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Rogue River Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

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Merlin, OR, USA 4 DAYS
THU 30 SEP 2021 - SUN 3 OCT (UTC-08:00)
Register before 1 Aug 21 to hold your spot

Canyon Trail Overlooking River | Guided Mindful Running | River Rafting | Backcountry Lodges | Quiet Serenity | Digital Detox

Escape to another world while running lodge-to-lodge along the Rogue River, with only the sound of flow water and runners’ footsteps to fill your otherwise racing mind. You’ll love running the famed Rogue River Trail, which parallels the river’s meandering route through a forested gorge that feels far removed from civilization. As our river guides transport your personal longings on rafts, you’ll run downstream along the undulating trail. While the entire trail is about 40 + miles, we’ll offer you the option to hop on the raft–rowed by our expert river guides, of course–and float sections as you wish in order to keep the overall miles run a bit more manageable.

Your retreat leader will lead mindful running clinics on the trail to help you navigate the trails with ease and flow, while our professional running guide leads the way and educates us about this pristine river’s inherent value leading up to its 1968 designation by the U.S. Congress as a protected “Wild and Scenic” river. 

Each night you’ll stay in historic riverside lodges dating back to the 1930’s and 40’s. These simple and rustic lodges will take you back to simpler times, and help you detox from digital life. Spend the evenings sitting on the wooden deck, listening to the river gurgle as you gaze up at the stars and savor the silence. 

Your daily runs will be about 9 – 11 miles, though with plenty of stops and breaks throughout, and the option to go even a little longer. The river guides transport your personal belongings from lodge to lodge on the rafts, so there’s no need to carry more than what you need for the run. Though there are no major climbs or descents along the trail, the rolling trail climbs and dips back down toward the river for constant ups and downs and while some of the trail’s footing is soft forest soil, the rest is volcanic rock. Although the Rogue River Trail is only moderately challenging overall, it is at times steep, rocky and narrow with exposed sections and therefore is not recommended for people who have a fear of heights.

This Retreat is Level II

This retreat is rated Level II, which means we recommend you have a base fitness level that allows you to run up to 8 miles at a time on roads. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run–really!

  • Daily runs at this retreat 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.
  • The trail surfaces are a mix of packed dirt, roots, loose rocks and at times will involve traversing narrow singletrack trails on steep terrain. None of the trails are truly flat--you have to focus on your footing, which is why we stop often to take photos and soak up the views. 
  • Trail running shoes and a hydration pack that can carry at least 1 L of water are required.

    Learn more about how we manage run pacing here:
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One Night at Morrison's Rogue Wilderness Lodge

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One Night at Black Bar Lodge

The Black Bar Lodge was originally build in 1932, by Tom Orderman, who hired out-of-work gold miners to build the lodge in 1932. The lodge was primarily used to entertain friends and business associates as they packed down the Rogue River trail to visit their good friend, the famous western writer, Zane Gray, at Winkle Bar. The lodge has been a family-run guest house since the 1950s, and features a collection of basic lodge rooms and cabins that has been offering the essentials to river rafters, hikers and runners for decades. 
Embrace the remoteness and simple aspects of life here at Black Bar Lodge, where you can enjoy a home-cooked meal, cozy wood-burning fireplace in the living room and a large deck overlooking the rushing Rogue River. 

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One Night at Marial Lodge

Also included in your retreat package is one night at Marial Lodge, a small remove river-access lodge built that has long served river and foot travelers. The lodge features 11 private rooms, a vegetable garden for fresh produce, and large decks overlooking the Rogue River. One mile upriver sits the gold-mining community of Marial, for which the lodge’s founder, Marial Billings, was named.


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Included in your retreat package are Wellness Workshops, designed to hold space for personal reflection and sharing around your experiences with running and your overall wellbeing. 

✨ Stress + 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.

✨ 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? Design a 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.

✨ Crafting 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.
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Run Wild Retreat Gift Bag

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Mindful Running Clinics

Before each group run, your retreat leader will lead you through a series of Mindful Running Clinics that will help you discover how to run with more ease and flow. And if you've never run trails before, you'll learn how to adapt your road running technique for this new terrain. 

💮Power Posture: 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

💮 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. 

💮 Find the 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.
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Add-on +US$32

Klean Kanteen Water Bottle

This 27-ounce custom-designed water bottle by Klean Kanteen features the exclusive "I Run Mindfully" graphic. The bottle is made from stainless steel and comes with the BPA-free, leak-proof sport cap that makes this bottle great for staying hydrated throughout the day. 
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Add-on +US$38

Transformational Travel Journal

Begin your mindful travel experience before leaving home with the Transformational Travel Journal

This unique journal was thoughtfully written, based on the rigorous multi-disciplinary study by our friends at the Transformational Travel Council. Based on ancient wisdom, mythology, and contemporary science, it is more than a journal, it is an insightful guide to exploring the world, and your own backyard, more mindfully.

We invite you to begin dreaming and designing for your next journey today, from the inside out, learn to Travel with H.E.A.R.T., and Follow the P.A.T.H. Whether it is for you or an intrepid friend, this wise investment in travel will not only be life-affirming for the traveler but life-enhancing for others, and our civilization.

This journal guides into a deeper connection with yourself, with others, and the world around you. It also encourages time and space to reflect and make meaning of the experiences you have, and thereby, fostering a more intentional, virtuous, and heart-centric life while contributing to a more ethical, empathetic, equitable, and ecological world.

Transformational Travel is inherently about leaving our comfort zone and returning with new perspectives. It is a catalyst for growth, change, and positive impact. Price includes shipping. (A surcharge may apply to international orders.). We ship your journal to you once it is paid for. See "My Booking" for the journal only payment installment.

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