Personal Self-Care

247 TUTOR: Maura Barber-Oosterhuis

In this fast-paced world with packed agendas, self-care is not just important it's crucial. But what does self-care mean? And what is it YOU need? This course will focus on developing a deeper connection with our bodies and ourselves, learning to trust our instinct, and creating positive new habits. The practices of gentle yoga, meditation, journaling and pranayama (breathing practice) will guide us closer to who we really are, and help us prioritise what we truly need and be honest about what we need to let go of. During our week we'll also explore the use of essential oils and self-massage to help you create your own personalised self-care routine.

4 PM
PM course

Course Notes

Taking time to care for yourself will enhance your health and wellbeing, manage your stress, maintain calmness at hectic moments and positively impact everyone around you. This course will help you to make the most of every season and provide many simple tips on how to care for yourself from the heat of summer to the cosiness of winter.

'You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection.'

- Buddha

Course outline

- What is self-care?

- Flowing with the seasons

- The benefits of yoga

- The importance of breath

- What is mindfulness?

- Introduction to use of essential oils

- Introduction to self-massage

- Introduction to journaling

- Seasonal self-care tips

- Creating a seasonal self-care plan

Throughout the week we will explore and discover the various benefits of gentle yoga, mindfulness and meditation, pranayama (breathing practice), use of essential oils, self-massage and journaling. We will discuss and share self-care tips and create our very own seasonal self-care plan. Each day concludes with a luxuriously long relaxation.

Please note:

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


- Enhances relationships (with yourself and others)

- Increases calmness and positivity

- Stimulates productivity and motivation

- Fights fatigue and illness

- Reduces stress

- Inspires feelings of happiness

Essential equipment

Make sure you wear comfortable clothing (layers are always good). Please bring pen and paper to take notes and create your self-care plan. 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.

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