Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat

mindful running + wellness retreat for women



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

April 22 - 28, 2017


Run from village to village along a stunning stretch of Mediterranean coastline

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.

Practice the principles of mindful running in Catalonia, Spain

You Will Learn How To:

Run Sustainably

Learn how to build a consistent, sustainable running routine that fits into your busy schedule.

Train smarter not harder

Become intentional with each run, whether it’s to get faster or clear your mind.

Recover Better

Support the recovery process with rest and foods that support muscle and joint repair.

Run trails better.

Learn the secrets to making trail running fun and easy.

Find more flow in running and life.

Tune in to your body’s signals during running to help you achieve the effortless feeling that is flow.

Retreat Itinerary

April 22 - 28, 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 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

Learn not only how to run more consistently, with more ease and flow, but also reconnect with how running feeds your SOUL. During the retreat’s wellness workshops, we’ll explore what it exactly you need to breathe new life into your running and well routine.

Don’t have a running and/or wellness routine? No problem! After our week together in Costa Brava using the Mindful Running Training System (included with the price of the retreat), you’ll return home with a renewed love of running, sky-high confidence in your ability to pursue lofty dreams and goals, and brimming with energy and vitality.


Where does your energy go? Do you ever feel too tired to run? Do you ever feel so overwhelmed at the prospect of starting a training plan that you give up before you’ve begun? Do you want to run with others but fear you won’t be able to keep up or be the slowest in the group? Do your long runs or hard workouts so wiped out that you’re pretty much useless the rest of the day? Discover what feeds your energy and what depletes your energy and how to stop the energy leaks.


How well does running fit into your life? How often do you lack time to run, feel you should be running more, or feel guilty when you do “slip out” for a run. Reclaim your right to put your self-care at the top of your priority list. Discover how time it actually takes to develop the fitness you need to reach your goals without risking overtraining, under-recovering or cutting into your other obligations like family time or work. Using the tools we provide, you’ll design your own mindful running practice that will allow you to fulfill your goals and run with confidence.


Create goals with soul. Fearlessly step into your highest potential. No, this doesn’t mean becoming a super athlete (who needs that kind of pressure?!). Rather, our mindful intention-setting exercises allows you to bravely become the runner (and woman) you want to be on your OWN terms. Forget trying to fit into society’s, the media’s or your running partners’ idea of what it means to be runner and be the runner you know you already are.


About Your Host and Coach, Elinor Fish

Elinor Fish, CEO of Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, is a writer, speaker and mindful running pioneer whose mission is to educate, inspire and guide runners on a path to balanced health through mindfulness, stress reduction, natural running form, self-care and sustainable training practices.

Her personal health challenges fueled her commitment to support women’s journey of self discovery through running, travel and mindfulness. Since founding Run Wild Retreats + Wellness in 2010, the company has grown to offer premier trail running retreats in five countries.

Over her 18-year career in running and wellness, her articles, programs, workshops and retreats have helped thousands of runners make their running a mindfulness practice to reduce their stress and bring their best selves to their roles as parents, professionals, caregivers and leaders. Elinor’s work and ideas have been featured in major running, outdoor and active lifestyle magazines across the country including Runner’s World, Yoga Journal, Women’s Health, Los Angeles Times, Outside and many more.

This retreat will be her third time running the Costa Brava region, and her second time leading the Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat in partnership with locally based expert running guide, Pablo Rodriguez.

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 22 - 28, 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

• Natural running form clinics

• Trail snacks/energy food and drinks

• Run Wild Retreats gift bag

• Mindful Running Training System

• Group coaching calls

Retreat Package: $3,800*

* This retreat package includes mindful running coaching from a caring coach before the retreat and after the retreat to help you continue applying what you learned at the retreat. 


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Coaching Bonus

Mindful Running Training SystemIncluded with your retreat registration is the Mindful Running Training System, a six-part online course that helps you get more from your running with more fun, flexibility, reward and confidence.

PLUS, you also receive two group coaching sessions with mindful running coach Elinor Fish, during which we go deep into how mindful running techniques can help you reduce the pain and injuries that so many runners experience, cultivate more motivation, run consistently and train for your next race or fitness goal without burnout or overwhelm.

Space is Limited to 12 People. Book your spot by March 1, 2017.


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 February 1, 2017
~ After February 1, full payment is required to secure your booking.
~ After February 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 April 21, and spending the night in Barcelona or Girona. The retreat begins at 1:00 p.m. on April 22nd.

Book your return flight on or after the afternoon of April 28. 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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