Yoga and Wellbeing Retreat: An Introduction

242 TUTOR: Maura Barber-Oosterhuis

An introduction to the practices of yoga, meditation, pranayama (breathing practice) and journaling. This retreat week offers plenty of space and time for personalised self-care, and will encourage first steps in making lasting, positive changes. Our practices are soulful and seasonal, and have a strong focus on breath, body and self-awareness. Our week also includes use of essential oils and self-massage, meditative walks and outdoor meditations. We will conclude every day with a luxurious blend of Restorative Yoga, healing sound and deep relaxation. Suitable for those who are new to yoga or those that wish to re-start their practice.

3 AM
AM course

Course Notes

This retreat week is suitable for beginners but also for regular practitioners who wish to go back to basics to re-affirm and break down the more subtle aspects of a yoga practice.

Course outline

- What is yoga?

- The benefits of yoga

- The importance of self-care

- Introduction to key yoga poses, movements and sequences

- The importance of breath

- Introduction to pranayama (breathing practice)

- Introduction to meditation

- Introduction to journaling

- Introduction to use of essential oils and self-massage

- Daily, deep relaxation

During our week we will cover all the essentials you will need to start your yoga and wellbeing journey. Every session will end with a long, guided relaxation.

Please note: No yoga experience is necessary for this course but a reasonable level of mobility is required to be able to practice various reclined, seated and standing yoga poses and movements.


- Improves strength, mobility and balance

- Enhances relationships (with yourself and others)

- Increases calmness and positivity

- Stimulates focus, productivity and motivation

- Fights fatigue and illness

- Reduces stress

- Improves sleep

Essential equipment

Make sure you wear comfortable clothing (layers are always good). Please bring pen and paper to take notes. If you have your own yoga mat please bring this too but there will be some available to use. If you happen to own a bolster or meditation cushion you are most welcome to bring these with you but these are not necessary.

Please feel free to contact me should there be anything you would like to ask or discuss.

Course Tutor

Maura Barber-Oosterhuis

About Maura


Yoga teacher and One Day Retreat founder Maura Barber-Oosterhuis will take you on an inspiring journey. Maura's love of yoga is infectious. Committed to offering a deeper experience she will encourage you to reach further by breathing fully and feeling deeply. Her 20 years of yoga experience range from the dynamic Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga to the gentler Yin and Restorative Yoga. With a keen interest in mindfulness and meditation her unique style is infused with these. Always taught from the heart, Maura's gently flowing yoga is a compassionate blend of deep breathing and mindful moving.

"Yoga is a way of life. As much as I love teaching regular and private classes, somehow the 90-minute sessions never seem long enough. I'm delighted to offer people the chance to fully immerse themselves in a week's course at Marlborough College Summer School.

Maura is an experienced and qualified yoga teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals. She teaches regular and private classes, runs workshops and One Day Retreats.

Please feel free to contact me should there be anything you would like to ask or discuss.


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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM