Forage and feast with
research herbalist and ethnobotanist ~ Monica Wilde 
private seasonal chef ~ Lottie Brook
and resident Lambay host ~ Millie Baring


16-19 April 2020 (Fri-Mon)


€650 to €945

(concessions available for local connections and Lambay Club members)

includes Lambay boat transfers, accommodation, all meals, regular refreshments, workshops and sessions, materials.


An unforgettable three-day experience on the private, off-grid island of Lambay. Walk with the kind and gentle, encyclopaedic knowledge of Monica Wilde, ethnobotanist and research herbalist.
Enjoy fine dining with seasonal, organic produce collected on the island by your own hand and transformed into delicious dishes by Lottie Brook. 
Come away with the knowledge and techniques to responsibly and safely forage nutritious and delicious ingredients from the natural environment around you, and transform your home cooking.

Monica says:


"I am excited and delighted to be the "resident forager" for this magical and inspirational place, where I host intimate residential weekends - each one a circadial retreat to celebrate a different season and encourage people to re-wild.


For just 10 guests, this is an intimate and full immersion in nature to restore the soul and liberate the mind, while staying in the exquisite Lutyens-designed Whitehouse. Your every need is beautifully catered for by private chef Lottie Brook and Millie Baring of Lambay.


Lambay is just a 20 minute boat ride from the mainland, and yet it feels like a lifetime away. You’re collected from the marina at lunchtime on a Friday; by the time you return on Monday it feels as if you’ve been away forever. Time passes at a different pace on Lambay. You can breathe again!"


Your all-inclusive retreat package includes €50 for the return boat transfer between Ireland and Lambay (departing from Malahide, just north of Dublin airport). The journey takes 20 minutes in a covered RIB, 12 seats and lifejackets are provided.

Per Person Rates:

Concessions for local connections of Lambay and Monica are available on request. Members of the Lambay Club are eligible for discounted rates, please enquire. 


The standard per person rates are as follows:

€945 ~ private room with super king bed and private en suite

€795 ~ private room with super king bed and shared en suite

€750 ~ shared room with super king or twin beds and private en suite

€650 ~ shared room with super king or twin beds and shared en suite

Included in rates:

  • Lambay boat transfers at beginning and end of your retreat

  • Foraging workshops, walks and advice sessions with Monica Wilde

  • Luxurious island accommodation for 3 nights / 4 days in the Whitehouse on Lambay

  • All locally sourced, seasonal meals prepared by your private island retreat chef, Lottie Brook: 3 breakfasts, 2-3 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Morning and afternoon refreshments (tea, coffee, cake, fruit)

  • Cookery lesson with Monica Wilde

  • Optional wild swim and morning meditation

  • Use of island wi-fi, sitting rooms, library, gardens, and local know-how

  • Tea/coffee, herbal infusions and soft drinks available all day (self-serve)

  • Personal hosting from the resident Baring family throughout your island stay, ​​including an optional private tour of Lambay Castle

Not included: 

  • Travel to Ireland and transportation to Malahide Marina from where the Lambay boat departs (boat transfers included)

  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended as there will be no refunds for travel changes)

  • Extras or mainland expenses


A 20% deposit is required to secure your space. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to the retreat. Payment plans are available on request.

Registration & Further Info:

To register and for questions about Lambay, the region or local travel, please write to  millie@islandclub.co


For any other questions about Monica's Retreat, please write to monica@monicawilde.com


The course schedule runs in accordance with the seasonal tides, and the island eco-system's growth and weather patterns. Activities, foraging walks and workshops will be timed to suit nature's whim and will include most, if not all, of the below.


Foraging for Seaweeds, Wild Herbs or Mushrooms (seasonal)

Cooking Classes




Hilltop or Seashore Meditation

Optional Fishing, Lobster Potting or Hunting (seasonal)


Fireside Discussions (indoors or outdoors)


*Re-wilding means restoring ourselves to ways of living that give us greater mental and physical health and return a natural balance to our bodies and our relationship with the earth’s ecosystems. Re-wilding teaches us how to return to using all of our senses to discover ways of living in a natural world that many people are disconnected from in their daily lives. For those interested, Monica can also share some Shinrin Yoku techniques that help you to relax in nature.

