Everyone says it, but in our case it’s true: our team is the secret to our success. Each member of our team is amazing in their own right, but together they are what makes Carbon Retreat such a fun and rewarding place to work. Our team is a tight-knit family and talented group with a shared vision of delivering consistently great results and amazing life-changing experiences for our clients.
We’re very proud of the team we’ve built. Carbon Retreat has always been defined by bringing together talented people with a shared vision and passion for helping us to be the best we can be for our clients. All of our employees are unique individuals who are united by a set of five core values that apply to everything we do.

Be Bold: be proactive, make decisions, take responsibility, try new things.

Be Curious: ask questions, do some research and learn new techniques.

Be Together: play an active role in the team, support your colleagues, collaborate, have fun.

Be Connected: meet people, make contacts, build relationships, see the bigger picture.

Be Better: look for ways to improve, challenge yourself, never stop learning, strive to be the best.

Building, developing, training, retaining and engaging the Carbon Retreat team is a daily commitment. We work hard every day to make sure that our people are supported and empowered to deliver exceptional results for our clients.

Our Leadership

Claire Taylor

(Co-founder, Operations Director)

I'm 52 years young and loving life! It's an on-going journey but, after successfully overcoming addictions, personal loss, obsessive behaviour and weight issues, I feel totally free.

I'm a divorcee with two children, aged 25 and 21 years. I married young but suffered years of unhappiness partly due to problems with my weight, leading to confidence issues. Money was no object so I over-ate and over-spent to feel better, known by friends and family as the life and soul of th..

My Story

Andrea Whiteside

(Co-founder, Creative Director)

Home is not a place, it’s a feeling and Carbon Retreat will have so much warmth and love. I want to offer a safe haven where people can learn to overcome their anxieties and addictions, just as I once did. Born in the 60s, I lived what appeared to be the perfect married life, with lavish luxuries, exciting social engagements and travelling the world with my husband on joint business ventures. Sadly, as my children left for boarding school, the trips abroad also became less frequen..

My Story

Our Stars

Chris Hill

(Founder, Beat my addictions)

Chris Hill is an addiction expert and best-selling author of Get Your Life Back: The Road to Freedom from Addiction. Chris helps people overcome all types of substance addiction such as to nicotine, alcohol, drugs and sugar, as well as to addictive activities such as gambling, over-spending and over-eating. Hi..

My Story

Jenny Griffiths

(Beauty And Spa Therapist)

Jen has been a level 2 & 3 qualified Beauty therapist for several years now and is very passionate about what she does. She loves meeting people and helping them to feel good on the inside and look good on the outside. Jen is passionate about her work and this has led her into holistic therapies discovering beautiful Reiki energy and Crys..

My Story

Nichole Game

(Yoga Teacher)

Nichole is a yoga teacher and therapist with over 30 years experience. She was drawn to yoga at a young age as a refuge from some painful life situations. She found yoga to be a form of recovery and felt it was her path to follow and pass this gift on to others. Nichole treats everybody holistically and individually and her message is s..

My Story

Bella Somerset

(Yoga Teacher)

Bella is a certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a yoga teacher. She helps people find balance and build confidence by supporting them through her workshops/retreats. She struggled with her own mental health issues and eating habits but, having found my balance, she’s now passionate about sharing her te..

My Story

Maxine Gillian

(Executive Chef)

Maxine has always loved cooking since she was a child and her passion grew as she got older and had a family of her own. She eventually went and got her professional qualification 5 years ago and has continued to learn and grow ever since. Maxine loves creating dishes that are healthy and nutritious, the type of healthy food that makes pe..

My Story

Kim Armstrong

(Beauty Therapist)

With over 24 years in the beauty industry, Kim Armstrong is a beauty specialist providing complementary therapies and phlebotomy. Through her Elite Aesthetics business (with clinics in London and Spain), Kim offers all treatments including skin and non-surgical cosmetic enhancements to help you feel and look the best version of yourself.<..

My Story



"Our Diamond Stories"

This weekend I had the pleasure of spending it on ‘Beat My Addictions’ workshop! With Chris Hill at Carbon Retreat…
The information and what I have learnt is mind blowing! No one really talks about their addictions or depression or their anxiety and stress – if you’re a man or a woman we all suffer the same. This course I have studied all weekend is information you can’t get from a doctor or a scientist or a therapist etc.. if you have drug, drink, nicotine, sugar, food, gambling, eating disorders or any addiction that affects your life and you want to change your life then this is the course for you!

Lauren Goodger


I hate promoting. I don’t do paid adverts. Truly had a wonderful time at Carbon Retreat getting healthy and making new friends. So much gratitude to everyone who looked after me and made me feel at home. Sometimes to move forward in life you have to retreat.

Lauren Hutton
(Made in chelsea)


Wow! What a fantastic experience! Had an amazing time in a beautiful setting. The house and hospitality from Claire was so welcoming, along with the yummy food.



Had such a good time. Made me realise what a normal family life is like. Thankyou for the food, it was 10/10! Loved Yoga too.

Tony L


Very comfortable place, makes you feel right at home. It is the place you need to get away and focus on yourself.

Ben W


A life-changing weekend in a super setting! Thanks to all. X



Thank you Claire! Eye Opening couple of days. I have learned a lot whilst enjoying good company and great food!



What a fantastic time we all had! Its been a very interesting weekend, with so many great positives to take back with me. Fantastic food. Chris and Claire are special. xx



Couldn’t ask for a better hostess. The house is out of this world and the food was amazing. Would recommend this to anyone. Thanks Claire for everything. xxx




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