HEAL DIFFERENTLY - 7 days Equine-assisted therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat in Gozo, Malta

  • Pachamama Studio Pachamama Studio
  • Gozo, Malta
  • Sep 16 - 22, 2018 (7 days)
  • From €1000 to €1350

About us

HEAL DIFFERENTLY is a heart-opening programme that was carefully designed to provide you with a unique approach to personal growth, insight and healing. It involves the horse-human relationship, deeply healing bodywork Lomi Lomi Nui and modern mindfulness approaches.

This retreat offers memorable experiences and equips you with the skills you need to be fully present and at peace with yourself in your day to day life. Its focus is on emotional growth and learning, psychological exploration, enhancing relationships and awareness of the present moment. 

The beautiful setting of the island of Gozo provides a peaceful and unspoilt backdrop for this transformative five night retreat. 

Why Horses?
Horses' ability to read human emotion and their inherent honesty is perhaps why we look to them in difficult times. They provide mirrors of our emotions, ways of communicating and challenges we face in relationships and other aspects of our lives. Horses also teach us how to experience the serenity of the present moment and are known to provide scope for profound emotional processing and behavioural change. Used to help with a variety of issues from addiction to low self-esteem or post-traumatic stress disorder equine-assisted therapy has become a transformative tool for people seeking to work with deeper layers of their own minds and bodily memory. No riding experience is necessary and you won't be required to ride the horse at all. 

Why Lomi Lomi Nui?
Lomi Lomi Nui is a metamorphic type of bodywork which was originally performed by Hawaiian masters to transform and balance all aspects of self. Lomi Lomi Nui facilitates a nurturing healing process that's been handed down through generations of Hawaiian families. It uses intuitive movement, stretching, breathing, rhythm and focused intention in long, flowing strokes up, down, under and over the body. Hands, elbows and forearms are used in dynamic, deep movements that mimic the ebb and flow of the ocean. In this metamorphic form of bodywork both the physical and the emotional bodies are worked on along with the subtle energies and emotions that influence them. 

You will learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness formally and in your daily life
  • Cultivate the attitudes of mind that incline you toward compassionate engagement with yourself and the world
  • Handle emotions and challenging situations with greater ease
  • Be more embodied and connected to yourself and the world around you
  • Support yourself at times of difficulty or failure
  • Take steps towards appreciating yourself
  • Be less judgmental of yourself and others

Work with emotions skillfully in a body-oriented way

The heart-opening equine programme will enable you to:

  • Introduce yourself to and interact with horses
  • Participate in unique experiences and workshops designed around your specific needs and those of the group
  • Become more aware of your social and emotional patterns
  • Gain insight into some of your current or past places of 'stuckness'
  • Develop skills in problem-solving, teamwork and creative thinking
  • Experience increase in your confidence and self-esteem
  • Form a bond with a particular horse if you wish to
  • Explore your learning with the group or individual facilitators


Sunday 16th to Saturday 22nd September 2018

What's included:

  • 6 nights of quality accommodation with en suite bathrooms in beautiful typical Gozitan house of character 
  • 1 two-hour long Lomi Lomi Nui bodywork
  • 3 x Daily delicious, healthy vegetarian  meals
  • Mindfulness tuition and guided sessions
  • Personal development program with horses based on equine-assisted therapy
  • Community living, periods of working meditation, and involvement in preparation of meals
  • Systematic instructions and careful guidance
  • Daily yoga sessions

What's not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Health insurance

Retreat fees:

  • Shared twin room: €1,000
  • Single occupancy: €1,350
  • Reduced fee places at €675 are offered to people with their own accommodation arrangements in Gozo
  • One reduced place at €675 is available to a person willing to offer extra support to our chef in the preparation of meals

 10% discount for couples and other bookings in twos.

A limited number of non-participating partners are allowed on this retreat. Please contact us for details and to check availability.


This retreat will take place in the middle of the Mediterranean sea on the island of Gozo in the village of Xaghra. 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. Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the countryside. The beauty of surrounding nature all around create an ambience of complete peace.


  • To secure your place please settle the deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • In the event that you need to cancel your place, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Deposits are non-refundable, however, your place is transferable.  
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
  • Participants are expected to arrange their own flights and travel/health insurance.

"Take steps towards healing and resilience"

Event Highlights

  • *Mindfulness sessions
  • *Equine-assisted therapy
  • *Lomi Lomi Nui bodywork
  • *Therapeutic programs and guided walks in nature
  • *Daily yoga sessions
  • *6 nights' accommodation
  • *Daily delicious meals


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio


Day 1 - Arrival
Before 18:00 Arrival
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Sharing circle / introduction

Day 2 to 4
07:30 Yoga practice
09:00 Breakfast on the farm
11:00 Equine therapy
13:00 Lunch14:00 Equine therapy
16:00 Free time
18:00 Cooking and dinner
20:30 Meditation and/or sharing circle

Day 5
07:30 Yoga practice
09:00 Breakfast
11:00 Visiting the capital of Gozo - Victoria
13:00 Lunch14:00 Visiting hidden sites around the island
16:00 Free time
18:00 Cooking and dinner
20:30 Meditation and/or sharing circle

Day 6
07:30 Yoga practice
09:00 Breakfast
11:00 Visiting hidden sites around the island
13:00 Lunch14:00 Free time
18:00 Cooking and dinner
20:30 Closing sharing circle

Day 7 - Departure
07:30 Yoga practice
09:00 Breakfast
11:00 Closing circle

Opportunity to leave at any time and stay extra nights after the retreat. Please ask about possibilities of extra nights to Pachamama Studio, when making a reservation.

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian


You will enjoy three healthy vegetarian meals daily (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with grains, fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. If you have special dietary requirements please get in touch to Pachamama Studio, when making a reservation.


The retreat will be held in farmhouse built of the local Maltese limestone, which has been renovated and kept in old-modern style, offering comfort, charm and relaxation. Set on 2 floors with 4 en-suite bedrooms, full equipped kitchen and living room overlooking the private pool area.Two rooms have a queen bed and en-suite bathroom, two other rooms have 2 single beds each with en-suite bathroom. Downstairs is an extra bathroom. And also a therapy room, where you can book your treatment.The farmhouse has an outdoor terrace with fantastic views of Ramla Valley, Malsarforn Bay, and Zebbuq Village.


Arrival by airplane
Fly in to Malta International Airport. There is a direct bus X1 (€2) 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. It takes 20 minutes to cross to Gozo. You only pay for the ferry when you leave the island (€4.65). We can also organise a transfer from the airport to the ferry terminal in Malta (Cirkewwa) and the cost is around €25. Please let us know your flight details and exact arrival time. You will be collected from the ferry terminal in Gozo and taken to the retreat venue.

Tags: emotional intelligence equine healing horses meditation mindfulness nature therapy

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