Yoga & Photography Retreat with Helen McCabe & Paul Barton

7th - 14th September 2019

Yoga & Photography retreat, a perfect combination

About the Retreat

Through the practice of yoga we develop an awareness of ourselves and the world around us. The art of Photography, when we really know how to look, can deepen our connection with the world. The camera lens quite literally has the potential to focus our consciousness and encourage us to be fully present in the moment.

If you'd like to explore tools and techniques that will help you to enjoy and evolve your individual yoga practice so that it resources you for daily life, and have a unique opportunity to explore your creative energy, through the art of photography, we'd love you to join us for this week long retreat in beautiful Puglia, southern Italy. Immerse yourself in this tranquil location, enjoy delicious food, and above all, take some time out to rest and resource yourself!


In the morning practice sessions and afternoon workshops, Helen will support your individual practice each day, sharing simple tools and techniques that will enable you to find subtlety and strength in your yoga practice. Over the course of the week, we will explore breath awareness and simple meditation techniques, learn how to find subtlety in our postural practice through the understanding of working with the breath and the midline through bandha as well as the importance of foundation. We will also explore gentle somatic movement and relaxation techniques.

Who is this retreat suitable for


This retreat is suitable for all levels of experience. If you are a complete beginner to yoga, Helen will work with you to teach the foundations of a simple yoga practice so that you will learn your own little self practice routine by the end of the week.


Whether you're a complete beginner or a competent photographer and want to know how to take stunning images time after time, this is an opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced and highly skilled photographers around. Using the camera, you will explore photography as a meditation, learning how to observe, work with and capture light, sound and time, focusing on the in-depth connection between ourselves and what we are relating   too. The camera is the perfect vehicle to learn how to play with these elements. and cultivate a deeper sense of inquiry into the nature of the self and the beautiful planet that we live in. Bring an open heart and mind, as sense of inquiry and as we journey together in this beautiful location and landscape.

What to expect each day:


Each day will begin with a quiet meditation and simple breath awareness practice, before our yoga practice, either guided self practice or a counted class.

On some days, we may change the morning schedule in order to make the most of the early morning light, and use photography to explore the nature of light. After brunch each day there will be an introduction to the day’s photographic topic and then free time to go out and practice the ‘art of photography’.


The week will include a visit to a beautiful nearby traditional Masseria (olive farm) where we will be given a tour of the olive groves and olive oil production and then the opportunity to spend time photographing the stunning ancient olive trees in the meadows. Many of these majestic trees are over 1,000 years old!


At the beginning of the retreat, Paul will give an ‘Introduction to photography’ workshop, to go through some simple practical techniques and principles, especially suitable for anyone who is new to photography. During the week, each person will then have the opportunity of a one to one tuition session with Paul to work on any aspect of photography that they would like to.


At the end of the retreat there will be an afternoon or evening workshop to look at simple editing techniques and processes so that you can continue with your journey with photography after the retreat.


There will also be 2 afternoon yoga workshops with Helen during the week in which we will explore breath work and asana techniques. We will come together at the end of each day for a short guided meditation or yoga nidra.

  • You don’t have to own a fancy SLR camera to join this retreat, an iPhone or smart phone will be just fine, and there will be an opportunity to explore using an SLR camera and various lenses during the retreat.

  • Both Helen and Paul love what they do and are passionate about sharing it. They will be available to work individually with everyone to support you whatever level of experience so that you get what you need from the week. Do feel free to get in touch if you'd like to speak to one of us.

  • This retreat is limited to a maximum of 12 people to that we can work closely with everyone and provide plenty of individual support and tuition.

What's included?

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • 2 delicious vegetarian/vegan meals daily, to include breakfast/brunch and evening dinner

  • Light snacks and refreshments including, a selection of teas, coffee, water & fruit

  • Wi fi internet connection

  • Morning  yoga, guided self practice or counted class

  • Meditation & yoga nidra

  • Photography workshops

What's not included?

  • Flights

  • Transport to/from the retreat centre ( YogApulia can help organise local taxis, this will be an additional cost paid direct to the taxi driver)

  • Travel/medical insurance

  • Massages - available upon request at additional cost

More about Helen

Helen McCabe is a practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, based in the beautiful Dorset countryside(UK), where she lives with her family. She founded and directs ‘Yoga at the Space’. There she runs the weekly assisted self-practice programme as well as teaching beginners’ courses, mentoring new teachers and teaching pre-natal Yoga. She runs regular retreats and workshops both in her studio and internationally.

She started practicing yoga in 1991 when she was working in the film industry and had just had her first daughter. It has played a major part in her life ever since. Helen has studied for many years with John Scott and is a JSY senior teacher as well as a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. She has also had the privilege of studying with a number of fantastic teachers including Lucy Crawford, David Keil and Dena Kingsberg amongst others and continues to be a student of this amazing practice.


Helen teaches with a gentle, inclusive and incredibly encouraging approach and is passionate about supporting students to connect to the energetic and meditative aspects of the practice of yoga so that they can cultivate a healing and resourcing self practice.

More about Paul

Since leaving the London College of Printing, where he studied for a Degree in photography, Paul has worked non-stop in the world of stills, film and television.

Over the years, his work has enabled him to travel extensively, to experience many diverse locations and to observe the inner workings of cultural and natural systems, but above all, to meet and work with some pretty wonderful people. He has just completed filming a feature length documentary which has taken him to locations as varied as the Mongolian desert, the Amazon rainforest and the mountain tops of Taiwan. He and Helen also led a photography and yoga retreat in the remote Himalayan region of the Anapurna mountains at the end of 2018. He absolutely loves this work and the people he gets to collaborate with,

perhaps more than anything because it enables him to work so closely with light, both natural and ʻdesignedʼ. Light, in all its manifestations, is at the very heart and structure of life and the universe we live in. Understanding how to work with it will always produce the most stunning images.

Accommodation and Facilities

Our retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves.  


Accommodation consists of seven twin bedrooms all with private ensuite.  We have renovated all rooms to a high standard using locally sourced materials, and are aiming to create a luxurious yet simple and understated feel. A large outdoor courtyard provides the main communal eating space, and several outdoor terraces offer a place to relax in the sun or the shade.


Situated at the heart of the complex, the swimming pool acts like a colourful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.

The international airport at Brindisi is approximately 40 minutes drive away and Bari is further to the north approximately 55 minutes drive. Hiring a car in Puglia is relatively inexpensive and provides a great way to explore the surrounding countryside, local historical towns and beaches. Both Bari and Brindisi airports have a large selection of hire car companies including Avis and Hertz. It is recommended to book a car before your arrival. 

To book this retreat or if you have any questions please contact Helen on the following email, 

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YogApulia Retreat Centre

Contrada Zaccano 5b,


72014 Cisternino 

BR, Italy


Tel: + 39 39131 35668

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