P R E S E N T
a women’s mindfulness + trail running retreat among Iceland’s Northern Fjords
During this women’s running and wellness retreat, we’ll explore Northern Iceland’s trails from our base at Eleven Experience’s Deplar Farm, an exclusive five-star lodge nestled among the fjords far from the beaten tourist track.
Through daily guided trail runs, spa time, treatments, wellness workshops, chef-prepared gourmet food and serene surroundings, you’ll stop the energy drains and come away feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Learn the mindfulness techniques that not only improve your running, but help you be more resilient to stress in all areas of your life. Explore what it really means to make stress work for you instead of against you in a setting that is supportive, relaxed and fun.
De-stress with mindful running in Iceland
Mindfulness and running are beautifully complimentary practices that when done together, not only improve your running, but also serve as a powerful, sustainable, enjoyable practice that enhances all areas of your life.
Running mindfully offers a better way to manage your energy, stress and fitness. Whether you’re a parent, a business leader, a caregiver or whatever important roles you play, you are needed. But you can’t serve others until you serve yourself first.
Mindful running helps you manage stress, fix a bad mood, refresh your mind and strengthen your body. It lets you be your best self and fully show up for those who depend on you. Mindful running allows you to thrive not only as a runner, but also as a person.
Reverse the effects of stress
Optimize running’s stress-reduce effects so that you feel better and have more energy.
Find more time in your busy routine for running and self care
Once and for all, establish a method for putting your well being and self care at the top of your priority list, no matter how busy your schedule and demands on your time and energy.
Tired of always being tired? Raise your energy, starting now.
Running shouldn’t leave you feeling too wiped out for anything else. Start using these practices to recover fast and have more sustained energy all day long.
Find more Flow in Running and in Life
Learn how becoming a more efficient runner in terms of posture and pace also applies to finding more flow and ease in other areas of your life.
Retreat ItineraryAugust 17 - 21, 2017
Day 1 | Welcome to Deplar Farm
Fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri, the unofficial capitol city of Northern Iceland and important center of Iceland’s fishing industry. Meet our driver, Bear, for the transfer to Deplar Farm in the Sprinter van for the drive to Deplar Farm, a little over one hour away. Upon arrival, your hosts will greet you with a glass of champagne and amuse-bouche, after which you settle into your luxurious suite. After some time to change and freshen up, we will gather in the living room for the official Iceland Mindful Running Retreat Opening led by your retreat leader and mindful running coach, Elinor Fish. Then we’ll enjoy a relaxed, social shake out run of about five miles before returning to Deplar Farm. Tonight we’ll enjoy our first gourmet dinner.
Day 2 | Fjordlands Trail Run
Start the day with a gentle, 30-minute stretching class to ease your muscles into the day’s activities to come. After a made-to-order gourmet breakfast, we’ll head outside the lodge for our first natural running clinic. Then we’ll drive to the trail head with our guides for a trail run over pristine, grassy-covered fjords, during which we practice the principles we learned, followed by a picnic lunch. After eating, our driver takes us back to Deplar Farm for some free time to freshen up and relax in the spa. This time may be spent in solitude, enjoying a professional massage or kayaking on nearby Stifluvatn Lake. In the later afternoon, we meet for our first of three Wellness Workshops with Elinor. After another fabulous gourmet meal, kick back and relax to watch some northern lights, hang out in the media room or around the cozy fireplace in the great hall.
Day 3 | Haganesvík
Start your day with a gentle but soothing 30-minute stretching class in the spa area. After a nourishing breakfast, we’ll have our second natural running form clinic outside the lodge, after which we’ll drive west to the Haganesvik area for a trail run of about 8 to 9 miles over the rolling fjords with views over the Arctic Ocean. At the run’s end, our driver will rendez-vous with us, delivering warm drinks and a picnic lunch to enjoy outside before our return trip to Deplar Farm. Once we return to the lodge, you’ll have some free time for a massage, a swim in the pool or a steam bath. In the late afternoon Elinor will lead our second Wellness Workshop, followed by dinner in the dining room.
Day 4 | Siglufjardarskard + Whale Watching
Our morning begins with another stretching class and made-to-order gourmet breakfast from the chefs at Deplar Farm, and we’ll have our second natural running form clinic outside the lodge. Then we’ll drive to the nearby village of Hraun, where we begin a fun and scenic point-to-point trail run over a pass called Siglufjardarskard, finishing in the fishing village of Siglufjörður, which in the 1950s, had double the population it does now thanks to a booming herring industry. At the run’s end, meet the van for transport to Dalvik, where we’ll enjoy the best fish soup in all of Iceland at a cozy, family-run restaurant, Gisli Erikur Heigl, followed by a two-hour whale watching tour (warm jackets and accessories are provided). After the tour, we drive back to Deplar Farm with free time before dinner to freshen up.
