Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average pace of the runs at these retreats?

Since our retreats take place on trails of varying types, we can characterize the runs by a specific pace-per-mile.

In general, we approach all the retreat runs with a very relaxed, social pace. We stop frequently to eat and drink and take photos (there are always lots of photo ops on our runs!). And depending on the terrain, there is times where we hike rather than run. The group size is typically between 10 to 16 women, and so within every group there’s always a wide range in running pace, which is why we always have two or three guides with us. One is at the front the group, one at the back and one floating around between the various pace groups. This way, everyone gets to go at their own pace and not feel rushed.

What is the group size on your trips?

We keep the group size as small as possible, usually between 8 to 16 women, depending on the destination. Please check individual retreat-specific information pages for the maximum group size.

Will I lose my deposit if I have to cancel?

If it’s more than six months before the start date of the retreat you booked, you may transfer your deposit to a different retreat for a small fee. If your plans change less than six months before the retreat begins, you may cancel your booking and receive a partial refund. Click here to view our full retreat booking and cancellation policy. 
We also offer comprehensive travel insurance packages through our partner, Travel Guard, that provide valuable coverage for travel mishaps such as unexpected medical emergencies, flight cancellations, cancel your trip due to work reasons, lost luggage and include 24/7 travel assistance. Click here to request a non-obligation travel insurance quote. 

What is a virtual retreat?

You don’t have to travel half way around the world to start running mindfully. Our virtual retreats are modeled after our transformative live retreats, is an eight-week program you can practice at home. This program helps you run just the right amount to reach your goals, avoid overuse injuries, have more energy during and after running, run without pain, feel confident and prepared on race day, experience running as fun instead of a chore and manage stress. Each week you receive a new lesson and technique to incorporate into your current running routine or training plan. Elinor is with you every step of the process, offering support and answering questions by email and five interactive, online coaching sessions. Click here to learn more.

What is included in the retreat package?

The itinerary varies, but generally includes ground transportation during the retreat, some airport transfers, professional trail running guides, run coaching, accommodations, most meals, activities, wellness workshops, custom souvenirs and support from your retreat leader. Excluded from the package are airfare, alcoholic drinks, purchases of a personal nature, guide gratuities, additional activities before or after the retreat.

Are all your trips one-size-fits-all or do you have differing levels of challenge?

Our goal is to make our retreats accessible to runners of various ability and fitness levels. Having said that, some retreats are better suited to runners with more endurance and trail running experience than others. Our Retreat Travel Specialists can help you choose the right retreat for you if you email us at travel@runwildretreats.com, or refer to our retreat grading system, found in the catalog:

Level I Retreats

If you can run at least 4 – 5 miles at a time but have no trail running experience, these retreats are right for you. Learn the essentials of what you need to know to safely run off road running five to 8 miles a day. Receive the coaching you need to elevate your running. Examples: Moab.

Level II Retreats

Take your running fitness off roads with these retreats designed to refine your trail running skills. These runs, ranging from 6 to 10 miles, offer just the right amount of difficulty to engage your body and mind, with great scenic rewards. Examples: Spain, Moab, Ireland. 

Level III Retreats

For those with trail running experience, these retreats will exhilarate and challenge you. Runs range from 7 to 11 miles on superb though challenging singletrack trails with long uphills and steep descents. Examples: Italian Dolomites, Iceland.

Click here for more about these retreats: http://runwildretreats.com/store/

What is the difference between a running camp and a running retreat?

Running camps generally focus on workouts and coaching for building fitness and improving run performance. At Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, our focus is on building the foundation of health you need before you can safely and sustainably build fitness. That’s why our retreats are truly a retreat from your everyday routine and offer you a mental and physical break. That space allows you to slow down, tune in and rediscover what your body and heart are craving right now. Our retreats are enriching immersions that blend running, travel, adventure, education and community.

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