The Cuba Yoga Retreat

NOV 2-7, 2019 // ARTS & CULTURAL IMMERSION

WITH Lihi Benisty

THE MAGIC

What's Unique

The captivating world of Cuba awaits! Immerse yourself in an exploration of artistic and cultural expression on this 6 day retreat in Havana and Viñales. From the very first moments, you realize you’ve landed somewhere unlike anywhere else in the world – traveling back in time to experience the island’s unique alchemy of art, music, dance in daily life. This is a down-to-earth trip for curious travelers, where we’ll stay in beautiful home stays and step into life in Cuba first hand.

THE HEART // If you’ve landed on this page, you’ve been pulled to the adventure of visiting this unique island, just like we were. Because there are requirements for Americans visiting Cuba and because we care about creating a connected authentic experience, we’ve teamed up with a fantastic partner to curate this trip specifically for you.

OUR PROCESS // Did you know that we build all our trips from scratch? To learn more about our process and what goes into the making of a Yogascapes retreat, click here.

 

THE LIFE ON RETREAT

6 Beautiful Days

Join YOGASCAPES and Lihi Benisty on a truly unforgettable art and cultural immersion yoga retreat in Cuba! We’ve collaborated with local experts to bring you a fully curated experience that showcases the authentic creative energy and vibrance of the island in one incredible week. . We begin in the heart beat of Havana with powerful daily yoga with Lihi, live music, Salsa dance class, visits to local community art projects and the World Heritage site of Old Havana. Here we get to dive into a world that celebrates the true richness of life in community, expression and celebration. This is a unique experience to be deeply supported by two travel companies and local experts!

Then we find tranquility and nature in the picturesque mountain region of Viñales, offering an ideal balance in your experience of Cuba. We’ll hike and explore the untouched forests and agricultural landscapes. Staying homestays all week, we’ll be welcomed by the warmth of local hospitality. Part of your registration includes a donation to a local organization called Las Aguas Fund and the work that supports sustainability in Cuban yoga communities.

Because it can be fun to be free to explore Havana on your own, there are some lunches and dinners not included. We can provide recommendations and help make reservations as needed.

TRINIDAD: You have the option to add on an additional 3-day trip to the cobblestone town of Trinidad after the retreat. Inquire for more information.

 

SCHEDULE

Sample itinerary – subject to change

DAY 1 – HAVANA
Arrive & check in
Yoga on rooftop
Farm to table dinner
Optional salsa dancing next to water

DAY 2 – HAVANA
Breakfast
Yoga class at The Cuban Yoga Association
Lunch
Afro Cuban Community art alley with live drums and dance performance
Gathering on hotel terrace overlooking the ocean
Dinner on own
Optional visit to an artist collective/performance space

DAY 3 – HAVANA
Breakfast in Old Havana
Yoga in a performance theater space
Dance class (Salsa and Rumba)
Lunch
Walking tour of Old Havana World Heritage sites
Dinner
Optional Jazz music

DAY 4 – VIÑALES
Breakfast
Travel to Viñales
Lunch on the way
Afternoon yoga session
Dinner
Live music and dancing in the center of town

DAY 5 – VIÑALES
Sunrise hike with local guide + traditional cup of coffee on the mountain
Gorgeous views of the valley.
Breakfast
Tobacco fields and coffee tour with lunch
Sunset yoga
Dinner reception

DAY 6 – DEPARTURE
Breakfast
Departures

+ OPTION TO ADD ON 3-DAY TRIP TO TRINIDAD

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

6 days/ 5 nights Accommodations in private inns called “homestays”, 1 dance class, community art projects, live drum performance, transportation to included events, transportation between Havana and Viñales, bilingual guides and Cuba travel experts, daily breakfast, 2 group dinners, 4 lunches, 2 guided hikes in the valley, yoga class spaces, a donation to the Cuban Yoga Association and a $25 donation per person to Las Aguas Fund.

NOT INCLUDED:

Air travel, arrival airport transfer, some dinners and lunches not included, alcohol, optional music events, transportation to optional events, and trip insurance.

From the Road

Testimonials & Our Story

“I just returned from a Yogascapes trip to Bali. It was everything they said it would be and more! From the extremely organized planning to the week of fun, I was completely thrilled.  Leah was an amazing host/organizer and made sure everything ran smoothly…

From the top of the volcano for sunrise to the water temples to a variety of yoga routines, we were exposed to so much!  I am looking forward to taking another trip with Yogascapes soon!” – Sharon

“This was my first retreat with Yogascapes and it far exceeded my expectations! The breathtaking location, the wine tasting, the delicious food, everything was just fabulous.”

