a Cultural immersion retreat

guanabo, cuba

Experience a new way of life and immerse with Cuban culture & community!
Retreat for 8-days and 7-nights exploring salsa dance, vintage convertible tours through historic Havana, Cuban cigar rolling and horseback riding in the organic farmlands of Viñales and an unforgettable heart-opening experience to connect with the people & culture of Cuba.

March 7th – 14th, 2020

Retreat Leaders:

Marina Chupac

Marina is a passionate, inspiring soul with a wandering spirit. She spends the majority of her life traveling the world, immersing ...

Reem Haddad

With a wild heart and a warrior spirit, Reem left normal and regular to explore the outskirts of magical and extraordinary...

  • About
  • Yoga
  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Food
  • Pricing
  • Travel
  • FAQ

The Experience

  • The purpose of this retreat is to practice Yoga with a loving community, connect with the people of Cuba and understand the Yoga practice that extends far off the mat. Our mission of practicing poses, breath and mindfulness on the mat, is to share this awareness beyond just the yoga shala. Daily intentions, mantras and offerings will be encouraged to support your Yoga practice on & off the mat.
  • In collaboration with the Cuban Yoga community, we will practice Yoga with Eduardo Pimentel, the father of Yoga in Cuba, to learn about the history of Yoga in Cuba and have the opportunity to connect with Eduardo and his students.
  • Expect lots of time to rest and play, you’ll be given the opportunity to participate in cultural offerings like salsa dancing, cuban cigar rolling, horseback riding & vintage convertible rides. You'll also the option to sit back and relax, completely designing the retreat week you desire.
  • This retreat provides an authentic experience to connect with the true island lifestyle. The island culture, organic food movement and white-sand beaches are a few reasons you may never want to leave Cuba, but what will end up capturing your heart is the people.
  • The lesson to take from Cuba, is that of happiness with the present moment. The people are always laughing, dancing, making the most of every situation, and hopefully after a week retreat to Cuba, you will too!

The Yoga

  • For travelers, yogis and adventurers who are seeking a unique experience to connect with the authentic culture & community of Cuba.
  • Gather on the Yoga shala twice a day to practice Yoga Asana, Pranayama and Meditation.
  • Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin classes will be offered, tailored to all levels.
  • Daily intentions, mantras and mindful gratitude practices will be offered each day on & off the mat.
  • Share a day with the Cuban Yoga Association and Eduardo Pimentel, the father of Yoga in Cuba, to learn about the history of Yoga in Cuba and practice Yoga with Eduardo and his students.

The Accommodation

  • The Mahi Yoga Beach Resort Center
  • Retreat to Cuba’s first ever Yoga retreat center on the beaches of Guanabo, Cuba and retreat yourself in the warm Cuban sun. The peaceful and secluded atmosphere of Guanabo is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation for your mind, body and soul.
  • Our Cuba Retreat center is located only 30 minutes outside of Havana, affording you the opportunity to explore the city during the day or night and always having a peaceful space to come back to.
  • Our family & friends of Cuba hire only local staff, creating a close-nit family of loving & caring individuals. There is a common room, library, kitchen & outdoor Yoga shala available for our use. Each bedroom has air-conditioning, hot-water showers, closet space & a private bathroom.

Activities & Excursions

  • Salsa Lessons: Learn to Salsa dance with a professional Cuban dance team
  • Havana Day Trip: Discover the city of Havana, what it is and the history of what it was riding around in vintage convertibles. We'll have a group lunch in the city & catch sunset on the Malecon, which walls the entire city of Havana overlooking the ocean.
  • Horseback Riding in Vinales: Retreat overnight to Vinales, the organic farmlands of Cuba to get a true taste of Cuba’s organic food movement! Horseback ride through the farms, connect with local farmers, roll Cuban cigars and practice yoga on the mountain top.

Food & Nourishment

  • Nourish your soul with local handcrafted meals lovingly prepared by Mhai Yoga’s family staff.
  • Mealtimes are a huge part of the retreat experience and Cuba offers all organic, hand prepped nourishing meals
  • All meals are organic with pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Details & Pricing

Save $200 with early bird pricing 3 months prior to retreat start! Early bird pricing ends November 1st 2019.

