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Thursday to Sunday
06-09 JUNE and 04-07 JULY 2024

Nourish, Ease & Align: A Pilates Retreat for Your Head, Neck and Shoulders

Jessy Babin ~ Pilates
Nina Paavola ~ Pilates & Craniosacral Therapy
(4 days, 3 nights)

If you would like to be on our waiting list or mailing list for future dates, please email us.

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Jessy and Nina are planning a spectacular 4-day Summer weekend for you filled with Pilates and so much more!  On offer:

  • world-class Pilates classes with a focus on rejuvenating your head, neck and shoulders

  • a massage therapist on hand to further this work with specialised therapies to ease the head, neck and shoulders

  • an individual Craniosacral therapy session for each participant with Nina

  • premium accommodation on a breathtaking private island

  • and a unique gastronomic experience while you soak up the island's healing beauty.

This weekend is a fantastic opportunity to develop strength through your practice and recharge your batteries in an idyllic setting. There will be time to give it your all in your Pilates practice, with a challenging and gratifying accessory: the ball! Each participant will have a ball provided to boost and diversify the classical Pilates matwork.

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Jessy Babin


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Nina Paavola

(Pilates and Craniosacral Therapy)

The Craniosacral session is tailored to each individual, enabling the participant to better understand the structure of their head and neck.  We use the Craniosacral system to gently puzzle out the root causes of any discomfort or alignment issues - and almost as if by surprise, the underlying tensions are able to resolve.  Nina brings a special intuitive, almost psychic ability to her interpretation of the work which is truly profound.  A Craniosacral session with Nina was the most requested therapy after our 2023 Lambay retreat!

Prepare yourself to make some great memories in-between your world-class Pilates sessions: we have rounded out the schedule with enough time to soak up the surroundings with a fantastic history of the island and walking tour organised by the local experts who can point out all the best places to spot the residents of Lambay Island – the deer, wallabies, puffins and seals!


You can also schedule some extras with some extra-special practitioners: individual sessions of Pilates and massage.  Healthy, home-made cuisine will be plentiful, and we didn’t forget the Lambay nights!  There will be happy hours, excellent wine and cheese pairings, a blazing Saturday night bonfire, and a few more surprises in store…


€1,347 ~ €1,647

Includes Lambay boat transfers, accommodation, all meals, regular refreshments, all Pilates sessions and so much more – further details below.



Luxurious island accommodation for 3 nights / 4 days on the private isle of Lambay, protected and preserved by the Baring family since 1904.


All locally sourced, seasonal meals prepared by your private island chef and hospitality assistant: breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

  • All Pilates classes

  • Individual Craniosacral therapy sessions for each participant with Nina

  • Free Pilates ball, the accessory we’ll be using during the workshop

  • Saturday night bonfire with wine and treats

  • Access to the private island with guided walking tour to see wallabies, deer and puffins (if you're lucky!)

  • Morning and afternoon refreshments (tea, coffee, homemade healthy cakes, fresh fruit)

  • 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)

  • Lambay boat transfers at beginning and end of your retreat


  • Onward travel outside of the boat transfers to/from Lambay Island

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

  • Extras or mainland expenses

  • Extra private, duet or trio Pilates sessions

  • Massage sessions


A non-refundable 30% deposit is required to secure your space.  The balance is due 12 weeks prior to the retreat.  Payment plans are available on request, with monthly instalments to help spread the cost.

More Questions?

For any queries about Lambay Island, the region or local travel info, please write to


For any other questions about the workshops or booking additional sessions, please write to Jessy at


The boats to and from Lambay are tide dependent, so timings will vary for each retreat and will be communicated to you well in advance.  Here is an example schedule, subject to slight changes or shifts of activity times during the day:


Boat departs Malahide Marina (25 min transfer)

Island Welcome on the Pier

Time to settle in, tea/cake/fruit 

Short coastal walk

Pilates class

Welcome drinks and dinner


Breakfast in the Whitehouse

Pilates Class

Tour of Lambay Castle & Gardens


Pilates Class

Afternoon Tea & Cake

Personal Time


Fireside Chats & Lambay Whiskey



Pilates Class

Island Nature Walk


Pilates Class

Afternoon Tea & Cake

Personal Time


Bonfire with Wine & Treats


Optional early morning coastal walk for seal spotting

Late Breakfast

Pilates Class

Sunday Lunch

Facial Self-Massage Class with Dee

Departure from Lambay



You will have the possibility to book extra private individual Pilates and massage sessions in addition to your included Craniosacral session with Nina.

Massage options with expert massage therapist Dee Mellon to complement the head, neck and shoulder release Pilates classes:

- Holistic Massage

- Indian Head Massage

- Reflexology

- Bespoke Visible Difference Face Lifting Facials


Dee Mellon runs Holistic Hands dublin.  She is an experienced, highly trained holistic therapist and instructor working in the industry for almost 20 years.  Dee is highly respected and well sought after with a substantial waitlist for her treatments.

(Theses activities are not included in the price of your weekend; pricing and scheduling details provided upon booking.)




Lambay's seasonal chefs are renowned for their delicious meals and warm, relaxed hospitality style.  They use as much locally sourced produce as possible, including from the island itself.

Your weekend includes three breakfasts, lunches and dinners, along with snacks and refreshments.  Tea/coffee is available all day on a self-serve basis.

You will have free time to explore the island, its landscape and beauty.

There is also the possibility to take part in a guided walking tour, organised by local experts who can point out all the best places to spot the other residents of Lambay Island – the deer, wallabies, puffins and seals!

For general information about what to expect on Lambay including further information on accommodation, boat transfers, what to bring, etc, please return to the main Retreats page and scroll down.

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