Calling international yogis to create sacred space to explore ancient and contemporary mind-body technologies of liberation in one of Cuba’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Deepen your practice by diving into the physical and energetic elements of yogic practice, gain an international yoga community & learn the art and science of teaching. Undergoing this journey of inner alchemy involves sifting through the soil of our soul to mine the wisdom of our bodies, strengthening and stretching our hearts, our minds and our bodies and preparing to offer the transformative gift of yoga to a world that needs your unique light to shine.
Module One: Inner Alchemy- Your Elemental Body
June 16- June 29 2019 (100 Hours)
Module Two: The Alchemy of Teaching Yoga
June 30- July 13 2019 (100 Hours)
Of all the places on the globe to study inner alchemy, the culture, beaches and waterfalls of Trinidad de Cuba, may be the best. Cuban culture embodies a deep resilience, a unique path to affirming humanity and remaining open-hearted in the face of change by transforming challenge into laughter like lead into gold. There is so much to learn on and off the mat.
Understanding how to balance the elements of our physical and emotional bodies is the foundation of inner alchemy. We look to the balance of nature as a teacher. Trinidad offers a direct experience of the nourishing qualities of earth, air fire, water and space. Let yourself be held and inspired by the grounding island warmth of the sand under foot, the rhythmic flow of the shimmering clear ocean complementing the fiery hips and drums of a spicy dance culture, the expansive, dream-like sky luminously crowning green windswept jungles. Hike to waterfalls to practice meditation, dance to salsa as a means of exploring healthy anatomical movement in your hips and explore the meaning not only of Indian philosophy and mythology but of Cuban myth, culture, social justice movements and spiritual practices.
A portion of your tuition is dedicated to the Las Aguas Fund, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of local cultural and wellness practices for current and future generations in Cuba.
Inspiration from Cuba & Alchemy Yoga Retreats
Module One Only (100 Hours): $1800 before 12/31/18; $2000 after
Full program (200 Hours): $3500 before 12/31/18; $3800 after
Inquire about payment plans and diversity & work trade scholarships
Requirements to Apply:
An open mind & 100% commitment to personal growth
One year minimum yoga practice
A regular home asana or meditation practice (if you don’t have one, start one now)
Receive the highest quality of soulful, creative, hands-on instruction from Shoshanna Marks, ERYT500, YACPT & Hayley Ebersole, ERYT200 & CMT. Learn more about the unique gifts & skills they are offering on the Alchemy Yoga School Page. We are honored to have José Rubio, one of Cuba's foremost yoga teachers, as guest faculty. His teaching is full of precision and poetry and grounded in almost two decades of teaching and training yoga teachers.
Accommodations and cultural visa is offered by Cuba Wellness Adventures. While snacks are included with the course and breakfast is included with lodging, additional meals and snacks will be purchased independently in Trinidad. We provide ample guidance, support and cultural context for your stay so you feel comfortable and all your needs are met.
Private Inn Pricing
We recommend private Inn's (casa particulares) in Trinidad de Cuba, which are a unique and beautiful way to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site city's renowned architecture.
Module One Only:
Double occupancy $1069
Single occupancy $1669
Double occupancy $1869
Single occupancy $2969
*Single Occupancy available upon request
Module One Only:
Double occupancy $1769
Double occupancy $3069
Become an International Ambassador of Peace
Borders are tools of separation. Like our individual ego identities, they may serve a specific purpose. But as we begin to access more and more freedom and power through regular practice, we come to understand ourselves in a larger context, as intimately interconnected with other people, not just people who look or talk like us, but all beings. Studying yoga in the hot seat of historical movements for global social and economic justice opens our eyes to questioning our role as international citizen spreading peace from the inside out by using our body as a laboratory to understand the universal human journey.