Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat

September 11 – 17, 2017


Luxury Hotels | Guided Runs | Lifestyle Coaching | Wellness Workshops | Gourmet Spanish Tapas

September 11 - 17, 2017

Join us for an amazing week of wellness, wisdom (and wine!) as we run along the Mediterranean coast.

Each day run at a comfortable pace through gorgeous seaside villages and gentle rolling paths and coastal trails. Let clarity and inner wisdom rise to the surface as you run in rhythm with yourself and your surroundings. Each step a step into the future, metaphorically and literally.

Enjoy the company of other like-minded women while sipping wine at sunset and connecting about the journey of life. Invite this trip to be a magical journey of transformation. Release to the sea that which no longer serves you and invite in to your life all your dreams that are yet to be.

Improve your health and wellness while running village to village in Catalonia, Spain

What's Included:

Natural Running Form Clinics

Discover how simple modifications to your running posture and technique can make running feel easier, more comfortable and improve your overall efficiency.

Wellness Workshops

Discover how running can ease anxiety, manage stress, support good sleep, better cognition (problem-solving) and a calmer demeanor.

Daily Guided Runs

Enjoy daily guided runs (ranging from 6 to 9 miles per day) on a mix of surfaces, from dirt pathways to doubletrack trails to beaches, always in the company of your locally based Catalan guide, Pablo, and retreat leader, Heather. Most days you can choose between longer or shorter run options, depending on how you feel.

Gourmet Spanish Tapas

Just as important as great running is great food! Lucky for us, this region of Spain is home to some of the world's top restaurants and innovative chefs. We'll enjoy some of the freshest, most delicious tapas, seafood and wine you've ever tasted, much of it locally grown and prepared by local families.

Support and Camaraderie

Relax into the flow of this running retreat knowing you have the support of your guides, retreat leader and fellow runners. Running means a lot to you; here you'll connect with like-minded runners and forge lasting friendships.

Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat Itinerary

September 11 -17, 2017
Girona - Arab Baths

Day 1   |   Girona

Our program begins at 1:00 p.m., when we gather at Nord 1901 Hotel in the historic city of Girona for an official Retreat Opening Meet and Greet. After introductions and a retreat orientation, we’ll meet our local guide, Pablo, for a 90-minute running tour of Girona’s most historic neighborhoods and viewpoints from ancient walls and towers. Then we return to the hotel, where you have plenty of time to check in and freshen up before we visit one of Girona’s gourmet restaurants for dinner. Overnight at Nord 1901 Hotel, Girona.

Day 2   |  Calella de Palafrugell

After breakfast at the hotel, we take a short drive outside the city to Les Gavarres forest, where we will begin today’s run. Before long, we arrive at the coast and continue our run north to the fishing village of Palafrugell. You’ll have the afternoon free to relax before the first wellness workshop entitled “Running as Medicine” with Heather at the hotel, and then dinner. Tonight we stay at Hotel San Roc, a family run boutique hotel overlooking the Mediterranean.

Day 3  |   Pals

After enjoying a delicious breakfast overlooking the sea, we’ll enjoy a 10-mile run along the coast line. Then we head inland to the medieval town of Pals, ending our run with an opportunity to enjoy locally made paella, Catalonia’s signature seasoned rice dish, followed by some free time to explore Pal’s boutiques and artisans. After a short drive to Begur, we check into our rooms at El Convent, a converted medieval castle, where we’re spending the night. After some free time to settle in, we’ll have the second Wellness Workshop (“Running as Stress Management”) with Heather, followed by dinner in the hotel’s renowned restaurant.

Day 4  |  Cadeques

After breakfast at El Convent, we drive one hour to the nearby town of Roses, situated on the edge of the Parc Natural de Cap de Creus. This wild region of Costa Brava features numerous hidden coves and cliffs, forming a rugged yet beautiful landscape shaped by the elements. Today we run a relatively easy seven miles ending our run in beautiful Cadeques. Here you’ll have the entire afternoon free to explore the village, the our third Wellness Workshop (Running as Empowerment”), before dinner at a local family run restaurant. Overnight at Playa del Sol in Cadeques.

Day 5   |   Cap de Creus Natural Park

This morning we start with a Wellness Workshop before we take a short drive out to the Cap de Creus lighthouse, where we will begin today’s 7-mile run. Along the way the practice the Power Posture and natural running form on the uphill sections, at the end of which we’ll be roundly rewarded for our hard work. Today’s loop run finishes back at our hotel, followed by free time for shopping and our fourth and final wellness workshop (“Running as Meditation”) relaxing before another outstanding dinner at a family run restaurant in  Cadeques. Overnight at Playa del Sol in Cadeques.

