Guided Trail Run-Walks | Mindful Running Workshops | Restorative Yoga | Desert Beauty | Natural Running Form Clinics
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!
Participant Photos + Testimontials
–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.
4-Day, 3-Night Retreat Itinerary
Day 1 | 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): 60 – 90 minutes
Day 2 | 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 | 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 | Feeling Fine at Fisher Towers
After breakfast, 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 1:00p.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.
Start Planning Your RetreatMoab Mindful Running Retreat (Level I)
• Three nights’ accommodation at the Red Cliffs Lodge
• Meals from dinner on Thursday through lunch on Sunday
• Private transportation between the lodge and trails
• Daily guided runs with professional guides
• Dedicated Retreat Leader
• Mindful Running workshops
• Restorative yoga class for runners
• Natural Running Form clinics
• Trail snacks/energy food and drinks
• Run Wild Retreats gift bag
⚠️ Covid Health + Safety Protocols are in place. Read about them here.
Balance Payment Deadline: 60 days before retreat begins
Max Group Size: 15 women
Shared Room Package (per person): $2,195
Private Room Package (per person): $2,495
*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 Level I, which means:
- 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.
- Learn more about how we manage run pacing here: https://runwildretreats.com/about-the-run-wild-retreat-experience/levels/