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Moab October 26th-29th, 2023
10 Spots Available
$2,795 per person
During the four-day, three-night Moab Mindful Running Retreat, situated in a stunning desert landscape of red rock, soaring cliffs and delicate natural arches, you’ll tune in to what drives you—in running and in life—and make sure that your energy is going into the activities that most feed your soul.
Each day’s run offers a new challenge, and therefore opportunity, to learn something new and take your running to a whole new level because it is possible to be the runner you want to be without having to train harder and push yourself to exhaustion. While it’s not necessary to have run trails before, this retreat is recommended for runners who can comfortably run 8 miles or more on the road. With the support of your retreat leader and running guides, you’ll be able run at your own pace, without needing to keep up with anyone else. You’ll stop frequently to soak up the views, snack and hydrate and savor each mindful moment.
Through our practical clinics, informative discussions, mindful movement and free time for quiet contemplation, you’ll stop the energy drains and divert your energy back into your running. Become a durable, strong, motivated runner using these tools and techniques that will keep you healthy and injury free. Immerse yourself in the powerful healing energy of this vibrant desert landscape as you run scenic, challenging trails at a pace that is playful, relaxed and social.
THU 26 OCT 2023 GETTING TO MOAB (HOW TO PLAN YOUR TRAVEL)
Our program begins on Thursday at 2 pm, so we commend arriving no later than 1:30 pm. (Official check-in time to rooms at the Red Cliffs Lodge is 3 p.m., though you may sometimes be able to check in early.) Early check in, when available is subject to a $50 fee, paid directly to the property. Our program ends on Sunday at approximately 12:30 p.m. after lunch. Late check out is not guaranteed but may be requested, and is subject to a $50 fee, paid directly to the property.
Many people opt to fly in on Wednesday evening and drive to Moab on Thursday morning, and then fly out on Sunday evening (depending on where you're going to). Sorry, Run Wild Retreats does not book airfare.
Option 1: We recommend the Grand Junction, Colorado, Regional airport, which is a 90-minute drive northeast of The Red Cliffs Lodge, located 17 miles from Moab. There are shuttles available from this airport to the Red Cliffs Lodge (see below for our recommendations) as well as rental cars.
Option 2: Another good choice is the Salt Lake City International Airport (a 4.5-hour drive from Moab) and renting a car.
Option 3: The Moab Airport (called Canyonlands Field Airport) is located just 10 miles from Moab, and currently has flights from Salt Lake City and Denver.
We offer retreat participants a sign-up sheet through which they can coordinate ride shares with others who are on a similar travel plan as you. This way, you can share your car rental with others, or join in someone else's rental car. Otherwise, shuttle services are available between Grand Junction or the Moab Airports and the Red Cliffs Lodge through these providers:
Moab Express: https://moabexpress.com/
Moab Taxi Cab https://moabtaxicab.com/
THU 26 OCT 2023 2:00PM - 8:30PM THURSDAY | POWERFUL POSTURE
Our program begins at 2:00 pm at Red Cliffs Lodge with the official welcome orientation meeting, during which your retreat leader will review what’s in store for the upcoming days and meet your fellow retreat participants. After the meeting, you will be able to check into your rooms and drop off your belongings. We ask for volunteers to carpool to a nearby trail for our first group run. After a short warm up, we’ll introduce the Power Posture, after which we’ll put these tips into practice during our relaxed shake-out run of about an hour. After freshening up back at the lodge, we’ll enjoy a classic southwestern meal at the Red Cliffs Lodge’s Cowboy Grill.
Time on trail (including stops and clinic): 75 - 90 minutes
We begin the day with breakfast at the lodge, then meet our guides and drive to the trailhead of today’s run that will eventually take us along the Colorado River. Near the run’s start, our second Natural Running Form Clinic will give you the secret to using breath to regulate pace and efficiency while running uphill. These simple techniques will help us during today’s scenic and rewarding trail run past ancient petroglyphs carved into the rock by the Anasazi people. Upon finishing our run, we’ll enjoy a casual picnic lunch featuring your choice of sandwich or salad from one of Moab's best cafes, then drive back to the Red Cliffs Lodge for some downtime. At about 4:45 pm, we will then carpool into town for a restorative yoga class for runners (no experience necessary!), followed by dinner at one of Moab’s trendiest downtown restaurants.
