Yoga and Pilates retreats in Europe and England

liz and beateWe met over 20 years ago at a dance class. Our passion for movement and mind body spirit develelopment ignited our long standing friendship. Over the years we have gone on to share skills from rock climbling, contact dance, circus skills and of course our passion for yoga and Pilates. In one instance many of our skills were combined in an aerial dance performance on a climbing wall in Sheffield! (see our biographies)

Our love of teaching, warm sunny places and of each other inspired the idea to run retreats together. We have now been running retreats since 2008 in Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Morocco and Spain.

On our past retreats we have catered both to the novice as well as to advanced practitioners and we have had both Pilates and yoga teachers as our guests. We aim to facilitate appropriate challenges and create a nurturing environment for deepening individuals personal practice and experience.

We also welcome non participating partners who want to come along for the holiday and company on all our retreats.

"I really enjoyed spending a week letting go of the cares and worries of the outside world. Tigmi provides the right environment and you provide the excellent teachingthat helos to push the boundaries for me." Sue, Tigmi 2016

All our retreats have an emphasis on a healthy and balanced diet that supports the bodywork during the week.  Equally it should be a delight for the senses, so we make sure our catering is excellent wholesome cooking.  Special diets can be catered for.

"The food was made with love and attention"  Ginny
"Nutritious and delicious. I'd love to eat like this back home"  Helen

Bea and Liz

  Beate Fritzching and Liz Chandler

This is us in Quinta Mimosa, Portugal on our first retreat venue.

About Bea

Originally from Darmstadt, Bea studied circus and theatre in the UK (Circomedia and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). She came to Yoga during her time as a trapeze artist and physical theatre performer. Yoga quite literally put her feet back on the ground, and she found a sense of home-coming in the practice of yoga, which offered both physical discipline and emotional and mental release. She has been practicing ever since which is 30 years now and teaching since 2006. Bea graduated with the British Wheel of Yoga as a Diploma teacher and has completed other teacher trainings, Anusara and Yin Yoga. Her main styles are Hatha Vinyasa and Yin. Teaching Yoga in London’s financial district allowed her to gain experience of working with highly stressed out clients with different levels of burnout. Since returning to Germany in 2011 Bea teaches full time as a yoga instructor and lecturer in the mind body field. Having a thorough understanding of the body as well as a deep connection to the philosophical side of Yoga informs her work.  She is certified by the German health insurances, member of the BDY.  Her students like her sense of humour, relaxed attitude and precision in her instructions.  She has also practiced Pilates for many years and believes Yoga and Pilates are a dream team.

Certifications and intensives:

BWY Teaching Diploma 2006 500 hrs
Yoga Nidra Teacher, Swami Satyaprakash 2007

Pregnancy Teaching Diploma British Wheel 2008

Teaching Meditation with Swami Saradananda 2006-10

Anusara Immersion 100hrs with Ross Raeburn, Zhenja la Rosa, Jayendra Henley and Bridget Kramer-Woods. 2010

Anusara teacher training with Bridget Kramer-Woods and Jayendra Henley.2010,2011.  200 hrs

Member of The British Wheel of Yoga and BdY Bund der Yogalehrenden in Deutschland e.V.

Yoga Teacher Trainer at Campus Naturalis, Berlin

Studio owner from 2015-2019

Pilates mat trainer, certified with aeronet in 2016, Berlin

Yoga Psychology coach, trained with the institute of Yoga Psychology in Berlin from 2020-2022




About Liz

Originally from California, Liz Chandler came to Pilates from a professional contemporary dance background. With a BA in Dance from the University of California (UCLA) she went on to perform professionally with companies in both the US and the UK. She has taught and lectured in dance for 16 years including; Bath City College and the University of Bath, England. Liz was head of fitness at Circomedia, Centre for Circus and Performing Arts for 11 years. She has been teaching Pilates for almost 20 years having trained with both Body Control Pilates and with Suzanne Scott and the Pilates Foundation.

Known for her attention to detail and ability to explain and translate movement clearly, she will inspire you with her genuine love and knowledge of the practice to help you improve everyday movements and performance, as well as helping to relieve pain.

Liz is a Pilates educator, known as a teacher’s teacher, she develops and presents continuing education workshops around the UK. She presents at conferences for the Pilates Foundation UK, Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and IPTA.

She presently teaches Pilates at her studios Pure Moves, Frome, She taught at The Scott Studios, Castle Cary for eight years and has worked for Bath Rugby teaching Pilates to premier players for both performance enhancement and rehab settings.

Liz is passionate about learning and continues with her own training in Pilates, yoga, anatomy and movement development yearly in the US and UK. These include teachers such as  Marie-Jose Blom, Tom Myers, Madeline Black, etc. Most recently, completed Gary Ward's, AiM Course (Anatomy in motion).