Medicine & Religion Dialogue - Cuba

Join us for an extraordinary experience in Havana

July 8-15, 2015

Special trip for Medical & Religious professionals at affordable prices!

SIGN UP NOW FOR GREAT CHURCHES, UNIVERSITIES, & MEDICAL VISITS in the historic city of Havana! This trip is the result of planning that took place at the first exchange in Cuba on faith & science in early January 2015


The détente between Cuba and the US was announced late December 2014 and was a direct result of the Vatican’s role as facilitator. In early January 2015 the groundwork was laid with Catholic clergy in Cuba for the first Cuban and American dialogue on medicine and religion in over 50 years. Cuba is known for its excellent medical training and now there is also a wonderful resurgence in the religious community in Cuba. This dialogue will start with presentations on faith and science led by American professors that were instructors at the Pontifical University in Rome. One is affiliated with Institute for Spirituality and Health (ISH). At 60 years the ISH is the oldest such organization in the US and is located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world. The other is an evolutionary biologist who worked on the genome project. A report on this dialoge will be made available at the 2016 Medicine and Religion Conference in Houston, Texas (http://www.medicineandreligion.com/). This Conference is co sponsored by Harvard University, University of Chicago, ISH and others. A report on this dialogue will also be made available to the Pontifical University Rome in advance of Pope Francis’ planned trip to Cuba. The Archdiocese of Havana will welcome participants to explore the faith community in Havana.



Picture below: Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception

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Trip description

We have created a special trip aimed at making it affordable for American health care professionals, interfaith religious, and academics and laity of all faiths to have access to the relevant cathedrals, churches, universities, seminaries, monuments, health care professionals and historic faith and science presentations.


Picture to the right: Cristo de La Habana


This is a seven (7) night and eight (8) day visit focused on a full time program of religious activities as consistent with your full time religious general license. Your trip will start in Miami where you will then will fly to Havana . You will return to Miami from Havana.You will be housed in a very high quality four star Hotel Presidente in Havana( http://en.roc-hotels.com/hotel-roc-presidente-hotel-in-havana/ ). One of our managers will be on the ground in Cuba to insure that everything goes smoothly. The full time Cuban Guide, and a full time chauffeur will assist you throughout the trip. You will have luxury transportation the whole time you are there. The trip will include 16 meals total, daily breakfast at the hotel and a variety of lunches and dinners. Meals will be at a combination of the best government restaurants, the most exciting private Paladares and artist studios.There will be free time for dining on your own and for exploring as you would personally like, and other related travel activities in Cuba.

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Cuba travel has gotten easier

As you know the new Treasury Department regulations for travel to Cuba have changed for the better. We are an agency that is primarily devoted to assisting travel General License holders.You will travel under the General License for religious activities in Cuba # 515.566. This is a General License program that the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) offers for all religious travelers to Cuba. This new license was set in place on January 16th, 2015.


Religious travel to Cuba requires a full time program of activities engaging in religious activities that will result in substantive interactions with Cuban nationals on the island. It requires that each traveler confirm their intention to maintain a full time schedule with this focus and will also require an organization to certify that the participants will engage in a full time schedule and insure that this happens. We, as a TSP, are authorized to provide you the paperwork and administration of this General License.Once the travelers are approved to travel through this license program we can make the travel arrangements below. We also look forward to implementing your program with the goal of insuring that it is followed.


For more information on OFAC licensing please visit the following document:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-16/pdf/2015-00632.pdf

Trip Details

TRIP COSTS:

Land $1705.00 Per passenger.

Air $ 545.00 ( Includes airport taxes in Miami Cuban Visa and meet and greet at the Miami airport)

Total cost: $ 2250.00 Per passenger. $ 450.00 single supplement


PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES:

* Meet and greet at the Miami International Airport

* Round trip air Mia-Hav-Mia, Departure Tax in Miami

* Departure tax on day of departure from Havana

* Cuban Visa

* US Traveler paperwork

* Transfers in and out from the airport to hotel in Havana

* Medical Insurance in Cuba

* Accommodations for 7 nights at four star Hotel Presidente

* Daily breakfast at the hotel

* 4 dinners (welcome and closing dinners + 2)
* 5 Lunches (Sixteen meals total)

* Luxury Motor coach transportation as per itinerary

* Full translation by professional Cuba based guide

* Program Management in Cuba

* A day trip to Pinar del Rio

* City tours and visits to a variety scenic places in Havana

* 2 visits to museums of your choice

* Our Cuba Travel Tips publication and extensive traveler guidance


PROGRAM PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

*Passports

*Tips for (Guide and Driver, baggage handlers & waiters)

*Single room differential ( $450 per single traveler)

*Trip Interruption Insurance

*Air from Home City to Miami

*All other items not listed in “PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES”

Sign up soon

July is almost here and this is a good time to reserve your place in this extraordinary visit to Cuba. Your sign up and deposit will hold your spot on this trip.
To sign up please hit this button

Here is your easy to use sign up link. (http://tourinfosys.com/signup/deacons) Please have your passport number handy!

Your trip Leader

Deacon Robert J. Hesse, Ph.D.

Dr. Hesse is an ordained Catholic deacon with degrees in science (Ph.D.) and theology (B.S.). He is Vice Chairman of the interfaith Institute for Spirituality and Health (http://ish-tmc.org), which, at 60 years, is the oldest such organization in the U.S., located in The Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. He is Co-founder and President of Contemplative Network (http://www.contemplative.net) dedicated to interdenominational Christian contemplative prayer. At the invitation of the Dalai Lama, Trappist monk Thomas Keating appointed him Emissary to the M&L Institute for scientific research on contemplatives. He has traveled to over 70 countries, including teaching Faith & Science graduate classes at the Pontifical University, Rome, University of St. Thomas, Houston, and, in January 2015, at the Catholic Archdiocese, Havana.

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Our cover photo is of the San Carlos y San Ambrosio Seminary in Old Havana.