Malta´s Mediterranean Temples

Half way between North Africa and Europe, the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo are home to an extraordinary collection of megalithic temples (many constructed in the shape of the Goddess´ body) resonating to a vibrant Goddess culture over 6000 years old.

8 days |  £1 654 per person | 8 – 15 June 2014

The transformative goddess journey work combined with the unique and potent Goddess energy in Malta will empower you to step into your own truth and power like never before. This deep connection with the divine feminine allows us to open our hearts and transform our inner and outer worlds.  Using the dynamic combination of sound, movement, journaling and meditation, you will be guided to identify and release self imposed limitations and outdated beliefs that no longer serve you in a profound and joyful way. As your cellular memory is awakened, deep inner shifts occur allowing you to leave this sacred journey feeling more empowered by your own unique strengths and accessing your full potential.

Highlights include:

Explore ancient temples and sacred sites on Malta and Gozo with a qualified local expert tourist guide ~ soak in the warmth of the heart of the Med ~ enjoy magnificent views and vistas ~ be mesmerized by over 7 000 years of rich history ~ revel in beautiful beaches and the many natural attractions ~ procure sought after local arts and crafts ~ immerse yourself in guided meditation and ceremony to embrace the divine feminine ~ discover a deeply enhanced sense of self worth, a greater sense of well being and inner peace ~ receive an enhancement of your true strengths, gifts and or abilities ~ relax in stay put accommodation throughout your time on Malta.

Journey Overview:

Duration: 8 days
Dates: 8 – 15 June 2014
Price per person sharing: £ 1 654 (Great British Pounds)
Single Supplement: £ 225
Journey Leaders: Lisa Gordon

Peta Panos

Location of nights spent: 7 nights Victoria Hotel, Sliema, Malta
Key Activations:

(there are a number of other meditations, initiations and ceremonies en-route)

 

Goddess Connection and intention setting process.

Creative movement, sound and meditation

Invoking the Goddess within

Integration and embodiment  

Arrival point of entry: Malta International Airport by 3 pm on day 1
Departure point: Malta International Airport

Journey Leaders:

Based in South Africa, Lisa has worked as a holistic therapist for over 19 years, has run her weekly meditation group for the past 8 years and teaches Reiki and Personal Empowerment workshops. Lisa’s work as a holistic healer has been strongly influenced by her aptitude for the Divine Feminine energies and she is the creator of the Focused Femininity Goddess workshops.

The Divine Feminine is the energy that holds, nurtures and contains. The Yin has the polarity of the Yang and neither can exist on this plane of duality without the other, although the proportionate quantities of each, are variable. Lisa has always been strongly drawn to working with and understanding the different female myths and archetypes. She uses movement, meditation, journaling and sound as instruments to assist us in accessing our inner feminine archetypes and integrating these beneficial aspects into our psyches and our lives. So it is with utter delight that she will facilitate some of these profound processes on sacred sites that hold the memories and myths of the divine sacred feminine energies.

Lisa works in a grounded, down to earth and practical manner. Her innate success with group facilitation lies in her ability to personalise workshops depending on the needs of each group, fusing an eclectic mix of techniques with movement and meditation around the central theme.

Lisa will be joined by Peta Panos, founder of Spiritual Quest Journeys. Peta’s personal quest has been to live joyously from the heart and has helped many people on their spiritual paths over many years. As a Reiki Master, spiritual counselor, clairsentient and conscious world traveler with a light fun loving approach, Peta effortlessly empowers and assists people to step into their Goddess energy and to open their hearts to conscious soul living and manifesting the life of their dreams.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 – Sun 8 June

Collection from Malta International Airport and transfer to our hotel in Sliema

Rest up or explore locally before meeting the rest of the group for the welcome dinner at the hotel. Our hotel is centrally located in a popular tourist area with shops, restaurants and the ferry to Valletta within walking distance.

Overnight Victoria Hotel, Sliema.

Day 2 – Mon 9 June

After breakfast, attend an orientation meeting. This will include a guided meditation to connect to the powerful Goddess energies of the islands and a intention setting process. We are joined by our local expert guide for the day and travel to Mdina, in the centre of the island and considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of an inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Explore the labyrinth of narrow winding pedestrian streets and get a feel for the island of Malta as you enjoy the panoramic views from the city ramparts.

Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight Victoria Hotel, Sliema.

Day 3 – Tues 10 June

Today, our local expert guide takes us on a short ferry ride to the neighboring island of Gozo, often called Calypso’s Island after the nymph who kept Ulysses prisoner for seven years, and where we will do a ceremony to connect with the Goddess energies of the island using creative movement, sound and meditation.

This green and picturesque island has it´s own character and intense energy. We will visit Ggantija temples, renowned sacred site and the oldest freestanding structure in the world. This is a magnificent semi-ruined temple complex containing the largest stone on the islands and spirals. Ta’ Cenc is the largest area of undeveloped land on Gozo and offers breath taking views of the surrounding countryside and across to Malta.

The Citadel with its fortified walls, sits in the center of the island and commands stunning views over the whole of Gozo. Contained within its boundaries are palaces and a cathedral. Standing out dramatically from the flat surrounding landscape is Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary and finally the natural beauty of Dwejra Bay and the Azure Window complete this full day on Gozo.

Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight Victoria Hotel, Sliema.

Day 4 – Wed 11 June

After breakfast, enjoy a free day exploring the area, sunbathing, swimming or relaxing. If you are so inclined, why not join Lisa and Peta for an afternoon walking around the Three Cities (Cospicua, Vittoriosa & Senglea), the original settlements of the Knights Hospitallers and the least touristy cities on the island.

Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight Victoria Hotel, Sliema.

