Puglia October 2019 – A Retreat by Reform

Would you like to take some time out for yourself and to bring your Pilates practice to the next level over just a few days?

While at the same time visiting the beautiful historic town of Lecce in the sunny Puglia region of Italy?

We are delighted to be able to invite you to join us in Puglia this October for a 4-day Pilates retreat with Mariapia Cleopazzo and myself.

Please contact anna@reformpilates.ie for bookings & details.

Pilates Program

At the heart of this retreat are the six Pilates sessions, opening with an early evening session on Day 1 (after check-in) and closing with a morning session on Day 4 (before check-out). Days 2 and 3 will hold two sessions daily.

Day 1: Friday Oct 4th

-First Evening session5pm – 6pm – Mat madness on the rooftop terrace

Days 2 & 3: Oct 5th and 6th

-Morning sessions 8am – 8.45am – Mat madness on the rooftop terrace

– Late Morning sessions 10.30am – 1.30pm – Reformer recharge at Embody Studio

Day 4: Monday Oct 7th

-Last Morning session 8:45-10:15 – Mat + HIIT

This schedule is designed to leave your afternoons free of Pilates.

Additional Activities!

After your Pilates filled-mornings we have organised a few fun activities

– An afternoon trip to the coast by bus where we will have a swim and a kayaking tour of the stunning Puglian coas

– An afternoon guided walking tour of the historic centre of Lecce

-A special dinner on the Sunday evening on the Palazzo Rollo Terrace

You will also have lots of time to explore Lecce and do some shopping as well as the optional extra of a private Pilates session with Anna or Mariapia.


We have chosen Lecce as this is Mariapia’s hometown and where she has her studio. It is also a very beautiful, historic Italian city.  It is where you will be based for the 3 nights of the retreat, staying in a single occupancy private room with breakfast daily in the Palazzo Rollo guesthouse.

We have chosen the Palazzo Rollo mainly for its unique location and fit out. Palazzo Rollo is located in Lecce’s old town overlooking the fascinating tower bell of the Duomo. The Palace has been restored in order that all the beauty and the original charm was regained.

The Palace is characterized by the climbing vine surrounding the inner courtyard and the beautiful rooftop terrace from which it’s possible to admire and almost “touch” the monuments of the town.

Getting There

The best way to get to Lecce is to fly to Bari airport with Ryanair. There are flights arriving on the Friday afternoon at 12.25pm and leaving on the Monday evening at 8.40pm and we have designed the retreat with these flights in mind. Flights are not included in the package however transfers from the airport for these flights are.

What’s Involved?

The price for the week is €690 if you book before 31st July 2019 (early bird rate) and €765 if you book after this date. Included in the price is:

– Three night’s accommodation in a private room in the Palazzo Rollo Guesthouse to include breakfast

-Choice of 6 Pilates classes including two on the Reformer at Embody Pilates (Mariapia’s studio)

-Return airport transfers by coach

– An afternoon trip to the coast by bus where we will have a swim and a kayaking tour of the stunning Puglian coast

-An afternoon guided walking tour of the historic centre of Lecce

-A special dinner on the Sunday evening on the Palazzo Rollo Terrace

The price does not include your flights or your lunches and dinners (with the exception of dinner on Sunday).

A deposit of €250 (by cheque or bank transfer) is required by 31st July to avail of the early bird rate (€690). The balance of will be due by 4th September 2019. Numbers are limited to 15 people however we need a minimum of 10 to guarantee the price. If we do not get minimum numbers your deposit will be fully refunded by 1stSeptember 2019.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange to pay your deposit by bank transfer please let me know. Alternatively, please bring a cheque into the studio and give it to me or to your instructor (in an envelope with your name on it) by 31st July 2019.

The retreat is open to everyone, Reform clients and friends. Previous Pilates experience is preferable but not required! We are really looking forward to it and hope to make it an annual event!

Anna & Mariapia

We thought you might be interested in what our previous guests had to say…

This was an excellently organised trip allowing you the chance to practice Pilates on a daily basis. The number and pace of the classes allow you to really develop your Pilates practice with excellent and highly knowledgeable instructors together with excellent food and accommodation. Great to come home felling relaxed, refreshed and stretched. A real privilege!

Thank you, Anna, and Mariapia for organising and hosting such a wonderful retreat. I came back completely relaxed and energised. The classes were superb and the whole trip exceed my expectations. Roll on next year!!

A very enjoyable retreat organised by two highly qualified Pilates teachers. The input from Mariapia with local knowledge and a local studio was a huge “plus”. Both did excellent prep so that the days were filled with activities which were all optional. I did almost everything and feel the better for it all!