Time on trail (including stops): 3 – 3.5 hours
SAT 28 OCT 2023 SATURDAY | MINDFUL FORM AT NAVAJO ROCKS Location : Navajo Rocks Main Parking Lot, Big Mesa Area, Moab, UT, USA
After breakfast at the lodge, we'll meet our guides again and drive with them to the Navajo Rocks Trails. Upon arrival at the trailhead, we'll have our third Natural Running Form clinic, then begin our loop run through some of Moab's icon landscapes, including cliffs, monoliths and sage brush. At the halfway point, you may opt to end your run here, or extend your run for another hour or so on rolling trails over sand and rock. Once we return to Red Cliffs Lodge, we'll have a casual BBQ lunch on the River Deck, followed by free time to freshen up. This evening we'll have a sharing circle followed by a dinner at the luxurious Sorrel River Ranch (asking one last time for a few volunteers to carpool for the 5-minute drive), where we’ll enjoy a three-course farm-to-table gastronomic feast.
Time on trail (including stops): 2.5 – 3 hours
SUN 29 OCT 2023 8:00AM - 12:30PM SUNDAY | FEELING FINE AT FISHER TOWERS Location : Fisher Towers Trailhead, Fisher Towers Road, Moab, UT, USA
After eating breakfast and checking out of our rooms (you can store your luggage in your vehicle or with the front desk), it’s a short drive with our guides to the final out-and-back trail run that is truly a celebration in the simple joy and adventure of running for our own health and happiness. While it begins with a bit of an uphill hike and some brief exposure to heights (even a short ladder!), this rewarding run is worth the effort to soak up the views and see the soaring Fisher Towers. You can choose to all the way to the trail’s end or turn around at any point along the way. Upon our return to the lodge, you will have some free time to shower and change before we enjoy a catered picnic lunch before our final Sharing Circle, reflections and farewells, wrapping up by 12:30 p.m., leaving plenty of time for your airport transfers or travels home.
Time on trail: 2 – 2.5 hours
FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER AT SORREL RIVER RANCH Tonight you’re in for a special treat at neighboring Sorrell River Ranch, where we’ll enjoy a three-course farm-to-table gastronomic feast in this luxurious lodge next to the Colorado River.
Our highly trained retreat leaders provide the space and support for you to have a potentially transformational experience. As experts in mindful leadership, she provides valuable guidance on how to be mindful on and off the trail. Here's more about what you can expect from your retreat leader:
🗸 Leads the opening meeting on Day 1, explaining what you can expect, the general flow of each day, what's expected of you, how she'll support you and all the other logistics you need.
🗸 Works with our local staff, such as guides and drivers, to keep things safe, on schedule and running smoothly
🗸 Leads mindful running clinics that teach you how to run more efficiently and with more flow and ease
🗸 Manages the pace of each run so that you never feel rushed or get left behind
🗸 Helps you get to scheduled events like yoga class, spa appointment and dinner reservations on time
🗸 Facilitates sharing circles, creating a safe space for the group to reflect and share openly
🗸 Provides emotional support if ever you need it
Included: RUN WILD RETREATS GIFT BAG
PRE-RETREAT NIGHT AT RED CLIFFS LODGE (WED, MARCH 29) Register by 27 Sep 2023Add-on +US$575Location : Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, UT, USAWe will extend your stay at the Red Cliffs Lodge (same room type as you booked during the retreat) for one night. This rate is per room, not per person and includes all taxes
.POST-RETREAT NIGHT AT RED CLIFFS LODGE (SUN, APRIL 2) Register by 27 Sep 2023Add-on +US$575We will extend your stay at the Red Cliffs Lodge (same room type as you booked during the retreat) for one night. This rate is per room, not per person and includes all taxes.