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.

Is it OK if I come alone? Would I have to pay a "single supplement?"

YES you can come alone, and NO, it won’t cost you more! 

The majority of our retreat participants come on their own. And while many travel companies require single travelers to pay a supplemental fee when there’s an odd number of travelers in a group, we do not. We absorb this cost so you don’t have to pay more simply because you’re traveling solo. 

You may book a Shared Room retreat package, in which case we’ll match you with a roommate. All shared rooms have separate beds, one for each person (of course!). 

On many trips, we offer Private Single Room options as well. While it does cost more to have a private room, you may select this option to be sure you have a room to yourself. 

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 the booking process?
  1. Once you’ve selected which retreat you want to book, click on the “Book Now” button to be taken to that retreat’s product selection page.
  2. Choose your referred room type (if available), and whether you want to pay just the deposit or the full retreat package now.
  3. Click on “Add to Cart” to proceed to the payment page.
  4. After submitting your payment, you are automatically redirected to the Retreat Participant Booking Form. Please complete this form and click on “Submit.”
  5. You’ll then receive three emails from us: a) your payment receipt, b) an email containing your automatically created account username and password, and c) an email containing information about how to join the Healthy Runners’ Community and the date at which your retreat balance payment is due (if you paid a deposit).
  6. You can pay your retreat balance any time by logging into your account (using the username and password emailed to you on the day you paid your deposit). Click here to Manage your Booking. 
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.
Can I use my Garmin, phone or other GPS device to record the runs?
This retreat is a special opportunity to be present in a way that is hard to find in your regular routine. That’s why it’s call a retreat!
By participating in this retreat, you are embarking on a journey of inner exploration as much as one of external exploration. You are embarking on a journey to a beautiful new destination, one that offers scenery and cultural experiences you can savor and enjoy. The inner exploration has to do with creating space to observe the feelings that arise throughout the retreat, noticing them and savoring them.
With that in mind, we have introduced a Presence Policy that is designed to enhance your retreat experience so that you get the most from it. This policy asks that you:
  •  When on the trails, keep your phone in Airplane Mode. This way, you can use as much as you like to take photos (which we strongly encourage!), but aren’t distracted by incoming messages or phone calls.
  • Turn off all audible sounds from your watch or GPS devices. If you have an electronic device that is making sounds, your retreat leader will ask you turn it off.
  • Even better: leave your watch behind! There’s no need to log, map, measure or time your runs while on the retreat. You will have a richer retreat experience if you forego all forms of measurement and focus on the purpose of each day’s run: to practice mindful presence.
  • Turn off your phone (or leave it in your hotel room) during Wellness Workshops, retreat meetings and during group meals. There is plenty of time in the day, while traveling from place to place or free time, during which you can catch up with friends and family, post photos to social media, etc. We simply ask that you don’t do this during group time.
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: https://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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