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Women's Health, Yoga, and Meditation Retreat in Malta

Welcome to the serene home sanctuary called The Healing Tree. Andrea welcomes you to her life, her home, and family; a three bedroom 400-year old Gozitan farmhouse offering comfort, sisterhood, and tranquility. Join Andrea as she accompanies you for fourteen days to return and remember your nature and authenticity. This environment allows and supports you to be your authentic self.

​After over a decade of service in the field, Andrea approaches retreats like she does life: play with what arises in a spiritual- human way. Spontaneity, creativity, and joy of whatever arises is the dance of life. Support and sharing are the cornerstones. In the home, taking responsibility for what we feel as well as owning our own authenticity is essential. Join her family of cats and local women who warmly welcome you to share and remember the beautiful gift of being human experiencing life.

Meet the instructors

Andrea
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Highlights

  • Reiki and Teate session
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Womb and cycle consultations with Iris
  • Meals made with organic vegetables from our garden (when available)
  • Free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry
  • Self-care Thursday evenings
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Visit sacred sites

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


12 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
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Andrea welcomes you to her magical home, 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 lies on a ley line connected to a water portal just off the island of Comino. A magical space abundant in local crystals, plants, cats, and love.

The house is set on three floors with three en-suite 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 inspiration to regenerate and reveal yourself.

The Healing Tree has a garden behind the pool 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.

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 warm loving cats Molly, Tigre, Blackie, Oscar, Louisa, and Azue (all of which are indoor and outdoor cats).

You will stay in a private bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Fresh towels and linens, 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.

Pool Room

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, and connection to water.

Earth Room

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. It is also the warmest room in the winter and the coolest room in summer (if you are temperature sensitive).

Massages, sessions with Andrea, some ecstatic dances, and yoga - weather not permitting in winter - will be held in the cave (only for those on retreat). Since this is a one to one retreat, the other room will remain closed for the duration of the retreat.

Program

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, emotional release, and how to navigate and discern the discomfort of what arises within you. Honor yourself through time and space in a safe, nurturing, sanctuary. Andrea will also be on hand for one-on-one individual and personal support and guidance if needed.

Life in the home focuses on relaxation and authenticity, allowing what has been unseen within to be seen, embraced, and transformed through support, gentle guidance and self-realisation. Movement, 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). ​

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

Each retreat is tailored to what you need at a specific time. ​The schedule is flexible to be most suitable for your needs and reflected by the season.

Schedule

Day 1: Arrival

  • 15:00 Check in
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • ​*19:00 - 19:45 Session with Andrea

Day 2

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Seaside Yoga, Meditation, and Walk
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Massage
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Emotional Release Techniques
  • Integrating Parts of the Self (Aspecting)
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Ecstatic Dance
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Integrating Parts of the Self (Aspecting)
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Game of Transformation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Seaside Yoga, Meditation, and Walk
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Floatation Therapy
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 5

  • Day OFF (breakfast included)

Day 6

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Ecstatic Dance
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Womb Consultation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 7

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Seaside Yoga, Meditation, and Walk
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • ​*14:00 - 16:00 Yoni Steam
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Visit Sacred Sites / Nature Excursion
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 8

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Seaside Yoga, Meditation, and Walk
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Visit Sacred Sites / Nature Excursion
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 9

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Ecstatic Dance
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Visit Sacred Sites / Nature Excursion
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 10

  • Day OFF (Fasting)

Day 11

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Ecstatic Dance
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Reiki Session
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 12

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Seaside Yoga, Meditation, and Walk
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Womb Consultation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 13

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Seaside Yoga, Meditation, and Walk
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Massage
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 14: Departure

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Silent sunrise meditation & walk
  • 07:00 - 08:15 Ecstatic Dance
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Fresh Juice & Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Card Readings
  • 12:00 Check out

Notes

  • Opportunity to stay extra nights before and after the retreat. Please ask about the possibilities of extra nights when making a reservation.
  • Karma yoga performed daily, which is, together we 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 weather does not permit us to be outdoors, yoga sessions will be in the cave.
  • Thursday evenings from 19:00-20:30 are self-care sessions.

Included excursions

  • Sacred sites
  • Nature excursions

The silent sunrise meditation will take place at the ancient cart ruts.

Instructors

Andrea Ridgway

Location

Welcome to the home of Andrea Ridgway. 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 creates an ambiance of complete peace.

Andrea welcomes you to her home, a Gozitan farmhouse built of the local Maltese limestone, which has been renovated and kept in old-modern style, offering comfort, sisterhood, 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.

