RETREAT

LOCATION

Nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the picturesque village of Woodstock serves as the backdrop to our retreat activities. Explore country lanes, run through gentle wooded trails and participate in workshops, while taking in our retreat's secluded spot. 

Set at a private residence on 10 acres of land, our retreat accommodations are conducive to group meals and conversation all while providing ample space to take for yourself. 

THE EXPERIENCE

  • intimate experience limited to 13 people. 

  • picturesque setting in rural Vermont with accommodations at private residence, including hot tub and fire pit.

  • wine and cheese reception to kick-off the retreat.

  • van transportation to all off-campus runs.

  • guided group runs touring the village of Woodstock, exploring gentle trails in the Billings-Marsh-Rockefeller National Park and meandering along country lanes.

  • workshops featuring inspirational guest speaker, mental training with confidence coach and injury assessment and prevention with running specialist. 

  • impromptu Q&A and direct access to guest speakers.

  • restorative yoga. 

  • catered meals provided by Woodstock Farmers Market tailored to all dietary needs and considerations.

  • opportunity for free time to explore the area, retreat quietly or spend time with others.

  • special programming to facilitate personal growth and connection.

  • VIP swag bag to top all swag bags! 

 2019 GUEST SPEAKERS & RETREAT LEADERS

Sally McRae

Pro Ultra Runner for Nike Trail

Sally grew up in sunny Southern California with 3 sisters and one brother. From an early age she loved soccer and spent most of her time outdoors. 

It wasn’t until after college she focused on endurance running, spending a brief time running road marathons before finding ultra marathons in 2009. In 2010 she ran her first 50 mile race and immediately fell in love with the sport. 

Having been a competitive athlete for most of her life, she began focused training and started setting goals for herself. Her dream of becoming a professional athlete was realized at the beginning of 2014 when she signed with Nike. Sally is a decorated athlete with impressive performances at Western States 100 and numerous wins. Sally is currently working on a book about her journey. You can find more from Sally at sallymcrae.com.

Christen Shefchunas

Confidence Coach & Motivational Speaker

Christen is a sought after confidence coach to female athletes at the Olympic, professional and collegiate level and has worked with Olympians including five-time gold medalist, Missy Franklyn. She delivers life-changing messages that inspire athletes, teams, coaches and professionals to realize and embrace their fullest potential in sport and life. 

Christen's transparency and energy make her one of the most unique speakers in the game. Her time as competitive collegiate swimmer and later Head Coach at the University of Miami, lend to her reliability and experience. She is a speaker at the LEAD Sports Summit and creator of Confidence Nuggets.  You can find more from Christen at coachchristen.com.

Kim Nedeau

Running Coach & Injury Specialist

competitive collegiate runner at Brown University, Kim returned to running not to long ago and found a passion for the mountains.

A member of the 2016 U.S. Mountain Running team, Kim was the first American female finisher at the World Mountain Running Championships that year leading the team to a bronze medal.

Borrowing from her own experience being sidelined by injury, Kim has devoted herself to helping injured and injury prone runners return to running. She helps her athletes build resilient bodies that can withstand the rigors of training. You can find more from Kim at kimnedeau.com.

Sarah Canney

Host & Co-founder

Sarah is an athlete, writer and full-time homeschooling mom with a passion for running. 

After battling an eating disorder for nearly ten years, Sarah found freedom and healing. Running proved a catalyst in her transformation as she learned to rewrite the negative narrative in her head and find a unique strength within herself. She turned her hobby into a full-time gig through her blog, RunFarGirl.com and has created an inspirational apparel line, Run Far Gear featuring some of her favorite running mantras. Sarah is also a RRCA and USATF Running Coach and since starting running has become a competitive mountain runner and member of the 2018 US National Snowshoe Running Team.  Sarah's passion, however is bringing women together through running, which is how Rise.Run.Retreat was born. As the host, Sarah crafts a place for women to make connections, experience personal growth and ultimately be inspired through running. You can find more from Sarah at runfargirl.com.

Rebecca Stanfield McCown

Group Run Leader

​Rebecca is a runner, mother, and full-time professional. Working in Woodstock, Vermont, Rebecca spends most of her lunch breaks running the roads and trails of this little corner of the Green Mountain State. Since having found running in her late 20’s, Rebecca has used running as a way to explore our beautiful parks all over as she travels the country for work. In her professional life with the National Park Service, Rebecca looks for ways to connect communities to their public lands and support the great people stewarding our national parks. She also teaches Inferno Hot Pilates, a high intensity interval training style class based on Pilates principles and breathing.

Carly Pizzani

Assistant Host

Carly is mama to two young boys and Lead Trainer at the Woodstock Athletic Club where she uses her expertise as a certified personal trainer and running coach to help others achieve their fitness goals. Originally from Australia, Carly became a US Citizen in 2017 and after living in NYC for 15 years moved to Vermont. Carly loves to move in anyway she can whether it's yoga, a good trail run or hiking with her boys. Carly writes about healthy living, running and strength training, with lots of life, love, food and yoga thrown in for good measure at FineFitDaily.com.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • lodging for three nights 

  • all meals catered by Woodstock Farmer's Market, snacks and beverages

  • all workshops, yoga and materials

  • van transportation to and from all off-site runs

  • access to all guest speakers 

  • VIP Swag Bag

ATTENDEES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR

  • cost of travel to and from retreat location

COST

2020 DATES & LOCATIONS

ANNOUCED NOV. 2019

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