French Summer for the slow runner with mirna valerio

An experience designed for slow runners seeking to forge a deeper connection with nature while embracing a friendly pace. Along with renowned ultramarathoner and advocate for inclusivity in the running community, Mirna Valerio, this running retreat promises an inclusive and supportive environment where participants can comfortably explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Ariège region.

Ariège, France

 

6 days, 5 nights

 

July 28th – August 2nd, 2024

Running experience

 

From $3,625 USD

 

Ranging daily from 10 to 16km

Maximum Elevation:

2,690 m above sea level (m.a.s.l.)

Maximum Vertical Gain/Loss:

+2,500 m / -2,500 m

Discover the world through running

We look for new perspectives within cultures and communities in remote places that exist outside of modern societal structures which are focused only in progress and gains.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Before our commute to Gaudiès, we will gather at out friend Hugo’s cafe, Minifundj. Hands down, the best coffee in town. 


After taking time to arrive and settle, we will meet at Zero Neuf’s gorgeous garden for a restorative yoga practice with a panoramic view of the high Pyrénées mountains. 

 

Later we will gather in our accommodations for a home cooked welcome dinner prepared by our host, Joss.

 

Accomodation: Zero Neuf – Twin or triple share

Lunch & Dinner: Included

We kick off the day with an early start, diving into a meditation session and enjoying a wild swim right in front of the lodge in the L’Hers river.

 

After a cozy homemade breakfast, we come together for our first run, where we’ll get acquainted with trail running in the area. This 6 km loop starts from our house, taking us over rolling farmlands and along the L’Hers River.

 

In the afternoon, we will take time to rest and recharge. Solenne will be on hand for impromptu stretching on the grass, or we can simply take time to settle in before dinner.

 

Accomodation: Zero Neuf – Twin or Triple share

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included

On this day we embark on a truly memorable trek. The trail will take us through untouched forest and up to what will be our home for the next two nights. An all day hike up steep and uneven terrain, will take us to our home, Refuge du Fourcat. This refuge perched high above 2,000 m overlooks three small lakes, and those that wish can have the opportunity to swim in their waters. 

 

During this part of our adventure, we will be carrying our own belongings up to the refuge, so please remember to pack smartly and lightly, and be sure to use a suitable hiking bag.

 

Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft / 1,120 m gain.

Accomodation: Shared occupancy in a mountain refuge – Bunk style

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included

Today, we immerse ourselves in life above 2,000 meters above sea level, enveloped in captivating tales and anecdotes shared by the refuge’s guardian, who treks up the same trail we traversed yesterday to supply our meals. Up here, the weather dances before your eyes, a spectacle of fleeting beauty. 

 

For those inclined, a gentle walk around the lake awaits, followed by a refreshing swim. Alternatively, indulge in board games, yoga on the deck, or surrender to an afternoon nap. Today is all ours to embrace the unhurried pace of self-discovery.

 

Accommodation: Shared occupancy in a mountain refuge – twin or bunk style.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included

We will hike back down the valley, taking in the astonishing views on our way back down. We will arrive at the historic village of Val-De-Sos, where we’ll enjoy lunch. Afterward, we’ll journey back to Gaudiès for farewell dinner and our concluding yoga session.

 

Accommodation: Zero Neuf – twin or triple share.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included

In the morning we’ll gather for a final run and share a farewell breakfast to mark the conclusion of our journey.

 

Breakfast: Included

Shuttle to Airport or City Centre included

SPECIAL GUEST

Mirna Valerio

Mirna Valerio defies singular categorization; she embodies a multitude of roles and passions. An ultrarunner, adventurer, writer, former educator, mother, and trained singer, Mirna’s vibrant energy and infectious laughter permeate any space she occupies, reflecting her profound zest for life. Her diverse experiences and unwavering enthusiasm illustrate her boundless passion for embracing all that life has to offer. Through her advocacy of diversity and inclusion in outdoor spaces, Mirna continues to inspire individuals worldwide to challenge stereotypes and pursue their passions with unwavering determination.

To connect with Mirna, you can find her on Instagram as @themirnavator

Our team

Who to follow

Our Hosts

George Bauer is a Melbourne-raised runner who now lives in the Highlands of Scotland, fulfilling a dream to explore single track trails from his doorstep. George’s inspiration comes from the vast and varied experiences that running has brought him.

He is a project designer focused on creating community through his love of plant-based food, and the exciting ways in which we can exercise the body and mind. 

 

You can find him on Instagram at @__georgebauer

Solenne, the trail is a true revelation, and combines her wish to exercise and also recharge her batteries. She is studying a diploma of French mountain guiding and supervises activities such as hiking, running and yoga. 

