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Sonoran Desert Trail Running + Wellness Retreat Fall 2024

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"This was an amazing and empowering adventure. I found the retreat to be a great balance of guidance and independence. It was an honor to witness the beauty of the Sonoran dessert with experienced and wise runners."
--Breanne O.

he retreat in Tucson, AZ was my first Run Wild Retreat. In addition to experiencing the majestic beauty of the Sonoran Desert Trails, I am so incredibly grateful for the connections I made with so many amazing women. Miles of smiles, incredible conversation, awe-inspiring views, heartfelt connections, and a deeper appreciation for the mindful aspect of running."
--Jan H. 

It's For You If:

This retreat is Level II. It's for you if you:

  • Can run each day around 4 to 8 miles on singletrack trails.
  • We recommend you have a base fitness level that allows you to run up to 8 miles at a time on roads.
  • 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.
  • This retreat is not recommended if you only want to hike or walk

The total distance for this retreat will be between approximately 28 and 32 miles, as represented in this itinerary by time on trail rather than mileage. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route, trails and distances run may change due to changes to trail modifications, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.

Lower Stress + Find Flow with 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. Connect more deeply with nature, yourself and other women through this powerful practice that provides you with skills and insights to maximize the stress-reducing effects of running. 

Travel Mindfully to Truly Unwind

This retreat can be the kind of vacation that truly transforms your state of mind and body, if you're open to it. Our retreats are designed to support you as a whole woman, not just a runner. That means you can expect free time to yourself, away from the group. It means that there are wellness experiences included in your retreat package to support your nervous system reset. This is your chance to heal from the effects of stress and focus on doing the things that energize you, inspire you and feed your soul. 


3 nights at the Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Where style and comfort intersect, JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa offers uncomplicated relaxation amid the city's most compelling attractions. Featuring luxury amenities and excellent service, this downtown resort is a full-service sanctuary where your comfort is always a certainty.

Test your swing on the Arnold Palmer-designed desert golf courses, pamper yourself at the spa or take a dip in the multi-level pool and lazy river. Unwind in this luxury resort's expansive hotel rooms with modern décor and convenient Tucson location. All of the resort's rooms feature plush bedding, marble bathrooms, sitting areas, and flat-screen TVs. 

Add-on +US$38

Transformational Travel Journal

Register by 4 Oct 2024

One of the best ways to deepen your experience with mindfulness during and after your retreat is to add the Transformational Travel Journal to your package. This co-branded journal by Run Wild Retreats in partnership with the Transformational Travel Journal provides an intentional space to write, draw, sketch and otherwise creatively express what meaning this travel experience has for you. Filled with thoughtful writing prompts, inspirational quotes and mindfulness-inspired ideas, we highly recommend using this journal to help you enhance your mindful running experience. Price includes shipping.


Tucson, AZ, USA
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