An amazing voyage awaits
on Lambay Island, Ireland

Nourishing  the mind, body & spirit

A long weekend to recharge and round out your spring with a boost of positive energy and fantastic Pilates practice

Jessy and Nina are planning a spectacular spring weekend for you filled with Pilates and so much more! On offer: world-class Pilates mat work on the ball (a fabulous accessory to accentuate any level of Pilates practice); premium accommodation on a breathtaking private island; and a unique gastronomic experience.

Add in extras with our team of specialists in the areas of  massage, meditation practices and craniosacral therapy, so that you can build out your ideal weekend of health.

  • Jessy Babin (Pilates) & Nina Paavola (Pilates and Craniosacral Therapy)
  • Siobhan McKenna (meditation and Primordial Sound Meditation)

Retreat Rates 845€ – 995€
Includes Lambay boat transfers, accommodation, all meals, regular refreshments, all  Pilates sessions and so much more – details below.

A non-refundable 20% deposit is required to secure your space. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to the retreat.

Half of all profits from this workshop will go to the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust in honour of Jessy’s Mother, Joyce Babin, who loved her family, lived to teach and help children and will always be remembered for the true legend she was.

Please use the “Book Now” form at the bottom of the page to get in touch and for any further details.


The Ultimate Pilates Workshop

This weekend is a fantastic opportunity to developing strength through your practice and recharge your batteries in an idyllic setting. There will be time to give it your all in your Pilates practice, with a challenging and gratifying accessory: the ball! Each participant will have a ball provided to boost and diversify the classical Pilates matwork. Prepare yourself to make some great memories in between your world-class Pilates sessions: we have rounded out the schedule with enough time to soak up the surroundings with a fantastic history of the island and walking tour organized by the local experts who can point out all the best places to spot the residents of Lambay Island – the deer, wallabies, puffins and seals! You can also schedule some extras with some extra-special practitioners: individual sessions of Pilates, massage, Primordial Sound Meditation, and cranio-sacral therapy will be offered. Healthy, home-made cuisine will be plentiful, and we didn’t forget the Lambay nights! There will be happy hours, excellent wine and cheese pairings, a blazing Saturday night bonfire, and a few more surprises in store… And before you go, we are will offer a guided meditation hour to help set you off on good footing for your return home.

Lambay Island


19 to 21 May 2023

Pilates Workshop

Your Teachers

Jessy Babin & Nina Paavola

What's included:

Luxurious island accommodation for 2 nights / 3 days on Lambay
All locally sourced, seasonal meals prepared by your private island chef and hospitality assistant : 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
All Pilates classes and the workshop


Free Pilates ball, the accessory we’ll be using during the workshop

New Moon Primordial Sound Meditation Class with gift offered

Saturday night bonfire with wine and s’mores

Access to the island with walking tour to see wallabies and puffins

Morning and afternoon refreshments (tea, coffee, homemade healthy cakes, fresh 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)

Lambay boat transfers at beginning and end of your retreat


Flights, transfers to / from the airport

Travel to Malahide Marina from where the Lambay boat departs (boat transfers are included)

Travel Insurance (highly recommended as there will be no refunds for travel changes)

Extras or mainland expenses

Extra private, duet or trio Pilates sessions

Massage sessions

Craniosacral sessions

Private personal Chopra birth date mantra meditation sessions


per person










deposit 20%



The private isle of Lambay is an extraordinary place. The island came into the hands of a newly-wed couple in 1904, Cecil and Maude Baring. Together with the visionary architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, they embarked on a project that would immortalise their love story and survive for generations after they were gone. They turned Lambay into a beautiful home and destination for creative and bold minds: the 15th Century fort became a Romantic Castle with plumbing and open fires in every room; the Coastguard Cottages were renovated for residents, a working farm was built and the stunning 14th Century Chapel brought back to life.  They chose to leave no expense spared in creating a magical place committed to creativity, quality of craft and attention to detail.  They had a vision, and they made it a reality. Lambay became their secret haven; a paradise of birds, wildlife and stunning architecture where they could immerse themselves and their friends in creativity and pursuit of a life less ordinary. On the wilder parts of the island seals, puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes, shags and gulls mingle with deer, wallabies and free roaming cattle and sheep.  In Spring the island is covered in a rich, purple haze of bluebells; in Summer the bright yellow gorse flowers pepper the hillside. The entire island is off-grid, powered by wind and solar energy for all its electricity and supplied by its  own fresh spring water source, Trinity Well.


We will be staying in Lambay’s accommodations, and both single- and double-occupancy rooms are available.

You’ll have the option of booking a variety of different kinds of rooms:  master super-king rooms with luxury en suite bathroom and sea views ; super-king bedrooms with private en suite bathroom ; and super-king bedroom with shared en suite shower room.

