LAMBAY YOGA & MACRAME RETREAT
An Island Weekend to Nurture, Strengthen & Stretch Your Body & Your Mind
yoga & meditation with Natasha Learmonth
macramé classes with Christina Carrick
delicious seasonal meals by Pedro Mitchell-Innes
Friday 21st - Monday 24th May 2021
(4 days, 3 nights)
Retreat Rates €480 ~ €1,100
WHAT TO EXPECT
A four-day / three-night yoga and macramé 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.
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 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 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 your private chef, Pedro. 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.
Kundalini Yoga is often referred to as the “Yoga of Awareness” and the “Mother” of all Yoga’s. Considered to be 16 times more powerful than Hatha Yoga, it is a safe way to stimulate the energy of the body to enable a happy, healthy and holistic life. Throughout the weekend Natasha will guide you through this kriya-based yoga.
A kriya is a specific set of yogic postures designed to adjust a certain aspect of the body or mind. A kriya integrates pranayam (breathing techniques), yogic postures, held stretches, deep relaxation, meditation, mudras, and mantra. During this retreat we will be focusing on kriyas that open up your creativity. Unlocking one's creativity is not just about being able to paint a beautiful picture or write poetry, it’s about deepening the connection to one's higher self, allowing you to consciously create the life you desire. When we aren’t creating we can become disconnected to the world - bored, listless and depressed and ultimately a destructive force can become prominent.
Kundalini yoga can help to find inspiration; as you deepen your consciousness, begin connecting to your higher power and the universal energy, the life force energy is awakened and you begin to feel and experience the beauty in everything around you. The world begins to vibrate as one and this is when your creativity becomes unstoppable.
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 very 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. There’s lots of time over the weekend to work on your pieces and get creative!
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 8 yoga workshops with Natasha (a few yoga mats available if you don't have your own - please enquire)
4 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 3 nights / 4 days in the Whitehouse on Lambay
All locally sourced, seasonal meals prepared by your private island retreat chef, Pedro Mitchell-Innes: 3 breakfasts, 2-3 lunches, 3 dinners and homemade cake at tea time
Yogic walk to explore the beauty of this incredible island
Private tour of the Castle and gardens
Morning and afternoon refreshments (tea, coffee, homemade healthy cakes, 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)
Personal hosting from the resident Baring family throughout your island stay
The standard per person rates are as follows:
Private Bedroom Packages
€1,100 ~ large private room with luxury private ensuite
€1,020 ~ smaller private room with private ensuite
€880 ~ large bedroom with shared ensuite wet room
Shared Bedroom Packages (PP)
€650 ~ large super king or twin room, with luxury private ensuite
€600 ~ smaller super king or twin room, with shared ensuite wet room
€540 ~ Large super king or twin room, with shared ensuite
€480 ~ Twin Room with shared shower and WC
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 (€10 fee applies) - please enquire for details.
Our hope is that this retreat will be able to go ahead as planned, and we will be taking all possible precautions to protect against COVID-19 throughout the retreat. However, in the event that we are forced to cancel the retreat due to government restrictions or safety guidelines, you will receive a full refund (less any bank transfer fees).
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 the Retreat, please write to Natasha at email@example.com
SCHEDULE (timings 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 mins)
Arrive Lambay, Island Welcome by Millie
Tea and Cake, settle into bedrooms
Short Coastal Walk of the Island
Yoga Session – De-Stress the Body and Mind
Dinner in the Whitehouse
Relaxing Meditation and chat
Yoga Session - Morning Cleanse & Rejuvenate
Breakfast in the Whitehouse
Yogic 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 - Unleashing Your Creativity
Tour of Castle & Gardens
Macramé Class with Afternoon Tea & cake
Evening Meditation with Cacao
Yoga Session for Energy, Creativity and Prosperity
Check-Out & Walk to Harbour
Boat departs Lambay
DELICIOUS SEASONAL FOOD
Private chef Pedro Mitchell-Innes 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.
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.