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A Healthy Cuba, Healthy World:
Linking Culture, Community & Cooperation

MEDICC’s 20th Anniversary Conference
December 3-9, 2017  

MEDICC welcomes you to this landmark conference, a celebration of 20 years of the US and Cuban health communities working together to improve health, healthy living and health equity in both our countries.

REGISTRATION 10am -Noon & 2:00pm – 6:00pm

7:00pm-8:00pm – Opening Session with Special Guests (followed by buffet dinner)

Carlos FinlayToday, we celebrate the Day of Latin American Medicine with all of Cuba…honoring the birth of Carlos J. Finlay, the Cuban physician who discovered that yellow fever was carried by a mosquito (the same one that carries dengue and Zika viruses today). His gesture of sharing this hypothesis with Walter Reed of the U.S. Army, then occupying Cuba, could well be the first act of Cuba-US health cooperation.

 

A good day for the opening of MEDICC’s conference, celebrating two decades of efforts to broaden the scope of bilateral collaboration, to benefit people in both countries and throughout the world. WELCOME!

 

8:30am-9:30am     Participatory Tai chi with community residents

“Meditation in Motion”, the gentle way to exercise and fight stress

Tai ChiAn experienced Cuban teacher of Tai chi will guide us through the motions and the reasons this form of exercise has become one of the world’s favorite ways to renew physically, mentally and spiritually.  We’ll be joined by local residents who practice Tai chi as part of their daily routine. (Comfortable clothes!)

10:00am-noon    (TWO OPTIONS)

1. Doctor and His Patients Talk about AIDS in Cuba: Book launch and signing by Dr. Jorge Pérez

Dr. jorge perezExcept for those living with the condition, no others have so immersed themselves in Cuba’s world of HIV/AIDS as Dr. Jorge Pérez. To Paul Farmer and other international authors, he is simply “Cuba’s AIDS doctor.” For 12 years, he directed the Santiago de las Vegas AIDS Sanatorium in Havana and, until recently, directed the Pedro Kourí Tropical Medicine Institute (IPK). He is member of the advisory board of Harvard University Medical School’s Department of Infectious Diseases and Social Change and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. “His chief contribution in Cuba,” says Paul Farmer, “was the development of a real national AIDS program that was based on his unique capacity to synthesize good clinical medicine with a public-health approach.”  (Limit: 50 participants) Books will be available for purchase.

2.  Nature’s Way: Making Healthy Cuban Refreshments (workshop)

Making Healthy Cuban RefreshmentsCubans are discovering the blessings of their homegrown vegetables and fruits…whether blended as “smoothies” or mixed with something stronger. At this demonstration and workshop, you’ll sample some of their discoveries and try your hand at original concoctions of your own. Such a tasty morning may also involve a bit of competition…healthy infusions as a team sport? (Limit: 20 participants)

1:00pm-1:45pm      LUNCH at the Meliá Varadero Hotel Buffet

2:00pm-5:00pm      (FOUR OPTIONS)

Creativity & Health: It’s no secret that culture and art provide food for our souls as well as for thought. If we take time to enjoy the rich variety of its expressions, artistic creations will lend us greater sensitivity and better health, too. The demonstrations this afternoon also provide a unique opportunity to talk with the creators of the art you’ll see them shaping, to learn about their experiences and motivations, and take home original pieces (from the late afternoon exhibit at the hotel’s art gallery).

1. Sand sculpting with award-winning young Cuban artist
Participatory activity in the sand: learn how from the best, then team up to work on your own sand sculpture. (Limit: 25 participants)

Sand SculptingErnesto Luis Folch Cabrera (Cárdenas, Matanzas, Cuba, 1992)
Sketch artist, painter and sculptor, his awards and exhibits abound. Recognized for his contribution to the Cárdenas cultural scene, Ernesto won first prize this summer for his sand sculpture at the annual event for this modality. His message: an environmentally preserved beach fostered by the Environmental Services of Matanzas Province. His sculpture: Poseidon, God of the Sea in Greek mythology.

 

2. Drawing and Painting with young Cuban artists
Introduction to basic techniques, as you watch these artists at work combining line-drawing with watercolor splashes to evoke nature through imagination. If you’d like to join, as well as watch, bring along some watercolors, acrylics or tempera paints, paper, drawing pencils (or black ink pens) and brushes.  (Limit: 25 participants)

Adrian Gomez SanchoAdrián Gómez Sancho (Cárdenas, Matanzas, Cuba, 1990)

Sketch artist, painter and sculptor, Adrián has already mounted 52 collective and eight personal exhibitions of his work. He has been recognized locally for his cultural contribution to Cárdenas.  His permanent exhibits are found at the Art Instructors School of Matanzas, the Yoruba Association of Cuba in Havana, the Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville, and the Cuban Association of Artisans and Artists (ACAA) in Cárdenas.

