At the Essence of Living Academy we are committed to producing the most outstanding Pilates teachers. Our Pilates teachers are trained in the latest techniques, with a focus on providing the best support for students. Essence of Living Pilates teachers are well respected and sought after within the Pilates industry.

The Essence of Living Pilates Level 1 teacher training takes place at the Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat on the stunning Gold Coast, Australia and The Live Life Well Studio in Melbourne, Australia. Our training program truly over delivers, providing you with 300 hours of training, including 194 of face-to-face learning. This course is approved for 15 CEC’s from Fitness Australia. Find out course dates, requirements and a course overview below.

Gold Coast Course

26th September – 15th November 2020
Lectures and training: 8 weekends, Saturday & Sunday, 8.00am – 3:00pm
Where: Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat

Save $384! Early bird ends 14th August 2020.

22nd February – 15 March 2021
Lectures and training: 16 days, Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 3:00pm
Where: Essence of Living Tallebudgera Valley Retreat

Save $384! Early bird ends 8th January 2021.

Participation: 40 scheduled classes (included in course cost)

Observations: 6 classes

Or reserve your spot by emailing or calling 07 5526 6600

Melbourne Course

Starting Thursday March 5, 2020

16 full Days total:

  • Thurs 5th Mar – Sun 8th Mar (4 days)
  • Sat 14th Mar – Fri 20th Mar (7 days)
  • Mon 23rd Mar – Fri 27th Mar (5 days)

Lectures and training: include 90 minute class with Cara

Where: Live Life Well Studio, Level 1, 409 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea, VIC, 3196  

Participation: 40 scheduled classes  (included in course cost).

Observations: 6 classes

Or reserve your spot by emailing or calling (03) 9773 9486

Course Cost

$3184. Early bird $2800! (Payment plans available. Click here for more information.).  Combine Yoga Teacher Training with the Pilates Teacher Training to receive a $1000 discount of combined total.

The course cost includes all all required classes (participation, observation and assists), workshops (with your course facilitators and guest experts), course workbooks and a studio branded singlet.

All EOL Pilates Graduates receive 20% discount: Barre & 25hr Master Trainings!

You can find our refund and cancellation policy here.

Course Outline

Group Pilates Training
      • Develop a broad knowledge of Pilates exercises and adjustments
      • Instruct core, back, legs, buttocks and arm strengthening exercises
      • Apply safe sequencing, teaching method, adjustments and assists for core, back, legs, buttocks, arm strengthening exercises
      • Instruct and monitor Pilates programs
      • Plan and deliver group Pilates sessions
      • Deliver approved community Pilates programs
Anatomy and Physiology
      • Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a Pilates context
Exercise Programming
      • Plan and deliver Pilates programs
      • Plan and deliver an endurance athlete Pilates program
      • Undertake long term Pilates programming
      • Apply exercise science principles to planning Pilates exercise
      • Plan and deliver personal Pilates training
Special Populations
      • Develop and apply an awareness of specific populations to Pilates delivery
      • Plan and deliver Pilates to older clients with managed conditions
      • Work collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals
      • Interact effectively with children
      • Plan and deliver exercise to apparently healthy children and adolescents
Equipment use
      • Maintain Pilates equipment for activities
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
      • Follow occupational health and safety policies
      • Undertake risk analysis of activities
      • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
Client Screening
      • Provide Pilates orientation and health screening
      • Undertake client health assessment
      • Apply motivational psychology to provide guidance on exercise behaviour and change to meet health and wellness goals
      • Undertake appraisals of functional movement
Business Skills
      • Market small Pilates business
      • Undertake small Pilates business planning
      • Plan a home-based Pilates business
      • Plan small Pilates business finances
      • Provide healthy eating information to clients in accordance with recommended guidelines
      • Plan and deliver Pilates programs to support desired body composition outcomes
Workplace Relations
      • Provide quality service in the Pilates industry
      • Work effectively in sport and recreation environments


In order to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to be a pilates teacher, there are a number of assessments required as a part of the course.

      • 40 class participations (can be signed off before course commencement)
      • 6 class observation reports
      • 4 one hour class deliveries (with your fellow teacher trainees)
      • Business Plan (including market research)
      • 2 written exams
      • 2 reflective essays/book reports
      • Develop client screening appraisal
      • Personal Development plan

Many of these pieces of assessment will be delivered during your training, however you do have a total of 6 months to complete all of your assessment.

Required reading

There are a number of books required to complete the course, these will be referenced within the training. You do not have to read them cover to cover before training commences.

      • Return to Life –  Through Contrology by Joseph Pilates
      • The Pilates Method –  Physical and Mental Conditioning by Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen
      • Pilates Anatomy – Rael Isacowitz & Karen Clippinger

Online retailers we suggest to find your materials include Book Depository, Amazon and AbeBooks. Fishpond.

A typical day at Essence of Living Pilates Teacher Training

8.00am – 9.00am
Pilates class/ workshop
9.00am – 9.30am
9:30am – 11.30am
Teaching techniques or sequencing.
11.30am – 12.00pm
Lunch break
12.00pm – 3.00pm

Course Facilitators


Michelle Cassidy is the founder and operator of Essence of Living Yoga & Pilates studio and Teacher Training Academy on the Gold Coast. After first discovering Yoga and Pilates at the young age of 16, Michelle knew this was her calling and she wanted to share both the spiritual and physical benefits of the practice with others.

Michelle Cassidy

Primary Facilitator

Erin had been teaching Physical Education and Chemistry in high schools for several years since completing a graduate entry Bachelor of Education (following a Bachelor of Exercise Science). It is this wealth of hands on experience in the classroom which gives Erin the ability to make anatomy and physiology accessible to teacher trainees.

Erin Bourne


Jema Lee is a nutritional educator, wellness coach, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and self-health teacher. Known for her integrity, warmth, ability to communicate a sometimes overwhelming topic and her no-gimmick approach.

Jema Krause


Dr. Rama Prasad has taught, presented and practiced Ayurveda internationally for over 25 years. Dr. Prasad's presentation style is an absorbing with pure devotion and a strong sense of logic. He promotes Ayurveda education with science and common sense so that students and practitioners get an accurate understanding of its principles and application.

Dr Rama Prasad


Tara is an ex professional dancer who travelled around the world pursuing her passion. She represented Australia in sports aerobics, competing with the Aikin dance academy before completing her Pilates and barre teacher training with Essence in 2012.

Tara Coggan

Course Facilitator