Day 5 | Akureyri
Our final morning begins with a relaxed trail run before breakfast, followed by a light stretching class before we enjoy a final gourmet meal at Deplar Farm. After breakfast, Elinor leads the final Wellness Workshop and retreat wrap up meeting. At midday, we check out of our rooms and make the return drive to Akureyri, for our domestic return flight with Air Iceland to Reykjavik. A driver will then take you from the Reykjavik Domestic Airport to your hotel in the city before your return flight from Keflavik International Airport the following day.
Why Mindful 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 exactly what it is you need to breathe new life into your running and daily life.
Don’t have a running routine? No problem! Your retreat package includes coaching in how to start using mindful running before the retreat, and then during the retreat we’ll further refine those techniques. By the retreat’s end, 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.
WELLNESS WORKSHOP – Part I
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? Discover how stress is affecting your body and your mind, and how that shows up in your running and overall health.
WELLNESS WORKSHOP – Part II
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.
WELLNESS WORKSHOP – Part III
Apply what you’ve learned to run mindfully to live a more mindful life. What does that mean? It means be resilient to stress; feeling in charge of your time and energy instead of always being spread way too thin. It means knowing exactly what it takes for you to switch off the stress response and activate your relaxation response whenever you need it. Using the tools you’ve accumulated during the retreat, you have a clear set of tools for managing your stress so you can run more and live more.
About Your Host and Coach, Elinor FishCEO of Run Wild Retreats + Wellness
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 is her third season leading trail running retreats in Iceland, and the first retreat to be held at Deplar Farm, which opened in 2016.
Trail Running in Iceland
The trail running in Iceland is spectacular and becoming world-renowned. However, you don’t need trail running experience to participate in this retreat. Your retreat leader will provide you with techniques and tips for taking your running from the roads to trails, and our locally based trail guides will ensure our safety and comfort. Our daily runs range from 5 to 9 miles over rolling terrain that is engaging and scenically rewarding in many ways. We’ll take plenty of water and photo stops along the way so that you can soak up the experience while practicing the mindful running techniques we practice in the clinics and workshops.
We’ll run on a mix of dirt roads and single track hiking trails, and may occasionally venture off trail to explore some of the open, grassy fjords surrounding Deplar Farm. We’ll even use historic trails that were forged by locals who used them to travel overland from village to village on foot before roads were built in this area in the 1980s.
We’ll see evidence of Northern Iceland’s heritage as an ancient Viking settlement, more recently as a fishing-industry hub and modern-day, sparsely populated farming region.
The north of Iceland truly is a land of contrasts. Its long valleys and peninsulas are interspersed with mountains, lava fields and smooth hills carved out by rivers. The deep and numerous indentations in the Northern coast are at times lush with vegetation, at others barren. As one nears the Arctic Circle in the northern latitudes, the midnight sun is invariably awe-inspiring.
Deplar Farm is a private 28,000 square-foot lodge that combines world-class food, hospitality and lodging with guided outdoor activities such as trail running, whale watching, hiking, kayaking and more. With only 12 bedrooms, they welcome a small number of guests at a time, which means more privacy, space and serenity for you.
Also thanks to its secluded and pristine setting, Deplar Farm is far removed from Iceland’s bustling tourists spots of the south, thereby creating a truly unique and relaxing retreat setting.
Once a working farm, Deplar Farm is a farm in name only, though it is surrounded by neighbor’s hay fields, pristine mountains and fjords.
On-site amenities include:
• Indoor/outdoor salt water pool with swim-up bar
• Sauna and steam room
• Indoor and outdoor hot tubs
• Media room
• Premium spa facility featuring flotation tanks and treatment rooms
• Fully equipped conference room
• Exclusive bar and lounge
• Gym and yoga room
• Outdoor deck with soft seating
“Central to the space is a swim-through, outdoor-indoor infinity pool. Natural geothermic heat exchanges mineral-dense Arctic spring water to both the pool and spa, hugged by 3,000-foot Icelandic peaks and framing Instagram-envy views. The spa menu—a combination of various massage treatments and several yoga practices (private and group classes are offered)—is straightforward and specifically caters to sports recovery.
The “cones,” however, are the standouts. Two cutting-edge sensory deprivation tanks in private treatment rooms are a cure-all for weary travelers or hard-charging adventurers. An hour-long float in one can feel like six hours of sleep—and conquers jet lag, sports recovery, sleep deprivation, and overactive minds.