Carlos Alberto Rodríguez DelgadoCarlos Alberto Rodríguez Delgado (Pinar del Rio, 1988)

Graduate of Pinar del Rió Province’s Fine Arts School in 2007, Carlos Alberto has received a number of awards for his work. His paintings have been shown in personal and collective exhibits in galleries and community centers. In 2017, he joins a group of artists in a mural project in Philadelphia.

3. Visit to Matanzas City cultural scene and monument to slave rebellion leader Carlota (Limit: 25 participants)

Matanzas City cultural sceneVisit the remains of the Triunvirato sugar mill and Monument to the Rebel Slave. At the center of this powerful sculpture is Carlota, the slave woman who took up her machete in 1843 to lead a slave uprising. In homage to Carlota, her name was later given to Cuba’s military operation in Southern Africa, where Cuban volunteers fought alongside independence and anti-apartheid organizations to protect Angola’s newly won independence and free apartheid’s grip on Namibia and South Africa. Nobel laureate and author Gabriel García Márquez wrote about the mission in The Washington Post.

 

Also included:

Matanzas La Vigia Plaza.  This is the city’s central square, site of its Foundation in 1693. The plaza is surrounded by elegant 19th century buildings.

Ediciones Vigia.  Just off the Vigia Plaza is this unique publisher, founded in 1985. It produces first-edition books on a plethora of topics, all on high-quality handmade paper. The books are available in editions of 200 copies.

 

Lolo Studio and Gallery This is the brainchild of Osmany Betancourt Falcón, known as Lolo, an award-winning sculptor who works in bronze, ceramics and mixed media. He shares studio and gallery space with other artists here. The working studio and gallery is a showcase for fascinating contemporary Cuban art.

4. Visit to Cárdenas, City of Traditions (Limit: 25 participants)

Cárdenas City of Traditions“Cárdenas Identity” Community Cultural Project

Founding in 2010 in the Versailles neighborhood, where social problems were common, this project uses art to unify residents and develop community spirit. The participatory murals depict the rich indigenous, African and Spanish heritage of the region. They also brandish identifying symbols of Cárdenas—such as traditional carriages and bicycles, mixed with Afro-Cuban symbolism.

 

Horse-drawn Carriage Ride

Cárdenas is famed for its carriages, dating from centuries past, that still provide daily transport throughout the city.

 

The Rumba, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity:

Music & Dance Workshop by Columbia del Puerto

Learn from Cuba’s most renowned rumba musicians about the origins of this musical genre, declared by UNESCO as one of the world’s most exceptional intangible assets. UNESCO notes the rumba “evokes a sense of grace, sensuality and joy that aims to connect people, regardless of their social and economic background, gender or ethnicity,” deemed a “symbol of Cuban society, defending the right of cultural diversity”. The genre is secular, but derives from roots in the slave compounds of colonial Cuba, evolving as it merged African and Spanish influences. The Columbia del Puerto will demonstrate the instruments used as well as dance variations on the rumba. Finally, you’ll have the chance to join the group and move to the rhythms that have made the rumba famous worldwide: the Yambú, Guaguancó and the Columbia.

5:30 pm-6:30pm     The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Exhibit by Cuban artists & sculptors

At the hotel’s art gallery, you’ll be able to see the work of the talented artists accompanying us this week. Their work is available for purchase. (Daily from today)

8:30am-9:30am     Participatory Tai chi with community residents

“Meditation in Motion”, the gentle way to exercise and fight stress (See Monday, December 4 for details)

10:00am-noon    (TWO OPTIONS)

1. Pioneers: Founders of Cuba’s Rural Medical Service, Family Doctor-and-Nurse Program and Biotech share their experiences (Limit: 50 participants)

rural medical serviceThe Rural Medical Service (RMS) was established in 1960, when Cuban policy first focused on reaching people – mainly in rural areas – with little or no access to medical services. Hundreds of newly graduated physicians volunteered in remote areas over the next decade. Meet some of them today…

The Cuban Family Doctor-and-Nurse Program, established in the early 1980s, was the first in the developing world to cover the health needs of every citizen founded on comprehensive family practice.  Meet some of those first doctors and nurses next door…