Day 6   |   Pere de Rodes Monastery

After breakfast at the hotel, we start our final run of the retreat, a rewarding climb along a ridge overlooking the port town of Port de la Selva, situated on the north cape of Cap de Creus. Now a fishing and tourism destination, Port de la Selva has been inhabited for over a millennium, and is home to numerous archaeological remains. Our run finishes at the imposing 11-century monastery called Pere de Rodes, where we’ll enjoy lunch before embarking on the 1.5-hour drive back to Girona. Over dinner tonight, we’ll officially close the retreat and make the most of our final night of the program. Overnight at Nord 1901 Hotel, Girona.


Day 7   |  Girona + Travel Day

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure at the Hotel Nord 1901, and then you’re free to either explore Girona on your own or begin your return travels to Barcelona and then home. Our hotel is close to the Girona train station and we can help coordinate a taxi to the train station (additional cost) in time for your flight from the Barcelona International Airport.


Transform your Running and Well Being

facilitated by Retreat Leader, Heather Lee, MSW

Step away from the busyness of life and create space for reflection, introspection and inspiration. Where have you been? Where are you now, and where are you going? What dreams and adventures do you want to manifest in this second half of life? Invite yourself to dream boldly.

WORKSHOP I:  Running as Medicine. Tired of feeling frazzled, rushed and exhausted? Packing on weight despite running regularly? Learn how your body changes at midlife and how running can help re-balance many of the emotional and metabolic changes affecting you right now. Then start carving out time and space in your life for running and other vitally important self-care practices like sleep, relaxation, nourishing meals and regular exercise.

WORKSHOP II: Running as Stress Management. Is your PMS out of control? Anxiety of the rise? Do you wake in the middle of the night worrying about your kids, parents, work or spouse? Discover how running can ease anxiety more effectively than medication and how to use running as a powerful (and cost-effective!) tool for managing stress, better sleep, better cognition (problem-solving) and a calmer demeanor, come what may.

WORKSHOP III: Running as Empowerment.  Does pursing a dream or goal feel incredibly overwhelming right now? Whether you aspire to run a longer race, get a promotion, start a new business, move to another country or change your relationship status, this workshop is your opportunity to chart your path to success. We’ll use the Life Mapping tool to design a custom plan for achieving your goals on your timeline. This plan includes the vital role you running plays in helping you stay the course and follow your plan through to the end.

WORKSHOP IV: Running as Meditation.  Mindfulness is the glue that holds together your healthy new habits, your stress management practices and the pursuit of new goals and dreams. Learn how to make your daily run your opportunity to check in with yourself and notice what’s happening on a deeper level. Using mantras, intentions and affirmations, you’ll recognize areas of resistance to change, bust through blocks and increase your confidence in the process.

About Your Retreat Leader, Heather Lee

Women’s Mind/Body Wellness and Longevity Lifestyling Coach

Heather is a highly engaging and inspirational Women’s Mind/Body Wellness and Longevity Lifestyling Coach. She has spent the last 25 years developing and facilitating dynamic and transformational retreats designed exclusively for women’s lives and life transitions.

Her programs have been presented at such acclaimed wellness resorts as the Golden Door, Lake Austin Spa and Hualalai Four Seasons. Heather is a  masters-level mental health professional with advanced training in mind/body medicine from the Harvard Mind/Body Medical Institute and is the past Director of the Mind/Body Medicine and Women’s Health Education programs at The University of Virginia Medical Center.

Her forthcoming book: Run. A Way With Your Problems, inspires women in using running as “lifestyle medicine” for balancing emotional well being. When Heather isn’t leading retreats she is trail running in her home in Colorado and maximizing her midlife mojo.

About Costa Brava

Costa Brava, Spain is located in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, covering the coastal towns and villages of the beautiful province of Girona in Catalonia. It is home to some of the most delightful towns, villages and beaches in Spain along this 300 km stretch of the Mediterranean Sea.

Backing into the Pyrenees along the French border, Costa Brava is a diverse region of extraordinary natural beauty and has a very deep artistic and historical heritage. Its natural beauty giving inspiration to famous artists such as Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso.

Most of the indigenous population speaks Catalan regularly and the entire population understands and speaks perfect Castilian. The gastronomy of the Costa Brava is rich and varied, featuring locally grown and harvested ingredients such as fish and seafood with fresh vegetables, olives, olive oil rice and pasta.

In keeping with its geographical diversity, there are numerous microclimates in Costa Brava, depending on the altitude and proximity to the sea. In general, the area enjoys a mild temperate and Mediterranean-type climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters.