Double
Occupancy
Single
Occupancy
Early Bird
Special:
$2790
Early Bird
Special:
$2990
Regular
Price:
$2990
Regular
Price:
$3190

To Reserve Your Space:

  • A $500 nonrefundable deposit is requested to reserve your space. Remaining payments are due prior to 60 days of retreat start.
  • Payment plans are available with monthly or bimonthly payments.
  • If traveling solo, we can pair individuals in double or triple occupancies. If we are unable to pair you with a partner, single occupancy rates apply.
  • Spaces are limited and first come, first serve! Prices listed are per person.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation 8-days and 7-nights accommodations at the Mhai Yoga Beach Retreat Center
  • Food 3 organic, hand prepared meals a day (pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free options available). Daily juices, coffee and tea.
  • Yoga 2 Yoga classes a day with Lotus Retreats instructors (Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative & Yin styles for all levels)
  • Special Guests 3 Classes with Eduardo Pimentel, the father of Yoga in Cuba
  • Salsa Class Salsa dance lesson with professional Cuban team
  • Workshops Additional Yoga workshops, meditations and group activities
  • Havana Day Trip Day trip to Havana in vintage convertibles with lunch included.
  • Overnight Excursion Overnight trip to Vinales farmland with transportation, accommodations, meals, horseback riding, cigar rolling & a sunrise hike.
  • Cacao Ceremony
  • Celebration Dinner with Live Music
  • Guided Travel Expertise & Travel Tips
  • Goodie bags from our Cuba Retreat sponsors!

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Getting There

  • We will provide each retreat guest with an approved document for visiting Cuba. Your travel is legally authorized as an educational people-to-people tour in "support of the Cuban people" and partners with only private companies, nothing government ran.
  • Once you arrive in Cuba, we will have organized transportation to pick you up and take you directly to the retreat center!

Retreat FAQ

Havana Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), Cuba.
Flights are not included in the retreat week price. Roundtrip flights to/from the Havana airport are around $300-$500 USD.
Yes. For travelers departing from the United States, US airlines now offer the option to buy the Cuban tourist visa on the day of departure at the check-in counter or at the departure gate. Check the confirmation email from your airline to confirm this, as their policies are subject to change. Please allow some extra time at check-in if you plan to buy the Cuban tourist visa on your date of departure. Cuban Visas typically cost $50-$75 depending on the airline.
There are plenty of yellow taxis waiting outside of the terminal to get you directly to the resort. Taxis are around $35 USD and only a 20 minute ride to the center.
There are NO ATMs in Cuba. It is advised to bring cash and exchange your cash at the airport for CUC (Cuban Pesos)
There is not wifi at the retreat center. However, you can arrange for $1/hour Wifi cards if needed!
There are no vaccines needed traveling to Cuba.
Claro que si! Yes, we are happy to pair you up with others in a double or triple occupancy. If no pairing is available, single occupancy rates apply.
Yes! We have a Facebook group for all booked guests and aim to connect everyone prior to their travel into Cuba so you can arrange meet ups and share taxis. We know traveling to a foreign country can be intimidating so we are here to guide you along the way!
We will provide you with a full confirmation email regarding travel & packing tips upon booking!
  • About
  • Yoga
  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Food
  • Pricing
  • Travel
  • FAQ

The Experience

  • The purpose of this retreat is to practice Yoga with a loving community, connect with the people of Cuba and understand the Yoga practice that extends far off the mat. Our mission of practicing poses, breath and mindfulness on the mat, is to share this awareness beyond just the yoga shala. Daily intentions, mantras and offerings will be encouraged to support your Yoga practice on & off the mat.
  • In collaboration with the Cuban Yoga community, we will practice Yoga with Eduardo Pimentel, the father of Yoga in Cuba, to learn about the history of Yoga in Cuba and have the opportunity to connect with Eduardo and his students.
  • Expect lots of time to rest and play, you’ll be given the opportunity to participate in cultural offerings like salsa dancing, cuban cigar rolling, horseback riding & vintage convertible rides. You'll also the option to sit back and relax, completely designing the retreat week you desire.
  • This retreat provides an authentic experience to connect with the true island lifestyle. The island culture, organic food movement and white-sand beaches are a few reasons you may never want to leave Cuba, but what will end up capturing your heart is the people.
  • The lesson to take from Cuba, is that of happiness with the present moment. The people are always laughing, dancing, making the most of every situation, and hopefully after a week retreat to Cuba, you will too!

