Things we LOVE & Recommend: Boho Chic Retreats

Boho Chic Retreats are for the free spirited yogis among us that are connected to themselves and nature, know what’s good for them and don’t let situations or circumstances hold them back from experiencing the good things in life.

carolina3Part boho-part chic, our ethos is to combine the luxuries and romance of a rural retreat- twice daily yoga and relaxation, meditation, freedom writing and art therapy, nature therapy, outdoor spa with countryside views and nutritious food to soothe and awaken the boho heart and soul, WITHOUT COSTING THE EARTH.

Located just 50 minutes train ride from London Liverpool St or Stratford stations or Stansted Airport, our venue in Brightlingsea, Essex (close to Colchester) is set amidst 4.9 acres of grass and woodland offering bountiful wildlife, access to a private creek, close by country, beach and seaside walks, luscious hammock lounging, roll top baths, warm open log fires and OUR OWN PRIVATE OUTDOOR HOT TUB!

Boho yogis live outside of the box flowing through life open heartedly, embracing all of its colours, adapting, moving, travelling and creating their own world without limits.


Suitable for all levels, the style at Boho Chic is focused around freedom of expression as opposed to getting things ‘perfect’- because when is anything in life perfect? Classes combine creative, fluid movements in synchronization with the breath, heart opening, mantra, mudra, chakra and energy balancing, emotional releasing techniques, freedom writing, meditation, my own designed Breathe and Reboot transformational breath work, pyjama yogi nidra and restorative elements that will take you on a journey through the rich tapestry and layers of life both on and off the mat.IMG_153400261279981


All vegetarian food is freshly prepared, locally sourced and made by myself. Founded on my own travel experiences throughout India, Africa, Asia and South America my menus are lovingly designed to encourage harmony, energy boosting, detoxification, warmth and nourishment for body and soul in synchronicity with Mother Nature and her seasons. Each day begins with a detoxifying hot lemon and energising fruit or vegetable juice, a hearty brunch, nutritious light lunch and a wholesome, nurturing evening meal.

Allergies or food intolerances will be taken into account.

Retreat accommodation

Retreats are kept small and intimate with a maximum of 6 people per retreat ensuring blissful space for relaxation and comfort

Rooms are on a shared basis in
Twin/ triple Room ( with fireplace)
Private room available with supplement

Personalised one to one, couples or groups of friends retreats are available on request.

Retreat Price:
Normal price £199pp
New Year 15% discount for you and a friend = £169pp


  • All yoga classes- Friday evening yoga nidra, 2 classes Saturday, class Sunday
  • Meditation/yoga nidra
  • All food, juices and accommodation
  • Full exclusive use of private outdoor hot tub
  • Silent walks through countryside, woodland and along Arlesford Creek

Does not include:

  • Travel to venue and transfers ( can be arranged)
  • Reiki therapy
  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Acupuncture
  • One to one Yoga therapy sessions for anxiety, insomnia, stress relief,relaxation technique

Optional activities:

  • Walking
  • Hammock lounging
  • Candlelit baths with essential oils or detox salts
  • Reading around a choice of 3 open fireplaces
  • Horse riding
  • Holistic Nutritional Therapy workshops
  • Hula Hooping Workshops
  • Medicinal Herbalist walks & foraging
  • Canoeing – coming soon

Treatments available:

  • Reiki, reflexology, massage, art therapy, yoga therapy, chakra balancing, relaxation and meditation technique, acupuncture with The Stepping Stones Project.
  • Juice detox
  • Qi gong
  • Silent meditation walks
  • Outdoor Hot tub
  • A testimonial:

    Carolina’s exuberance of spirit and enthusiasm were infectious. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her practice to anyone. The guided meditations really enrich the retreats and elevate them from merely a physical yogic experience to something much more nurturing and elemental. I expected to relax- I didn’t expect a spiritual awakening! Carolina holds the qualities for a true spiritual leader.

    To find out more speak to Carolina

"Acupuncture during pregnancy was amazing… each trimester is a different… during the first I needed energy and help with the sickness, during the second I had a rash, during the third I was suffering from pelvic problems and insomnia and the extra weight... the personal, friendly and detailed individual approach was so beneficial to me. I feel like it paid a huge part in my well-being over the 9 months… thank you, Amelia.”


I had been suffering from a severe and unexplained break out of hives for over two weeks, when a friend recommended Stepping Stones to me. The hives had been so bad that they covered my face and body and I had been back and forth to the doctors with no luck; none of the medication they gave me worked and it was getting worse. When I came to Stepping Stones I had never had acupuncture before and didn't know what to expect. But the space was clean and relaxing and Amelia was very kind and welcoming and put me at ease straight away. After just one session at the multi-bed clinic the hives went down 50% by the following day, and then continued to consistently fade away over the next two days. I then had one more session, and the following day they were completely gone! I feel so happy and grateful to have found Stepping Stones and would definitely recommend it to anyone. Thanks so much Amelia.


I came to Stepping Stones after a long period of sleeplessness and general fatigue. After one session I already feel significantly energised and rejuvenated - my skin is glowing and I have slept better than I have in weeks! The clinic is serene and comfortable and the perfect place to enjoy treatment. I would highly recommend incorportating acupuncture at Stepping Stones into any plan to live a happy and healthy life

CA, London

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all for the treatment (and warm welcomes and cups of tea) you've given me over the last few months.

I think that as is the case with many symptoms unease, brought about due to imbalances in the body, the signs and symptoms appear gradually and over a period of time, and likewise do not just tend disappear over night. Having said that I feel that the course of acupuncture I've received has been of great benefit, and there are subtle improvements and changes in my general wellbeing which I can say the treatment, at the very least, played some part in bringing about.

M, London

I was first attracted to the Stepping Stones project when my husband found the card in the church. The very cleverly designed card was telling me of affordable acupuncture, with the added bonus of being very near to my home. When I first phoned for an appointment I felt encouraged by the friendly voice of Amelia.

On my first visit Stacey interviewed me most sympathetically, I immediately felt safe. Although the space is rather small they create a comfortable atmosphere, the room is warm and privacy is always maintained with the use of towels and screens.

I have had many treatments, they are always helpful, and it is so nice to be able to complain about pain knowing they will be understanding and can offer relief. Once the needles are in place, privacy and comfort is ensured, the wonderful warming lamp and the quiet allows for deep relaxation.

I am happy to recommend Stepping Stones to anyone, I have already informed several friends.

Pat, De Beauvoir

I’d thought about acupuncture before, but had never been able to afford it. My experience here has been very positive – it’s inclusive and relaxed. The treatments are enjoyable and, over time, the process has made a definite difference in my life. The diet and lifestyle advice, which goes with the acupuncture itself, would also have been unavailable elsewhere, and support with my nutrition in particular has been really good in helping me make changes beyond the treatments.

D, 28 London