NEXT RETREAT September 27-October 1, 2018 with Mirna Valerio! Registration now open! 

Hiking My Way Retreats, are women’s adventure based, long weekends in Southern Utah.  Spend 5 days and 4 nights exploring the desert trails and waterfalls just outside of the Zion National Park area.

The week caters toward women’s health, strength and connection. The goal of this time is for you to relax and enjoy the ride while we take care of all of the planning, cooking and shuttling. 

For most women day-to-day life means organizing a complicated jigsaw puzzle of people and activities. For this weekend the only goal will be for everyone to have fun. None of the activities are required and plenty of free time to read, meditate, go for solo walks, soak in the hot tub, watch a movie or just sit around and chat with ladies is what we hope you will experience.

We have a schedule, but the group dynamic and the weather will dictate how much of it we complete in a day. Southern Utah can be fairly warm in May, so plan to hike early if this is the case and spend afternoons in workshops in the cool shade of the beautiful house we have booked.

What do we hope you will get out of this week? 

The intention of this retreat is to create space for you to find your happy hiking place. This means we will submerge you in nature, take away any responsibility to plan and get you out the door and on the trail. Nature is healing and we think spending a few days out there will help you find some calm and inner peace to bring back home into your daily life.

Who is leading everything? 

All of the weekend will be guided by Shanti Hodges, Mirna Valerio and Arika Bauer, but expect other amazing ladies to be part of the mix to help things run smoothly.


  • Lodging
  • Amazing meals (3 a day plus snacks!)
  • Airport transport to the retreat (Las Vegas to Snow Canyon or you can fly into St. George)
  • Transportation to the daily hikes and other happenings
  • 1-2 hikes per day
  • Yoga sessions
  • Photography and writing workshops on site
  • A HIGE goody bag from our sponsors (value over $300 including Merrell shoes, backpacks from Deuter, bars, and other gear)


  • Massage
  • Portrait Photo Session


Shanti Hodges

Shanti Hodges

Retreat Leader

Shanti Hodges is the founder of Hike it Baby, the Family Forest Fest, a book author and mama to Mason. She will be leading the group on hikes and hosting a writing workshop on "How to find your outdoorsy voice." Shanti will also be leading meditations and meeting with anyone one-on-one on for hike coaching and goal setting for the year.

Mirna Valerio

Mirna Valerio

Retreat Leader & Motivator

This fall ultra runner, book author and motivational speaker Mirna Valerio will be joining the Hiking my Way retreat for a session as a guest co-host. Named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2018, Mirna will be bring her amazing energy and enthusiasm for getting women on trail no matter who you are, what size you are or how fast you run. Mirna will offer training tips and help you find your running stride.

Arika Bauer

Arika Bauer

Photography Leader

Arika Bauer is a local in the Zion area and a lifestyle photographer who specializes in capturing families on trail with her lens. She will join us on the hikes, offer solo photoshoots if anyone is interested in getting pictures and teach a one hour workshop on how to shoot on trail with your iPhone or camera. She is the owner of Zion Adventure Photography and mom to three awesome little ones.

Amron Bevels-Wilson

Amron Bevels-Wilson

Chef & Wellness Coach

Amron is a conventionally trained MD who’s chosen to build an unconventional practice. In 2008, she stepped away from the clinical track to pursue nutritional therapy and mindfulness medicine. With a chef caterer for a mother, food as an act of love and self care has been integral in Amron's path. Today, she runs a small nutritional consulting firm that operates remotely. Amron helps motivated clients achieve miracles in weight loss and autoimmune disease, and helps reverse the effects of aging using strategies involving whole foods, lifestyle management, mindfulness, and biohacking—the strategic use of nature-based supplements and technologies to reverse the signs and the biology of aging.

A big huge THANK YOU to all of the partners who provided product to retreat participants. Every participant goes home with Merrell shoes and a Deuter pack