Why Are We Different than Other Wellness Retreats?

An 8-10 hour daily intensive lifestyle program

Daily interactive physician-run educational programs
Daily one on one meetings with a personal trainer
Daily Group exercises with trainers and Dr. Safdi
Individualized exercise & meal programs designed with dietician, trainers, and Dr. Safdi
Largest spa and fitness facilities in Colorado
Small groups (only 15 people per retreat)
Cooking demonstrations and instructions with the chef
Multiple optional classes with hiking, yoga, pilates, biking, and walks.

2019 Retreat Dates

September 15-21
Due to the nature of this program, space is limited to 15 people.

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$4,500 per person | $3,000 without accommodations

Meet The Retreat Staff


Dr. Safdi has served as Chairman of Gastroenterology at Cincinnati Deaconess Hospital as well as President of the Ohio GI and Liver Institute.

He publishes a newsletter on health and wellness. He was also co-founder of the Consultants for Clinical Research, the Ohio GI and Liver Institute, and eMerge Health Care Solutions. He was elected and served as the President of the Ohio GI Society. He has been featured on the national program of Medical Crossfire and authored or co-authored numerous medical articles and abstracts. He has been asked to speak on numerous occasions on Gastroenterology and health and wellness topics around the US and world. The Telluride Integrative Wellness Summits had Dr. Safdi as one of the featured speakers along with Deepak Chopra. He has volunteered his time as a medical ambassador to numerous countries with People to People. His visits to India, Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba as well as others to study and lecture on healthcare has helped him understand the need for disease prevention and not just a focus on treatment. His understanding of the need to incorporate diet, exercise, education, and alternative approaches has driven him to start longevity programs to focus on lifestyle changes that are durable focusing on evidence based quality medical research.


Ellen has over 16 years of experience coaching competitive swimming, and 10 years working in the fitness industry teaching Zumba, dance, indoor cycling, barre, water aerobics, swim and strength and conditioning. She was the Assistant Varsity Swim Coach and Aquatics Director for the University of Chicago from 2007-2010 and then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University in 2011. While earning her degree, Ellen was the Head Swim Coach for the Irving Park Penguins and taught swimming at fitness for the Spa at Trump Tower in Chicago. She then went on to coach internationally competitive swimmers and triathletes at FAC in Boulder, CO before landing in Telluride in 2015. She believes that, “You only get one body” and loves helping people pursue fitness in a way that ensures that they can be active for as long as they live.


Eliza will help develop a nutritional plan and follow-up with participants in regards to a healthy diet for life. She has a master’s degree in food science & human nutrition, is a credentialed registered dietitian nutritionist, has a bachelor’s degree in exercise & sport science and is an ACE certified personal trainer. Eliza works full time at an integrated health clinic where she provides individual nutrition counseling related to healthy eating, weight loss, and medical nutrition therapy. She also offers community healthy cooking classes and grocery store tours, private nutrition counseling at the Spa at the Peaks resort, and a weekly nutrition class and indoor cycling class. Eliza believes in a “whole body approach to health and views wellness as a combination of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” In her free time you can find her exploring the immense outdoor abundances that the San Juan Mountains and Southwest have to offer.


Debbie Madaris has been an integral part of The Peaks Resort and Spa Fitness team for the last 14 years. She is a certified Personal Trainer through the ISSA and her 40 years of experience in the fitness industry includes certifications from ACE, IDA, Spinning, CrossFit, Zumba and Yoga. She also created the ever-popular Peaks Fitness Class, “Strengthen and Lengthen,” and also teaches, “Mobility Maintenance” when she is not busy training clients. Her current professional focus is strength, conditioning, flexibility and mobility. Her approach as instructor and trainer is to “keep things fun, educational and casual”.


Rachel is an ACE certified Personal Trainer, Schwinn Indoor Cycling instructor. She is currently working towards her NASM Certificates in Golf Fitness Specialist, Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement Specialization. She worked in the industry as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for three years in her hometown, Australia and started work with The Peaks Resort and Spa at the start of 2017. Rachel believes that “fitness is about so much more than exercise; it’s a catalyst for positive change in every aspect of your life.”

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is used with a Foam Roller and it’s great for mobility, flexibility and warming up the body before a workout.
Foam Rolling helps to relieve muscle soreness after a workout and can help loosen up muscles before a workout. It helps to break up any tightness and it can be used regularly even if you’re not in the gym or planning a workout. If you work a desk job or a job that requires long periods of sitting or standing, using the foam roller will release any tension in your muscles. When foam rolling, you may feel some tightness or stiffness in a particular area, hold for 30 seconds or more whilst taking big deep breathes until you feel a stretch and release.


Harrison has a tremendous talent working with our retreat members in developing fun and personally crafted workouts that can be continued for a lifetime. He is a Personal Trainer who specializes in strength training, rehabilitation, injury prevention, muscle imbalance correction and sport-specific training for athletes of all ages. In addition to his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, he is currently certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine for Personal Training and Golf Fitness, the Active Stretching Technique by Annette Lang, and also holds a Functional Movement Screening certification. After completing his college education, Harrison interned with a physical therapist and went on to become a personal trainer in 2010. Some of his hobbies include fishing, hiking, cars and dogs, and he is incredibly excited to be living in Telluride and training at The Peaks.


Kat will be an integral part of our team and help develop the ability of participants to understand the benefits of (yoga, pilates, etc). She is a 500hr certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor and Kaiut Yoga
level one instructor. She has been teaching yoga for 25 years and is also certified in Hatha, Yoga for Athletes and is currently continuing her Kaiut Yoga education. Kat has been teaching pilates for 7 years and is also a certified Advanced Myofascial Therapist. She is endlessly fascinated with the intricacies of the human body, especially the body’s ability to heal.