“Running yoga is a wonderful process to practice and I’m excited to share it with the group”.

 

To connect with Solenne, you can find her on Instagram as @la_marmotte_eveillee

Highlights

  • Enjoy a thoughtfully designed experience which offers an inclusive and supportive environment for slow runners who seek to forge a profound connection with nature at a comfortable pace along with Mirna Valerio.
  • Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of the Ariège region at a friendly pace, exploring the beauty of lush rivers, winding valleys, and high mountainous single tracks.
  • Enjoy unique accommodations at the renovated riverside farmhouse, Zero Neuf: a, 200 year-old transformed farm nestled in the Ariège with a backdrop of the Pyrénées.
  • Experience the amazing journey of Running Yoga.
  • Stay in one of the highest refuges in the middle of the Pyrénées mountains, Refuge du Fourcat, at 2,400 m above sea level.
  • Indulge in nourishing meals sourced from local producers, savoring the bounties of the abundant summer season.
about your next experience
French Summer for the Slow Runner

Join us for a meticulously crafted experience tailored for runners who savor the journey at a gentler pace, inviting you to forge a deeper connection with nature. With our Special Guest, the renowned Mirna Valerio, known for her empowering approach to running, this retreat promises a welcoming environment where slow runners can thrive. As you traverse the picturesque landscapes of the Ariège region, from the rivers to the soaring mountain peaks, every step is an opportunity to soak in the beauty of the Pyrénées and embrace the beauty of the natural world.

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For nights 1, 2, and 5, your accommodation awaits at Zero Neuf, a beautifully transformed 1800s riverside farmhouse nestled in the heart of the village of Gaudies.

Nights 3 and 4 at the mountain refuge offer twin or bunk-style accommodation, providing a cozy rest. Positioned at an elevation of over 2000 meters, the refuge offers a mesmerizing view of three small lakes.

  • Hiking backpack 30 L for Days 3, 4 and 5.
  • Quick-dry Running Bottoms (shorts / tights).
  • Long and short sleeve quick-dry tops.
  • Warm jacket or polar fleece.
  • Windbreaker jacket (compact).
  • Long sleeve thermal (Merino, polypropylene or similar) top in addition to the clothing worn for the run.
  • Sandals, bathing suit, and quick-drying towel.
  • Compact travel bath towel.
  • Night Lamp or headlamps. Min. 100 lumens.
  • 2 pairs of trail running shoes.
  • Sufficient pairs of running socks.
  • Biodegradable sunblock, hat or cap and sunglasses. 
  • Biodegradable insect repellent.
  • Personal medical kit (recommendation with basic medication for any ailment).
  • Hydration vest or refillable bottels 2.5 L
  • Thermos for coffee or tea.
  • Water resistant 1 day back-pack.
  • Power plug adapter or voltage converter.
  • Personal energy snacks of liking (bars, fruits, nuts, etc…)
  • Small waterproof bag (optional) to protect cameras and phones in case of rain during runs.*
  • Hiking poles*

 

*Optional 

In July, the Ariège region experiences pleasantly warm and sunny weather, making it an ideal time for outdoor activites such as running amidst its picturesque landscapes. Daytime temperatures typically range from 20ºC to 30ºC (68ºF to 86ºF), providing comfortable conditions for exploring the lush valleys and mountain trails. However, its worth nothing that temperatures can occasionally climb higher, reaching up to 35º C (95ºF) on particularly hot days. Evenings tend to be cooler, with temperatures dropping to around 10ºC to 15ºC (50ºF to 59ºF), offering a refreshing reprieve after the day’s adventures. Overall, July in the Ariège region offers perfect conditions for enjoying the natural beauty of the area while embracing the warmth of summer. 

INCLUDED:

  • Transportation throughout the whole experience.
  • Specially designed trails along the magical landscapes of the  French Pyrénées mountain range.
  • Carefully curated culinary experiences.
    *We can accommodate all dietary preferences.
  • Exclusively designed yoga and meditation sessions.
  • All meals and accommodations for the duration of the experience.
  • Knowledgeable and professional local guides.
  • Aire Libre & partner brands merchandise.
  • Complimentary La Familia Global Community Membership ($ 25 USD value).

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare for your inbound and outbound flights to Toulouse / France.
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend securing personal travel insurance for your peace of mind.
  • Alcoholic beverages and any additional meals beyond the provided ones.
  • Currently, France’s international borders remain open.
  • A valid passport is required for entry.
  • ETIAS visa might be required depending on nationality.
  • Foreigners might be required to present a return ticket.

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