Thursday, November 18, 2010


Alycea Ungaro, celebrated author, celebrity trainer and wellness expert, will host Real Wellness, a private island retreat in Nicaragua, in partnership with BigWorldSmallPlanet. Real Wellness will take place here at Jicaro Island Ecolodge from January 29 to February 4, 2011. Jicaro’s eco-luxury accommodations offer the perfect refuge for relaxation and renewal; designed in harmony with nature, the fully appointed guest suites provide an exceptional experience within the lush tropical forest.

Developed by Ungaro, the retreat is based upon her signature Principles of Wellness. Attendees will experience an immersion of healthy eating, exercise and wellness training, lead by Ungaro, who is known for motivating some of the world’s leading A-list celebrities at her Tribeca studio, Real Pilates in New York City.

In addition to a twice-daily Pilates practice with Ungaro, each day, students will be guided through the teachings taken from her soon to be released book, The Pilates Practice Companion. Her Six Principles, Commit, Construct, Commence, Connect, Concentrate, and Comply serve as the framework for the workouts, as well as all meals and activities as the week unfolds.

During the retreat, each student’s health and wellness goals will be established. Since the program was created to forge a foundation for sustainable and realistic lifestyle changes, customized take-home workouts and nutritional planning will be created for each participant. Through a combination of nutrition and learning, the group will gain knowledge that translates to life-changing possibilities for health and well-being.

Breakfast and lunch are served à la carte and dinner is a choice of fresh daily specials created by the chef. The menu includes some of southwest Nicaragua’s finest cuisine. Jicaro uses only organic vegetables and fruit, and the restaurant prides itself on the selection of fresh seasonal fish from the sea and locally farmed chicken and beef.

Alycea Ungaro has been practicing Pilates for 20 years. She is a Fitness Magazine advisory board member; author of several best-selling Pilates titles including Portable Pilates, Pilates: Body in Motion, and The Pilates Promise, some of which are available in 17 languages worldwide; a certified Physical Therapist; and the founder and owner of Real Pilates, the largest studio in New York City solely dedicated to the Pilates practice. Privately, her celebrity clientele includes Madonna, Uma Thurman, Kyra Sedgwick, Christy Turlington, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Claire Danes, Molly Sims, Matthew Modine and Russell Brand. Alycea’s personal mission is to make Pilates available to everyone regardless of age, fitness level, or geographic location. To that end, Alycea has created Pilates products in every possible medium. Photo of Alycea courtesy of Tanzie Johnson Photography.


For detailed retreat information and registration, please visit:

December 29, 2010 – January 4, 2011. Gravity & Grace: Resistance As Your Inner Teacher with Peter Sterios. By minimizing unnecessary effort and focusing attention in to the subtle forces of Gravity & Grace, the voice of the inner teacher is uncovered.

January 8 – 14, 2011. Celebration of Nia & Wine with Mona Melms. Nia is an innovative workout integrating 9 movement forms based on dance arts, martial arts and healing arts, inspiring you to find tremendous joy in moving your body…barefoot…in the tropics.

February 5-11, 2011. livWHOLE with Jennifer Galardi. Many of us have been operating on automatic; eat, work, gym, sleep, rinse, repeat. Jennifer guides each participant to take a look at wellness as a whole instead of the sum of its many parts.

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