In 1981, Cuba’s biotechnology sector was born when Cuban scientists, trained by Finnish colleagues, successfully isolated large quantities of human leukocyte interferon. Within a decade and following a $1-billion dollar investment by the Cuban government, 52 scientific research institutions were established to develop vaccines, therapies and other medical applications to meet demands of the national health system and export abroad. Today, BioCubaFarma is the umbrella company for these institutes, their production and export facilities, now self-financing and profitable. Learn from biotech pioneers about its current pipeline

2. Mixing Tradition & Health: The flavors of Cuban cuisine. A repertoire of healthy Cuban dishes taken from the country’s culinary heritage

MEDICC 20th Anniversary COnferenceProfessional Cuban chefs demonstrate their skills and share their favorite Cuban dishes and secret receipts for the holidays…taste, participate, learn and enjoy! (Limit: 20 participants)

1:00pm-1:45pm      LUNCH at the Meliá Varadero Hotel Buffet

2:00pm-5:00pm      THREE OPTIONS

1. Cuban Medical Education Cooperation: Founders and students of the Latin American School of Medicine share their experiences

ELAM GradsSince its first class of 2005, the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) has graduated nearly 30,000 physicians from low-income communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas, including the USA.  Thousands more are enrolled in the program, thanks to full scholarships offered by Cuba. These new, young doctors make a commitment to work in underserved areas upon graduation.  You’ll meet the students and one of the school’s founders. (Limit: 50 participants)

2. Visit to Matanzas City cultural scene and monument to slave rebellion leader Carlota (Limit: 25 participants)

Matanzas City cultural sceneVisit the remains of the Triunvirato sugar mill and Monument to the Rebel Slave. At the center of this powerful sculpture is Carlota, the slave woman who took up her machete in 1843 to lead a slave uprising. In homage to Carlota, her name was later given to Cuba’s military operation in Southern Africa, where Cuban volunteers fought alongside independence and anti-apartheid organizations to protect Angola’s newly won independence and free apartheid’s grip on Namibia and South Africa. Nobel laureate and author Gabriel García Márquez wrote about the mission in The Washington Post.

 

Also included:

Matanzas La Vigia Plaza.  This is the city’s central square, site of its Foundation in 1693. The plaza is surrounded by elegant 19th century buildings.

Ediciones Vigia.  Just off the Vigia Plaza is this unique publisher, founded in 1985. It produces first-edition books on a plethora of topics, all on high-quality handmade paper. The books are available in editions of 200 copies.

 

Lolo Studio and Gallery This is the brainchild of Osmany Betancourt Falcón, known as Lolo, an award-winning sculptor who works in bronze, ceramics and mixed media. He shares studio and gallery space with other artists here. The working studio and gallery is a showcase for fascinating contemporary Cuban art.

3. Visit to Cárdenas, City of Traditions (Limit: 25 participants)

Cárdenas City of Traditions“Cárdenas Identity” Community Cultural Project

Founding in 2010 in the Versailles neighborhood, where social problems were common, this project uses art to unify residents and develop community spirit. The participatory murals depict the rich indigenous, African and Spanish heritage of the region. They also brandish identifying symbols of Cárdenas—such as traditional carriages and bicycles, mixed with Afro-Cuban symbolism.

 

Horse-drawn Carriage Ride

Cárdenas is famed for its carriages, dating from centuries past, that still provide daily transport throughout the city.

 

The Rumba, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity:

Music & Dance Workshop by Columbia del Puerto

Learn from Cuba’s most renowned rumba musicians about the origins of this musical genre, declared by UNESCO as one of the world’s most exceptional intangible assets. UNESCO notes the rumba “evokes a sense of grace, sensuality and joy that aims to connect people, regardless of their social and economic background, gender or ethnicity,” deemed a “symbol of Cuban society, defending the right of cultural diversity”. The genre is secular, but derives from roots in the slave compounds of colonial Cuba, evolving as it merged African and Spanish influences. The Columbia del Puerto will demonstrate the instruments used as well as dance variations on the rumba. Finally, you’ll have the chance to join the group and move to the rhythms that have made the rumba famous worldwide: the Yambú, Guaguancó and the Columbia.

9:00pm-11:00pm    Mixing it Up! A Night of Cuban Music

Mestizaje Jazz Quartet“Mestizaje” Jazz Quartet  This ensemble seamlessly mixes Afro-Cuban elements with those of other cultures to produce sizzling, unique jazz fusion

Armonía” Traditional Cuban Music Group Founded in 2000, the group has kept the faith with Cuba’s rich spectrum of musical traditions. Its music has graced stages in the UK, Canada, France, Japan, Spain, Angola and South Africa.

