What You Gain
Run Wild Retreats + Wellness offers small-group retreats that support you in learning how to better manage stress through running. That’s what our tagline “Stress Less, Run More” is all about! Mindful running allows you to build a foundation of health upon which to build fitness. Understanding how stress may be affecting you is key to maximizing running’s stress-reducing effects. This allows you to avoid common runners’ pitfalls of overtraining, low motivation or injury.
The healthy running techniques you learn at the retreat help you cultivate deeper self-compassion, confidence, you come away from your experience with a renewed motivation and passion for running as well as timeless tools and methods for making their well-being and self-care a top priority (without the guilt!).
And if you feel you’re not quite ready for a four- or seven-day trail running adventure, you can always join the (free!) Healthy Runners’ Community to learn the fundamentals of mindful running and establish a sustainable running routine to prepare you for a live retreat.
How We Support You
Our Retreat Travel Specialists are always available to help you select which retreat is right for you and plan your travel. During the retreat, not only do you explore a beautiful destination on foot, you get to know local culture, dine on local cuisine and learn local heritage. Your safety is our number one priority. Our retreats are organized to the highest standard in partnership with locally based guides in each destination. And your retreat leader, who is with you every day of the retreat, is your coach, guide, leader and resource for whatever you need to have the best possible retreat experience.
After the retreat ends, you continue to be a member of the Healthy Runners’ Community, where you receive ongoing support for implementing the healthy running principles you learned during the retreat.
What is the Run Wild Retreat Experience Like?Here's what past participants say:
“A little over a year ago I signed up for the Moab Mindful Running Retreat. As the weekend approached I found myself feeling increasingly more nervous, unprepared, but also excited for the opportunities the retreat presented. There were 16 women that attended; all so incredibly strong, ambitious, courageous, intelligent, supportive and brave. Despite all of us having the love for running in common, in these women I found family and the most beautiful support network.
Each day we start off with a run, a trail run to be specific. The length of the runs varied from 5 to 9 miles. The remainder of the day we would enjoy clinics together, meals, yoga and down time. Everyone ran their own run, not keeping track of time or distance. I am new to trail running but LOVE it now. I’m excited to see how this new love changes the story to my runs, the new sites I will see, the challenges it will present and inevitably growth I will make.”
“I came to the retreat because I wanted to learn to run with enjoyment and excitement. I wanted to find the hope, peace and faith that I desperately need not only to run but to carry over in everyday life. One key lesson I learned from the retreat was to give myself grace when I’m not feeling the day or the run. Setting an intention helps me with that. The intention doesn’t have to be extreme, and it helps me carry over the the mindful state of running into my everyday life. The Ireland Trail Running + Wellness Retreat gave me hope for living and to be in the moment and more accepting of what is and how to move forward through difficult times–literally and metaphorically.”
“I came to the Moab Mindful Running Retreat because I wanted to feel comfortable with running in a way that doesn’t contribute to stress, but helps me release it. That manifests itself in many ways–the physical rhythm of breath and motion, the mental capacity to endure longer runs by quieting the negative thoughts. Spiritually, I wanted to feel that ‘runner’s high’ everyone describes, but I don’t seem to get to. At the retreat, I learned that running for longer periods of time is possible when I give myself time to relax into it without the pressure of goals.
This retreat was so valuable in building my confidence around running as a way to feel better physically and mentally.”
“THANK YOU for an unforgettable running experience!! It really did exceed my expectations. Everything you and your company stands for I agree with wholeheartedly I was looking for mindfulness combined with running and that’s exactly what I got! I was looking to meet new people, explore a new place, and learn more about efficient running technique – and that’s what I got!”
“Iceland has a piece of my heart! This retreat with Run Wild Retreats + Wellness has been nothing but spectacular. Well worth the money and time. Not only will you experience the beauty of a completely different landscape, eat local gourmet food, and run miles and miles, you will also make lasting friendships with some amazing women around the world. Thank you Elinor for an unforgettable week!”
“This retreat taught me to be more compassionate with myself! I actually had to practice that within several days after the retreat and looked back on the retreat to help me do that. Also, focusing on my breathing, which not only helped my running physically, it helped me be mindful of my body, breath and focus. I loved everything about this retreat! It was challenging, well planned, beautiful, and wonderful people and fun. I would absolutely recommend any and all of the retreats to people who love running and/or struggle with the daily stress of fitting running into their lives.”
“I didn’t quite realize how pampered I would be on this retreat. Everything was taken care of; we could just relax and take it all in. Staying in the wellness hotels and eating amazing food (5 courses every dinner!) was wonderful. It’s not very often that I feel pampered in that way. I also really enjoyed our group meetings- debriefing at the end of a run or preparing for a run the next day. I enjoyed the time that we reflected on our day, but I also appreciated the running advice, writing intentions, and running techniques demonstrated in the moment. And of course I enjoyed the camaraderie with the other runners — getting to know people from around the country, laughing hysterically over silly stories at dinner, encouraging one another through hardships, and sharing the experience with others.”