Luxury Wellness Hotels | Mindful Running | Challenging Mountain Trails | Meadows and Wildflowers | Spa + Pampering | Gourmet Italian Food
Be prepared for some of the most breathtaking trails you’ve ever run (due to their beauty and elevation) while being pampered in some of the most luxurious four-star hotels of Sud-Tyrol. You’ll run the trails of the Pale Mountains, as the Dolomites are known, a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserved for its stunning natural beauty with an amazing group of women who, like you, run because of how it makes them feel.
There’s something about running the mountains that feeds the soul. Perhaps it’s the grandeur of soaring peaks or the vastness of the landscape that can shift your perspective about things that are happening in your life. In a place like the Dolomites, those seemingly big problems become minuscule when compared to these vertical limestone mountains.
Every run will be completely different as we explore different natural parks within the Alta Badia region of the Dolomites. At times, we’ll use gondolas to access the valley’s upper elevations in order to maximize our rewards (and views!) while running sections of the area’s most famous trails, the Alta Via 1 and 2. This is a challenging retreat best suited to those with some trail-running experience.
Participant Photos + Testimonials
“This retreat far exceeded my expectations! It gave me an opportunity to learn where I can go with my running and I love connecting with all the awesome, inspiring women!”
–Maude B, Rochester, NY
Learned to Listen
“This retreat gave me a chance to escape from the daily pressures of life, and focus on me, what I want from my running practice and connecting with other women who love running. I learned how to use perceived exertion as a measure to guide me in my runs. It’s so easy to override what my body is telling me, and let numbers and data suck the joy out of running. Now I know how to get more satisfaction from how I feel than I ‘perform.’”
Joanne T., Spokane, WA
Retreat was a Dream
“This last week has been a dream. Run Wild Retreats put together a fantastic trail-running trip that improved my form and solidified a lot of what I’ve been thinking about running more mindfully.”
–Tracey S., Atlanta, GA
Organic and Relaxed
“I was concerned about going on a ‘scheduled’ vacation, but it didn’t feel scheduled at all. Everything was so well planned and coordinated, one experience just rolled into the next and I didn’t have to think about anything except having fun. I actually didn’t even realize anything was scheduled or coordinated, it just felt so organic, relaxed and fun!”
“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 gourmet food was wonderful. It’s not very often that I feel pampered in that way.”
–Kristen S., Washington D.C.
“This retreat taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to with the right support. The Italian Dolomites were beautiful and I so enjoyed our group’s companionship. Overall the retreat was excellently organized and I’m definitely considering doing another one!”
–Muneesha G., New York, NY
“I loved everything about this retreat! It was challenging, well planned, beautiful, fun and we had wonderful guides.”
–Cynthia R., Sandpoint, ID
“This retreat will change your life. Don’t over analyze the decision; go and you will not regret it. I am not being dramatic when I say that this was a life-changing experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It has already encouraged me to alter my lifestyle, to continue to travel and to attend more retreats.”
–Kristen S, Washington D.C.
“Something magical happens when trail running in the mountains. I feel free of the pressures and expectations of daily life, can focus on myself while being part of a group. The “trail sisters” understand this and are respectful of how each of us needs to be in the mountains and yet we become a cohesive, supportive group.”
—June T., Anchorage, AK
Worth Every Penny
“Physically challenging, expertly choreographed with stunning scenery, perfect running conditions, exceptional hotels, spas and food, and a fun and friendly group of inspiring women. This beats any race you’ve ever trained for. Worth every penny.”
—Isabella S., Harwood, MD
“Accommodations and planning were first rate. The other women were so fun and interesting! The running was challenging yet relaxing. There was always someone to run with, whatever the speed you were going at any given time. Never felt rushed since there was plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and towns, either with the group or on your own. The food (and wine) was amazing!”
—Rita D., St. Louis, MO
7-Day, 6-Night Retreat Itinerary
Day 1 | Venice Arrivals and Retreat Opening
We ask that you book your flight to arrive before noon, otherwise arrive the day before. We will rendez-vous at the Venice Marco Polo Airport at 12:30 p.m., then meet our driver for the 4-hour drive to San Vigilio di Marebbe. Upon arrival, we will check into our rooms and have some time to freshen up before we convene for the Official Retreat Opening Meet and Greet followed by dinner.
Overnight in San Vigilio di Marebbe.
Run time: no run today.
Day 2 | San Vigilio Forest Run
After breakfast at the hotel, we will meet for our first group trail run of approximately 7 miles on a mix of trail types around San Vigilio, from forested paths to rolling singletrack. We’ll have our first mindful running form clinic that will cover key postural tips that you can practice throughout the week. We’ll finish back in the village in time for lunch and in the heart San Vigilio, followed by free time to enjoy the spa, following by our first Wellness Workshop before dinner at the hotel. Overnight in San Vigilio di Marebbe.
Run time: 2 – 2.5 hours on rolling valley trails that avoid any major ascending or descending. The trail surface is mostly crushed gravel and worn dirt trails, at time rooty. No exposure to high terrain today.
Day 3 | San Vigilio to Corvara (Alta Via 1)
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll check out of our rooms and set aside the luggage for transfer to our next hotel. At 9:30 a.m., we’ll take a 20-minute bus ride to Pederü, where we’ll have our first trail running technique clinic, then begin an adventurous point-to-point high alpine run along the Alta Via 1 trail through the Fanes Plateau. Most of our uphill gain is in the first 1.5 to 2 hours of today’s run, so we’ll hike sections of it until we reach the plateau’s gently rolling terrain. After descending a series of switchbacks, we’ll hop on the bus for a 35-minute ride to our hotel in Corvara. We’ll arrive at mid-afternoon, at which time you are free to explore the village before dinner. Overnight in Corvara.
