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9/5/17--Trail Running + Wellness Retreat in Spain helps women reduce stress and improve health

Running vacations add to fast-growing active wellness travel segment

Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, a travel company offering premier women’s trail running and wellness retreats in five countries, has opened registration for its Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat taking place April 21-27, 2018. The week-long itinerary, starting in the historic city of Girona, features daily guided trail runs from village to village along the Mediterranean Sea, natural running form clinics, wellness workshops, après-run tapas, visits to ancient castles, medieval villages and a 15th-century monastery overlooking the sea. Guests dine on the world-class Catalan cuisine for which this region is known, stay in luxury boutique hotels, and ancient castles converted into modern accommodations.

While Run Wild Retreats + Wellness’s original mission seven years ago was to simply introduce more women to the joys and adventures of trail running, it soon became apparent that women were coming to the retreats at times of transition or upheaval in their lives. The retreats offered not only reprieve from their stressful, time-crunched lives, but led to insights about their current challenges and renew their energy and confidence in their ability to overcome their difficulties.

“Traveling to a new place is an amazing way to recharge and make lasting investments in one’s health and wellness,” says Elinor Fish, who founded Run Wild Retreats + Wellness in 2010. “Each trail run is about connecting with your surroundings, your love of running and simply savoring the present moment. That’s when you are able to truly tap into running’s stress-reducing effects.”

Research by the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) confirms that Americans are especially drawn to active wellness travel opportunities these days. GWI’s January 2017 report says that the U.S. has emerged as the world’s largest wellness tourism market because more than ever, Americans are suffering the ill effects of overwork, excess stress, insufficient sleep and chronic anxiety.

That’s why, within the retreat’s supportive setting created by professional guides and the retreat leader, guests are able to safely try things that they wouldn’t necessarily do otherwise. As a result, runners describe the retreats as “transformational,” in that they become more present, focused, rested and energized despite running five to 10 miles a day.

This is because the seven-day retreat itinerary leaves plenty of free time for reflection, connection to the destination and its culture, something that is lost in typical group tours that cram as many locations and experiences as possible into each day. Rather, Run Wild Retreats + Wellness designs travel experiences that help participants feel engaged, supported and increasingly empowered throughout the trip.

The Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat is the newest addition to Run Wild Retreats + Wellness’s growing suite of mindful running immersions in the U.S., Canada and Europe. More information about this and other retreats can be found at www.RunWildRetreats.com

About Run Wild Retreats + Wellness
Run Wild Retreats + Wellness is an IATAN-accredited travel agency and member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). Founded in 2010 by Elinor Fish, its mission is to help women better manage their stress through an active lifestyle centered around healthy, sustainable running. Learn more at www.RunWildRetreats.com

2/27/2017 ---Women Master Stress to Enhance Their Personal and Professional Success at Mindful Running Mastermind Retreat

February 27, 2017 (CARBONDALE, CO)–Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, a provider of premier women’s running and wellness retreats in the world’s best trail-running destinations, has partnered with Eleven Experience to offer a mindful running mastermind retreat at its new lodge in Northern Iceland, Deplar Farm.

The Mindful Running Mastermind Retreat features 10 weeks of mindful running coaching with Run Wild Retreats + Wellness CEO, Elinor Fish before and after the live five-day retreat taking place August 17 – 21, 2017. While in Iceland, participants enjoy daily guided trail runs of five to nine miles, spa treatments, wellness workshops, mindful running coaching, chef-prepared gourmet meals, whale watching and much more.

“Participants will learn the mindfulness techniques that not only improve their running, but helps them become more resilient to stress in all areas of life,” says Fish, who is leading the mastermind. “All the important roles women must fulfill in their lives keeps them in overdrive day after day, so more than ever they need a system by which to recognize how stress affects their bodies and minds and tools for mitigating those effects before they get serious.”

