BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Training – 2020


Oct 31st – Nov 7th 2020
(8-day intensive retreat)

May 9th – 16th 2020
(registration closing soon!)

Oct 2nd – 9th 2020
(8-day intensive retreat)

May 16th – 23rd 2020
(registration closed!)


8-day intensive retreat


Thailand (Koh Samui)
Greece (Kalamata)
Portugal (Western Algarve)


from €2000 (early bird price)



About the Training:

BASI Pilates’ Mat Pilates Teacher Training programme was designed with the aim of building a strong foundation to begin teaching Pilates with knowledge, ease and confidence. The immersive retreat style programme 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 is comprised 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 course work 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.

Programme & Structure:

We offer an immersion programme 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. 

The first days (Modules 1-3) will build the foundation of your teacher training and includes basic anatomy studies, Pilates history and principles, BASI block system and the full Mat Pilates Beginners and Intermediate repertoire. 

During the final days (Modules 4-6), we will learn and study the advanced Pilates mat exercises and bring all the elements of teaching Pilates together. We will discuss the ‘business side’ of being a Pilates teacher, work on intelligent class design and incorporate plenty of practice teaching with valuable feedback to make you a confident teacher.

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 teacher certification. Whenever you feel ready, you may take your practical exam at a designated BASI host location of your choice.

In order to accompany you through your apprenticeship after the retreat, you will be given bi-weekly homework consisting of observation hours, teaching practice and some written assignments. Your teacher will provide feedback and consultation time via skype and e-mail. 




During the retreat, practical and lecture sessions will include the following:

  • History of Pilates
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Postural Assessment
  • Principles of Pilates
  • BASI Block System
  • Over 40 Pilates Mat Exercises from Beginner to Advanced
  • Exercise Adaptation (advanced Mat & Magic Circle)
  • Pilates as a System: A holistic approach to the Method
  • Class Design & Working with Clients
  • Business & Ethics
  • Observation & Practice Teaching

A typical retreat day:

8am – 9am Mat class
9am – 10.30am Breakfast

10.30am – 12.30pm Lectures / anatomy / discussion
12.30pm – 3.00pm Lunch break
3.00pm – 5.00 pm Teaching practice
5.00pm – 6.30pm Mat class / revisions / Q & A
7.30pm 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. / Of the required hours to complete the full Pilates Mat Teacher Training, you will cover around 50-hrs during the retreat weeks. After the retreat you are expected to complete a minimum of 15 observation hrs, 40 teaching hours and 30 self-practice hours / This teacher training is limited to a maximum of 14 students.

Cost for retreat and BASI Mat Work Course:

Shared Room: €2200 (Intensive 8-day retreat)
Single Room* supplement: €250 – 400
(location depending)
Early bird price: €2000 (must pay in full 90 days before retreat start)

Included in the price:

  • 7 nights boutique accommodation in hand-picked retreat venues
  • three healthy meals per retreat day
  • special graduation dinner and a few surprises
  • over 48 hrs of actual lectures & training, including the BASI Pilates mat exercises, block system, anatomy lectures, Pilates business background, special populations, props, etc. 
  • all BASI teacher training manuals and access to exams
  • skype/email support and follow up in between retreat modules
  • BASI Mat Pilates Certification (after completing all course requirements)
  • selected ground transportation to/from retreat venue and airport 
  • lots of fun, small group


Not included in the price:

  • flights & travel insurance
  • BASI practical exam fee (location depending)
  • some transportation to/from the retreat venue


A non-refundable deposit of €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.

*single rooms will be given away on a first come, first serve basis and might not be available in all locations. The retreat is limited to a maximum of 14 students.

Location & Travel Information:

For our 2020 Teacher Trainings, you can choose between three different locations: The tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand, a quiet retreat center in the olive groves of Kalamata, Greece, or a boutique hotel near the stunning Atlantic coast of Southern Portugal. Each location brings their unique charm and we would be happy to assist you with specific questions about each location.

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.

Who can attend this Teacher Training?

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.
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.

Cancellation Policy

Travel Insurance
We highly encourage you to purchase travel insurance in case you’re are not able to make 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.
Cancellation up to 90 days before retreat start:
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.
Cancellation after three months before retreat start:
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.
If we cancel the retreat: 
All money paid to us by you will be returned. Unfortunately we cannot compensate you for any plane tickets/transportation arrangements you have already made.
Payment general:
€500 non-refundable deposit 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.

I am ready to become a Pilates teacher!

We believe that Pilates is not an exercise form that can be taught in a few days. However, we do understand 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 and self-responsible learning experience. Now, please tell us a bit about yourself, so we can help facilitate your dreams:

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