Given Deplar’s decidedly remote locale, design was no easy task. The island’s natural landscape serves as a muse, and No. 12 took a decidedly minimalist approach, sourcing driftwood from the nearby sea and stone from the local Fljotaa River. The spa lounge features chic appointments, including handmade, cozy Icelandic wool throws, and most noteworthy, inspiring alpine vistas ideal for meditation and reflection.” — Erin Lentz for Robb Report
Your 5-Day, 4-Night Retreat Package Includes:August 17 - 21, 2017
• Four nights’ accommodation at Eleven Experience’s Deplar Farm
• Gourmet, chef-prepared meals daily
• Daily guided runs with professional guides
• Ground transportation, pick up and drop off at Akureyri Airport
• Three restorative stretching classes for runners
• One Spa Massage (additional treatments available for a fee)
• 24-hour access to the Deplar Farm spa, pool, saltwater pod and more
• Whale Watching tour
• Personalized assistance in planning your retreat travel in Iceland
• Wellness Workshops with mindful running coach Elinor Fish
• Natural Running Form Clinics with Elinor Fish
• Trail snacks/energy food and drinks
• Run Wild Retreats + Eleven Experience gift bag
• Mindful Running Training System
• Pre-retreat mindful running coach sessions with Elinor
Single King Suite Retreat Package
Single occupancy room in a King
suite with private bathroom
$7,500 per person
Reserve today with a deposit of $900
Your balance is due April 1, 2017
Double Queen Suite Retreat Package
Shared double occupancy room in a Loft suite with two
Queen beds and private bathroom
$6,800 per person
Reserve today with a deposit of $900
Your balance is due April 1, 2017
What People Say:
“Hopefully, we all have a few of those really big life experiences that we look back on and say ‘that was one of the best things I’ve done.’ This retreat is one of them! I am an experienced trail runner and can say this is some of the most incredible running I have ever done. We ran through jaw-dropping scenery on terrain ranging from spongy tundra to technical trail. We saw everything from beautiful forests to scenic vistas. And since we had the rare opportunity to run with local guides, we not only learned a little of the culture, we could split into groups so we could be as challenged or relaxed as we’d like. What a great way to run in a unique location, with amazing women!”Amanda S., Golden CO
“The scenery, comraderie, and beautiful trails exceeded my (very high) expectations. The spirit of the retreat–including that of Elinor, our amazing guides, and my fellow retreaters–was what made it so memorable and meaningful. It felt luxurious to be able to run every day, eat delicious meals, and have plenty of time for recovery and fun. It was a true ‘retreat’ for me, an experience that has been imprinted on my soul (and soles!).”Leah M., Chandler NC
“I can’t imagine running in a more beautiful place. The trails were simply fantastic, as were the guides and the group was really fun to be with. The retreat build my confidence about my running. It was the best trip I can remember.”Ingrid J.
“I now have a completely different opinion regarding what I can personally do with running. This retreat was the kind of trip that required surrender and acceptance for a richer experience …. the views were breathtaking at every turn.”Kristie K., Austin, TX
“The entire retreat was amazing from start to finish. I really enjoyed being around such an inspiring group of women. And it really built my confidence as a runner.”Chris N., Norborne, MI
How We Help You Prepare for the Retreat
Pre-Retreat Run Coaching
The Mindful Running Training System so you can start using mindful running techniques to run better, with more ease and flow before the retreat begins. PLUS: You’ll have two group coaching sessions (via phone) with mindful running coach Elinor Fish, during she answers your running questions and helps you get more from your running routine or overcome obstacles.
Our retreat travel specialists can help you book a hotel room in Reykjavik at the start or end of the retreat, as well as plan your travel from Reykjavik in the south of Iceland to Akureyri in the north, where our retreat begins, and tell what you need to know about traveling in this part of Iceland.
What to Bring, What to Wear
We provide you with a comprehensive packing list and detailed itinerary to help ensure that you have the right gear and clothing to be comfortable on our runs. If at any time you have questions, you can reach out to one of our retreat travel specialists for assistance.
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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.
~ After this date, deposits are non-refundable
~ The balance is due on all booking by April 1, 2017
~ After April 1, full payment is required to secure your booking if any spots are still available.
~ After April 1, there are no refunds (though you may transfer your booking to another person).
For more information and to view our full booking terms and conditions, 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.
I have special dietary needs; can I be accommodated?
Yes. After your booking is confirmed, we ask that you complete a retreat participant intake form in which you can indicate any special dietary needs you may have. The chefs at Deplar Farm will receive this information in advance of your arrival so that your specific needs can be met with special meals.
The meals at Deplar Farm infuse traditional Iceland ingredients such as fish and lamp with modern influences from Scandinavia and other parts of Europe.
How should I plan my travel?
WHEN TO TRAVEL:
Book your flight to arrive at the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on or before August 16, 2017. You can then take the Flybus from the airport to downtown Reykjavik (about 45 minutes away) and spend the night. We will meet at the Reykjavik airport (REY), the small domestic airport 5 minutes from downtown for a domestic flight on Air Iceland to Akureyi.
Our retreat officially begins when we meet our driver at the Akureyri Airport on August 17.
Book your return flight from Keflavik International Airport on August 22, 2017. While we do return to Reykjavik on August 21, there may be weather delays or other unforeseen issues that would make it challenging to ensure a smooth connection from the domestic airport to the KEF on the same day, however, you are welcome to take that option.