It is with great pleasure that the APMA announces the 2018 APMA Retreat to be held in the beautiful Yarra Valley on the 14 - 16 September 2018. We wish to extend an invitation to any interested presenters to participate in the Retreat.
Following the success of our previous national conferences, we expect that the 2018 Retreat will continue to develop the high level of professionalism and quality education of members of the Australian Pilates community. We have always invited highly regarded International and Australian presenters from a variety of backgrounds to ensure a diversity of information and topics for discussion. Our featured high profile International presenters in Maya Aubrey and Siri Dharma Galliano will generate great interest amongst the APMA Membership and wider Pilates Community. Conferences organized in the past by the APMA were sold out with delegates from all over Australia and Australasia.



Maya Aubrey began teaching Pilates in 1991. As a Pilates teacher and movement specialist, her goal is to empower, educate and inspire others to live healthy and fulfilling lives. 

Before teaching Pilates, she was an award winning professional dancer and choreographer for 20 years in Chicago and New York City, 
In 1991 she met Eve Gentry and Michele Larsson in Santa Fe, New Mexico and her love of Pilates began.  She taught for them when they opened the National Pilates Institute that year.  She is honored to be the demonstrator in the first Pilates Mat video ever made.  Maya opened her own studio in Santa Fe in 1993 where she offers teacher training in the classic Pilates repertoire. 
In 2005 she met Eric Franklin who taught her how to work tension and injury free.  The Franklin Method is an effective approach to improving movement potential and health through imagery, touch and experiential anatomy.  She has completed all three levels of the training and incorporates the concepts into her Pilates classes.

When not in the Pilates studio, you will find Maya hiking the mountains in New Mexico or in dance class. 
Maya has taught for the Body/Mind/Spirit conferences, Pilates on Tour, Pilates Method Alliance Conferences, Corebody in Paris, France as well as for the Australian Pilates Method Association.  She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Utah, is a certified level three Franklin Method instructor, and is PMA certified.


Siri Galliano, who began Pilates in Beverly Hills in the ‘80’s, forged a great career sculpting Hollywood movie stars on locations, such as Kill Bill, Star Trek, and The Matrix. 

She began studying classical Pilates with Romana Kryzanowska in 1989, and was certified in 1994. Her students have ranged from Madonna and Sting, to high school students and men in jail. Her passion for the history of Joe Pilates took her to the Isle of Man where she did extensive research on the internment camps of World War 1. 

She has run successful large studios and not only presented at the major fitness conferences of the world in California, Russia and London, but has herself produced ten conferences throughout America. 

Siri is known as the equipment expert and teaches adaption as she travels from country to country and brand to brand.  Siri has been featured in international magazines such as "Life", "Shape", "Self", "People", GQ", "Maternity", "Pilates Style", "W", "Vogue

She maintains a classical home studio in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California.




Returning after a successful presentation at the 2016 APMA Conference, Julia and Kate will be imparting their knowledge on the Pilates Approach to tendons. 

Julia Frankish has been instructing Pilates since 2005 and hold a Level 4 Professional Practitioner qualification with the APMA. Whilst her training is comprehensive, Julia has a specific focus on rehabilitation. Having worked closely with physiotherapists and other practitioners within the industry, as well as having been a dance teacher for 12 years, Julia has an in-depth knowledge of physiology and biomechanics

Kate McGillivray specialises in biomechanical retraining via Pilates-based exercise programs. Following years of classical ballet training Kate completed tertiary studies in both Exercise and Sport Science (majoring in dance) and subsequently a BA of Physiotherapy, and MA of Sports Physiotherapy. Kate has worked extensively at the elite level and is the current Senior Physiotherapist for the Australian Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team. Her extensive elite level experience also includes medical management of dancers and athletes at the Victorian Institute of Sport, Diving Victoria, Australian Ballet, AFL and Tennis Australia.

Since 2008, much of Kate’s elite sports Physiotherapy experience has been with Gymnastics Australia and Gymnastics Victoria as both Australian and Victorian team Physiotherapist, travelling interstate and overseas with the teams. More recently Kate accompanied the Australian team on their successful 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games campaign and 2017 World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal.   


Originally from the UK, Lisa is a former member of the British National Gymnastic Squad. Now based in Sydney, she has been teaching health & fitness for over 20 years. She is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®  & CORE™.  She is also a registered fitness leader  in Australia, an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certified Physiologist and an APMA Level 4 Professional Practitioner Member. Lisa teaches STOTT PILATES courses & workshops in Australia and has her own Pilates studio in Sydney that specializes in private Pilates training


Tracey Nicholson is a Pilates practitioner with extensive experience in education and rehabilitation that has presented at conferences in Australia, the USA and Israel. She has owned and directed her own Pilates Studio for 15 years.

More recently, she became the executive director of Tensegrity Training – a Registered Training Organisation that offers Nationally Accredited Certificate IV & Diploma training in Pilates and a Graduate Certificate in Movement Based Somatic Therapy.

In addition to her national role as an educator, Tracey operates a movement therapy centre on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland – Tensegrity Studio, which uses aspects of the Pilates Method, Garuda, Somatics, Developmental Movement and Laban Movement Analysis, with clients of all ages.


Kym is the Director of Womankind Physiotherapy located in Lower Plenty and Yarrambat. Womankind Physiotherapy is dedicated to optimising health in women specifically pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, prolapse, pregnancy, continence, sexual pain and breastfeeding conditions such as mastitis.

She is a teacher at LaTrobe University Physiotherapy School for the Gender Specific Studies and the Vice President of the Continence Foundation of Australia Victorian Physiotherapy Group. She is a teacher on the Lactating Breast Course for Physiotherapists educating physiotherapists across Australia and internationally on the management of mastitis and inflammatory breast conditions.

In 2015 she developed an Active Birth Skills Workshop to empower couples for labour, birth and physical recovery. Kym has a background in classical ballet and pilates and trained with the Australian Ballet School’s junior and senior associate program through her teenage years. Kym has two young daughters and in her spare time, she likes to exercise, and spend time with her family.


Hillary has over 18 years experience as a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor. In 2017 she completed post graduate training in pelvic health from The University of Melbourne. Hillary is passionate about using education and exercise therapy to improve the quality of life for those with pelvic health dysfunction. 

Hillary has instructed nationally and internationally on the lactating breast course for health professionals. Hillary is the owner and director of Inform Physiotherapy and Pilates with 3 locations around the Melbourne area including Fairfield, Coburg and Carlton. 



Over the years, Michelle Redman has specialised in a number of areas (Personal training, yoga. Nia, meditation, nutrition, Pilates,nursing, art/sculpting) and now gets to blend the learnings from all these disciplines into her practice and teaching as a ‘movement therapist’. The overlapping skills complement each other, with movement being at the heart of each. And Michelle's focus is on finding the unique mix of what your body needs, because each of our bodies differ, as do our interests.


Celeste Bruce is the owner of Soul Pilates (formerly Pilates Based Physicalmind Studio South Melbourne) established in South Melbourne in 2001. With over 20 years industry experience, Celeste previously studied dance in Australia and the United States, and has travelled widely teaching body conditioning and anatomy and physiology for dancers, as well as delivering community lectures on osteoarthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis and disease prevention from a Pilates perspective. As a qualified Pilates instructor, she is certified with the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) and Polestar Pilates, and is on the board of the APMA. Celeste’s continuing ambition is to educate and encourage all people to exercise more wisely, for the benefit of the mind, the body and the spirit.