This blog's title means "Cuban-hearted woman" (very loosely translated!). I settled on this name because it had a nice ring to my unschooled ear and, more importantly, because I think the Cuban people seem to have so much
heart, and they're in my heart for that reason. In general, the people I've met in Cuba are quite consistently open-hearted and big-hearted in the way they relate to each other or to visitors in their beautiful land. A piece of my heart now resides in Cuba, with the warm, wonderful friends I've made there. This blog is not intended to be a guide to Cuba, just a forum for my eclectic bits of writing – poetry, opinion pieces and information gleaned from my personal experience and reading.

Monday, May 23, 2011

All-Girl-Yoga Posse will round up fun in Cuba

Here's a little information piece I wrote and sent out via email recently. 
It's written in the third person because I wanted to make it easy for others, like 
my co-conspirator Wendy Martin, to use or send out for promotional purposes.

All-Girl-Yoga-Posse trip ~ Oct. 12-19, 2011 
~ Marea del Portillo, Granma, Cuba ~

Join Jenny Cressman (trip guru) & Wendy Martin (yoga mama) for a week of Yoga on the Beach at Club Amigo Marea del Portillo, in Cuba’s rural Granma region, at the southern edge of the island. This is an arid agricultural area, snuggled in the toes of the majestic Sierra Maestra Mountains and set like a gem on the curved neck of a cozy horseshoe bay.

The entire cost for this weeklong stay at a small all-inclusive resort is just $578, including taxes ~ for the VIP Cabana package! That means, you will get extra perks such as a fully-stocked mini-bar (booze, fruit juice, water) upon arrival, free trips to lovely Cayo Blanco (white-sand island with good snorkeling), a lobster lunch, a sunset cruise, dinner at a la carte restaurant, free use of kayaks and rides on the catamaran, free safety deposit box, etc.

Cabana back yard; ocean is a hop, skip and a jump to the left.
Looking back along the beach, towards the resort grounds.
Overlooking the Farallon and, further off, the Marea hotel.

[Please note: Jenny does not take a percentage from your trip cost for her time and organizational efforts; however, she would be honored and grateful, if you chose to contribute to her humanitarian endeavors in the community surrounding the resort. A PayPal account is linked to her blog for payments. For further information about her Cuba projects, travel tips, photos, poetry ...and a whole lot more, visit Jenny’s blog:]

For $60, bendy Wendy Martin, Sacred Breath Yoga Studio, will be providing 8+ daily Yoga on the Beach sessions to those who sign up. She’ll be up with the sun to lead a round of day-greeting yoga at least four mornings during the week, Oct. 12-19, and she’ll offer four afternoon/early evening yoga classes or more. And, when the spirit moves, she will offer spontaneous, “drop-and-gimme-a-downward-dog” yoga lessons ~ anytime, anywhere.

The deadline for booking and paying the $150 non-refundable deposit fee, as set by Sunwing, is JUNE 17, 2011. We need to have 10 people signed up by that date, in order to have the $578 price locked in. Once it is, more participants can be added on, as single or double accommodation – for now, the price continues to be the same, whether you share a room or not!

Contact Jenny
by email,, or phone, 705-788-1791, to sign up for this beachy-keen yoga sojourn. Also, please feel free to ask questions about this or other upcoming trips. She’s always happy to yak about Cuba!
Cayo Blanco – an idyllic island beach setting to spend the day.
At Cayo Blanco, you can snorkel, kayak, sail, etc., or veg out.
Last but not least, a lovely lobster lunch is served on the beach!

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