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. Learn more about the retreat levels we offer here.
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?
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. Learn more about what’s included in the retreat packages here.
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?
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. Learn more about the various retreat levels here.
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.