Monica has designed the retreat to give you a truly immersive experience of the island’s ecology and the abundance of wild food and herbs growing there. Foraging walks will cover the different habitats on the island. Together, you will  visit the seashore for coastal plants, go inland to find wallabies and deer, watch the seabirds that fearlessly breed on the cliffs, and gather food and herbs from the castle’s beautiful organic walled garden and woodland.



Throughout the weekend, you will learn various skills that you can take with you and continue to use at home. Learning to safely identify and responsibly collect seasonal ingredients is a key part of this workshop, as well as learning how to prepare and cook the harvest. Masterclasses will include (season-dependent):

Making Wild Mushroom Paté

De-boning a Wallaby

Monica's Signature Stew with Nettle Dumplings

Laverbread from Lambay Seaweed

Pepper Dulse Butter

Irish Soda Bread with Seasonal Herbs



Your menu on Lambay will be shaped around the natural seasonal produce available at that time of year, each meal including fresh ingredients foraged and collected by you on Lambay.

Starters (Seasonal)

Wild Leek and Nettle Soup with Crusty Bread and Pepper Dulse Butter

Celeriac and Hogweed Soup with Spring Herb and Wild Garlic Bread

Porcini Soup with Horseradish Cream with Seaweed Bread and Truffle Butter

Apple and Cider Potted Mussels with Seaweed Bread and Wild Island Salad

Wild Mushroom Pate with Homemade Spelt and Seed Crackers

Potted Winkles

Cured Sea Trout with Rhubarb with Seaweed Oatcakes and Green Salad

Smoked Haddock and Dulse Tart with New Potatoes and Ground Elder

Fried Laverballs with Celeriac and Wild Carrot Coleslaw

Homemade Wild Herb Hoummous with Carrot & Celery Sticks and Homemade Pitta Bread

Hogweed Tempura with Oarweed Shirodashi Sauce and Scurvygrass ‘Wasabi’

Main Courses (Seasonal)

Brill with Wild Sorrel Sauce, Creamed Sea Beet & Kale with Nutmeg and Smashed Potatoes

Wallaby Stew with Nettle Dumplings, Celeriac Dauphinoise and Wild Herb Salad

Roast Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Ground Elder & Wild Leek Tabbouleh and Asparagus Spears in Sorrel Butter

Venison Medallions with Haw Pontack, Sorrel & Ground Elder Champ and Buttered Sea Beet

Organic Lambay Beef Steak with Laver & Royal Fernweed Gnocchi and Crispy Hogweed Shoots

Slow Cooked Soy Pork Belly with Stir-fried Sea Beet and Noodles and a Sea Rocket ‘Wasabi’

Desserts (Seasonal)

Avocado, Chicory and Dandelion Root Coffee Ice Cream

Poached Pears in Ginger and Hogweed Spice

Gorse Flower, Ground Ivy and Seaweed Blancmange

Elderflower Delight

Grilled Lambay Figs in Rosemary Honey

Rose and Elderflower Carragheen Pannacotta

Sea Buckthorn Berry Posset

Fresh Fennel & Rhubarb Oat Crumble

Tea/Coffee is available throughout the day on a self-service basis. Please inform us in good time of any allergies or dietary requirements. Hypo-allergenic bedding is also available on advanced request.


Each bedroom has a super-king bed capable of conversion to two single beds, with mattress protectors, duvets and two pillows per bed. Extra blankets are available should they be desired. Electric blankets are not permitted on the island's off-grid energy supply, however hot bottles are provided in case of cold weather.


The central and upstairs bathrooms have showers; the corner room en suites have bath-shower combinations and the end room luxury en suites have freestanding baths and separate showers.



Please let us know if you would like to request a particular bedroom.

The White House is an original Lutyens design, completed in 1933 the year before Cecil Baring’s death. It was the last building to be commissioned and executed by Cecil and Lutyens and was built for the enjoyment of Cecil's two daughters, Daphne Pollen and Calypso Liddell, who by then both had large families. It is still used as a holiday home during the summer by their descendants.


