Set on green-carpeted land, under sunny blue skies and surrounded by crystal-clear azure seas the honey-coloured temples of Malta were built on exceptional sites and would have been a powerful celebration of the abundance of Mother Nature. Dwarf elephants once basked in the sun while eagles soared high above. Add to that another treasure, the island’s stone that traps the light in its corners and its curves; this golden stone earned Malta the name of Melita, “the island of honey”.
The design of the temples, their underground chambers and figurines that were found in situ indicate that they were dedicated to the goddess. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Tarxien, Mnajdra, Hagar Qim and Ggantija are the best-preserved examples of this temple culture from six thousand years ago. The tiny islands of Malta and Gozo still have dozens of these Neolithic sacred sites, all of which pre-date Stonehenge and the Pyramids. You will have the opportunity to explore these truly ancient sites and make a conscious connection with their powerful energies and the Spirit of Place, guided by your experienced tour facilitators who are deeply knowledgeable of the goddess.
Malta’s central location in the middle of the Mediterranean made this small island country an important gateway to Europe, Africa and the East. It was successively occupied by Sicilians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Knights of St. John, Napoleon and the British. The rich and diverse cultural heritage is strikingly visible in the wonderfully varied architecture of its towns and many churches as well as the temples. Despite being invaded so frequently the Maltese people have always had an international reputation for their warm hospitality.
This generosity of spirit combined with the responsive energies of the land creates an unconditional welcome; the natural beauty, the sea and the sunshine also contribute to raise your spirits and set the scene for an unparalleled and transformational experience. Be prepared for your heart to be opened. As we visit the various sites we will make a conscious connection with the powerful energies of the land and learn how they respond to our attention. This is a tremendously transformative two-way process that has changed the lives of many including your tour guides. We feel that these positive relationships with the Earth, especially at power centers, are necessary and beneficial in the pivotal times of change in which we live.
Day 1 – Sun June 8th: Collection from Malta International Airport and transfer to our hotel in Sliema. Depending on your flight you will have time to rest up or to explore locally before a pre-dinner Introductions meeting. Dinner at hotel
Day 2 – Mon June 9th: After breakfast in the hotel we have a short orientation meeting including a meditation to connect to the powerful goddess energies of the islands and to set your intentions for your time on Malta.
We then go with our expert local guide to Mdina in the centre of the island, considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of an inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Explore its 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. Free choice dinner not included
Day 3 – Tues June 10th:
Today we take a short ferry ride to the neighbouring island of Gozo, often called Calypso’s Island after the nymph who kept Ulyssesthere for seven years. Our guide will take us to Ggantija temples, renowned as the oldest free-standing structure in the world at 6,000 years old. This is a magnificent semi-ruined temple complex containing the largest stone on the islands and is a perfect place for a grounding ceremony using movement and voice.
Ta’ Cenc is the largest area of undeveloped land on Gozo and offers fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and across to Malta. The Citadella 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 Bayand the picturesque Azure Window complete this full day on Gozo. Free choice dinner not included
Day 4 – Wed June 11th: Today is a free day for sunbathing, swimming, relaxing or exploring independently.
However in the afternoon you may wish to join Peta and Lisa to take a ferry ride across to the Three Cities (Cospicua, Vittoriosa & Senglea), the least touristy cities on the island and the original settlements of the Knights Hospitallers who governed Malta during its wealthy historical period. Free choice dinner not included
Day 5 – Thur June 12th: Today we explore the capital city of Valletta. Important places of interest include:
-St. John’s Co-cathedral, the magnificent church of the Knights Hospitallers
-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.
See the largest harbour in Europe from the best vantage point - on the water, with a ninety minute afternoon boat trip around the Grand Harbour. This affords excellent views of the fortified cites of Valetta and the ‘Three Cites’ on either sides of the harbour. Free choice dinner not included
Day 6 – Fri June 13th:
We start the day with visiting 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, look at the patterns in the floor tiles as well. We will also visit two of the oldest temples on the island – Ta’ Hagrat and Skorba. These are good places for making a personal connection to the temples through meditation.
After lunch we visit the Hal Saflieni temples at Tarxien including the world-famous Hypogeum. We will be guided through what is the most complete temple on Malta, an underground complex that is undamaged and truly atmospheric. We complete the day in the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk where you can relax sitting on the dock among the colourful fishing boats and have an early dinner in one of the restaurants on the waterfront. Free choice dinner not included
Day 7 – Sat June 14th:
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 the special 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.
To complete our visits to the goddess temples of Malta will go to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temple complexes which are five and a half thousand years old. Situated overlooking the azure sea these are spectacular sites to visit. We will also discover a huge ‘ringing stone’ and conduct a ceremony to give thanks for the riches of this journey. There will be some final free time before our Farewell Dinner at hotel
Day 8 – Sun June 15th: Transfer to the airport for return flights home. Bon voyage!
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