For more testimonials, click here.

YOUR TEACHER

Lihi Benisty

Lihi flirted with yoga her entire life but she could never quite get myself to commit. After college, she dedicated herself to a daily practice purely as a way to workout. Despite her initial objective, subtle shifts began to take place as she continued to roll out her mat. She started to slow down, get out of her head and into her body. That’s when her perspective of yoga shifted from a mode of exercise to a healing art. Each practice offers her the opportunity to hold space and to show up for herself, exactly where she is.

 As a teacher, Lihi aims to guide students toward cultivating an inner-awareness while building strength and flexibility of both body and mind. She strives to include the perfect alchemy of precise physical instruction, intelligence, intention, and space into her classes. Expect detailed attention to alignment in an attempt to discover the subtleties of each posture, while using the breath to find a sense of lightness and ease. The respect that she has for all of her teachers who have walked this path before me runs deep. In her classes you will always find balance between STABILITY and EASE. OM ~

Lihi draws from various yoga lineages (vinyasa, ashtanga, bhakti, iyengar) and incorporate them into a rich and satisfying experience. Her philosophy on yoga is this; Find and face the challenges on the mat, so that we may live our lives effortlessly. Her classes are challenging, uplifting, and approachable, as she takes you beyond the physical aspects of yoga, and brings you into your own sacred space. Through a variety of poses, breathwork and conscious sequencing, her classes will build strength, flexibility, and balance through stability and ease, as well as provide the space to discover the truth in transition, and the sense of lightness you’re looking for in your practice. Find out more about Lihi here.

YOUR HOME

Homestays in Havana & Vinales

In Havana, Cuba’s capital, we’ll stay in a homestay 1 block from the sea in the hip neighborhood of Vedado. This will be our jumping off point for all of our adventures throughout the old and new city. Our homestay offers beautiful rooms – mostly double accommodations, but single accommodations are available. They are basic but provide an authentic look into life on the island.

Viñales is located in western Cuba, a few hours from Havana. Boasting colorful houses and botanical gardens, Viñales is scenic, most known as the gateway to the Sierra de los Organos mountains and the Viñales Valley. The valley’s large limestone hills are will known to rock climbers and hikers for dramatic views. Our homestay will be adjacent houses with a backyard of nature views and farms.

We always seek the healthiest food and high quality ingredients wherever we go. That said, healthy food is not one of the core strengths of Cuba. So we work with local partners on the island to find the best we can and invite you to have an open mind to basic nourishment during the week. Vegetarian options available.

THE JOURNEY

Travel Info

Fly into Havana on the first day of the retreat. Airport transfers to Havana are not included but cost about $25per taxi and we will help arrange rides for you. One group airport transfer on the last day is included.

The retreat begins with check into our homestay and yoga at 5:00 pm. We will provide the exact address closer to the retreat.

ARRIVALS:
Airport:
José Martí International Airport (Havana)
Arrival Date: November 2, 2019
Arrival Time Range: 11am-4pm

DEPARTURES
Departure Date: November 7, 2019

Departure Time Range: Flights must depart after 2pm.

There is a group transfer back to the Havana airport in time for 2pm departing flights. We will leave Viñales around 8:30am. If you have an earlier flight, we can help arrange transport back for an additional cost.

IMPORTANT: Due to regulations on travel, you will not be able to arrive early or depart late for this retreat.

THE BACKBONE

Of Every Yogascapes Retreat

Our mission is to connect people to their deepest purpose/truths, wellbeing and inspiration. We combine vibrant yoga and wellness teachers with incredible guides, local culture, nourishing food, inspiring adventure and a crew of fun-loving people from around the world. Along this journey, you’ll have a Yogascapes Guide supporting you every step of the way, from signing up to helping you on a glacier. 

While every single retreat we create is unique based on the local culture, incredible teachers, the time of year and the environment, every experience is built on the following pillars.

 


 

MOVEMENT &  MEDITATION
Each retreat is filled with a mix of yoga, mantra, mudra, meditation and more. To learn more about the specifics of this retreat, check out the schedule or contact us. 

 

FREE TIME & OPTIONS
When you come on a yogascapes retreat, nothing is mandatory and we build in plenty of time for you to be own your own, to rest more, to explore more, or to be open to whatever shows up. 

