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She Takes Off- Malta and Sicily-A Journey of Restoration

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Learning Journey, in cooperation with She Takes Off invites you to reconnect with yourself, heal and restore.

The Maltese have tapped into the secret of enjoying life to the fullest. It is no wonder the Knights of St. John so fiercely protected this Mediterranean jewel. Mind, body spirit is at the core of the history of Malta. Some of the oldest Megalith temples are here, dating back more than 7,000 years.

Today, the choices are endless to reset the mind, body, and spirit. A sense of well-being permeates the Maltese islands. A holistic lifestyle is amplified by spas, temple visits, festivals, healthy food, and meditation. The Summer Solstice is a time to reflect on personal growth and the meaning of the season of light and growth.


She Takes Off- Malta and Sicily-A Journey of Restoration


June 18, 2022 days and June 26, 2022 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Welcome to Beautiful Malta!

Welcome to beautiful Malta! Your arrival day is all about settling in. You will be welcomed and greeted at the airport by an official Learning Journeys guide.

DAY 2: Gozo Explorer- Red Tent Women’s Circle

Get ready to explore today! Your good night’s sleep will have you ready for action and help you take in much of Gozo’s beauty and charm during half-day immersion.

DAY 3: Culinary Arts-Meet the Horse Whisper

Your morning begins with a yoga session on the dark orange sands of Ramla Bay. After this unforgettable experience, it’s time for a cooking lesson!

DAY 4: Gozo-Summer Solstice- Glamorous Valetta

Today is a new day and a new dawn when we kick start our last day in Gozo at the oldest prehistoric temple of the world, to unite as one, empowering our internal unique light to shine again celebrating Summer Solstice, followed by breakfast at hotel as we bid farewell to the Island of Joy. Ferry crossing from Gozo to Malta’s Grand Harbour of the capital city Valletta.

DAY 5: Feed the Senses-Fragrance, Fashion, Food

Today, we will enjoy an immersion of sensation.

DAY 6: Sicilian Splendor

Ciao! This morning we will leave the Maltese Islands to Sicily by Catamaran from Valletta Grand Harbor, arrive in Pozzallo, Sicily, and drive to Noto!

DAY 7: Colors of Taormina

Taormina is our next destination, where we will spend two nights. Let its unique beauty and colorful story remind you just how special you and yours are.

DAY 8: Ignite Your Inner Fire

What can be more exhilarating than climbing an active volcano?

DAY 9: Greek Culture-Giardini Naxos

During breakfast this morning reflect on your learnings during your insightful time abroad. For our final day together, it’s time for an immersion into Greek culture.


Why Learning Journeys?

At Learning Journeys we believe in a new kind of vacation. Our unique journeys help you explore and develop your skills and interest, travel the world, give back to the community and ultimately re-connect with yourself.


The destinations are chosen specifically to make practicing that skill more accessible, and more fun. Typical skills offered are health and wellness, cooking, photography, art, birding and wildlife, language study, architecture, music, dance and more. Programs range from beginner to professional certification. You will even have the opportunity to attend off the beaten path festivals in your specific area of interest which will take your learning immersion to new heights!

Brand Pillars

Transformation

The quest for knowledge as we open our hearts and minds to new experiences can transform us. As we see the world through the eyes of others, the communities we visit and touch are also transformed. This cycle of positive change is at the heart of every Learning Journeys experience.

Education

Learning Journeys is designed to nurture that ember of curiosity inside you into a flame of life-long discovery. Continued learning ensures continued growth, whether pursuing any number of interests that intrigue you or a passion you have honed over the years.

Exploration

Truly, the world is your classroom. Exploring the rich and varied cultures of the destinations you visit multiplies the value of your educational pursuits, and the exploration of yourself. The journey itself – to a new place and new you – is what truly matters.

Self-reflection

Through reflection, we bring learning to life. Pausing from the chaos of our daily lives allows us to sort through experiences to create meaning, from which we learn more deeply about ourselves. Understanding what truly moves us leads to rich and profound actions that shape our lives.

Community service and sustainability is at the core of the Learning Journeys mission. In addition to hands-on interactive classes, we work in the local communities, helping to improve lives and our planet. Destinations are chosen for their exceptional beauty, abundant wildlife, accessibility to expert practitioners, and generally fun places to visit! The destinations are near and far-North America, Latin and South America, Europe, India, Asia, Australia and more.

