privately-owned restaurant).

The Afro-Cuban Religion or Santería came to the island in the minds of Africans brought to Cuba as slaves. In Cuba, this belief was syncretized and in the present is one of the most popular beliefs in Cuba.

Today we will visit a temple of local practitioners who will teach you the rituals, ceremonies and the characteristics of each deity. This workshop is a unique spiritual experience.

Today's accommodation:

Casa Particular (1 night)

Meals included:

There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: "Discovering Havana like a local with a local"

Morning Yoga session by a river in Havana with our Cuban yoga teacher Ludisis Mones.

After breakfast, we will embark on a Walking Tour through Old Havana, a city that this year is celebrating its 500 Anniversary!

Today we will visit non-tourist neighborhoods to learn about the lives of the locals, learn about the Cuban currency and the peculiar and lively bustling life of Havana residents.

Walking tour through Old Havana in English
Salsa Dance Class​
Visit non-tourist neighborhoods to learn about the lives of the locals.
Day 3: "Healing with Dance and Nature"

Today in the morning, I invite you to a relaxing session of Hatha Yoga and meditation that will transport you to self-observation and prepare for the rest of the day's activities.

Our local hosts will prepare a delicious breakfast in which you will be delighted with tropical fruits such as guava or papaya.

To the west of the Cuban provinces, its main attraction for tourists is its natural beauty.

Today we will visit the natural cathedral of Cuba, the province of "Pinar del Rio" is not only famous for the Viñales Valley, Unesco's world cultural landscape, but also for cultivating the best tobacco in the world.

You will receive a workshop about the best tobacco in the world and you will get to know the protagonists of Cuban tobacco cultivation.

At the end of the day, we will have a session of healing dance and meditation surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Valley of Viñales, we will know your inner being and you will be filled with the purity that the valley offers you.

Today's accommodation:

Casa articular (1 night in Havana)

Transfers:

From Havana to Viñales round trip is included in public tourist bus.

Activities included:

Guidance and demonstrative tour on Cuban tobacco.
Meditation session in the middle of the valley.
Visit caves, prehistoric murals.​
Meals included:

- Breakfast

Today's accommodation:

Casa Particular (1 night in Havana)
Activities up to the individual with extra cost:

Horseback riding through the tobacco and coffee plantations.
Day 4: "Feliz Navidad"

To start to revitalize on this special day a spiritual and healing workshop with a priest of the Afro-Cuban culture will be a special moment. It will be an exciting experience that you will love.​

You will have free time during the day to discover Havana!

Tonight we will celebrate Christmas "Navidad" with Locals.

Today's accommodation:

Casa Particular (1 night in Havana)

Activities included:​​

Spiritual and healing workshop with a priest of the Afro-Cuban culture
Christmas celebration with locals.
Activities (up to the individual):​​

Buena Vista Social Club Show and Dinner - 90 CUC.
Meals included:

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Day 5: "Totally renewed by Cuba"

Session of hatha yoga and vipassana meditation to start the day.

Breakfast and departure at Casa Particular in Havana.

To thank and celebrate a new beginning we will have a ceremony with offerings and mantras to the orishas.

Transfer to the José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana.

About This Event

Christmas is the ideal moment to revitalize, discover and connect. Come to Cuba and explore a land of coffee, tobacco, culture but above all, positive energy that will make you vibrate this Christmas.

To celebrate it, I invite you to my neighborhood in Havana, a simple but very Cuban place full of happy and fun people.

This new Christmas program is a retreat that includes accommodation in beautiful private homes in Havana, excursion to the unique Valley of Viñales, a walking tour through Old Havana, an Afro-Cuban Culture Workshop, Salsa classes with locals, a workshop on Tobacco and Cuban coffee as well as healing spiritual daily yoga classes. All this, accompanied by the guide and Cuban yoga teacher Ludisis Mones.

As a Cuban, Ludisis feels very proud to accompany you in this experience to "The Most Beautiful Island of the Caribbean Sea", I invite you to discover Cuba in an active and healing way through this Christmas Cuban retreat.

Yes, Americans can join this tour!

During our tours, you will engage in additional authorized Support for the Cuban People activities. In addition, you stay in rooms in a rented accommodation in a private Cuban residence (casas particulares), you eat in private Cuban restaurants (paladares) and you buy in privately-owned stores (cuentapropista), as stated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) (§515.574 Support for the Cuban People, Note 2 to paragraph (a)).

You need to carry a full-time schedule itinerary in order to meet the requirement.

We include this itinerary for free when you book with us.

Thank you for making me a part of your family. The experience in Cuba has been amazing. It is filled with love, warmth, kindness, and most of all familia. I needed this trip, I needed to see that people are good. Harry

What's Included

  • 4 nights beautiful accommodation in colorful Havana
  • Daily rejuvenating Hatha Yoga classes with our Cuban yoga teacher, Ludisis
  • 5 breakfasts lovingly prepared by our local hosts
  • FREE airport pickup and dropoff, because we want to meet you as soon as possible :)
  • Transportation to and from Havana and Viñales
  • Guided walking tour of Old Havana in English with Ludisis Mones.
  • Day Excursion to Viñales Valley
  • Beach Excursion in Havana
  • Explanatory Afro Cuban culture workshop from local practitioners.
  • The best “Christmas Celebration” with locals. Get ready to dance Salsa Cubana all night long! (entrance is fee not included)

What's Not Included

Flights
Travel insurance
Cuban visa
Health insurance
Drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
Optional excursions
Lunches and Dinners

Venue Highlights

Discover Cuba with a Cuban Yoga teacher who knows every corner of the country and will ensure that you have a unique experience in this yoga retreat.

On this retreat, you will experience Cuban music, a meditation on the beach, eating delicious Cuban dishes, making new friends, practicing Hatha Yoga.

You will also get inspired, increase your flexibility, learn about spirituality, gain more energy, enjoy nature with like-minded people, and change your life!

Accommodations

In Havana, you will stay in our private house that is very close to the main cultural and historical sites of the city and the Habanero Sea, the colorful life of Havana gives a family and vintage style to our Casa Particular.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • House-Keeping

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