Kathy Parsons

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DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT
MHAI YOGA AND WELLNESS RETREAT IN HAVANA, CUBA

February 25th – March 4th, 2017
Please ask about guaranteed single rooms!
For ALL inquires regarding the retreat please contact info@mhaiyoga.com or kathyparsons2@gmail.com
Full schedule and details also available at http://www.retreatinsider.net/

7 Nights Yoga Retreat in Havana, Cuba

Join other like-minded souls from around the world for a week or organic, healthy foods, long quiet beaches, and invigorating yoga practice only minutes away from what has been named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, Havana, Cuba.  This is not your typical tourist resort; our villas are located in an area where many locals vacation and the Mhai Yoga team are like a warm, welcoming family. 

This retreat combines the best of both worlds – beach and cultural immersion! We’re only a 15 minute drive to Havana, and there are frequent buses that stop just outside of our villa!

In addition to two top-notch daily yoga classes and being immersed in the friendly, welcoming Cuban culture, you’ll have the opportunity to practice yoga in a park overlooking Old Havana, experience local cuisine, tour this unique and vibrant city, visit a world class organic farm, paddle board in a beautifully calm lagoon, try your hand at kite surfing (optional), choose a spa service, or simply relax on a hammock.  This retreat is about you, and you choosing to do whatever will make you feel your best! 

Each day begins with an optional sunrise meditation on the beach (worth waking up early for!), followed by an hour and a half of a moving meditation and yoga class. The vinyasa flow style yoga taught by Kathy Parsons, is a creative sequence of hatha poses designed to encourage students to connect their body, mind, and spirit through strengthening, lengthening and opening. The classes are set to inspiring music and incorporate a special savassana massage. The classes are suitable for all levels of yogi’s. 

KP’s aim is to have every student finish class feeling lighter and more grounded than they were when they started (and smiling and laughter is encouraged!). 

The second yoga class (usually in the late afternoon or evening) will be more restorative in nature or will be an alignment-focused workshop. These will be led by one of the most experienced, talented Iyengar trained teachers in the world, Eduardo Pimentel! He has been called the Grandfather of Yoga in Cuba, and he’s also a warm and kind person with an amazing sense of humour.

Everyone has the opportunity for a one on one session with Eduardo.

There are three organic, healthy meals served each day by an expert local chef using only the best ingredients grown nearby. Although mainly vegetarian, there will be fish and chicken served at some of the meals and there is unlimited coffee and tea (We’re healthy, but not restrictive! If you feel like a cuba libra, beer or a glass of wine, there is a local bar on the property).

There is lots of free time in the afternoon to read on the beach, or to paddle board on a beautiful nearby lagoon. For those who would love to try a new water sport, you can sign up for lessons with the experienced and talented teachers from Cuba Kite Village! 

We’ll also have a salsa dancing class (to get you ready for a night out in Havana if you so choose) and of course, hammocks at your disposal). 

After dinner each evening, there will be a workshop or a bonfire and plenty of time for socializing or chilling.

$1,650 CAD based on double occupancy
$300 single supplement

Package Includes: 

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Yoga classes per day
  • 3 Freshly prepared organic vegetarian meals daily, vegan options available for all meals
  • Unlimited filtered water, herbal tea and coffee
  • Morning meditation
  • One private class with Eduardo Pimentel
  • Daily workshops and activities
  • Visit to a local orgaponico – famous urban organic garden
  • Aromatherapy workshop. Learn about natural remedies
  • Salsa lessons
  • Stand up paddle demonstration
  •  Bonfire with live music

·      1 guided visit to discover beautiful old Havana (Lunch included on first excursion and transport and free time in Havana on the second excursion)

  •       Lots of free time for the beach
  •       Use of swimming pool and other facilities on the villa grounds. Note:  Guests will have the option to use the Paddle Boards daily and for an extra cost and to take Kitesurfing lessons. 

Not Included in the Price: 

  •      International flights
  •       Airport transfer (we can assist with booking the transfer from Havana or Varadero airports)
  •       Alcoholic beverages
  •       Optional activities
  •       Spa services
  •       Tips and gratuities
  •       Travel insurance
  •       Cuba tourist card 

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS: HARMONY VILLAS

Located only 15 minutes away from the spectacular city of Havana, this beach is renowned for its pristine white sands and crystal aquamarine waters. This beautifully secluded atmosphere is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenating your mind, body and soul.

Beautiful beach villas surrounded by lush plants and tropical flowers are the perfect setting for your yoga journey.

These villas are situated just steps away from the beach. Take serenity on the outdoor terraces, perfect for reading or sunset meditation. All rooms are spacious, comfortable, include air conditioning and en suite-bathroom. There are single or double occupancy options. The villas are partially sustained with solar panels, as all water is naturally heated. Your stay will be unique and unforgettable.

Villas Include:

  •  Daily housekeeping service
  •  Queen bed/single occupancy, Twin beds/Double occupancy with 3 – 4 bedrooms per villa.
  •  Towels, linens and toiletries provided and changed
  •  Kitchen fully equipped
  •  Common dining hall for all students
  •  Internet on site (Available for extra cost…But, it’s slow! It’s a nice excuse to ‘disconnect’)
  •  Laundry (Available for extra cost)
  •  Swimming pool
  •  Local restaurants, Cafés and small grocery store

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If you are ready to book please contact Ryan Bond to register
Ryan Bond
Team Leader Flight Center
(Phone) 416 322 5333 | (Toll Free) 1855 442 9783 | (Email) ryan.bond@flightcentre.ca

Hours: Monday to Friday – 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Saturdays 11:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M

Prices are per person in CAD, based on shared accommodation in a standard room. If you are travelling alone but are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a traveller of the same sex at no additional cost. If none are available, a single supplement of $300 will apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at time of booking to secure your spot on the trip; final payment is due 45 days prior to departure.Trip operates with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 24. Please ask us about affordable airfares. Proof of insurance is mandatory; if you need to purchase trip cancellation or health insurance please inquire. This itinerary is a guideline and is subject to change. Tour is operated by Flight Center 368 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, M5N 1A2

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About your teacher
Kathy Parsons

Kathy, a self-professed ‘retreat addict’, has been travelling around the world to various yoga and/or fitness retreats for over 10 years. Craving the energy and balance gained from the retreat experience on a more continuous basis, Kathy left her corporate position and became a certified yoga teacher. Her speciality is vinyasa flow, and her classes incorporate creative movements that strengthen and lengthen the body while staying connected to the breath.

Her philosophy is to provide the space for each student to connect with their mind, body and soul so they finish class feeling lighter and more grounded.

“Leave your ego at the door, and be prepared to push yourself to your personal limits, while not taking yourself too seriously”.

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