I have a LONG bucket list, especially now that I’m stuck at home dreaming of a future post-pandemic. Doing one of the women’s Run Wild Retreats has been on my list for awhile now, and though these are located all over the world, (from Iceland to Moab to Italy,) Oregon is fortunate enough to host one and now I’m trying to figure out how to convince my husband to let me go.
The 2021 Rogue River Trail Running + Wellness Retreat has TWO 4 day date options to choose from .. Saturday September 25th thru Tuesday September 28th or Thursday Sept 30th thru Sunday October 3rd, 2021. No matter which long weekend you pick, there is magic built into each day. Imagine running along the picturesque Rogue River Trail, which runs parallel to the gorgeous river of the same famed name. This canyon trail event is a highly organized guided one, rated a level II retreat. This means that the organizers recommend you are able to comfortably run 8 miles on a road as a base fitness level. It does not, however, matter how fast you run!
This retreat hosts daily runs between 5 miles and 9 miles on single track trails. There will be two experienced guides and pace groups to accompany you with support no matter how fast or slow you wish to go. Trail running experience is not necessary, and before each group run, your retreat leader will take you through a Mindful Running Clinic. These clinics will help you with things such as posture, technique, efficiency, and adaption for you if you are new to transitioning from roads to trails. These tools will help you feel more confident navigating the loose rocks, dirt, and roots along the terrain.
There will be many stops along the way each day, and options to go further if you wish. The trails will be steep at times, and if you’re looking for flat roads, this is not the adventure for you. The terrain will feature both soft forest soil and hard volcanic rock. The trails are considered moderately challenging, and not recommended for those with fears of heights, as there are narrow exposed sections along the way. Trail running shoes and a hydration pack that carries at least 1L of water are required.
The river guides will be transporting your belongings on a river raft alongside the 40+ miles of trail, so you will only need to carry what you need to run with. You will have the option of hopping onboard the raft with the expert river guides if you ever so choose to do so along the adventure.
Every night, you will be staying at a historic, rustic riverside lodge meant to transport you from the digital age to the tranquil forest. You’ll spend one night at Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Lodge in Merlin, OR and another night at Black Bar Lodge where you can enjoy the wood-burning fireplace and a dock looking over the Rogue River. Lastly, there will be a night at Marial Loge in Agness OR with a vegetable garden for fresh produce and a large deck.
Wellness Workshops are included in the retreat package, and they are designed for sharing of experiences with running and your overall well-being. We all could use a bit of that this year, right? The Wellness workshops will focus on the following topics:
- Stress + Runners: Where does your energy go?
- Mindful Balance: 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?
- Crafting Intentions: Running is an important part of your personal self-care routine, and yet, it can be so hard to prioritize sometimes.
Retreat packages start at $2,425 depending on your accommodation requirements, and will include the cost of lodging, transportation of your belongings and river rafting, dry bag/life jacket rental, all meals from Day 1 dinner through Day 4 lunch, some pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic drinks, trail snacks/energy food and drinks, a Run Wild Retreats gift bag, and all the experience and knowledge of the trail leaders, and their clinics and workshops. Flights and transportation to/from the airport will not be included in the cost. You should also plan on paying some gratuity to your guides and leaders, as they work hard to make this a memorable experience for you!!
This is the experience of a lifetime and Womens Running Nirvana. Let the planning begin!!! Who’s with me?
When: Sept 25th thru Sept 28th or Sept 30th thru Oct 3rd
Where: Merlin, OR
Cost: From $2,425
Why Choose Run Wild Retreats?Run Wild Retreats + Wellness offers small-group retreats that support you in learning how to better manage stress through running. That’s what our tagline “Stress Less, Run More” is all about! Mindful running allows you to build a foundation of health upon which to build fitness. Understanding how stress may be affecting you is key to maximizing running’s stress-reducing effects. This allows you to avoid common runners’ pitfalls of overtraining, low motivation or injury.
The healthy running techniques you learn at the retreat help you cultivate deeper self-compassion, confidence, you come away from your experience with a renewed motivation and passion for running as well as timeless tools for making your well-being and self-care a top priority (without the guilt!). Since these techniques are best learned through experience, our comprehensive packages are designed specifically with mindfulness and transformation in mind.
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.