Wilder Running and Writing Retreats utilize running, writing, storytelling, yoga, humor, coaching, and the beauty of the outdoors to inspire creative and physical courage. We aim to stretch ourselves with the help of teachers, learn from the work of other participants, and fill ourselves up with fresh air, big trees, rushing water, good food, laughter, and a mixture of community and solitude. A wilder approach to running and writing will help fuel confidence and purpose in the work we do at home for ourselves and our community.
WILDER CALDERA, JUNE
SUMMER SOLSTICE (JUNE 21-24, 2019)
BY APPLICATION (CLOSES FEBRUARY 22)
Kicking off with opening ceremony on the summer solstice, what a special time to be together, with long beautiful early summer days at this June Wilder Retreat. This is an all-inclusive women's retreat for runners who write and writers who run, nestled inside a beautiful volcanic caldera with one of the bluest lakes in North America, fed by underground streams. Participants will run trails among the geologic effects of volcanism and forest regeneration, led by Lauren Fleshman. They will also practice wilder writing and creative courage with the guidance of author, activist, and teacher Marianne Elliott. Yoga and mindfulness practice will be lead by Julia Hanlon. Nature, free time, and time to be together and alone will compliment the running and writing practices and contribute to the unique experience that is Wilder. Limited to ~30-40 participants.
WILDER Metolius, SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER 20-23, 2019
BY APPLICATION: WINDOW TO APPLY WILL OPEN IN MARCH
This Wilder Retreat will ground us as we head into the season of change, ending on the Fall equinox! An all-inclusive women's retreat for runners who write and writers who run, this will be a special retreat at Lake Creek Lodge in Camp Sherman, with Lauren Fleshman leading both the writing and running practice. Participants will be coached through a workout and be supported in daily runs in beautiful places. We will teach the practice of wild writing and foster creative courage on and off the page. Yoga and mindfulness will be led by long time Wilder teacher Julia Hanlon to compliment the work we do together. ~40-45 participants.
Detailed information and application can be found here.
WIlder LAB: ALUMNI RETREAT, caldera
MAY 24-27, 2019, (PENDING VENUE CONFIRMATION)
BY INVITATION, ALUMNI OF WILDER RETREATS ONLY
(REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 20)
This is a retreat designed specifically for alumni of previous Wilder Retreats who have an established running and writing practice, led by Lauren Fleshman. With a shared foundation of the Wilder practices of running, writing, reading, listening, being in relationship with the inner critic, and more, participants can lean into the familiar arc of the long weekend together right away and go deeper. The running will be in beautiful places on mild to moderate trails. The writing will be in the tradition of Wild Writing.
We will have an increased emphasis on the combination of writing and reading, within a clearly defined container. Surrounding the organized group invitations for running and writing, there will be ample free/flexible time to give yourself what you need, whether that’s more time to dive into a personal writing project, be in community, be alone, explore, or rest. Food, lodging, and on-site transportation are included.
Space is limited to 12-18 participants, pending venue availability. We expect to have a final number on February 13th, and will update here.
More information will also be emailed to Wilder alumni on February 13, and shared in the private Facebook Groups.