The Yoga

  • For travelers, yogis and adventurers who are seeking a unique experience to connect with the authentic culture & community of Cuba.
  • Gather on the Yoga shala twice a day to practice Yoga Asana, Pranayama and Meditation.
  • Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin classes will be offered, tailored to all levels.
  • Daily intentions, mantras and mindful gratitude practices will be offered each day on & off the mat.
  • Share a day with the Cuban Yoga Association and Eduardo Pimentel, the father of Yoga in Cuba, to learn about the history of Yoga in Cuba and practice Yoga with Eduardo and his students.

The Accommodation

  • The Mahi Yoga Beach Resort Center
  • Retreat to Cuba’s first ever Yoga retreat center on the beaches of Guanabo, Cuba and retreat yourself in the warm Cuban sun. The peaceful and secluded atmosphere of Guanabo is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation for your mind, body and soul.
  • Our Cuba Retreat center is located only 30 minutes outside of Havana, affording you the opportunity to explore the city during the day or night and always having a peaceful space to come back to.
  • Our family & friends of Cuba hire only local staff, creating a close-nit family of loving & caring individuals. There is a common room, library, kitchen & outdoor Yoga shala available for our use. Each bedroom has air-conditioning, hot-water showers, closet space & a private bathroom.

Activities & Excursions

  • Salsa Lessons: Learn to Salsa dance with a professional Cuban dance team
  • Havana Day Trip: Discover the city of Havana, what it is and the history of what it was riding around in vintage convertibles. We'll have a group lunch in the city & catch sunset on the Malecon, which walls the entire city of Havana overlooking the ocean.
  • Horseback Riding in Vinales: Retreat overnight to Vinales, the organic farmlands of Cuba to get a true taste of Cuba’s organic food movement! Horseback ride through the farms, connect with local farmers, roll Cuban cigars and practice yoga on the mountain top.

Food & Nourishment

  • Nourish your soul with local handcrafted meals lovingly prepared by Mhai Yoga’s family staff.
  • Mealtimes are a huge part of the retreat experience and Cuba offers all organic, hand prepped nourishing meals
  • All meals are organic with pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Details & Pricing

Save $200 with early bird pricing 3 months prior to retreat start! Early bird pricing ends November 1st 2019.

Double
Occupancy
Single
Occupancy
Early Bird
Special:
$2790
Early Bird
Special:
$2990
Regular
Price:
$2990
Regular
Price:
$3190

To Reserve Your Space:

  • A $500 nonrefundable deposit is requested to reserve your space. Remaining payments are due prior to 60 days of retreat start.
  • Payment plans are available with monthly or bimonthly payments.
  • If traveling solo, we can pair individuals in double or triple occupancies. If we are unable to pair you with a partner, single occupancy rates apply.
  • Spaces are limited and first come, first serve! Prices listed are per person.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation 8-days and 7-nights accommodations at the Mhai Yoga Beach Retreat Center
  • Food 3 organic, hand prepared meals a day (pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free options available). Daily juices, coffee and tea.
  • Yoga 2 Yoga classes a day with Lotus Retreats instructors (Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative & Yin styles for all levels)
  • Special Guests 3 Classes with Eduardo Pimentel, the father of Yoga in Cuba
  • Salsa Class Salsa dance lesson with professional Cuban team
  • Workshops Additional Yoga workshops, meditations and group activities
  • Havana Day Trip Day trip to Havana in vintage convertibles with lunch included.
  • Overnight Excursion Overnight trip to Vinales farmland with transportation, accommodations, meals, horseback riding, cigar rolling & a sunrise hike.
  • Cacao Ceremony
  • Celebration Dinner with Live Music
  • Guided Travel Expertise & Travel Tips
  • Goodie bags from our Cuba Retreat sponsors!

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Getting There

  • We will provide each retreat guest with an approved document for visiting Cuba. Your travel is legally authorized as an educational people-to-people tour in "support of the Cuban people" and partners with only private companies, nothing government ran.
  • Once you arrive in Cuba, we will have organized transportation to pick you up and take you directly to the retreat center!