8:30am-9:30am     Participatory Tai chi with community residents

“Meditation in Motion”, the gentle way to exercise and fight stress (See Monday, December 4 for details)

10:00am-noon    (TWO OPTIONS)

1. Challenges to Urban Landscapes & Community Development in Cuba By Miguel Coyula

Miguel CoyulaArchitect and urban planner. Coyula is a consultant to Cubasolar, the leading nongovernmental organization promoting use of renewable energy in Cuba, and is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, where he serves on the Commission for City, Architecture and Culture. His long career has encompassed research and policy in the areas of agricultural, industrial, neighborhood and community development. He has lectured widely at over 20 universities and research institutions throughout Latin America, the USA and Europe. (Limit: 50 participants)

2. Nature’s Way: Making Healthy Cuban Refreshments (workshop)

Making Healthy Cuban RefreshmentsCubans are discovering the blessings of their homegrown vegetables and fruits…whether blended as “smoothies” or mixed with something stronger. At this demonstration and workshop, you’ll sample some of their discoveries and try your hand at original concoctions of your own. Such a tasty morning may also involve a bit of competition…healthy infusions as a team sport? (Limit: 20 participants)

1:00pm-1:45pm      LUNCH at the Meliá Varadero Hotel Buffet

2:00pm-5:00pm      FOUR OPTIONS

  1. Ceramics with a Cuban community artist This craftsperson will share how she started in the medium, the techniques she uses to prepare modeling clay, preservation and much more.

Ceramics2Naicy Gutiérrez Hernández  Member of Cuba’s Amateur Artists’ Movement since 2014, she has participated in various exhibits locally and nationally. She teaches a course/workshop and is also professor of culinary artistry. (Work at right: “Fraternidad”, Centro Félix Varela Award, Salón Artístico Cultura de Paz, Cárdenas). (Limit: 25 participants)

2. Textile Handicrafts with young Cuban artist   Manual arts require no special instruments, and this demonstration will use needleless patchwork, Styrofoam, and fabric supports…an old but little known means to develop conceptual art that is both utilitarian and decorative

Yanetsy Cobas RamírezYanetsy Cobas Ramírez

Graduate of course on manual arts and collage, and member of the Cuban Association of Artisans and Artists (ACAA), she has participated in numerous events and exhibits in Cárdenas. Ms. Cobas has also worked with medical specialists to develop a therapeutic technique for children seen at the local neurodevelopment clinic. (Limit: 25 participants.)

3. Visit to Matanzas City cultural scene and monument to slave rebellion leader Carlota (Limit: 25 participants)

Matanzas City cultural sceneVisit the remains of the Triunvirato sugar mill and Monument to the Rebel Slave. At the center of this powerful sculpture is Carlota, the slave woman who took up her machete in 1843 to lead a slave uprising. In homage to Carlota, her name was later given to Cuba’s military operation in Southern Africa, where Cuban volunteers fought alongside independence and anti-apartheid organizations to protect Angola’s newly won independence and free apartheid’s grip on Namibia and South Africa. Nobel laureate and author Gabriel García Márquez wrote about the mission in The Washington Post.

 

Also included:

Matanzas La Vigia Plaza.  This is the city’s central square, site of its Foundation in 1693. The plaza is surrounded by elegant 19th century buildings.

Ediciones Vigia.  Just off the Vigia Plaza is this unique publisher, founded in 1985. It produces first-edition books on a plethora of topics, all on high-quality handmade paper. The books are available in editions of 200 copies.

 

Lolo Studio and Gallery This is the brainchild of Osmany Betancourt Falcón, known as Lolo, an award-winning sculptor who works in bronze, ceramics and mixed media. He shares studio and gallery space with other artists here. The working studio and gallery is a showcase for fascinating contemporary Cuban art.

4. Visit to Cárdenas, City of Traditions (Limit: 25 participants)

Cárdenas City of Traditions“Cárdenas Identity” Community Cultural Project

Founding in 2010 in the Versailles neighborhood, where social problems were common, this project uses art to unify residents and develop community spirit. The participatory murals depict the rich indigenous, African and Spanish heritage of the region. They also brandish identifying symbols of Cárdenas—such as traditional carriages and bicycles, mixed with Afro-Cuban symbolism.

 

Horse-drawn Carriage Ride

Cárdenas is famed for its carriages, dating from centuries past, that still provide daily transport throughout the city.

