Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Annual Meeting of the PMA

Who comes to the Annual Meeting?
Pilates professionals and enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds from around the globe come to the PMA’s Annual Meeting to move, learn and network. All are welcome! 

I'm not a Pilates teacher but am thinking about becoming one. Is the Annual Meeting for me?
Classes are geared toward professional Pilates teachers and serious enthusiasts. The variety of presenters and teaching styles can help enthusiasts decide what training program is best for them.
 
What is included in my registration fee?
In addition to mat classes and workshops, you have access to daily general events, such as the Opening General Assembly, PMA Members Meeting, First-Timers Orientation, evening entertainments, and special lectures. Access to the PMA Plaza (expo hall) is also included in the price, and healthy breakfasts and lunches are served there each day. Your registration includes 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches, as the PMA Plaza closes at 10am on the final conference day. 
  • Pre and Post-Conference workshops require a separate fee.
  • Transportation, evening meals, lodging and parking are not included in registration fees. 
What should I bring?
You will need to bring your own mat. Alternatively, you may order a mat at a discounted price during your online registration process, which will be given to you when you arrive at the Registration Desk, if you order by Sunday, October 12, 2014; or, you may be able to purchase one at regular price from various vendors in the PMA Plaza (quantities are limited). We also suggest that you bring sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, comfortable shoes or sandals and of course clothing that will allow you to move freely.  Many of these items may also be for sale on site during the hours the PMA Plaza is open. Mats can be donated onsite post-conference for donation to a local school or charity.
 
When can I begin selecting my classes?
Pre-Registration ends on May 15th, 2014, 5 PM EST. The presenter lineup is made available on May 16th, 2014 and anyone who has already registered can log in and choose their classes. When you register, hang on to your registration confirmation email and keep the log in information handy, this will allow you to easily access your registration and select the classes you wish to attend.
 
Are there Continuing Education Credits available?
Delegates who register for the full conference receive 16 PMA-approved Continuing Education Credits. One and two day passes offer fewer CECs.
 
What is the refund and substitution policy?
Refunds will be made for cancellations sent in writing to the PMA office via email (attn: Tanya Nieto-Winzey), to tanyan@pilatesmethodalliance.org. Cancellation emails must be dated on or before September 1st, 2014, and will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee. Cancellations emails dated between September 2nd, 2014 and October 2nd, 2014, will be subject to a $200 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after October 2nd, 2014. The PMA reserves the right to substitute Workshops or Presenters at any time. PLEASE ALLOW 4 – 6 WEEKS FOR REFUND TO BE PROCESSED AFTER ANNUAL MEETING DATE.
 
PLEASE ALLOW 4-6 WEEKS AFTER ANNUAL MEETING DATE FOR REFUND TO BE PROCESSED.
 
Where will the 2014 Annual Meeting be held?
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101 
Tel: 619 232-1234
Note: Please specify that you are part of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) room block.
 
The hotel "cut-off" date is Friday, October 10, 2014.  Room availability and discounted rates are not guaranteed after date and it is possible for rooms to be entirely sold-out before this date.
Visit this link for more information. 
 
What airport should I fly into?

The San Diego International Airport is the closest airport to the  Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.  This airport is serviced by most airlines. The airport is approximately 3 miles/10 minutes from the hotel.

For more information on how to get there visit this link.
 
How will I get from the airport to the conference?

The following costs are approximate and may be subject to change.
If you would like help with your transportation needs, please call 619-232-1234, and the concierge will be happy to assist you.

Taxi: various companies on standby, $10-20, varies depending on traffic.

Express Shuttle, (619-591-0303), $8 for first passenger. $8 for the next.

 
What are the accommodations at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego? 
This year, the PMA has negotiated multiple sleeping room rates starting at $199.00 plus tax.
  • Standard (king bed or two full size beds): $199.00 plus tax
  • Grand Club – Concierge Level  (king bed or two full size beds) $274.00 plus tax
  • Roll Away Beds Available at an Additional Fee
All rooms are non-smoking.
 
If you wish to extend your stay or if you are interested in other room types not listed on the reservation site, please contact Melinda Wunder, CMP at (303) 938-8840 or email: Melinda@creativeconvs.com.  She will be happy to help you.
 
Do I need to stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
No. However, staying on site does greatly enhance your experience. You will not have to worry about commuting to the conference and you will have more time to connect with other attendees. 
 
Furthermore, the PMA realizes many delegates have relationships and discounts with other hotels and that you have a choice where you stay.  But when delegates stay “off-property” it impacts our room block and financial commitment. If we do not meet our room block, the PMA incurs financial penalties. Delegates who stay “on-property” help us to continue to provide a valuable, cost-effective event.  
 
Is there parking at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego?
The PMA has negotiated discounted self-parking for $28 per day (see the PMA registration desk for a parking sticker).  Valet parking is a standard rate of $40 per night.
 
Can I share a room at the hotel?
Yes. If you are interested in sharing a room, please email your name, phone and email address to Tanya Nieto-Winzey and she will place your name on a list which she will share with other people looking for roommates. Please note, the PMA does not do any roommate matching but only attempts to help you find interested parties. Contact: tanyan@pilatesmethodalliance.org
 
Can I register for just one class during the Annual Meeting?
Advanced registrations are only accepted for the full conference. 
 
Is there a check-in procedure at the conference?
Yes, you must sign in at the conference Registration Desk with either a photo ID or a copy of your registration record. Your name badge will be presented to you upon conference check-in and will be your only admission to events. Badges MUST be presented at the door to be admitted. You will also be given a Conference Workbook, which will include a conference timetable and a map to find your classes. 
 
What if I want to change a class?
If you would like to change any classes, you can log in to Cvent with the username and password provided in a confirmation email when you originally registered. You can modify your schedule before and during the event. At the hotel, there is a designated desk for ‘schedule changes’. 
 
How do I add something to my existing registration?
Contact Tanya Nieto-Winzey, Conference Coordinator via email at tanyan@pilatesmethodalliance.org if you would like to add additional classes to your schedule or a diet restriction. There is no fee to add or make changes to your registration. 
 
What happens if I lose my badge?
Be sure to check in with the Schedule Changes Desk as soon as you realize you've lost your badge. Most badges are found by other attendees and turned in to the “lost and found” located at the Schedule Changes Desk. If your badge is not found, a replacement badge will be reissued for $25. 
 
Can I volunteer at the event? 
Yes, we do have a volunteer program. Volunteers work 12 hours total, over the three days of the event and are allowed to attend classes/workshops during their free time providing space is available. Volunteers do not have to pay the conference registration fees. Volunteers cannot register for classes in advance but may line up for and attend classes where space is available. Volunteer positions are limited and applications will be made available on the PMA website in July. For more information, contact Karen Mobilia at karenm@pilatesmethodalliance.org.
 
Is there a place to store my mat and props during lunch and other long breaks?
No, there is no place to store your belongings during breaks. You may be able to leave items at the bell desk, however we strongly discourage bringing any valuables (like expensive jewelry) to the conference. The Pilates Method Alliance and the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. 
 

 


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