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Start your journey and become a confident, knowledgeable Pilates teacher with one of our fully immersive BASI Pilates teacher training retreats.
Join our global family of over 40,000 BASI Pilates graduates. We are proud to be BASI Pilates' official retreat partner and sole facilitator of their 8-day intensive mat teacher training in retreat format.
If you are looking for a high quality Pilates training that is based on integrity, science and community, you are making a great choice!
“I could not think of a better environment to study the Pilates mat work and delve deep into the nuances of the work.”
“You have the chance to be fully immersed and forget your other daily activities.”
We are proud to be collaborating with BASI Pilates, one of the world’s most acknowledged Pilates Education Institutions for our immersive teacher training retreats.
OUR BASI Teacher Training Retreats take place three times a year in Loule, Portugal. NEW! We are adding Morocco in 2024! Stay Tuned!
In the hills of sunny Loule, just 20 minutes from Faro airport lies our cosy . Overlooking the sea from a stunning octagonal studio space, you will find a home for learning and contemplation.
In between classes, we will serve 3 healthy home cooked meals per day. And...should we mention there is a pool as well?
We've seen it again and again - pretty much nothing beats learning something new in an immersive retreat setting. Our BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Trainings are as joyful as they are demanding. Try it for yourself:
Join over 40,ooo Proud BASI Pilates Graduates and begin your journey to becoming a Pilates teacher in our immersive 8-day retreat format.
BASI Pilates’ Mat Pilates Teacher Training program was designed with the aim of building a strong foundation to begin teaching Pilates with knowledge, ease and confidence. The immersive retreat style program is the perfect vehicle for learning the Mat work, which Rael Isacowitz (BASI’s founder) regards as the “crown jewel” of Pilates. With this certification we hope to spread our belief in the Pilates Method and certify teachers that truly embody and understand the essence of Pilates. The mat certification can be used towards BASI’s Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training worldwide.
The training is laid out in a retreat style format and consists of 8 days (7 nights) of intensive training. Each retreat includes all accommodation with breakfast, lunch & dinners, plenty of practice time, lots of personal coaching and a few surprises…
After the course our 4-month follow up programme includes online coursework and tuition with retreat facilitator Mareile Paley. Your BASI teacherswill help you to review and integrate the information and practice teaching.The training is designed in a way to set our students up for success, so youcan start your journey to becoming a teacher with confidence and a solidfoundation.
All material from the standard BASI Mat PILATES Program is covered, and the program completion requirements are the same.
We offer an immersion program that includes 8 days of training with online course work to follow up. Each day will build up on the previous one and students must be present for the full length of the retreat.
For details on each of the 6 Modules covered, please refer to the BASI Pilates website.
After completion of all Modules you will then start practising in ‘real life’ and complete the standard teaching, observation and practice hours required to receive your official BASI Pilates Mat Teaching Certificate. Whenever you feel ready, you may take your practical exam at a designated BASI host location of your choice*. For more details on completion requirements, see the BASI Pilates website. We will do our best to assist you with finding the right testing location.
* Online testing is not recommended, but can be discussed on a case-to-case basis
Most days will finish by 6pm to give you time to absorb and to be able to spend some time alone or with friends. This teacher training is limited to a maximum of 14 students.
Hosted with experience, taught with excellence.
Our team combines the best of both fields.
When Mareile started to collaborate with BASI Pilates in 2017, she knew that she had found the perfect partner to offer a truly outstanding Pilates teacher training program. Mareile brings you the best teachers from BASI Pilates’ outstanding faculty and makes sure that you will feel reassured and taken care throughout the retreat. Mareile will be your primary contact for bookings and all retreat related questions and assist your journey to becoming a Pilates Teacher before, during and after the retreat.
All BASI Pilates education programs, including the Mat teacher training retreats, are taught by a select number of highly qualified and experienced Pilates teachers. The process of becoming BASI Faculty is a lengthy and rigorous one. Each faculty member is individually hand-selected and spends several years preparing to teach the BASI Pilates curriculum. Some BASI faculty teachers have been working with us on regular retreats for years and we are proud to be able to tap into their outstanding knowledge to provide our students with such high quality Pilates education.
We are looking forward to MEETin you IN PORTUGAL This year.
You will be responsible for your own flights and travel arrangements from /to the retreat locations, but we will be happy to help arrange local transfers between the airport and retreat venues.
The first day of the retreat is the arrival day and we will meet for a welcome introduction and dinner by 6pm. The last day is the departure day with the retreat officially closing after breakfast. Please arrange your flights accordingly.
You will have to attend the full retreat in order to be eligible for the BASI Mat Pilates Teacher Certification.
We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance as we cannot be held responsible for any travel restrictions or cancelled / delayed flights. Always check your passport’s validity and whether or not you require a visa for the retreat location of your choice.
