Sonoran Desert Trail Running + Wellness Retreat (2025)

Mar 13 to Mar 16, 2025

Sonoran Desert Trail Running + Wellness Retreat (2025)
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You value being productive and get great satisfaction out of getting more done, whether it's completing a to-do list or hitting a mileage goal in your training log. And yet, no matter how much you accomplish, it never feels like you're doing enough.

If you cringe when people tell you to "slow down, you're doing too much," or that you should just "take a break," you'll be glad to know that mindful running isn't about going slow or having no goals, rather, it helps you cultivate better awareness of where your energy goes and free up more energy for what matter most.

Your retreat leader will show you how to run more efficiently so that as you relax and find flow, you're able to run longer, more challenging trails with less effort. In our mindful pacing run clinic, you'll combine mindful breathing, posture and form to truly embody the concept of performing your best without having to force or push yourself to exhaustion.

You’ll cruise along soft, sandy trails that meander through gently rolling hills. The time on trail ranges from about one 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!


Heal your runner's body through healing spa treatments.

Learn the essentials of mindful running for better flow and efficiency on trails.

Find connection and camaraderie with like-minded women.

Experience the power of mindful running for stress reduction.

Have space for quiet reflection and self care.

Reset your nervous system in the serenity of the Sonoran Desert.

Relax knowing we handle all the logistics and planning so you can be present.

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.

About The Host

The host specializes in trail running- and wellness-based travel experiences that support women’s overall health and well-being. Our programs feature mindful running techniques that help women run better while maximizing running’s stress-reducing effects on the body and mind. Set in some of the world’s most inspiring natural destinations known to runners, each itinerary is an immersion in nature and wellness experiences such as yoga, hot springs, or spa.

We include the specific elements you need to have a wonderful retreat and leave out anything that doesn’t support that mission. 

Why Choose Us

We are about experiencing running as a means to cultivate mental and physical health and well-being. While our purpose is to provide transformational travel experiences for runners like you, our mission is to offer you the time and space to clear your mind and focus on breathing deeply, connect with nature, dial down stress, and release endorphins so that you can relish in the joy and inspiration running brings.

No one succeeds in isolation, which is why the empowering community and connections that women find through our retreats are such a gift. Time after time, we hear the most heartwarming stories of the friendships that were made on our retreats, and why so many women come back year after year (sometimes even multiple times a year!) to run with us in a new location and often with women they’d met before.

When you travel with us, you are choosing to:

🏃‍♀️ connect deeper with yourself because no matter how long you’ve been on this planet, there’s always more to discover about who you truly are. We offer things like travel journals for writing and sharing circles during the retreat that support your inner as well as outer journey.

🏃‍♀️ experiment with mindful running principles that make you a better, more playful runner because there’s nothing like taking yourself too seriously to stifle motivation. Our retreat leaders provide mindful running exercises and tips you can use on an off the trail to run and live more mindfully.

🏃‍♀️ be open to connecting with other like-minded women because meeting new people is less scary than you might think. You’ll meet women who value running as part of a health lifestyle as we all as a sport. It’s amazing how quickly retreat groups bond after the very first run together!

🏃‍♀️ receive support, even when you don’t necessarily think you need it, but are so grateful you did when you realize how great it feels. In addition to the company of our professional running guides and expert retreat leaders, we highly encourage peer support to give you what to need to feel comfortable in this group.

🏃‍♀️ experience the mental health benefits to running that having nothing to do with your last race result or next goal. Our retreat leaders help you replace expectations and performance pressure with intentions and a focus on simply having fun.

🏃‍♀️ be intentional with the words you choose to express yourself, promising to be authentic and forget about trying to be anything you’re not. Intentions are rooted in values, and there’s no better opportunity to reflect on your values than when you’re traveling.

🏃‍♀️ make peace with the runner you are today, knowing that you belong here because runners come in all shapes and sizes and that’s okay. Since this isn’t a training camp, we’re not focused on where the future, but rather, rooted in the present moment, since that’s where the magic happens.

🏃‍♀️ give up the need to control everything going on around you because that’s the only way to find peace, restore your energy and find true joy. Our expert travel planners have worked out the logistics, and our professional guides scouted the routes, which means you can relax and let go.

🏃‍♀️ trust us to take you on a journey that has the potential to be deeply transformational and profoundly meaningful in a way that is entirely unique to you. Our retreat leaders understand that getting vulnerable can be scary, so they’re prepared to hold the space you need to have your experience at your own pace.

🏃‍♀️ forget about comparing yourself to others, either in terms of pace, speed, accomplishments, age or any other way, and focus instead on what you share in common. This is what we mean by community; you don’t have to “qualify” to be here, you show that you belong here by simply being you.

. . . and so much more.


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