LAMBAY YOGA & NUTRITION RETREAT   

 

Yoga sessions and seasonal meals with
yogi and nutritionist ~ Rachel Cruickshank
private seasonal chef ~ Lottie Brook
and resident Lambay host ~ Millie Baring

2020 DATES POSTPONED TO 2021

23-26 APRIL 2021 (Fri-Mon) - 1 ROOM LEFT

RETREAT RATES

€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.

Rachel says:

"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.

Rates:

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​​

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

Deposit:

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 Rachel's Yoga & Nutrition Retreat, please write to rachel@thebodynatural.co.uk

 

DELICIOUS SEASONAL NUTRITION

 

Nutrition Connoisseur and Seasonal Chef Lottie Brook has designed special menus to complement 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 useful and interesting insights into the nutritional value of seasonal eating and your bespoke menu.

EXAMPLE MENU

FRIDAY

Welcome Tea

Tea/Coffee, Spring Herbal Infusions

Almond & Lemon Cake

Dinner

Spring Greens with Lambay Wild Herbs

Coconut Curry with Spinach Dahl & Wild Rice

Vegan Chocolate Brownies

Lambay Rosemary Water

SATURDAY

Breakfast

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

 

Lunch

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

Afternoon Tea

Elderflower & Pistachio Cake

Dinner

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

SUNDAY

Breakfast

Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sage Roasted Mushrooms

Toast with Jams & Spreads, Cereal, Granola & Yoghurt, Fruit Bowl

Tea, Coffee, Fresh Fruit Juice

Lunch

Wild Lambay Nettle Soup

Homemade Basil & Garlic Focaccia

Lambay Mint Water

Afternoon Tea

Rhubarb & Orange Blossom Cake

Dinner

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

 

MONDAY

Breakfast

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.

SCHEDULE

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.  Here is an example schedule to give you an idea of the layout:

Friday

Boat departs Malahide (20 mins)

Arrive Lambay, Island Welcome by Millie

Tea & Cake, settle into bedrooms

Short Coastal Walk of the Island (setting the scene)

Yoga Session - Introduction

Dinner

Fireside Chat ~ Goals for the Weekend

Saturday

Yoga Session - Morning Mindfulness

Breakfast

Yoga Session - Dynamic Flow & Pranayama

Lunch

Tour of Lambay Castle & Gardens

Personal Time

Afternoon Tea & Cake

Yoga Session - Slow Flow Relaxation

Dinner

Optional Sunset Meditation

Sunday

Yoga Session - Morning Mindfulness

Breakfast

Yoga Session - Dynamic Flow & Pranayama

Lunch

Island Walk, Personal Time

Afternoon Tea & Cake

Optional Outdoor Meditation

Dinner

Fireside Chat & Hot Drinks

Monday

Closing Ceremony, Personal Check-In with Rachel

Brunch

Check-Out & Walk To Harbour

Boat departs Lambay (20 mins)

**Lambay weather can be unpredictable but rarely are there days without sunshine. Some time will be spent outdoors no matter what, but yoga sessions will be located where most comfortable for the group.**

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.

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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.

  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 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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