Click the image on the right to read the press release from the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs concerning travel to Cuba. We have travel options to Cuba that meet or exceed the current U.S. government requirements. Please text Dr. Stephen Redmon directly at 703-587-2183 for updates.  Keep the faith. Peace, Stephen

Cuba Restorative Yoga, Meditation, and Jazz Retreat
with Dr. Stephen Redmon, Fatima Nefertiti Ford, and Dr. Eduardo Pimentel

December 14-21, 2019

Breathe deeply and close your eyes. Imagine yourself strolling the pristine pearl white sand beaches of an island paradise. You are feeling at ease and rejuvenated as you reconnect with your higher self. If this scene has captured you, join us at Casa Alaffia - the best yoga beach retreat in Cuba at Playas del Este, near Havana, Cuba.*

The Cuba Restorative Yoga, Meditation, and Jazz Retreat has personalized yoga options, healthy organic food, warm weather, pristine sands, and crystal clear water in an idyllic setting for relaxation, rejuvenation, restoration, and healing with yoga, meditation, fresh organic food, and wonderful people.

The focus of this retreat is on providing a world-class quality health and wellness experience for about 10-12 people. Spaces are limited to ensure quality so register today.


* Retreat location is subject to change to ensure the highest level of excellence for the participants.
The schedule will include several new excursions, activities, and options to ensure that returning participants enjoy a new experience and expand their knowledge.

2019 Retreat is Sold Out, but…

Save the date for the 2020 Retreat! December 12-19, 2020

Stephen T. Redmon, PhD, JD

Fatima Nefertiti Ford

Eduardo Pimentel, PhD, “The Godfather of Cuban Yoga”

RYT-500 (Kripalu), ERYT-200 & YACEP, IAYT (in progress at Kripalu)

Stephen is a Harlem, NYC born and raised Holistic-Therapeutic Lawyer who served in the Army and federal government for over 30 years. He uses a variety of trauma-informed yoga and meditation paths to humbly and compassionately serve people seeking improved wellness and health while coping with life challenges such as trauma, addiction, tension, and stress. Stephen is a non-judging Christian who uses an evidence-based, open-minded, customized, universal love approach to meet individual and group needs to improve wellness and achieve optimal performance. He is an endurance athlete and distance runner who serves people in many local, national, and international settings. Read more about Stephen on the Kripalu website.

Fatima Nefertiti Ford, RYT-200 (May 2019), CEO, Wellness Is Life, LLC. She is a SomaVeda Traditional Thai Yoga Massage Therapist who expertly infuses Kemetic Yoga (YogaSkills) and naturopathic therapeutic processes into powerful healing experiences that are individually customized to promote immediate and long-term wellness. Fatima practices various holistic modalities such as Auricular Therapy, Sujee Korean hand therapy, EFT Tapping. She studies Judo, Karate, Yi Ji Jin, and is a runner/power walker.

Eduardo Pimentel, ERYT-500, President and Founder of the Cuban Yoga Association (CYA), teacher of over 12,000 students. He began studying yoga in 1971 using a book by Swami Sivananda, and expanded his practice with B.K.S. Iyengar through written correspondence for over 15 years before meeting and training with him in India. He has also trained with Krishna Kaur and Deepak Chopra. He is a registered yoga teacher with the International Yoga Federation.

From Vision to Reality

The vision, concept, and planning for this retreat began in about January 2016 when Dr. Stephen Redmon researched the history of yoga in Cuba and began communicating with Dr. Pimentel and his staff. Dr. Redmon organized and led a Cuba Retreat exploratory team to Havana, Cuba in December 2016 and met with Dr. Pimentel, his wife. This retreat has grown to be an annual success every year since.

December 2018 Retreat Photos

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Sing praise to the Lord

– Psalm 30:4 NKJV


Single Occupancy

per person

Double Occupancy

per person

Note: Each participant is responsible for all round-trip flight and visa from their home airport to Havana, Cuba (HAV). We will offer only recommendations for flights on one of several airlines going to Cuba from the US.

* $500 Non-refundable transferable deposit is required at registration




As of January 1, 2019 roundtrip airfares to Havana, Cuba from US cities on the East Coast range between approximately $550 to $950 roundtrip. Airfare varies depending on the airline, schedule, and originating airport – start looking and booking the best fares as soon as you decide to join us. Contact Dr. Redmon with any of your travel questions.

Travel Visa

Dr. Redmon will be available to personally assist you in the visa process. He is also available to suggest flights and other travel arrangements. Contact him with your questions.

Click here for more travel information from the U S Embassy.

Great value & Unique Experience

Retreat Costs Include:

  • Accommodations at Casa Alaffia
  • 1-2 daily freshly prepared organic – locally prepared meals (vegan & vegetarian options available for all meals)
  • unlimited coffee, tea, & smoothies
  • Daily Yoga classes (personalized options)
  • 1 daily yoga class lead by Dr. Stephen Redmon, Dr. Eduardo Pimentel, and/or Fatima Nefertiti Ford
    (individual yoga sessions available at additional reasonable cost)
  • closing evening event with music, meaningful interactions with Cuban people, and a healthy, restorative, healing, and re-energizing experience.

  • Guided tours of Old Havana
  • Cross cultural day
  • Sand Mandala Workshop
  • Cuban Entrepreneurship Workshop
  • Salsa Dance Class
  • Afro-Cuban Dance workshop
  • Organoponico Red Soil Farm Excursion (farm produces organic food, medicinal, aromatic, & spiritual plants)
    *TBD or similar excursion for the purpose of optimizing rural and suburban experiences, engagement, and support of the wonderful Cuban people
  • Las Terrazas excursion (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with hiking, swimming, lagoon swimming, & other activities)

~Itinerary subject to change based on availability~



Reservation Deposit

A non-refundable transferable deposit of $500 per person is due at registration to reserve a slot.

Balance/Full payment is due by October 1, 2019.

Waiting List

Due to the superb international reputation of Dr. Pimentel and the quality of this yoga retreat location, a waiting list will be maintained for people who attempt to register after the retreat slots are filled.  We will begin contacting people on the waiting list on or before July 10, 2019 if retreat slots become available.

There is no cost to be placed on the waiting list; however, if space becomes available, if it is prior to October 1, 2019  you will need a non-refundable transferable deposit of $500 with the full payment due on October 1, 2019. If space becomes available after October 1, 2019, you will need to pay for your registration in full upon registration.

Military & Veterans Discount

10% Discount

for Active-Duty Military, Veterans, and immediate military/veteran family members.

Please submit proof of military status through the form at the right. Once we receive this, we will be in contact with you for next steps in registering for the retreat.

$500 deposit is required to reserve your spot. The 10% will be deducted from the total price of the retreat.

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Partial scholarships are available based on financial need and a demonstrated record of community service. To apply, please include:

  • Cover Letter, including why you are seeking a partial scholarship and details about your community service
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Reference

Apply for a Retreat Scholarship

Application must be submitted by February 28, 2019.

Special Thanks to

Havana Jazz Experience

We will be going on at least one optional excursion to experience the rich jazz culture of Havana. Venues may include Jazz Club La Zorra y el Cuervo, Jazz Cafe, El Gato Tuerto, or Quinta y 16. We may arrange optional excursions if available to enjoy jazz by top international and Cuban musicians.


For additional questions or reservation assistance, please click here to email Dr. Stephen T. Redmon