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Myth, Music, and Mysticism
A Study Tour to Cuba

January 5 – 11, 2020

The heritage of Cuba is rich and multilayered; it is an amalgam of African, Caribbean, Spanish, and American culture. Strongly influenced by these diverse cultures, the archetypal aspects of Cuba—from its unique form of spiritual practices to its rich musical traditions and exotic setting—make this country a wonderful place to explore our theme and enjoy what promises to be a very special program.

The New York Center for Jungian Studies is pleased to present a unique educational program to be held in Cuba with the aim of understanding more about Cuba’s creative and resilient culture and fostering dialogue and interaction with local artists, musicians, and professionals.

We invite you to join us and experience the wonderfully diverse music, spirit, and culture of Cuba! Travel with a prominent expert, an experienced guide, and a Jungian analyst to Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo, the coastline, and beyond.

Our study/tour will be traveling to Cuba under the auspices of an approved Treasury Department license so that participants will feel comfortable that our itinerary is being planned accordingly: it is a professional, educational, and cultural program that meets the criteria for Americans traveling to Cuba. Nevertheless, to enjoy this trip, it is important that participants not only have a sense of adventure and interest but also be flexible and open to the possibility of changes in the itinerary as we go along.

Some highlights of our program:

  • Presentations by Jungian analyst Monika Wikman and musician/educator Ev Mann
  • Visit to La Caridad de Cobre, the shrine of Cuba’s patron saint (the Black Madonna)
  • Walking tours in Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo
  • Performances of traditional Cuban dance and music
  • Visit and tours of the Emilio Bacardi Museum and El Morro Castle
  • Boat ride around Cayo Granma island
  • Accommodations at deluxe hotels….
    …and more!

Tentative Daily Schedule

Sunday, January 5
Depart Miami for Holguín; board waiting coach for Santiago; upon arrival, check in to Meliá Santiago, the best hotel in Santiago. Upon arrival, rest, relax, and enjoy the hotel’s amenities. Lunch on our own at one of the hotel’s restaurants.
4:00 p.m. Monika Wikman presentation: Alive! Archetypes of the Ecstatic in Afro-Cuban Culture
5:30 p.m. Break for refreshments
6:00 p.m. Ev Mann, overview of our trip; and introductions
7:30 p.m. Opening dinner at our hotel (included)

Monday, January 6
Morning: Walking tour of Santiago city center, including a visit to the Emilio Bacardi Museum. Following lunch on our own, enjoy a musical performance of Cuban music and dance by the renowned Afro-Cuban troupe Ballet Folklórico Cutumba de Santiago de Cuba. Return to the Meliá Santiago by late afternoon; or stay in Santiago to continue browsing, shopping, and/or exploring the city on our own.

Evening: Presentation by Ev Mann: To a Dancing God: The History of Afro-Cuban Religion in Cuba, followed by dinner at one of Santiago’s leading paladares (included).

Tuesday, January 7
Tour of Castillo del Morro (El Morro Castle), situated on a promontory overlooking Santiago Bay, before taking a boat ride to Cayo Granma—a short ferry ride away—where we will enjoy a lunch (included) and a picturesque view before returning to our hotel.

Evening: Presentation by Monika Wikman: Afro-Cuban Visionary Artist Manuel Mendive: His Life and Work, followed by dinner on our own.

Wednesday, January 8
Day trip to Guantánamo, including walking tour of city center and performance of Tumba Francesa, a unique genre of Afro-Cuban dance, song, and drumming that emerged in Oriente, Cuba. Following lunch (included) and a performance of Cuban music by one of Cuba’s outstanding bands, visit the Stone Zoo, a fascinating stone sculpture garden that is a national cultural monument. Return to Santiago in time for dinner on our own.

Thursday, January 9
Morning: Presentation by Monika Wikman, The Archetype of the Black Madonna and Oshun in Afro-Cuban Culture, and a visit to the shrine of La Caridad del Cobre (Black Madonna). Following a tour of the shrine and church housing the Black Madonna, a demonstration by Voces de Milagro, a syncretist religious group based in the village.
Return to hotel; or, for those who prefer, late lunch and time to meander about Santiago. Lunch and dinner on our own.

Friday, January 10
Early-morning departure for Holguín, arriving in time for lunch (included).
Afternoon free to relax and enjoy the scenic coast and hotel’s amenities.

Evening presentation by Monika Wikman: Yemaya and the Ocean; closing meeting and wrap-up followed by dinner at our hotel (included).

Saturday, January 11
Depart for U.S.

Accompanying Faculty

Monika Wikman, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and astrologer. Author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness, she has contributed articles, and poems to numerous publications. A graduate of the Jung–von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich, Dr. Wikman was a dream researcher at UCSD Medical Center on “Dreams of the Dying.” She has a private practice in Tesuque, New Mexico, and in Gaviota, California. Along with her partner, Tom Elsner, she hosts a nonprofit project under, the Center for Alchemical Studies.

Evry Mann, MA is a percussionist, composer and writer who holds masters degrees in religious studies and in music composition. Founder of the Center for Creative Education -— a non-profit cultural center in Stone Ridge, New York — he was an artist in residence with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico for six years, performing throughout the country. Ev has led over 50 trips to Cuba to study music, dance, and visual art, and authored the section on Music and Nightlife in Havana for the “Time Out” Guidebook. He has also studied traditional African music in Mali and Senegal and worked extensively with the Ballet Folklorico Cutumba of Santiago de Cuba.


Meliá Santiago
Located a short distance from the historic center of Santiago de Cuba, the five-star Meliá Santiago is considered the best hotel in the city. Its spacious rooms are attractive and large, and many feature excellent views of the city. The hotel’s amenities include several restaurants and a splendid outdoor swimming pool. It will provide a perfect base for us to explore Santiago de Cuba and the outlying area.


Paradisus Rio de Oro, Holguín
An all-inclusive, luxurious beachfront resort and spa, with swimming pools, gardens, and outdoor jacuzzis. Its spa has won several World Travel Awards, its location offers a respite from the bustle and pressures of everyday life.

Meals will be wonderful times to get to know one another and interact with presenters. Every day will begin with a hearty, full Cuban breakfast, complemented by a wide selection of fresh bread and fruit.

More Information & Registration

Program Cost
$3,850. A deposit of $750 per person is due upon registration. Single supplement ($700); Cuban visa ($80) and gratuities ($150) additional. Includes:

  • Round trip, Miami–Holguín
  • Round-trip transfer by coach from Holguín to Santiago and from Paradisus hotel to Holguín airport
  • Six nights’ accommodations at deluxe hotels
  • Three lunches and three dinners.
  • All lectures, presentations, guided tours, and museum and site entrance fees

Balance in full due September 2, 2019.