LAMBAY YOGA & MACRAME RETREAT
An Island Weekend to Rest, Nurture & Weave
yoga and meditation with Celine Doyle
macramé classes with Christina Carrick
5-7 May 2023 (Fri-Sun)
(3 days, 2 nights)
WHAT TO EXPECT
A three-day / two-night yoga, wellness and macramé retreat for just 12-14 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.
Be inspired by 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 appear to respond to this enriching earth as though to a magnet, and visitors to Lambay all speak of the unique feel and power of the island; the way in which it connects you to your surroundings and to the ground beneath your feet.
Millie Baring will be your resident host, warmly welcoming you to her island home and taking care of your needs alongside her dedicated island hospitality team. Prepare yourself to be regaled with stories of Lambay’s past and present, of Millie's grandfather Rupert Revelstoke, who lived on Lambay for 50 years until his death in 1994 and left behind him many wonderful, eccentric tales which only serve to add to the magic of the place.
REST, NURTURE & WEAVE
Winter is a time of deep rest, in which we nurture our energy, our soul and transition from our outward self to our inner self. This weekend we will bring you through beautiful yoga classes and meditations to rest your body and mind, as well as helping you to discover your creative essence, your inner light.
During the weekend, Celine will guide you through a blend of yoga and meditation styles including kundalini yoga, yin yoga, radiant body yoga, yoga nidra, breath and chanting meditations. There will be a particular focus on grounding your energy through body awareness and contemplative reflection to enable you to flow into your winter essence. During the winter months, it is also important that we ignite our energy and feel into our creative expression of who we are. We will also be exploring yoga to energise, releasing stagnant emotions and letting go of whatever isn't serving us. We are so excited to be your guides during this very special retreat on Lambay Island.
THE ART OF MACRAME
Christina will help you to learn the ancient art of macramé, using only your hands, cotton cord and handpicked drift wood to create a beautiful wall hanging and plant hanger that you can take home and treasure forever. Macramé is a deeply therapeutic craft, helping you to be present and switch off from the external stresses of life, focusing only on the creation before you. It is also a fun and interactive class as we help and encourage each other.
REGISTRATION & COST
Your all-inclusive retreat package includes €50 for the return boat transfer between mainland Ireland and Lambay (departing from Malahide, just north of Dublin airport). The boat journey takes 20 minutes in a covered RIB, with seats and lifejackets provided.
Members of the Lambay Club are eligible for discounted rates. Concessions for local connections of Lambay and the retreat facilitators are also available on request.
Included in Rates:
Lambay boat transfers at beginning and end of your retreat (€50)
Up to 6 yoga workshops with Natasha and Celine (mats are available but if you would prefer to bring your own, you are most welcome)
2-3 macramé classes with Christina to create your very own wall hanging and plant hanger - a beautiful memento of your Lambay stay and a symbol of your creativity
Luxurious island accommodation for 2 nights and 3 days in the Whitehouse on Lambay
All locally sourced, seasonal meals prepared by your private island retreat chef, Sammy Diebold: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and homemade cake at tea time
Morning and afternoon refreshments (tea, coffee, homemade healthy cakes, fruit)
Yogic walk to explore the beauty of this incredible island and outdoor evening meditations (weather permitting)
Private tour of the Castle and gardens (additional cost)
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
The all inclusive, per person packages are as follows:
€985 ~ master super-king room with luxury en suite bathroom and sea views
€935 ~ super-king bedroom with private en suite bathroom
€845 ~ super-king bedroom with shared en suite shower room (two people sharing)
€1,500 (€750 pp) ~ shared super-king or twin bedroom with private en suite bathroom
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 and the balance becomes due 6 weeks prior to the retreat start date. It is also possible to pay in monthly instalments - please enquire for details.
Registration & Further Info:
EXAMPLE SCHEDULE (timings and themes will vary)
The retreat schedule is free-flowing and designed to give participants the best opportunity to relax, unwind, and reconnect with their creativity. All yoga sessions will be between 30 minutes and 2 hours long. All macramé classes will be 1 hour long and all activities and workshops are optional. Here is an example schedule to give you an idea of the layout:
Boat departs Malahide (20-30 min transfer)
Arrive Lambay, Island Welcome by Millie
Tea and cake, settle into bedrooms
Dinner in the Whitehouse
Evening Yoga & Meditation
Yoga Session - Morning Cleanse & Rejuvenate
Breakfast in the Whitehouse
Island Walk and Relaxation
Afternoon tea & cake
Personal Time or Optional Wild Swim
Light Yoga and Evening Meditation to wind down
Yoga Session - Morning Energising Set
Yoga Session & Closing Ceremony
Check-Out & Walk to Harbour
Boat departs Lambay
DELICIOUS SEASONAL FOOD
Our in-house island chef will provide you with fresh, seasonal meals throughout 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 LAMBAY
For more information on what to do and see while on the island, please visit our On Lambay page.
BOOTS - There is a large number of Wellington boots in a range of sizes, which you are welcome to borrow during your stay.
Please make your way to Malahide as soon as you have arrived into Ireland from abroad.
Dublin Airport to Malahide
Malahide is approximately 20 minutes by road from Dublin Airport; a regular size taxi costs approximately €15-20.
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 at the allotted time.
POLITE NOTICE: It is important that you do not enter the Marina Centre at any time unless accompanied by the Skipper, as it is private property and there are no public facilities or bathrooms.
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 and drier 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 Whitehouse.