Pilates at The Pillow™


Pilates at the Pillow™ is a three-day conference for pilates teachers at the historic Jacob’s Pillow and at Joe’s original studio in Becket, MA. Created by Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing, Pilates at The Pillow™ was developed to research and define and refine the standard of The Art and Science of Contrology through workshops based on archival documentation and scientific research.

Pilates at The Pillow™, The Pilates Source™, and Sean Gallagher are working to fulfill the vision Joe had for the study of his method and use of his property in the Berkshires- for the first time in history, Joe’s wishes are coming to fruition, thanks to teachers like you from all lineages who remain curious and devoted to upholding, learning, and teaching his method as he intended.  The Pilates Source is excited to provide the opportunity for pilates teachers from around the world to study and practice together in this historic location.


Pilates at the Pillow is Dedicated to Pilates and Its History with Events Focused On:

Re-Introducing Lost Apparatus

Pilates at The Pillow is known for being first in the pilates world to re-introduce lost apparatus, invented by Joe, as well as his teachings that have not been taught since he passed over 50 years ago. We do this both in workshop and experiential forms and incorporate both original apparatus and reproductions. 

These workshops and experiences, along with lectures on science and history that support Joe’s original writings and teachings, make for a truly unique study and practice of The Art and Science of Contrology™. 

Fall 2018

  • The Archival Ped-o-Pul (workshop)
  • The Resister (workshop)
  • The Original Bednasium (experience)

Spring 2019

  • The Benchmat (workshop)
  • The Original Folding Mat (experience)
  • The Bednasium (experience)
  • The Archival Ped-o-Pul (experience)
  • The Resister (experience)
  • Standing Arm Springs From the Outside Wall of Joe’s Studio (experience)

Fall 2019

  • The Original Toe Corrector (workshop)
  • The Resister (workshop)
  • The Bednasium (experience)
  • Joe’s Original Dice Game (experience)
  • The Archival Ped-o-Pul (experience)
  • Standing Arm Springs From the Outside Wall of Joe’s Studio (experience)

Supporting Community Interest in Joe’s Original Method

Pilates at The Pillow and The Pilates Source have initiated the recent resurgence of interest within the pilates community to learn about Joe’s original method by providing attendees with many different opportunities at the conference. 

  • never-before available tours of Joe’s original property and studio
  • historical lectures on Joe’s history at Jacob’s Pillow
  • private viewing of film footage and photos from both Sean Gallagher’s Pilates Archive Collection and The Jacob’s Pillow Archives.
  • mat classes in the Jacob’s Pillow tea garden- the same place where Joe famously taught
  • Pilates 34 in 34: a mat class based on notes from a young dancer who documented exactly what Joe said and taught, including a different order and different exercises
  • reproductions of Joe’s original exercise charts for each apparatus workshop we teach, to provide each participant with documented proof that they can take back to their studio and apply to their teaching right away.

Listen to the Interviews

In these three interviews with Darien from the “All Things Pilates” radio show, Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing discuss Pilates at The Pillow™, the project to restore Joe’s original Studio, historical pilates, the archival Ped-o-Pul, and The Resister!

SEPT 27-29, 2019


Now accepting applications. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

A three-day weekend conference for pilates teachers at the historic Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at Joe’s original studio in Becket, MA. Be one of 40 teachers from around the world to study at The Pilates Source™.


Pilates at the Pillow is held at the Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts where Joe Pilates taught his historical and now-famous mat classes and had a studio on his nearby property. Once a hard-scrabble mountaintop farm, Jacob’s Pillow is now a home for international dance. 

Perles Family Studio

Most workshops and classes are held in the gorgeous, new Perles Family Studio.

Joseph Pilates Becket Studio

Experience Joseph Pilates’ original studio (currently being renovated) where workshops and tours take place. 

An amazing feeling – to go to The Pilates Source™ and stand where Joe stood!

Recaps from the 2018 Pilates at the Pillow™

Finding the Original Pilates Home Mat

Here is a little more info about the “Replica of The Joseph Pilates Original Home Mat” by Elena...

Replica of the Original Joseph Pilates Home Mat

Pilates at The Pillow(™) is excited to announce our collaboration with Elena Bartley and her...

Kira Lamb’s Why Joseph Pilates’ Legacy Will Live Forever

Kira Lamb, a certified pilates instructor, licensed massage therapist, and writer, writes about...

Pilates at The Pillow Silent Auction Thank You

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to the silent auction we held at Pilates at The Pillow....

Pilates at The Pillow 2018 Recap and Thank You

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the inaugural Pilates at The Pillow event! Together we...

Recap: The Lost Art of The Ped-o-Pul

Teaching my workshop, The Lost Art of The Ped-o-Pul at Pilates at The Pillow™ was a fantastic...

Pilates at The Pillow Recap: Sean Gallagher’s Workshops and Mat Class

We were fortunate to have Sean Gallagher’s workshops, expertise, and knowledge presented at...

The Bednasium Recap

A highlight at Pilates at The Pillow™ was Joseph Pilates original Bednasium on display and...

The Lost Art of The Resister Workshop Recap

At Pilates at The Pillow I had an incredible opportunity to teach two unique workshops. Most...

Elaine Ewing on the Radio: All Things Pilates

Check out Elaine’s most recent interview on Darien Gold’s radio show, All Things Pilates, where...


The Resister

The Resister, brought to you by Pilates Lineage and The New York Pilates Studio! Presented for the first time since Joe was alive at Pilates at The Pillow in Joe’s Original Studio by Elaine Ewing’s workshop, “The Lost Art of The Resister.” A true piece of pilates history!

The Ped-o-pul

Replicated from an original, the Ped-o-pul is now available and ready to add to your authentic pilates studio. The Ped-o-Pul as Joe designed it and used in his studio is truly a brilliantly designed apparatus, with deliberately functional features. 

The Bench Mat

The Original Mat

Praise for Pilates at the Pillow™

Any questions? Please email all questions to info@rhinebeckpilates.com.