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Friday 30th December  - 10 am to 3 pm

Monday 2nd January - Bank Holiday (we will be closed)

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Cuba

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  • 2016 / 2017

    From £1075

    This yoga week includes educational activites and Cuban culture. Our beautiful beachside venue is close to Havana.

We have a limited amount of weeks at this venue, they are all "one-offs" for each teacher and are unlikely to be repeated

Join us for a week of organic healthy food, long quiet beaches and invigorating yoga practice only minutes away from what has been named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, Havana, Cuba.

This is not a typical tourist resort; we are located in an area where many local people holiday and our hosts, the Cuban Yoga team, are like a warm, welcoming family.

This retreat is about you! You can choose to be really active, or choose to chill in a hammock.

  

First of all may we say many thanks to Kathy Parsons from www.RetreatInsider.com  for providing us with copy and photographs, she has been leading yoga retreats at this venue for a couple of years and kindly introduced us to it.

   

We will be staying on the beautiful beaches of Playas del Este, 15 minutes outside of Havana city. Our hosts have promised to show you a side of Cuba that you won’t find anywhere else.

Described as the “city frozen in time” Havana’s beautiful cityscape is reminiscent of a time long ago, with unforgettable blue waters and soft white sand beaches, Havana forces you to slow down and catch your breath.

The authentic and carefree culture of the Cuban people is a welcome reminder that happiness and inner-peace can come easily.

In addition to our daily yoga classes and being immersed in the friendly, welcoming Cuban culture, you’ll have the opportunity to practice yoga in a park overlooking Old Havana, experience local cuisine, tour this unique and vibrant city, visit a world class organic farm, paddle board in a beautifully calm lagoon, try your hand at kite surfing (all optional), choose a spa service, or simply relax.

On some holidays one daily yoga class, usually in the late afternoon or evening, will be led by one of the most experienced, talented Iyengar trained teachers in the world, Eduardo Pimenta. He has been called the Grandfather of Yoga in Cuba, he’s also a warm and kind person with an amazing sense of humour. These classes will be more restorative in nature. Everyone also has the opportunity for a one on one yoga session with Eduardo.

On other holidays the scheduled teacher will teach 10 classes over the week and Eduardo an aditional one or two classes.

     
 

 

Three organic, healthy meals will be served each day by their expert local chef who uses only the best ingredients grown nearby.

Although mainly vegetarian, there will be optional fish and chicken served at some of the meals and there is unlimited coffee and tea provided.

If you feel like a cuba libra, beer or a glass of wine, there is a local bar on the property.

   

     

There will be lots of free time in the afternoon to read on the beach, or to paddle board on a beautiful nearby lagoon. For those who would love to try a new water sport, you can sign up for lessons with the experienced and talented teachers from Havana Kiteboarding Club!

We’ll also have a salsa dancing class (to get you ready for a night out in Havana if you so choose) and of course, hammocks at your disposal.

After dinner each evening, there will be a workshop or a bonfire and plenty of time for socializing or for taking time for yourself.
 

 

Yoga

We have a beautiful newly built yoga shala,  large enough for 36 mats,  although we will be only 22 maximum - except on the evening that the Cubans join our yoga class.

 

There will be a class before breakfast each mornng and another class in the late afternoon or evening

 

 

In addition to our daily classes with our UK yoga teachers there are three classes with our local Cuban Yoga instructor and an optional exclusive one-on-one class with Cuban yoga master, Eduardo Pimentel. These are included in the price of your holiday

Accommodation

Our beautiful 1950's beach villas are surrounded by lush plants and tropical flowers are the perfect setting for your yoga journey. These villas are situated just steps away from the beach. The serenity of the outdoor terraces make them perfect for reading or for sunset meditation.

All rooms are spacious, comfortable; include air conditioning and en suite-bathroom.  Water is naturally heated by solar panels.

  

We are close to the beach, with 2 pools nearby  and a marina. There is also a main house where all meals are served and all activities and workshops are held; this is also where the staff stays (teacher, chef, host).

Mobile phones work well in most of Cuba although you may need to move around to get the best signal. It is very expensive to make and receive mobile calls, texts are a bit cheaper and because of the time difference this is probably the best way to keep in touch with home (if you need to)

Internet is on site about 5 minutes walk from the ygoa shala and available for extra cost. There is no wi fi except in a few places in Havana.

