Engage in a global gathering!…where Pilates professionals come together to learn, move & explore. The PMA conference is the only event of its kind. It is the largest global gathering of Pilates practitioners representing every school and lineage. Join us this year in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa from October 27-30, 2016!
We look forward to welcoming you at the Conference!
The PMA's Annual Meeting is:
- An important continuing education event led by Pilates leaders from across the globe
- An annual reunion of colleagues, friends and peers
- A massive international networking opportunity
- A chance to speak personally with over 50 vendors providing goods and services to Pilates practitioners
- A time to hear about the PMA’s new projects and priorities
- A way to engage directly with PMA board members and staff
- A chance to attend fantastic hospitality events
What's happening at the 2016 Annual Meeting?
Pre & Post Conference Workshops
On Thursday October 27, we’re offering a selection of eight 4-hour workshops on specialist topics, as well as the chance to sit for the Pilates Certification Exam. On Sunday October 30, we’re bringing back the one and only Irene Dowd, teaching her workshop Ideokinesis for Pilates Teachers. This is only available at the PMA conference!
Pilates Workshops and Classes
The heart and soul of this event are the workshops and mat classes taught by Pilates leaders from around the globe. Join your colleagues and study with a wide spectrum of most talented Pilates educators available, covering a spectrum of essential topics that will enhance your teaching and the results your clients can experience.
Highlighting Pilates Research
This year’s conference will feature 3 events that are specifically focusing on research into efficacy of the Pilates Method. The Opening General Assembly on Friday October 28 will feature a keynote address by Sherri Betz, PT, GCS, PMA®-CPT and Rebecca Hess, PhD, from the PMA’s Research Committee. Their talk will inspire us and shed light on how to get involved with creating relevant, accessible Pilates research to share with the community. On the afternoon of October 28, Sherri Betz will lead a 90-minute general assembly presenting the most exciting and illuminating researchers and their findings regarding the Pilates Method. And on Saturday October 29, Rebecca Hess will lead a 2-hour workshop specifically teaching our delegates how to conduct their own research projects. Remember, without credible research, all of the incredible outcomes for clients that Pilates teachers are creating are only anecdotal – they’re useful for marketing, but not for validation of the method. Join us in building understanding of why Pilates is special and different by getting involved with research!
The Pilates in America Report
In 2016 the Pilates Method Alliance and Pilates Anytime commissioned Ipsos, the global market research firm, to undertake a study of the perceptions, preferences and habits of Pilates consumers, teachers, and studio owners, as well as the general public. The Pilates in America Report will be launched at the PMA conference in Phoenix in October – it will give us meaningful talking points to use in our marketing, as well as information important for business decision making. Don’t miss this watershed moment!
Pilates Anytime is hosting a Halloween Costume Party on Friday October 28 at 8pm. Creep, float or crawl there if you dare! With spooky decorations and rockin' tunes, come in disguise and put the frighteners on your friends!
Food Truck Party & Movie Night
On Saturday October 29, we’re proud to host the World Premiere of the new feature film, Tribute to Joseph Pilates: The Film, presented by Voll Pilates Group and Glaucia Adriana of Brazil. You won’t want to miss this fantastic new documentary at its inaugural showing! Spa water and popcorn cones will be served! Prior to the film, join us for a Food Truck Party and hosted bar, from 5:15 – 7:30pm outdoors in the Paseo West and Fountain Circle Courtyards at the Arizona Grand. With six food trucks featuring healthy food options from fish tacos to quinoa bowls, enjoy a tasty and convenient meal at festive picnic tables with your fellow delegates, topped off with sponsored wine, beer and soft drinks before the film!
Conference Price Schedule
Register between May 16th - Sept 15th to take advantage of our special Summer rates!
(May 16 - Sept 15 at 5pm EST) (Sept 16 - Oct 27)
$695 Members $775 Members
$795 Non-Members $875 Non-Members
$595 Student Members $675 Student Member
The online brochure is LIVE!
Start choosing your mat classes and workshops!
Check out the great lineup of new and returning Pilates teachers and register today!
Hurry, classes fill up quickly!
Pre-conference workshops: October 27, 2016
Annual Meeting: October 28 - 30, 2016
Post-conference workshop: October 30, 206 (1pm - 5pm)
Venue & Accommodations
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
This year's conference will be held at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. The resort is conveniently located less than ten minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, and is easily accessible via AZ-153 and AZ-143 and numerous other major freeways.
Be sure to take advantage of the PMA's discounted room rate!
Looking for an extended stay or other suite rates not listed, contact Melinda Wunder, CMP at (303) 938-8840