Canyon Trail Overlooking River | Guided Mindful Running | River Rafting | Backcountry Lodges | Quiet Serenity | Digital Detox
Escape to another world while running lodge-to-lodge along Oregon’s Rogue River, with only the sound of flow water and runners’ footsteps to fill your otherwise racing mind. You’ll love running the famed Rogue River Trail, which parallels the river’s meandering route through a forested gorge that feels far removed from civilization. As our river guides transport your personal longings on rafts, you’ll run downstream along the undulating trail. While the entire trail is about 40 + miles, we’ll offer you the option to hop on the raft–rowed by our expert river guides, of course–and float sections as you wish in order to keep the overall miles run a bit more manageable.
Your retreat leader will lead mindful running clinics on the trail to help you navigate the trails with ease and flow, while our professional running guide leads the way and educates us about this pristine river’s inherent value leading up to its 1968 designation by the U.S. Congress as a protected “Wild and Scenic” Oregon river.
Each night you’ll stay in historic riverside lodges dating back to the 1930’s and 40’s. These simple and rustic lodges will take you back to simpler times, and help you detox from digital life. Spend the evenings sitting on the wooden deck, listening to the river gurgle as you gaze up at the stars and savor the silence.
Your daily runs will be about 9 – 11 miles, though with plenty of stops and breaks throughout, and the option to go even a little longer. The river guides transport your personal belongings from lodge to lodge on the rafts, so there’s no need to carry more than what you need for the run. Though there are no major climbs or descents along the trail, the rolling trail climbs and dips back down toward the river for constant ups and downs and while some of the trail’s footing is soft forest soil, the rest is volcanic rock. Although the Rogue River Trail is only moderately challenging overall, it is at times steep, rocky and narrow with exposed sections and therefore is not recommended for people who have a fear of heights.
4-Day, 3-Night Retreat Itinerary
Day 1 | Arrivals + Shake Out Run
The nearest airport for those flying to Oregon is in Medford, a 45-minute drive from our retreat’s starting point at Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Lodge, where you’ll meet your group and retreat leader for the retreat’s Opening Meeting at 2 p.m.. Come dressed ready to run as we’ll depart for today’s shake out run soon after the meeting wraps. During the meeting, you’ll officially meet your fellow retreat participants and review the retreat intention and flow with your retreat leader. At 3 p.m., you’ll have a chance to return to your room to drop off any extra items and your Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag before meeting our guides in front of the lobby area for a short drive to today’s run location.
Today’s “shake out” trail run is designed to help you get grounded and burn off any nervous energy. Your retreat leader will present the key aspects of the Power Posture as a foundation for your mindful running practice in the days to come. These techniques will be especially valuable if you’re new to trail running. Then you’ll enjoy a relaxed run on these smooth, easy trails. After the run, we’ll return to Morrison’s, where you have plenty of free time to freshen up before we gather for dinner in the dining room. Near the end of dinner, your retreat leader will review important information for tomorrow’s run in terms of what to bring and what to wear for the conditions.
Time on trail (including stops and clinic): 90 minutes to 2 hours
Day 2 | Running the Rogue River
Help yourself to the breakfast buffet served at the lodge. After a leisurely breakfast, meet with our guides who will explain river safety and help you pack your personal belongings into a waterproof drybag for transport to the next lodge via raft. After a 20-minute drive to the river “put-in” spot (for the rafts) with our guides, we’ll begin our run around midmorning and spend the next few hours enjoying the rolling canyon trail at a social pace. This first day on the trail has plenty of beautiful viewpoints. We will journey from river level to high above on the canyon walls before eventually returning to river level. The continuously rolling trail (which you can hike sections as needed) keeps you focused on your footing while dishing up non-stop views. At the run’s end, we’ll have a picnic lunch, then take a ferry across the river to Black Bar Lodge. After checking into your rooms and freshening up, we’ll meet out on the lawn for a Wellness Workshop, followed by hors d’oeuvres and drinks before dinner.