If you’re down for sharing, your options include shared super-king or twin bedrooms with private en suite bathroom.

You will receive the highest quality of professional teaching of Pilates practice each day, with the special addition of working on the ball
An island off the coast of Malahide, Ireland like nothing you've experienced before
Comfort & Down time
Lots of space and time to unwind, and add in extra individual sessions of Pilates, Massage, Primordial Sound Meditation, and Craniosacral Therapy


On Friday, you will have a 50-minute Pilates mat class to welcome you and plunge you directly into the experience. Saturday there will be another 50-minute class and a 90-minute workshop with a surprise accessory (that you can take home with you!). Sunday wraps up with a final 50-minute mat class. Jessy and Nina are both teachers and teacher-trainers with almost 20 years of Pilates teaching experience. Both of them have widened their field of expertise to include other fascinating movement techniques that add to the richness of their teaching approaches.

Proposed Schedule

(Subject to slight changes or shifts of activity times during the day) Friday May 19th:
  • Arrival tea
  • Short coastal walk
  • Wind Down Ball Mat Class with Jessy
  • Wine & Cheese Happy Hour
  • Dinner
Saturday May 20th:
  • Breakfast
  • Pilates Mat Class with Nina
  • Island walk
  • Lunch
  • Ball Workshop with Nina
  • Tea
  • Dinner
  • Bonfire, Wine, Smores
Sunday May 21st:
  • Coffee, Tea, Smoothies
  • Pilates Mat Class with Jessy
  • Meditation Class with Siobhan
  • Brunch
  • Departure – 2pm


You will have the possibility to book extra private sessions – Pilates, massage, personal Chopra. Birth date mantra meditation sessions, and craniosacral therapy.
(Theses activities are not included in the price of your weekend; pricing and scheduling details provided upon booking.)

You will have free time to explore the island, its landscape and beauty.

There is a possibility to take part in a walking tour, organized by the local experts who can point out all the best places to spot the other residents of Lambay Island – the deer, wallabies, puffins and seals!


Chef Pippa is currently a regular at Lambay, and we will be so happy to have her on board during our weekend.

“Empty plates, big smiles and happy memories are my culinary mission!” says Chef Pippa.
More on her personal page

Your weekend includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, along with snacks and tea.


You will have the possibility to book extra private sessions of Pilates with Jessy or Nina 70€

Craniosacral with Nina

Massage with Flor Sylvester 60 mins – 90€ 90 mins – 130€ 2 hours – 180€

Belonging to the Apushana clan of the Wayuu tribe in Venezuela and descending from a long line of healing women, Flor has come to Dublin, Ireland as an experienced, US Licensed Massage therapist dedicated to providing a quality therapeutic experience. Her approach understands wellness to be a combination of biological / physiological, psychological, and social factors. Thus, every treatment is bespoke; aiming to help individuals take steps to improve their lifestyle and maintain wellness.

Primordial Sound Meditation with Personalized Mantra with Siobhan McKenna


This must be booked in advance with birth date, time (if possible) and place of birth (i.e., Dublin, Ireland as opposed to Malahide, Ireland). Primordial Sound Meditation is a meditation technique originating in the ancient wisdom of India. Primordial Sounds—the basic, most essential sounds of nature—are used to disconnect us from the activity of life. These individually selected sounds, known as mantras, are based on the vibration the universe was making at the moment of your birth. Once your Primordial Sound mantra has been determined, you will be taught how to use it on a daily basis to reawaken balance, tranquillity and compassion within. Siobhan will help you to integrate this practice into your daily routine.

Siobhan has had successful careers in many domains: textile design and creation, as a novelist three times over, and mindfulness, including studying with Deepak Chopra, M.D.

(Theses activities are not included in the price of your weekend; pricing and scheduling details provided upon booking.)


What is the weather like in May?
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In May, the temperature can go up to 16 degrees Celsius during day time and drop to 7 degrees Celsius at night. Always with rain gear at the ready.
Can I get a refund in case of cancellation?
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No, deposits are non-refundable. However, If we manage to sell your spot, we give you a voucher equal to 50% of your deposit amount. You can use it at Jessy's Pilates studio in Malahide or directly reserve the workshop for 2024.
What if I cannot come in case of Covid?
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In case you are not being able to attend the camp because of COVID19 related issues (cancelled flights, closed borders, sickness), we will issue you a voucher worth the total amount of your deposit and valid until December 31, 2024 to join any other workshops that we organise. It will be necessary to provide a document proving that your travel isn’t possible because of COVID19 related issues to get the voucher (flight cancellation email, medical certificate etc). Cancellations for any personal reason turn your deposit into non-refundable, either cash or voucher.