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Course Details:

Apr 25th 2020 - May 8th 2020

Helen McCabe
Helen McCabe

Helen practices and teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and is 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 over the years, 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 resourcing self practice of their own.

Paul Barton
Paul Barton

Since leaving the London College of Printing (now UAL), 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 ╩╗designed╩╝. 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.

Course Description:

The Practice

Each day the morning sessions will begin with a quiet meditation, guided breath awareness practice and a guided Ashtanga self practice with Helen. The group will come together on the first morning for a Counted Primary class. (On some days, we may change the morning schedule in order to make the most of the early morning light for photography). If you are a complete beginner or new to Ashtanga self practice, Helen will lead a separate Beginners’ class for the first 3 days so that you can then join the morning self practice sessions for the rest of the retreat.


The afternoon sessions will alternate between a deeper exploration of our yoga practice and photography workshops.

‘Finding Balance’

The afternoon yoga workshops with Helen will include an exploration of foundational postures and the importance of these in cultivating strength and stability. We will explore how to move from the gross to the subtle, cultivating a deeper ‘felt sense’ of movement, supported by our breath and an awareness of the midline of the body. There will also be an introduction to somatic movement and restorative practice.

‘The Power of Composition to tell the story of Connection’

Through the afternoon workshops and practical demonstrations, Paul will show us how to observe a subject and how to work with it so that you cultivate an ability to see it from different perspectives. As we learn to work with all the elements of composition we can bring an integrity of understanding to our images and our self.

Everything from where you position yourself, camera angle, scale, light and movement will effect composition and we will explore all of these elements, and their interconnectedness, over the course of the retreat.

Paul will teach an ‘Introduction to photography’ workshop, to go through some simple practical techniques and principles, especially suitable for anyone who is new to the subject. There will also be the opportunity for individual tuition sessions with Paul throughout the week.

Bring an open heart and mind and be prepared to question, explore, be creative, find stillness and really look as we journey together in this beautiful location and landscape.

* 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.Yoga and Photography Retreat


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