Run time: 3 to 4 hours on mountain trails (i.e., sometimes rocky) with exposure to heights, long uphills and long downhills.
Day 4 | Corvara to Pralongia
After breakfast at the hotel, we will meet for a workshop on mindful breathing and how it helps us lower stress and run more efficiently. After the workshop, we take the Col Alt Gondola up to the starting point for today’s point-to-point “recovery” run of around 2 to 3 hours (including breaks). Today’s run is at a lower elevation on relatively smooth footpaths, so we can gaze out at the mountains without having to watch the footing so closely. We’ll enjoy a rolling route that takes us to Utia Pralongia before the long descent to Corvara, finishing at our hotel. After lunch at a pizzaria in the village, enjoy some free time to explore the town or enjoy a spa treatment. This evening we will have dinner at our hotel in Corvara.
Run time: 2.5 to 3 hours (including breaks) on wide dirt paths and some steep, rooty singletrack trails
Day 5 | Corvara to Val Gardena (Alta Via 2)
After breakfast, pack your luggage and set it aside for transfer to Selva. Then we’ll drive up to Passo Gardena, where we’ll begin today’s premier trail run along the Alta Via 2 trail. This high-alpine singletrack trail takes us through a barren rocky landscape surrounded by limestone peaks and features a long, steep descent down a narrow rocky trail to the beautiful, lush green Val Lungia. The last portion of today’s run is a beautiful descent through the Val Lungia along a smooth, easy trail that will take us straight to our hotel in Selva. After checking into our rooms, enjoy some free time to explore the village, enjoy the spa and relax before dinner. Overnight in Selva.
Run time 4 – 5 hours on a mix of dirt and gravel trails, at time on very steep, exposed alpine terrain. You must be comfortable in this environment to complete this run.
Alternate run: Take the gondola down to Selva and do an easier out-and-back run along the flat, gravel path trails of the Vallunga Langetal with relatively little elevation change.
Day 6 | Parco Natural Puez-Odle
After breakfast, we’ll board the bus and have a 10-minute bus ride to St. Christina where we take the gondola to Col Raiser. Here we enjoy a beautiful loop through the beautiful green pastures of Parco Nautral Puez Odle. At the 5-mile point, you can choose to take the gondola back down and hop on the bus to the hotel, or run down the mountain for 3 miles (this is a lot of downhill and only recommended if you feel good and have no knee pain), finishing at our hotel. We’ll enjoy a pizza lunch followed by some free time to relax, enjoy the spa or shop before dinner. Overnight in Selva.
Run time: 2 – 3.5 hours (including breaks) on well-worn dirt paths, at times rocky, but always rolling uphill/downhill.
Day 7 | Retreat Closing and Transfer to Venice
This morning we have an optional recovery run of about 3 or 4 miles along the valley floor (no big climbs today!), followed by breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m.. After breakfast, we’ll have our official Retreat Closing Meeting. After checking out of your hotel room and loading your luggage into the van, at 11 a.m. we board the van for our private transfer to the airport, arriving at the Venice Marco Polo Airport around 4:00 p.m. (this arrival time is not guaranteed and is dependent on traffic volumes. Please plan your travel accordingly). From the airport, check in for your flight departure, or if you booked additional hotel nights in Venice, take a shuttle, bus or taxi to your hotel.
Optional Run time: 30 minutes out-and-back on mellow dirt trails and village roads
The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 42 and 50 miles. Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners on some days. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail closures, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
Start Planning Your RetreatItalian Dolomites Trail Running + Wellness Retreat
• Six nights’ accommodation in four-star Wellness Hotels
• Hotel local taxes
• Daily access to wellness spa facilities
• Daily breakfasts and gourmet dinners
• Some lunches
• Daily trail runs with professional guides
• Dedicated Retreat Leader
• Private motorcoach to/from the Venice Marco Polo Airport
• Mindful Running Clinics
• Trail snacks/energy food
• Gondola and bus tickets
• Luggage transfer between hotels
• Run Wild Retreats gift bag
⚠️ Covid Health + Safety Protocols are in place. Read about them here.
Balance Payment Deadline: March 1, 2022
Max Group Size: 15 women
Shared Room Package (per person): $4,795
Private Room Package (per person): $5,295
*Shared room packages have two beds. Solo travelers may choose this option and will be paired with another retreat participant.
If traveling with a friend, you may list your friend as your preferred roommate on your Retreat Participant Intake Form.
You may customize your retreat package with various add-on services.
😊 The Flexible Booking Policy is in effect, which you can read about here.
This retreat is rated Level III. Given the physical requirements listed, this retreat is for experienced trail runners only.
This retreat is suitable for you if:
You are comfortable with a combination of trail running and hiking six days in a row for around four to five hours each day. Each time we are out on the trail it is inclusive of hiking sections of trail and stops for water breaks, snack breaks and photo opportunities.
You are comfortable trail running and hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks and some muddy sections.
You have experience running on mountain trails.
You are comfortable trail running at high elevations. You can expect to reach elevations above 9,000 feet above sea level on this retreat.
You are physically able to hike long uphills and steep downhills.
You are comfortable on narrow trails that are high up and at times exposed.
You are game for running in the rain! Don’t worry about what to wear; we provide you with a comprehensive packing list.
You have, or are willing to acquire before the retreat, a pair of trail running shoes.
The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 42 and 50 miles. Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by the time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners on some days. As noted in the physical requirements, these run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail closures, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
- Learn more about how we manage run pacing here: https://runwildretreats.com/about-the-run-wild-retreat-experience/levels/