You don’t need any experience with mindfulness or trail running to gain a lot from this retreat. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been running, how far you can run or how many miles you log a week. It doesn’t matter if you run race or not.

What does matter is that you want a way to keep running that feels fun and easy rather that simply more work. Mindful running isn’t some newfangled running trend. Rather, it’s the most natural way to run. Relearn how to tune in to your body so you can run the way we were meant to run: with a sense of joy, playfulness and ease.

By the end of the Telluride Trail Running Retreat, you’ll have a system for designing a running practice best suited to your body, health and lifestyle. You’ll also know how to modify that running practice as other things in in your life shift and change to keep running sustainable.

Cultivate more energy and vitality through this weekend of mindful running and luxurious self care.

What You'll Gain:


You have a lot on your mind and it’s hard to shut off. Master the art of mindful running to slow the stream of thoughts, fears, worries and ideas streaming through your mind. Experience the power of clarity, focus and presence on and off the trail.


You don’t want a rigid training plan, but you do want to run consistently and sustainably. Be inspired to establish a running practice that fits into your life and stops mileage “feast or famine” cycles that leave you frustrated and exhausted.


Tired of striving to get more done in running and in life? Stop working so hard to make stuff happen and learn how to enter the Flow State, when you are performing at the very top of your game. This works in life as well as in running.

Telluride Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

September 19 - 22, 2019

Day 1 Thursday |  Arrive in Mountain Village + Welcome

Once everyone has arrived at The Peaks Resort + Spa, we’ll convene at 2 p.m. for our official Retreat Opening Meet + Greet. After introductions, we’ll review the weekend’s itinerary. Then we’ll head outside for our first Mindful Running Form Clinic followed by a relaxed 3-mile shake-out run on the beautiful trails surrounding the resort. After some free time to freshen up, we’ll meet in the dining room for dinner.

Day 2 Friday   |  Practicing Mindfulness on Alpine Trails 

After breakfast, we’ll meet our guides and drive to a nearby trailhead for a scenic trail run of about 8 miles. After a picnic lunch, we’ll return to the resort for some free time to relax and enjoy the spa. In early evening, we’ll have our first Mindful Running Workshop, in which you’ll learn about how stress affects your body as runner and some of the key principles behind making stress for you instead of against you. In the evening, we’ll take the gondola into downtown Telluride and walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

Day 3 Vik black sand beach

Day 3 Saturday | Intentions Mountain Views

Over breakfast, we’ll have our second Mindful Running workshop about how to stop striving for your goals and instead how to perform better–in running and in other areas of life–by investing in your well being. Shift your focus from outcomes to process to find more ease and flow. We’ll close this workshop by setting intentions to today’s run, then head outside for a 6 to 8-mile run. After the run, we’ll enjoy a special picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, we’ll return to the resort for some free time or spa treatments. In the evening, we’ll enjoy dinner in a nearby restaurant in Mountain Village.

Day 4 Sunday  |   Wellness + Wild Wisdom 

Over breakfast, we’ll have our final Mindful Running Workshop.  We’ll uncover what you need to know about the fitness- and health-supporting benefits of rest. And not just in terms of taking a “day off” from running, but making sure you are deliberately shutting off the stress response (fueled by their daily busy-ness as well as running) and activating the relaxation response. Today’s run will be about 5 to 6 miles, followed by lunch and our official Retreat Closing Meeting, during which we review your key takeaways from the retreat and how you will continue to apply them to your running lifestyle once you return home.

What's Included in your Retreat Package:


Enjoy daily group trail runs of three to six miles with your Retreat Leader, Elinor Fish, and an assistant retreat leader. We always run as a group and as such, no one is ever left behind. We stop periodically to drink from our hydration packs, take in the view and check in with one another. There’s no rush to keep up with anyone else’s pace!


Each morning and afternoon we’ll have private workshops during which you’ll  learn the theory behind a set of key mindful running principles, then go outside and actually practice them. After each run, you’ll reflect on the experience and log your observations in order to gain new insights into how your body responds to each method.


Enjoy some of Telluride’s best dining experiences, featuring chef-prepared menus featuring fresh ingredients and local touches that characterize Rocky Mountain cuisine. have special dietary needs? No problem! We can easily accommodate your special diet, whether it’s gluten free, vegetarian, vegan or other.


 Your comprehensive Retreat Planning Guide includes things like a packing list, transportation options to Telluride, including flights, the full retreat itinerary and answers to many other FAQ’s.


