LAMBAY YOGA & NUTRITION RETREAT
with yogi and nutritionist Rachel Cruickshank
private seasonal chef Lottie Brook
and Lambay resident host Millie Baring
15-18 May 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.
A four-day / three-night yoga and nutritional retreat for just 10 people on the private and mystery-shrouded island of Lambay, conveniently located within easy access of Dublin International Airport. The island is considered by many to be “hallowed ground” or, for the less spiritual, certainly a place of exceptional grounding qualities.
Both scientists and spiritualists attribute this partly to the island’s history as an ancient, 250 million year old volcano; volcanic soil is known to contain very high concentrations of minerals and nutrients such as phosphates, nitrates, potassium and calcium. Our bodies seem to respond to this enriching earth as though to a magnet, and visitors to Lambay all speak of the unique feel of the island, the way in which it connects you to your surroundings and the ground beneath your feet.
"Surrounded by nature and a sense of profound peace, Lambay is the perfect place to press pause on our busy lives and reconnect with ourselves. I knew for this reason it would also make an ideal spot for a yoga retreat; yoga is a fantastic journey of self-discovery and what better place to do it than encapsulated by such raw, natural beauty."
Lambay has inspired Rachel to host a Spring Reset Yoga retreat in 2020, a chance to sweep away the cobwebs of winter and find a renewed energy and rejuvenation. Rachel has teamed up with private chef and seasonal foods connoisseur Lottie Brook to nourish you throughout your island stay, and teach you about the benefits (to both your bodies and the planet) of eating seasonally.
REGISTRATION & COST
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 provided.
Concessions for local connections of Lambay and Rachel 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 (€50)
up to 8 yoga workshops with Rachel (yoga mats provided)
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, homemade healthy cakes, fruit)
wild swim and guided wildlife walk (see the deer, wallabies, puffins and seals!)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For any other questions about Rachel's Yoga & Nutrition Retreat, please write to email@example.com
DELICIOUS SPRINGTIME NUTRITION
Nutrition Connoisseur and Seasonal Chef Lottie Brook has designed the following menu to compliment and enhance
the physical 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.
Tea/Coffee, Spring Herbal Infusions
Almond & Lemon Cake
Spring Greens with Lambay Wild Herbs
Coconut Curry with Spinach Dahl & Wild Rice
Vegan Chocolate Brownies
Lambay Rosemary Water
Fresh Fruit Platter, Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Roasted Vine Tomatoes, Sliced Avocado
Granola Pots with Orange Poached Rhubarb & Coconut Yoghurt
Toast, Cereals, Fresh Fruit Juice, Tea & Coffee
Roast Radishes with Sorrel, Ground Elder & Watercress Pesto
Peas, Mange Tout, Green Beans with Dill & Flaked Almonds
Quinoa, Broad Bean & Mint Salad
Lambay Mint Water
Elderflower & Pistachio Cake
Roast Carrots with Hazelnut Gremolata & Garlic Lemon Coconut Yoghurt
Crispy New Potatoes with Lambay Wild Leek, Watercress & Rocket Pesto
Grilled Asparagus with Spinach Romesco Sauce, Minty Peas & Honey Roast Radishes
Dates with Almond Butter dipped in Dark Chocolate
Lambay Cleavers Water
Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sage Roasted Mushrooms
Toast with Jams & Spreads, Cereal, Granola & Yoghurt, Fruit Bowl
Tea, Coffee, Fresh Fruit Juice
Wild Lambay Nettle Soup
Homemade Basil & Garlic Focaccia
Lambay Mint Water
Rhubarb & Orange Blossom Cake
Roast Broccoli with Mint & Nasturtium Hummus, Wild Leek Flowers
Charred Lettuce with Petit Pois & Nasturtium Flowers
Lentils with Radishes, Snap Peas, Rocket, Mint & dill on a bed of Lemony Yoghurt
Lambay Rhubarb Crumble
Lambay Rosemary Water
Buckwheat Pancakes with Warm Strawberries, Whipped Coconut Cream & Maple Syrup
Toast with Jams & Spreads, Tea, Coffee, Fresh Fruit Juice
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 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.
The retreat schedule is free-flowing and designed to give participants the best opportunity to relax, unwind and reconnect with their roots. All yoga sessions will be between 30 minutes and 2 hours long and all activities and workshops are optional.
LUXURY COSY ACCOMMODATION
Each bedroom in the Whitehouse 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 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. 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.
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.