 

NOURISHMENT
We love food, period. Delicious, healthy, beautiful, thoughtful food that nourishes the body and inspires the creative soul. Food is where we come together to replenish our bodies and where our community is built.

 

SENSORY EXPLORATION
Traveling is adventure of the senses and we build each trip to open our senses up to the world and be open to the world through our senses.  

 

DEEP LEARNING & INTEGRATION
We believe the experiences that last a lifetime are the ones in which you are learning and integrating what you learn into your life. Our teachers and guides create unique opportunities for deepening and expansion of your practice.

REST AND REJUVENATION
We know that life is overwhelming at times and our nervous systems beg not only for the medicine of adventure, but for deep rest and rejuvenation. A week of quiet nights and deep sleep, time for napping and giving yourself permission to do nothing at all. 

 

ACTIVATING CREATIVITY & PURPOSE
Our mission is to connect people to their purpose by exposing them to practices, people and places that bring out their deepest truths and desires. Each one has the intention to bring you into a deeper connection with yourself and your true gifts. 

 

COMMUNITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Come with no story to defend and no judgement to be had. Meet people who will change your life and/or share in all the ups and downs. Connect to old friends and family in a new way, on a retreat, or when you go back home. Our own healing is the healing of the planet and so we work work with eco-lodges and companies that have similar ethos and missions. 

 

​Giving Back: 2 trees are planted every retreat sign up to help protect our planet and natural resources. At check out, we also offer you the opportunity to give to inspiring local and international projects. Find out more here.

JOIN THE JOURNEY

Nov 2-8, 2019

HOW TO SAY YES TO A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME.

STEP 1: Learn all about the trip; the theme, the teachers, the venue, the location, our policies, past photos, etc.
STEP 2: Choose a room below and reserve your spot as soon as you’re ready for early bird prices and best options.
STEP 4: You’ll get a confirmation + 3 emails leading up to your trip preparing you for an amazing adventure.
STEP 5: Drive, fly or boat to meet our team and group in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

ANYTIME:
Write us at help@yogascapes.com or call us at 510-629-9191 if you have any questions about the trip, how to sign up or anything else that comes up along the way.
By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement. Please read all details below.

INCLUDED:

Daily Yoga and Movement Classes
Live Salsa Music and Drum Performance
Yoga Class with President of Cuban Yoga Association
3 Nights Homestay Accommodations in Havana and 2 in Viñales
Most meals (daily breakfast, 2 dinners, 4 lunches)
Visit to Underground Community Art Projects
Guided Hike of Coffee Plantations in Viñales Valley
Salsa Dance Class
Partnership with Local Cuba Travel Expert and Coordinator
Visit to World Heritage Site Old Havana
Travel from Havana to Viñales and to Included Events
Airport Transfers at Designated Times
Donation to Cuban Yoga Association and a $25 donation per person to Las Aguas Fund.
Guest Support & Bilingual Guides

NOT INCLUDED: Additional 3-day trip to Trinidad, Optional Live Music at Night and Transport to Music, Some Meals, Alcohol, Tipping, and International airfare, and Trip Insurance (includes medical coverage).

Brace yourself, you will be taken to a booking page where you get to choose your specific room.

 

YOUR INVESTMENT

Choose Your Room

POLICIES & TERMS

Get Clear Before You Purchase

We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans.  We can split up your payments to make it work, however final payments are due 60 days prior to the start date of your retreat.

By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement.  Please read in full and please note:

All prices are per/person USD. All bookings include a refundable deposit that is 50% of the total trip cost. Final payments are due 60 days before the start date of the trip to keep your spot secure.

If cancellation (always in writing) takes place within 7 days of booking, 100% of the trip price is refundable including the deposit, unless retreat start date is less than 60 days from booking date.

If cancellation takes place 120 days prior to the retreat start date, any payments made will be refunded within 30 days of cancellation, plus 75% of your deposit.

If cancellation takes place 90 days prior to the retreat start date, any payments made will be refunded within 30 days of cancellation, plus 50% of your deposit.

If cancellation takes place 60 days or less prior to the retreat start date, 100% of the trip price and deposit will be forfeited.

YOGASCAPES reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of YOGASCAPES (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups)  we will offer a transfer to another trip or a full refund of your funds. We require all participants to purchase travel insurance and highly encourage them to purchase “cancel for any reason” to protect them against the rare chance of cancellation.

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