Retreat FAQ

Havana Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), Cuba.
Flights are not included in the retreat week price. Roundtrip flights to/from the Havana airport are around $300-$500 USD.
Yes. For travelers departing from the United States, US airlines now offer the option to buy the Cuban tourist visa on the day of departure at the check-in counter or at the departure gate. Check the confirmation email from your airline to confirm this, as their policies are subject to change. Please allow some extra time at check-in if you plan to buy the Cuban tourist visa on your date of departure. Cuban Visas typically cost $50-$75 depending on the airline.
There are plenty of yellow taxis waiting outside of the terminal to get you directly to the resort. Taxis are around $35 USD and only a 20 minute ride to the center.
There are NO ATMs in Cuba. It is advised to bring cash and exchange your cash at the airport for CUC (Cuban Pesos)
There is not wifi at the retreat center. However, you can arrange for $1/hour Wifi cards if needed!
There are no vaccines needed traveling to Cuba.
Claro que si! Yes, we are happy to pair you up with others in a double or triple occupancy. If no pairing is available, single occupancy rates apply.
Yes! We have a Facebook group for all booked guests and aim to connect everyone prior to their travel into Cuba so you can arrange meet ups and share taxis. We know traveling to a foreign country can be intimidating so we are here to guide you along the way!
We will provide you with a full confirmation email regarding travel & packing tips upon booking!

Guanabo, Cuba Welcomes You

The lesson to take from Cuba, is that of happiness with the present moment. The people are always laughing, dancing, making the most of every situation, and hopefully after a week retreat to Cuba, you will too!

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Marina Chupac

 

Yoga Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • Certification: 200-Hour Elemental Flow YTT, Guatemala
  • Licensed Attorney in the State of Michigan since 2011
Marina is a passionate, inspiring soul with a wandering spirit. She spends the majority of her life traveling the world, immersing herself in different cultures. Spirituality became the driving force in her life in 2013, which led her directly to yoga. She knew early on that it would become not only a practice but a lifestyle. Marina believes that yoga is an effective tool to alleviate anxiety and create balance. Her style of teaching brings a light-hearted energy to her students as she focuses on alignment and helps students find their edge.

When she is not downward dogging, she is a criminal defense attorney who advocates for those on the wrong side of the legal system. In her home state of Michigan, she is known as “The Hippie Lawyer”, where she takes a special interest in helping clients with substance abuse and addiction. She uses the yogic philosophy to help guide her clients through the legal process while bringing holistic healing into their lives to facilitate real changes. Marina completed a 200 hour Elemental Flow training in the mystical forests of Guatemala with the Kula Collective. Upon her return home, she opened a new office that houses a yoga studio and full kitchen in the lower level.

She teaches yoga and hosts other wellness related events in her space to help her clients and the community “Practice Life Better”. Marina realizes that we thrive in unity, and works hard to share her knowledge of yoga and conscious living with her community.

Maria Friederichs

Yoga Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • 500-Hour RYT Michelle Mazur Yoga, LA, CA
  • 95- Hour RCYT, Iowa City IA
  • Thai Yoga Level 1, Iowa City, IA
Maria is a passionate believer in sharing her colorful light to the world. She loves to connect with her students, supporting them in inner balance and allowing asana practice to gracefully guide them through challenges of the outer world. She offers a place for students to feel safe in exploration of his/her self and to enjoy a practice expanding beyond limits of the mind. Maria earned her 200 Hour Yoga training certification in a magical yurt in Los Angeles, CA. She enjoyed her group and the training so much that she continued to achieve her 500 Hour there as well. Her love for teaching and the body has inspired her to continue her education, expanding into Kids Yoga, Thai Massage, and Specialty Workshops. She currently resides in Iowa City, IA where she teaches regular classes and continues to fulfill her passion by following her heart and embracing the yogi journey.

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Ryann Tillman

Yoga Instructor & Fascial Stretch Therapist

Certifications:

  • 500-Hour RYT, Passion Yoga, Costa Rica
  • 200-Hour ERYT, Ayur Eco Ashram, Mysore India
  • Fascial Stretch Therapist, Stretch To Win, Arizona

Ryann believes that yoga has the power to positively transform our lives. She earned her 200 hour yoga teaching certification while living and studying in an ashram in Mysore, India. She traveled to the birthplace of yoga in search of a traditional and authentic yoga education and experience. Once back in the states she became a full time yoga teacher and never looked back. 

She teaches a Hatha inspired class with an emphasis on breath, awareness, and body control. She aims to make each class feel steeped in Indian tradition and lineage. After a few years of teaching she decided that it was time to drive deeper into the transformational healing side of yoga and expand her knowledge as a teacher and student. She earned her 500 hour teaching certification in the magical jungles of Costa Rica with Passion Yoga.

Since her time in the jungle Ryann still teaches classes full time and teaches in yoga teacher trainings. Her path also led her to Fascial Stretch Therapy(fst) as a way to help speed the physical healing/recovery process and flexibility that yoga offers. With yoga and FST Ryann has a passion to guide people towards a more connected, positive, and healthy life.