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2018 RETREATS

MOROCCO

The dream retreat! Move and restore, smile and feel great again!

PILATES RESTORE
Pilates & Bodywork Retreat.
A dream come true! We are returning to Morocco to one of our favorite retreat locations for a week of Pilates, personalized Bodywork to restore and nourish your body and mind. Dive in, learn much, let us spoil you, explore the souks… this retreat is for you!

 

PORTUGAL

Let’s spend our Easter holiday in nature…all together!

PILATES REJOICE
Pilates & Yoga Retreat for adults and children.
In case you have always wanted to join one of our retreats, but did not want to leave your family behind…here’s the solution at last! We’ve created this retreat for you and your family – for all of us. There will be lots of entertainment and action, Yoga for children, Pilates & Yoga for all levels, delicious food and new friends to be made for life. Join us 2018 in Portugal!

TEACHER TRAINING

Start your teacher training on the mat for a strong foundation…

Are you ready to take the first step to becoming a Pilates teacher?  Our Teacher Training programme will be taught in two retreat-style intensive weeks in two locations: Thailand and Portugal. In between the intensive weeks, you will have homework, practise time and personal online tuition by Mareile Paley & Anja Kursawe. If you are looking for a serious and thorough introduction to the Pilates Method, this teacher training is for you!

TURKEY

A retreat at your own time, just for you…

PILATES DELIGHT Your Personalized Pilates Retreat Visit Mareile in her home base – a charming Turkish village near the Aegean Sea. Stay for a few days, a week or more. Your own private Pilates holiday could start tomorrow…

A typical retreat day

tabs3Our retreats are meant to be fun and rejuvenating, so we design our schedules with the aim to find the perfect balance between exercise, organized group activities and time for yourself. A typical retreat day starts with a morning Pilates or Yoga class followed by a healthy breakfast. Private sessions are usually taught before lunch and the afternoons are free for you to relax, explore or take a spa treatment. Our evening class is in the late afternoon, leaving enough time before dinner to refresh and get changed. Meals are typically, (but not necessarily) taken together and we will do our best to cater to special dietary needs. On some days we might have an excursion planned (included or optional, depending on the retreat) and we usually have one or two longer, specialized movement workshop (lasting 2-3 hrs) during the retreat week. just keep in mind: whatever the programme, this is YOUR WEEK, so you’re encouraged to take the time you need, go at your own speed, and try and let go – whether that means diving in deep into the movement practice, or taking a day to rest and relax. Our hope is for you to cherish the time with yourself (or with friends) in a magical setting away from the daily grind.

I am a beginner

tabs2Don’t be discouraged if you’ve never done Pilates or Yoga or if you have never been on a retreat before. Everybody is welcome to join our retreats, no matter what your background is. We usually always have some beginners in a group and all our teachers are experienced movement instructors that can skillfully adapt the classes to the individual levels. This is also one of the reasons why we like to keep the number of guests small. On top of that every participant always gets at least one private session with one of our teachers – this helps us to get to know you and your body and gives you an opportunity to ask questions and grow in your practice.

How do I sign up?

tabs1You can find a ‘sign-up’ button below every retreat we offer. By signing up you confirm your interest in attending the retreat and we will take you through filling out an information form. This will also allow you to ask some more specific questions. We will then contact you by email directly to confirm receipt and walk you though the next steps. Your spot will automatically be reserved as soon as we receive your deposit payment, which can be done through PayPal directly from our website. You can find our cancellation policy as well as any special offers on each individual retreat page.

Private retreats

tabs4There are many reasons why a personal retreat might be perfect for you. Maybe your busy work schedule never seems to work with our retreat dates? Might be you have a special physical condition or simply prefer the individual attention of private instruction? Or maybe you are planning a special event (a wedding, an anniversary, a holiday with ‘the girls’) and would like to turn it into something very special? Over the years we have organized and lead numerous bespoke retreats for single clients and small private groups. The options here are as wide as your travel lust and fantasy allows – the details depend on your individual wishes. Together, we will work out a highly individualized retreat programme just for you (and your friends). With our network of exclusive villas and unique resorts in Bali, Turkey, Thailand and many other great locations in Asia and our passionate, international group of instructors we will make sure to make your retreat experience an unforgettable one. Mareile Paley also runs private retreats in her seaside village in Turkey – see our Pilates Delight Retreat for all the details.

