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2020 Varadero Half Marathon and Wellness Retreat
with Dr. Stephen T. Redmon in
coordination with Mr. Alberto Juantorena
March 27 - 30, 2020 (4 days)
* 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.
Itinerary - March 27-30, 2020
Day 1 - Friday
Day 2 - Saturday
- Healthy breakfast.
- Tour of Old Town Havana.
- Depart for Varadero.
Day 3 - Sunday
10 km, & 3 km - RACE DAY
- Depart for Havana in late afternoon.
- Arrive Casa Alaffia.
- Farewell Dinner
- Visit Havana at night and Jazz/Salsa (TBD).
Stephen T. Redmon, PhD, JD
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.
Mr. Alberto Juantorena
Alberto Juantorena is the only athlete to win both the 400 and 800 m Olympic gold medals, which he earned in 1976. He was ranked as world's best runner in the 400 m in 1974 and 1976–1978, and in the 800 m in 1976–77, and was chosen as the Track & Field News Athlete of the Year in 1976 & 1977. Juantorena has served in many official capacities, including Vice President of the National Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation for Cuba. In April 2019 Juantorena met with Stephen Redmon in Havana to discuss Nomder Yoga Wellness and support for the 2020 Varadero Half Marathon, 10 km, & 3 km. Nomder Yoga is the first U.S. yoga and wellness organization to coordinate a retreat to support the Cuban people at this Varadero running festival. (Insert link to Juantorena from from Wikipedia).
Fatima Nefertiti Ford
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.
Location: Casa Alaffia
We will be staying at the Cassa Alaffia resort. Clean, sleek, comfortable accommodations that will assist in the rest, relaxation, and recovery during this retreat.
Full payment due by November 15, 2019.
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 May 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.
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.
Great value & Unique Experience
Retreat Costs Include:
- Three nights in Cuba: First night in Havana, Second night before the races in Varadero, and Third night in Havana.
- All breakfasts while in Cuba.
- Dinner on first and last nights.
- Private Nomder Yoga race and activity concierge.
- Personalized race check-in provided by Nomder Yoga.
- Entry fees for the Varadero Half Marathon, 10Km, or 3 Km race and bib (runners only).
- Pre-race pep rally and team photo.
- Post-race snacks and goodies.
- Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license.
- Welcome beverage/snack reception, and orientation.
- Farewell celebration with Cuban friends and family.
- Arrival airport taxi to Havana.
- Race or walk preparation coaching and advice, including training and race shoe selection.
- Daily yoga and meditation in Cuba.
A non-refundable transferable deposit of $500 per person is due at registration to reserve a slot.
Balance/Full payment is due by November 15, 2019.
Due to the superb quality and demand for the Nomder Yoga retreats, a waiting list will be maintained for people who attempt to register after the retreat slots are filled. We will contact people on the waiting list as retreat slots become available.
There is no cost to be placed on the waiting list; however, if space becomes available prior to November 15, 2019 you will need to pay a non-refundable transferable deposit of $500 with the full payment due on November 15, 2019. If space becomes available after November 15, 2019, you will need to pay for your registration in full upon registration.
Military & Veterans 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 5% will be deducted from the total price of the retreat.
Up to a 5% scholarship is 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
- 2 Letters of Reference
Application must be submitted by June 15, 2019.
Special Thanks to
- Stephen Jabari Redmon
- Musa Williams
- Irwin Goldberg