I KNOW... IT’S HARD TO STAY GLUED TO THE SCREEN AND READ THROUGH SO MUCH INFO. HERE ARE A FEW MORE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TEACHER TRAINING RETREATS:
We usually list all our teacher training retreats here as soon as dates are confirmed. However, if those dates don’t work for you, let us know as we are constantly planning ahead and chances are that we could use your preferred dates as a starting point for an upcoming training.
We see this training as a starting point to a journey that will probably take years. After all, we never stop learning. So, yes, you could take this training even if you have very little experience with Pilates as a jump start. This will not be easy and will take a lot of determination and stamina. Think of it as becoming a Spanish teacher without speaking any Spanish… A week is hardly enough to become a teacher of any sorts. So please, see this training as an opportunity and a first round to setting the rails of you becoming a Pilates teacher. The more you put in, the more you will get out.
If you are already holding a BASI certification, you could choose to ‘audit’ some modules/days as a refresher and an audit fee will be charged. If you arrive late or miss any modules, I am sorry that we won’t be able to credit you for single modules that you have taken unless there are special circumstances that have been discussed with us.
Our teacher training retreats cover all BASI Pilates Mat course materials, but exclude the exams. Therefore the cost is the same, whether you are planning to complete the training or not.
Yes and no. Of course we want you to start teaching to practise, learn, to gain experience and confidence. It is an important part of your journey of becoming a teacher. At the end of the 8-day retreat you will have gained a lot of knowledge (and probably a few sore muscles), but you won’t be a certified Pilates teacher. We need to honour a method that takes a lifetime to master. After the retreat you can call yourself a ‘Pilates teacher in training’, but in order to receive your certification you will need to complete all the requirements set by BASI Pilates, including a practical exam.
Yes. The 6 Mat Modules taught in our retreat are identical to those taught in the Comprehensive Training. Please contact BASI directly to find out how exactly your retreat can be credited towards any Comprehensive Training.
OUR BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Training retreat is the perfect vehicle for learning the principles of the Pilates Method.
This intensive course is designed to cover Pilates ‘from scratch’. This means that you are not required to have an in-depth understanding of the Pilates Method, although we do encourage students to establish a regular Pilates practice prior to commencing the training. Our curriculum covers basic anatomy, but we do recommend further studies if you don’t come from a movement/fitness/medical background.
We regard Pilates Mat work as the “crown jewel” of Pilates and it makes a perfect springboard into the Comprehensive Pilates Programs offered by BASI.
Personal trainers, wellness professionals, group fitness instructors and yoga teachers who wish to expand their professional experience, knowledge and qualifications are welcome to take this course. We will help you build a strong foundation in the Pilates Method and enable you to teach private or group mat Pilates classes to a variety of clients.
The price for our BASI PilaTES Mat Teacher Training Retreats includes both the course and the retreat.
The regular rate is based on two people sharing* a room with twin beds. Single room supplement is €200.
*subject to availability. We will consider a room a single room until a room mate has been found.
In order to make use of the EUR 200 Early Bird discount, the full price must be paid 90 days before retreat start. Can be applied to single rooms as well.
A non-refundable deposit of EUR 500 is required to reserve your spot. All bookings must be paid in full 4 weeks before start date, however we can still take bookings right up to the start date.
CONGRATULATIONS ON STARTING YOUR JOURNEY. WELCOME TO THE BASI PILATES FAMILY.
We don’t believe that Pilates is an exercise form that can be taught in a week. However, we know that signing up to a training course spanning several months can be logistically challenging. By teaching all the required course modules for the BASI Mat Course in one intensive retreat, we want to help facilitate those that might not be able to start this journey otherwise. We see our retreats not as a shortcut, but rather as a first step towards a serious andself-responsible learning experience. Now, please tell us a bit about yourself, so we can help facilitate your dreams.
In order to secure your spot on the retreat, we need to receive a non refundable EUR 500 deposit from you. We accept Credit Cards, PayPal or direct bank transfer. Please note that we won’t pay for any bank or transfer charges, including PayPal fees.
We highly encourage you to purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel your trip. We have found during our travels that it is well worth having the coverage, as it covers many unforeseen circumstances that may arise while on vacation.
If we are able to fill your cancelled spot by three months before the retreat start, we will return all money paid to us, except your deposit. If we are unable to fill your spot, we will only return 50% of all money paid to us after deduction of the deposit.
Sorry, but no refund possible after this date.If you are not able to attend the retreat but have a friend or family member that would like to attend, we are happy to transfer 100% of the money that you have paid toward your friend or family member. Both parties must notify us in writing in order to transfer names.
All money paid to us by you will be returned, excluding bank chargers. Unfortunately we cannot compensate you for any plane tickets/transportation arrangements you have already made.
EUR 500 non-refundable deposit is required in order to secure your spot. We accept Credit Card (PayPal) and / or direct bank transfer. Please note that we won’t pay for any bank or transfer charges, including PayPal fees.