June 4th – 8th 2018


4 days/4 nights


Newport Beach, California


Rael Isacowitz & special guests


from USD 2200


BASI PILATES RETREAT  – with Rael Isacowitz

More than a Pilates retreat – Join us for the Art of Life & Movement!

After the life changing retreat in Portugal, we have teamed up with BASI Pilates to create an exceptional 5-day retreat experience right in Rael Isacowitz’ back yard:  in Newport Beach, California. Come and discover the natural sites and outdoor heavens of the Back Bay were Rael ‘lives’ his Pilates. Let’s play and learn together, let’s get energized by nature and grow from the stories of our truly inspiring special guests.


Included in the price:

  • 4 nights luxury accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
  • Delicious brunch everyday of your stay
  • Selected dinners and lunches in different locations
  • Daily 1.5hr Pilates Mat Class led by Rael Isacowitz
  • Outdoor excursions into the Back Bay and along the coast by outrigger canoe and bicycle
  • Guided nature hike along the Newport Bay Estuary
  • Daily special guests with inspiring stories to tell
  • Tea ceremony
  • Surprise activity
  • Workshop with Shaolin Monk Shifu Wang Bo
  • Special dinner to celebrate life
Not included:
  • Flights and transportation to/from airport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any meals or drinks outside of the group meals
Optional activities:
  • Morning meditation and stretching
  • Join retreat organizer Mareile Paley for a special arrival night dinner on June 4th
  • Sunrise / sunset run (you can start directly from the hotel)
  • Surfing / Boogie boarding
  • Trip to Fashion Island / Bilboa Island (free shuttle available)


From luxury to nature in just a few steps

The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach has been BASI Pilates’ event home for several years. Admittingly, we had our doubts whether a high end resort would hold up to the expectations that a personal, intimate retreat brings…But after visiting, it actually turns out to be a most wonderful location and I could not imagine a better setting. Within steps from the beach and the running trails of the Back Bay it’s hard to believe that you are just outside of Los Angeles! The beautiful, circular Terrace Room will be our studio for the classes and a few surprise events. We can’t wait to spend a few more nights in the large, comfortable rooms and go Pool hopping (the Hyatt has three!) during our free time…

In order to get to the Hyatt you can take a taxi or book an Uber or Supershuttle from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). The closest domestic airport is John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) and a free shuttle service can be booked via the Hyatt’s reservation desk.

Retreat Programme

The below programme is to give you a sense and idea of the activities included in the retreat. Please note that the progamme details are subject to change. 

DAY 1 – Mon, June 4th 2018
  • Arrival day (check-in from 3pm)
  • Optional dinner with retreat organiser Mareile Paley (not included)
DAY 2 – Tue, June 5th 2018
  • 7am: Open invitation for meditation, stretching at the Oasis Terrace
  • 7.30am – 9am: Morning Pilates Class with Rael Isacowitz
  • 9.30am – 11am: Breakfast Brunch
  • 12pm – 3.30pm: Outrigger Canoe adventure into the Back Bay followed by a picnic lunch
  • 4pm – 5pm: Free time at the hotel
  • 5pm – 6.30pm: Evening Special Guest
  • 7pm: Family-style dinner at one of Rael’s favourite restaurants
DAY 3 – Wed, June 6th 2018
  • 7am: Open invitation for meditation, stretching at the Oasis Terrace
  • 7.30am – 9am: Morning Pilates Class with Rael Isacowitz
  • 9.30am – 11am: Breakfast Brunch
  • 11am – 12.30pm: Bike excursion along the waterfront from Newport to Huntington Beach
  • 12.30pm – 3pm: Free time at the beach (surf and boogie board rentals are available as well as cafes and eateries)
  • 3pm – 4pm: Return trip to hotel by bike
  • 5pm – 6.30pm: Studio tour of the new BASI Headquarter with surprise activity
  • Open dinner
DAY 4 – Thu, June 7th 2018
  • 7am: Open invitation for meditation, stretching at the Oasis Terrace
  • 7.30am – 9am: Morning Pilates Class with Rael Isacowitz
  • 9.30am – 11am: Breakfast Brunch
  • 11.30am – 1.30pm: Guided nature and plant exploration walk through the wetlands
  • 1.30pm – 2.30pm: Picnic lunch and tea presentation
  • 2.30pm – 4pm: Workshop guided and conducted by Shifu Wang Bo: A day in a Shaolin Monastery
  • 4pm – 4.30pm: Retreat closing by Mareile & Rael
  • 5pm – 7pm: Free time at the hotel
  • 7pm: Special good bye dinner
DAY 5 – Fri, June 8th 2018
  • Departure day
  • 7am: Open invitation for meditation, stretching at the Oasis Terrace
  • 8.30am – 10am: Breakfast Brunch & good bye

In order to keep prices as low as possible for this exceptional retreat, we are offering all rooms on a twin share basis. The rooms are spacious with a large bathroom and many have a small balcony. If you book by yourself we will match you with a room mate of the same gender. Single rooms are available with a supplement charge of $400. 


Shared Room (Early Bird): USD1800   Sold Out!

Shared Room (Regular):

Single Room Supplement:
add USD400


Welcome to the Art of Life!

In order to keep this retreat small and intimate we decided to limit it to 20 participants, which means that places most likely will sell out quickly. If you are ready to secure your spot, please click below and you will be redirected to the BASI website for payment.



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