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5 Day Introspection Winter Retreat: Walking, Reiki, and Yoga Retreat in Qala, Gozo

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

Peaceful Yoga Retreat Qala

Grounded in the body, surrounded by nature. Science says it is both walking and nature that provides the most powerful medicine. This retreat focuses on walking and light trekking as its bridge helping you heal, understand, and replinish yourself. Daily treks around the island, combined with guided meditations, allow you to have space to hear yourself think. Research shows walking is a useful adjunct to other treatments for serious emotional conditions. For mild to moderate stress and depression, nature walks have time and again been found to boost mood and banish stress. If you are looking for answers around you, let this retreat answer your question. Find the answer yourself within you and also confirmed by that of nature. It may be through a bird, a crystal you unearth, a sunset, a guided meditation, whatever way it presents itself to you, allow and gift yourself to opportunity to re-discover your power that you had the answer all along. Suitable for any level and any age. Beginner and experienced all welcome and encouraged. ​​

Meet the instructors

Andrea
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Highlights

  • Daily walks / treks
  • 1 Yoga sessions (hatha or yin)
  • Sunset and sunrise meditations
  • 1 Reiki and Teate energetic healing session and consultation
  • Free pickup and drop off from the Gozo ferry
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

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

The Healing Tree welcomes you to their healing space, 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.

You will find fresh lemon turmeric water available as well as fresh herbal teas. Both the indoor and outdoor living spaces are comfortable and inviting - a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere to be in and enjoy. The Healing Tree also shares their home with their two warm loving cats Molly and Azue.

Program

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 yoga sessions, nature walks, cooking, and enjoying the sun, water, and loving yourself.

Schedule

Day 1: Arrival

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

Day 2

  • 10:30 - 11:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 - 17:30 Karma yoga and free time
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Sunset yoga and guided meditation with walk

Day 3

  • 07:00 - 09:30 Morning walk / Trek
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 - 14:30 Karma yoga and free time
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Reiki and Teate healing energetic session and consult

Day 4

  • 07:00 - 09:30 Meditation by the sea and walk
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 - 14:30 Karma yoga and free time
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Evening walk / Trek with sunset

Day 5: Departure

  • 05:30 - 09:30 Sunrise meditation, and walk
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Brunch
  • 12:00 Check out

House Schedule

The retreats are flexible and in tune with your needs and feelings. Please observe some weekly house observations that may or may not impact your stay. Please contact Andrea if questions arise.

Sharing Circle

  • Every Tuesday @ 19:00 - 20:30 (7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Malta time)

Freedom Day

  • Every Thursday
  • No activities scheduled unless requested beforehand.
  • Take time for yourself in whatever way appears before you.

Fasting

  • Every Thursday
  • No meals will be cooked or served in the home
  • If you choose to eat you are welcome to eat outside or discretely in your room

Healing Sessions

  • Every Thursday @ 19:00 - 20:30 (7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Malta time)

Silence

  • 21:00 - Sunrise, daily
  • 11:00 - 14:00 Daily
  • Morning breakfast / brunches in silence
  • Observed during sunrise morning until notified
  • No Wi-Fi
  • 21:30 - 06:30 Daily

1:1 Support with Andrea

  • Available as needed (inquire directly)

Instructors

Andrea Ridgway

Location

A quiet farmhouse surrounded by beaches, an old town, and a really cute village square. Walking in this area is lovely! Shepherds and their sheep and old farms nestled in beautiful nature really make this a unique 400-year-old experience.

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
  • Seafood
  • Paleo diet
  • 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.

Akashic Records

The Akashic Records contain all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future. Akashic records are like a virtual library; the more questions we ask the more clear answers we receive. The records point out the origin of such karmic debts, patterns, or blockages, which, in most cases, can be traced back to previous lifetimes.

Akashic Records provide all the information and understanding so one can take appropriate action. They empower people so you can create a change in your life, release self-limiting beliefs, transform relationships in your inner and outer Universe and embrace peace as a way of life. They provide opportunities for growth and direction for the soul’s advancement.

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 session 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.

Spa treatments

Swedish massage

  • 60 minutes - 50 EUR
  • 90 minutes - 75 EUR

Deep tissue massage

  • 60 minutes - 60 EUR
  • 90 minutes - 85 EUR

Aromatherapy relaxing massage

  • 60 minutes - 55 EUR

Indian Head Massage:

  • 45 minutes - 40 EUR

Lomi Lomi Massage:

  • 120 minutes - 95 EUR

What's included

  • 2 yoga sessions (Yin and Hatha)
  • Sunset and sunrise meditations
  • Daily walks or treks
  • 1 Reiki and Teate energetic healing session and consultation
  • Free pickup and drop off from the Gozo ferry
  • Brunch, dinner, and healthy delicious snacks
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfer
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.

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 exact arrival time. Specific directions and location available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% 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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Availability

This vacation is available January to December 2020, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • December

 

Mid season
  • November

 

High season
  • January to May

 

Peak season
  • October

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