Frequently Asked Questions

How fit do I need to be fit to come on a retreat?

You’ll enjoy your retreat more if you are able to run at least the minimum distance recommended for that particular retreat. As we explained in the question above, it’s not necessary to run at a certain speed or for some retreats, even have any experience running on trails. however, if you’re totally new to running or are just regaining your fitness after not running for a while, you may want to consider first participating in our Mindful Running Virtual Retreat. It is an 8-week at-home program that helps you establish a healthy, sustainable running practice that fits with your lifestyle, goals and fitness level. This program helps you run more consistently so you can be well prepared for one of our live retreats. Click here to learn more.

What is the group size on your trips?

We keep the group size as small as possible, usually between 6 to 14 women, depending on the destination. Please check individual retreat-specific information pages for the maximum group size. Most retreats include 8 to 10 women.

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. Within in each retreat, you are accompanied by a professional running guide and a retreat leader, so no one is ever left behind. You may run at your own pace without the pressure of keeping up with everyone else. The atmosphere is always supportive and non-competitive. 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.

For example, if run at most six to eight miles at a time and want the option to run shorter distances depending on how you feel, we recommend checking out the Moab Mindful Running Retreat or Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat. If you can run a half marathon, then consider the Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat or Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat. If you have trail running experience and like longer distances, check out the new Swiss Alps Trail Running + Wellness Retreat.

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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