Finally, just as you remember specific meals from a trip taken many years ago, your ability to recall information is enhanced when combined with a unique setting. “Learning Journeys” are an excellent value for money and an investment.


Departure

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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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Program

DAY 1: Welcome to Beautiful Malta!

Then you will be driven from Malta International Airport to Valletta, where you will take the ferry to Gozo! Here, you will spend three nights in a 4-star Boutique Hotel. We will get acquainted over welcome drinks and canapes in the evening. Then, you can enjoy a restful sleep to fuel the coming days as all the beauty of Gozo awaits you with open arms.

Gozo is much like the understated seductress Calypso, the nymph who lived hidden in a humble Gozitan cave but could hold the Greek hero Odysseus her captive for seven years through the power of her beauty, seduction, and love. Calypso even had powers over life and death, just like Gozo’s immortal Ggantija Temple that’s hailed the fertility Goddess for over 5,600 years.


DAY 2: Gozo Explorer- Red Tent Women’s Circle

Lunch is a picnic, followed by a Red Tent Women’s Circle experience. Red Tents stem from native American tradition and now refer to spaces intentionally co-created for women to share their stories, connect and authentically be together supporting one another. Later we will enjoy a lovely welcome dinner by the sea in one of Gozo’s most picturesque seaside locations. (B, L,D)


DAY 3: Culinary Arts-Meet the Horse Whisper

Lunch comes with a culinary lesson included where you can learn about authentic Maltese food and while eating your delicious creations. • Enjoy lunch before transferring to visit with Victor, an animal whisperer, and founder of Dreams of Horses Farm.

Victor’s intuitive gift with rescued animals taught us the methods animals use to communicate. With his guiding compassion and respect, the animals are integrated in large open air areas displaying tolerance for one another and exhibit a loving, therapeutic kindness in their work with people with special needs and the emotionally challenged.

Later, enjoy a moon light sunset cruise on the Mediterranean, with Prosecco & appetizers. Dinner at leisure. (B, L)


DAY 4: Gozo-Summer Solstice- Glamorous Valetta

You’ll spend the next two nights in 450-year-old Valletta, Malta’s historic capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site After your arrival in Valletta we will have a light lunch together and start a Two-Hour guided walking tour. You will gets acquainted with Valletta’s highlights and visit the jaw dropping St. John’s Co-Cathedral.

Followed by a private boat transfer across the spectacular Grand Harbour bringing us to the Three Cities. We will explore the most intriguing Birgu (Vittoriosa), the city of the Knights of Malta before they built Valletta. Dinner at leisure in this knighted city. (B, L)


DAY 5: Feed the Senses-Fragrance, Fashion, Food

Fragrance Workshop: Master Perfumer:
Stephen Cordina has spent over a decade working on combinations of essential oils and other materials to create his own private recipe book. Each blend of ingredients, formulated using his knowledge and experience as an Aromatherapist, creates a product which not only emits a beautiful fragrance but is beneficial to health when used. The final addition to each recipe is one or more essential oils designed to target the “spirit” and thus promote a feeling of wellbeing. You will create your own unique scent based on your individual style.

Fashion and Flair: Visit the Charles and Ron Café:
Learn about Maltese fashion as art and life. Discover your own style.

In the afternoon, make time to let loose, relax, play, and enjoy the flow as we take to the water. Today we take a boat trip to the amazing Blue Grotto at Wied iz-Zurrieq visit Hagar Qim temple and go swimming at Ghar Lapsi, in the south-west of the island. This final evening in Malta our dinner will be very special indeed we visit another fortified city: Mdina, Malta’s mystic old capital, were first inhabited 4000 years ago and featured in Game of Thrones! (B, D)


DAY 6: Sicilian Splendor

Upon arrival, you will have time for leisure and an authentic Italian dinner before taking a good rest from travel, to get ready for the next days’ adventures! (B, D)


DAY 7: Colors of Taormina

On the way there, we will take a journey to enjoy a few highlights and stop at the Siracusa Food Market in Ortygia followed by a light panini & arancini lunch. An optional boat trip awaits, or you can take some ‘Me Time’. This evening you will get a chance to mingle with the locals at leisure! (B)


DAY 8: Ignite Your Inner Fire

As we take a guided journey of Mount Etna, feel inspired to ignite your inner fire! Fuel the passion with the drink of the gods during a wine tasting session and lunch at a Sicilian produced winery. (B. L)


