Why Is Gozo A Great Location For A Yoga Retreat In Europe?
The combination of great weather, the sea and a relaxed attitude makes both Malta and Gozo great locations for a yoga retreat or holiday. In recent years the number of highly skilled, experienced and caring yoga teachers has risen substantially in Malta, making yoga a life enhancing pastime for many local and foreign residents.
The makeup of the local population means that most yoga teachers live and run classes in Malta through the year, but escape to Gozo for short breaks and quiet time at regular intervals. Gozo is the smaller sister island of Malta and is much more rural, quieter and relaxed, making it a great location to power down from the stresses of life and get back in touch with some of the things that matter most in life.
What Happens On A Gozo Yoga Holiday?
A Gozo yoga holiday will normally be host to between four and eight people to keep the experience personal and caring. Typically a farmhouse or guesthouse will be rented and shared between the group, meaning that everyone literally lives and eats together for either a long weekend or week. This will be a real bonding experience for everyone and new friends are guaranteed!
Each day will consist of two or three yoga sessions. Some will be hosted inside the grounds of the guesthouse or farmhouse, while others will be located outside, on rocks or a rooftop overlooking the sea. The goal is to help everyone learn, experience and grow and this will certainly do that. Obviously everyone has a different experience and perspective, but these can be amongst the best yoga holidays in Europe.
Normally everyone eats together as a group during the holiday. Menus can be tailored to suit specific dietary needs, but generally there will be lots of fruit and vegetables and either little or no meat. The goal is for you to leave with a healthy body and mind.
Yoga holidays in Gozo normally include some level of spirituality. How much will depend on you, but it is important to understand that there will be some. If you seek real spiritual growth, your teacher can help guide you further along your journey and awakening.
Since Gozo is actually a small island, there will be time to explore and take in the churches, culture and history. Or, if you prefer, go to the beach and get some sun! The Mediterranean waters around Gozo are a clear blue and are great for swimming in. In fact, Gozo is regarded as one of the best locations in Europe for scuba diving and there is also now a growing freediving community.
Would A Week Or Weekend Yoga Holiday Suit Me Best?
What If It Needs To Be An Affordable Yoga Retreat?
Luckily, it is still relatively cheap to get to and from Malta by air these days. There are tourist flights to Malta from most major European cities throughout the year. During the summer there are often flights everyday.
In recent years it has become more expensive to visit and live in Malta, but Gozo is still much cheaper. This means that everyday items, such as fruit, water and eating our are still great value for money in Gozo. If you really must live like a King, it is possible in Malta, but quite hard to do in Gozo. Most Gozitans work in agriculture so the average wages are quite low and therefore prices of normal goods reflect this. It is very likely that day-to-day life is cheaper in Gozo than wherever you might currently live, if you are in Europe.