Yoga and Cultural Retreat with Caley Alyssa

May 25th - 31st, 2017

$2,999 per person

Limited space available. First come, first serve!

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The Mhai Yoga Beachfront Retreat Center

Located on the beautiful beaches of Playas del Este, east of Havana city, the Mhai Yoga retreat center will show you a side of Cuba that you won’t find anywhere else. Described as the “city frozen in time”, Havana is the perfect backdrop for your yoga experience. From the beautiful cityscape reminiscent of a time long ago, to the unforgettable blue waters and soft white sand beaches, Havana forces you to slow down and catch your breath. The authentic and carefree culture of the Cuban people is a welcome reminder that happiness and inner-peace come easily here. All levels are welcome, however, spaces are limited to allow for a more intimate experience.

Meet Caley Alyssa

Caley Alyssa’s passion for yoga and love for connection with her global community has allowed for her to blossom within the field she loves and become an internationally recognized yoga teacher/social media influencer. She teaches a strong, sensual and playful vinyasa based flow focused on empowering her students to push past their perceived boundaries and open to all the benefits of the practice.

Yoga helped Caley transition from working a 9-5 in Finance, to finding the career of her dreams. She was able to connect with her community, move gracefully through a divorce, and create a life beyond anything she had imagined before.

Caley is a pillar of leadership and empowerment within her local community in Los Angeles, co-hosting a monthly speaker series called Women Catalysts in Santa Monica.

Yoga, Salsa and Cultural Immersion!

Unplug and embrace digital detox with yoga practice and immersive cultural activities showcasing inspiring aspects of Cuban culture and curated authentic experiences led by locals.


Representative Yoga and Cultural Immersion Schedule

7:45 am - 9:30 am

Morning yoga practice led by Caley Alyssa.

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Breakfast at retreat center including fresh locally sourced fruits and unlimited smoothies!

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Salsa lessons with a professional Cuban dance troupe!

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Freshly prepared lunch at the retreat center.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Centro Habana cultural immersion. Discover the sights and sounds of this densely vibrant neighborhood through the eyes of a young Cuban artist, Orlando, who will take you to his secret local spots. Few have seen Centro Habana through this lens.


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunset yoga practice led by Caley Alyssa.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Organic farm-to-table dinner prepared by our Cuban culinary crew at the retreat center

7:30 pm

Drumming and Bon Fire - Ancient Healing Rituals.


Services Included


Included with your trip:

  • 7 days/6 nights shared accommodation at the Mhai Yoga retreat center in Playas del Este, Cuba.
  • All rooms are spacious, comfortable, include air conditioning, daily housekeeping service and en suite-bathroom. Please note that these are not five star accommodation. They are four star accommodation by Cuban standards.
  • 1-2 daily yoga classes with Caley Alyssa.
  • An incredible itinerary with a mixture of yoga at the retreat center and immersive cultural excursions in Havana.
  • Beach access.
  • Three organic meals daily, freshly prepared, with vegetarian options available.
  • Unlimited filtered water, herbal tea and coffee.
  • American classic convertible car tour with surprise photoshoot.
  • Airport pickup / drop-off upon arrival / departure from Havana airport (includes driver waiting on standby through any flight delays).
  • Unlimited access to our US team to answer questions about your trip prior to travel. Don’t waste time on google, just ask us!
  • Record keeping on your behalf to ensure compliance with US law.
  • Cuba Travel Orientation Handbook describing what you need to know before you go (dual currency system, internet access, cash, what to bring, what to look for, etc.).

Not included with your trip:

  • Flight & Cuban Visa.
  • Single room supplement for the duration of the trip (+ $300).
  • Other incidental expenses not included on the itinerary.
  • Tip for your local host ($10-20 per person suggested for the entire tour).
  • Baggage or other airline fees.

How to Book

We make travel to Cuba easy!