 

The Rumba, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity:

Music & Dance Workshop by Columbia del Puerto

Learn from Cuba’s most renowned rumba musicians about the origins of this musical genre, declared by UNESCO as one of the world’s most exceptional intangible assets. UNESCO notes the rumba “evokes a sense of grace, sensuality and joy that aims to connect people, regardless of their social and economic background, gender or ethnicity,” deemed a “symbol of Cuban society, defending the right of cultural diversity”. The genre is secular, but derives from roots in the slave compounds of colonial Cuba, evolving as it merged African and Spanish influences. The Columbia del Puerto will demonstrate the instruments used as well as dance variations on the rumba. Finally, you’ll have the chance to join the group and move to the rhythms that have made the rumba famous worldwide: the Yambú, Guaguancó and the Columbia.

6:30pm-10:00pm        MEDICC’s 20th Anniversary Gala and Concert Featuring the Featuring Tony Avila’s Group

Tony Avila's GroupThis evening we will celebrate two decades of MEDICC’s efforts to bring the US and Cuban health and medical communities together for one goal: improve the lives of people everywhere, especially the most vulnerable.

 A short program will be followed by the music of Tony Avila…one of Cuba’s most popular performing artists.

He and his group belong to the Nueva Trova movement, founded by the likes of Silvio Rodríguez…but they also play guaracha, son, merengue, bossa, ballads and fusion. They have toured the UK, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Japan, France, Sweden, Panama, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the USA. Their three CDs are: “…en tierra”, “Timbiriche” and “Que se haga la luz”. Their compositions have been recorded by other Latin American artists such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Johnny Ventura and the Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. Tony Avila’s group was nominated for Best Tropical Song in the 2016 edition of the Grammy Latinos.

December 7 is a solemn date in Cuba: it commemorates the 1896 death in battle against Spain of General Antonio Maceo, “the Bronze Titan”, a revered leader of Cuba’s independence wars.

Familiares-de-los-Mártires-59(2)Given its significance, the date was also chosen for “Operación Tributo” in 1989. On that day, in local cemeteries throughout Cuba, families buried their loved ones: the 2,085 volunteer Cuban combatants who fought the apartheid forces in Southern African and the 204 Cuban civilians who lost their lives serving in Africa.On this date, no public performances or concerts are held.

8:30am-9:30am     Participatory Tai chi with community residents

“Meditation in Motion”, the gentle way to exercise and fight stress (See Monday, December 4 for details)

10:00am-noon    (TWO OPTIONS)

  1. Women: Changing Cultural Patterns in Cuba

Marta Núñez SarmientoMarta Núñez Sarmiento PhD (Cuba, 1946) is a retired professor at the University of Havana, whose research focuses on women´s employment and gender relations in Cuba. Núñez was a David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies visiting scholar at Harvard in 2010. Since 2002, she teaches “Gender, race and inequalities” to US students in semester-abroad programs in Havana, including for Brown University’s Consortium of Advanced Studies Abroad. She was a UN consultant on gender, is a founding member of the Women´s Studies Program at the University of Havana, as well as of the Casablanca Dream Group of feminist scholars. Her latest book Yo sola me represento (I Speak for Myself) was released in 2012. (Limit: 50 participants)

2. Mixing Tradition & Health: The flavors of Cuban cuisine. A repertoire of healthy Cuban dishes taken from the country’s culinary heritage

MEDICC 20th Anniversary COnferenceProfessional Cuban chefs demonstrate their skills and share their favorite Cuban dishes and secret receipts for the holidays…taste, participate, learn and enjoy! (Limit: 20 participants))

Creativity & Health: It’s no secret that culture and art provide food for our souls as well as for thought. If we take time to enjoy the rich variety of its expressions, artistic creations will lend us greater sensitivity and better health, too. The demonstrations this afternoon also provide a unique opportunity to talk with the creators of the art you’ll see them shaping, to learn about their experiences and motivations, and take home original pieces (from the late afternoon exhibit at the hotel’s art gallery).

2:00pm-5:00pm  (FOUR OPTIONS)

1. Sand sculpting with award-winning young Cuban artist
Participatory activity in the sand: learn how from the best, then team up to work on your own sand sculpture. (Limit: 25 participants)

Sand SculptingErnesto Luis Folch Cabrera (Cárdenas, Matanzas, Cuba, 1992)
Sketch artist, painter and sculptor, his awards and exhibits abound. Recognized for his contribution to the Cárdenas cultural scene, Ernesto won first prize this summer for his sand sculpture at the annual event for this modality. His message: an environmentally preserved beach fostered by the Environmental Services of Matanzas Province. His sculpture: Poseidon, God of the Sea in Greek mythology.

