8 Days Yoga Retreat on the beautiful island of Gozo, Malta

Sivananda Yoga Holiday Malta

Are you ready for a yoga holiday in the stunning Mediterranean? Gozo is a jewel in the Mediterranean with wonderful weather, stunning sceneries and beaches, fully steeped in history and yet quite unspoiled. With amazing teachers guiding you through your practice, you’ll feel fully relaxed with renewed health and wellness. This is an experience that will relax, revive, and restore you!

Meet the instructors

Barbara
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Highlights

  • One free day for sightseeing
  • 2 daily yoga classes including meditation
  • Classes tailored to suit needs of each individual
  • Daily dinner except on free day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily brunch

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
Airport transfer available:
Malta International Airport (US$44 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

The retreats will be hosted at Satori, a custom built retreat center 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 away 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 Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

Program

This is an experience that will relax, revive and restore you. After the great success of Sunra Yoga's first three seasons, Sunra is delighted to offer retreats for the fourth year in this stunning location. A jewel in the Mediterranean with its wonderful weather, stunning scenery, and pristine beaches, steeped in history and as yet quite unspoiled, we invite you to come, relax, and enjoy the beautiful and unique island of Gozo. This is a great opportunity to deepen your practice and for beginners to jump in at the deep end.

Although this retreat includes meditation sessions, it focuses mainly on yoga practice. There will be two daily one and a half hour classes per day based on the Sivananda system. Both will include asanas, pranayama, and meditation.

All levels can be catered for and classes are tailored to suit each student individually. In your free time, you can just chill by the pool and relax, wander around the village or take a sightseeing tour around the island. Scuba diving and snorkeling trips are also available as well as a boat trip around Camino Island. All other activities are not included and you will be able to arrange them at your leisure.

Day 1

  • Arrival and a light dinner

Day 2

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Introduction to the week and optional personal consultation arrangement, relax by the pool or go sightseeing, have a treatment, go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner

Day 3

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Introduction to the week, relax by the pool or go sightseeing, have a treatment, go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner

Day 4

  • Free day with no yoga classes, brunch only included on this day

Day 5

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Introduction to the week, relax by the pool or go sightseeing, have a treatment, go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner

Day 6

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Introduction to the week, relax by the pool or go sightseeing, have a treatment, go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner

Day 7

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Introduction to the week, relax by the pool or go sightseeing, have a treatment, go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga followed by sunset meditation at the beach (weather permitting)
  • 18:30 Dinner

Day 8

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • Brunch
  • Departure

Instructors

Barbara Gordon
Barbara has been teaching yoga for over thirty years. She has taught yoga to over a quarter of a million people over the years and trained many of London's now leading teachers. She teaches yoga and runs courses all over the world and to date has certified over three hundred yoga teachers. Born in Scotland, she began her yoga studies in London and from there went to the Sivananda Ashram in Val Morin Canada to study with Swami Vishnudevananda in the Sivananda style of teaching yoga.

Retreat location

Gozo is easily accessed by a 45-minute ferry ride which runs 24/7 from the port in Malta, about one hour from Malta International Airport (MLA). Airlines fly daily from all over Europe offering inexpensive flights all year round.

Nearby places

  • Port of Malta - 45 minutes' ferry ride
  • Malta International Airport (MLA) - 1 to 1.5 hours

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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, Sunra Yoga requires 7 days advance notice. Herbal teas are available 24 / 7 and you can use the tap water for these. They will also provide you with drinking water.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In each week there will be one free day giving you plenty of time to travel around the island sightseeing as well as between morning and evening classes. Public transport is very cheap and easy to use. There is a flat rate of 2 EUR for any bus journey or you can purchase a 7-day Explore card for 21 EUR 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 EUR per day, also bicycles and scooters locally, please ensure you bring your license!

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 colorful 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, and a cafeteria and 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 EUR each way if you prefer to take it easy. There are also sun beds, umbrellas and a cafeteria here.  

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. 

Ġgantija in Xaghra is a megalithic 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 center with a church. These squares are generally surrounded by bars and restaurants. The churches are stunning and always worth a visit!

Spa treatments

For an additional cost, you may book a massage and other therapy treatments.

Treatments

Massage - 1 hour / 50 EUR

A relaxing and soothing deep massage to help you unwind and release tension.

Reflexology - 1 hour / 50 EUR

An ancient technique used by working on both feet, to support and balance your whole body.

Reiki - 1 hour / 50 EUR

Japanese healing by using energy work to bring you back into harmony.

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga lessons
  • 11 x 1.5 hour Sivananda classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • One free day for sightseeing
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily brunch and dinner except for the free day when brunch is served

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Spa treatments
  • Transportation from and to Malta International Airport (MLA) - this can be arranged for 35 GBP per person each way. Alternatively, you are welcome to make your varyway to the retreat, it is recommended to use Malta Direct which can be booked in advance online or by the baggage claim on arrival

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Malta International Airport (MLA). Transfer from and to the airport is included but can be arranged for 35 EUR each way per person. You will be met by their transfer company Thames Garage at the airport, the driver will be holding a sign with your name/s and will drive you to the ferry.

This takes approximately one hour, depending on traffic and the ferry ride to Gozo is a further 45 minutes. Another driver from Thames Garage will meet you on arrival in Gozo and take you to the retreat, a further 20 minutes drive. You do not need to pay for the ferry on the way to Gozo, there will be a 4.70 EUR fee on the way back.

Alternatively, you are welcome to make your own way to the retreat, it is recommended to use Malta Direct which can be booked in advance online or by the baggage claim on arrival

Arrival by ferry

Gozo is easily accessed by a twenty-minute ferry ride that runs every day from the port in Malta, 45 minutes from Malta International Airport (MLA).

Airport: Malta International Airport Airport transfer available: Malta International Airport (US$44 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 41% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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