Time on trail (including stops): 2 – 3 hours
Day 3 | Flow + Float
Help yourself to the breakfast buffet at the lodge at your leisure this morning. After packing up your belongings and checking out of your lodge room, you’ll meet your guides and retreat leader for the start of today’s run. Today’s route meanders along tributaries branching off the main river canyon. Today you can run more or less by opting to hop on the raft with a guide for a few miles. At the run’s end at Mule Creek, we will have a late lunch and free time to soak your feet in the creek and lounge in the shade with a refreshing beverage of your choice. Late afternoon, we’ll walk a half-mile to our next lodge. Marial Lodge, named after a former gold-mining settlement, overlooks the Rogue River and features a huge deck on which you can relax and listen to the river’s soothing flow. We’ll have our second wellness workshop, then enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the deck before dinner at the lodge.
Time on trail (including stops): 3 – 4 hours
Day 4 | Gorgeous Gorges
Help yourself to the lodge’s breakfast buffet at your leisure. Today’s run is a peak experience in terms of miles and scenery. You can go long or short on today’s trail run, which navigates the cliffs above lush Mule Creek Canyon. At various points along the trail, you can bail out of the run and hop in the rafts with our professional guides. Either way, you’ll get to experience all the beauty this river section has to offer. At one point, the river funnels through a 15-foot-wide channel, then later expands to reveal a spectacular view of Staircase Falls, which is a must-stop photo opp. Downriver, the trail diverges from the river’s edge and cuts through a lush, fern-filled forest.
Today’s adventure ends at Foster Bar, where we take the boats out of the river and enjoy a riverside picnic lunch and official Retreat Closing Meeting before the two-hour drive to Medford, where you can choose to be dropped off at the airport or your hotel for the night.
Time on trail: 2 – 4 hours including stops (customize by taking option to float in rafts)
The total distance for this retreat will be between approximately 27 and 40 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 on how much of the distance you opt to travel via raft. We have guides with us both on the trail and the rafts. 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 modifications, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
This trip is facilitated by Orange Torpedo Trips, which holds permits with the BLM and USFS.
Start Planning Your RetreatRogue River Trail Running + Wellness Retreat
• Three nights at lodges on the Rogue River
• Lodge-to-lodge transport of personal luggage
• River rafting with professional river guide (optional)
• Dry bag and life jacket rental
• Transportation between the lodge and river put-in on Day 2
• Transportation to hotel or the airport on Day 4
• All meals from Day 1 dinner through Day 4 lunch
• Pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres
• Alcoholic drinks at lodges
• Daily trail runs with professional guides
• Dedicated Retreat Leader
• Mindful Running workshops
• Natural Running Form clinics
• Trail snacks/energy food and drinks
• Run Wild Retreats gift bag
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Balance Payment Deadline: June 30, 2021
Max Group Size: 14 women
Shared Room Package (per person): $2,425
Private Room Package (per person): $2,825
*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 by registering on one of the Trip Pages to the right.
😊 The Flexible Booking Policy is in effect, which you can read about here.
This retreat is rated Level II, which means we recommend you have a base fitness level that allows you to run up to 9 miles at a time on roads. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run–really!
- Daily runs at this retreat range from 5 miles to 10 miles on singletrack trails.
- The running trail intersects with the river every few miles, at which point you may hop into the raft with the guides (a guide will control the raft, it’s OK if you’ve never been on one before) in order to shorten the run.
- On the other hand, if you like to run a lot, some days you may extend your run to as much as 15 miles!
- There is no time limit; you may take as long as you need to finish the runs, which end at the lodge at which we’re staying.
- 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.
- The trail surfaces are a mix of loose sand, rock and dirt trail. Very little ground will be truly flat–you have to focus on your footing, which is why we stop often to take photos and soak up the views.
- Trail running shoes and a hydration pack that can carry at least 1.5 Liters of water are required.
- Learn more about how we manage run pacing here: https://runwildretreats.com/about-the-run-wild-retreat-experience/levels/