Tuesday, September 29, 2009

White Sandy Beaches

ONLY four spots left on our Yoga Holiday.
Enjoy a week long vacation on Santa Maria Beach in Cuba. Read below for more details.

Toni & Elizabeth

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Namaste fellow Yogi's and Yogini's. We are now taking registrations for our "Yoga Holiday in Cuba". Yoga Holiday in Cuba is limited to only 6 participants therefore, the deadline for registrations is December 15, 2009.

This blog contains all of the information you might need about your holiday.
Follow the links on the right for more information on Cuba (Lonely Planet - Cuba), on Toni (Toni's Website), and on Villa los Pinos. We will add links to specific information regarding our planned excursions as we go.

We welcome your questions. Please feel free to contact Toni at tswickis@hotmail.com or Elizabeth at bizlevitt45@hotmail.com.


Day 1: arrive; dinner at hotel; evening pranayama & meditation practice

Day 2: visit Guanabo to fruit and veg market; dinner at El Aljibe in Havana

Day 3: Havana for the day: tour Old Havana; dinner in Havana

Day 4: free afternoon; dinner of local cuisine in suite; evening pranayama & meditation practice

Day 5: Cojimar to visit Finca la Vigia (Hemmingway museum, this is the farm where he lived from 1939 - 1960 located in San Francisco de Paula just outssde Cojimar) and restaurant where he frequented

Day 6: second visit to Havana for dinner, La Cucina de Lilliam or La Guarida

Day 7: depart

* all excursions are optional

* itinerary is subject to changes based on availability

Friday, August 21, 2009


VENUE - Located on a tranquil, white sand Beach, just 20 minutes outside Havana, Villa Los Pinos is a collection of bungalo's scattered throughout the tropical vegetation of Santa Maria beach. The surroundings are serene and the beach just steps away, with an authentic Cuban essence.

PRICES INCLUDE - Twin share accommodation with en-suite bathroom (single supplement is not available, shared accommodation only), snacks available in refrigerator (ie: fruit and yogurt, water not included) and all yoga classes. The price does not include airport transfers, excursions, excursion transportation, meals, alcoholic drinks, tips, flights or insurance. Please note price is in CAD.

*Our minimum quota for this event is 6 participants, should this quota not be met by December 15, 2009, you will receive a refund in full.

PAYMENT TERMS – Full payment of $650.00 is required to confirm your place.You can pay via cash, cheque or money order. If you would like to pay by cheque, please make it out to Toni Potters or Elizabeth Levitt. This is a fully non refundable fee, however name changes are acceptable.

CLASSES - Will take place on our private patio (weather permitting). 90 minute yoga classes are taken once a day (early morning prior to breakfast). Pranayama and meditation are incorporated within the sessions. There will be an additional 2 pranayama and meditation sessions during the week. Yoga classes are suitable for all levels. Your are responsible for bringing your own yoga mat. Additional one on one yoga sessions are available for $75 CAD throughout the week.

ACCOMMODATION - Spacious 4 bedroom villa with private pool. FIrst property on the beach. All rooms are twin share each with en suite bathroom.

CATERING - A kitchen facility is contained within the suite should you wish to make use of it. Two restaurants are within a short walking distance. Both serve local Cuban cuisine in a very casual atmosphere.

TRAVEL - Villa Los Pinos is 40 minutes from the Jose Marti International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Havana. Transportation around Cuba will be done by hired car at the local rate. It is necessary to make your own way from Jose Marti International Airport the the Villa Los Pinos. Full easy-to-follow travel directions will be sent to you.

All tourists require a tourist card which is usually issued with your plane ticket or can be bought at airports. A tax of $25 US dollars (in cash only) is due at the airport upon departure.