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.
Gozo also happens to be a very historic location. For example, the oldest man-made structure on earth, Ġgantija, is located on the island. Think of Ġgantija as being like Stonehenge, only bigger and much older. There are a number of sacred sites on Gozo and they are quite easy to visit. If you are looking for a deeper connection to life, nature and humanity, they are great places to go, experience and feel.
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?
This is probably the wrong question to ask, though it is asked frequently. The pace of modern life for most people means that either a week or weekend yoga holiday will be too short to really relax and unwind properly. Is it a two week or two weak holiday…?
As with any hobby, skill or experience, more time and exposure will help you to learn and really internalise the lessons. It also provides more time to really bond with the other people on your retreat. For these reasons, we recommend that you find the time and set aside a full week to visit Gozo for a yoga holiday and give yourself the space to genuinely relax and unwind from the stress and pressure of everyday life.
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.
Is This For Beginners?
The week is designed for all levels of yoga ability. If you have never tried yoga before, you probably ought to go and have a few classes locally to try it out and get the hang of some basics. However, beyond that, all levels can come and enjoy a life enhancing week in Gozo.
If you think of your own ability as being a beginner, that is fine. Yoga classes require each person to do what they can do. Beginners will progress during the week and return home a healthier, fitter and more flexible version of themselves. More advanced people will be able to get lots from the classes because they have more experience to build upon.
Gozo happens to have a very keen acro yoga scene, so if you are more advanced and want to try something new, we can arrange for some more experienced acro yoga practitioners to join us.
Whether you are a beginner or intermediate level, most classes do not have time to explore meditation for more than a few minutes. By being in a private villa purely for meditation, we will have as much time as we need to become centred and discuss the experience afterwards to help us all learn and grow as people.
Reserve Your Place Today
Here at MaltaStar we work with Sarah. You can see Sarah in the photograph above. Sarah is a Maltese yoga teacher who has travelled extensively in Asia to learn and experience yoga and meditation. Through the year she runs regular classes for locals in Sliema and Valletta and then a few times each summer she organises week long retreats in Gozo for between four and eight people.
Sarah’s Gozo retreats consist of:
- Twice daily yoga and meditation
- Tibetan bowls and Cacao ceremony
- Excursions to sacred sites on Gozo
- Five nights of accomodation
- Healthy vegetarian meals
- Relaxation time either around the pool or in the sea
The cost of each holiday varies because the villa you will stay in is rented and rental prices change throughout the summer. Therefore, we recommend that you fill in the form on the next page and Sarah will contact you directly by email to discuss options and prices. We hope that you do so because we know that her retreats can be life changing experiences.