Yoga and Photography Retreat in Puglia

Join us in the beautiful countryside of southern Italy this September

Yoga & Photography Retreat with Helen McCabe & Paul Barton

7th – 14th September 2019

Join us in this beautiful, tranquil location, for a week of delicious local food, yoga practice, exploring photography and the wonderful surrounding countryside of Puglia, including a visit to the 1000 year old olive trees at a nearby Masseria. Suitable for all levels of experience, whether a complete beginner to yoga or photography or an experience practitioner / photographer. The small group size (maximum 12 people) means that we will be able to work with everyone individually throughout the week to support you with both your yoga practice and your exploration of photography.

About the Retreat
The practice of yoga is an extraordinary and yet simple tool for life. A regular,focussed, breath and movement practice has the power to transform us, to increase our awareness of the self and everything that we are in relationship with, from those around us, to the earth that sustains us.  The practice of photography can be a meditation. Using the camera lens to focus consciousness is a brilliant yet simple way for learning how to really observe our surroundings, develop patience and the ability to be fully present in the moment.

In this week long retreat, Helen and Paul will share their passion for yoga practice and photography, and their many years of experience in both fields. We will explore simple tools and techniques that will enable you to find subtlety and strength in your practice and use photography as a meditation, learning how to observe, work with and capture light and time, as we use the camera lens to cultivate a deeper sense of inquiry into the nature of the self and the beautiful planet that we live in.

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. After brunch each day there will be an introduction to the day’s photographic topic and then free time to go out and take
photographs. The 4 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. 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.

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

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.


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!"

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of southern Italy


Retreat Cost:  


*Special offer* £905 Discounted price if you are subscribed to our mailing list (subject to availability)

*This Price may differ slightly to the published amount based on the GB Pound / Euro exchange rate at the time of booking, as Please see the cost breakdown below: 

Cost Breakdown:
630 Euros (to be paid directly to YogApulia)

to include Accommodation and food, per guest for 7 nights, based on two people sharing a twin room.

£450 (to be paid directly to Yoga at the Space) 

to include all Yoga and Photography classes, tuition and workshops, per person, for the 7 days. *Discount Price (for the Yoga and Photography tuition only) of £325 per person if you are on our mailing list.

Please contact us for details of deposit and payment installments

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 classes each day (guided self practice or beginners’ class)
Yoga workshops to include technique, guided meditation & breath awareness & yoga nidra
Photography workshops including a visit to a local Masseria and ancient olive groves

What’s Not Included:


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

Travel/medical insurance

Massages – available upon request at additional cost

Booking Details

Booking Details

To book this retreat or if you have any questions please contact Helen by email,

We will then send you the booking information and payment details so that you can confirm your space.

For further information about YogaPulia please visit

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.

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.

Accommodation and Facilities

Accommodation and Facilities

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

Accommodation consists of seven twin/double bedrooms all with private ensuite bathrooms and AC for the hottest summer months. All rooms are renovated to a high standard using locally sourced materials, 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.


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


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

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.