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Pilates Teacher Association Inaugural Conference

Return to Life on the Isle of Man – Guiding the Future Protecting the Past

The Pilates Conference 14th – 17th July 2016

The Pilates Teacher Association pleased to be working in with Visit IOM and The Knockaloe and Patrick Visitor Centre to bring you the inaugural Conference of

The PTA are proud to be hosting this event with

This historic event on the Island where Joseph Pilates spent almost 5 years of his life will bring the very best of Pilates to the Isle of Man with world class presenters.  

The venue for the conference is the historic King William’s College in Castletown, close to The airport.   Accommodation can be found either in the college at excellent rates and ideal if you are travelling with a group of friends or in the hotels and Bed and Breakfasts of Castletown and Douglas.  A daily return Coach service is included from Douglas in all full tickets.  We have planned this conference to be honest quality and value for money. 

We think we have thought of everything to make this a conference to truly remember.

Our conference is the opportunity to explore and discuss the source and the lineages. We are bringing world class teachers with clear evidential links to the first generation teachers to the Isle of Man.

  • Ray Kurshals
  • Sean P Gallagher
  • Kathi Ross- Nash
  • Junghee Won
  • Blossom Crawford
  • Alison Salmond

Conference  Highlights

The Isle of Man has all the right ingredients to combine a conference and a vacation so why not stay on for a few days and enjoy the island.  

PRE-CONFERENCE 14TH JULY 2016 12.00 noon – 9.30p.m.

Our day commences with a networking buffet lunch in the beautiful Barrovial Hall.

We then move to the Kings Theatre where we will hear from Sean P Gallagher on the History of exercise and the influence of 19th century Physical Culture Movement on his work.  The Knockaloe team will tell us more about the life in the camps and explore the myth of the hospital beds and springs!

We then depart by coach to the site of Knocakaloe in the village of Patrick, have a guided walk and talk on camp 4 where Joe lived with many other men. The Knockaloe team were told by the Granddaughter of an internee that her Grandfather did his exercises which he learned in the camp every day.  In honour of all those who gave their lives during the war physically and mentally, and for the development of the Contrology aka Pilates method we will take a mat class.  At 5.30 p.m.  Kathi Ross- Nash will lead all of us in the first group mat class on the site of Camp 4. 

The coach will then return us to King William’s College for a buffet supper.


Start planning and booking your conference experience with Visit IOM. The package price includes everything you need for a perfect holiday.

What's Included in your package

  • Return travel by air or ferry
  • Accommodation at a choice of accommodation from shared dormitories to luxury Bed and breakfasts
  • Pre – conference event – Member Priority
  • Full conference tickets
  • Gala dinner tickets – Member Priority
  • Archival presentation – “ Did Joe change his method over time” Sean P Gallagher
  • Transfer to and from Hotels in Douglas
  • Complimentary mid-morning snacks and juice


Pre conference Founder and members Priority until 10th December 2015 

Maximum 40 people using the code; £600


12.00:  Buffet Lunch and networking

13:00:  History of Exercise and the origin of Pilates by Sean P Gallagher

15:00:  break

15:15   History of the internment camps - Living at Knockaloe

16:30:  travel to Knockaloe

17:00:  Guided walk round Knockaloe site

17.30:  Group Mat Class on Camp 4 with Kathryn Ross Nash (45 minute)

18.35: Return to King William’s College

19.00: Buffet with fizz and networking

MAXIMUM 100 in total

Members and Public (plus any unsold founder package) £100

Public access

Historic lectures and Mat class only; £50


Friday 15th July 08. 00 – SUNDAY 17th July 12.30 p.m.

£500 members

£600 non-members

Includes: all group mat classes 4 hours of workshops per day. Using a group rotation you are guaranteed to see each of your presenters:

GALA DINNER 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. Dancing till 12.00

3 course dinner served at 8.00 p.m. Late comers wash the dishes!

“Reformer”- celebrating the famous Joe Pilates quote “50 years ahead of my time and the longevity of the James Bond franchise. Enjoy the atmosphere of the late 50’s and early 60’s -the heyday of the New York Studio

Suits and Dresses for complete elegance – wear either or a kilt!



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