Telluride Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

An invigorating mindful running experience in an historic Colorado Rocky Mountain town


Make every moment in the mountains count during this women-only four-day women’s trail running and wellness retreat. Our locally based team–including certified female running guides– knows this destination inside and out and are with you every step of the way to have an unforgettable immersion in Telluride’s unparalleled mountain beauty. Trail running at at such high elevation can be tough, which is why we’ve selected trails that strike an ideal balance between runnability and scenic reward. What does that mean exactly? 

You’ll enjoy a mix of running and hiking on well-established trails on rolling terrain that will involve some uphills and downhills, but avoids major climbs, exposed terrain or high peaks. Since running at 9,000 feet in elevation is challenging, we’ll keep the pace relaxed and take frequent breaks to snack, hydrate and enjoy the views. 

We’ll spend about half the day on the trail, practicing the mindful running techniques offered by your retreat leader and savoring each day’s run, always ending with a picnic lunch followed by free time to explore the town, enjoy the spa at The Peaks Resort, including an aromatherapy massage included in your retreat package. 

Telluride Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

Day 1 Thursday  |  Arrive in Mountain Village 

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 take the gondola to the valley floor for our first Mindful Running Form Clinic followed by a relaxed shake-out run on serene trail on mostly flat ground. After some free time to freshen up, we’ll meet for dinner in Mountain Village.
Time on trail: 1 – 1.5 hours including stops

Day 2 Friday   |  Practicing Mindfulness on Alpine Trails 

After breakfast, we’ll meet our guide and drive to a nearby trailhead for a scenic trail run featuring alpine views, lakes and rocky peaks. After a picnic lunch, we’ll return to the resort for some free time to relax and enjoy the spa and/or enjoy your aromatherapy spa treatment (included in your package).
Late afternoon, 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 walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
Time on trail: 3-4 hours including stops

Day 3 Vik black sand beach

Day 3 Saturday   |  Intentions Mountain Views

After breakfast, we’ll again meet our guides for a short drive to a nearby trailhead for a spectacular point-to-point run through golden Aspen groves. At the run’s end, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in downtown Telluride, then take the gondola back up to Mountain Village. Enjoy some downtime back at the resort and spa, and if didn’t have your massage yesterday, this is your day to be pampered! 
At this afternoon’s Wellness Workshop, you’ll learn how to shift your focus from outcomes to process to find more ease and flow. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition items from the Mindful Running store. We’ll close this workshop by setting intentions. This evening we’ll walk to a nearby restaurant for a fabulous dinner.
Time on trail: 3-4 hours including stops

Day 4 Sunday  |   Wellness + Wild Wisdom 

In order to make the most of our final morning, we start a bit earlier today and grab a casual breakfast from the hotel cafe, then meet our guide and drive to the trail for our final mindful run in this beautiful place. After the run, we’ll immediately return to the hotel with a little time to shower, change and check out of our rooms. Then we’ll meet in the dining room for our final 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. Our program will wrap up at around 1:30 p.m..
Time on trail: 1 – 2 hours including stops

 The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 22 and 28 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 largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners in some cases. 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 routes, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.

Note that since all the runs take place at high elevation, our pace will be relatively slow and involve lots of hiking sections. Hydration packs, a hat, shell jacket and trail-running shoes are required. 

Wellness Workshops

How mindful running helps you stress less and run more

Part I: Stress and Runners

Where does your energy go? Do you ever feel too tired to run? Do you ever feel so overwhelmed at the prospect of starting a training plan that you give up before you’ve begun? Do your long runs or hard workouts so wiped out that you’re pretty much useless the rest of the day? Discover what feeds your energy and what depletes your energy and how to stop the energy leaks.

Part II: Mitigating the Effects of Stress

How do you know if you're doing enough to build your fitness and reach your goals, but not so much that you're becoming depleted? You’ll design your own mindful running practice that will allow you to fulfill your goals and run with confidence. Discover how mindful breathing improves your running efficiency and dial down the stress response in any situation.

Part III: Values Inform Intentions

Running is an important part of your personal self-care routine, and yet, it can be so hard to prioritize sometimes. Fulfilling your potential is about living in alignment with your values. These mindful intention-setting exercises allows you to align your approach to running with you values around wellness, self care and fitness. Come away with a clear approach to balancing health with life's demands.

