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05-07 May 2023 (Fri-Sun)
An Island Weekend to celebrate Bealtaine: the Return of the Light
Yoga, Ceremony & Macramé
with Celine Doyle and Christina Carrick
(3 days, 2 nights)

If you would like to be on our waiting list or mailing list for future dates, please email us.



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.



As we transition from Spring into Summer, the old Celtic Festival Bealtaine is celebrated on 1st May, to welcome in the Return of Light to the land.  This is a beautiful time of year to retreat away from everyday life and to consciously invite this light into your body, mind and soul.  Celine and Christina are hosting a 3 day/2 night retreat on the magical island of Lambay from 5th to 7th May, where you will get to explore the island, partake in daily yoga and macramé classes and a fire ceremony on the beach to celebrate Bealtaine.


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.

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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.


Below you will find a selection of packages available depending on single or double occupancy and which bedroom/bathroom combination you would prefer.  Bedroom choices are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Included in Rates:

  • Lambay boat transfers at beginning and end of your retreat (€50)

  • Daily yoga classes with Celine.  Celine teaches a gentle and unique style of yoga blending many traditions together to shift and lighten your energy

  • 2 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

  • Bealtaine & Full Moon Beach Ceremony on Saturday evening led by Celine.

  • 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: 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 along with sea swimming

  • 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 Lambay team throughout your 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

Not Included:

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

  • 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 six weeks prior to the retreat start date.  It is also possible to pay in monthly instalments - please enquire with Millie Baring for details.

Registration & Further Info:

To register and for questions about Lambay, the region or local travel, please write to


For any other questions about the Retreat, please write to Celine & Chris at

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 between 1 to 2.5 hours 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 and Island Welcome

Tea and cake, settle into bedrooms

Opening Ceremony

Dinner in the Whitehouse

Evening Yoga & Meditation


Yoga Session - Morning Cleanse & Rejuvenate

Breakfast in the Whitehouse

Macramé Class


Island Walk and Relaxation

Afternoon tea & cake

Yoga Class

Personal Time or Optional Wild Swim


Bealtaine Full Moon Beach Ceremony


Yoga Session - Morning Energising Set


Macramé Class

Closing Ceremony


Check-Out & Walk to Harbour

Boat departs Lambay



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.


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.




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.

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