LAMBAY ISLAND RETREAT   

Mind and Body Retreat on Lambay Island
with certified therapist Sophie Samuel, island hostess Millie Baring and 
private seasonal chef Lottie Brook.

2020 DATES

03-05 July 2020 (Fri-Sun)

RETREAT RATES

€700 per person

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

 

Join Millie, Sophie and Lottie for a weekend of mind and body nurturing, for just 8 people on the mystery-shrouded isle of Lambay. Millie is your host, warmly welcoming you into her island home and teaching you about the place. Sophie Samuel, a trained and certified therapist, is your facilitator and guide, running optional workshops and exercises throughout your stay and guiding you in effective self-care practises. Lottie is your private chef, specialising in seasonal, local produce with a focus on nutritious, colourful and delicious.

Sophie says:

 

"In day-to-day life, as we all know, we become absorbed in the 'doing' of life. While this is an important aspect of our wellbeing, if ‘getting things done’ dominates how we relate to our lives then we can become disconnected from our minds, bodies, as well as others and our wider place in nature. Taking time to reflect and disconnect from our devices can allow us to reconnect to ourselves and rebuild our ability to present in our life.

This retreat is a rare opportunity to travel across the sea and leave behind those powerful forces of planning, organisation and productivity. Come to an island where you will encounter something very different.

 

This weekend is an invitation to take the time and the space you need to reconnect and breathe."

REGISTRATION & COST

The all-inclusive retreat rate is €700 per person.

This 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.

 

Included in the Rates:

  • Lambay boat transfers on/off the island on Friday and Sunday

  • 2 nights luxury accommodation (private bedrooms) in the Whitehouse on Lambay

  • all locally sourced, seasonal meals prepared by your private chef: 2 full Irish breakfasts, lunches and dinners; afternoon tea and cake

  • six or more optional workshops and exercise sessions with Sophie Samuel

  • materials for the retreat

  • optional wild swim and guided wildlife walk

  • tea/coffee, herbal infusions and soft drinks available all day

 

Not Included:

  • Travel to Ireland and transportation to Malahide Marina from where the Lambay boat departs

  • Lambay Castle Tour (optional, €35 pp)

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

  • Extras or mainland expenses

 

Payment Plans: If you would like to pay in instalments, you can pay a €100 deposit followed by two payments of €300; however please note that international transfer fees will apply if you are paying from outside of Ireland. Please email office@islandclub.co to make payment arrangements.

Bedrooms: Each person will have their own private super-king bedroom; some bedrooms are en suite and others share one bathroom between two bedrooms. En suites will be allocated by seniority in years or by special request (additional €25). There are also two twin bedrooms available at concession rates if you would like to share with a friend at a discount - please email us for further information.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

“The most personal is the most universal.” - Carl Rogers (therapist)

 

When we are in a supportive environment we can start to tune in to our being and our body, to our pains and our loves, to our energy and also our blocks. The surprising joy and challenge in this process is that, as we open up to ourselves, we open up to others and to the natural world around us.

The aim is to support and enable you, so that you can return to your life feeling enriched, engaged and open. In sharing with others and offering up our vulnerability we can bridge the voids we so often feel. Even when such connection is difficult at first, the reward is feeling both more alive and more grounded - to feel we belong as part of this world and with less agitation.This an opportunity to make these explorations in the safe space of Lambay and under the gentle and confident guidance of Sophie Samuel.

For this weekend you do not need any particular knowledge or experience. Instead please come equipped with a sense of curiosity, open-mindedness and a willingness to take a leap of faith.

The course schedule is free-flowing and designed to give participants the best opportunity to relax and unwind. Sophie will be integrating aspects of self-care, improving focus, eco psychology and mindfulness into the weekend's exercises.

Millie and Lottie will be offering delicious seasonal food that nurtures the body; cosy fires, hot and cold drinks on tap and island know-how to further nourish your soul.

SCHEDULE

The course schedule is free-flowing and designed to give participants the best opportunity to relax and unwind. The power of this retreat lies in the location; Lambay offers a unique and incredibly enriching environment in which to focus on personal wellness and wellbeing. 

DELICIOUS SEASONAL FOOD

Private chef Lottie Brook will provide us with fresh, seasonal meals for the weekend. Please be sure to notify us as soon as you book your space if you have any allergies or dietary requirements.

LUXURY COSY ACCOMMODATION

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.

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 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

GETTING HERE

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. 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 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 at the Marina 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

20kg limit on luggage per person on the boats.

WEATHER

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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