Hidden Mysteries of Malta

Mdina

A Spiritual Journey to the Magical Landscapes of Malta

June 11 to 23, 2013 – 13 Days, 12 Nights – Small Group

Tour offered in cooperation with Ancient Sacred Sites Tours

Tour Highlights

  • Private Access to Temples in Malta & Gozo
  • Summer Solstice at Mnajdra
  • Sail in Turkish Gullet around the islands
  • Facilitators Cait Branigan, Francis Xavier Aloisio & Michael John Mizzi
  • Staying in the medieval city of Mdina at the Xara Place

malta-tour-1Situated in the Mediterranean are three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino.  Each one is unique.  They are rich in spirituality and archaeology dating back over 6000 years.  Through this rich landscape, we will be connecting to not only our past but also our own spirituality.

It is truly remarkable that these small islands’ spiritual energy has been present throughout  their history, from original Neolithic Temples, to when St Paul was shipwrecked in 60 AD, to the Knights of St John when they arrived there in 1530 to build magnificent churches and fortifications that still stand.

Our journey we will take in its history and spirituality, connecting both to the land and allowing personal transformation as we open up to the mysteries of these sacred islands. To facilitate the process both Cait Branigan and Ann Mason will be working with you.  Francis Xavier Aloisio, a Maltese author of Islands of Dream, which explores the link with Atlantis, will be a guest facilitator.  We will visit Gozo with John Michael Mizzi, who will show us the hidden parts of this beautiful island.

valletta-tourOur first part of our journey starts in Valletta where we will be staying for five days at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, taking in the truly old city, with its narrow streets, fascinating shops and lovely old balconied houses.  While staying here we will visit St John’s Co – Cathedral and The Grand Master’s Palace.

We have organised private access to Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, and the Hypogeum over the next few days, allowing us time to meditate and understand the history and spirituality of these places with our facilitators.

After experiencing some of the sacred sites, we will have a day aboard a Turkish gullet enabling us to travel around the three islands stopping off at special places, to feel the special energy of these islands within the Mediterranean Sea and  to understand why they built the Temples here, as though it was the centre of the world at that time.

Ta-HagratAfter our day on the Turkish gullet, we will be leaving the our hotel and we will have private access at two other sacred sites Ta Hagrut and Skorba which are close to the medieval city of Mdina. This city is called the ‘Silent City’, was once the home of the nobility, and is unchanged for centuries.  There is only one hotel in the city of Mdina, The Xara Place, a 17th century building. We will stay in this 5 – Star boutique hotel for one night.  This will allow you to explore the city in the evening and feel as you have” stepped back into the past.”

After our truly wondrous experience staying at The Xara Place, it is now time to have a change of pace, from the cities, to Gozo where we will be spending several nights in Maltese Farmhouse, allowing you to fully integrate what we have learnt and felt during our visit so far.  Time for healing, meditations, ceremonies and just time to explore the natural landscape of Gozo, and its hidden gems.   During our time on Gozo, we will have private access to Gjantita Temple dating back 3600 BC to experience the energy of this special sacred site.

After we have had our special time on Gozo, we will return to Malta and will be staying at Phoenicia Hotel in Valletta, which stands just outside the city walls.  It architectural beauty classes it as one of the sights of Malta along with many buildings with Valletta.  We will be staying here for two nights, so that we have the opportunity to visit the 3 cities (Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea).

mnajdraThen our highlight is to visit Mnajdra again on 22nd June, to partake in the summer solstice when the sun makes it solar alignment. The sun appears over the hill opposite the temple of Mnajdra and the ray of sunlight enters the portal and lights up on the east north position of the temple megaliths.

This brings our spiritual retreat tour to end, and we have the rest of the day to wander around the beautiful city soaking up the Mediterranean sun.  Taking time to reflect on the time you have spent in spiritually energised country, connecting to the energy of the land, both past and present.

The next day, we will take you to Malta airport, for your return home or onward journey to some other place in Europe.

Facilitators

Ann Mason
During the 1980s she developed an interest in natural therapies, astrology, tarot, meditation and spiritual healing. Over time this has developed into a deep passion.

In 1992 she obtained both her Diploma of Aromatherapy and Certificate in Flower Essence Therapy.  Subsequently in 1993 she joined the IFA (International Federation of Aromatherapist). In 1996 she became Treasurer of the IFA National Council. While serving on Council she was elected as Director of National Council of Massage & Allied Practitioners.  She held both these positions until she retired in March, 2000.

In 1988 she began teaching, conducting workshops and classes in Aromatherapy, Spiritual and Psychic Development, Meditation and Tarot.  Over the period she has also been running her own business retailing books and essential oils. In 1996 she obtained her Reiki 1 and 2 and then in 1997 went on to become a Reiki and Seichim Master.  Since then she has run workshops in Reiki 1 & 2, and maintains a clinic as an  Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner.

Born and raised in Wiltshire, she has always been interested in her Ancient and Celtic heritage which has now drawn her to Druidry.  She is at present studying in the Bardic Grade of  The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. (UK order).  Over the next few years she will gradually progress into the Druid Grade.

She has always had a love of travel, ancient sites and working with individuals or groups.  Ancient  & Sacred Sites Tours offers the opportunity to combine these three elements she looks forward to sharing my knowledge and passion of these areas with you.

Cait Branigan is an Ordained Priestess Hierophant of the Western Mystery Tradition, a Bean Feasa (Shamanic Practitioner) and Healer working within the traditions of Ireland.  She works with individuals at her healing centre in Co. Wexford.  She also teaches groups and conducts ceremonies throughout the country and internationally, work which includes Women’s Mysteries, the facilitation of Rites of Passage and sweat lodges within the Irish Tradition.  She is an Ovate with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and a member of the Fellowship of Isis.

Francis-Xavier-AloisioFrancis Xavier Aloisio was born in Malta, but has lived in various places, including a missionary Priest in Peru, and then in England after he reside from the church.  While aboard, he could appreciate more the history and culture of his native land.  He realised that the Maltese had a wealth of prehistoric culture, he initially worked on painting depicting Malta’s journey from prehistory to contemporary history.

He has completed a trilogy on the temples of Malta, and Islands of Dream is the first of these where the hidden mysteries of the pre historic sites Malta and Gozo.  The Alternative Handbook to the Maltese Temples is due out December 2012, which is a cosmic perspective and guide to the sites that give us a holistic view of these mysterious sites. Then the final book, which is due out The Age of Magic & Wisdom, is about the evolutionary journey of the Human Species and the Maltese Temples.

He will be sharing his wealth of knowledge, and explore the link with Atlantis and the Lemurians.
www.maltatemplejourneys.com

johnmichaelmizziJohn Michael Mizzi is a Shamanic Pagan that loves to share the hidden power places of the mystical Gozo.  He grew up with his Gozitan grandparents who taught him much about the land, plants and other natural phenomena.  John is photographer and on his Facebook, you can see them, they are incredible showing the natural beauty of Gozo.
John will share the sacred Atlantis knowledge with us, as we visit the ancient abandoned temples and hidden remote places with amazing views and energy.  As we reconnect with this energy, and reawaken the energy within us. www.johnmizzi.com