BASI Pilates
Mat Teacher Training Retreats

Join us in Portugal or Morocco!

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 partner since 2019 and to offer their acclaimed Mat Teacher Training Course in a unique 8-day intensive retreat format.

If you are looking for a high quality Pilates training that is based on integrity, science and community, this course is for you!

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What our teachers & students say:

“I could not think of a better environment to study the Pilates mat work and delve deep into the nuances of the work.”

Rael Isacowitz


“If you’re on the fence about doing this, jump on it! It will be one of the best things you do for yourself. This is more than a retreat and more than a Pilates training course!”

Caelyn Woolward

BASI MAT course student 2024

I will remember that week for the rest of my life and becoming a Pilates teacher will always be my souvenir!

~ Georgie Gooch, UK

All you need to know about our
BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Training Retreats

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.

When & Where?

OUR BASI Teacher Training Retreats take place several times a year in Loule, Portugal. NEW! We have just added Morocco for November 2024!

Our Venue in Portugal

In the hills of sunny Loule, just 20 minutes from Faro airport lies our cosy Algarvian retreat venue. 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?

Our Venue in Morocco

Located just 45 minutes outside of Marrakech, is a peaceful and unique yoga retreat centre built in traditional Moroccan style. When we first visited Bab Zouina, it was love at first sight. The studio is cozy and spacious, the views to the Atlas Mountains are stunning. The ample gardens, tended with love and care will give you room to breathe and absorb what you've learned.

The best way to learn

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.

Our 2024 and 2025 Dates

August 25th - Sept. 1st 2024 * SOLD OUT *
April 27th - May 4th 2025
August 24th - 31st 2025

Nov. 2nd - 9th 2024
March 8th - 15th 2025

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT until 90 days before retreat start

About the Training

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 teachers will 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 you can start your journey to becoming a teacher with confidence and a solid foundation.

Program & Structure

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

A Typical Retreat Day

8 – 9 Mat class
9 – 10.30 Breakfast
10.30 – 12.30 Lectures / anatomy
12.30 – 3 Lunch break
3 – 5 Teaching practice
5 – 6 Revisions / Q & A
7.30 Dinner

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 18 students.

Your Teachers & Host

Hosted with experience, taught with excellence.
Our team combines the best of both fields.

Mareile Paley

Owner of Life In Movement, Retreat Host, BASI Pilates Teacher

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.





BASI Faculty Teachers

Various teachers

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.

Travel Information

We are looking forward to MEETing you IN PORTUGAL or Morocco.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


The dates don’t work for me. Do you have others?

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.

I am new to Pilates. Can I still take the 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.

Can I just take a few of the modules?

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.

I just want to do it for myself and am not planning to do the exams - can I get a discount ?

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.

After the retreat, can I start teaching as a Pilates teacher?

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.

If I want to continue on with the BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training, do I get credit for this Mat Course?

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.

Who can attend this Teacher 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 highly 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.

Cost of the Teacher Training

The price for our BASI PilaTES Mat Teacher Training Retreats includes both the course and the retreat.

Regular Price

from EUR 2,600

The regular rate is based on two people sharing* a room with twin beds. Rooms with en-suite bathrooms will be given away at a first-come-first-serve basis. Single room supplement is EUR 200.

*subject to availability. We will consider a room a single room until a room mate has been found.

Early Bird Price

from EUR 2,400

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.

Are you a Portuguese or Moroccan passport holder? Apply here for our scholarship.

included in the price:

Not included:

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.

Application & Deposit


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.

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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.

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Cancellation after three months before retreat start:
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