The Mindful Running Mastermind Retreat curriculum features Fish’s Mindful Running Training System, which provides runners—who are less likely to embrace a seated mindfulness practice—with a system by which to recognize their daily stress load. That self-awareness then helps them make informed and strategic decisions about how to manage their energy and focus and be more effective in their professional and personal lives.

While participants should have some running fitness to participate in this retreat, they don’t require any experience with trail running or mindfulness. Retreat participants may choose either a private King suite or double occupancy Queen loft suite. Interested runners can apply for a spot in this retreat before May 1, 2017 at www.RunWildRetreats.com.

About Run Wild Retreats + Wellness
Since 2010, Run Wild Retreats + Wellness has offered premier mindful running and wellness retreats in the world’s best trail running destinations. Using mindful running techniques to cultivate deeper self-compassion, intentional training, confidence and self-care, retreat participants come away with not only renewed motivation and passion for running, but also make their well-being and self-care a top priority. Learn more about Run Wild Retreats + Wellness’s retreats at www.runwildretreats.com  

10/17/16 -- Run Wild Retreats + Wellness Launches New Retreats in 2017

October 17, 2016 (CARBONDALE, CO)–Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, a provider of premier women’s running and wellness retreats in some of the world’s best trail-running destinations, is tripling the number of retreats it is offering in 2017, bringing the total to 8 retreats across five countries.

“We’ve expanded our global guide network, operations team and brought on new retreat leaders so that we could offer a greater variety of retreat experiences to more runners,” says Run Wild Retreats + Wellness CEO, Elinor Fish. “This also allows us to maintain a consistently high standard for our retreats while meeting the specific needs and interests of our guests.

The first three retreats on the 2017 roster include:

The Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat in Catalonia, Spain, takes place April 22 – 28, 2017.
The retreat begins in the historic walled city of Girona and then head north along the Mediterranean Sea towards the Pyrenees. Guests run between charming fishing villages, along sea cliffs and on golden sandy beaches. After running the first part of each day, runners refuel at seaside patios, indulging in local wine, sangria and gourmet Catalan cuisine.

For the first time, the popular Moab Mindful Running Retreat, named one of the “Best Running Camps in the U.S.” for women, will be offered in spring as well as fall. Taking place March 30 – April 2, 2017, this retreat is a four-day immersion in the mindful running experience in a serene desert environment that includes restorative yoga classes and natural running form clinics.

The third annual Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat for women, Run Wild Retreats + Wellness’s most popular retreat, is set for August 7 – 13, 2017. Starting and ending the capitol city of Reykjavik, runners enjoy massive waterfalls and sea-cliff trails along the southern coast and the world’s most beautiful black-sand beach, Reynisfjara. Then we head into Þórsmörk, or the “Land of Thor,” a deep river valley surrounded by massive volcanic glaciers, home to some of the best trail running in Iceland.

All Run Wild retreats include wellness workshops about running for stress management, which is vital to women’s health and well-being. Retreat participants come away from the experience rejuvenated and with renewed motivation and confidence in their running. Registration for these and other retreats is open now at www.RunWildRetreats.com.

About Run Wild Retreats + Wellness
Since 2010, Run Wild Retreats + Wellness has offered premier mindful running and wellness retreats in some of the world’s best trail running destinations that help runners reduce stress and run better. Using mindful running techniques to cultivate deeper self-compassion, intentional training, confidence and self-care, retreat participants come away with not only renewed motivation and passion for running, but also make their well-being and self-care a top priority. Learn more about Run Wild Retreats + Wellness’s retreats at www.runwildretreats.com  

7/11/16 -- Run Wild Retreats + Wellness Hires Retreat Operations Manager

new retreats launching in fall 2016 precipitated team expansion

July 11, 2016 (CARBONDALE, CO)–Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, a provider of premier mindful running and wellness retreats in some of the world’s best trail-running destinations, has hired Meagan Bertoni as retreat operations manager.

As Run Wild Retreats + Wellness adds new destinations to its roster of retreats for 2017, Bertoni, of Boulder, Colorado, will play an integral role in customer support, sales and marketing and retreat planning and logistics.