Testimonials

Fantastic week with excellent teaching, wonderful people in a magnificent setting.  All that I was hoping for and more. The teachers had a presence and experience that was clear and reassuring, I knew I was in safe hands! It went deeper than my everyday Pilates and I went away having learnt a lot. I didn’t expect the week to go so quickly. I also didn’t expect to feel so profoundly refreshed at the end. Liz McCord, UK

Thank you for also for setting up the Private 1-1 Pilates sessions in the beautifully exotic and breeze-cooled sala with you, Mareile and Miriam. You each taught me some great exercises for focusing on repairing some of my injuries and you taught me too to listening to my body more. The stunning surroundings amongst the swaying palm trees, the pampass grass and the Coy Carp will be a lasting memory of the retreat. Lisa Watkins, UK

The retreat I did in Turkey October 2014 nourished my body and spirit with personalized Pilates training in a beautiful place with an amazing group of wonderful new friends. I was reminded that new adventures are exhilarating so jump in! Kate, USA

It was unforgettable and so special! We really appreciate everything you arranged – we are loving every minute! Theresa Lombard, South Africa

I always thought I’m the best, but after work with you now I know YOU are the best. I had such a great time working with you, you are peaceful, kind, smart and thoughtful! Wang Bo, Shaolin Monk

I could say so much about the week, I don’t know where to begin. I really loved the balance between yoga and pilates. I was looking for an introduction to pilates, and ideally in a way I could combine it with my existing yoga practice, and I got exactly that. I would be delighted to be able to join you both on a future retreat, be it Turkey or elsewhere. Natalie, UK

Loved the Pilates Retreat with Mareile in Koh Samui. It was very relaxing, amazing food, beautiful location, lovely people and good accommodation. It was the perfect week away to unwind. Would highly recommend it! Inge, Australia

Mareile does a wonderful job of working to make sure that all retreat participants have a meaningful experience …whether you are just a beginner or you have been practicing for years. The instructors were incredibly hands-on, and the location exquisite. I can’t wait for the chance to sign up for another retreat!

Elise, USA

I had an amazing time at Kamalaya. I have not felt so relaxed since years. The combination of Pilates and the second workout was just right, demanding but doable. Kamalaya is the perfect place for such a retreat. The service is incredible and the food is so delicious despite of being very healthy. Not only did I become leaner, more relaxed and learned much about Pilates, but I have also adapted a healthier life style in general using the tips that Mareile and Andrew shared with us. I wish I could do this much more often. Helen, London

As a top notch Pilates expert, Mareile brings a holistic approach to the human body. Her insights on kinesiology and wellness are profound. More practically, for the spa environment, she is focused on offering sessions where guests can experience a positive relationship with their bodies and their lives. This is the kind of reflective and, ultimately, transformative experiences we look to offer every spa guest. Gregory Ugrin, USA

After 9 years of practicing Pilates I took the next step and signed up for Mareile’s retreat. I was completely happy with the retreat and it would be hard to improve it. Thanks for making me discover Thailand. Mizzi, Netherlands

I feel so energized that my friends say I am ‘glowing’! Pauline, Hong Kong

To begin with, the retreat was all I expected and even more. I would highly recommend the retreat to people, and I will definitely go again in the future. Both of us are not the kind to take relaxing, pool-side vacations. But the retreat provided us with an opportunity to have a semi-active vacation, together with a semi pool-side vacation. A combination that worked out really well. Sam, New York

A truly wonderful experience unlike no other, in a gorgeous setting and very well organized with terrific leaders. I really enjoyed the beautiful resort, but also loved the excursion to Ulu Watu area very much and the Ubud day trip. The meals were spectacular, and the staff at Desa Seni really could not have been nicer. Thank you for everything you did to make this experience and memory possible. Leslie, Virginia

I felt very exhilarated, rested & relaxed, joyful & very happy to have spent the time with you both. I am grateful to have had you both as instructors for my first experience of a yoga/pilates retreat in such a beautiful location. Being a beginner with yoga and a first for Pilates, I thank you for your patience & understanding. Tisha, Canada

Just a quick email to let you know how much we loved that retreat. We really had a great time and came back with full energy to HK. Keep us posted on future retreats, we’re definitely interested. Guillaume, Hong Kong

Past Retreats

pastRetreatsWe’ve been leading high end Pilates, Yoga and Wellness retreats since 2010. We’ve been to Bali, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Mexico and Tanzania and love to add new locations as much as returning to old ones. FOR PAST RETREATS & TESTIMONIALS, VISIT OUR GALLERY.

