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Qigong & Trails: A Costa Brava Marathon Adventure

Enjoy the stunning forest and coastal trails of the Costa Brava

Run, walk and hike 26 miles over 3 days

Choose either …

11-15 April or 11-15 October

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Gray Caws Founders & Director of Adventures In Movement

Gray Caws – Retreat Coach

Get away from the everyday. Join me Gray Caws joined by Elaine Jackson and Pablo Rodriguez for an adventure holiday of a lifetime!

It’s time for self-care, de-stressing, personal challenge, but most of all just having so good plain fun!

Practice Qigong and OA® breathwork, and experience the forest and Coastal trails of one of Europe’s most stunning regions – the Costa Brava.

The Costa Brava is an amazing place to run, hike, and explore in the late summer with its fresh forests, rugged coastline, and picturesque medieval villages.

This is the perfect adventure holiday for you to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle and escape to vast open spaces and fresh sea air.

The stunning Costa Brava Coastline

Who is this Retreat For?

The 2021 Costa Brava group on day one of the adventure
  • Anyone looking to take time out relax, enjoy and challenge themselves
  • Those who love non-competative running, walking and hiking
  • Those looking to meet new people and explore new places
  • Anyone wanting to de-stress and feel a sense of achievement after completing a marathon distance on foot moving together as a happy band of explorers!
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Build a stronger, more empowered, and confident self

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Reduce stress and improve mood

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Enhance focus and performance

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Challenge mind and body

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Enjoy, have fun, and finish with a real sense of achievement!

Morning qigong at Calella de Palafrugell

What’s Included

  • 4 nights quality accommodation
  • 3 days of adventure
  • Outdoor qigong practice
  • Guided trails with expert local guide
  • Trail running technique coaching
  • Relaxing breathwork and meditation at the end of each day
  • Breakfast, lunch, and evening meals
  • Airport transfers from Girona Costa Brava Airport (Wednesday & Sunday)

Special bonuses

  • Private Facebook Group
  • Coaching call with the retreat leader
  • 6-month Premium Membership of Breathe. Balance. Move. Bi-weekly classes with Gray

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and snacks

The adventure begins with welcome drinks and dinner on the Wednesday evening and concludes on the Sunday morning.

Your Investment

From £1497.00 per person.

Our accomodation is quality hotels on each night. We can arrange double, shared, and single rooms all with ensuite bathoorms. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are included (Wednesday eve to Sunday morning).

Use Klarna to split the payment over 3 months.

11-15 April

11-15 October

Your Coaches

Gray Caws Founders & Director of Adventures In Movement

Gray Caws

I’m running coach, breath coach with a master certification in the Oxygen Advantage and Buteyko methods, and a specialist personal trainer. I’m also a teacher of qigong, training with Lee Holden.

Back in 2012 I met the amazing Pablo Rodriguez. Pablo had just left his IT job, deciding to build a business around his passion for trail running.

He invited me to his family home on the Costa Brava to explore the trails that he was running with the view to us setting up a Costa Brava Trail Running Adventure.

I immediately fell in love with trail running, the Catalan coastline and its culture. I made new life-long friends in Pablo, Cristina (his wife) and their young family.

We knew that this would be a fantastic experience to share. Hence we started planning our unique, amazing adventure that I just knew everyone would enjoy and get a real sense of achievement from.

Every year since then (apart from 2020) I’ve been taking small groups back to the Costa Brava. It’s is a true highlight of my year and a real joy to share the trails with like-minded people.

We have fun, go exploring, enjoy the good weather, the food, the people, and the amazing environment.

We are a four-strong team. Pablo perfectly embodies the true spirit of this adventure, Elaine Jackson, a seasoned trail runner and a truly fantastic coach has a knack of putting you at ease with her natural coaching style, a Cristina who looks after us all and organises our  accomodations.

So please join us if you feel this is for you. We can guarantee you a fantastic, fun-filled adventure of a lifetime!

Elaine Jackson Running Coach

Elaine Jackson

I’m Elaine and I’m delighted to be coaching on the Costa Brava with Gray and Pablo.

With a background in dance teaching, I started running to enhance my fitness but very quickly realised it was more than that.

I found a sense of freedom and space, which was always welcome at the end of a day in school!

Over the years I’ve taken part in various events from 5k to the London Marathon in 2016, and subsequently qualified as a running coach in 2017.

My passion lies in helping others to progress, to achieve their own aims but more importantly, enjoy the journey along the way.

I joined Gray as a client on the Costa Brava in 2018 and I’m still telling everyone about it now!

I was then over the moon when Gray asked me to join the 2021 adventure as a coach and what a magical time we all had! The scenery, the people, the camaraderie and fun make it an adventure never to forget.

I’m really looking forward to experiencing this again, I hope you’ll join us.

Pablo Rodriguez – Run The World Adventures

Pablo Rodriguez

Every year I look forward to welcoming the fantastic group of people that Gray and the team bring over to the Costa Brava.

A little bit about me, I’m often referred to as the mountain goat! I’m not quite sure why but Gray says it could be something to do with the way I leave him standing on the steeper downhill trails!

But do not fear! Here in the Costa Brava we take things at our own pace – often stopping for coffee (or a beer) along the way.

I am a former professional triathlete who has turned my passion for running into my job. I enjoyed competing but felt I was missing out on a whole other aspect of trail running where you are not judging yourself by time and distance but rather enjoying the moment! Or indeed many moments.