“Meagan’s prior experience in e-commerce is an asset to Run Wild Retreats + Wellness at this stage of our growth, particularly in the areas of designing new operational systems, managing multiple online marketing campaigns and retreat planning,” says CEO Elinor Fish.

As a published writer who has articles in various food and lifestyle magazines (under her maiden name Meagan Vitek), Bertoni is a proven strong writer and communicator who will uphold Run Wild Retreats + Wellness’s commitment to superior customer service, strong social media content and polished marketing messages.

Bertoni, who has a penchant for cupcakes and calls herself a “life runner,” began running as a teenager with her mom. She’s proud to be a third-generation runner, inspired by her 84-year-old grandfather who still runs daily. “I run to keep my body healthy, to think, to spend time with my husband, to put things back into perspective, and above all else, because, well, it’s fun!” she says.

Bertoni’s passion for running aligns well with the company’s mission to teach the principles of mindful running, which blends the most health-supporting aspects of both running and mindfulness to create a sustainable and rewarding practice for managing daily stress.

About Run Wild Retreats + Wellness
Since 2010, Run Wild Retreats + Wellness has offered premier mindful running and wellness retreats in some of the world’s best trail running destinations and online that help runners reduce stress and run better. Using mindful running techniques to cultivate deeper self-compassion, intentional training, confidence and self-care, retreat participants come away with not only renewed motivation and passion for running, but also timeless tools and methods for making their well-being and self-care a top priority. Learn more about Run Wild Retreats + Wellness’s mindful running retreats and virtual retreats at www.elinorfish.com.

2/25/16 -- Mindful Running Coach Elinor Fish Leads Women’s Running and Wellness Retreat in Iceland

February 25, 2016 (CARBONDALE, COLORADO)—Run Wild Retreats, the Colorado-based running and wellness company founded by mindful running coach Elinor Fish, is leading a trail-running retreat showcasing the Arctic nation’s best offerings for outdoorsy, health-minded women. The Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat, taking place August 2 – 8, 2016, is an immersion in healthy running techniques while exploring Iceland’s diverse landscape.

“Iceland’s natural beauty and accessible trail system makes it an ideal place for trail running,” says Fish. “The retreat features go-at-your-own-pace guided runs with free time to relax, rejuvenate and socialize with other women who share your passion for running, wellness, travel and adventure.”

The week-long itinerary includes Wellness Workshops, natural running form clinics, a running tour of the capitol city of Reykjavik, guided runs along the famous black-sand beaches of Vik and mountain trails in The Valley of Thor, which offer views of rugged peaks and gleaming glaciers.

Throughout the retreat, guests dine on traditional Scandinavian cuisine using local ingredients such as vegetables grown in geothermal greenhouses, free-range dairy and wild-caught seafood. The retreat ends with a restorative afternoon at The Blue Lagoon, home to mineral-rich, geothermal hot springs renowned for their healing properties.

Space is limited to just 14 participants. Registration is open until May 1, 2016 at www.RunWildRetreats.com. The retreat package includes the transformative Mindful Running Training System and two private coaching sessions with Elinor Fish.

The Iceland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat is the most popular of Run Wild Retreats’ suite of mindful running immersions in the U.S., Canada and Europe. More information about running retreats and Elinor’s coaching services, workshops, public speaking and articles are available at www.ElinorFish.com.

About Elinor Fish
Elinor Fish, founder of Run Wild Retreats, is a 15-year veteran of the running industry. As a competitive ultrarunner, former running-magazine editor and designer of the
Mindful Running Training System, Elinor is an authority on healthy running through mindfulness, which she teaches at retreats and workshops around the world. www.ElinorFish.com

10/28/15 -- Run Wild Retreats Adds Costa Brava To 2016 Wellness Retreat Roster

Mindful running coach Elinor Fish leads the women-only running and wellness event in Spain

November 2, 2016 (CARBONDALE, COLORADO)—Run Wild Retreats, the Colorado-based running and wellness company founded by mindful running coach Elinor Fish, has added a new retreat in Costa Brava to its lineup of women-only wellness retreats. The Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat will take place in Catalonia, Spain, April 23 – 29, 2016.

