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Create the Future

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We are building an exclusive retreat center in Portugal, just 30 minutes South of Lisbon. Co-create the world’s first Pilates Hotel designed for and by the global Pilates community.

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Live in the Now

Practise with the best movement teachers. Between now and Christmas, we are offering a special series of in-person Pilates classes taught by Mareile Paley.

Join us for some body and soul-refreshing mat Pilates classes in Portugal at our partner hotel, the five-star Hotel Casa Palmela.

The Story of CALM

Mareile Paley has been running Pilates Retreats since 2010.
When she bought a piece of land in Portugal's Arrabida Nature Park, she did it with an ambitious vision for the future of Pilates.

Update — September/October 2020

What's happening at the moment?

The pomegranates are here! The juicy red fruits suddenly started to explode everywhere and we have been feasting and sharing. Lots of activities on the land as well — digging swales, preparing terraces. Yes, we are ready for the big planting to start! At the Planetiers Conference in Lisbon we presented CALM. Portugal's first Pilates Wellness Retreat's mission to be "Sustainable by Design" is getting lots of attention and great feedback.

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"Mareile is the rare combination of an artist and a business person; she has an aesthetic eye for the body and architectural design, and has masterfully combined this vision into an interesting and important space — CALM."

Heather Thomas Shalabi
owner of Flex Studio,
Premium Fitness Gym,
Hong Kong

“If you have an opportunity to work with Mareile,
it is — honestly — a privilege.”

Rael Isacowitz
owner & founder of
BASI Pilates

“I always thought I’m the best, but after working with you, now I know YOU are the best. I had such a great time working with you, you are peaceful, kind, smart and thoughtful!”

Shifu Wang Bo
Shaolin Monk

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Update — July/August 2020

When nature does her thing

While we were away for part of the summer, care of the land continued. We had a mind-blowing harvest of tomatoes and discovered just how fertile our land is. The earth knows... On the CALM side, we submitted the project to the city hall. Keep your fingers crossed that they love our Pilates Hotel as much as we do!

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Update — June 2020

Working on sustainable growth

We continue to spend almost every day on the land. We restored an old 'lavadouro' (a large public wash bassin) that we uncovered in the upper part of the land. In parallel, our landscaping and reforestation plans are starting to really take shape. CALM's purpose and mission as a future fit business is becoming clearer every day!

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Update — May 2020

Using the calm to connect to the earth

COVID-19 hasn't exactly helped to speed things along administratively. But we are patient. Time is a luxury. So far I've felt that letting CALM develop at its own pace has enabled us to dive even deeper into the project. We are building the land and natural environment into the architectural concept. And in the meantime we have started to grow an amazing vegetable garden that feeds our family and our souls.

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Update — April 2020

Birth of a food forest

While the architectural plans are being finalized, we started regenerating the lower part of the land to establish a food forest.
In the words of our permaculture specialist: "On top of the land you will heal the people, at the bottom you will heal the nature!" Next month we will submit our building plans for CALM to city hall. Fingers crossed!

Update — Feb/March 2020

Digging into the bush

On our first deep explorations of our 1.2ha land, we discover gold! We have a spring! The giant reeds along the stream are teeming with birds. We started pruning some of the trees as well. There are lots of ancient pomegranates, but also olives and young fig trees. As we can only build on the top third of the property, we plan to restore the lower land back to its natural state, using indigenous flora found in the Arrabida region.

This month we recommend:
Sheri Long

BASI Pilates at its finest

Back in 2012 when I became a BASI Pilates teacher, I took a workshop with Sheri Long in Istanbul. It deeply marked me and has greatly benefited many of my clients. Living in Portugal, California is light years away for me, so I usually don't get to see her. This week I will treat myself with a live Theraband class that I am very much looking forward to. Sheri teaches zoom classes every Monday (Reformer), Tuesday (Mat) and Thursday (Reformer) and for a treat book yourself a private session. Get in touch by email to reserve your spot.

This week we recommend:
Flex studios Hong kong

XTend Barre Live Stream

My relationship with Heather Thomas-Shalabi, founder and owner of FLEX Studios goes back to my early years of being a Pilates teacher in Hong Kong. Today, over 10 years later, her once little Pilates studio in Stanley has become one (actually two ;-) of Hong Kong’s premier studios for Pilates, Yoga and well-being. Hong Kong is lucky enough to be allowed to open its doors again and classes will resume at FLEX next week. Lucky for us though, Heather decided to keep the live streaming for some of their classes, including XTend Barre and several Mat Pilates and Yoga classes. Check the full schedule here and book yourself in.

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