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Passing the Torch Mentoring Program

Balanced Body's Passing the Torch™
Mentoring Program

Individualized Pilates Teacher Training
Beverly Hills, CA

2015 Sessions (March & May)

See our
Promotional Video

Images from the
March 2014 intensive

Images from the
May 2014 intensive

Level I Sessions:

Friday 3/13/2015 – Tuesday 3/17/2015
Friday 5/15/2015 – Tuesday 5/19/2015

Level II Session:

Friday 8/21/2015 – Tuesday 8/25/2015

To learn more about these sessions
or to apply online, please visit the
Balanced Body website.

Could Jillian Become Your Mentor?

Certified Pilates Teachers...

Are you searching for an experienced mentor to broaden your scope of knowledge, and help you create your own unique business approach? Travel to beautiful Los Angeles to study with 2nd-generation teacher Jillian Hessel for an intensive 5-day immersion program, and continue to work with her as your mentor throughout the year! Upon completion of the Program, a Certificate of Completion will be issued by Balanced Body, and Continuing Educational Credits offered by the Pilates Method Alliance.

In Jillian's Own Words

As a hybrid of the masters, I have studied in depth with 1st-generation teachers Kathy Grant, Carola Trier, and Ron Fletcher as well as taken workshops with Eve Gentry, Romana Krysanowa, Lolita San Miguel, and Mary Bowen. By doing so, I have been passing on the teachings and techniques of the very people that shaped Pilates into its present form; and through them, the wisdom of Joseph Pilates himself has been passed to me.

Over the past 35 years, I have taught Pilates using a range of techniques and have run my own business, The Well-Tempered Workout, Inc., since 1988. To this day, as a former professional ballet dancer and current avid yogini, I continue to instruct wellness through Pilates.

My book, Pilates Basics, is often used as a reference for beginning Pilates teachers, and I have published articles in Pilates Style Magazine and IDEA Pilates Today, among others. I am featured in videos produced by Gaiam, International and have published my own line of DVDs and handbooks for Pilates teachers. In addition, I have several classes up and running on Pilates Anytime.

Now it's my turn to take the knowledge gleaned from more than three decades of teaching and pass it on to the next generation of Pilates teachers! My courses will be small and individualized; but a big part of the training is the opportunity to be mentored by me throughout the year, not only as a teacher but as a business owner. Students can make requests to cover material of particular interest.


  • You are NOT required to take Session I before Session II.
  • You MUST be a Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT).
  • This is a continuing education course, NOT a certification course.
  • You MUST register through the Balanced Body website, as this is their mentoring program and they handle all the details, set pricing, etc.
  • You will receive both continuing education credits and a certificate through Balanced Body upon completion of either course.


There are three separate 5-day courses offered in March, May, and August of 2015. March and May dates are intended to be a repeat of Session I (same general course material), but Session II in August will be different. Since these sessions are considered to be continuing education, you do NOT have to attend Session I first in order to attend Session II. Each course is complete in and of itself, and each student will receive a CEC certificate from Balanced Body upon completion of any course. See below for programme details.

The number of students required by Balanced Body for each course is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8, so our groups will be small and personalized. Balanced Body requires that you fill out an application first. (From Jillian's course page, just click on "How to Apply" in the main menu on the left, and follow the instructions.) Once you are approved, you may register for the course of your choice.

The sessions will be held in Beverly Hills, CA, and the cost for each 5-day session is US$1,775.00. My passion is teaching, and I look forward to sharing my lifetime of experience with my Passing the Torch students!


Programme Details



Session I

Fri., March 13, 2015
Tues., March 17, 2015


Session repeated
Fri., May 15, 2015
Tues., May 19, 2015

Retreat: Los Angeles, California, is a spectacular vacation destination near stunning beaches and mountains. This program is an urban retreat, and we will take full advantage of the outdoors. Our sessions will take place (weather permitting) in a lovely garden setting amidst flowers, trees, and grass. We will have access to all Pilates apparatus, and we will work out-of-doors as much as possible. Optional hikes in the nearby Hollywood Hills, along with guided group meditation, will be part of the program.

Inspire: 2nd-generation teacher Jillian Hessel has been teaching Pilates for over 35 years, and was extremely lucky to have 1st-generation teachers Kathy Grant, Carola Trier, and Ron Fletcher as her mentors. You will have ample opportunity to learn from a "Hybrid of the Masters," and tap into her wealth of expertise and knowledge as you re-formulate and evolve your own personal teaching style to suit your personal vision and the needs of your clients.

Review: Carola Trier always began each session with a Posture Analysis. We will review Client Assessment, to ensure you are designing optimal workouts and progressions with your clients.

Renew: Kathy Grant was a dancer, and dancers believe in warm-ups. Renew your knowledge of Pilates Basics: Jillian has evolved her own Pre-Pilates warmup, the B.E.A.M. Fundamentals, which form the foundation of all the Pilates Repertory.

Recharge: Even committed Pilates teachers need to find a fresh approach to training clients (and ourselves!) day after day, year after year. Ron Fletcher always began his classes with a prayer to his Higher Power, to focus and recharge his teaching and intuition. Actively explore this channel of energy, and learn how it can improve your teaching as well as your clients' receptivity.

Refresh: Enhance your personal Pilates practice in daily group classes, and in a private session for each participant with Jillian. Jillian specializes in hands-on guidance of individual clients, as taught to her by Kathy Grant and Carola Trier. Get a fresh take from a Master Teacher on your own workout, and refresh your hands-on practice for your private clients. Students will also be broken into small groups to practice and teach one another, mentored by Jillian.

Engage: Meet other focused Pilates professionals and share your experiences together. As the Pilates community continues to grow, it is important to network, get new ideas, and learn from your peers. Jillian will lead practical discussions on various topics, including setting professional boundaries with clients, and the challenge of balancing your personal life with your business.

Session II

Fri., Aug. 21, 2015
Tues., Aug. 25, 2015

In Session II we will focus more deeply on how to teach students from special populations, including post re-hab patients and seniors, and corrective exercise for conditions such as scoliosis. We will also take time to discuss different business models, since it is no longer sufficient to be an extraordinary teacher in today's highly competitive fitness world. We need to know how to run a business — and how to market it!

Session II will also be designed to meet the specific needs of the individual participants. Participants are encouraged to bring to the table specific problems or questions about their teaching, or their business, for discussion and problem-solving within the group. Jillian will available for the remainder of 2015 via email or Skype to advise and mentor students completing both Sessions I and II.

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Los Angeles, California
Phone 310.246.0082

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