Modeled after its sold-out retreats in Iceland, the Colorado Rockies and Moab, Utah, the Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat offers women a week-long immersion in healthy running techniques while exploring one of Europe’s most stunning coastal landscapes.

“There’s something about traveling to a new and exotic place to really recharge your energy and make lasting investments in your health and wellness,” says Fish. “These retreats always draw the most incredible group of women together because of their shared love of running. We welcome runners with a wide range of experience and fitness levels because the runs are so adaptable.”

Starting from the historic city of Girona, runners travel on foot from fishing village to fishing village along trails and pathways winding northward toward the Pyrenees while their luggage is transported between destinations. Guests stay in luxury boutique hotels, including castles and centuries-old homesteads that have been converted into modern accommodations.

The itinerary includes three Wellness Workshops with Elinor, natural running form clinics on the beach, wine tasting and tapas at a family-run winery, free time to explore Cadéques and other historic towns. Guests will dine on the world-class Catalan cuisine for which this region is known.

Those who sign up with a friend each save $100 off the package price that includes Elinor’s transformative Mindful Running Training System and two private coaching sessions.

The Costa Brava Running + Wellness Retreat is the newest addition to Run Wild Retreats’ growing suite of mindful running immersions in the U.S., Canada and Europe. More information about the running retreats, as well as Elinor’s coaching services, workshops, public speaking and articles are available at www.ElinorFish.com.


About Elinor Fish
Elinor Fish, founder of Run Wild Retreats, is a 15-year veteran of the running industry. As a competitive ultrarunner, former running-magazine editor and author of the e-book,
The Healthy Runner’s Manifesto, Elinor is an authority on healthy running through mindfulness, which she teaches at retreats and workshops around the world. Learn more at: www.ElinorFish.com

7/20/15 -- Elinor Fish Hosts Moab Mindful Running Retreat this October

July 20, 2015 (CARBONDALE, COLORADO)—Running and wellness coach Elinor Fish of Run Wild Retreats is offering runners an immersion in the mindful running experience this October 15-18 at the Moab Mindful Running Retreat for women. This four-day retreat in Moab, Utah, offers an ideal introduction to trail running and how to use mindful running to reduce stress and improve running performance and enjoyment.

The Moab Mindful Running Retreat  package includes  daily guided trail runs, restorative yoga classes for runners, dining at Moab’s best eateries, local transportation, meditation classes, mindful running coaching and much more. The glamping accommodations are provided by Moab Under Canvas and includes furnished, luxury canvas tents and access to hot showers and other amenities.

“Not only is Moab a stunningly beautiful place to trail run, but it is a magic environment that I find very conducive to calming a busy mind and practicing mindfulness,” says retreat host, Elinor Fish. “And the program is suitable to runners of all fitness levels, as our runs can be adapted to various fitness levels.”
The retreat package costs just $1350 per person and includes running tips and mindfulness coaching with Elinor and trail runs with Moab-based guide Chris Martinez of 360 Moab Adventures.

The retreat is limited to 11 participants and is expected to sell out quickly. Reservations can be made at www.ElinorFish.com.


About Run Wild LLC

Run Wild LLC is a running lifestyle brand that supports runners of all experience levels on their quest to better running and health. Founded by trail runner and mindful running expert Elinor Fish, Run Wild is home to the Healthy Running Revolution, which offers wellness retreats in the world’s best trail running destinations, day-long workshops, online coaching and much more. Learn more at: www.ElinorFish.com

7/16/15 -- Healthy Running Workshop Teaches a Balanced Approach to the Active Lifestyle

July 16, 2015 (CARBONDALE, COLORADO)—The Healthy Running Workshop to be held at Ripple Effect Athlete Training Center in Carbondale, Colorado, offers runners an integrated solution for overcoming the obstacles to running and feeling their best. Participants come away with a customized plan for creating better training results in less time and effort.