 

2. Drawing and Painting with young Cuban artists Introduction to basic techniques, as you watch these artists at work combining line-drawing with watercolor splashes to evoke nature through imagination. If you’d like to join, as well as watch, bring along some watercolors, acrylics or tempera paints, paper, drawing pencils (or black ink pens) and brushes.  (Limit: 25 participants)

Adrian Gomez SanchoAdrián Gómez Sancho (Cárdenas, Matanzas, Cuba, 1990)

Sketch artist, painter and sculptor, Adrián has already mounted 52 collective and eight personal exhibitions of his work. He has been recognized locally for his cultural contribution to Cárdenas.  His permanent exhibits are found at the Art Instructors School of Matanzas, the Yoruba Association of Cuba in Havana, the Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville, and the Cuban Association of Artisans and Artists (ACAA) in Cárdenas.

 

Carlos Alberto Rodríguez DelgadoCarlos Alberto Rodríguez Delgado (Pinar del Rio, 1988)

Graduate of Pinar del Rió Province’s Fine Arts School in 2007, Carlos Alberto has received a number of awards for his work. His paintings have been shown in personal and collective exhibits in galleries and community centers. In 2017, he joins a group of artists in a mural project in Philadelphia.

3. Ceramics with a Cuban community artist This craftsperson will share how she started in the medium, the techniques she uses to prepare modeling clay, preservation and much more.

Ceramics2Naicy Gutiérrez Hernández  Member of Cuba’s Amateur Artists’ Movement since 2014, she has participated in various exhibits locally and nationally. She teaches a course/workshop and is also professor of culinary artistry. (Work at right: “Fraternidad”, Centro Félix Varela Award, Salón Artístico Cultura de Paz, Cárdenas). (Limit: 25 participants)

4. Textile Handicrafts with young Cuban artist   Manual arts require no special instruments, and this demonstration will use needleless patchwork, Styrofoam, and fabric supports…an old but little known means to develop conceptual art that is both utilitarian and decorative

Yanetsy Cobas RamírezYanetsy Cobas Ramírez

Graduate of course on manual arts and collage, and member of the Cuban Association of Artisans and Artists (ACAA), she has participated in numerous events and exhibits in Cárdenas. Ms. Cobas has also worked with medical specialists to develop a therapeutic technique for children seen at the local neurodevelopment clinic. (Limit: 25 participants.)

8:30am-9:30am     Participatory Tai chi with community residents

“Meditation in Motion”, the gentle way to exercise and fight stress (See Monday, December 4 for details)

10:00am-noon    (TWO OPTIONS)

1. Health Care for the World: Cuban health workers who have volunteered abroad share their personal stories

Nearly 373,000 Cuban health professionals have offered medical services in 162 countries since the first cooperation following the 1960 quake in Chile. Today, some 40,000 serve in 67 countries, most in the poorest urban and rural areas.

Cuban Medical Services has the responsibility for these activities, and also for medical care that foreigners choose to receive in Cuba…so-called “health tourism.” Due to the embargo, US patients are prohibited from receiving health care in Cuba, except in emergencies…at least for now. (Limit: 50 participants)

2. Nature’s Way: Making Healthy Cuban Refreshments (workshop)

Making Healthy Cuban RefreshmentsCubans are discovering the blessings of their homegrown vegetables and fruits…whether blended as “smoothies” or mixed with something stronger. At this demonstration and workshop, you’ll sample some of their discoveries and try your hand at original concoctions of your own. Such a tasty morning may also involve a bit of competition…healthy infusions as a team sport? (Limit: 20 participants)

1:00pm-1:45pm      LUNCH at the Meliá Varadero Hotel Buffet

2:00pm-5:00pm   Community & Culture: Synergy for the Future

La Colmenita Children’s Theater, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors

La ColmenitaSince 1990, the children’s musical theater group La Colmenita (The Little Beehive) has been passionately involving Cuban children, becoming one of the most fascinating projects to appear on Cuban stages across the country. Its aim is not to train professional actors but to contribute to the teaching humanistic values through artistic creation.  This children’s company has performed in schools, hospitals and some very remote locations. They have worked Patch Adams, have served as a bridge for exchanges between Cuba and the United States, performing in various US cities. Most recently, the troupe has been named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

ENJOY LA COLMENITA…MORE THAN A PERFORMANCE!