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5 Day Personal Cooking, Healing, and 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 called The Healing Tree. They welcome you to their healing space and home, a three bedroom 400-year old Gozitan farmhouse offering comfort, charm, and tranquility. Join Andrea and the house of women, as they guide and lead you for 5 days of yoga, cooking, juicing, energy healing, self-care, and inner exploration. 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, experience sunrise and sunset, cooking and juicing together, and daily card readings in which you will rest, restore, and feel rejuvenated. You will also receive 1 healing session with Andrea.

Allow yourself the opportunity to let go of the pain, suffering, and discomfort that has accumulated in the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Be supported to embrace and meet your inner world. Receive tools on how to cultivate your relationship with yourself and how to relax in the discomfort of what arises within you. Honor yourself through time and space in a safe, nurturing, guided healing sanctuary. Andrea will also be on hand for one-on-one individual and personal support and guidance if needed.

This retreat focuses on relaxation and food, allowing what has been unseen within to be seen, embraced, and transformed through support and guidance. Techniques, foods, guidance, exercises, and sessions all to support your process. (this retreat is not a replacement for medical assistance or a home for substance withdrawal).

Meet the instructors

Andrea
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Highlights

  • 4 walks / treks (3 with yoga)
  • 3 yoga & meditation sessions
  • One-on-one individual and personal support and guidance
  • 1 sunrise in silence at ancient Cart Ruts and 1 healing session with Andrea
  • 2 cooking classes, 2 cooking together sessions, 1 juicing session
  • Daily Fresh Vegetable Juice or Superfood Smoothie
  • Free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry
  • 4 nights accommodation

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 retreat will be held in 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.

Enjoy the most sought after views in the Maltese Islands with beaches, valleys, and lovely coastal walks all around. The farmhouse offers a warm, sensual, and idyllic sanctuary to re-generate and re-invent yourself.

The Healing Tree has a community garden behind the house and uses in season vegetables and herbs when in available. We also buy fresh goat cheese, goat milk, and free range eggs from our neighbor, who is a shepherd and can be seen walking her sheep and goats daily by the house. The Healing Tree accommodation is simple, modest, and nurturing. You will be well looked after and nurtured as all your basic needs are provided for.

The Healing Tree space does not have a television but it does have a large table for you to share and support one another. The triangular common area kitchen, dining room, and living room are the heart of the home. Located just below your room is the healing cave where healing therapies and session take place.

You will stay in a private bedroom of either the Pool or Earth Rooms. The Pool Room, which has an en-suite bathroom. It is the middle room, which connects to the common areas, has one queen bed and an en-suite bathroom. It has a door that connects directly to the pool. The bathroom also has a bathtub. It is the oldest room in the house and displays traditional Maltese tiles as well as high ceilings. The room is ideal for dream, relaxation, connecting within, and connection to water.

The lower room, which is partially underground, has one queen bed and an en-suite bathroom. It connects to the healing cave. It is the quietest room in the home. The room is ideal as for deep introspection and meditation. The energy of the room and its cave have been known as an initiation room, where you are able to meet, embrace, and unlock awareness and power that has previously held you back. Massages, sessions with Andrea, and yoga - weather not permitting in winter - will be held in the cave (only for those on retreat). We kindly ask you to allow us to pass through the room to the cave. All other uses of the cave are by discretion of the guest in this room.

Fresh towels and linens, a pool towel, and a hairdryer are provided. There is Wi-Fi and each room is equipped with a gas heater for winter and a fan for summer. A bathrobe and indoor slippers are also given in winter.

Program

This is a personal retreat that is conducted in flow, which means, adjusts to the natural rhythms of life and how The Healing Tree feel in the moment.

Each retreat is tailored to what you need at a specific time through diet, yoga practices, guided meditations, healing therapies, guidance, and free time. The schedule is flexible to be most suitable for your needs and reflected by the season.

