2018 Podium Retreat Registration

That’s a wrap! Thanks for your interest but Podium Retreats 2018 is sold out. Hope to see you in 2019!


It’s registration time for my 2018 Podium retreat!  Get ready for a weekend of acceptance and empowerment in Boulder, Colorado September 20-23rd.  This year our theme is connection and it will be used throughout all lectures and activities.

As usual, my retreats are open to female runners of all kinds!  This year we have an amazing group of Guest Speakers, free goodies, fun workouts & runs, and so much more!  I can't wait for you all to join me in my home town of Boulder, Colorado!

Once you register below, you receive a confirmation with all the information you'll need to reserve your room at the beautiful and historic Hotel Boulderado.  Once registration is closed, you will receive an email will also have all the details that you'll need for this amazing weekend! 

The cost of this year's retreat is $1,100 and includes all meals and beverages.

The room costs are $179/night for a single queen and $189/night for two queens or a deluxe king.  Feel free to share to save on costs!  All attendees are responsible for booking their own rooms.


To register for the 2018 Podium Retreat, follow these three easy steps:

Step One: Register with me, via the “Pay Now” button below.  This is where you’ll pay the registration fee for this year's retreat.

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*NOTE: You do not have to sign into PayPal in order to pay.  Below the blue "Log In" button you will see a grey button that says "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" which will take you directly to the payment page.

Step Two: Book your hotel room.  Once you've registered and paid for the retreat through PayPal, you'll be sent a confirmation email within 24 hours (in addition to your payment confirmation) with a link to a private confirmation page that will have the reference booking code needed when you call to book your room at the Boulderado.  Without this code, you can not get our discounted room price.

*All attendees are responsible for booking their own room after they register. 

Step Three: Get excited! I'll see you in September!

Retreat Schedule:

What to expect over the weekend: (This schedule is subject to change)

We will kick off Thursday night at the Hotel Boulderado.

3:00-4:30 Retreat check-in and goodie bag pickup.

5:30-6:30 Welcome cocktail hour

6:30- dinner and staff intros

7:30-8:30 Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano kick off the retreat!

7:30-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-11:30 Super fun track workout (don’t worry, this won’t be hard but will help us to get to know each other!)

12:00 Lunch Buffet

12:30-1:30 Run Like a Girl by Dr. Amy Oldenberg

1:45-2:45 Connections in life by Shanna Burnette

3:00-4:00 Creating healthier habits in life and with food by Lottie Bildirici 

4:30-5:30 Pilates in the park with Tracey Katona

5:30-6:30 Happy hour and relaxation at Made In Nature test kitchen

7:00 Dinner back at the Boulderado

7:30-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-10:15 optional run

10:30-11:15 workout with my personal strength coach Erin Carson

12:00 Lunch Buffet

2:30-1:30 Personal connection with Anna Paffel

1:45-2:45 Finding connection through running by Kara Goucher

3:00-4:30 Self Defense workshop with Julie Morrill

5:30-6:30 Cocktail hour

6:30 Dinner prepared by and created by Lottie Bildirici

9:45-12:00 Brunch and Circle of Trust and Sisterhood - This is the most important event of the retreat.  Please make travel arrangements appropriately.  We want to make sure that EVERY retreater is able to share with our tribe.

Guest Speakers:

Amy Oldenburg, MD
Runner, wife, mother of 5 year old twins, sports medicine physician. I started running when I was 5 doing local fun runs. I thought it was so fun I have continued ever since. I ran my marathon PR in NYC at age 37, 3:00:17.
University of Wyoming, BS in Exercise Physiology
University of Minnesota Medical School
North Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Hennepin County Medical Center/University of Minnesota Fellowship is Sports Medicine

Anna Paffel
Anna Paffel, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker with earned her degree at Columbia University. She currently practices at Kaiser Permanente in Palliative Care. Anna has been presenting at Podium Retreats since 2014 and is passionate about the pursuit of vulnerability and bravery. In addition to her professional work, Anna is married and mom to William (9) and Eddison (5). 

