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5 Day Cooking, Healing, and Personal Yoga Retreat in Qala

"Ta' Kemmuna" Triq II Fortin Sant Anton, Qala QLA 1770, Malta

Healing Foods Yoga Retreat Malta

Relax, renew, and recharge at the serene sanctuary and home called The Healing Tree. They welcome you to their healing space, a 400-year old Gozitan farmhouse offering comfort, charm, and tranquility. Join Andrea as she will guide and lead you for 5 days of yoga, meditation, walking, cooking, and juicing. This retreat focuses on food and you will learn about vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, and fish meals (optional) through cooking and baking. Daily outdoor private yoga classes, daily sunrises, and sunsets, visiting sacred feminine sites, and enjoying beaches and island life will be part of this retreat and help you rest, restore, and feel rejuvenated. Allow yourself the opportunity to let go of the pain, suffering, and discomfort that has accumulated in the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Dive deep in your loving embrace and understanding of yourself and the life around you. Honor yourself through time and space in a safe, nurturing, guided healing sanctuary.

Meet the instructors

Andrea
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Highlights

  • 3 energizing / relaxing yoga sessions
  • 3 calming guided meditation sessions
  • 1 Reiki and Teate Energetic Healing session
  • 2 cooking classes and 3 cooking together sessions
  • One-on-one individual and personal support and guidance
  • Meals made with organic vegetables from our garden (when available)
  • Daily fresh vegetable juice or superfood smoothie
  • Free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
03:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

The accommodation is a 400-year-old farmhouse built of the local Maltese limestone, which has been renovated and kept in old-modern style, offering comfort, charm, and relaxation.

The house is set on three floors with two en-suite queen bedrooms, a healing therapy cave, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room, fireplace, and a private pool overlooking Comino and Malta.

The farmhouse offers a warm, sensual, and idyllic sanctuary to re-generate and re-invent yourself. The Healing Tree provides fresh towels and linens, complimentary toiletries, and a hairdryer. There is Wi-Fi and each room is equipped with a gas heater (winter) and a fan (summer).

Program

This personal retreat will be conducted in privacy so one level of the house is designed for and accessed only by you. The room is equipped with a double bed, an en-suite bathroom, heater, fan, and use of the common area, kitchen, fireplace, and swimming pool. There is also a healing cave in which indoor therapies and yoga classes (depending on weather) are held.

Each retreat is tailored to what you need at a specific time through diet, yoga practices, guided meditations, healing therapies, guided walks, counseling sessions, and free time. If the weather permits, you will spend most of your time outside with sunrise yoga sessions, nature walks, cooking, and enjoying the sun, water, and loving yourself. Schedule time are flexible, not fixed, as these are personal retreats promoting relaxation and ease.

Schedule

Summer schedule

Day 1: Arrival

  • 15:00 Check in
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Day 2

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Preparing a healthy brunch and fresh juice together
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Beach / nature excursion
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Sunset Yin yoga and walk
  • 21:00 Light dinner (optional)

Day 3

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Seaside yoga, meditation, and walk
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Preparing a healthy lunch / dinner together
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Cooking class
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Reiki and Teate healing energetic session and consult
  • 21:00 Light dinner (optional)

Day 4

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Seaside yoga, meditation, and walk
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Cooking class
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Preparing a healthy lunch / dinner together
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 21:00 Light dinner (optional)

Day 5: Departure

  • 05:30 - 08:30 Silent sunrise meditation, walk, and swim (optional)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 12:00 Check out​

Winter schedule

Day 1: Arrival

  • 15:00 Check in
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Day 2

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Preparing a healthy brunch and fresh juice together
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Nature / island excursion
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Sunset Yin yoga and walk
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Seaside yoga, meditation, and walk
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Cooking class
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Preparing a healthy dinner together
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Reiki and Teate healing energetic session and consult

Day 4

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Seaside yoga, meditation, and walk
  • ​*10:30 - 11:30 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Cooking class
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Preparing a healthy dinner together
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Day 5: Departure

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Silent sunrise meditation, walk, and swim (optional)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 12:00 Check out​

Instructors

Andrea Ridgway

Location

Welcome to the healing sanctuary of The Healing Tree. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea on the island of Gozo in the village of Qala. Gozo, which means 'joy', is a little spit of land sitting in the Mediterranean Sea with unique rocky coastal landscape, waters so crystal-clear and the sky so bright blue that you’ll have to rub your eyes to believe what you are seeing. Gozo is the second largest island of the Maltese Archipelago and is an ideal destination for those who treasure a slow, relaxed rhythm of life and cherish unspoilt countryside and being close to the sea. The beauty of surrounding nature all around create an ambience of complete peace.

The Healing Tree welcomes you to our Gozitan farmhouse built of the local Maltese limestone, which has been renovated and kept in old-modern style, offering comfort, charm and relaxation. Set on 3 floors with 3 en-suite bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen and living room overlooking the private pool and nature views of Gozo and sea views of the Blue Lagoon, Comino, and Malta. There is also a cave room, where you can book your therapy and/or treatment session.

