Yoga and Photography Retreat in Goa

Join us in beautiful southern India next Spring

Yoga & Photography Retreat in Southern India with Helen McCabe & Paul Barton

25th April – 8th May 2020

Join us in the beautiful location of the Purple Valley Retreat in Goa, for a week of yoga practice, including breath awareness, somatic movement and restorative yoga, and exploring the art of photography as a meditation. Suitable for all levels of experience, whether a complete beginner to yoga or photography or an experience practitioner / photographer.

About the Retreat

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. 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.

Purple Valley Yoga Retreat

What to expect each day

Each day will begin with a quiet meditation, breath awareness and a guided self practice or counted class. On some days, we may change the morning schedule in order to make the most of the early morning light for photography. The afternoon sessions will alternate between a deeper exploration of yoga asana and meditation and photography workshops, including an ‘Introduction to photography’, 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.

* 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.

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like any more information.

For Booking Details please contact Purple Valley Yoga directly

Explore the beaches and countryside of Goa

Retreat Costs

Retreat Cost:  

1 Week Shared Accommodation £620 ; 2 Weeks Shared Accommodation £950

single occupancy options are also available

Please contact Purple Valley Yoga for more details and payment instructions

What’s included:

All course prices include all yoga classes, afternoon workshops and photography tuition, accommodation, a light fruit breakfast plus two delicious vegetarian meals a day.  Morning yoga classes each day (guided self practice or beginners’ class)
Yoga workshops to include technique, guided meditation & breath awareness, somatic movement and restorative yoga.

What’s Not Included:


Transport to / from the retreat centre

Travel / medical insurance

Massage treatments – available upon request at additional cost

Booking Details

Booking Details

To book this retreat or if you have any questions please contact Purple Valley Yoga Retreat




Purple Valley Retreat

Purple Valley Retreat


Purple Valley Ashtanga Yoga Retreat is a peaceful haven situated in Goa, a state on India’s west coast which is lined by white sandy beaches and the azure Arabian Sea. India is the home of yoga, and Purple Valley hosts some of the world’s leading Ashtanga yoga courses & teachers in Goa’s most comfortable yoga accommodation.

The Retreat provides simple, comfortable accommodation for yoga students.  There are 3 houses to choose from. Ganesh is in the main house, The cottages are 8 adjoined attached bungalows further along the grounds and set within the beautiful tropical gardens and Savasana house suits those looking for a slightly higher standard and modern accommodation.

A beautiful, large semi covered terrace area provides the main communal eating space, in addition to several outdoor spaces which provide places to relax in the sun or the shade.  Situated at the heart of the complex as a beautiful swimming pool for guests to use.

For more details about the accommodation at Purple Valley Retreat, please see their website

Travel and Visas

To get to Purple Valley Yoga Retreat you will need to fly into Goa Dabolim airport, which serves international charter and domestic flights. Some charter flights fly directly to Goa, otherwise you can fly a scheduled airline to a gateway city such as Mumbai, New Delhi, or Bangalore and change to a domestic airline for the journey to Goa Dabolim, which is a 1-hour flight from Mumbai and 2.5 hours from New Delhi and Bangalore.

You will need a valid Tourist visa to enter India.

For more information about travel and visas, please see the Purple Valley Yoga Retreat website link 


‘Using yoga practices and the art of photography as meditation tools to expand our consciousness’

What previous guests say about us: “Helen and Paul are the perfect complementary couple to create the ideal retreat environment. I met both during the retreat they led in Mustang, Nepal and immediately felt cradled into a loving, supportive space to explore deeper into my asana and meditation practice!”

About Helen

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. She is also a Level 1 Somatic Movement Coach and is currently undertaking further training as a yoga therapist through the YogaMedicine® advanced teacher programme.

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

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.