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9 Days “Oshun Goddess” Women of Color Healing Retreat in Cuba - 9 Days

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In today’s world, where we all want to be perfect, we sometimes forget who we are and where we come from. That is why our Women of Color Healing Retreat seeks to awaken in you, the goddess that you are. To face the world full of pride for your origins and have in your hand the power of spiritual healing.

Why you will heal in this Women of Color Healing Retreat in Cuba?

Oshún is the Orisha represented by the river, honey and sweetness, love and fertility, gold and femininity. We dedicate this retreat of Women of Color to this Afro-Cuban goddess. In addition, Oshún has magical powers and love for her daughters. Oshún Goddess will heal and protect us during this trip through Cuba.

In this retreat you will heal in a different way, knowing where you come from, will let you know where to go. Remember that you are a beautiful and unique being.

Who is this Healing Retreat for?

Above all, this trip is a wonderful concept for women who seek to learn more about Afro-Cuban spirituality and their own spirituality. Yalorde Yoga, as an Afro-Cuban woman, invites you to heal in a community. Heal in a different way, stepping into your own truth.

Healing activities and workshops that you receive during this retreat:

Afro Cuban dances workshops:

In these workshops, you will learn the main Afro Cuban dances and the representative dances of each Orisha.

These movements intend to imitate nature and contain a rich variety of songs, dances, touches, masks, and attributes.

The Afro-Cuban dance has come to save our existence, to corroborate our belonging to a legacy inherited from African grandparents, legends, and myths.

Orisha healing ceremony:

This healing ceremony will include healings with flowers, dances, songs, stamps, and herbs.

Excursion to the temples of Yemaya, Virgen de La Mercedes, San Lázaro, and Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre (in Havana).

Healing activities and workshops that you receive during this retreat:

Afro Cuban dances workshops:

In these workshops, you will learn the main Afro Cuban dances and the representative dances of each Orisha.

These movements intend to imitate nature and contain a rich variety of songs, dances, touches, masks, and attributes.

The Afro-Cuban dance has come to save our existence, to corroborate our belonging to a legacy inherited from African grandparents, legends, and myths.

Orisha healing ceremony:

This healing ceremony will include healings with flowers, dances, songs, stamps, and herbs.

“Meet the Orishas” workshop:

In this interactive workshop, “Meet the Orishas”, you will learn how our ancestors, in their efforts to hide their African religion and their magical practices, identified their African deities (Orishas) with the saints of Catholicism, resulting in a religious syncretism known today as Santería.

This workshop will be conducted by Afro-Cuban women practitioners who will share with you their knowledge which they have inherited from previous generations.

Excursion to the temples of Yemaya, Virgen de La Mercedes, San Lázaro, and Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre (in Havana):

On this healing excursion, we will visit temples of Catholic Saints (Orishas deities) that most visit the premises.

This will be a great opportunity to observe and recognize each Orisha while you are healed with the unparalleled tranquility and spirituality that characterizes these temples.

For this trip, Yalorde Yoga recommends you bring white clothes.

Afro Cuban music workshop:

A folkloric musical expression whose root is located in the African language brought to Cuba during the Spanish colonization on the island.

The hot music, sensual rumba, guaguancó, toque de Santo, songs, Abakuá, and Congolese songs, and the communication with the dead converge.

  • Hatha yoga sessions
  • Loving and Kindness Meditation Session
  • Behind our African Roots in Cuba Excursion
  • Self Acceptance Session Circle
  • Learning how to respect my African ancestors Spiritual Session

The classes that will be carried out during our yoga retreat, are all planned to avoid in this way an unnecessarily difficult practice and that it may cause injuries to our clients.

Ludisis Mones our certified yoga instructor will offer you a range of asana, pranayama and meditation sequences, so you can choose which sequence is best suited to your self-exploration.

Instead of thinking about asanas held for a long time as static, we will encourage you to perform small adjustment movements that provide stronger stability and more comfort for breathing, body, and mind.

The Hatha yoga classes will gradually go from the simple to the complex in this way the body opens more easily and consequently more safely.

In our classes, we will enter the stillness from the moment we step on the Mat, during the most intense phases of practice and even in savasana. We hope you will join us and enjoy our yoga retreat. We have prepared it with love.

Day 1
“Bienvenida a Cuba”

Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport (HAV).

The transfer to our “Casa Particular” (guest house) is around 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will warmly welcome you and show you your room.

In the afternoon, meet in our community and we will have a welcome dinner in a restaurant of typical Cuban food in the heart of Havana with live music.

Day 2
“Discovering Havana and Healing with the Orishas”

In the morning today, a relaxing Hatha yoga session will prepare you for the rest of the activities of the day.

Our local hosts will prepare a delicious breakfast in which you will be delighted with tropical fruits such as guava, mango, or papaya.

To immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Cuban capital; today, we will have a walking tour through Old Havana in English. Old Havana is one of the fifteen municipalities of the province of Havana.

We will enter into its historic center which, together with its system of fortifications, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO.

This historical tour will be followed by a healing tour where we will visit temples of Catholic Saints (Orishas deities). In the afternoon, an activity that will change your life comes: “Meet the Orishas Workshop”.

Day 3
“Healing in Nature”

Enjoy a healthy breakfast in our Casa Particular, as today we embark on a trip to the Viñales Valley.

To the west of the Cuban provinces, its main attraction is its natural beauty.

Today, we will visit the natural cathedral of Cuba, the province of “Pinar del Rio” is not only famous for the Viñales Valley, Unesco’s world cultural landscape, but also for cultivating the best tobacco in the world.

In Viñales, you will have an excursion to the tobacco plantations in which you will learn about the best tobacco in the world and you will get to know the protagonists of Cuban tobacco cultivation.

Today, you will have free time to discover this natural treasure.