 

 

Food

The chef and his assistant are highly experienced, they have worked for the best private restaurants in Havana and truly do their best to cater to all of our needs.

They are with us 24/7 during the week and prepare 3 delicious meals a day.

All of our meals are organic, from the local gardens in Havana and there is always a 100% vegetarian option, with the choice of adding sea food or chicken on two days.

Cuban coffee, herbal tea, water and fresh fruit smoothies are always available.
 

Includes

  •     7 night accommodations in shared en-suite rooms (2 to a room)
  •     3 Freshly prepared organic meals daily, vegetarian options available for all meals
  •     Unlimited self-serve smoothie bar with fresh locally picked fruits
  •     Unlimited filtered water, herbal tea and coffee
  •     A thirty minute one on one private yoga class with Cuban teacher Eduardo Pimentel
  •     Yoga with our UK yoga teacher, A mix of either  2 classes a day (morning and late afternoon) or one very long morning class and an evening class led by Eduardo
  •     Our hosts excursion to explore Havana town

Price does not include:

International flights
Airport transfer (we can assist with booking the transfer from Havana or Varadero airports)
Alcoholic beverages
Optional activities other than yoga
Spa services
Tips and gratuities
Travel insurance
Cuba tourist card

  
 
Travel
You will need a flight to Cuba's Havana or Varadero airport.

Virgin fly direct to Havana from London Gatwick

There are also cheaper non-direct options, the very cheapest normally being on Air Europa via Madrid.
 

Transfers
Havana airport (30 minutes)  25 CUC   / appx £17
Varadero airport (90 minutes)  70 CUC   / appx £46

2016

       
Arrival/Departure Programme Teacher Shared Cost *Single Cost
Nov 12 Nov 19 'Yoga Beats' David Sye £1075 FULL
Nov 19 Nov 26 'Yoga Beats' David Sye FULL FULL
 2017         
Jan 14 Jan 21

Alignment Based Vinyasya Flow  Yoga

**1 shared room left **

Brigitte Rooney £1075 FULL
Nov 18 Nov 25 Yoga with Awareness

Ken Eyerman

£1075 £1375
Nov 25 Dec 2 Iyengar Yoga Sue Lovell £1075 £1375
*Please note there are only 5 single rooms available, everybody else will have to share

Thank you!! We all had a very memorable time too!! We felt very safe & very well looked after!!
Maureen, Sue & I went onto Vinales, Cienfuegos & Trinidad after the yoga week with our driver Maximo. Coco has all the details for Maximo- he was a wonderful driver but only spoke Spanish which was a bit of a challenge for us! But everywhere we went he got us English speaking guides for walking tours etc at a very reasonable price! He had our best interests at heart & looked after us very well! Coco arranged him for us & I am not sure how he got us accommodation. But we encouraged us to look at the accommodation first & we understood that if we didn't like it then he would find us somewhere else!
The accommodation in Vinales (2 nights) was brand new with wonderful hot showers & aircon & a fridge in one of the rooms. Unfortunately we could not all stay in the same house in Cienfuegos (1 night) but the other was just across the road but we did not find out till too late that it only had cold water! The original house had hot water & gave us all breakfast on the roof terrace which was wonderful! The house in Trinidad (2nights) was also good - hot water & breakfast on the roof terrace.
Nothing was too much trouble! Maximo then drove us to the airport for our flight home. We did discuss the itinerary with him & Coco before we set off but we do feel that we saw the best of the area as he is a very experienced guide! And was prepared to go off plan when we had read of somewhere in our guidebooks that we wanted to see!! We never felt rushed. And took things at our pace except on the journey back to the airport when we had a plane tocatch!!
The whole experience was totally fabulous!

Sandra - November 2016
 

 

Hi Debbie, I've been super busy at work since I came back so haven't been in touch but wanted to say
thank you to everyone. I had a fabulous time it was my first experience of holidaying alone
and I'd recommend it to anyone.Wishing you health and happiness for the new year (and a merry Christmas in between)

Joy - November 2016

 

 I just wanted to send an email to let you let you know how much I really enjoyed Mhai Yoga.  I have to say the staff there were amazing and couldn't do enough for everyone so well done on sourcing a new and amazing resort. The food was outstanding and I really look forward to going back one day, their passion for what they do is evident and their love for Cuba too.

