Pilates Mat Teacher Training – 2018


1st Retreat:

Thailand: Feb 11th – 17th 2018

2nd Retreat:

Portugal: Aug 26th – Sept 1st 2018


2 retreats of 6 nights each


Thailand (Koh Samui) / Portugal


from €3100 (for certification and 2 retreat weeks — 12 nights total — with all inclusions)



About the Training:

Our 200-hr Mat Pilates Teacher Training programme was designed with the aim of building a strong foundation to begin teaching Pilates with knowledge, ease and confidence. Our teacher training is strongly rooted in Joseph Pilates original method, incorporating contemporary elements as well as your teacher’s unique experience and knowledge. 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 our 350-hr reformer training and full 450-hr comprehensive teacher training courses.
The training is laid out in a retreat style format and comprises two 7-day intensive retreats in Thailand and Portugal. 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 privates skype sessions with your teacher will help you to review and integrate the information and practice teaching.

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.

The first retreat will build the foundation of your teacher training and includes basic anatomy studies, Pilates history and principles and the full Mat Pilates Beginners repertoire.

On the 2nd retreat, we will learn and study the intermediate and 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. A written exam will be taken at the end of the 2nd retreat. You may chose to take your practical exam as well, receiving your teaching certification at the end of the 2nd retreat.

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. If you want to complete your 200-hrs by the end of the 2nd retreat, you should allow for 7-8 hrs of Pilates practice per week.




Over the 2 retreat weeks, practical and lecture sessions will include the following:


  • History of Pilates
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Postural Assessment
  • Principles of Pilates
  • Over 40 Pilates Mat Exercises from Beginner to Advanced
  • Injury Prevention & Special Conditions
  • Pilates as a System: Introduction to the Pilates Equipment
  • Use of Props in Pilates 
  • Class Design & Working with Clients
  • Business & Ethics
  • Observation & Practice Teaching


A typical retreat day:


8am – 9am Mat class
9am – 11.30am Brunch

11.30am – 1.00pm Lectures
1.00pm – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm – 3.00 pm Break
3.00pm – 4.00pm Teaching practice
4.00pm – 6pm Group practise/revisions/lecture
6.30pm 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 200-hrs required to complete the full Pilates Mat Teacher Training, you will cover around 50-hrs during the retreat weeks. / This teacher training is limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Cost for retreat and certification:

Single Room: €3520 | Shared Room: €3100

Included in the price:

  • 2 x 6 nights boutique accommodation in shared or single room 
  • three healthy meals per retreat day
  • special graduation dinner and a few surprises
  • over 50 hrs of actual lectures & training, including over 40 classical & contemporary Pilates mat exercises, anatomy lectures, Pilates business background, special populations, props, etc. 
  • all teacher training manuals and exams
  • skype support and follow up in between retreat modules
  • Pilates Mat 200-hr certification 
  • lots of fun, small group


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.

Location & Travel Information:

For our 2018 Teacher Training, we have chosen two of our favorite retreat locations: escape to tropical Koh Samui in the midst of winter and then finish your training in late summer in breezy Portugal.


You will be responsible for your own travel arrangements from/to the retreat locations, but we will be happy to help arrange local transfers between the airport and retreat venues. February 11th and August 26th will be arrival days and we will meet for a welcome introduction and dinner by 6pm. February 17th and September 1st will be departure days with the retreat officially closing after breakfast. Please arrange your flights accordingly.



For Koh Samui fly to Samui International Airport (lots of flight connections from Bangkok, but also some international connections). Transfer to Absolute Sanctuary will be 10 minutes.


For Portugal the closest airport is Faro (a 1.5 hr drive to Monte Velho Retreat Center). We will try and arrange at least 2 group shuttles during arrival/departure days for your cheapest transfer option.


You will have to attend both modules in order to be eligible for the 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.

Congratulations on making that first step!

Every new student is always such an inspiration. We want to make your stay and training really worth your while, so the more we know, the better we can prepare. Simply fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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