Competitive and recreational runners alike will learn about how to balance their health needs with the demands of physical activity and stress of everyday life. Participants come away with a clear strategy for how to run better, recover faster and prevent running-related injury and burnout.

The comprehensive workshop, taking place from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Friday, September 18 and 8:00 am – 3:30 pm on Saturday, September 19, will cover the three essential aspects to healthy running:

1. Mindful running coach Elinor Fish will analyze participants’ form and provide specific feedback to be more efficient and reduce the chance of injury. They learn how to recover faster and have more energy and motivation for running and other activities.

2. Carolyn Parker, owner of Ripple Effect Athlete Training Center, evaluates participants’ posture, joint mobility, flexibility and functional strength and teaches the strengthening exercises they need to prevent injury and balance the body.

3. Marcey Robinson, MS, RD, CSSD and sports nutritionist teaches participants how nutrition influences recovery and healing. Marcey evaluates each person’s nutritional habits and makes dietary recommendations to improve fitness, energy levels and performance.

Registration is $275 per person, or $225 for those who sign up by August 15. More information, a full workshop itinerary and registration is available at www.ElinorFish.com.

About Run Wild LLC

Run Wild LLC is a running lifestyle brand that supports runners of all experience levels on their quest to better running and health. Founded by trail runner and mindful running expert Elinor Fish, Run Wild is home to the Healthy Running Revolution, which offers wellness retreats in the world’s best trail running destinations, day-long workshops, online coaching and much more. Learn more at: www.ElinorFish.com

7/16/15 -- Mindful Running Expert Elinor Fish offers Free Workshops in Nelson

July 16, 2015 (CARBONDALE, COLORADO)—Running and wellness coach Elinor Fish, founder of Run Wild Retreats and author of The Healthy Runner’s Manifesto, is offering two free workshops on  mindful running in Nelson, British Columbia this summer. Runners of all levels will learn how mindfulness can help them run better, recover faster and prevent overuse injuries.

“Running offers the ideal environment for practicing mindfulness and shaking off the day’s stress,” says Elinor Fish. “And better yet, mindfulness can also make you a better runner, which is what these workshops will focus on. We’ll learn how to reduce the physical impact of running so it’s better for your body and feels more like play instead of work.”

The two workshops will be held at Nelson’s Rotary Lakeside Park at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28 at 7:30 am. Both of the 90-minute workshops include a lecture, natural running form drills and a 5 to 6K group training run. Registration is free, but pre-registration is required at: http://runwildretreats.com/product/mindful-running-workshops-nelson/
Elinor Fish grew up in Rossland, B.C., but now lives in Colorado, where she coaches runners in the health benefits of mindful running, leads talks, workshops and retreats around the world.

 

Her writing and ideas have been featured in Runner’s World, Yoga Journal, Outside, SHAPE, SELF, Women’s Adventure, Aspen Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. She frequently writes for Trail Runner, National Geographic Adventure and various active lifestyle websites. Earlier this year, CNN named Run Wild Retreats one of the best running camps for adults in the U.S..
Learn more about the Healthy Running Revolution, Run Wild Retreats and Elinor’s coaching services at www.ElinorFish.com.

 


About Run Wild LLC

Run Wild LLC is a running lifestyle brand that supports runners of all experience levels on their quest to better running and health. Founded by trail runner and mindful running expert Elinor Fish, Run Wild is home to the Healthy Running Revolution, which offers wellness retreats in the world’s best trail running destinations, day-long workshops, online coaching and much more. Learn more at: www.ElinorFish.com

2/9/15 -- Learn the Secrets of Healthy Running at Trail Running and Yoga Retreats in Iceland, Moab

February 9, 2015 (CARBONDALE, COLORADO)—Running and wellness coach Elinor Fish, founder of Run Wild Retreats, has opened registration for her popular women’s trail running and yoga retreats. The Iceland Trail Running and Wellness Retreat and Moab Mindful Running Retreat offer packages that include daily guided trail runs, yoga classes for runners, meals, accommodation and ground transportation, coaching and much more.

