Gozitan Yoga Instructor gives a Yoga Session in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Aug 10, 2017

Following last year’s successful event which took place in Bethlehem, Palestine in September 2016, the Representative Office of the Republic of Malta in Palestine collaborated once more with the Municipality of Bethlehem and the Palestinian Yoga Centre, Beit Ashams for the second year in a row to set up a Yoga event which was once again led by Gozitan Yoga Instructor, Ms Marita Farrugia. This year’s  event took place on Monday 31 July 2017 at the Bethlehem Peace Centre in the central Manger Square in the city of Bethlehem, Palestine. The occasion, which was attended by around 70 people, was made up of Palestinians and people of various Nationalities.

This year’s event, which was named “ Yoga to Listen! ”  was opened by the Mayor of Bethlehem, H.E. Dr Anton Salman and the Representative of the Republic of Malta in Ramallah, Palestine, Mr Reuben Gauci. Both speakers reiterated  that events such as these serve to bring people nearer to each other and act as a platform for diplomacy to get countries close to each other as well. Mayor Salman spoke about the importance that his Municipality is giving to events related to physical well being, whilst the Maltese Representative in Palestine said that  health and wellness have become a fundamental aspect in today’s modern and fast moving life-style and that Yoga in Malta and Gozo became very popular, especially in the last twenty years with the country currently having 14 Yoga Centres in order to cater for the high demand for this practice from the Maltese.

On Tuesday 1 August 2017, Ms Marita Farrugia’s visit to Palestine included a further yoga event in East Jerusalem with the distinguished participation of Madame Rafifi Husseini, spouse of the Palestinian Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, H.E. Adnan Husseini thanks to Palestinian Academic and Socialite Ms Huda al-Imam.

Ms Marita Farrugia lives in Luxembourg and works with the European Court of Justice as a Lawyer Linguist. She teaches yoga in her free time in Luxembourg City. The Representative Office of the Republic of Malta in Palestine would like to convey a special thanks to the Bethlehem Hotel for its sponsorship of the event. 

( Left ) Bethlehem Mayor Anton Salman, ( Right ) Malta Representative in Palestine Reuben Gauci .jpg

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Marita Farrugia East Jerusalem Workshop.jpg 

Ms Marita Farrugia Bethlehem Workshop 1.jpg