1) Pay $1000 deposit below

via our secure checkout server

2) Book your flight & visa

to José Martí International Airport (HAV)

3) Complete our digital travel form

click here (due 20 days prior departure to Cuba)


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  • Wow! Cuba is an amazing country! Beautiful scenery, wonderful & warm people in an energetic and vibrant culture found nowhere else. I want to give a HUGE thank you to Chad & Cuba Candela for making this unique experience possible. I had the trip of a lifetime. I definitely recommend others to book their adventure through Cuba Candela. You will not be disappointed!
    — Kelly J. (New York City)
    Outstanding and easy way to access a country previously closed. Good value. An outstanding group of students from other schools to share the experience with.
    — Harvard Medical School student
  • Going to Cuba with Cuba Candela was an amazing experience. We drove vintage cars through Havana, danced salsa, and enjoyed a beautiful Caribbean beach. It was everything we could have hoped for and more — truly one of the best Spring Breaks I’ve ever had.
    — Jeremy S. (Harvard Law School)
    Cuba is a beautifully contradictory country. The Cuba Candela team made sure that we had a comprehensive experience - we attended talks on politics and health, went to the beach, shopped, and saw all the major sights. It’s an experience I’ll remember forever!
    — Shivanee S. (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • It was incredible to be able to see Cuba while it was still relatively closed off to Americans. I really cherished the opportunity to learn about their economy and culture from the Cuban perspective, and the people were so warm and friendly.
    — Archana S. (Harvard College)
    Dear Chad, I am writing to thank you for a wonderful experience in Cuba, thank you for opening my eyes to the Caribbean! I will certainly make multiple voyages back!
    — Harvard Kennedy School student
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Cuba, thanks to the work of Chad and the Cuba Candela team. We had a great mix of informative sessions regarding the state of the country and sightseeing at historic locations, with plenty of opportunities to explore the local nightlife mixed in. I considered every minute well worth the time and money invested.
    — Andrew S. (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
    Extremely fun engaging experience. Though we had to go on group tour (which I’m not really a fan of when I visit a foreign country) the tours were interesting and engaging, plus we had plenty of free time for us to go explore the city by ourselves so it was great to learn history though a tour and through the locals. Cuban people are really open and easy to talk to.
    — Alex H. (Harvard College)
  • Going to Cuba is an important life experience. Even when the world impact of the internal changes of Cuba will not be as big as those from the USSR, East Germany or China, Cuba’s current and possibly future reforms are a live laboratory to prove many theories and hypothesis. Anyone interested in government, business, law, education or any other aspects of civilization should find Cuba’s current situation a great place to think about our current state of affairs, where our institutions come from and how important they are. Cuba is also fun, beautiful and exotic. Like all secretive places it is not easy to navigate. CUBA CANDELA proved to be key for the objectives of my trip.
    — Roberto Charvel, Harvard Business School Professor
  • I had an incredible spring break trip in Havana and Varadero as part of Cuba Candela’s inaugural student trip to Cuba. I had a wonderful time and would recommend their service to others looking to visit Cuba and not worry about any legal restrictions or any of the planning. Cuba Candela put together a wonderful itinerary including visiting Old Havana, a Cuban cigar factory, the presidential palace, the home of Ernest Hemingway, farm-to-table meals at local Cuban farms and in the homes of local artists, driving in classic cars, as well as many other great activities. Cuba Candela works with a local tourist agency on the ground and our guide was funny, knowledgeable and a great guide to the city. While in Cuba, be sure to drink many wonderful mojitos and get out at night to the awesome salsa clubs. I found the locals to be very friendly and welcoming and I was happy to visit at such an interesting and important time in US-Cuba relations.
    — Sara G. (Harvard Business School)
  • I really enjoyed my time in Cuba through Cuba Candela. As the inaugural group to go on this trip, we experienced some challenges and glitches but those were expected due to the size of the group and the first time trip. I loved our guide, through her I became familiar with the nuances of the culture. I also loved the built in free time. The organized activities were nice, especially the visit to the medical clinic and the university, but nothing compared to being able to explore on our own and speak to residents about their lives. People watching there is so much more than observation: Cubans are joyous, full of life and exuberance, so grateful I had the chance to experience Cuba with great friends!
    — Dominique D. (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

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