Instructor Training

2021/2022 Pilates Teacher Training

Studying the work of Joseph and Clara Pilates, and the contributions made by their students Ron Fletcher, Romana Kryzanowska, Eve Gentry, Kathy Grant, and more. This program of study promises to build capable and informed movement educators thoroughly trained in the Pilates Method of Physical Conditioning. The exercises and their applications, intent, and order, following the full classical repertoire on all apparatus is examined, explained and experienced, including modifications for special needs, workout design, and class template design for virtual and in-person services.



Guest presenters : All guest presenters will teach via Zoom on Saturdays from 3:00- 5:00 pm. In-house participants will be guided and assisted by Risa & Boditree staff whilst our guest educator presents their program of work. Virtual attendees will also receive feedback and guidance from both the presenter, and Risa. The Sunday class will see a review of content and moving it forward to more apparatus and exercise exploration.


Darien Gold, Classical Pilates educator, studio owner, and host of the radio show ‘All Things Pilates’, out of Petaluma, California.

Sunni Almond, Classical Pilates educator, studio owner, and creating of the online network “Going more Joe”, out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lili Viola, Classical Pilates educator & studio owner out of Toronto, Ontario.

Mary Craig, Classical Pilates educator & studio owner out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Susannah Cotrone, Classical Pilates educator & studio owner out of Los Angeles, California.

Program coordinator :
Risa Mathews, founder & owner of Boditree Pilates & Healing in Vancouver, BC Canada

Class Dates/Times :
Saturdays 2:30-6:30 pm
Sundays 1:00-6:00 pm

  1. November 14/15:
    Risa Mathews: Introduction to the method. The foundation, the Matwork, connecting apparatus, springs, breath into and understanding of the system. All apparatus introduced. Full Reformer workout.
  2. November 21/22:
    Risa Mathews: Lineage examination. Classical, Ron Fletcher fundamentals, Eve Gentry lineage. Reformer & Matwork. All apparatus including small tools. When to modify and why.
  3. November 28/29:
    Lili Viola: Reformer & Wunda Chair – understanding the relationship between these two apparatus specifically with Footwork, breath, and why & when to use one apparatus over another.
  4. December 12/13:
    Sunni Almond: Full Reformer Workout – experience the flow, precision, and dynamic transitions of the full Reformer workout, and learn how to modify contemporary apparatus for experiencing the Classical ‘feel’ of the work.
  5. January 9/10:
    Susannah Cotrone: Electric Chair & Baby Chair content – experience the Electric Chair, and learn how to modify the Wunda Chair to reproduce Electric Chair fundamentals. Why using one Chair over another, and how to connect these apparatus to the Cadillac repertoire.
  6. January 23/24:
    Lili Viola: Cadillac full repertoire
  7. February 6/7:
    Darien Gold: Wunda Chair content – moving to intermediate and advanced sequences on the Wunda Chair.
  8. February 20/21:
    Risa Mathews: Review of all content covered to this date, examining modifications for special needs, workout design for special needs, Boditree Releasework, Spine Corrector Releasework. Working with MS, Parkinsons, Scoliosis, Fibromyalgia, Pre & Post natal workout design and contra- indications.
  9. March 6/7:
    Sunni Almond: Ladder Barrel Content – all levels of work reviewed including the advanced repertoire.
  10. March 20/21:
    Sunni Almond: Small Barrel content – all levels of work reviewed including the advanced repertoire.
  11. April 10/11:
    Darien Gold: Spine Corrector content – all levels of work reviewed including the advanced repertoire.
  12. April 17/18:
    Darien Gold: Cadillac content – exploring the advanced repertoire and order of exercises, introduction to the of Pedipul.
  13. May 1/2:
    Risa Mathews: review of all content covered to this date, filling in the gaps.
  14. May 15/16:
    Apprenticeship, workout design, group-led formats (Mary Craig)
  15. May 29/30:
    Apprenticeship, workout design, group-led formats (Mary Craig)
  16. June 12/13:
    Apprenticeship (Mary Craig)
  17. June 26/27:
    Apprenticeship (Mary Craig)
  18. July 10/11:
    Apprenticeship & final examination (Mary Craig)

Fees ( please add gst to all rates)

Detail of fees:

Attend all 18 weekends : $6480.00. To qualify for certification students must also complete a minimum of 10 private sessions during the course of study.

Virtual & In person : Attend single weekends as ongoing education :
$450.00 per weekend or $225.00 per day

Breakdown of fees : Full Program of Study

  • 10 private sessions throughout the program of study : $1050.00
  • 40 group sessions throughout the program of study : $1600.00

Weekend Modules :
$450.00 each weekend of course study (pay as you go)
$6480.00 for 18 weekends of course study (discounted to $360.00 each if paid in full)

Final Exam : $150.00
Apprenticeship teaching included in course of study during weekend modules.

Total fees due :
Option (a) for the full course of study
Including all workouts fees (with the exception of the introductory 4 personal workout design sessions) $9130.00

Option (b) pay as you go –
Pay as you go for each weekend module, and accompanying workouts : $450.00 per weekend of study, plus regular rates for all studio workout sessions outside of class.


In March of 2020 the world lost a beautiful soul, a talented performer, educator, Pilates trainer, and dear friend to many, Olivia Thorvaldson. Upon Olivia’s passing Boditree Founder & Owner, Risa Mathews decided to create an annual scholarship dedicated in Olivia’s memory, to assist retired dancers seeking job training. One spot in our course each year will be provided free of charge to a dancer wishing to study Pilates with Boditree. Applications are always open, simply send us a cover letter along with your dance history C/V, and Boditree will choose one candidate each year as a scholarship winner. May Olivia’s memory be for many blessings.