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15th to 17th March 2023 | East Sussex, UK

‘Your Time to Bloom’ is an enlightening 3-day retreat for women who:

  • Are stuck in a rut or feeling dissatisfied,

  • Want to break free from thoughts or behaviour patterns that don't serve them well

  • Want to take stock of what they need and hope for in the year ahead,

  • Need to grow their self-belief and confidence to make this happen.

With the daily pace of life and endless responsibilities it’s easy to find yourself on autopilot, doing what’s expected of you, doing what works, is familiar or too hard to change. 

Perhaps you are lacking purpose, focus or motivation to make a change.  Maybe you have negative thoughts or patterns of behaviour that don't benefit you.  Maybe your self-doubts and fears are holding you back from living the life you want.  Perhaps your self-care is at an all-time low and everything and everyone comes before you.    

Whatever isn’t working for you in your life right now, this retreat is exactly what you need to take you on a path of self-discovery, give you space to take stock of what you need and want and to develop the power to make a change. 

With four powerful workshops (group sessions of learning, discussion, interaction and activity) , gentle Pilates sessions, walks by the sea, wholesome food, time to just be and a plan to take away; this restorative retreat will leave you feeling re-energised, intentional and empowered to take control of your life.

By the end of our three days, you will have:

  • Clarity of your purpose and goals for the year ahead,

  • A vision board (a collage of images and words representing your goals) to keep you motivated and intentional,

  • A greater awareness of where and how your thoughts and beliefs hold you back,

  • A renewed sense of self-belief, confidence and courage,

  • Greater self-acceptance and self-compassion,

  • Tools to take away and continue your progress,

  • Your own journal capturing your personal insights, learnings, reflections and action plan.

  • A follow up group coaching session 5 weeks later to check in on progress.

  • New connections and support



Day 1 - Germinate

We will be ready to welcome you to Florence House at around 2pm. 

After taking time to settle into your surroundings, we will get to know each other and start our first workshop.  I will run a fun and creative session where you start to get clear on who you want to be, what you want to have and what you want to do in the rest of 2023.  You will have all the materials you need to create your very own vision board that will support your continued journey towards what really matters to you. 

We will then take a walk down to the beach to get some fresh air before coming together again in the evening over a drink and a delicious vegetarian dinner. 

After dinner, Sofia will take us through a relaxing breathing experience in the magical yurt to set you up for a wonderful night’s sleep.

Day 2 - Grow

We will start our second day with an optional gentle Pilates session with Sofia, to stretch and awaken our bodies, followed by breakfast.

The first workshop of the day will be one of self-discovery, getting more aware of our limiting thoughts, beliefs and stories that we tell ourselves, how they are driving our behaviours and holding us back and how to challenge, reframe and reduce their influence.

We will then take a walk on the nearby cliffs to clear our heads and work up an appetite for a delicious lunch that will be waiting for us upon our return.

After lunch there will be a second workshop where we will approach our self-care, self-compassion and self-acceptance.  We will work on quietening our inner-critic, celebrating our successes, learning how to rise from our ‘failures’ and being kinder towards ourselves. 

We will come together again in the evening for another delicious meal followed by marshmallows around the firepit (if it isn’t raining!).

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Day 3 - Bloom

We will start our third day with another optional Pilates session with Sofia, followed by a dip in the sea to truly awaken those brave enough!  After this there will be a hearty breakfast.

I will then run the last of the workshops which will bring together your renewed sense of purpose and direction, awareness, insights and learnings to create your individual path and plans for your continued practice and progress.

We will then enjoy lunch together and say our goodbyes before we meet again virtually in 4 weeks’ time for a group coaching session to check in on progress, support with challenges and celebrate wins. 

NB/ There will also be some quiet time for you to spend as you wish.

This is what a 'vision board' looks like! 

This is mine and you will each create one unique to you.



I’m Louisa, your host for the retreat.  Following a career in Human Resources, I made the jump to follow my passion for coaching in 2016, joining Henley Business School to do a Masters in Coaching and Behavioural Change.  Since then, I have launched my own coaching practice, Riverbloom Coaching, and have become accredited with the ICF and EMCC.

My passion is in helping individuals overcome their self-doubts to live more fulfilling lives and reach their potential.  I believe that our thoughts, beliefs and the stories we tell ourselves determine how we feel and behave, that we have the power to take control of these and that we all need to be much kinder to ourselves.  My path into coaching has raised my own self-awareness and helped me greatly with this, a continual work in progress!

When I’m not working, I enjoy family dog walks, spinning (sort of), Pilates (with Sofia!), baking, meeting up with friends and watching the world go by with a coffee.



My lovely friend and Pilates teacher, Sofia Rea, will be our Pilates guide over the three days.  Sofia runs The Garden House Pilates in Surrey, having trained with Body Control Pilates and opening the doors to her business in 2018. 

Sofia will take us through a relaxing breathing and meditative session on the first evening in the magical yurt and will run two gentle morning Pilates sessions to set us up for each day. 

You don’t need to have done Pilates before, these classes are designed for all abilities, to give us some ‘me time’, help us stretch, gently awaken our bodies and help us feel energised and ready for the day ahead.


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Having attended a retreat at Florence House before, I knew this was the perfect venue for my own retreat.  The vast grounds and beautiful house are located perfectly for a short walk to the sea or a romp across the sea cliffs. 

Inside Florence house, there is plenty of space for our workshops and Pilates session, areas to take advantage of for some ‘me time’ and enough rooms to allow each participant to have access to their own bathroom. 

The home-made vegetarian lunches and dinners are healthy and delicious and there is tea and coffee on tap.

It’s also very easy to get to!  Florence House is located in Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4JS. It is under 1.5 hours from London via train, 50 miles from the M25 and less than an hour from Gatwick Airport via train.

Photo credit Vicki Knights.




There is a special January offer of £695 per person if you book by the 31st January 2023.


In February 2023, prices will increase to £735 per person. 

If you wish to upgrade to a bedroom with a private en-suite shower room, there is an additional charge of £40 (first come first serve, TWO REMAINING).


You can secure your place with a deposit of £250 once bookings are open.  Your remaining balance will be payable on 10th February 2023.   


For your investment you will get:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in your own bedroom at Florence House

  • Four powerful group workshops

  • 1 evening relaxation and 2 morning Pilates session with Sofia

  • Guided walks and a sea dip

  • Healthy vegetarian home-cooked meals – 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, unlimited teas/coffees, fruit and biscuits (dietary requirements are catered for).

  • A vision board to take home

  • A journal to record your workshop outputs, insights, reflections, learnings and action plan.

  • A follow up 60-minute group coaching call (12.00 pm on Friday 21st April 2023) bringing everyone back together to check in on each others' progress and challenges and celebrate wins.


  • Because I am restricting the number of attendees, most rooms have the use of their own bathroom (not en-suite).

  • Three bedrooms have a private en-suite attached to the room.  If you wish to upgrade to an en-suite there is a £40 additional charge, and this is first come first serve. 

  • There is also a cottage, ideal for friends, with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a sitting area (first come first serve upon request).

  • Prosecco and a non-alcoholic alternative will be provided on the first night.  Teas, coffee and water are also available.  Should you wish to enjoy a tipple of your choice, please bring this with you.

  • There is a 14 day ‘cooling off’ period, so if you change your mind within this time then your deposit will be refunded in full.  After this time the deposit is non-refundable, but you are welcome to find someone to fill your place.


If you would like to join us at the ‘Your Time to Bloom’ retreat, please register your interest here.


Places are on a first come, first served basis, based on the payment of a deposit once bookings are open.

Thanks for applying! We’ll be in touch soon.

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