Press Pause Retreat
Certified Facilitator of the Work of Byron Katie & Coach Nadine Ferris France
Health Coach & Yoga Teacher Frika Salrein
Guest Facilitator, Musician & Coach Eimear Crehan
Island Hostess Millie Baring
Private Seasonal Chef Lottie Brook
Friday 4 September - Friday 11 September
Press Pause Retreat is a life-changing experience. Together, we go on a deeply personal journey into our hearts, minds and souls. Centered on the meditative and self-inquiry process of The Work of Byron Katie, the retreat offers a unique and extremely powerful combination of Jivamukti yoga, voice work, nutrition and nature.
Every experience within the retreat is based upon the authentic experience of Frika from Indonesia and Nadine from Ireland. We are delighted to welcome Eimear as a Guest Facilitator. We are extremely passionate about self-care and this shines through everything. We are offering an opportunity to rest into yourself, to press pause on your life for seven days, rejuvenate and connect deeply with yourself.
After two years offering this retreat in Bali, in 2020 we are very excited to be bringing the retreat to its second home on Lambay Island, off the coast of Dublin, Ireland. Please visit the Press Pause Retreat Website to see more information or read testimonials from our previous retreats.
The retreat offers a programme that gives participants an opportunity to reflect deeply on all aspects of how our thinking affects our lives – working on relationships, communication, shame, finances, body and stress. Carefully designed, each day builds on the one before. We exercise our bodies through early morning yoga in nature each day, followed by working with our voice to unlock our potential and truly enjoy the creative art of singing.
Following a nutritious and delicious breakfast, we go on a silent walk in the beautiful nature of Lambay Island. We then gather for a day of identifying and questioning thoughts, tapping into the wisdom and freedom within – we take care of mind and body. There is a lot of laughter and dance and some tears too – all emotions are welcome here. Through questioning our thoughts, self-realisation is possible and participants go home with a feeling of deep peace and joy together with the knowledge of how to support themselves in their lives.
A detox menu prepared with love by resident island chef Lottie supports us all to thoroughly cleanse our liver and our bodies as we sample a variety of healthy juices, three delicious meals each day and a surprise afternoon treat – plant-based, local organic whole food. As well as eating this delicious food, we learn about the nutritional value of each meal and it’s benefits to our bodies. We enjoy some sessions on health coaching and nutrition and participants take part in a cooking class so that when they go home, they have the knowledge to make changes in their lives.
In between workshops, there are beautiful spaces for silence, for walking, swimming and resting. Mid-week, we take an outing to a remote and spiritual part of this beautiful island. View the 2018 Press Pause video to give you a visual picture of what to expect!
The isle of Lambay is the family seat of the Revelstoke branch of the Baring family and home to Lambay Irish Whiskey. It is owned and protected today by the Revelstoke Trust and daily management lies in the hands of Alex Baring (7th Baron Revelstoke) and his sister Millie Baring, with support from the wider family.
Nestled in the Irish Sea just four miles off the coast of County Dublin, the island is a square mile in extent (660 acres), making it the largest island off the east coast of Ireland, and the largest privately owned island in Northern Europe.
It is a paradise of fine architecture, birds, flowers, cattle, seals, fallow deer and even a mob of wallabies! The island is internationally important as a Natura 2000 site designated for its breeding seabirds and as home to the largest breeding colony of Atlantic Grey Seals on the east coast of Ireland. It holds a remarkable place in European natural history as the site of a pioneering biological investigation undertaken by the naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger in 1906, a mutual project with Cecil Baring, during which they found several new species including three earthworms, a bristletail and a mite.
Entirely off-grid and unattached to the mainland by so much as a cable or pipe, the island is largely run on renewable energy generated by solar panels and a wind turbine that are rigged up to a complex battery system. The natural spring gives the island fresh volcanic drinking water year round, which is also used to make the island whiskey.
REGISTRATION & COST
We offer several payment options including TransferWise, bank transfer (BACS), etc. Please choose from the following accommodation packages:
DELUXE WITH PRIVATE EN SUITE BATHROOM
~ € 2,150 single occupancy / € 1,500 pp shared (twins or super king)
STANDARD WITH PRIVATE EN SUITE BATHROOM
~ €2,050 single occupancy
STANDARD WITH SHARED EN SUITE BATHROOM
~ €1,950 single occupancy
SINGLE BEDROOM WITH SHARED BATHROOM
~ €1,850 single occupancy
Click HERE to view photos and floor plan.
