Cuba Journey | Led by Tanya Boulton
withTanyaBoulton at Pure West
Next held on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Fri May 26, 2017 - Mon May 29, 2017
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2017 May 26th - May29th
ACCOMODATIONS: Hotel Habana Riviera
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL Morning Arrival to Havana
Welcome lunch overlooking the Straits of Florida at the Hotel Nacional. Tasty Cuban food served family style with a great view of the Havana sea wall and the old Spanish fortress. The setting brings many back to the 1950s, when the mafia held its annual meetings at this historic hotel.
Following lunch we’ll check-in at the Hotel Habana Riviera, also known as the Gran Caribe Habana Riviera, located on the Malecón, Havana’s famous seawall, in Vedado neighborhood.
Once settled back at the hotel, Tanya will lead us through our first yoga practice, a therapeutic deep practice to unwind after your travels. This class will open up hips and stretch out the low back while invigorating you with energy! We’ll work up an appetite and head to a cooking class followed by dinner Paladar Atelier. This restaurant is equally known for its atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. The lighting and textures of the house, which was home to a pre-revolutionary senator, coupled with walls adorned in modern art, create a cozy, but modern setting.
(Day 1: Lunch & Dinner included)
We’ll start the day with yoga. This 90-minute class will focus on breath, core, and hips. Be prepared dive deep into your practice while getting a sweaty flow going to detox and restore. A brief meditation at the end to align and center ourselves for the exciting day ahead.
After yoga we’ll have a socio-economic discussion with urban planner Miguel Coyula, who’s presentation will touch on housing, infrastructure, investment and restoration programs. It’s bound to leave you with a better understanding of why Havana looks the way it does today and possibilities moving forward
We’ll then continue with a walking tour of the Old City. Wander through the Plaza Vieja, the oldest plaza in Havana, dating from the 16th century. We will see the Plaza de San Francisco, a cobbled plaza surrounded by buildings dating from the 18th century, dominated by the baroque Iglesia and Convento de San Francisco dating from 1719; Plaza de la Catedral and the Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana; Plaza de Armas, a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center of influence in Cuba. It is surrounded by many of the most historic structures in Havana as well as important monuments.
Lunch at Doña Eutimia paladar: Famous for its ropa vieja and frozen mojitos, this cozy paladar made Newsweek Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the world in 2012. The restaurant’s location in the beautiful cathedral square is unbeatable.
Free evening to explore
(Day 2: breakfast & lunch included)
DAY 3 Tanya will lead you through a beautiful twisting practice this morning. Using breath, alignment, and core connection to go deeper into understanding twists.
After yoga we’ll visit to a home in Central Havana for a discussion with Magia López and Alexey Rodriguez of the hiphop/jazz duo Obsesión about their experiences and views on race and gender equality in Cuba.
Relax and rejuvenate as we spend the afternoon at Playas del Este, a chain of beaches 25 minutes away from the city center, that extend for 15 miles along the north coast of Havana.
We’ll return to Havana for our farewell dinner at Café Laurent, a paladar located in the beautiful Vedado District. Blocks from the Hotel Nacional, this penthouse apartment has been converted into a lovely rooftop restaurant.
(Day 3: breakfast & dinner included)
DAY 4 Final yoga class. This class will be a mix of celebration and fun combing everything we learned from the weekend for a fun flow!
(Day 4: breakfast included)
INCLUDED IN RETREAT COST • Hotels as listed in tour itinerary. • Meals where noted. • All activities, services, speakers, meetings and meals as described in tour itinerary. • All local ground transportation • An expert Cuban English-speaking guide and translator whose background matches tour content throughout the program. • Mandatory official Cuban medical insurance coverage during your island stay. • Round trip airfare from NYC to Cuba • Cuban Visa
Cooper Chau | Tuscany Italy Adventure
withABC CooperChou at Pure West
Next held on Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Jul 22, 2017 - Sat Jul 29, 2017
Tuscany, Italy awaits you! Join Cooper Chou for a blissful week of yoga, sumptuous Italian food, spectacular scenery, and sightseeing. Come and taste dolce vita in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
This retreat will offer ample opportunities for you to enjoy and deeply relax in unique surroundings with like-minded people. With morning and evening yoga, and optional activities, there is plenty to do, or you may just prefer to relax by the pool, read a book, and explore the local area.
The Tuscany yoga retreat with Cooper will be held at Il Borghino, a breathtaking villa settled on a hilltop, overlooking forests, vineyards, olive groves, with mountains in the distance. It is located 7 miles from Lucca, a beautiful walled city, harkening back to the Renaissance Era.
Day 2, 3, 4 | Sunday, July 23rd - Tuesday July 25th 7:30am Yoga Practice
Free time for massages, holistic treatments, pool time, nature walks on the estate or enjoy the stillness of nothing
Free time or option activity (list of activities will be provided upon registration
4:30pm Afternoon Yoga
Day 5 | Wednesday, July 26th Cinque Terre Day Trip
Spend the day in breath-taking Cinque Terre exploring the five coastal villages embedded in rocky cliffs along one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of Liguria. For those who are keen hikers, it is possible to spend a day walking and climbing between these beautiful villages and enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way. For others, you can still enjoy walking some of the more gentle trails, spend time swimming, exploring the villages or sampling some of the local delights! Our drivers will drop you off at one of the five villages in the morning and pick you up again in the evening
Day 5, 6 | Thursday, July 27th - Friday, July 28th 7:30am Yoga Practice 9am Breakfast Free time for massages, holistic treatments, pool time, nature walks on the estate or enjoy the stillness of nothing 1pm Lunch Free time or option activity (list of activities will be provided upon registration 4:30pm Afternoon Yoga 7pm Dinner
Day 7 | Saturday, July 29th Departure Day Farewell Breakfast
Single Occupancy | $3250
Delux Double Occupancy | $2950 (private bath)
Standard Double Occupancy | $2650 (shared bath)
RETREAT FEE INCLUDES:
Two daily yoga sessions (morning & evening yoga except for day-trip outing)
Seven nights accommodations (all linens + towels)
Three delicious vegetarian meals per day
Fresh juice at breakfast, unlimited fruit, water and herbal teas
Wine (produced at the estate, limited to half bottle per person, per night)
Cinque Terre Day Trip
Last night celebratory dinner with Prosecco and Pizza using the wood-fired pizza oven at Il Borghino.
Use of the salt-water swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and all facilities within the grounds of the villa.
Use of the Turkish Sauna/Steam Room
Transfers to and from Lucca to Il Borghino at the start and finish of the retreat (1 scheduled pick-up and drop-off only)
Airport transfers (outside of the scheduled pick-up and drop-off)
Meals outside of the villa
Optional excursions outside the villa or transportation for excursions other than those specified