You don’t have to worry about being the slowest one at this retreat! This four-day women-only retreat is ideal for those who are either new to running, returning to running after an injury or layoff, or who prefer to run short distances. All of the runs at this retreat (which are between three and six miles) employ a run-walk approach, so no matter your pace you’ll be able to go at pace that’s comfortable for you. With the support of our professional running guides, you can relax and enjoy the running without having to navigate or worry about logistics.
Even if you’ve never run trails before, you’ll soon get the hang of navigating Moab’s rock slabs, sandy dirt trails and gently rolling hills. The mindful running techniques, as demonstrated by your retreat leader, help you adapt your stride and running form to become as efficient as possible. Plus, the Wellness Workshops focus on how to use mindful running techniques to establish a consistent running practice that is sustainable and fits into your lifestyle.
Through our practical clinics, informative discussions, mindful movement and free time for quiet contemplation, you’ll develop a valuable set of tools for establishing a consistent, sustainable running practice. Join us in Moab to immerse yourself in the powerful healing energy of this vibrant desert landscape as you run scenic, challenging trails at a pace that is playful, relaxed and social. There’s no pressure to keep up with anyone else!
Moab Mindful Running Retreat (level I) Itinerary
Day 1 Thursday | Powerful Posture
Our program begins at 2:00 pm at Red Cliffs Lodge. After checking in and settling into your room, we’ll have an official welcome orientation meeting, during which your retreat leader will review what’s in store for the upcoming days and answer your questions. After the meeting, we’ll carpool (kindly asking for volunteers) to a nearby trail for our first group run. After a short warm up, we’ll pause and practice the key elements of the Power Posture, after which we’ll put these tips into practice during our relaxed shake out run. After freshening up back at the lodge, we’ll enjoy a fresh-prepared meal at the Red Cliffs Lodge’s Cowboy Grill.
Time on trail (including breaks and clinic): 90 minutes (approx)
Day 2 Friday | Desert Splendor + Dino Prints
We begin the day with breakfast at the lodge, then drive to the Dino Trail. Part three of the Natural Running Form Clinic will give you the secret to using breath to regulate pace and efficiency while running on trails. Discover the ease of managing your effort level with this simple technique during today’s scenic and rewarding trail run that takes us along a scenic loop trail featuring “slickrock” (which is actually grippy sandstone) and vast desert views. Near the trail’s end, we’ll search for real petrified dinosaur bones embedded in a rock face. After a picnic lunch, you’ll have some free time to relax at Red Cliffs Lodge. Late afternoon is our first Mindful Running Workshop, during which you’ll identify what you truly need to establish a consistent running practice. After the workshop, we’ll once again ask (different) volunteers to carpool into town, where we’ll enjoy a restorative yoga class designed for runners (no experience needed!), then dinner at a fabulous downtown restaurant.
Time on trail (including breaks and clinic): 2-3 hours
Day 3 Saturday | Mindful Form at Big Mesa
After breakfast at the lodge, our guides will drive us to a local trailhead at the Navajo Rocks Trails. After an easy warm-up section of trail, we’ll pause for our second Natural Running Form clinic that will give you the tools and tips to run more efficiently. Our run contours along the base of massive red cliff walls on fun, rolling terrain. After about an hour, you have the option to end your run here, or continue another 1.5 hours (approximately) to the lower trailhead. Once we return to Red Cliffs Lodge, we’ll have lunch on the River Deck, followed by free time to freshen up before the next workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to make purchases from the Mindful Running shop. Tonight we’re in for a special treat at a neighboring ranch (asking one last time for a few volunteers to help with the 5-minute drive), where we’ll enjoy a three-course farm-to-table gastronomic feast.
Time on trail (including breaks and clinic): 2 – 3 hours
Day 4 Sunday | Feeling Fine at Fisher Towers
Over a light continental breakfast, we’ll dive right into our final Wellness Workshop, during which you’ll review your most valuable takeaways from this retreat. Shortly afterwards, it’s a short drive with our guides to the final out-and-back trail run that is truly a celebration in the simple joy and adventure of running for our own health and happiness. While it begins with a bit of an uphill hike, this rewarding run is worth the effort to soak up the views and see the soaring Fisher Towers. You can choose to all the way to the trail’s end or turn around at any point along the way. Upon our return to the lodge, we enjoy a luxurious brunch buffet before our final wrap-up and farewells at 1:30p.m..
Time on trail (including breaks): 2 – 2.5 hours
This program operates under a special recreation permit with the Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office.
Important note about the runs: The total run-walk distance for this retreat will be between approximately 18 and 21 miles. Each day’s run-walk 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 in some cases. 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 routes, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
Wellness WorkshopsHow mindful running helps you stress less and run more
Part I: Stress and Runners
Where does your energy go? Do you ever feel too tired to run? Do you ever feel so overwhelmed at the prospect of starting a training plan that you give up before you’ve begun? Do your long runs or hard workouts so wiped out that you’re pretty much useless the rest of the day? Discover what feeds your energy and what depletes your energy and how to stop the energy leaks.
Part II: Mitigating the Effects of Stress
How do you know if you're doing enough to build your fitness and reach your goals, but not so much that you're becoming depleted and at risk of over extending yourself? You’ll design your own mindful running practice that will allow you to fulfill your goals and run with confidence. Discover how mindful breathing improves your running efficiency and dial down the stress response in any situation.