After confirmation you will be required to make a deposit of 20% of your selected package to reserve your spot. The remaining balance will be due 2 months before the retreat starts.
There will be a 5 % discount on the retreat fee for referrals of other participants (for each referrer and referee) or returning participants of previous Press Pause retreats.
INCLUDED IN THE RATES:
boat transfers from/to Malahide Marina at the beginning and end of the retreat (20 mins by covered RIB)
7 nights luxury accommodation (private bedrooms) in the Whitehouse on Lambay
all locally sourced, plant-based meals prepared by your private chef
daily sessions of The Work of Byron Katie, meditation and guided silent walks with Nadine
daily yoga sessions and group health coaching with Frika
daily voice sessions with Eimear
cooking class with private seasonal chef Lottie Brook
outing day to remote spiritual part of Lambay
materials for the retreat
optional wild swimming and guided wildlife walk
tea/coffee, herbal infusions and soft drinks available all day
NOT INCLUDED: Participants are responsible for their airfares and
transportation to Malahide Marina from where the Lambay boat departs
travel insurance (highly recommended as there will be no refunds for travel changes)
extras or mainland expenses
There will be extra costs for an optional tour of Lambay Castle with Millie or a guided wildlife walk
DELICIOUS AUTUMN NUTRITION
Nutrition Connoisseur and Seasonal Chef Lottie Brook will be working closely with your course facilitators to create a seasonal menu that compliments and enhances the physical, mental and emotional work you will be engaging in on this retreat. During the retreat and at meal times you will be provided with fascinating insights into the nutritional value of seasonal eating and your bespoke menu.
Please notify us of any dietary requirements well in advance of the retreat including allergies and intolerances. There are no shops on the island so advanced warning is crucial.
Millie and Lottie will be on hand throughout your island stay to host you and provide you with delicious seasonal food that nurtures the body; cosy evening fires, hot and cold drinks on tap and island know-how to further nourish your soul.
Friday 4 September
15:00 Boat departs Malahide Marina
15:30 Arrive Lambay, refreshments and island welcome, settle into rooms
17:00 Early Dinner
18:30 Evening session of The Work
Saturday 5 to Thursday 10 September (with outing day and cooking class on Monday)
07:00 Voice & singing
09:00 Silent walk and morning session of The Work (with break for refreshments)
14:00 Personal Time
15:00 Afternoon session of The Work (with break for refreshments)
18:00 Personal Time
20:00 Free Time or Health Coaching
Friday 11 September
07:00 Voice and singing
09:00 Silent walk and closing session of The Work (with break for refreshments)
14:00 Packing and prepare for departure
14:30 Farewell at the harbour, boat departs Lambay
15:00 Arrive Malahide Marina
For testimonials from our previous retreats, please click here.
OUTDOORS ON THE ISLAND
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 15th-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 Whitehouse in the 1930’s. Together these buildings form an harmonious architectural complex that beautifully 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.
16th Century Castle and grounds
Real Tennis Courts
Horbour with sandy beach
Site of Bronze Age finds and Hiberno-Roman finds
Fosse of Norman Fort
Cottage and residential complex
Guillemots, fulmars, puffins, kittiwakes, razorbills
Kittiwakes, fulmars, shags
Tayleur Bay, scene of the wreck of RMS Tayleur
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
If you wish to stop off in town for supplies, head for Gibney's of Malahide on New Street, a traditional local pub in the centre of Malahide town. This is well placed between all the most useful shops (Boots, SuperValu, Donnybrook Fair) and restaurants/cafés if you have time for a bite to eat. 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. Our Lambay boat skipper will meet you outside White’s Laundry. Please do not enter the Marina Centre unaccompanied by our skipper and please note there are no public facilities.
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 that leave a minimum of 4 hours (preferably 6 hours) between your flight arrival/departure times and the scheduled boat transfer time. Please be ready outside the Marina 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure 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 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 Whitehouse.
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