Pilates at The Pillow™


September 2018 marked the inaugural event, Pilates at The Pillow™: The New Science and Lost Art of Joe’s Work! Pilates at the Pillow™ was a three-day weekend event for pilates teachers at the historic Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at Joe’s original studio in Becket, MA.

Created by Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing, the conference was developed to explore and maintain the art and science of Joe’s original work, with information being presented that had not been taught since Joe passed over 50 years ago. The conference also introduced the archival Ped-o-Pul and the newly recreated Resister: two apparatus original to Joseph Pilates and previously unavailable in the pilates community.  These workshops, along with lectures based on science, history, and Joe’s original writings and teachings, made for a truly unique experiencial study of The Art and Science of Contrology™.

The conference fulfilled Joe’s vision for the study of his method in the Berkshires and the opportunity for pilates teachers to study and practice together. Future workshops will be offered in the spring and fall of 2019. 


Want to hear more about Pilates at The Pillow™?

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!

Listen to “Archival Pilates” with Elaine Ewing, recorded on 6/24/2018 (24:48)

Listen to “Pilates at the Pillow™” with Elaine Ewing, recorded on 10/14/2018 (24:27)

Listen to “Sean Gallagher, Physical Therapist/Pilates Instructor” recorded on 8/26/18 (25:56)


Come join us, with only 40 participants for a few days of total pilates immersion and spend a weekend enjoying the camaraderie of discussing, learning, and being involved in the past, present and future of Pilates.

APRIL 26-28, 2019


A weekend based on a thorough and amazing study and practice of a variety of mat work sequences and different mats as apparatus that Joe invented, taught, and practiced.

SEPT 27-29, 2019


Invitation until June 2019; Application June-Sept 2019

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. The Lost Art of The Resister Part 2 will be covered, further details and topics TBA.


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. 

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