Colleen Ferguson had her first exposure to Pilates while studying classical ballet growing up in Simsbury, CT. The change she experienced through a regular Pilates practice brought a new level of stability and strength not only to her dancing but to all her athletic endeavors. This transformation sparked her interest in Pilates as a profession. In 2004, she enrolled in a Power Pilates beginning certification in Boston, MA. After graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara in 2007, she spent a year traveling and living in South America where she studied ballet at Julio Bocca and earned a living teaching private clients while residing in Buenos Aires. Upon her return to Santa Barbara she completed the BASI comprehensive certification in 2009 and started working at La Playa Pilates under the mentorship of one of Santa Barbara's premier trainers, Kristin Turner.
Colleen went on to get the esteemed Romana Pilates classical certification, traveling between LA and NYC for a year. Colleen is also extremely active in the international wellness community; after training a private client in France for six months she and travel blogger Georgia Hopkins co-founded the wellness pop up series, "it's healthy here," through which Colleen has trained clients in pop-up locations around the world including Berlin, Portugal, Cote Basque and numerous locations along Australia's eastern coast. Colleen has also been invited to guest teach at the Maderas Village in Nicaragua and Aro Ha wellness retreat in New Zealand. She now has a wellness retreat business called Beautiful Nomad which hosts retreats around the world. Her love for travel, surfing, hiking, dance, cooking and yoga along with her diverse Pilates background complements her integrative approach to health and well-being.