Join me for a week of Pilates
in stunning Madeira Island, Portugal!
Renew and invigorate both body and mind in Madeira’s subtropical climate, turquoise blue ocean, unspoilt beaches and rich, locally grown food.
"I absolutely loved our week with you. I can hardly wait for your next retreat!"
“Wonderful week relaxing, regenerating and progressing my Pilates with an exceptional teacher in Catarina.
Great fun, lovely weather and more new friends too. Highly recommended!"
"I had a wonderful time at Catarina's Pilates retreat, gorgeous hotel and amazing training. Also found myself with a group of fun and interesting people so cannot recommend the retreat highly enough. Thank you so much Catarina for a first class experience."
"Catarina's retreat was so very well thought out! From the timing of the Pilates Lessons, to the personalized instruction and beautiful setting. We really couldn't have imagined a better experience."
" I love how the classes were geared to each students' individual ability."
"What I Liked Most? The opportunity to have this wonderful experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
"Excellent well paced Pilates regime in a stunning environment with a great group of people. A real “must do”, and will do again!"
Madeira is set in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco.
Known as the “Atlantic Pearl", the island offers breathtaking scenery with its incredible vegetation, exuberant flowers, magnificent mountainous views and gorgeous beaches.
Madeira's temperate climate benefits from a year round Spring that never becomes too hot nor too cold. Temperatures ranging from an average of 25°C in the Summer, and 17° C during Winter, both inhabitants and visitors find it to be just about perfect!
Benefiting from the influence of the Gulf Stream sea temperatures range from 18° C in the winter, and 22° C during the Summer.
Approximately 740 km2 (286 sq. miles) for a small county Madeira has plenty to offer. Because of its variety of endemic species of fauna and flora the island is also known as “the floating garden of the Atlantic”
Naturalists, botanists, zoologists, scuba divers, walkers, photographers, and just about anyone who loves nature find it to be a scenery sanctuary. Truly, the island is blessed with a unique landscape.
You can choose from one of the several Levadas' walks to enjoy a variety of sub tropical plants, venture into the dramatic landscape of the rocky Ponta de S. Lourenço one of the last, nearly untouched places in Europe, climb to the unforgettable views of Pico Ruivo, the highest peak on the island... and more. Madeira is internationally sought as a walking haven and you’ll have no shortage of options.
You will find several museums, churches, historical buildings and pretty little villages such as the typical Santana and, depending on the dates of your retreat, colourful traditional festivities.
Due to its wonderful climate Madeira offers a variety of locally grown vegetables and subtropical fruits. On a typical weekday Funchal’s bubbly Farmers Market attracts both locals and tourists to a combination of the freshest exotic fruits and vegetables, luxurious plants, and freshly caught fish.
Madeira’s gastronomy offers quality produce traditionally prepared in delicious regional specialities you won’t regret trying!
From walking, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, whale and dolphin watching, paragliding, or simply relaxing in one of its unusual pebbly and black sand beaches, you can truly enjoy a variety of activities and gorgeous sceneries.
"The Estalagem Ponta Do Sol was not only stunningly beautiful, it was filled with extremely friendly, professional staff and very comfortable facilities."
"Beautifully and graciously hosted, sun, sea and gorgeous food. Wonderful hotel"
The Estalagem is located in the 500 year old traditional village of Ponta do Sol in the southern coast of the Island. Roughly translated to Sunny Edge, Ponta do Sol owes its name to being the island’s location blessed with more hours of sun than any other.
Spectacularly set on the top of a cliff the Estalagem offers breathtaking views over the ocean.
Formerly a Quinta (old Farm), the hotel was restored into an elegant combination of simple, contemporary lines with the original character of the Quinta and its natural location.
"Food was excellent! More than is good to put in front of me."
"I would love to stay here again! "
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Whether you're an experienced practitioner or have only gotten familiar with the technique, I always design our group sessions for you and with consideration to each participant's experience.
"Catarina's tips on improving alignment and stability were so valuable- and made sense! I found myself being able to balance more easily and for longer periods of time throughout the week. I've been able to bring this back to my practice at home, even having a teacher notice my stability. I highly recommend taking a class, or many!"
"I love how the classes were geared to each students' individual ability."
Every day we will start with a 1h20mins energising morning session. You'll have the day to enjoy the island or treat yourself with some of the activities on offer.
We'll wind out with another relaxing Pilates session in the evening and close the day dining at the Estalagem. Here you will have the opportunity to taste some of the island's traditional cuisine prepared with Madeira’s local produce. Vegetarian and non vegetarian options are available.
Halfway through you’ll have an evening off from Pilates so that you can enjoy a free day in Madeira.
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£765 Twin Room Sharing
Sea view Extra £110
From London UK, Monarch, Easyjet and Tap all fly directly to the airport of Funchal in Madeira. If you are coming from elsewhere and need help with booking please contact email@example.com
Catarina’s teaching is intuitive, attentive and founded in her personal experience.
Previously a professional dancer and with over 16 years in the wellness industry, Catarina is a Pilates, Tai Chi, Qi gong and Meditation teacher.
Before relocating to Madeira Island she has taught in London UK working with a wide range of people.
Her style is integrative. Catarina's Pilates sessions bring the Eastern influence of Tai Chi & Qigong principles with a taste of her experience in different mind-body techniques.
Today, also a certified Transformational Nutrition and Eating Psychology Coach, she offers both group classes and private coaching.