With its large Dutch-tiled fireplace, south facing sitting room, original furniture, family murals and collections, it is a unique and welcoming house comprised of a shared central section and two wings. There are glorious views over the sea to the mainland from the West Wing and from the south facing gardens in particular. There have been no major alterations to the building, so it remains an authentic example of this period of Lutyens’ work.


However, bathrooms have been carefully modernised with conservation in mind and curtains, carpets and new beds were installed in 2016. The heating and hot water systems have also been revamped, providing a level of luxury that does Lutyens’ designs great justice.


Apart from the farming activity, Lambay is host to a wide variety of wildlife, including fallow deer, wallabies, rabbits, and notably, Atlantic Great Grey seals.


The island is also one of the most important sea bird nesting colonies off the coast of Europe and has been designated a Special Protection Area. Cormorants, shags, guillemots, razorbills, puffins, kittiwakes and fulmars can be observed at close quarters with ease.


The glories of the island are the 16th-century castle, modified and extended by Edwin Lutyens in 1908-1910, and the gardens, originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll. Massive rampart walls encircle the castle, together with its terraced gardens.


In addition to the castle, Lutyens modified the farm buildings, bothy, chapel and Coastguard Cottages, which were built from local stone. In the 1920’s Lutyens was commissioned to build the Real Tennis Court on the sea front and finally, the White House in the 1930’s. Together these buildings form a harmonious architectural complex that complements the natural landscape. 


The island offers good walking with impressive views and, in the harbour, low tide reveals a large sandy beach, rock pools and a swimming area.


BOOTS - There is a large number of Wellington boots in a range of sizes, which you are welcome to borrow during your stay.

  1.  16th Century Castle and grounds

  2.  Real Tennis Courts

  3.  Horbour with sandy beach

  4.  Site of Bronze Age finds and Hiberno-Roman finds

  5.  Chapel

  6.  Fosse of Norman Fort

  7.  Cottage and residential complex

  8.  Seals

  9.  Shags, cormorants

  10.  Seals

  11.  Promontory fort

  12.  Promontory fort

  13.  Guillemots, fulmars, puffins, kittiwakes, razorbills

  14.  Neolithic tumulus

  15.  Axe-head sites

  16.  Seals

  17.  Shags

  18.  Seals

  19.  Kittiwakes, fulmars, shags

  20.  Seals

  21.  Tayleur Bay, scene of the wreck of RMS Tayleur

  22.  Razorbills, guillemots

  23.  Kittiwakes


Please make your way to Malahide when you arrive in Dublin. 


Dublin Airport to Malahide

Malahide is approximately 20 minutes by road from Dublin Airport; a regular size taxi costs approximately €15-18.


Dublin Ferry Port to Malahide

Malahide is approximately 35 minutes by road from Dublin Ferry Port; a regular size taxi costs approximately €30-35.

Directions to Malahide Town Centre

The meeting point is Gibney's of Malahide on New Street, a traditional local pub in the centre of Malahide town. This is well placed if you wish to collect supplies before travelling to Lambay. The Marina Centre is a five minute walk from Gibney's and the town centre.


If heading straight for the Marina, tell your taxi driver to drive through the Marina Village (under the arch) and straight to the end where you will see a giant anchor sculpture by the Marina Centre, and your skipper will meet you outside White’s Laundry. If it is raining you are welcome to wait inside the Marina Centre, which can be accessed through the double doors to the left of the giant anchor.

The boat transfers to/from Lambay adhere to the tides and, as such, must depart promptly at the scheduled time.

For those with flights, we strongly recommend flights leaving a minimum of 4 hours (preferably 6 hours) between your flight arrival/departure times and the scheduled boat transfer time.

20kg limit on luggage per person on the boats.


The weather on Lambay is generally milder than on the mainland, with plenty of sunshine. However, the island is also open to the elements and can be very windy. Out of the sun this can make it quite chilly! and weather on the island changes fast so you must be prepared for rain and sun.


We suggest bringing plenty of layers and a light water/wind proof jacket to enjoy Lambay outdoors; cosy slippers or socks and a favourite wooly jumper for indoors, where you can warm up by the cosy open fire in the White House.

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