In 2011, along with my wife Cristina, I founded Running Costa Brava and then Run The World Adventures in an effort to bring running back to its origins, as a means of transportation, exploration and joy!

I look forward to welcoming you to my world!

I can now officially conclude that this has been the best holiday of my life. And there are lots of factors that go into that… The location was breathtaking. Every peak, twist and turn of the Catalonian countryside left me gasping in awe. The skies so clear, the sun so warm, the seas so blue and the landscapes so vivid. And in running I really felt like I saw parts of this wonderful place that even the locals don’t know exist… After so many weeks and months of trying – I really feel like I have found my stride.

Cat Townsend

Founder & Director, The Good Alliance

2021 Group Dinner
Gray Kevin and Elaine on the rocks!

Adventure is at the heart of this experience.

You’ll spend each day outdoors surrounded by beautiful scenery traveling through medieval towns, forest, and coastal paths.

You’ll stay in quality accommodation, sample excellent local cuisine, experience true Catalan culture, and enjoy the company of like-minded people.

Each morning starts with qigong practice before heading out onto the trails.

We aim to travel up to a marathon distance over the three days. Therefore we recommend that you are able to comfortably run 10 miles at your own easy pace. There are plenty of opportunities to walk and it is certainly not a race!

Each day will conclude with a restorative practice to help relax and restore the body before our wholesome evening meal.

This adventure is suitable for all ages. We don’t worry about speed, we are about traveling together on foot. We are a tribe of adventurers, moving at a different pace sometimes but no one is left behind. This is not a place for ego or competition.

You are joining an adventure that holds the essence of true Catalonian philosophy. You are a traveler rather than a tourist. Enjoy the experience, discover a true sense of joy and freedom.

Places are limited to ensure complete personal attention.

It’s beautiful, it’s unbelievable. I’ve run from Sant Roc Hotel all the way down the coast south about three miles. And I just keep having to stop, take photographs, pinch myself and enjoy the views. But the running is just unbelievable. Yes. And you’ve seen just a little piece of it. I want to run all day. I don’t want to stop. Yeah, I’m afraid of missing something. No, no, all of it’s beautiful. Yeah, I love it.

Russell Jackson

Is this Adventure for You?

I want to enjoy running but it hurts too much and I’m plagued with niggles and injuries.

With anywhere between 30-80% of runners affected by injury it’s no wonder it has a bad reputation but this adventure will teach you a different approach to running. 

You’ll experience running with the intention to travel rather than exercise or to get fit, burn calories or get faster. Often just this change in mindset makes a huge difference to how you run.

The Qigong flow practice each morning will relate directly to improved power in your running, exploring how ease of movement comes first through relaxation. 

With the unique combination of Qigong and Oxygen Advantage breath awareness, you’ll soon get to experience that by doing less you can actually achieve much more. 

You’ll also get practical sessions to help rest, restore, and repair the body.

I’m an experienced runner looking for a new challenge.

We aim to cover about 7-13 miles each day and complete approximately 26 miles over the three days.

There are also different levels of trail, so expect to spend some time scrambling over rough and steep ground.

Whatever your level of running or fitness, expect to be challenged. Pablo also leads day-long marathon running adventures to Costa Rica and Morocco so he knows first-hand how to encourage his team.

You’ll also learn how Qigong flow practice can lead to increased strength and power in your running. You’ll get exercises too in breathing techniques to improve energy efficiency, and relaxation techniques to help rest and restore the body.

I’m new to running.

We believe that easeful running (not sprinting or running a race) is the most efficient mode of transportation to get to know a new place. Having this as your intention is a great way to start with no pressure at all to cover a certain distance. 

Whilst we aim to cover 26 miles over the three days, there are plenty of options for you to run a shorter distance with no-one being left behind or feeling held back. We guarantee this!

From past experience, many new runners have run far more than they expected, simply by setting an intention to ‘travel’ rather than ‘exercise’. And since there is so much to see, time goes quickly and before you know it you’ve covered several miles.

Our expert coaches will make sure that you keep a steady pace so that you don’t tire too soon.

I’m looking for a way to take a break from the stresses of everyday life.

Life can certainly be stressful at times. Everybody needs some ‘me-time’. This adventure is a great opportunity to get away from it all, meet new people and enjoy time outdoors.

Numerous studies show that being active and outdoors is a proven way of reducing stress.

We’ll spend time in the forest drawing on the therapeutic powers of nature and connecting with the natural environment.

Qigong practice will focus on efficient movement and breath, with an emphasis on rest and restoration of the mind and body.

At the end of the adventure, you’ll feel a sense of enormous achievement, more body awareness, and greater clarity of mind.

I like to meet new people and explore new places.

This adventure is the perfect way to meet new people and see new places. 

We journey from town to coast by running, walking and hiking – giving you time to explore, absorb the atmosphere and the amazing scenery. 

You’ll meet like-minded people from different walks of life with a common purpose of enjoying the outdoors and working together as a team rather than in competition.

The small group ensures no-one feels overwhelmed or left out.

The best thing I learned from you [Gray] and Pablo – running long, slow, and happy is the best. I completed a 100k the other weekend! It went so well. There’s hardly a day that we don’t run.
Peter Jaeckel

Ai Specialist

The coaches and the group make for a wonderful experience whether you are on the trail, during qigong session or enjoying breakfast, there is great synergy with this group. Catalonia and Costa Brava have great energy, history and beauty.

Pedro Sanjurjo

Co Founder, Scarab Brewing

The Onyar River running the Girona
A tasty ice cream on the Costa Brava

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