Our home and lifestyle is based on relaxation, peace, and harmony. While there is Wifi, you will find a better signal without it as our home is connected with nature, animals, sunrise, and walking trails. We share our space with our three cats: Azué, Molly, and Puss. We buy fresh goat cheese, goat milk, and free range eggs from our neighbour, who is a shepherd and can be seen daily walking her sheep and goats by the house. Our living is simple, modest, and nurturing. You will be well looked after and nurtured as all your basic needs are provided for. Our space does not have a television but it does have a large table for us all to share and support one another. Our triangular common area kitchen, dining room, and living room are the heart of the home. Located just below is the healing cave where healing therapies and session take place. There are two guest rooms, one on each floor, which both allow private space and comfort with an en-suite bathroom.

Food

All meals are vegetarian/vegan and usually gluten-free and it can be bio and organic when available. The meals are a combination of hot, warm, cool food depending on the weather. Meals are eaten together, family-style with always an option for second helpings outside on the terrace (weather permitting), picnic-style, or indoors together.

Meals are prepared by Andrea or vegan chef Petra, who has extensive experience as a vegan raw chef here on the islands and cooking for retreats.

All meals are vegetarian and gluten-free, bio or organic when available prepared by Andrea or vegan chef Petra. One fresh fruit or vegetable juice will be offered daily, as well as a combination of hot, warm, cool foods depending on the weather

Meals are eaten together, family-style, outside on the terrace (weather permitting) as a picnic, or indoors together.

Example menus

Brunch

  • Fresh local fruit or vegetable juice
  • Homemade local goat milk's yogurt
  • Fresh local fruit or vegetable superfood smoothie
  • Warm spicy porridge with fruits, nuts, or seeds
  • Soaked chia seeds in coconut milk with local fruit
  • Spinach pie
  • Chia pudding with granola
  • Overnight porridge
  • Forrest fruit or apple vanilla crumble
  • Gluten-free onion and herbal bread with hummus and veggies

Dinner

  • Indian daal with cumin rice and papad
  • Mushroom risotto
  • Tomato and mushroom thyme polenta
  • Shepherd's pie with vegan meat
  • Cannelloni with fresh cheese and spinach
  • Coconut curry with cardamon seeds
  • Asian stir fry with peanut butter sauce
  • Tagliatelle with creamy mushroom sauce

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Paleo diet
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
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)

Ġgantija temples

Ġgantija is a megalithic temple complex from the Neolithic on the Mediterranean island of Gozo. The Ġgantija temples are the earliest of the Megalithic Temples of Malta. The Ġgantija temples are older than the pyramids of Egypt. The trip will start at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and priced at 10 EUR.

Game of transformation

Awaken to see your life from a different perspective - your soul's perspective. A conscious game that illuminates, acknowledges, and gives space to perceived obstacles, confusion, and suffering as well as lights the way to embrace, heal, and evolve. Experience calm reflection, sharing, and guidance, where self-discovery and growth become enjoyable. The retreat is priced at 45 EUR per player.

Past life reading and healing priced at 75 EUR, one question reading is 30 EUR, and three-month energy forecast is 90 EUR.

Aguahara water session

Aguahara is a gentle form of aquatic bodywork used for deep relaxation and passive aquatic therapy. It is characterized by one-on-one sessions in which a practitioner gently cradles, moves stretches, and massages a receiver in water. It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching, and dance.

The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched. The deeply relaxing effects of warm water and nurturing support, combine with movements, stretches, massage, and point work, to create a bodywork with a range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing on many levels. Warm water sessions is 50 EUR and Mediterranean sea session is 40 EUR.

Lomi Lomi and Swedish massage

"Lomi" is a Hawaiian name which means "massage". In literal translation, it means pressing but also stroking - "touching with a soft paw of a content cat". Repeating the word "lomi" gives it a double power and shows how special it is. Lomi-lomi gives you a special feeling of bliss and satisfaction.

The massage is performed on the whole physical body as well as on the energetic "bodies" which surround the physical one. The massage is like a dance around the patient with great harmony and grace, which looks really beautiful. Its techniques different from western massage through the application of forearm movements and stretch techniques. Two hours session will cost 90 EUR.

What's included

  • 3 energizing / relaxing yoga sessions
  • 3 calming guided meditation sessions
  • 4 walks / treks
  • 1 sunrise in silence
  • 1 Reiki and Teate Energetic Healing session
  • 2 cooking classes
  • 3 cooking together sessions
  • Learn how to cook healthy, fresh, local meals, smoothies, and snacks
  • Visit Sacred Sites of Crystal and Feminine Civilizations
  • Free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry
  • 1 daily fresh fruit or vegetable juice
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer
  • Aguahara water session
  • Lomi Lomi and Swedish massage
  • Sailing
  • Ayurvedic herbs
  • Game of transformation
  • Akashic records

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions

Specific directions and location available upon request.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Malta International Airport (MLA).

Arrival by bus

There is a direct bus X1 (2 EUR) that will take you from the airport directly to the Gozo Ferry Terminal. The journey by bus takes over an hour and you will enjoy some nice views of Malta on the way.

Arrival by shuttle

The Healing Tree can organize a shuttle bus from the airport to the ferry terminal in Malta (Cirkewwa) and the cost is around 8 EUR. Please send your flight details and arrival time to The Healing Tree so they can arrange it for you.

Arrival by taxi

The Healing Tree can also organize a taxi from the airport to the ferry terminal in Malta (Cirkewwa) and the cost is around 25 EUR. Please send your flight details and arrival time to The Healing Tree so they can arrange it for you.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season
  • December - March
Mid season
  • October - November
  • April - May
High season
  • June - September

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