* 11/4 -- 11/9 program dates are now full, currently accepting applications for December 2023*
Our Farming + Sustainability Program is a unique, immersive learning experience that provides hands-on opportunities to engage with community, culture, land stewardship, and ecology from an Afro-Caribbean-centered perspective with experienced program guides who live in Havana. Most importantly, this program is the chance to make real, lasting connections with Cuban people of intention and purpose in an environment of mutual learning.
This five-day immersive experience will explore topics such as urban farming, regenerative agriculture, issues of food apartheid, environmental racism, climate crisis, solutions to current food shortages, and more. You will be guided through your program with ReglaSOUL co-founders Amberly and Alexey and will visit their home and Community garden in the neighborhood of Regla.
This program will also include travel to the province of Matanzas, to learn about resistance movements, rebellion and the great agricultural and healing contributions of Africans brought to Cuba as enslaved persons.
Participants in this program will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to start dialogue with Cuban farmers, community cooperatives, herbalists, Afro-Cuban religious leaders, scholars, and educational institutions who have become part of the ReglaSOUL family. As part of our approach to nurturing sustainable relationship building in Cuba, by participating in this program, your program fees are directly giving back to support the Cuban people.
Full Program Cost: $1,350
1st Deposit: $675 or one time- full payment of $ 1,350
Payment Deadline: October 20, 2023
2nd Deposit: $675
Payment Deadline: November 3, 2023
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“Spending my spring break in Cuba was a rewarding soulful experience. I was able to not only learn about the history, culture, and the people of Cuba, but I felt that I was able to keep my hand on the pulse of the Cuban people and the importance of being an Afro-Cuban. The experiences has enriched my knowledge and understanding of the Afro Cuban society”
"Regla Soul is everything they promise and more. I remember being introduced to the opportunity in Spanish class being lured in by the prospect of visiting an afro-ecological farm in Havana, cuba. While this was the day I looked forward to the most every item on our itinerary was so complex and interdisciplinary that although my cohort had a diverse set of majors and concentrations we could all take something away from every visit and conversation. Traveling with Regla Soul is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live as closely with Cubans as possible"
“Tourist vacations typically offer surface-level education and photo-worthy sightseeing. However, our tour with Regla Soul provided a depth of experience that I will never forget. We did not simply point and shoot photos from afar. We spoke intimately with people representing the faces of Cuban history and culture. Our conversations allowed us to understand the source of Cuban pride, resilience, and innovation. I always dreamed of visiting Cuba. I'm so glad that I chose to experience the country and people with Regla Soul”
If cancellations are made within 27 days from the start date of the program on the behalf of the student/participant, the participant will receive the full amount of deposit made minus a $300 cancellation fee. Refunds for cancellations on the behalf of the participant within 30 days will be made to the original form of payment within 3-5 business days.
If cancellations on the behalf of the student/participant are made within less than 15 days from the start date of the trip/ program the student/participant will be charged a $300 cancellation fee and be eligible for a refund of up to 50% percent of the total program/trip cost, or the total program/trip costs paid prior to the cancellation. Refunds for cancellations on the behalf of the student/participant within 15 days from the program start will be made to the original form of payment within 3-5 business days.
Cancellations within less than 15 days: If cancellations on the part of the student/participant are made within less than 15 days, the cancellation reason will be placed under review and a refund amount for cancellation will be determined. In the case of emergency, injury, illness, personal loss, death, or other circumstances out of the participant’s control, supporting documentation will be required. ReglaSOUL Program Cancellations: the case of cancellation on behalf of ReglaSOUL, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ReglaSOUL, a full refund will be paid to the student/participant within 30 days from the date of Program cancellation.