What People Say:

“The guides were great, accommodations were fantastic and trails were perfect. The workshops were well done… Elinor has a great gift for sharing her experience and wisdom. By not tying my runs to definitive or quantitative markers like the number of miles run or the time per mile, I can enjoy more the spiritual aspect of my running. Letting go of “the admin side” allows me to be more present or mindful with each run. I have a renewed love for my running practice.”

Sharyn C., Edgewater, MD

GO!!!! You won’t find a better run retreat with such outstanding trails, accommodations, meals and staff.”

Mindi P., Annapolis MD

“I highly recommend the trip. Run Wild Retreats + Wellness offers a unique experience of learning more about running, exploring the great outdoors and embracing travel and adventure in a way I have not experienced before. Everything about the trip was well planned, organized and considerate to each runner’s needs. It was a trip of a lifetime and I would encourage anyone to take a leap of faith and register for a retreat. I went alone and came away with lasting friendships and memories.”

Tracy C., Scottsdale, AZ

“I highly recommend the retreats! They are great way to energize your running and help with motivation. I heard several people mention how they usually run by themselves and they were surprised by how much fun it was to run in a group. I loved the energy of running in this group and it motivated me to run more.”

Kathy B., Calgary AB

“Heather is dynamic, creative and energetic. She seeks out and provided the most innovative approaches to help her clients achieve their goals. She truly inspires women to get excited about their health.”

Jen, University of Virginia Women’s Health Coordinator

“Working with Heather helped my get through a really rough time after my divorce. She not only gave me skills for managing the hard emotions, she gave me hope for creating the life I really want.”

Joanne, coaching client

Your 7-Day, 6-Night Retreat Includes:

September 11 - 17, 2017

• Six nights’ accommodation in luxury boutique hotels (double occupancy rooms)
• Daily breakfasts
• Gourmet dinners
• Gourmet Paella lunch in Pals
• Daily guided runs
• Ground transportation/ luggage handling between hotels
• Wellness workshops with Heather Lee
• Two group life coaching sessions with Heather Lee
• Trail snacks/energy food and drinks

• Run Wild Retreats gifts

Retreat Package: $3,800

**Registration closes July 15.

Life Coaching Bonus

heather lee running wellness retreatEach participant in the Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat will also two group Mind/Body Wellness coaching sessions with Heather A. Lee. MSW, past Director of the Mind/Body Medicine and Women’s Health Education programs at The University of Virginia Medical Center. These pre- and post-retreat coaching sessions will support and enhance the skills and goals developed during the retreat. Heather’s coaching provides clients powerful support, inspiration and education for developing a life built by choice not chance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cancellation policy?

~ Early booking deposits are refundable less a $500 cancellation fee if done so more than 90 days before the retreat start date.
~ The balance is due on all booking by June 1, 2017
~ After June 1, full payment is required to secure your booking.
~ After June 1, there are no refunds (though you may transfer your booking to another person).

To learn more about our booking policies, click here. 

Is trail running experience necessary?

You can do this retreat even if you’ve never run trails before. We do recommend basic running fitness, such as the ability to run at least 6 miles on the road. You may run at your pace and most days, you can choose to run shorter or longer, as it suits your fitness level.

What are the accommodations like?

All the hotels in this itinerary are luxury boutique hotels, many of which are family owned and operated. Our local travel agency has carefully chosen each lodging partner based on their reliability, reputation and dedication to providing exceptional guest experiences.

The rooms are double occupancy (two beds) with en suite bathrooms. Due to the small nature of the boutique hotels, private rooms are not available.

What are the meals like?

This region of Catalonia is known for its world-class cuisine. We will be dining at some of Costa Brava’s best restaurants, many of which are family operated. This region is known for its seafood and locally grown ingredients, so be prepared for a true gastronomic adventure. Vegetarians and those with special dietary needs can be accommodated at most locations. If you have any special dietary needs, let us know in the retreat participant intake form.

How should I plan my travel?


I recommend flying to Barcelona and taking the train to Girona on or before September 10, and spending the night in Barcelona or Girona. The retreat begins at 1:00 p.m. on September 11th.

Book your return flight on or after the afternoon of September 18th. There is direct bus service from Girona to the Barcelona airport. Learn more here. 


To get to Girona, you may take the Barcelona Airport Train C2 to Estacio Sants, where you change trains. There are numerous trains travelling from Estacio Sants to Girona – approximately three every hour. On average the journey lasts about 1 hour 20 minutes and costs 10 Euros. Check the RENFE Website for the train times.

(If you are arriving into Terminal 1 (T1) you will not be able to walk straight to the train station, as it is 4 km away. You will need to take a shuttle bus from outside the terminal.)


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Spain in September Sneak Peek


Join retreat leader Heather Lee and Run Wild Retreats + Wellness CEO for an interactive Q&A call about the Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat coming up September 11-17, 2017.

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