Part III: Values Inform Intentions
Running is an important part of your personal self-care routine, and yet, it can be so hard to prioritize sometimes. Fulfilling your potential is about living in alignment with your values. These mindful intention-setting exercises allows you to align your approach to running with you values around wellness, self care and fitness. Come away with a clear approach to balancing health with life's demands.
Natural Running Form ClinicsUse mindful running to improve efficiency and prevent injury
Part I: Power Posture
Use proper alignment to make gravity do more of the work. This reduces the muscular force involved with running so it feels easier and less strenuous on muscles and joints.
Part II: Focus on Efficiency
Use natural running techniques to drastically improve efficiency. You'll practice changing stride length, cadence and tempo on various types of terrain.
Part III: Find Flow
Put the pieces together to achieve the ultimate trail running experience. Learn to cultivate the circumstances for flow to occur by being relaxed and mindful.
About Your Retreat Leader, Charlotte Roennau
Charlotte Roennau is a former professional sprinter who has evolved into a mindful long-distance runner whose priority now is to run for fun. Once known as Denmark’s fastest woman, Charlotte’s competitive mindset was wired for goal setting, performance and achievement. But as career stakes rose—along with them, the pressure to perform—she discovered the drawbacks to gold medals. Failing to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona in the 400 meter hurdles led Charlotte to period of depression.
Putting her track career behind her, Charlotte forged a new career path that combined her sports-science degree with a new interest in mindfulness and yoga. She spent a decade using sports as a tool to create peaceful co-existence, social cohesion and reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. Her work with Cross Cultures Project Association (CCPA) and Global Education through Sports (GES) brought the core values of sports to bring kids, families, communities and cities together in conflict areas with respect for diversity, religion, culture and gender.
Participant Photos + Testimonials
–Maude B, Rochester, NY
Love Trail Running Now
–Griselda P., Chico CA
–Alice M., Boston, MA
Retreat was a Dream
–Tracey S., Atlanta, GA
Organic and Relaxed
Glimpse of What's Possible
Best Things I have Done for Myself
–Patricia H., Boulder, CO
Eager to Practice Mindful Running
–Nancy U, Washington, D.C.
Details About Your Four-Day, Three Night PackageMoab Mindful Running Retreat (level I)
Retreat Group Size:
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- What's Included
- Getting to Moab
- Other Important Things to Know
- Is This Retreat Right for You?
• Three nights’ accommodation at the Red Cliffs Lodge
• Meals from dinner on Thursday through lunch on Sunday
• Daily guided runs
• Mindful Running workshops
• One restorative yoga class for runners
• Natural Running Form clinics
• Trail snacks/energy food
• Private group within the Healthy Runners’ Community
• Run Wild Retreats gift bag
- Alcoholic drinks
- Transportation to/from the airport
- Other incidentals
- Guide gratuity
- Some ground transportation
- Travel/cancellation insurance
- Anything else not listed under “What’s Included”
Another good choice is the Salt Lake City International Airport (a 4.5-hour drive from Moab).
We are usually able to coordinate retreat participants who fly into these airports so they can share rental cars for the drive to Moab. Otherwise, shuttle services are available.
The Moab Airport (called Canyonlands Field) is located just 10 miles from Moab, and currently has flights from Salt Lake City and Denver. Taxi service is available from the Moab Airport to the Red Cliffs Lodge through these providers:
We recommend the Grand Junction Regional airport, located a 2 hour drive northeast of Moab. Another good choice is the Salt Lake City International Airport (a 4.5-hour drive from Moab). We are usually able to coordinate retreat participants so they can share rental cars for the drive to Moab. The Moab Airport (called Canyonlands Field) is located just 10 miles from Moab, and currently has flights from Salt Lake City and Denver.
If you book your retreat with a deposit, the balance payment will be due approximately 3 months before the retreat begins. After that time, full payment is needed at time of booking to secure your spot. Click here for the booking and cancellation policy.
About the Accommodations
We will be staying in suites at Moab’s Red Cliffs Lodge. Every room at Red Cliffs Lodge has a soothing view of either the Colorado River (just 100 feet away) or Castle Creek, which runs through the property. Every luxury room is a mini suite featuring:
• Separate kitchenette • Coffee pot • Refrigerator • Microwave • Toaster • Air-conditioner • Separate dining area • Fully tiled bathrooms with bathtub/showers • Carpet/Mexican Satillo Tile On-site facilities also include outdoor pool, hot tub and exercise room.
Special Dietary Needs
We can accommodate those with special diets, including vegetarians, gluten-free and vegan, though meal options may be limited for some meals. When you register for the retreat, you can indicate your special dietary needs in your Retreat Participants Intake Form.
- Daily runs/walks range from 3 miles to 6 miles on singletrack trails.
- Two guides accompany the group to support the different pace groups, so there’s no pressure to run faster than you’re comfortable.
- Trail running experience isn’t necessary. Your retreat leader provides trail-running tips for running in this terrain.
- You’ll encounter trails with loose rocks, and some exposure to heights. You can walk/hike trail sections as you need.
- Trail running shoes and a hydration pack are required.