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Sonoran Desert Trail Running + Wellness Retreat March 2022

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

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 selected 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 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 60 minutes to up to 2.5 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 wellness classes and daily gourmet meals featuring regionally inspired and wellness focused menus. This small group experience is limited to just 10 women and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired. 


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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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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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 plus tax and gratuity. 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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Packing list



  • One pair of trail running shoes (required)
  • Hydration pack (we recommend a vest pack rather than a waist pack) with pockets for carrying food and extra clothes and water (required)
  • Short-sleeve running shirts
  • Long-sleeve running shirts (light weight)
  • Running shorts
  • Running capris or light tights
  • Lightweight, breathable running rain jacket (easily packable)
  • Three to four pairs of running socks
  • Running cap or visor
  • Sunglasses


  • Day pack (~20 L)*
  • Casual clothes (dining is informal)
  • Shoes for casual wear
  • Warm jacket for cool evenings
  • Bathing suit
  • Journal
  • Small, lightweight camera (or phone)
  • Plug adapter (if traveling outside North America) for electronic devices
  • Ear plugs (for sleeping)
  • Sleeping attire suitable for shared sleeping quarters if sharing a room
  • Other personal items/apparel and toiletries (shampoo, soap, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen, etc).

*You’ll use this day pack for extra clothing, snacks and personal items (not for running). You’ll have access to it while traveling in the van, when large luggage is not accessible.

Note: Trail running shoes and a hydration pack are required items.

Trail running shoes offer better traction than road shoes and will positively impact your retreat experience. Also recommended are some electrolyte tablets you can put in your water. We will supply food and energy snacks to eat during the runs. 

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Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag

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Add-on +US$79

Transformational Travel Kit

The Transformational Travel Kit contains hand-selected items to support you in having a meaningful travel experience. Featuring the book, "Transformational Travel Journal: Your guide to creating a life-changing journey" by Eric Rupp, this kit also contains:

* 27-ounce stainless steel water bottle with sport cap, made by Klean Kanteen exclusively for Run Wild Retreats
* Embossed faux-leather luggage tag
*Two high-quality vinyl stickers "I Run Mindfully"

The shipping cost is FREE!

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Add-on +US$142

Mindful Inspiration Running Kit

The Mindful Running Inspiration Kit is filled with custom items that will support and inspire you to consistently practice your healthy running habits.

Get inspired to continue your practice every time you reach for your mindful running gear, and take to the streets and trails knowing you are feeding your soul and fueling your good health in the long run.

Your Mindful Running Inspiration Kit Includes:

“I Run Mindfully” women's technical run t-shirt

 Run Intention Bracelet

 27-oz Stainless Steel Klean Kanteen bottle with sport cap

“I Run Mindfully” vinyl stickers (pack of 2)

 Mindful Running Training Log

“Run Mindfully” Intention Bracelet


Share and celebrate the joy of maintaining a daily running practice, while reminding you that no matter where you take your shoes — from Moab to the Mediterranean — you’re part of a community of healthy runners who support you on this path.

The shipping cost is FREE!

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