Guided Mindful Running | Farm-to-Table Dining | Lakeshore Glamping | Forest Singletrack Trails | Restorative Yoga | Evening Campfires | Live Music
This newest addition to our “Close to Nature” collection features a unique glamping experience on the shores of Stillwater Lake just 15 minutes outside of Whitefish, Montana. We’ll stay in a collection of artisanal sustainable mobile dwellings that let you feel close to nature without having to sacrifice comfort or modern conveniences. Each day’s trail run with our professional, local guide fills your lungs with Montana’s fresh mountain air as you run sublime singletrack trails that meander through wildflower meadows lodgepole pine forests and along lakeshores.
With your retreat leader’s guidance, experience how running mindfully can help you maximize running’s stress-reducing effects while immersing yourself in nature. After an invigorating morning on the trails, you’ll enjoy lazy lakeside afternoons filled with leisure, relaxing yoga, campfires, farm-to-table meals and live musical performances.
Our daily runs will be about 8 to 10 miles with plenty of stops and breaks throughout in order to enjoy the views of Glacier National Park, munch some trail snacks and take photos. Our runs take us as high as 7,000 feet, so we do recommend this retreat for those with good fitness and who are comfortable running on singletrack trails. Be game for plenty of long uphill and downhills!
4-Day, 3-Night Retreat Itinerary
Day 1 Thursday | Arrivals + Shake Out Run
Your retreat package includes a pick up from the local airport to take you directly to Stillwater Landing, where the retreat is taking place. Your camp host will show to your glamping cabin and the on-site amenities. Then at 3 p.m., meet your retreat leader for the Opening Meeting (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. After the meeting, meet our guides for a short drive to today’s run location at Beaver Lake.
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 the lodge, where you have plenty of free time to freshen up before we gather for dinner.
Time on trail (including stops and clinic): 90 minutes to 2 hours
Day 2 Friday | Trot Along the Whitefish Trail
Any time after 7 a.m., help yourself to the breakfast buffet served at the lodge. After a leisurely breakfast, we meet our guides for a 30-minute drive to the trailhead. This first day on the trail has plenty of beautiful views looking out at Glacier National Park. Whitefish Trail-Spencer Loop is an out-and-back trail run ascending 2,200 feet to the top of a mountain. It looks like an imposing challenge but the trail is pretty consistently graded throughout. At the run’s end, we’ll return to our camp at Stillwater Landing, where you have a free afternoon to do what your heart desires: lounge by the lake, paddleboard, kayak, nap, walk in the woods, whatever! This afternoon we’ll also enjoy a private restorative Yin yoga class designed specifically for runners to stretch and soothe your running muscles. Tonight’s dinner at Stillwater Landing is a farm-to-table feast to remember, followed by a live outdoor concert on the main stage.
Time on trail (including stops): 3 – 3.5 hours
Day 3 Saturday | Running High on Reid Divide
Help yourself to the breakfast buffet at the lodge at your leisure this morning. Then we’ll meet our guides for a short drive to the start of today’s run, which will be the weekend’s longest. Reid Divide is a 10-mile section of out-and-back alpine trail. As you enter the trail you’re faced with a couple quick steep climbs. From there it becomes rolling terrain with short climbs and descents along a low ridgeline at around 5,800 feet in elevation. Enjoy lush greenery and sample the huckleberries along the way. After the run, return to Stillwater Landing for a casual lunch and free afternoon to enjoy the lakeside serenity. You may join in to a private yin yoga class and meditation class, or take some quiet time for yourself. We’ll enjoy another chef-prepared dinner at Stillwater Landing, followed by a campfire ring and gourmet s’mores.
Time on trail (including stops): 3 – 4 hours
Day 4 Sunday | Wildflower Run + Retreat Closing
Help yourself to the lodge’s breakfast buffet at your leisure. We’ll get a bit of an earlier start this morning so we can make the most of our final run together on some of the area’s sweetest singletrack! Today’s trail winds through alpine fir forests and spectacular fields of wildflowers, offering a fabulous view of the Flathead Valley. As you ascend, you’ll enjoy glimpses into Glacier National Park and may encounter an abundance of huckleberries and bear grass lilies.
Upon returning to Stillwater Landing, you’ll have time to freshen up and check out of your trailer before meeting your retreat leader for the final farewell lunch and retreat closing meeting, leaving plenty of time for your transfer to the Glacier Park International Airport (Whitefish, MT) for your flight home or wherever your travels may take you.
Time on trail: 2 hours including stops
The total distance for this retreat will be between approximately 32 and 36 miles, as represented in this itinerary by time on trail rather than mileage. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route, trails and distances run may change due to changes to trail modifications, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations..
Start Planning Your RetreatStillwater Lake Trail Running + Wellness Retreat
• Three nights at Roam Beyond camp at Stillwater Landing
• Optional SUP, kayak or canoe rental
• Live outdoor musical performance
• Evening campfires with gourmet s’mores
• Ground transportation to/from all trailheads
• All meals from Day 1 dinner through Day 4 lunch
• Daily trail runs with professional guides
• Dedicated Retreat Leader
• Yin (relaxing) yoga class for runners
• Trail snacks/energy food
• Run Wild Retreats gift bag
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Balance Payment Deadline: June 8, 2021
Max Group Size: 14 women
Shared Room Package (per person): $2,250
Private Room Package (per person): $2,695
*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.
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This retreat is rated Level III, which means we recommend you have a base fitness level that allows you to run up to 9 miles at a time on roads. The total distance for this retreat will be between approximately 32 and 36 miles, as represented in this itinerary by time on trail rather than mileage. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route, trails and distances run may change due to changes to trail modifications, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
- Daily runs at this retreat range from 5 miles to 10 miles on singletrack trails.
- 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 is recommended.
- 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/