Founder + CEO
Lives In: Carbondale, CO
Elinor Fish has worked in the travel, tourism and running industries since 1999. The Canadian ex-pat, who now calls Colorado home, has long been an avid trail runner, writer and traveler, having lived most her adult life abroad. She spent four years as the managing editor of Trail Runner magazine and founded Run Wild Retreats + Wellness in 2010. Drawing from her career in tourism marketing for such destinations as Banff and Lake Louise (Canada), the Province of Alberta and Catalina Island, California, she has grown Run Wild Retreats Inc into an international travel company offering running and wellness-focused tours in six countries.
As a writer, Elinor has written numerous magazine articles and recorded dozens of podcasts about mindful running that have helped thousands of runners make their running a mindfulness practice to reduce their stress, overcome obstacles to consistent running and improve their overall well being.
She lives in the mountain town of Carbondale, Colorado, with her mountain-bike loving son and husband, and their senior black Lab.
Travel Operations and Sustainability Manager
Lives In: Denver, CO
Ami was born and raised in Colorado. She spent the majority of her childhood exploring the Colorado Rockies and developing an incredible appreciation for the great outdoors. One of Ami’s first tastes of international travel came when she went to Belize and discovered the world of sustainable tourism. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Sustainable Tourism. She has also independently studied in places such as the Peruvian Andes and Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.
Ami’s travels have taken her from the cloud forests of Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. The call of the wild has also taken her to the Serengeti, to the Highlands and islands of Scotland, the varying landscapes of New Zealand and the Italian Dolomites, and island hopping in Fiji. She has journeyed from the Canadian Arctic to the Alaskan backcountry and into the Amazonian rainforests in Brazil. She loves running as a means of mental, physical and spiritual self-care, deep self-growth and it being something you can do nearly anywhere (except for in the African bush)!
Ami has a diverse operational background in travel and tourism. Having worked in the industry for nearly 10 years, her passion is designing adventures that connect people back to themselves, local communities and our beautiful planet.
When she isn’t traveling or working, Ami spends her free time playing in the mountains, trail running with her 4-year old pup, enjoying time with family and friends and eagerly awaiting her next adventure.
Senior Retreat Leader
Lives In: Aspen, CO
Charlotte 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.
Lives In: Boulder, Co
Megan holds a bachelor’s in business with an emphasis on marketing and design. Her career path led her to work with Ski Magazine, Warren Miller Films, and 11 years as an Executive with Whole Foods Market. After 20+ years in the corporate world, she is now following her heart and pursuing a Master’s in Nonprofit leadership. Megan grew up in Rhode Island, where she was a dedicated high school distance runner. Post high school, she moved to North Carolina, where she ran D1 cross country and track. After years of high school, collegiate competition, and multiple marathons, the focus of her running is now along the trails of Colorado, where she finds mental clarity and pure joy.
Her passion for shared experiences through travel and running is what first brought Megan to Run Wild Retreats in 2016 as a participant in the Iceland trip. In addition to Iceland, she has also traveled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Exuma Island in the Bahamas, Ireland, Scotland, and Victoria Island, CA. She is beyond excited to share her love of running and travel with others. She currently lives in Boulder, CO, with her husband, Rob, her daughter, Steelie, and her two amazing pups Dak and Goose.
Lives In: Los Angeles, CA
Joy Parkes is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher & mindfulness coach through the Samarasa Center in Los Angeles under the guidance of senior Buddhist teacher David Nichtern. She is an avid runner, explorer, social justice advocate and animal lover. Joy empowers & supports her clients to live mindfully by setting long-term, sustainable goals rather than seeking quick fixes. Her greatest fulfillment comes from connecting with people while helping them chart their unique path. Utilizing the science of goal setting and the art of mindfulness, her clients realize they have the power & ability to create long-lasting change from within.
Joy loves travel adventures and looks forward to exploring the world again post-Covid 19. Her travels have taken her across the globe from gorilla trekking in Rwanda to ashram living in India to searching for Mayan ruins in the Guatemalan jungle to exploring the Baja peninsula by horse, kayak and four-wheel drive. With an adventurous spirit, she enjoys connecting with others through transformational travel experiences. Joy lives in La Mesa, CA, with her husband Chris & four rescued pooches.