News & Updates

Coronavirus update

We are currently dealing with  holidays for those of you travelling in April, May and early June.

Please follw this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient with us,  we are a small company of only two staff

We are working through all our holidays in date order and will be contacting each participant with options.

Please do not pay us any holiday balances that have become due until we have spoken with  you.

We will respond to all emails, however we kindly request that wherever possible you wait until we make contact with you. We will talk with both teachers and the venues about each individual holiday and then inform you of your options.

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

Please always try to book your flight through a website such as www.travelrepublic.co.uk who are both ABTA and ATOL members and pay with a credit card.

Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Flybe Airline Failure - what to do if it affects you

1) Get current information on everything so you can make informed decisions:-
First check with Flybe's website for up to date accurate information.
If you booked via Travel Republic (who are ABTA and ATOL bonded) then also check on their website, both under your individual booking and in their help section
Read your Travel Insurance Policy to see what you are covered for in the event of an airline collapse. This will depend on your level of cover.

2) Getting your money back in the event of airline collapse
If you booked via Travel Republic they should refund you as they are both ABTA and ATOL bonded at the time of writing this information
If you booked direct with Flybe and paid more than £100 with a credit card then you should be able to claim a refund from your credit card provider under section 75 rules
If you booked direct with Flybe and paid with a debit card then you need to contact your bank and ask your bank to do a ‘chargeback’. This isn’t a legal protection – it is a Visa, Mastercard and Amex rule where your bank gets your money back from Flybe’s bank as you didn’t receive what you paid for. It should work for most people providing there is the money to pay you.

3) Rebook a new flight so that your holiday can go ahead.

Please Note: Any payment to Free Spirit Travel is governed by our terms and conditions, deposits are non-refundable, final payments are refundable as per the table on your booking form. Please talk to us if your flight is cancelled and you cannot travel. If Free Spirit Travel cancels the holiday for everybody then you will receive a full refund, if you personally cancel your holiday you will only receive a refund within the booking form terms and conditions, you may however be able to claim on your insurance policy and we can assist with this.

Brexit and how it affects your travel

There are no changes to the rules on travelling to the EU before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

2019 - for those of you already registered for summer 2020 please  be aware that the venue may increase their costs to us due to exchange rate changes and if this happens we will, sadly, have to pass the increase on to you. We would expect the increases to be minimal.

Your Europena Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid until 31 December 2020. If you are travelling in the European Economic Area or Switzerland up to this time, you can apply for and continue to use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), as you did before. The EHIC gives you the right to access emergency state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in those countries.
Remember that the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays


My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

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"Thank you for a most splendid time Daljit. Everything was amazing but the retreat and your yoga was simply the best"

 Julie Burgan - Daljit's Cuba Holiday 2019

 

"Loved it the whole trip was a wonderful experience"

Christine Richley -  Daljit's Cuba Holiday 2019

 

Hello Jilly & Debbie.Hope your both well.

I had a brilliant time in Cuba.  Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to teach there..It’s a great place and brilliantly ran.  I just wanted to say that on one of the trips (organic farm) we had an amazing time. If I knew I would if brought some. But some gardening gloves would really help save there sore hands. Just a suggestion. Kind regards

Sevda.- yoga teacher 2019

 

Hi Everyone, Hope everyone made safely back home!

I got home last week after a few more memorable days in Havana, taking in some of the incredible music, sounds and vibe of that amazing city.

I am very grateful and honored to have spent an unforgettable week with all of you, thank you for making room for me on this great group.

Best,

Jorge - Novemb er 2019

 

Dear Jilly and Kika - such heavenly gratitude to you for running this retreat and introducing us to Cuba and Havana.
It has been transformational. Nights out were brilliant! Food was off the radar - the best retreat food I have had
I 'd love to return once a year and build this magical retreat. Lissandro would be an outstanding Spanish teach - he is so intelligent and interesting. Perhaps he can offer a basic Spanish lesson to the guests and give up a few words on orientation? Thank you and love - arriba!!! Lizxxx
Liz Lark - Yoga Teacher November 2018

 

Dear all at Mhai Yoga, Just wanted to send you all a very quick message to thank you SO MUCH for looking after my yoga group so magnificently.
We had an amazing time with you and felt that all out needs were honoured and all our questions answered as well as showing us a little bit of Cuba, it's people, it's music, it's art and it's history. It was all kinds of wonderfulness.
Mhai is a beautiful place to enjoy and share our yoga practice and the food (which was astonishing) kept us nurtured and content! Smile
I could go on and on because it has been an incredible experience. Huge thanks to Lisandro, Kika, Earnesto, Miche, (? - not sure that's how you spell it) and Alejandro .... plus all the other fantastic people that worked so hard behind the scenes to make sure our stay was perfect.
I want you all to know that we so appreciated it!
Jude Medhurst - Yoga teacher November 2018

 

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
 

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