Havana Urban Reset
8-day of immersion of the vibrant heart of Cuba & NYE Special Celebration!
27th Dec 2024 - 3rd Jan 2025, Havana, Cuba
Experience the vibrant energy of city life with our Urban Retreats. These retreats merge the dynamic rhythm of urban environments with the calming practice of yoga. Perfect for those who thrive in the buzz of the city, our Urban Retreats offer a unique blend of excitement and mindfulness, reflecting the diversity of urban culture.
Join our Urban Yoga Retreats to fully immerse in the local lifestyle of Havana. Explore diverse activities, learn salsa, uncover hidden gems, and complete each day with enriching yoga practices led by our Swiss-based teachers and Eduardo Pimentel (he brought yoga to Cuba!) as guest teacher who will be sharing some yoga practices with us.
OUR BOND WITH CUBA
Before the pandemic, Carole (co-owner of Yoga Flame) experienced a transformative yoga retreat in Cuba. She first connected with Cuba’s vibrant culture and warm people during a yoga retreat, significantly enhanced by Coco, our on-site organizer, and her dedicated team.
Coco expertly guided the group through authentic Cuban life, beyond typical tourist paths. This immersive experience involved engaging with locals, understanding Cuba’s rich history and culture, and was a transformative journey for all participants.
These interactions deeply resonated with our vision and values – fostering connections and embracing diverse cultures.
We have tried to organize this retreat twice with Yoga Flame during the pandemic but faced restrictions. Now, with stability and openness, we invite you to celebrate the New Year in Cuba with intention and joy!
ACCOMODATION & FOOD
STAY IN COMFORT
Retreat to Loft Bahia, part of the Estampa Collection. Here, spacious modern bedrooms with private bathrooms await you, offering a serene sanctuary. Common areas and a tranquil terrace create spaces for relaxation and connection.
Savor daily organic meals that are as healthy as they are delicious. Our vegetarian menu includes gluten-free choices and fish dishes. Enjoy communal dining experiences that not only satisfy the palate but also nourish the soul, highlighting local flavors and fresh ingredients.
YOGA, MEDITATION, PRANAYAMA
UNFOLD YOUR retreat WITH A LEAD TEACHER FROM OUR SWISS TEAM
Embarking on this journey with you, our seasoned Yoga Flame teachers, Anne-Cécile & Carole will provide guidance, with the esteemed Eduardo Pimentel, who introduced yoga to Cuba, offering his unique practices. Together, they will curate a seamless retreat experience, connecting each element of the program to nurture your personal evolution.
Our skilled instructors will lead with care, linking every practice, meditation, and discussion to foster an environment where personal growth flourishes. Engage with us in this holistic venture, designed to deepen your practice and enrich your journey towards self-discovery.
What a typical day looks like:
- 8.00 – 8.30 Light Morning Snack
- 8.30 – 10.30 Morning Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama with Anne-Cécile & Carole
- 11.00 – 12.00 Brunch
- 12.00 – 14.00 Free time
- 14.00 – 16.30 Afternoon Activity
- 17.00 – 17.30 Afternoon Snack
- 17.30 – 19:00 Yin Yoga
- 19.30 – 21:00 Dinner
- 21.00 Optional Evening Activities (especially for NYE)
* Everyday, we will have different programs and activities. All of them are all included in the package and are highly recommended but are not mandatory.
You will get the schedule revealed day after day. We aim to keep consistency in the daily program.
27th Dec 2024 - 3rd Jan 2025
Embrace the power of Self-Investment - Where the best returns await you!
What is included
7 Nights accommodation at Loft Bahia
Brunch, dinners, snacks (mainly vegetarian, including fish 2-3 times during the retreat)
Unlimited tea, coffee, water
Daily morning meditation, pranayama, yoga
Afternoon Yin Yoga or special activities
2 Yoga classes with Eduardo Pimentel
Transport from/to Havana airport
Beach day, salsa class, Havana walking tour, Fusterland visit, Organoponico, and much more!
What is NOT included
Extra drinks and food
All additional activities
Extra traveling costs
In Bali, even during the rainy season, the rain is sporadic and light, often limited to 2-3 hours and typically in the mornings, and not every day. The days are mostly sunny, providing a perfect balance for our retreat activities.
Expect experiential and discovery-oriented retreats, focusing on activities and group bonding rather than heavy theory.
Solo travelers are common at our retreats. We’ll match you with a same-gender roommate, often leading to new friendships.
Our schedule is diverse, with free time each day. You can customize your experience with additional activities (extra fees apply).
Absolutely. Our chefs cater to all dietary needs, ensuring a delightful culinary experience for everyone.
Bring essentials like a passport, health insurance, cash (euros preferred), comfortable clothing, personal toiletries, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, swimwear, beachwear, a light sweater or shawl, comfortable walking shoes, bug repellent, and a yoga mat for donation.
Rooms include 110-volt electrical outlets, a blow dryer (upon request), and all bedding, bath towels, and toiletries. Laundry service is available at an additional cost.
The retreat starts on Dec 27th at 5pm with a yoga practice and opening ceremony and ends on Jan 3rd at 10am after the morning yoga practice and closing ceremony. Check-in is available from 3pm on Dec 27th, and a goodbye brunch is shared on Jan 3rd, at 11am, rooms should be checked-out by 11am.
A tourist visa is required. Swiss passport holders can order a visa through a tour agency for about CHF50. Let us know if you need any support!
Health & travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage is essential. All passengers must fill out a health declaration form prior to landing in Cuba.
The CUP (Moneda Nacional) is Cuba’s official currency. Most foreign currencies can be exchanged at Cadeca exchange houses. Debit cards and money transfers are not accepted, and credit cards are rarely accepted. It’s suggested to bring $500-1000 in cash, preferably euros.
Internet is still new in Cuba. While there are many wifi spots, we invite you to use this week to unplug. You can purchase a tourist sim card at the airport with 6 GIG of data for $35usd.
Our on-site organizer Coco can arrange taxis for you. Alternatively, you can take a Colectivo for 1-3 USD per person (we will share details on site).
Donations of general antibiotics, sanitary tampons (super expensive in cuba!), coloring books, crayons, toys, clothing, lighters, pens, underwear, magazines, candles, shoes, yoga mats, and straps are greatly appreciated. We are happy to coordinate the offerings for the locals.
If you wish to stay longer, our on site team can organize your accommodation, transport, and tours. Depending on demands, we might extend our stay and propose additional 2 nights in Vinales. Please get in touch with Coco if you wish to extend your stay : firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, absolutely! We welcome your partner or family members to stay with you during the retreat. We can tailor the package to include only accommodation and F&B for them, ensuring a comfortable stay while you participate in the retreat. Please make sure to mention your need for a personalized offer for your accompanying guest(s) when you register.