What is the average pace of the runs at these retreats?
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?
Will I lose my deposit if I have to cancel?
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?
- 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.
- Choose your referred room type (if available), and whether you want to pay just the deposit or the full retreat package now.
- Click on “Add to Cart” to proceed to the payment page.
- After submitting your payment, you are automatically redirected to the Retreat Participant Booking Form. Please complete this form and click on “Submit.”
- 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).
- 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?
Can I use my Garmin, phone or other GPS device to record the runs?
- 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?
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/