Soul Zest Retreat

Yoga + Culture in Cuba with Colin Brightfield

March 9-16 2019. just 15 min. from Old Havana at a hidden tropical paradise

Soul Zest Retreat Take the trip you’ve always dreamed of taking: eight days and seven nights in Cuba! Savor sunrise meditation and yoga by the beach at our retreat center in the tropical paradise of Playa Del Este just fifteen minutes from Old Havana. Dive into local culture with salsa dance lessons, sustainable organic farm tours, stand up paddle-boarding, a trip to Hemingway’s Finca Vigia residence, beach and relaxation time, cigar tours by horseback, nights out at Fabrica De Arte, sunset meditations overlooking the Caribbean, authentic cafe con leches, an overnight excursion to the stunningly beautiful mountain region of Vinales, special yoga practices with celebrated Cuban yoga teacher Eduardo Pimentel, vintage cars, amazing dinners and an unforgettable adventure full of inspiring and unique experiences only to be found in Cuba. You have just arrived at a tropical paradise on the beach of Cuba for a magical week of exploration, adventure and bliss with Jai Rhythm and Colin Brightfield.

We will begin each day with a meditation and a fun all-levels flow yoga practice led by Colin Brightfield in this beautiful and the only yoga pavilion in the entire country of Cuba. Following yoga, we will enjoy breakfast and then either relax at the retreat center and beach or get ready to explore and have adventures. We are grateful to be sharing the yoga practices with Eduardo Pimentel. He is the president and Founder of the non-governmental, Cuban Yoga Association (CYA). He studied yoga by mail with BKS Iyengar. He has worked and practiced with some of the greatest yogis such as Krishna Kaur and Deepak Chopra on their Havana visits. Pimentel is a humble man, known for his patience and sense of humor. He lightens every class with his joyful spirit and his endless knowledge and expertise. He eagerly welcomes new students as he loves to share the path of joy, healing and yoga. We will get to experience practicing with Eduardo one morning and meet some of his students!   Retreat Highlights Include: - 7 nights beach-chic accommodations at Mhai Yoga - Delicious, organic & nourishing breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily - Yoga & meditation practices daily led by Colin Brightfield - Group salsa dance lessons - Guided walking tour of Old Havana with English speaking local guide and lunch at a famous Havana restaurant - Insider insight into Cuban life and culture - Visit to Hemingway’s Finca Vigia residence - Tour of local urban organic farm - Guided tour of Old Havana with English speaking guide - Overnight excursion side trip to UNESCO World Heritage region Vinales, enjoy a guided horseback tour of an organic tobacco farm and time for exploring the area - Special yoga practices with celebrated Cuban yoga teacher Eduardo Pimentel - Nights out in Havana dancing and enjoying live music - Raw adventure and fun everywhere you turn - Fun loving community and relaxed, laid back vibe

Our host's chef and his assistant are highly experienced, 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 seafood on two days. Cuban coffee, herbal tea, water and fresh fruit smoothies are always available.   Cuba is a magical place and we will be your guides to soaking up all the wonder and beauty the country and people have to offer. Some of the most amazing parts of Cuba are hidden or difficult to access without digging deep into their culture. We have the connections and experience to provide an unparalleled adventure that cannot be had anywhere else in the world. Everything in Cuba is different than anywhere else you may have traveled in the world. Service can be very slow, customer service is not excellent, and itinerary items and even the specific hotel selection may change without notice based on availability. Cuba may be considered a third world country, but Cubans are warm and friendly and they maintain a first world culture. They want to meet you and talk with you. But you should adjust your expectations - you're not on a luxury vacation; consider it more like an adventure trip where you need to be a bit more flexible than usual.

Retreat Location:
Havana, Cuba

March 9-16 2019.
(610) 203-4704

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