Run Wild Retreats + Wellness specializes in trail running- and wellness-based travel experiences that support women’s overall health and well being. Our programs feature mindful running techniques that help the women run better while maximizing running’s stress-reducing effects on the body and mind. Set in some of the world’s most inspiring natural destinations known to runners, each itinerary is an immersion in nature and wellness experiences such as yoga, hot springs or spa.
We include the specific elements you need to have wonderful retreat and leave out anything that doesn’t support that mission. Here’s an overview of what makes our retreat experiences so unique. To learn more about what’s included in a retreat package, click here.
Meet Our Team
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 Manager
Lives In: Providence, Rhode Island
Rebecca was born and raised in northern Maine where she developed a strong love of nature and the outdoors at a young age. After getting a degree in graphic design, she moved to Vermont where she spent 10 years as a professional commercial and travel photographer, developing award-winning photography campaigns for artists and small businesses around the globe. In 2009, she followed her love of travel and has worked in the travel and tourism industry ever since.
Rebecca’s career and personal travels have taken her to over 55 countries and all seven continents. Some of her favorite travel experiences include whitewater rafting in Bali and Costa Rica, trekking the Himalayas in Bhutan, hiking glaciers and swimming in Antarctica, drinking tea with locals in Iran, getting up-close and personal with the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, and exploring the food and culture of Vietnam. She has led groups of travelers to Turkey and Syria, through the Panama Canal, Central America and the Caribbean, and throughout Southeast Asia. She believes deeply in the transformative and educational value of travel and loves designing new adventures that inspire self-reflection and appreciation for the world around us.
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: San Diego, 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.