Experience the raw beauty and excitement of Havana, Cuba! Our magical retreat features twice-daily yoga practices ranging from powerful and strengthening to deeply relaxing and restoring. Beyond our journey on the mat, this adventure is full of energy, soul and sun. Imagine riding in the passenger seat of a beautiful vintage car, soaking up the stunning countryside. Or relaxing poolside, sipping on natural sugar cane juice or indulging in a refreshing mojito. Make new friends while embracing the vibrant art scene and salsa dancing through the night before returning to a serene, gorgeous beach town waiting to lull you to sleep with the sounds of the ocean.
With cultural influences from Europe, North America and Africa throughout its history, Cuba has developed a dynamic and rich lifestyle all its own. Cuban culture is world renowned, especially for its music, art and history. It’s a vibrant country full of eclectic art forms, poetry, dancing, singing, stimulating conversation, and incredibly friendly and hospitable people. Cuba may not be wealthy in a monetary sense but if you approach this transformational trip with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from the Cuban people will ensure you have a rich and rewarding experience.
Our retreat home is a charming, retro-rustic bungalow on the beautiful Playa Santa Maria outside of Havana. The villa features a swimming pool, yoga deck, beautiful dining area, common spaces, and single and double rooms. It’s the perfect place to relax by the pool or on the beach, sipping a mojito after an exciting day of exploring Havana and taking in the rich Cuban culture. Breakfast will include fresh tropical fruit and juices which will be accompanied by a Cuban style spread and local coffee. For lunch and dinner we have the pleasure of dining in some of the best restaurants in Havana. Our culinary picks include some of the hardest reservations to come by in the city! Samy Mattei is a people lover, soul stirrer, magic believer, smile setter, love spreader, and yoga teacher. She brings an intentional and fun-filled experience to her classes with high-vibin’ music, creative movement and a sprinkle of what she likes to call ‘yoga magic.’ She aspires to create a community of inclusion, wellness and connection. Samy specializes in teaching special populations (including children’s and adaptive) and hopes to be at the forefront of a “Yoga for EveryBODY” revolution.
On this retreat, plan for yoga classes that foster connection through a lot of sweat and smiles! She’ll keep yoga practice light, playful and open to ALL levels. Samy aims to leave you feeling inspired, successful and blissed-out as you strengthen body, focus mind, and rejuvenate spirit. We’ll wrap up each class with soothing, sweet and supportive postures to find release, recovery. and well-deserved rest. And when we roll up our mats, prepare to feel closer to hOMe in yourself, and with each other. This trip is a once in a lifetime journey, and we cannot wait for you to join us!
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