In the afternoon, we will return to Havana where we will have a moment of community when creating our “Self Acceptance Session Circle”.

Day 4
“Behind our African Roots”

Undoubtedly, today will be a day of strong emotion for all of us because we will visit the National Museum of the Slave Route, in the Castle of San Severino in Matanzas.

This museum that seeks to rescue the history of African slavery, is the first of its kind in America and has four rooms: the House of Commander, archaeological presentation, slavery, and the Orishas.

They exhibit objects, pieces, photographs, and belongings that illustrate the horrors of the slave era.

After lunch, we will go to our next destination. The incomparable beach of Varadero where we will spend the next two nights.

Sunset yoga session on the beach will be the activity that concludes this day full of emotions.

Day 5
“Varadero, the most beautiful beach to heal”

Delight yourself with an exquisite breakfast in our Casa Particular in Varadero while you feel the sea breeze.

Today, you will have free time to do aquatic activities or simply relax on the white sands of Varadero Beach.

In the afternoon, an introductory workshop to the Afro-Cuban Dances.

In addition, offering to the Orisha Yemayá in the sea will transmit you love, joy, and unique healing.

Day 6
“Loving and kindness healing meditation”

Today, first of all, we will begin the day with a tasty breakfast prepared by your local hosts at Casa Particular in Varadero.

Then, we will start a trip to Trinidad; the so-called museum city of Cuba.

This colonial jewel has a main square surrounded by magnificent 18th-century buildings such as the Sanchez Iznaga palaces, and the church of the Holy Trinity.

Here, Spanish and African traditions are blended and flourish in a culture passed on from one generation to the other.

Before arriving at our villa in front of the sea, we will make a stop to be pleased with Cienfuegos, a city that dazzles for its French architecture.

At dusk, love will be the one that will heal you with a yoga class dedicated to loving others and loving yourself. After a meditation session on loving, kindness will close the day.

Day 7
“Dancing in a Natural Cave”

Starting the day with joy is one of the greatest healings one can have.

That’s why this morning, we will start with a Cuban casino salsa class. Get ready to move your hips to the beat of the drum.

The Topes de Collantes Natural Park, an immense protected area that owns 45% of the endemic birds of the country awaits you for an optional hiking excursion (not included).

In the evening, we invite you to dance salsa in one of the most impressive clubs in Cuba.

This dance hall is inside a natural cave and is the perfect place to share with locals.

Day 8
“Knowing your Ancestors”

In the morning today; after breakfast, we will embark a trip to Havana in a private car.

In Havana, an Orisha healing ceremony that will include healings with flowers, dances, songs, stamps, and herbs, will be a precious moment of reunification with your inner being.

Learning how to respect our African ancestors’ workshop will give you an introduction to Cuban forms of communication with the ancestors. This is an interactive cultural workshop with locals.

Day 9
“Healing Body, Mind, and Soul in Cuba”

Breakfast in our Casa Particular. To say goodbye to our new sisters, we will have an offering ceremony at the river.

All of us daughters of Oshun, dressed in yellow will offer to our mother sunflowers, honey, candles, and whatever you want to offer her.

To thank is an act of healing on its own, and on this day, we will have much to thank our ancestors.

What is included?

  • Local Afro Cuban guide always at your disposal.
  • Hatha yoga class and meditation sessions.
  • Walking tour of Old Havana in English.
  • 8 nights accommodation in beautiful Premium Casas Particulares in Havana, Varadero and Trinidad.
  • All airports transfers.
  • Excursions in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad.
  • Transportation to and from Havana, Viñales, Varadero, and Trinidad.
  • All breakfasts at your Casa Particular (Premium Guest House).
  • Afro Cuban music workshop.
  • Hatha yoga sessions.
  • Loving and kindness meditation session.
  • Behind our African Roots in Cuba excursion.
  • Self-acceptance session circle.
  • Learning how to respect your African ancestors' spiritual session.
  • Orisha healing ceremony.
  • Excursion to the temples of Yemaya, Virgen de La Mercedes, San Lázaro, and Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre (in Havana).

What is not included?

  • Flights, visas, and travel insurance.
  • Lunches and dinners.
  • Transfer in your free time and to the optional activities.
  • Tips for drivers.
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable if the booking is canceled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
  • Read our Terms and Conditions and our Retreat participant waiver for more information.

During this event, 8 nights of accommodation are included. You will enjoy the privacy of your private room with a private bathroom in each destination.

Main entrance Casa Particular Trinidad

In Havana, we will stay in a Premium Casa Particular that has great comfort and enjoys one of the best locations in the capital. Located steps from the majestic University of Havana, this accommodation, allows you to appreciate the colorful and unique life of the “habaneros” and appreciate cultural and historical places that are just a few meters away.

In Trinidad, we will stay in Villa that is more than 80 years old, this Casa Particular is surrounded by the sea, the Escambray mountains make the air pure and they are a beautiful sight. In this accommodation, you will enjoy incomparable sunsets. I recommend you try the piña colada that your hostess Lisandra makes while you swing in one of the hammocks and contemplate the sunset!

The breakfast includes exotic tropical fruits, omelet, natural juices, fresh bread, homemade jams, Cuban desserts, milk and the best coffee in the world: Cuba’s!

In Trinidad, our hostesses Lisandra and Sonia will cook delicious traditional food from the Santi Spiritus region, without a doubt this will be a great opportunity to enter their kitchen and learn how to prepare some of these delicious dishes.

If you prefer vegetarian food, please let us know when you make your reservation and we will provide vegetarian dishes.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From EUR  2,199/person
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Trip Facts

  • Private Vehicle
  • Max 6 People
  • All levels are welcome
  • Ludisis Mones
  • 16
  • Cuba
  • (HAV) Jose Martí International Airport of Havana