Cuba - Yoga, Art, Culture

Away Inward Retreats is excited to announce our inaugural journey to Cuba. Rich in history, culture, food and dance, this will be an eye-opening, photo taking immersion into a time past. Let us guide you on an unforgettable adventure into the sun baked island and away from the cold of winter.

~ Yoga ~ Art ~ Culture ~ Excursions ~ Gait Classes ~ Cigars ~ Relaxation ~ Rejuvenation ~

Our days in Havana will be filled with walking tours of Old Havana, Plaza de Revolucion, a trip to the National Museum of Fine Arts, a trip to Hemingway's Finca Vigia home, shopping in local markets, cabaret shows at Club Tropicana, paddleboard yoga (SUP), a day to trip to Playas del Este, lunches and dinners in favorite Cuban restaurants like La Bodeguito del Medio (home of the mojito), El Aljibe, EL Litoral, evenings out at the incredible Fabrica De Arte and more.

Walk the Streets of Old Havana
The buildings are decorated in a mix of Baroque and Neoclassical styles and many of the villas, built a century ago, still stand proudly, though many are in shabby condition. Look carefully, and you’ll see handcrafted tiles, delicate artwork in the ironwork of balconies and balance in curved arcades hidden in alleyways and tucked away in private courtyards. You’ll find gorgeous flowers in planters around doorways. (Wonder why you might notice an empty eggshell perched on top of a flower pot? It’s to deter pesky birds from picking on the flower’s delicate petals).

Explore Jose Fuster’s Neighborhood
On the outskirts of Havana is a section of town called Jaimanitas. Artist Jose Fuster took what was once a forgotten neighborhood and over the course of 30 years transformed his home and those of at least 80 of his neighbors into giant pieces of art. Slowly but surely, he’s taken the time to turn blank, boring walls into massive mosaics. Inspired by his travels around the world, Fuster’s mosaics are an explosion of bright colors, depicting hearts, mermaids and palm trees. Nothing is sacred – even swimming pools and chimneys are covered with mosaics! Even better, Fuster recruited neighborhood kids to join him in creating these incredible art projects that require painstaking patience and skill.

Wander Colon Cemetery
Found in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, the 140-acre Colon Cemetery is one of the largest and most important cemeteries in the world. Many of Cuba’s greatest political dignitaries and sports figures are buried here. The gravesites and mausoleums that house the deceased citizens are elaborate, costing as much as the equivalent of a million dollars at one time, due to their size and detailed masonry work with marble imported from Europe. At this necropolis, location is everything – the closer a grave is to the main chapel, the more important the person’s standing in society.
One of the most touching gravesites is that of Amelia Goyri de Adot, who died in 1901 and was buried along with her infant son. Her distraught husband visited the grave faithfully, always leaving behind flowers and knocking gently on the lid of the burial vault to let her know he was there. Years later, her body was exhumed and found to be in an unusually preserved state. More interesting, the baby, who had been buried at her feet, was now nestled in her arms. To this day, visitors who find the grave will knock on the vault, whisper their name and a special wish, leave behind flowers or a small gift, and then carefully walk backwards away from the grave as a sign of respect.

Learn About Santeria
Practitioners of Santeria are easy to spot around Cuba and elsewhere in the world because they are dressed in pristine white clothing from head to toe. This Afro-Caribbean religion grew from the slave trade on the island as early as 1515. Also distinct in Santeria is the strong belief in deeply spiritual rituals and ceremonies, some of which involve healing holistic practices using herbs and rhythmic music and dancing, often overseen by high priests or “santeros.”

Take a Joy Ride In A Classic Car
Thousands of colorful American classic cars are found around every street corner in Havana. You can negotiate a nostalgic and fun taxi ride around town for 20 CUCs (the local currency)or more, depending on how far you travel. There is nothing better than finding a convertible taxi on a sunny day in Havana to drive you along the “malecon” (waterfront). You have your choice of hues on cars that vary from mint green to hot pink to a tropical teal. Your joyride will probably involve some loud, toe-tapping rhumba, Afro-Cuban jazz or salsa on the radio, so grab your sunglasses, hang on tight and go!

We will also visit

- Callejon de Hamel - Afro-Cuban Art Village - spectacular living gallery with so much life and amazing art to buy. Very spiritual, santeria dancing and art
- Paladars — private restaurants, often out of people’s homes…it is a fairly new concept in cuba, which has made the food scene far better since the days of only government owned restaurants)
- Varadero Beach - white sand beach, warm water, and they’ll bring drinks to you right in the ocean. A couple hours outside Havana. Beautiful drive
- Fabrica De Arte Cubana - “factory of arts” - a factory turned multi-story art and music and night spot -- it's incredible.
- Hire a fleet of classic convertibles and ride around at sunset.
- Jazz Cafe - perfect cozy quintessential jazz club
- Buena Vista Social Club - some of the original members still play…you can’t miss it

Jan 22 - 28, 2017

$3950.00 USD

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Price includes everything upon arrival to retreat center.

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  • Dates Jan 22 - 28, 2017
  • Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Location: Havana, Cuba
  • Airport: Jose Marti International Airport
  • Trekking: We Hope
  • Fee: $3950 USD


  • Art Galleries
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Cultural Dance
  • Gourmet Cuisine
  • Excursions
  • Hikes
  • Musuems
  • SUP
  • City Tours
  • Optional: Santero Healing Practices