Narelle Jones and Libby Mason are excited to welcome guests to their Pilates retreat.
Narelle Jones and Libby Mason are excited to welcome guests to their Pilates retreat.

Pair’s Pilates passion brought to life in retreat

A QUEST to ease chronic pain led two like-minded women into a Pilates journey they are now sharing in an intimate retreat.

Libby Mason and Narelle Jones transformed their lives through the physical and mental benefits of the technique and are determined to empower others in the Coast's first three-day Pilates escape in the Mapleton hinterland.

Narelle Jones and Libby Mason teaching Pilates at a recent retreat.
Narelle Jones and Libby Mason teaching Pilates at a recent retreat.

Guests will start their day off with a silent sunrise walk before a weekend of delicious meals, meditation and nature walks in some of the region's most serene locations.

Ms Jones hoped their guests would leave feeling reconnected and rejuvenated.

"Our aim is for our guests to enjoy four days of being looked after, so they can take time out, let go of all the roles they play on a daily basis and just be," she said.

The pair took up their individual Pilates journey to ease chronic back pain, and met years later while studying before starting their business, Inspire Balance Pilates Retreats.

Narelle Jones and Libby Mason are excited to welcome guests to their Pilates retreat.
Narelle Jones and Libby Mason are excited to welcome guests to their Pilates retreat.

"Pilates is so much more than exercise, it is a physical meditation that helps connect the emotional, mental and physical parts of ourselves," Ms Mason said.

Despite an array of retreat options all over the country, they said Pilates and wellness retreats were rare.

"It educates and empowers us to manage physical conditional and chronic pain to improve the quality of our lives," she said.

A Pilates retreat group sit on a circle enjoying the sunshine at a recent retreat.
A Pilates retreat group sit on a circle enjoying the sunshine at a recent retreat.

The Spring Pilates Escape will be held in October, with a summer retreat to follow in February.

They are suitable for all people with or without experience with optional activities including massages and free-time.

For more information, visit www.pilatesretreats.com.au.