Improve your running efficiency with these simple running form tweaks that make you feel like a stronger, faster runner, but without having to train harder to lift heavy weights. Discover more flow and ease by running with better posture and form.


Retreat participants receive a 60-minute professional massage at The Spa at The Peaks Resort, featuring Naturopathica eco-friendly skin products. Choose from a number of massage options that feature aromatherapy and therapeutic massage (relaxing or stimulating) to support your post-run recovery.

About Your Retreat Leader, Elinor Fish

CEO of Run Wild Retreats + Wellness

Elinor Fish, CEO of Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, is a writer, speaker and mindful running pioneer whose mission is to educate, inspire and guide runners on a path to balanced health through mindfulness, stress reduction, natural running form, self-care and sustainable training practices.

Her personal health challenges fueled her commitment to support women’s journey of self discovery through running, travel and mindfulness. Since founding Run Wild Retreats + Wellness in 2010, the company has grown to offer premier trail running retreats in five countries.

Over her 18-year career in running and wellness, her articles, programs, workshops and retreats have helped thousands of runners make their running a mindfulness practice to reduce their stress and bring their best selves to their roles as parents, professionals, caregivers and leaders. Elinor’s work and ideas have been featured in major running, outdoor and active lifestyle magazines across the country including Runner’s World, Yoga Journal, Women’s Health, Los Angeles Times, Outside and many more.

About Trail Running in the Colorado Rockies


Since the trails we’ll run are between 8,300 and 10,000 feet in elevation, the relatively thin air will encourage all of us (even those who live at altitude!) to run somewhat slower than normal. Even if you’re coming from sea level, you’ll be able to adapt your pace to adjust to running at these elevations. The air at this elevation is extremely dry, therefore, a hydration pack or waist belt to carry water bottles is required.


We’ll run on a mix of dirt roads and singletrack trails used mainly for hiking and mountain biking. Your retreat leader provides you with specific tips for navigating trail’s rocks, roots, uphills and downhills, to ensure your comfort and safety. You’ll take frequent breaks to take photos, enjoy the views and stay hydrated. You’ll alternate hiking and running as needed to keep the pace within your comfort zone.


Immerse yourself in our mountain retreat, inspired by the beauty and revitalizing energy of the San Juan Mountains. The Spa at The Peaks Resort defines a true spa experience, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and well-being for each and every guest. Here, you will find a tempting array of experiences, including traditional and innovative spa services and fitness and outdoor recreation surrounded by the pristine beauty of 14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks. Find restoration, transformation and renewed energy while experiencing the luxuries of this 42,000-square foot sanctuary.

Your 4-Day Retreat Package Includes:

• Three nights’ accommodation at the luxurious Peaks Resort + Spa Telluride
• All meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch
• Access to The Spa at The Peaks Resort, including fitness center, pool and classes 
• 60-minute aromatherapy massage at The Spa at The Peaks Resort (including gratuity)
• Daily group trail runs with your Retreat Leaders + professional mountain guides
• Mindful Running Workshops
• Trail snacks/energy food
• Run Wild Retreats souvenirs
• Introduction to Mindful Running online course
• Comprehensive Retreat Planning Guide

*We will match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and choose a double occupancy room.

Max. Retreat Group Size:

Running Level: 


Price Per Person* (Double Occupancy Rooms):
Price Per Person (Single Occupancy Rooms):
4 Days

September 19-22, 2019

Save your spot now with a deposit of $600

Is This Retreat Right for You?

  • Daily runs range from 5 miles to 9 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 are required.
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How should I plan my travel?


The Telluride, Colorado region is mainly served by the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). The airport is 65 miles away and has many direct flights including Denver, Dallas, Houston, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Newark, Chicago, and more.

Montrose is serviced by regional jets, and in the winter, jets into Montrose are larger and more frequent. Service into the airport can change frequently and often, so your best bet is to always check the most up-to-date information here.

Flying into the Grand Junction Regional Airport is another option worth considering. Although it is 133 miles away from Telluride, it is often possible to find more affordable rates than Telluride or Montrose. 

Our program begins on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. If you are driving to the retreat, we recommend arriving at 1:30 p.m. or sooner. 

Our program ends at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Select a return flight that leaves late enough so as to leave you enough time to arrive to the airport well before your flight departs. We will make available information about shuttles between these airports and Telluride. 

Space is limited to just 12 women; book today to reserve your spot!