Some recent events and awards:



Finally the Joe & Clara Video is available via streaming!

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historic video

This video, outstanding in letting us know Joe and Clara, is made up of films taken of Joe and Clara themselves and clients between the years 1932-1945. Reels and reels of these vintage films were given to Mary Bowen at the opening of her larger studio YOUR OWN GYM in 1981 in Northampton, MA. Ten years later Mary studied all the reels of footage choosing out the best examples for compiling this Historical Pilates DVD on Joe, Clara, clients and friends, 1932-45. During this time period Joe was in his prime, 49-62. This video remains a Pilates historical treasure.

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Mary Bowen ~ Joe Pilates student and creator of Pilates Plus Psyche
Darien Gold’s ALL THINGS PILATES (2021)
Listen on Apple Podcasts


BBC World Service – Sporting Witness
BBC world service logo
Nine minute radio interview with Mary about
her early days with Joe Pilates in New York City

Deborah Lessen Award
“Presented to MARY BOWEN in recognition of your outstanding service and dedication to the Pilates Method Alliance.”
Nov. 5, 2015 –Denver, Colorado
PMA Pilates Method Alliance

Certificate of Merit
Certificate of Merit
PIA – Pilates in Asia – 2015
Awarded to Mary Bowen
Representative of Pilates in Asia

20th Anniversary Award of Appreciation
20th Anniversary Award of Appreciation
BCP, Body Control Pilates in London
Body Control
“As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, Body Control Pilates expresses its sincerest appreciation to MARY BOWEN in recognition of your immeasurable contribution to the development of a global recognition for Pilates, something Joe could only have dreamt of.

Your work, passion and commitment have provided an inspiration to Body Control Pilates teachers and students throughout the world. We thank you!”

Lynne Robinson
Founder and Director
September 26th 2015, London

Past Workshops and Events in the US and Worldwide


April 7-9, 2017 – Ashville, North Carolina – 3 days of sharing workshop teaching with Wendy Arbuckle at her new home/studio in Asheville. Mary Bowen and Wendy titled their combined workshops “A Journey to Wholeness: Continuing to grow as a Pilates practitioner as you are growing in your own journey to your whole Self”! Read More..

June 1-5 – Fribourg, Switzerland for Iva Mazzoleni, 4 days of Pilates Plus Psyche Privates with Mary 3-6 hours each, June 1,2,4,5 (Thurs., Fri, Sun, Mon). On Saturday, June 3, Mary presents a full day workshop on “Breathing for Life” drawing on her 58 years of both Pilates Plus Psyche. (Mary is a Jungian psychoanalyst – 47 years in practice as well as the most senior Pilates Elder, 42 years teaching Pilates).

June 24  – Westport, Connecticut – Sunday at Fran Hoyt’s Pilates Saugatuck Studio, 17 Bridge Square. Phone: 203-807-8160. Mary will offer by request “Are You Dreaming?”

July 14-15 – Walpole, Maine with Tom Myers. This is Tom and Mary’s first time teaching together. The subject: “The Search for Wholeness – Moving into the Moment.” Mary brings Pilates Plus Psyche, addressing both the conscious and the unconscious and Tom brings his world of fascia & Anatomy Trains. Address: 318 Clarks Cove Road, Walpole, Maine 04573. Phone: 888-546-3747. Be ready to laugh!

August 10-13 – Los Angeles, California for Jillian Hessel, Risa Sheppard, and Cheryl Montelle. Thursday and early Friday Mary will offer a variety of private hour and a half sessions: Pilates Only – Psyche Only – Pilates Plus Psyche. Mary is not only Pilates’ most senior Pilates Elder (58 years living Pilates, 42 years teaching it) she is also a Jungian psychoanalyst, 47 years and ongoing. Since 1995 her two specialties combined in her approach to engage the whole person, the conscious and the unconscious in Pilates work which has become her signature contribution to the Pilates worldwide community: “PILATES PLUS PSYCHE.” Read More..

September 25-27 – Minneapolis, Minnesota for Nancy Anderson of Centerspace Pilates, 3208 Irving Avenue and Jill Dupslaff. In a return engagement after 5 years Mary will offer “An Evening with Mary Bowen and the History of Pilates,” 2 days of workshops and as many privates as are possible. Phone: 612-272-6080.

Oct. 25-28 – Indian Wells, CA – PMA’s 17th Annual Conference Wednesday, October 25th for the Pre-Conference Mary will offer a 4 hour workshop on “Pilates and Your Creativity” and Thursday, the 25th for the regular conference 2 hours for this year’s original subject for “Pilates Plus Psyche: Your HEAD in Pilates.” Location: Renaissance Indian Wells Resort Spa in Indian Wells, California (Palm Springs). Phone: 760-773-4494.

Dec 1-2 – New York City, NY – Power Pilates for Ali Matlock. Mary will spend two full days with the teachers of Power Pilates, giving some privates, duos, small workshops and a seminar on “How knowing typology, your own and your clients, can change and help your Pilates clients and your teaching..


May 10-13 – Seville, Spain – The Second International Pilates Conference in Seville hosted by Jose Manuel Rodriguez Osto and Oscar Cordo Fernandez.

Mary will present two three hour sessions each day for four days, beginning with a full day for the other presenters on Thursday, May 10 before the official opening of the conference on the 11th. Friday evening the 11th she will address the whole conference with “An Evening with Mary Bowen and the History of Pilates.” (3 cecs for attendance). Read More..

2016 Workshops:

Aug. 25-28, 2016Forestburg, NY, Catskill Mountains – TARU Festival – Pilates, Yoga, Dance with Bianca Velez.
Sept. 23-25, 2016 – Melbourne, Australia – Australian Pilates Method Association. Mary presented 12 hours of workshops over 3 days
Oct. 27-30, 2016Phoenix, Arizona, PMA – Mary presented 2 workshops. A pre-conference on 10/27, 4 hours, on the “Cadillac, the Best Massage Tool Ever” and on 10/28 for the main conference “Pilates Plus Psyche: Chronic Tension in Pilates.”
Dec. 8,9,10, 12, 13, 2016Dubai – Mary presented a special “Evening with Mary Bowen and the History of Pilates” plus two full days, one day on the Spine and Breathing (Friday) and Pilates Plus Psyche for Saturday, Jungian Typology and its practical helpfulness in teaching and/or learning Pilates.

about Mary group photo

Photo taken 2015 at Opening Assembly of the Pilates Method Alliance in Denver, Colorado. Four awards were given, two posthumously by Kyria (second from eft) for Pilates Elder, Ron Fletcher, the other by Blossom at the far right for Elder Kathy Grant. In the middle accepting awards are Mary Bowen and to her left Lolita San Miguel, the last two still teaching Pilates Elders. Deborah Lessen is at the far left. She is one of the Founders of PMA. The awards were given in her name.

Learn about the ultimate mind body connection – “Pilates Plus Psyche

“Mary is the most senior Pilates Elder and Master Teacher who knew and studied with Joseph Pilates and Clara”