Guest Instructors

GuestTeacherWe pride ourselves in our carefully selected team of instructors, many of which are leading educators in their field and run studios of their own. If you are a movement instructor and interested in joining our guest teacher programme, don’t be shy to get in touch. As we only offer a few retreats each year, spaces are limited, but with an eye to the future we are always happy to connect to other professionals and to expand our network. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET LISTED ON OUR STUDIO FINDER, PLEASE SEND US A MESSAGE THROUGH OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

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  • Like an abstract painting. Maledives from above. A stopover just. After the plane had emptied off the tourists, I was almost alone in the 1-hr onward flight to Colombo. #andsoitbegins #offtosrilanka #pilatesgodeep2017 #yogaretreat #pilatesretreat #withoutthefamily #ilovemyjob #cantwaittostart
  • Packing for Sri Lanka. Favorite sandals, favorite book, favorite leggings from @prancingleopard ... a gift for my participants and a mala by @shifuwangbo for myself... A week of bliss doing what I do best lays ahead. 
If you missed this retreat, have a look at our 2018 Retreats - link in profile. From Teacher Trainings to Family Retreats, from Morocco to Portugal...the time is now! #pilatesretreat2017 #yogaretreat #pilatesgodeep2017 #offtosrilanka #trilanka #seeyalater
  • Kiwi is ready for class, so are you coming? The fact that I’ve moved our community yoga classes indoors makes sure I keep up my ‚saucha‘ ❤️👏 #yogainalacati #morningyoga #practicedaily #yogaclass #inside #imready
  • Yes. We have officially moved inside. The sun and blue sky is deceptive. It’s still so warm and nice in the daytime, but mornings are chilly now and who wants to shiver during savasana...? #yogaclass #morningyoga #yogainalacati #practicedaily #myfavoritestudents
  • The coming weeks have a lot of travel in store. I’ll be in Sri Lanka for our PILATES GO DEEP Retreat with @thomasshalabi, then in Costa Mesa, California to hook up with @basipilates for 2018 retreat ideas. But one of the most exciting events on my horizon is our 200-hr Pilates Mat Teacher Training in Thailand and Portugal with the gracious and always inspiring @bodyinsight_anjak - pictured here on our last trip to Greece... #alwaystraveling #exitingplans #lovemylife #livemyjob #pilatesretreat #collaborate #neverstoplearning #neverstopdreaming
  • Retreats are my life, but I do love my clients back home. Rarely have I ever taught a group with so much enthusiasm, comittment and so much laughter (much of it induced by my struggling for the right anatomical words in German). Feels really good to brush up on my poor German skills 😂! #pilatesfun #practicedaily #pilatesgroup #schoolteachersarethebest #youcandoit #doublelegstretch #pilatesinturkey
  • As the autumn days become greyer, retreat memories shine brighter ✨Here are my brother Thilo and the most wonderful Wang Bo, enjoying a post-class glass of water. Or wait - was it Vino Verde? #martialarts #basipilates #kungfu #raelisacowitz #shaolin #retreatofaliftime #pilatesretreat
  • Couldn't resist posting one more retreat moment... may we forever hold that incredible power within! #thismoment #pilatespersonal #retreatofaliftime #movementwithintention #basipilates #raelisacowitz #kungfu #shaolin #martialarts
  • Day 7. The time has come to part and to leave our bubble. I took me a while to select the right image from the plethora of exciting shots of our last Morning Pilates Class with #raelisacowitz ... the hug embodies it all. I'm still at a loss for words to describe what happened here in this week in Portugal. 🙏 #portugal2017 #basipilates #movementwithintention #retreatofaliftime #pilatespersonal #thismoment #wehavetomeetagain

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