Natural Running Form Clinics

Use mindful running to run more efficiently and prevent injury

Part I: Power Posture

Use proper alignment to make gravity do more of the work. This reduces the muscular force involved with running so it feels easier and less strenuous on muscles and joints.

Part II: Focus on Efficiency

Use natural running techniques to drastically improve efficiency. You'll practice changing stride length, cadence and tempo on various types of terrain.

Part III: Find Flow

Put the pieces together to achieve the ultimate trail running experience. Learn to cultivate the circumstances for flow to occur by being relaxed and mindful.

Participant Photos + Testimonials

Telluride Trails Were Amazing

“The trails in Telluride were amazing, and super challenging, even for experienced trail runners.  I was glad to have the support of our guides and the group to keep me going. The Peaks Resort + Spa is an amazing resort, and having time off each afternoon to enjoy the spa and pools was critical so I could rest enough to continue for consecutive days.”

– Lauren D., Crested Butte, CO

Inspiring and Supportive Individuals

“I was surrounded by vast mountains and inspiring and supportive individuals full of passion and perseverance. I was able to shine line on my life and clearly see areas where I needed a hard rest.”

–Barb D., Portland, OR

BONUS: Spa Massage Treament

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.

Details About Your Four-Day, Three-Night Retreat Package:

Telluride Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

Note: we have pushed back balance payment deadlines on 2020 retreats to approximately 6 weeks before the retreat begins.
We have reduced the deposits needed for 2020 retreats from $600 to $300 USD per person.
Click here to see the other special measures we are taking to ensure your safety and wellbeing at our retreats.
We are also offering alternative dates for upcoming retreats.

September 10 - 13, 2020

Running Level: II
Group size: 8 – 14
Shared Room Packages: $2,895
Private Room Package: $3,295
Deposit Required: $300 USD 
Balance Payment Due: August 1, 2020
Alternate Retreat Dates: September 2021

• 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
• Comprehensive Retreat Planning Guide

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Other incidentals
  • Guide gratuity
  • Ground transportation
  • Transfers between the hotel and airport
  • Travel/cancellation insurance
  • Anything else not listed under “What’s Included”


We are staying in high-quality hotel rooms each night. These rooms all have two twin beds and ensuite bathrooms that you will share with one other person if you book a shared room, or on your own if you book a private bedroom.

Planning Your Travel

Telluride, Colorado is 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. Telluride also has a local airport with connecting flights to/from urban hubs.

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

When to Arrive/ Depart

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 earlier. 

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 send you information about shuttles between these airports and Telluride in the Retreat Planning Guide. 

This retreat is rated Level II. This means it’s suitable for you if:

  • You’re comfortable running/hiking four days in a row. Our shortest run is 90 minutes, but most are around 3+ hours (including hiking sections, water breaks and photo ops).
  • You have some trail running experience and the fitness to run at least 8 miles on road.
  • You’re OK with running/hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks and some muddy sections.
  • You don’t have any health issues that may be worsened by intense exercise at high elevations (we’ll be running slowly between 9,000 and 11,000 feet).
  • You are able to handle long uphill and downhill terrain without pain or exacerbating an existing injury.
  • You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes and a hydration pack.

IMPORTANT: Running at high elevation (even slow running with lots of breaks, as we do) is strenuous. As much as possible, we offer you options to modify runs (shorten or hike instead of run) as needed to help you feel good throughout the retreat. Our retreat leaders and guides will support and advise you as much as possible, however, it is ultimately your responsibility to make sure you stay hydrated, well fueled and pace yourself in a way that is suitable for your fitness and well being. 

About Trail Running In Telluride


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, as are trail-running shoes.


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.

About Your Retreat Leader, Kirsten Horning

Kirsten is a well-traveled, well-read runner with a background in teaching and an itch to share her passion for the outdoors with others. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Human Resources and a Bachelors’ Degree in German. Kirsten worked for Outward Bound as an instructor and course director for six years, during which she led mountaineering courses through the Sierra and Rocky Mountains.

Her love of connecting with different people and places has led her to live two years in Germany, and travel extensively from Nepal to Guatemala to Hawaii and many places in between. She loves running for its simplicity, the deep sense of community it can facilitate, and the ways in which she has witnessed running help her and others grow. Kirsten believes people must reach deep within themselves in physically demanding situations to find a sense of purpose, personal motivation and strength. She lives and runs in Telluride, Colorado with her husband and three children.