Day 5 – Thurs 12 June

Today we take the ferry over to explore the capital city of Valletta at our leisure on foot: Important places of interest and worth visiting include:

  • St. John’s Co-cathedral, the magnificent church, ancient mystery school of the Knights of Malta and home to Caravaggio´s famous painting.
  • Magnificent views of Grand Harbour from the elevated Barakka Gardens.
  • Archeology Museum, housing some of the statuettes and artifacts found at the temples.
  • Auberge de Castille, one of Valletta’s finest old buildings and now the official residence of the Prime Minister.
  • The Sacra Infermeria, the original hospital of the Knights.

This sixteenth century walled city is best explored on foot and many of its streets are narrow or pedestrian. Being a small city perched on the rocks above the harbor it is a joy to discover palaces, churches, piazzas and glorious views round the next corner. Lovers of architecture will be in heaven here.

Afternoon sightseeing boat trip around the Grand Harbor at Valletta. See the largest harbor in Europe from the best vantage point, on the water. This affords excellent views of the fortified cites of Valetta and the ‘Three Cites’ on either sides of the harbor.

Own arrangements for dinner. Overnight at Victoria Hotel, Sliema

Day 6 – Fri 13 June

After breakfast, our local expert guide starts our day tour with a visit to an active Christian church, Mosta Dome, the third largest unsupported dome or rotunda in Europe (after St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London). The pattern on the ceiling is influenced by sacred geometry and our guide will point out its many secrets.

We will also visit two of the oldest temples on the island – Ta’ Hagrat and Skorba, ideal for making a personal connection to the temples through meditation and allowing us to enter into a deeper understanding of the mythology of this sacred place.

After lunch, we visit the Hal Saflieni temples at Tarxien including the world-famous Hypogeum, an underground ritual chamber believed to represent the Goddess regenerative womb. The Tarxien temples, are the most complex of the temple sites in Malta and consist of four megalithic structures. The temples are renowned for the details of the carvings including spiral designs and other sacred geometry.

We complete the day in the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk where you can enjoy enjoy an early dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants.

Overnight Victoria Hotel, Sliema.

Day 7 – Sat 14 June

This morning we take a ride in small boats from Wied iz-Zurrieq along the rocky southern coastline visiting the many flooded caves including the Blue Grotto cave. We have planned to be there at a time when the light penetrates furthest into the caves. Inside the rock is tinted pink, mauve or orange by coral and minerals and the water can change colour from indigo and navy to fluorescent azure and emerald according to the light.

Our local expert guide will then take us to Mnajdra and Hagar Qim (meaning standing stones), the most complete temples in Malta. These temple complexes are over five and a half thousand years old and offer spectacular views of the ocean and a huge ‘ringing stone’. Mnajdra is a complex site consisting of three temples overlooking an oval forecourt and is orientated to the spring equinox. At this sacred site Lisa will guide us in completing our spiritual journey in Malta.

Final afternoon free.

Farewell Dinner and overnight at Victoria Hotel, Sliema

Day 8 – Sun 15 June

Transfer to the airport to connect with outbound flights

   

Included in the tour price:

  • Group pick up and drop off from Malta International Airport
  • All ground transportation in a minibus for the duration of the tour (excluding the free day on day 4)
  • 7 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at Victoria Hotel, Sliema
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All accommodation is on a twin/double share basis. A single room supplement is available for £ 225 per person (subject to availability)
  • Gratuities for the welcome and farewell dinners and accommodation
  • All meditations and ceremonies
  • Admission to Hagar Qim & Mnajdra; Ggantija; Tarxien; Hypogeum; Ta´Hagrat and Skorba Temples
  • Grand Harbour Cruise, Blue Lagoon cruise and Gozo ferry trip
  • Full time journey leaders

Not included in the tour price:

  • Any airfares
  • All lunches
  • Dinners not specified in inclusions
  • Admission fees nor ferry rides not stated in inclusions
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature and incidental expenditure
  • Visas and Insurances

Terms and Conditions:

A full list of Spiritual Quest Journeys terms and conditions is available on www.spiritualquestjourneys.com/about-us/terms-conditions

Specific terms and conditions relating to this tour are as follows:

  • This trip involves a fair amount of walking and the option to enter an underground chamber so a medium fitness level is required.
  • To secure your space, a deposit of £ 450 is due at time of reservation. The full tour cost is due by the 1st April 2014. For Bookings made after the 1st April 2014, full payment will be required at the time of booking.
  • To ensure comfort and enjoyment, this tour accommodates a maximum of 18 pax.
  • Please note that we require a minimum number for this tour to operate. Should the minimum number of participants not be reached, we will recost the journey based on the number of confirmed guests or tailor make an itinerary best suited to your requirements. If confirmed participants choose not to accept the new costing or tailor made alternative, a full refund will be given.
  • The tour has been costed in Great British Pounds, as all expenses are in same. This protects our clients from currency fluctuations and hedged conversion rates.
  • Payment may be made by credit card via PayPal (a 4% administration fee will be charged for credit card payments) or by bank transfer.
  • Cancellations after payment of the deposit or balance are subject to the following penalties:

75 – 90 days – full client deposit is forfeit

22 – 75 days – 50% of the tour price is forfeit

0 – 21 days – 100% of the tour price is forfeit

  • Individuals are responsible for their own personal medical, travel, baggage and flight insurance. Personal items, such as jackets, cameras, purses or daypacks are the sole responsibility of the owner.  We strongly recommend tour participants take out personal travel insurance. Please click on www.spiritualquestjourneys.com/travel-insurance if assistance is required.
  • Spiritual Quest Journeys’ ground operator provides professional liability insurance cover for bodily injury and property damage up to $1 million per claim and professional liability for $1 million per claim.