Schedule

Summer schedule

Day 1: Arrival

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

Day 2

  • 08:00 - 08:30 Preparing a fresh juice together
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 10:30 Card Readings
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Session with Andrea
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 18:30 - 20:30 Outdoor Yoga, Walk & Sunset
  • 21:00 Light Dinner

Day 3

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Seaside Yoga, Meditation, and Walk
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Preparing a healthy meal together
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Cooking Class
  • 20:00 Light Dinner

Day 4

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Seaside yoga, meditation, and walk
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Card Readings
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Preparing a healthy meal together
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Cooking Class
  • 21:00 Light dinner

Day 5: Departure

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Silent sunrise meditation, walk, and swim (optional and weather permitting)
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 12:00 Check out

Winter schedule

Day 1: Arrival

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

Day 2

  • 08:00 - 08:30 Preparing a fresh juice together
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 10:30 Card Readings
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Session with Andrea
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Outdoor Yoga, Walk & Sunset
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Seaside yoga, meditation, and walk
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Card Readings
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Cooking class
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Preparing a healthy meal together
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Seaside yoga, meditation, and walk
  • ​*10:00 - 11:00 Fresh juice and breakfast
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Card Readings
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Cooking class
  • 17:00 - 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​

Karma yoga performed daily, which is, together you will clean up after meals washing, drying, and putting away the dishes. You are always welcome to help water the plants in the garden or garden if you wish too.

If the weather does not permit you to be outdoors, yoga sessions will be in the cave.

Thursday evenings from 19:00-20:30 are self-care sessions.

During Full Moon, there is the option to participate in an Ecstatic Dance and / Kirtan 5 EUR each offering.

Included excursions

The silent sunrise meditation will take place at the ancient cart ruts. You have the choice to go for a trek afterward along the coast or return home for a slow, relaxed morning.

Instructors

Andrea Ridgway

Location

Welcome to the healing sanctuary and home 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 a 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 unspoiled countryside and being close to the sea. The beauty of surrounding nature all around create an ambiance 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 three floors with three en-suite bedrooms, a 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 have your treatment session or indoor yoga classes take place (if weather is not permitting). There is also a community garden behind the home (less active in summer due to the heat).

Andrea lives in the home along with the affectionate and friendly cats: Azue, Molly, Blackie, Mama, and Tigre (who are outdoor and indoor cats).

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 can be eaten together or solo, outside on the terrace (weather permitting), picnic-style, or indoors.

Summer meals include fresh juice or superfood smoothie, breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner. Winter meals include fresh juice or superfood smoothie, breakfast, dinner, and snacks.

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.

One fresh juice or superfood smoothie will be offered daily with the exception of days off.

Example menus (not limited to the examples. 1 option served per meal)

Brunch / Breakfast

  • Fresh local fruit or vegetable juice
  • 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

Lunch / Dinner

  • Indian daal with cumin rice and/or papad
  • Mushroom rosemary risotto
  • Cashew cream gluten free vegan lasagne
  • Tomato and mushroom thyme polenta
  • Shepherd's pie with vegan meat
  • Cannelloni with fresh goat/sheep cheese and spinach
  • Coconut curry with cardamon seeds
  • Asian stir fry with peanut butter sauce
  • Tagliatelle with creamy mushroom sauce

Light dinner (summer) is a hearty soup served with gluten free crackers or gluten free bread

Snacks available include fresh fruit, an assortment of nuts and dried fruits, dark chocolate, dips (hummus, pesto, and bean), granola bars, energy balls, rice crackers, and fresh vegetables.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Pescatarian
  • 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)

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 50 EUR per player.

What's included

  • 3 Yoga & Meditation Sessions
  • 4 Walks / Treks (3 with yoga)
  • 1 Sunrise in Silence at ancient Cart Ruts
  • 1 Healing session with Andrea
  • 2 cooking classes, 2 cooking together sessions, 1 juicing session
  • Daily Card Readings
  • Optional activities / exercises to cultivate your relationship with yourself
  • Yoga Sessions with meditation and walk
  • One-on-one individual and personal support and guidance
  • Daily Fresh Vegetable Juice or Superfood Smoothie
  • Free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Self-care Thursday evenings
  • Meals made with organic vegetables from our garden (when available)
  • Gift yourself the time and opportunity to connect with yourself
  • Heal and transform in a relaxed, gentle, loving sanctuary
  • A healing environment surrounded by sun and sea
  • Free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer
  • Travel Insurance

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 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 30% 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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