8 Days Meditation and Yoga Holiday in Gozo, Malta

8 Days Meditation and Yoga Holiday in Gozo, Malta

  • Sunra Yoga, Gozo Island, 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!

Highlights

  • One free day for sightseeing
  • Tailored class for each individual
  • 2 daily yoga classes including meditation
  • Daily dinner except on free day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily brunch
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The guests will be staying in the lovely 3-star resorts of Tal Fanal and Ta Frenc which are right opposite each other & sharing a spacious 2-4 bedroom apartment. The complexes are located on the edge of Ghasri offering an ideal location to relax & unwind. There is a large yoga room and outdoor space for your daily practice and both compounds have their own large pool and sun terraces.

Villagg Tal-Fanal, a 10 minute drive from the capital city Victoria, is a cluster of apartments superbly finished with typical rustic style interiors and farmhouse style stone arches and wooden beams. Set in the heart of the peaceful Gozitan countryside, guests can enjoy beautiful country and/or distant sea views. There is a small well-stocked mini-market within walking distance from the village and the bus stop is a 5 minute walk away.

There are twenty six apartments in all (two, three or four bedrooms), each having a well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable living room. The two bed-roomed apartments have two bathrooms each, one of which is ensuite. All the two bed-roomed apartments have a large terrace on ground or first floor level. The three bed-roomed apartments are all on the ground floor level with a large terrace; they have two or three bathrooms.

A large swimming pool and sunbeds are at the disposal of the residents. The village is adorned with plants, and there is an atmosphere of complete relaxation and tranquility. All residents may park their cars in a large underground car park situated beneath part of the village itself. A weekly maid service including change of linen and towels is included during your stay.

The newly built complex of Tal Frenc consists of 26 beautifully furnished apartments. It is situated right across the road from "Villagg Tal-Fanal".

Each apartment consists of two twin-bedded bedrooms (one with bath or shower room ensuite), separate shower room / WC, fully equipped kitchen and very spacious living/dining area with cable TV. The apartments have either a terrace or a balcony overlooking the large common swimming pool; most also enjoy fantastic country and distant sea views.

Single occupancy and ensuite bathroom supplement options are subject to availability. Twin share room is available if another guest of the same gender wishes to share. Free WiFi available.

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 the 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 round 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. Introduction to the week. Light dinner.

Day 2

  • 08:00 - 09:30am Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch, relax by the pool or go sightseeing, have a treatment, go to the beach.
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga
  • 19.00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 08:00 - 09:30am Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch, relax by the pool or go sightseeing, have a treatment, go to the beach.
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga
  • 19.00 Dinner

Day 4

  • Free Day with no yoga classes. Brunch

Day 5

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 19.00 Dinner

Day 6

  • 08:00 - 09:30am Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch, relax by the pool or go sightseeing, have a treatment, go to the beach.
  • 17.00 - 18.30 Yoga
  • 19.00 Dinner

Day 7

  • 08:00 - 09:30am Yoga
  • 10:00 Brunch, relax by the pool or go sightseeing, have a treatment, go to the beach.
  • Late afternoon yoga (weather permitting) followed by sunset meditation at the stunning Azure Window.
  • 19.00 Dinner

Day 8

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Yoga
  • Brunch
  • Departure.
  • 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.

Sunra is delighted to offer holidays to this stunning new location. A jewel in the Mediterranean with its wonderful weather, stunning scenery and beaches, steeped in history and as yet quite unspoiled, they invite you to come, relax and enjoy this beautiful island of Gozo!

The island is a masterpiece created by nature, with its pristine shoreline, untouched country trails, baroque architecture and 7000 years of culture. The government have a project in place to make it an Eco island with a view to complete the project by 2020 and it is fastly becoming a tourist attraction in its own right.

Gozo is easily accessed by a 20-minute ferry ride which runs 24/7 from the port in Malta, 1 to 1.5 hours from Malta International Airport (MLA). Airlines fly daily from all over Europe offering inexpensive flights all year round. For UK flights please look at www.airmalta.com www.ryanair.com and www.easyjet.com For flights from Europe and worldwide please look at www.skyscanner.net.

Sunra are running the 2017 Gozo yoga holidays at Villagg Tal Fanal & Ta Frenc in Ghasri, Gozo’s smallest village dominated by Ta Gurdan Lighthouse standing 180m above sea level on a flat topped hill, high above the village. A steep path leads up to the lighthouse, with the reward of spectacular 360 degree views across the island. The village lies nestled between the hills of Zebbug and Ghammar overlooking the Ghasri Valley, which is ideal for walkers and cyclists alike. The scenery ends in a beautiful tight gorge dropping into the sea, a sight popular with divers.

