Spanish Andalusian Mountain Retreat

Spanish Andalusian Mountain Retreat


SOLD OUT. 24th-28th June, 2020
The Olive Branch, El Chorro

Leave your make-up and your high heels behind and join Alison Salmond and Julie Driver on their third sell out Pilates retreat. Together, they combine decades of teaching experience to deliver five days of Pilates classes and workshops in the stunning Spanish Andalusian mountains.

Alison and Julie pride themselves on providing a relaxed and friendly environment, conducive to learning and having fun and this rural retreat is a haven to both Pilates teachers and practitioners alike.

The relaxed sessions cater for everyone, even if you’re new to Pilates, this is a great opportunity to meet new friends and improve your own technique.

Included are a mixture of classes and workshops. Each one tailored to develop your own practice, teaching skills, technique and knowledge of Pilates.

Additional activities are available (some at an additional cost) including mountain hiking, running, horse riding, mountain biking or even a morning walking the infamous Caminito Del Rey,

The Olive Branch offers rustic, bright and airy accommodation with en-suite facilities. Rooms are twin sharing with some available for triple room share.

Included in the retreat:
Twin or if requested triple room en-suite rooms
Breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner included
Over £500 worth of Pilates classes and workshops
Transfers to/from Malaga airport to El Chorro
The retreat does NOT include airfare to Malaga, any additional private pilates sessions or optional additional activities

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Your Hosts

Julie Driver

Julie is a passionate believer in the power of Pilates.

In 2005 she had a freak ski-ing accident that left her temporarily wheelchair bound. with the help of her physiotherapist and her own knowledge of Pilates, Julie astounded her surgeons by walking again after only nine months and without the permanent limp they had predicted.

In 2014 Julie won the prestigious “Pilates Anytime” Instructor of the year competition and is proud to be a regular contributor to the site.

Julies passion for movement extends into her love of horses and her desire to help riders build stronger and deeper connections with their horses. Pilates is the perfect tool for this journey, improving the riders seat balance and stamina.

Julie recently wrote a three part series of “Pilates for Riders’ for ‘Horse and Rider Magazine and has also contributed to ‘Intelligent Horsemanship magazine as well as ‘Pilates Style’ and other regular publications.

In 2017 Julie was honoured to be invited to film classes for the “Monty Roberts online Equus University’.
Julie is Mother to seven year old twins.

Alison Salmond

Alison is one of the UK’s sought after Pilates tutor, with over 30 years experience in presenting at conventions, teaching training and teaching her own clients, she is extremely passionate about movement and anatomy.

Not only responsible for training many new Pilates teachers in the STOTT PILATES method; Alison is also certified in the New York Studio® Authentic Pilates Program, which has been developed by the legal owner of many Joseph Pilates archival documentation, Sean P. Gallagher.

Sean was responsible in developing the very first Pilates teacher training program with Romana Kryzanowska in order to preserve the method and create an international benchmark in the delivery of the Pilates method.

Additionally, Alison is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Osteopath who continues to treat many patients in both acute and chronic joint pain. All osteopathic techniques are tailored to the individual, with some patients undertaking Pilates sessions to continue their recovery.

Many of Alison’s clients have a wide range of medical conditions including osteoporosis, scoliosis, polymyositis, multiple sclerosis, thyroid issues, heart or respiratory conditions.

Alison also holds a post-graduate Animal Osteopathy (equine and canine) qualification by Stuart McGregor, the first course of its kind in the UK.


24th May, 28th June, 19th July