DAY 9: Greek Culture-Giardini Naxos

After breakfast, we will head to Naxos, an ancient Greek city now modern Giardini Naxos on the east coast of Sicily. Here, we will enjoy traditional Greek Cuisine and learn about the importance of Greek culture in Sicily’s history. This is the last stop of our journey together. Later, you are accompanied to the airport. We look forward to welcoming you on another beautifully woven transformative experience. Perhaps Peru, India, France, or Greece? (B)




Program Registration Fees

All itinerary prices are listed in USD

Per person for Single Standard $720.00

Per person for Standard $4,250.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

• Hotels
• Accommodation (8 nights in 4* boutique hotels).
• 3 nights in Gozo, 2 nights in Malta and 3 nights in Sicily.
• She Takes Off Expert Guide and Owner- Pat Vella
• Perfume Class
• Fashion Workshop
• Visit with The Horse Whisper
• Yoga Class
• Maltese culinary class
• Transfers by minibus during our tours and activities
• High Speed Catamaran from Malta>Gozo>Malta
• High Speed Catamaran from Malta>Sicily
• Daily breakfast
• Three Dinners (Gozo, Malta and Sicily)
• Four lunches (Gozo x 2 Malta x 1 and Sicily x 1)
• Sunset cruise in Gozo
• Wine tasting in Sicily (with lunch at the winery)
• Admission fees for guided tours as per itinerary.
6/18/2022 8:00:00 AM

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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Theater Arts
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Moderate


What You Will Learn/Do

• Wine Tasting sessions

• Fragrance Workshop

• Fashion immersion with local designers

• Snorkeling at Ghar Lapsi

• Maltese Culinary Courses

• Red Tent Women’s Circle

• Megalithic Summer Solstice Celebration

• The Horse Whisper


Why This Program Is Unique

This program truly gives you the best that Malta has to offer during one of the most energetically powerful times of the year! From sunset boat excursions to ancient city visits and culinary courses, you will experience true authenticity of Malta, and yourself.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

A portion of your program supports Victor, an animal whisperer, and founder of Dreams of Horses Farm. Victor’s intuitive gift with rescued animals teaches us the methods animals use to communicate and the healing effect on humans.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1: Welcome to Beautiful Malta!

Welcome to beautiful Malta! Your arrival day is all about settling in. You will be welcomed and greeted at the airport by an official Learning Journeys guide. Then you will be driven from Malta International Airport to Valletta, where you will take the ferry to Gozo! Here, you will spend three nights in a 4-star Boutique Hotel. We will get acquainted over welcome drinks and canapes in the evening. Then, you can enjoy a restful sleep to fuel the coming days as all the beauty of Gozo awaits you with open arms. Gozo is much like the understated seductress Calypso, the nymph who lived hidden in a humble Gozitan cave but could hold the Greek hero Odysseus her captive for seven years through the power of her beauty, seduction, and love. Calypso even had powers over life and death, just like Gozo’s immortal Ggantija Temple that’s hailed the fertility Goddess for over 5,600 years.

DAY 2: Gozo Explorer- Red Tent Women’s Circle

Get ready to explore today! Your good night’s sleep will have you ready for action and help you take in much of Gozo’s beauty and charm during half-day immersion. Lunch is a picnic, followed by a Red Tent Women’s Circle experience. Red Tents stem from native American tradition and now refer to spaces intentionally co-created for women to share their stories, connect and authentically be together supporting one another. Later we will enjoy a lovely welcome dinner by the sea in one of Gozo’s most picturesque seaside locations. (B, L,D)

DAY 3: Culinary Arts-Meet the Horse Whisper

Your morning begins with a yoga session on the dark orange sands of Ramla Bay. After this unforgettable experience, it’s time for a cooking lesson! Lunch comes with a culinary lesson included where you can learn about authentic Maltese food and while eating your delicious creations. • Enjoy lunch before transferring to visit with Victor, an animal whisperer, and founder of Dreams of Horses Farm. Victor’s intuitive gift with rescued animals taught us the methods animals use to communicate. With his guiding compassion and respect, the animals are integrated in large open air areas displaying tolerance for one another and exhibit a loving, therapeutic kindness in their work with people with special needs and the emotionally challenged. Later, enjoy a moon light sunset cruise on the Mediterranean, with Prosecco & appetizers. Dinner at leisure. (B, L)