Andrea lives in the top part of her home. The home and lifestyle is based on relaxation, play, and inspiration. While there is Wifi, you will find a better signal without it as our home is connected with nature, animals, sunrise, and walking trails. She shares her space with five affectionate cats: Azué, Molly, Louisa, Oscar, and Blackie. Buying fresh goat cheese, goat milk, and free range eggs from the neighbour, who is a shepherd and can be seen daily walking her sheep and goats by the house. Life is simple, supportive, and nurturing. You will be well looked after and nurtured as all your basic needs are provided for. The home does not have a television but it does have a large table for everyone 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 is the heart cave where healing therapies and session take place. ​ ​

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

All meals are vegetarian/vegan, local catch (fish) available upon request, and usually gluten-free and 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. ​

Meals include fresh juice or superfood smoothie, breakfast, and dinner.

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

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

Breakfast

  • Fresh vegetable and fruit juice with homemade kombucha
  • Protein-packed vegetable superfood smoothie
  • Warm spicy porridge with fruits, nuts, and seeds
  • Soaked chia seeds in plant milk with local fruit
  • Spinach pie
  • Chia pudding with granola
  • Overnight porridge with berries
  • Forrest fruit or apple vanilla crumble
  • Gluten-free onion and herbal bread with hummus and veggies
  • Keto pancakes with fresh fruit

Dinner

  • Pumpkin Sage Risotto
  • Tomato and Mushroom Thyme Polenta
  • Asian Stir-Fry with Peanut Ginger Sauce
  • Mexican Chocolate Chilli with Wild Rice & Guacamole
  • Fresh Indian Daal with Hot Pickle, Cucumber & Tomato Salad & Homemade Chipatis
  • Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Fresh Leaf Salad
  • Moroccan Tagine with Fig Couscous & Homemade Hummus
  • Slow Cooked Lentil & Butternut Pie with Creamy Mash & Homemade Gravy
  • Tofu & Mushroom Ramen with Fresh Vegetables
  • Spiced Aubergine Persian Pie with Pomegranate Honey Glazed Carrots & Tabbouleh
  • Lasagne with Cashew Cream & Fresh Leaf Salad
  • Wattaka Sri Lankan Curry with Pickle & Homemade Flatbread
  • Soy-Free Mexican Tacos with Guacamole & Salsa
  • West African Peanut & Chilli Stew with Wild Rice & Mint Yogurt
  • Quinoa Spaghetti Meatballs with fresh leaf salad
  • Middle-Eastern Squash and Pistachio Roast with Pomegranate, Homemade Tzatziki & Tomato Salad
  • Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie with Balsamic Slow Cooked Cabbage, Broccoli & Homemade Gravy
  • Four Nut Roast with Fluffy Roasted Potatoes, Lightly Steamed Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce
  • Warm Beetroot & Quinoa Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing and Crushed Nuts
  • Fresh fish (catch of the day)

Other options available are: fasting, substitute a meal for a fresh vegetable juice, or substitute a meal for a soup

Meals are made without added sugar or salt. These are available for you to add if you wish. Dinner meals are usually plant and protein-based, if you would like starches and carbs (ie. rice, potatoes, gluten-free pasta) please request at the time of booking.

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.

Lunch available for 15 EUR; includes main, side, and dessert.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • 2 hour Lomi Lomi massage - 100 EUR
  • Sacred Sexuality Session - 150 EUR
  • Kambo Session - 115 EUR
  • Float Session - 50 EUR
  • Medicine Journey - 150 EUR
  • 1 hour massage - 50 EUR
  • Lunch - 15 EUR per day

Spa treatments

There are 2 healing massages included in the package.

What's included

  • Yoga & Meditation Sessions
  • Reiki and Teate Session
  • ​Game of Transformation
  • Womb & Cycle Consultations with Iris
  • Session with Andrea
  • Massage Treatments
  • ​Yoni Steam
  • ​1 x 5ml bottle of essential oil
  • Floatation Therapy Session
  • Emotional Release Techniques
  • Integrating the Self (Aspecting)
  • Visit sacred sites
  • Free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry
  • 13 nights Accommodation
  • Sunrise in Silence at ancient cart ruts
  • 2 Days off
  • Optional activities / exercises to cultivate your relationship with yourself
  • One-on-one individual and personal support and guidance
  • Daily Fresh Vegetable Juice or Superfood Smoothie
  • Self-care Thursday evenings
  • Meals made with organic vegetables from our garden (when available)

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfer
  • Sailing
  • Ayurvedic herbs
  • 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). Transfer from and to the airport is not included.

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 ferry/boat

There are a free pickup and drop-off from the Gozo ferry.

Arrival by shuttle bus

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 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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