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Sonoran Desert Trail Running + Wellness Retreat October 2021

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Carefree, AZ, USA 4 DAYS
THU 14 OCT 2021 - SUN 17 OCT (UTC-07:00)
Register before 30 Sep 21 to hold your spot

Serene Desert Beauty | Guided Mindful Running | Restorative Yoga | Award-Winning Luxury Wellness Resort | Gourmet Meals | World-Class Spa

Immerse yourself in the unique landscape of the Sonoran Desert during this four-day, three night all-inclusive retreat designed just for women who love to run as part of their self-care and stress management. From the moment you arrive at the award-winning Civana Wellness Resort + Spa, location just north of Scottsdale, Arizona, you'll feel yourself start to unwind and slow down. Civana's luxury accommodations are inspired by nature and designed to promote relaxation and restoration, making it the ideal base for our newest retreat program. 

We've partnered with local female running guides (and members of the local trail running club) to select trails that best showcase the Sonoran Desert's impeccable beauty, rewarding singletrack trails and unique features, such as giant saguaro cacti. You'll cruise along soft, sandy trails that meander through gently rolling hills one day, and challenge yourself on more rugged terrain in Tonto National Forest another. While it's not necessary to have trail running experience to participate in this retreat, you should be able to comfortably run at least 8 or so miles on the road and feel comfortable on ground that is uneven, at times rocky and exposed to steep or exposed areas for brief sections. The time on trail ranges from about 90 minutes to up to 3.5 hours, including photo stops, water breaks and such. The pace is relaxed and social, so you don't have to be fast!

Your expert retreat leader is facilitates your overall experience, providing mindful running techniques that will help you gain confidence and comfort on these rewarding trails. We balance each day with free time in the afternoons to relax, restore and recover. You'll have plenty of time to lounge by the pool, soak in the outdoor pool and savor the spa massage treatment included with your retreat package. 

We'll also enjoy a private yoga class designed specifically for runners, and daily gourmet meals featuring regionally inspired and wellness focused menus. This small group experience is limited to just 14 women and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired. 


3 Nights at Civana Wellness Resort

Nestled in the Sonoran Desert just outside Scottsdale, Arizona, Civana, a AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, is a new destination wellness resort offering a regenerating experience to those seeking a serene and healthy getaway. Our retreat package includes access to the world-class spa and your choice of numerous daily personal growth, fitness, mindfulness and culinary classes to compliment your retreat experience.

Civana's state-of-the-art spa has 22 treatment rooms offering a wide range of therapeutic and rejuvenating treatments focused on healing through water. The Aqua Vitality circuit which contains our Kneipp walk, Sanarium and Cold Deluge, coupled with a Watsu therapy pool, 25-meter pool, sundeck, salon, and more will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Civana's culinary philosophy is born from the belief that true health is grounded in nature. Their culinary offering led by Executive Chef Scott Winegard and his culinary team, is plant rich (not exclusive to plants), the food is seasonal and comes from the best local farmers and artisan growers and herbs/greens are grown in the on-site garden. 
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Guided Mindful Running

Mindful Running is this retreat's defining experience. Your dedicated Retreat Leader will lead you through experiences on and off the trail that are designed to 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. And if you're an experienced trail runner, you'll take your running to a whole new level of efficiency and joy. 

💮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. Discover how stress affects your runner's body and how mindful running can erase stress's physical effects on your wellbeing and energy.

💮 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. Discover how mindful breathing can help you dial down the stress response in stressful situations, both on and off the trail. 

💮 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. You'll partake in an intention-setting exercise that 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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Yoga Class for Runners

We'll enjoy a private yoga class with one of Civana's expert teachers designed to specifically address runners' most-needed areas of tension and recovery. This post-run class will supercharge your recovery and support a meaningful, relaxing recovery state the rest of the day. If your goal is to release physical tension and stiffness while carving out time for your mental well-being, you'll love this mindful, slow-moving yoga pose sequence set to soothing music that helps you unwind from a long day of movement. You’ll exit feeling looser, longer, and lighter thanks to a selection of poses that increase range of motion, flexibility, circulation and stress reduction. 
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Spa Treatment at Civana

The Spa at Civana captures the time-honored art of healing through water in oa hydrotherapy thermal circuit of hot and cold pools, cool waterfall shower and beautiful sanarium offering humidity and heat from within. There are both physical and energetic benefits to ‘taking the waters’, an ancient tradition of healing, cleansing and rejuvenation. Every experience begins with this grounding ritual for your personalized spa respite.

Included in your retreat package is a spa treatment (we highly recommend the massages!) up to a value of $180. Any additional costs beyond the first $180 you pay at time of service. Click here to browse the spa menu and then contact your retreat travel specialist. All spa appointments will be scheduled during the itinerary's afternoon free time on Friday and Saturday (or on Sunday after lunch, by request). 
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Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag

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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 loose sand, sandstone rock and dirt trail. 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 Liter of water are required.

    Learn more about how we manage run pacing here:
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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. We ship the bottle to you once it is paid for. See "My Booking" for the Water Bottle only payment installment.
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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.)

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