BASI Pilates Mat Teacher Training – 2020


1st Retreat:

Oct 21st – 27th (Thailand)
Feb 2020
April/May 2020 (Portugal)

2nd Retreat:

Oct 27th – Nov 2nd (Thailand)
Feb 2020 
April/May 2020


2 retreats of 6 nights each


Thailand (Koh Samui) and Portugal (Algarve)


from €3600 (for certification and 2 retreat weeks — 12 nights total — with all inclusions)



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 two intensive, week-long retreats that can be booked individually or as a package. Each week includes 6 nights accommodation with breakfast, lunch & dinners, plenty of practice time, lots of personal coaching and a few surprises…
In the weeks in between the two courses, online course work and tuition with retreat facilitator Mareile Paley and your BASI teachers will help you to review and integrate the information and practice teaching. The training is designed in a way that each student will be able to qualify and take their practical and written exams by the end of the 2nd retreat.

Programme & Structure:

We offer an immersion programme that includes 2 weeklong intensive retreats with online course work in between. The retreat weeks will build up on each other and students must be present for both retreats. To facilitate your schedule, you may choose any combination of dates or locations offered (see left). If you would like to attend Retreat 1 and 2 in one consecutive 12-day retreat, you may apply here.

The first retreat (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. 

On the 2nd retreat (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.

You may chose to take your practical exam at the end of the 2nd retreat, and after completion of the BASI online exam and with completion of the required teaching, observation and practice hours you will receive your official BASI Pilates teacher certification.

In the months in between the retreats, you will be given some homework consisting of observation hours, teaching practice and some written assignments. Your teacher will provide feedback and consultation time via skype and e-mail. 




Over the 2 retreat weeks, 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. In between the retreats you are expected to complete a minimum of 15 observation hrs, 30 teaching hours and 30 self-practice hours / This teacher training is limited to a maximum of 14 students.

Cost for retreat and certification:

Shared Room: €3600 | Single Room* supplement: €200 (Thailand only)

Included in the price:

  • 12 (2 x 6) 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 teacher training manuals and exams
  • skype/email support and follow up in between retreat modules
  • BASI Mat Pilates Certification
  • selected ground transportation to/from retreat venue and airport 
  • lots of fun, small group


Not included in the price:

  • flights & travel insurance
  • 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 at the Portugal location. The retreat is limited to a maximum of 14 students.

Location & Travel Information:

For our 2019 Teacher Training, you can choose between two different locations: The tropical island of Koh Samui, Thailand, and a private villa on the stunning Atlantic coast of Southern Portugal. Each location brings their unique charm and we leave it up to you to complete both retreats at the same location or to mix them up as it fits your schedule. If you would like to complete both retreats in one continuous 12-day retreat, you may apply here.

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 both retreats in order to be eligible for the BASI Mat Pilates Teacher Certification. However, you may choose to complete the 6 required BASI Mat modules at different retreat locations or in collaboration with any BASI host studio worldwide (subject to agreement of the host studio).

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 would like to attend the intensive 12-day retreat!

We believe that Pilates is not an exercise form that can be taught in a few days. However, we do understand that two retreats taken in the course of a year or less can be logistically challenging and financially difficult. With the option to combine both retreats into one 12-day long intensive training we wanted to give a special opportunity to potential students that already have extensive experience with Pilates, movement and the human body. We will review your application carefully and decide together with you whether the intensive retreat might be for you. If you intend to attend the training on two separate retreats with several months in-between, you don’t need to fill out this application. You can go straight to the sign-up tab.

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Retreat 1 (Portugal): 30.3. - 4.4.Retreat 1 (Portugal): 18.5. - 24.5.Retreat 1 (Thailand): 27.10. - 2.11.Retreat 2 (Thailand): 2.11. - 8.11.

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