DAY 4: Gozo-Summer Solstice- Glamorous Valetta

Today is a new day and a new dawn when we kick start our last day in Gozo at the oldest prehistoric temple of the world, to unite as one, empowering our internal unique light to shine again celebrating Summer Solstice, followed by breakfast at hotel as we bid farewell to the Island of Joy. Ferry crossing from Gozo to Malta’s Grand Harbour of the capital city Valletta. You’ll spend the next two nights in 450-year-old Valletta, Malta’s historic capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site After your arrival in Valletta we will have a light lunch together and start a Two-Hour guided walking tour. You will gets acquainted with Valletta’s highlights and visit the jaw dropping St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Followed by a private boat transfer across the spectacular Grand Harbour bringing us to the Three Cities. We will explore the most intriguing Birgu (Vittoriosa), the city of the Knights of Malta before they built Valletta. Dinner at leisure in this knighted city. (B, L)

DAY 5: Feed the Senses-Fragrance, Fashion, Food

Today, we will enjoy an immersion of sensation. Fragrance Workshop: Master Perfumer: Stephen Cordina has spent over a decade working on combinations of essential oils and other materials to create his own private recipe book. Each blend of ingredients, formulated using his knowledge and experience as an Aromatherapist, creates a product which not only emits a beautiful fragrance but is beneficial to health when used. The final addition to each recipe is one or more essential oils designed to target the “spirit” and thus promote a feeling of wellbeing. You will create your own unique scent based on your individual style. Fashion and Flair: Visit the Charles and Ron Café: Learn about Maltese fashion as art and life. Discover your own style. In the afternoon, make time to let loose, relax, play, and enjoy the flow as we take to the water. Today we take a boat trip to the amazing Blue Grotto at Wied iz-Zurrieq visit Hagar Qim temple and go swimming at Ghar Lapsi, in the south-west of the island. This final evening in Malta our dinner will be very special indeed we visit another fortified city: Mdina, Malta’s mystic old capital, were first inhabited 4000 years ago and featured in Game of Thrones! (B, D)

DAY 6: Sicilian Splendor

Ciao! This morning we will leave the Maltese Islands to Sicily by Catamaran from Valletta Grand Harbor, arrive in Pozzallo, Sicily, and drive to Noto! Upon arrival, you will have time for leisure and an authentic Italian dinner before taking a good rest from travel, to get ready for the next days’ adventures! (B, D)

DAY 7: Colors of Taormina

Taormina is our next destination, where we will spend two nights. Let its unique beauty and colorful story remind you just how special you and yours are. On the way there, we will take a journey to enjoy a few highlights and stop at the Siracusa Food Market in Ortygia followed by a light panini & arancini lunch. An optional boat trip awaits, or you can take some ‘Me Time’. This evening you will get a chance to mingle with the locals at leisure! (B)

DAY 8: Ignite Your Inner Fire

What can be more exhilarating than climbing an active volcano? As we take a guided journey of Mount Etna, feel inspired to ignite your inner fire! Fuel the passion with the drink of the gods during a wine tasting session and lunch at a Sicilian produced winery. (B. L)

DAY 9: Greek Culture-Giardini Naxos

During breakfast this morning reflect on your learnings during your insightful time abroad. For our final day together, it’s time for an immersion into Greek culture. After breakfast, we will head to Naxos, an ancient Greek city now modern Giardini Naxos on the east coast of Sicily. Here, we will enjoy traditional Greek Cuisine and learn about the importance of Greek culture in Sicily’s history. This is the last stop of our journey together. Later, you are accompanied to the airport. We look forward to welcoming you on another beautifully woven transformative experience. Perhaps Peru, India, France, or Greece? (B)


Program Registration Fees

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Date Double Occupancy Single Supplement Additional
June 18, 2022
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$5,525.00
Per Person
$936.00
Per Person
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Services Included

• Hotels • Accommodation (8 nights in 4* boutique hotels). • 3 nights in Gozo, 2 nights in Malta and 3 nights in Sicily. • She Takes Off Expert Guide and Owner- Pat Vella • Perfume Class • Fashion Workshop • Visit with The Horse Whisper • Yoga Class • Maltese culinary class • Transfers by minibus during our tours and activities • High Speed Catamaran from Malta>Gozo>Malta • High Speed Catamaran from Malta>Sicily • Daily breakfast • Three Dinners (Gozo, Malta and Sicily) • Four lunches (Gozo x 2 Malta x 1 and Sicily x 1) • Sunset cruise in Gozo • Wine tasting in Sicily (with lunch at the winery) • Admission fees for guided tours as per itinerary.

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