Gozo yoga holiday in Malta

“Head to the gorgeous island of Gozo for a week of restorative yoga, nourishing food and optional excursions.”


Learn or deepen your practice with experienced instructors | nutritional advice and therapeutic treatments | stay in a centuries old farmhouse | maximum of ten guests at the retreat

Description of Gozo yoga holiday in Malta

This yoga holiday in Malta takes you to the beautiful island of Gozo, 25 minutes by ferry from the mainland. Although itís only 67km sq, Gozo packs in plentiful attractions, from beautiful beaches, to baroque architecture, to unspoilt hiking trails, to clear waters ripe for snorkelling and diving, not to mention the year-round sunny climate that make it the perfect choice for a yoga holiday. A government project aims to make Gozo an eco-island by 2020.

The retreat is a fabulous chance to increase your knowledge or, for beginners, to jump in at the deep end! Hosted by Barbara Gordon, the founder and director of Londonís Sivananda Yoga Centre, the retreat receives a maximum of ten guests, so thereís plenty of personal attention. Barbara has been teaching for 50 years, and can quickly ascertain her studentís physical and spiritual needs.

As well as yoga, youíll benefit from nutritional advice and therapeutic treatments. You can also book a private consultation at the beginning of the week to discuss your requirements. Youíll leave the retreat feeling revitalised both physically and mentally, thanks to the combination of yoga, nutrition, meditation, sun, sea and fresh air.

There are two 90 minute Sivananda yoga classes per day, with one free day per week. Sivananda is a gentle version of Hatha yoga, incorporating pranayama, asanas, stretching & meditation.

Your accommodation:
The retreat takes place at Dar il Hena, meaning "house of happiness, peace and tranquillity." Set in the village of Ghasri, itís a beautiful 300 year old converted farmhouse with modern facilities including free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, a treatment/meditation room and indoor and outdoor yoga space. Each of the four bedrooms has a private bathroom and one has its own terrace.

Barbara Gordon has been practising yoga since 1972 and running yoga holidays since 1980. After completing her initial training with Swami Vishnudevananda, a direct disciple of Sivananda, she studied with many great masters including Swami Satchitananda, Swami Venkateshananda and Baba Ram Das. Her current teacher is Guruji Mohan, who she visits every year for further training and inspiration. She has studied and practised several forms of Hatha Yoga as well as Buddhist and Hindu Meditation. She also enjoys Bhajan (Sanskrit Chanting).

Also teaching at the retreat is Jane Nayar, who teaches dynamic yoga. Jane has practised yoga for 22 years and finished her training in September 2013, although she continues to train whenever possible. She has been living in Gozo for the past few years.

Brunch and dinner are included, and are prepared by Philen, our personal chef. He specialises in the use of spices and is very knowledgeable about their health-enhancing properties. Each meal can be tailored to suit your needs. Philen offers a free cooking class, and personalised spice blends can also be prepared for you to take home!.

About the area:
Ghasri Gozoís smallest village. It has a supermarket and a charming restaurant, both a short walk away from the retreat. Ta Gurdan Lighthouse sits on a hill above the village, 180m above sea level, and offers incredible 360 degree views across the island. The surrounding landscape is perfect for both walkers and cyclists. A 15 minute walk away from the retreat is Ghasri Gorge, where you can walk down steep steps for a swim in the sea. Another great swimming spot is the inlet at Dwejra, where youíll have a yoga class & sunset meditation, if the weather is good. Gozo also has two sandy beaches, Ramla Bay and San Blas.

Gozoís capital, Victoria has plentiful cafes, shops and restaurants, as well as a historic citadel. Ggantija in Xaghra is a megolithic temple and the oldest known ruins in the world, even older than the Pyramids!

During the retreat youíll have one free day to explore the island. Public transport is cheap and straightforward so itís easy to get around. Alternatively, you could use your free time to simply relax by the pool.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Check dates

2018: 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 22 Apr, 13 May, 9 Jun, 1 Jul, 20 Jul, 3 Sep, 13 Oct, 3 Nov

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Gozo yoga holiday in Malta


We are lucky enough to be based on an island that the government of Malta is aiming to make an eco island by 2020. To support this we aim to be as eco-friendly as possible, helping to preserve this beautiful island.

Wherever we are teaching we encourage people to use public transport which is very good on the island, or to hire a bike to minimise carbon output. The island is quite small, so easy to get around, and many sites are easily within walking distance.

We provide guests with a locally made bag to discourage the use of plastic bags. We make our guests aware of the huge importance of using resources, such as water, carefully on the island, and encourage switching off lights, not leaving fans/ a/c on when out of rooms etc. We also encourage the re-use of plastic bottles, and can point out the best places around the island to fill these.


The holiday is hosted in a locally owned farmhouse. Apart from the main yoga teachers, all staff are employed locally, from taxi drivers to to tour guides, creating more income for the local inhabitants of Gozo.

We will be encouraging guests to buy from local cottage industries, and aim to introduce them to as many local businesses as possible, so that in every way we aim to support the local economy and infrastructure.

For our meals we use home-grown and locally grown produce where possible. Many of the farms on the island are still in operation today, so we patronise these as a priority to ensure their continued success. We encourage guests to go to local markets, and above all respect this tiny island for its ancient culture and incredible quaintness.

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