Join LYC teachers Julie (Jiwan Shakti Kaur) and Andrea for a week of yoga and culture in Cuba, February 16-23, 2019. See details here.
This Yoga Retreat to Cuba is a perfect balance between culture and yoga. It’s a People-to-People tour, showcasing the multi-cultural history, music and dance of Cuba, along with plenty of opportunities to come to our mats in a variety of stellar settings. You can find the full itinerary here.
We know that there are many questions about travel in Cuba. Is it legal? Is it safe? What should I expect?
Yes. Our tour is a legally authorized, licensed trip being hosted by USA International Travel, an agency that has been running tours to Cuba for over a decade. We will be going as an educational trip (people-to-people tours are no longer allowed).
Is Cuba safe?
How expensive is Cuba for tourists?
Can I use my credit or ATM cards?
Will my cell phone work?
Fruits and vegetables are plentiful. Most restaurants offer side orders of black beans and rice, as well as fresh salads and sautéed vegetables. Some paladares (private restaurants) are now beginning to create more innovative vegetarian and vegan options, including “vegetarian meatballs” made with rice and black beans; a variety of dishes made with garbanzo beans; and entrees and sides that showcase seasonal vegetables. (One word of warning: the famous “moros y cristianos” dish which is a combination of rice and black beans is sometimes made with pork, so ask in advance if you’re unsure).
I’m gluten free. Is that a problem?
Will we have free time during the retreat?
We have specifically organized the retreat in a way that you’ll have plenty of free time to explore Havana and Viñales, or to engage in some optional activities that Julie and Andrea will organize. In addition to the full itinerary, we’re going to try to organize a visit to the fabulous Fábrica de Arte Cubano in Havana, provide optional hikes and horseback rides in Viñales, and maybe even a public yoga class in Havana with some of the Cuban yoga community! Havana and Viñales are a non-stop collage of music, colors and surprises.
What is the lodging like on the retreat?
The agency that is organizing the retreat, USA International Travel, has booked us into some very nice lodging. Here are some photos of our hotels in Havana: