Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat

mindful running + wellness retreat for women

 

Luxury Hotels | Guided Runs | Coaching | Wellness Workshops | Gourmet Spanish Cuisine

April 21 - 27, 2018

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

Part Costa Brava running vacation, part wellness retreat, we’ll explore one of the most beautiful areas of Spain on foot in a way that leaves you plenty of time to tune in to what drives you—in running and in life. Indulge in a week of things that are sure to feed your soul: travel, adventure, fun, education and great food.

Through our practical running form clinics, informative discussions, mindful movement and free time for quiet contemplation, you’ll stop the energy drains and divert your energy back into your running.

Become a durable, strong, motivated runner using these tools and techniques that will keep you healthy and injury free. Immerse yourself in the powerful healing energy of this vibrant, historic coastal landscape as you run scenic trails at a pace that is playful, relaxed and social.

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

What's IncludedL

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.

Retreat Itinerary

April 21-27, 2018
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 meet and greet. After introductions and a retreat orientation, we’ll meet our local guide, Pablo, for a 90-minute running tour of the city. 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 a Wellness Workshop with Elinor 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, stopping along the way to practice natural running form and improve our running gait. 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. Then we check into our rooms at El Convent, a converted medieval monastery, where we’re spending the night. After some free time to settle in, we’ll have another Wellness Workshop session with Elinor, 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, while practicing mindful pacing techniques and running efficiency, ending our run in beautiful Cadeques. Here you’ll have the entire afternoon free to explore the village before dinner. Overnight 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 relaxing before another outstanding dinner at a family run restaurant 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 + Well Being

With 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

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. Elinor 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

“The friendships between the runners grew each day. It was great fun. Delicious food.  Beautiful location. Energizing runs.  Wonderful, worthwhile adventure!”

Kathy O., Los Gatos CA

Your 7-Day, 6-Night Retreat Includes:

April 21-27, 2018

• 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
• Natural Running Form Clinics
• Trail snacks/energy food and drinks
• Run Wild Retreats gift bag
• Retreat Planning Guide

Max. Retreat Group Size:
12
Package Price:

$4,200 USD
per person

Deposit:

$900 USD

 Duration:

7 Days

 

April 21 - 27, 2018

Save your spot with a deposit of $900

Is This Retreat Right for You?

  • Daily runs range from 5 miles to 9 miles, mostly on trails and dirt pathways. Running surfaces also include short sections on paved roads and cobblestone streets. You have the option to extend one day's run to 12 miles. Our runs include periodic water and snack breaks (so we're not running non-stop).
  • Two guides accompany the group to support the different pace groups, so there's no pressure to run faster than you're comfortable. 
  • Trail running experience isn't necessary. Your retreat leader provides trail-running tips for running in this terrain. 
  • You'll encounter trails with loose rocks, and some exposure to heights. You can walk/hike trail sections as you need.
  • Trail running shoes are highly recommended.
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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?

WHEN TO TRAVEL:

I recommend flying to Barcelona and taking the train to Girona on or before April 20, and spending the night in Barcelona or Girona. The retreat begins at 1:00 p.m. on April 21.

Book your return flight on or after the afternoon of April 27. There is direct bus service from Girona to the Barcelona airport. Learn more here. 

GETTING FROM BARCELONA TO GIRONA:

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.)

 

Space is Limited to 12 women.

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