“There’s something about traveling to a new and exotic place to really recharge your energy and make investments in your health and wellness,” says Elinor Fish. “These retreats always draw the most incredible group of women together because of our shared love of running. And we welcome women with a wide range of experience and fitness levels, as many of the runs are adaptable.”

To be held August 11 – 16, 2015, the Iceland Trail Running and Wellness Retreat for women, which is presented by the apparel and lifestyle brand, Run Pretty Far, is a six-day adventure (starting and ending in Reykjavik) that includes daily trail runs during which guests explore Iceland’s diverse and wild environment of volcanoes, lava fields, massive waterfalls and ancient geysers. The itinerary includes plenty of time to relax with daily yoga classes, geothermal hot springs and freshly prepared Scandinavian meals featuring local ingredients. Guests who sign up with a friend each save $150 off the all-inclusive package price of $2900 (excluding flights).

The Moab Mindful Running Retreat for women will take place in Moab, Utah, October 15-18, 2015. This four-day mini retreat is the ideal introduction to trail running and the principles of using mindfulness while running to reduce stress and run with more ease and joy. The package includes Glamping at Moab Under Canvas, daily guided trail runs of Moab’s famous singletrack trails through stunning red-desert landscapes, yoga classes and meals at Moab’s best eateries and more. This incredible travel package, which includes running and wellness coaching with Elinor Fish, is just $1350 per person.

Much more information about these running retreats, as well as Elinor’s coaching services, free e-books and training articles are available at www.ElinorFish.com.

2/12/15 -- Revive Your Running Workshop Helps Runners Prevent Injury, Perform Better

February 12, 2015 (CARBONDALE, COLORADO)—The Revive Your Running Workshop to be held at Ripple Effect Athlete Training Center in Carbondale, Colorado, offers runners an integrated solution for overcoming chronic injury or prevent their chance of injury, while speeding recovery and performance.

The workshop, which will take place starting at 5:30 pm on Friday, April 10th and finish at 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 11th, is offered by three Roaring Fork Valley-based sports and fitness experts: Carolyn Parker, owner of Ripple Effect, Elinor Fish, running and wellness coach, and Marcey Robinson, MS, RD, CSSD and sports nutritionist.

The comprehensive workshop will cover the three essential aspects to healthy running:

1. Natural running form with Elinor Fish. Lessen the impact of running by making gravity do more of the work while engaging the essential muscle groups that runners so often under-utilize. We’ll clear up the confusion about barefoot running, footstrike and form. We’ll analyze your form and give you the specific feedback you need to be more efficient.

2. Identify and address the weakest points in your kinetic chain to re-balance the body and prevent injuries. Carolyn Parker will evaluate your posture, joint mobility, flexibility and functional strength and teach you the strengthening exercises you must include in your routine to prevent or overcome running-related injury.

3. Optimize your daily nutrition with Marcey Robinson. Learn how nutrition can vastly improve your recovery and healing, making you a stronger, more successful runner. Marcey will evaluate your nutritional habits and help you identify the best strategies and foods to suit your specific needs and challenges.

The investment in this program is $275 per person. Those who sign up before March 1 receive an early bird rate of $225 (a $50 savings). More information, a full workshop itinerary and registration is available at www.ElinorFish.com or email: elinor@elinorfish.com.

About Elinor Fish
Elinor Fish, founder of Run Wild Retreats, is a 15-year veteran of the running industry. As a competitive ultrarunner, former Trail Runner magazine editor and author of the e-book, The Healthy Runner’s Manifesto, Elinor is an authority on healthy running through mindfulness, which she teaches at retreats and workshops around the world. Learn more at: www.ElinorFish.com