Ann Marie - November 2016

 

 

Many thanks for arranging such a superb holiday at Mhia Yoga.

We had such a beautiful Yoga week. The retreat was an absolute delight and we really appreciated all the extras that were generously arranged. David's time was very life affirming and interesting.

The Purnell Family - Nov 2016

 

All feedback below is from  the Cuban Hosts - before we took our first trip

I had a wonderful experience! The schedule was excellent, there was a great combination of yoga, activities, workshops, excursions and plenty of free time to relax on the beach. My favourite moment was Eduardo’s class with his Cuban students. It was such a wonderful bonding experience to practice with Cubans and to see how yoga can bring two distinct cultures together despite any language barriers. The food was amazing, I love chef Ernesto, I want to take him home ☺.
Eduardo is full of spirit, he has immense amounts of wisdom to share about yoga philosophy and life. Natalie’s positive and loving nature reached us all. I wouldn’t change a thing (maybe throw in a brief Spanish lesson. Of course I’ll come back, hopefully sooner than later.
 Anonymous

This was life changing, better than I could have expected or imagined. I loved the location, every time I walked out of the door I felt I was in paradise. The food, QUE RICO, every meal got better and better.
Michelle

The Yoga retreat was incredible. I got so much more out of this experience than I ever could have imagined. Everyday was a new experience and adventure. I loved everyone involved. Eduardo is so informative and knowledgeable about all things and yoga, I felt that I could trust him completely. Natalie’s classes were always a fun surprise, she brought something exciting to every class. The location was amazing, felt so safe and everything was close by. The food was AMAZING, so good!! I WILL return.
Anonymous

My time with you was wonderful and magical, a first class experience. My favorite moment was sunrise meditation and everything that followed. Natalie is an excellent teacher, her classes were a variety of physical and spiritual, so much fun. Eduardo is very humble and inspirational, he taught us very helpful techniques for yoga and life. The chef’s food was exceptional!!!! You made everyone feel special, you listened to us and followed up with everything.
Wilma

The week was very much what I needed, it was very rejuvenating week with a collection of very special people.Sun, sand, the ocean, fantastic food, yoga and great people sharing wonderful experiences, does it get any better?
The time with Eduardo was a special gift. His knowledge on yoga, his country and life is enlightening. His sense of humour and playfulness is genuine and infectious. He is a true leader.
Natalie’s eyes of concern and compassion and genuine desire of everyone to find happiness and enjoyment was always at the forefront of everything she does. Her beautiful smile and willingness to laugh at an instant made us feel very welcome. The food was excellent, far exceeded expectations. Cannot think of any way you could make this experience any better for a group.
Brian

Love is in the details. This is how I would summarize my experience. It was through the attention to detail that Christine, Natalie and Alejandro set that solidified my love for the experience. It was a week infused with pure energy, wonderfully delicious food, great music, new learning, and sharing.  The ability to learn directly from Cuba’s Yoga Master, Dr. Pimentel, was invaluable. The experience was a rare opportunity to thoroughly enjoy all the physical senses and connect them to an individual spiritual awareness.
Aline

This was more than expected, every moment was special. It was a week for myself, the best gift that I could receive. Natalie is a very beautiful instructor who brings peace and love in every class. I loved the joy of life that she has. I experienced the most powerful yoga classes that I ever had with Natalie. Eduardo is a very special instructor who describes very well the sensations and the positions, I have learned a lot about my body. The excursions were wonderful, the location was beautiful, loved hearing the birds in the morning. The food was great, I have never eaten so good, taste so good and great for my body.
Marion

This retreat was well beyond my expectations. By far the best retreat/trip I have been to. All the excursions and workshops were AMAZING. The schedule was perfect for me. The food was DELICIOUS, best food EVER. Cuba is so beautiful and vibrant, can’t wait to return. The teachers were insightful, refreshing and fun!! Natalie and Christine you did a PHENOMENAL job at running this retreat, there was so much thought, love and kindness put into everything and it was really appreciated, thank you.
Sarah