Gozo yoga holiday in Malta

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

Highlights

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 it’s 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 London’s Sivananda Yoga Centre, the retreat receives a maximum of ten guests, so there’s plenty of personal attention. Barbara has been teaching for 50 years, and can quickly ascertain her student’s physical and spiritual needs.

As well as yoga, you’ll benefit from nutritional advice and therapeutic treatments. You can also book a private consultation at the beginning of the week to discuss your requirements. You’ll 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.

The retreats will be hosted at Satori, a custom built retreat centre comprising of four villas built around a private pool, near the village of Xaghra. In this serene environment you really have the feeling of getting way from it all, making it such an ideal location for a retreat! .

The spacious villas have two to four bedrooms with ample bathroom facilities, a kitchen, dining room and terrace. There is an outdoor and indoor space for your yoga practice and a pool area with stunning views. There is also a dedicated treatment room. Complimentary WIFI is available throughout the property.

Xaghra is a very quaint village with a number of restaurants and bars dotted round the village square. It is located in the North East part of Gozo, mid-way between Victoria (Gozo's capital city) and Ramla Bay (one of Gozo's most popular sandy beaches), on a plateau 140 metres above sea level. It is possibly the earliest inhabited part of Gozo, being home to the Ggantija megalithic temples, the Xaghra Stone Circle, as well as natural underground features such as Xerri's Grotto and Ninu's Cave. There are beautiful walks all around the area.

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).

Meals:
Nutritious vegetarian/vegan food based on an Alkaline diet will be served throughout which will enhance your body to detox.Special dietary needs can be met, we require 7 days advance notice please. Herbal teas are available 24/7 & you can use the tap water for these. We will also provide you with drinking water.

Treatments:
Massage - 1 hr/€50
A relaxing & soothing deep massage to help you unwind & release tension

Reflexology - 1hr/€50
An ancient technique used by working on both feet, to support & balance your whole body

Reiki - 1hr/€50
Japanese healing by using energy work to bring you back into harmony

Acupuncture - Up to 1.5hrs/€65
Using traditional acupuncture to help with ailments & restore harmony

More about the area:
In each week there will be one free day giving you plenty of time to travel round the island sightseeing as well as between morning & evening classes. Public transport is very cheap and easy to use. There is a flat rate of €2 for any bus journey or you can purchase a 7-day Explore card for €21 which you can use to go to all the sites of interest in any part of Malta and Gozo. You can hop on or off anytime, as many times as you want, at any time. This card is valid for travel on day services and night services. You can also hire cars from €15 per day, bicycles & scooters locally, please ensure you bring your licence!

The nearest place to swim in the sea is Ramla Beach, a ten minute walk away. Another fabulous location to swim is at the inlet at Dwejra. The coastline is very picturesque with traditional colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down, and with beautiful nature surrounding the lagoon. It has shallow, calm and safe waters with a pebbly shore and seabed.

There are two sandy beaches on the island. Ramla Bay, which is the largest of the two, offers sun beds, umbrellas & a cafeteria & San Blas, which is small with a very steep walk from the road, but worth the trek! There is a jeep service available for €3 each way if you prefer to take it easy. There are also sun beds, umbrellas & a cafeteria here.

Victoria, the capital of Gozo, is buzzy & lively, full of shops, restaurants & cafes where you can sit outside & watch the world go by. You can also visit Gran Castello, a citadel in an area of Victoria which has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. The Cittadella is a combination of a medieval castle and an early modern gunpowder fortress, with its northern walls retaining a largely medieval form and its southern walls dating back to a 17th-century reconstruction.

Victoria, the capital of Gozo, is buzzy and lively, full of shops, restaurants, and cafes where you can sit outside and watch the world go by. You can also visit Gran Castello, a citadel in an area of Victoria which has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. The Cittadella is a combination of a medieval castle and an early modern gunpowder fortress, with its northern walls retaining a largely medieval form and its southern walls dating back to a 17th-century reconstruction.

Ggantija in Xaghra is a megolithic temple, the oldest known ruins in the world, even older than the Pyramids. Coach parties stop here but if you wait for them to pass through it is much easier to get a sense of the scale of the temples and the effort it must have taken to construct then so long ago. There is some information given out and tickets for here also get you into the Ta Kola windmill and can be used once for each attraction over a couple of weeks so you don't need to visit them both on the same day

Most villages in Gozo have a quaint square in its centre with a church. These squares are generally surrounded by bars and restaurants. The churches are stunning and always worth a visit!

Dates & Prices 2019:
April 18th - 28th (Minimum stay 7 nights) - £650
May 9th - 16th - £650
Jun 20th - 27th - £720
July 10th - 17th - £720
Aug 1st - 8th - £790
Sept 6th - 13th - £790
Oct 3rd - 10th - £650

Prices are per person sharing a twin room (booking together)
Twin or triple share is available if another guest/s of the same
gender wishes to share (booking separately)
Single supplement £120, subject to availability
For triple rooms bookings £50 will be deducted per person

Includes:
7 nights accommodation
11 x 1.5 hour Sivananda classes
Meditation class
Brunch x 7
Dinner x 6

Excludes:
Treatments: €50 - €65
Flights & Holiday Insurance
50 Eurocents Eco Tax per day per person

Transfers - we can arrange these from/to Malta Luqa Airport (MLA), the cost is as follows:
€40 each way (1 person)
€60 each way (2 persons)
€80 each way (3-4 persons)
€100 each way (4 persons plus)

Alternatively you can arrange your own transport via Malta Transfer online or next to baggage claim on arrival.

The ferry is €4.65 for the round trip, to be paid only on the return journey back to Malta.

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2019: 18 Apr, 21 Apr, 9 May, 20 Jun, 10 Jul, 1 Aug, 6 Sep, 3 Oct
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Environment

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 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 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.

Community

The holiday is hosted in a locally owned retreat centre 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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