Spanish Andalusian Mountain Retreat 2024

Spanish Andalusian Mountain Retreat 2024


 19th – 23rd June 2024
The Olive Branch, El Chorro

Are you ready for five days of Pilates classes and workshops in the stunning Spanish Andalusian mountains.

Alison and Julie are combining their decades of experience to bring you a mixture of classes and workshops.

Each one tailored to develop your own practice, teaching skills, technique and knowledge of Pilates.

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 for Pilates teachers and practitioners alike.

If you’re new to Pilates, this is a great opportunity to meet new friends and improve your own technique.

Places are strictly limited

What’s included?

8 Classes

3 Workshops

Each one tailored to develop your own practice, teaching skills, technique and knowledge of Pilates.

Optional activities available: (At an additional cost)

Horse riding, mountain biking, 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:

Over £500 worth of Pilates classes and workshops

Twin or if requested triple room en-suite rooms

Breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner included

Transfers to/from Malaga airport to El Chorro

What’s NOT included:
Travel to Malaga, any additional private pilates sessions or optional additional activities

Cost: £995


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.


22nd to 26th June