Shanna Burnette
Shanna leads ModCraft’s client acquisition, account management, and media event design. As a collegiate all-star Division I NCAA runner and MBA graduate, Burnette has always set track records both athletically and professionally. She has close ties to fashion, health, sports, and fitness editorial communities across North America and internationally. She nurtures her relationships with key editors, and is skilled in helping niche brands break into mainstream media outlets. She has consistently placed clients in top media outlets and hosted press events that generated engagement, increased brand awareness, and drove sales.

Tracey Katona
Tracey Katona is a level 5 certified Romana's Pilates Instructor.  A former professional ballerina with the American Repertory Ballet, she began classical Pilates to stay healthy throughout her ballet career. After retirement from ballet, she moved to the west coast from NY and began teaching Pilates  at Nike WHQ.  Her passion for teaching authentic Pilates has made her  the most sought after Pilates Instructor at Nike for over twelve years.  Tracey recently created the Nike Training Club Core Strength Workout for their app featuring Gracie Gold this past year. She has taught many professional athletes and celebrities such as LeBron James, Antonio Brown, Melanie Griffith, Emily Infeld, Evan Jager, Channing Frye, Chris Paul, Lindsey Vonn, two of her faves Adam and Kara Goucher and many more.  In 2013 Miss Katona choreographed Michelle Obama's launch with Nike and the White House for Let's Move Active Schools.
For over 10 years now Tracey serves as a featured instructor for Canyon ranch Spas. In addition to launching Katona Pilates this year, Tracey also has added technical advisor to her resume working on photo shoots and video for movement for Nike and other brands.  Like her mentor Mari Winsor, her purpose is teaching and supporting people to move with quality, control and grace through the work of Joe Pilates.
Her favorite quote? "If you see someone without a smile, give them yours." -Dolly Parton

Julie Morrill
Julie teaches Krav Maga, a practical hand-to-hand combat system developed by the Israeli military.  She conducts safety workshops for women and girls around the world.  She is also a consultant in emergency preparedness and security and the vice president of Mahila Partnership, a nonprofit organization that supports the health needs of women and girls following disasters.  Learn more at: JulieBarrronMorrill.com.

Lottie Bildirici:
Lottie lives in Brooklyn, New York.  She currently swims, bikes, runs and does everything in between.  She's completed 9 half marathons, including NYC, Disney Princess and Long Branch, where she placed first in her age group.  Lottie interned for Candle Cafe  as a recipe developer, worked at Basin Bar in Asbury, NJ as the head raw food chef in 2013 and does several food demos and private/semi private cooking classes.  She is also a blogger for women's running magazine along with her own blog runonveg.com.  Lottie attended the Fashion Institute of Technology as an Advertising and Marketing Communication major, as well as attending The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, class of December 2015.  And is certified holistic health coach working with athletes all over the world. 

Erin Carson
A certified strength and conditioning Specialist with over twenty years of experience, Erin Carson is the driving force of ECFIT performance strength programming. As Mirinda Carfrae’s, triathlon world champion, strength coach since 2012, Erin has designed a program specifically for endurance athletes to attain the ability to train significantly harder with a reduced chance of injury. Some of the most recognized endurance coaches have grown to trust Erin and her team of strength coaches with their athletes.

A Few More Notes:

Keep an eye on the weather.  Weather will most likely be warm in Boulder.  In years past, women have dressed in casual running/yoga gear during the day.  At night feel free to dress up a bit for dinner if you want, but don’t feel like you have to.  Please be comfortable, that’s what is most important!

The run on Friday won’t be too long.  The track is 2 miles away from the hotel, so if you ran to the track, did the workout, and ran back to the hotel you would total 5 miles.  If you want to walk, that’s totally fine too!  Women of all ages and fitness are welcome to this retreat.  I don’t care how fast you are, I just care that you are open minded and willing to open your heart to other women.  I can’t wait to meet you all, it’s going to be a very special year for us all!  So get ready to register and have an amazing weekend with even more amazing women!  Thanks for considering doing our Podium Retreat Family!!

See you soon!


Cancellation Policy:

- Cancellation by July 23rd: 100% refund

- Cancellation by August 6th: 75% refund

- Cancellation by August 20: 50% refund

After August 20th there will be no refund.  We always have a waitlist and bills to pay so this year we will adhere to the policy above.  Cancelled spots will go down the waitlist in order of waitlisted.  The retreat will be caped at 62 retreaters.