The nearest place to swim in the sea is Ghasri Gorge, a 15 minute walk away from Tal Fanal. There are many steps up & down but it's totally worth the effort! Another fabulous location to swim is at the inlet at Dwejra beside the Azure Window, where you will also have a yoga class & sunset Meditation, weather permitting. The inlet is a natural lagoon of seawater linked to the Mediterranean Sea through a narrow opening formed by a natural arch and a 50-metre cave.

​The beach 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. The Maltese Luzzu boats pass through the tunnel of the inlet and you can take a ride through the tunnel to explore the nearby caves - Fungus Rock and Azure Window for an additional cost of 4 EUR.

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 EUR each way if you prefer to take it easy. There are also sun beds, umbrellas and a cafeteria here. The bus stop is a 5 minute walk from the venue and from there you can take a 15 minute bus ride from Victoria & then another bus on to both beaches. Please note from Ghasri to Victoria the buses run once per hour. There is a flat rate of 2 EUR for any bus journey, however the ticket lasts for two hours, so you can use it on any bus route. You can also hire cars, bicycles & scooters locally, please ensure you bring your license!

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.

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

Nearby places

  • Port of Malta - 20 minutes' ferry ride
  • Malta International Airport (MLA) - 1 to 1.5 hours

We are delighted to offer you brunch and dinner. Your meals are served by Philen, That Indian Food Guy - your personal chef for the week. He specializes in the use of Spices (according to India's 5000yr old Life Science, Ayurveda) for their healing and health-enhancing properties. Drink spiced teas and eat a variety of exciting vegetarian meals; let your taste buds tingle with exotic aromas and flavours; feel your body's digestive system heal and your immune system and energy boosted.

Having your personal chef, means that every meal is tailor made for you. Personalised Spice Blends can also be prepared for you to take home. Speak openly with him, ask questions and allow yourself to be healed by nature during your retreat.

Special dietary needs can be met. We do require 7 days advance notice please. Herbal teas are available & you can use the tap water for these. We will also provide you with drinking water.

Visit the beaches

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. The bus stop is a 10 minute walk from the farmhouse and from there you can take a 15 minute bus ride from Victoria, then another bus on to both beaches. Please note from Gharb to Victoria the buses run once per hour. There is a flat rate of 2 EUR for any bus journey, however the ticket lasts for two hours, so you can use it on any bus route. You can also hire cars, bicycles, and scooters locally, please ensure you bring your license.

Visit Victoria, capital of Gozo

Victoria, the capital of Gozo, is busy 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.

Visit Ġgantija in Xaghra

Ġgantija 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.

Other activities

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 and evening classes. Public transport is very cheap and easy to use. Alternatively you can just chill by the pool and relax, book a full body or hot stone massage, Reiki or Reflexology at the De-Stress treatment room directly across the road. Shirley Shone, who offers the treatments, is a wonderful, highly trained and qualified therapist. Dr Ira Kudinova, a medical doctor and pathologist, will be offering Korean Acupuncture at the farmhouse or apartment.

The nearest place to swim in the sea is the inlet at Dwejra beside the Azure Window, where you will also have a yoga class and sunset Meditation, weather permitting. This takes 40 minutes, very scenic walk from the Farmhouse. They are some of the most beautiful and spectacular spots on the Island and most of our guests choose to walk there and then take the bus back as it is quite steep.

The inlet is a natural lagoon of seawater linked to the Mediterranean Sea through a narrow opening formed by a natural arch and a 50-metre cave. The beach 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. The Maltese Luzzu boats pass through the tunnel of the inlet and you can take a ride through the tunnel to explore the nearby caves - Fungus Rock and Azure Window for 4 EUR.

For an additional cost, you may book a massage and other therapy treatments, Details will be on arrival.

  • 2 daily yoga lessons
  • 11 x 1.5 hour Sivananda classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • One free day for sightseeing
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transportation from and to Malta International Airport (MLA)
  • Daily brunch and dinner except for the free day when brunch is served
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • 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 own way to the retreat.

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 40 EUR each way per car. 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 20 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.

Arrival by ferry

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

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Sunra Yoga has been running yoga holidays for over 30 years, yoga classes, teacher training, meditation, sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and yoga diving.

  • Availability: The Yoga Retreats of this organizer are available 85% of the time.
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8 days / 7 nights

Supplement

Single room supplement 120 GBP per week (STA). Ensuite bathroom supplement 35 GBP per week per room (STA)

Seasonal Rates

Prices varies depending on the season.

Departure:
Friday December 8, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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