My name is Gayle Worth and I am a NLP Clinical Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regressionist. Hypnosis is a truly amazing tool that can help with anything you need in life. In Hypnotherapy sessions you enter into natural states of consciousness that we actually enter every day. Ever wonder how you got home even though you were behind the wheel? That is an example of being in a hypnotic state! In hypnotherapy, you are entering your unconscious (subconscious) mind which is an altered state of consciousness that lies between awake and sleep. Entering this state will help to improve your life!

Hypnotherapy is most commonly used for: Stress, anxiety, overcoming addictions, overcoming fears and phobias, pain management, insomnia, most depressions, weight loss, quitting smoking cigarettes, goal achievement, surgery preparation, birthing, personal problems, spiritual connection, and regression therapy. Hypnotherapy is a safe therapeutic tool that can allow you to break past barriers and find true happiness. I look forward to being a part of your growth!


Regan has a 200-hour yoga certification, a 700-hour diploma in somatic bodywork and a master’s degree in communication. She teaches Hatha, Restorative and Prenatal Yoga. She believes yoga is a living practice that goes beyond that mat. She believes coming to the mat is a way to come home to our Selves. Regan has been with the Peaks Resort and Spa the last five years sharing Restorative Yoga with her community.

Restorative Yoga with Regan is about relaxing deeply. Participants will hold poses 5-7 minutes to invite the body to unwind, open and reorganize. The practice includes a series of poses that work with posture and alignment. The work may seem subtle, but has great benefits. It invites us to “be here now” and open to the idea of “less is more.” Some inversion, back bending and twisting are common, but practiced gently and receptively. The class is open to all, including those who’ve never practiced yoga before. This includes the elderly and pregnant women.


Coach Miller has worked at many levels in the fitness industry for 40 years. As a Strength and Conditioning Coach and an Athletic Trainer, he has prepared athletes, ages 13 to 70, in track and cross-country, football, basketball, wrestling, skiing, and baseball.

Coach has been involved also as an athlete, competing in football, track, and Olympic weightlifting. Currently he is an avid recreational athlete – skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Coach’s philosophy on fitness is simple – personal fitness is a lifestyle and a choice to live a healthier, longer, and more vibrant life.


Eliza Gass MS, RD has always been fascinated by the brilliant and seamless complexities of the human body. This fascination was the driving force of her pursuit to become a nutrition professional. Eliza first obtained a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science before receiving a master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor and is credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Eliza works in an integrated health clinic providing individualized nutrition counseling tailored to varying patient needs. Her nutrition philosophy supports a whole body approach to nutrition and eating wherein food fuels body, mind, and spirit. She believes that the diet should be composed of mostly whole, minimally processed foods. She also recognizes the strong ties that food and eating have to culture, social interaction, pleasure, and the environment and attempts to view nutritional science through those lenses. Eliza believes in the diet as a lifelong eating pattern and encourages consumers to be weary of diets that promise a quick fix, that require immense supplementation and financial input, or that eliminate one or more of the main food groups.

Fitting of a nutrition professional, Eliza enjoys, foraging, planting, and gardening and spends many evenings creating new dishes with self-grown and harvested foods. Aside from food and nutrition, Eliza’s main passions are entangled in the mountains. She was born and raised in the heart of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and spends most of her free time exploring their wild terrain in one way or another. In the warmer months she can be found hiking mountain peaks and when the snow flies she is often snowboarding.


Jenna’s relationship with yoga started in 2000, and little did she know that it would have such a positive impact on her life. Soon after diving into the world of yoga, Jenna realized that this practice wasn’t just physical but that it also broadened her emotional and spiritual awareness.

She started teaching yoga in 2008 and has studied several different styles including hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative, and anusara. Jenna’s love for yoga practice spurred her passion for holistic health and wellness and inspired her to study holistic nutrition. She now shares her knowledge of yoga and healthy living both on and off the mat in her classes, online cleanse programs, workshops and retreats.

Jenna recognizes that yoga has powerful, therapeutic effects on the body and mind which can impact how we feel on a daily basis and how we show up in life. She believes that integrating the lessons learned on the mat into everyday life is the true medicine of this practice.

To find out more about Jenna’s approach to holistic health, yoga, and plant-based living, checkout her website jennacarpenter.org

“The groundwork for all happiness is health”–Leigh Hunt


Kat is a 500-hour certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor and Kaiut Yoga level two instructor, with 200 hundred hours of training. Kat is a certified advanced myofascial therapist with 25 years of experience. Kat enjoys living a mountain life style. She believes that having a healthy body mind and spirit is essential to life. She is constantly in awe of the body and its ability to heal.

Kats going to write about the ‘magic circle’ and ‘fascia’. Will get to me before end of day tomorrow.

Pelvic floor and the magic circle

The pelvic floor in women consist of muscle and tissue that stretch from the tailbone to the pubic bone. It has a shape of a hammock or mini trampoline and holds the organs up and in place. Your pelvic floor muscles help you control your bladder and bowel. The pelvic floor also helps your back to stay strong and healthy.

Simple exercise to do every day lay on your back, knees bent feet on floor. Place magic circle between knee, or a pillow or book, inhale relax abdominals exhale squeeze ring and pull abdominals in and up. Everything above navel is relaxed. You should feel as though you are stopping the flow of urine/wind as you do the exercise. Do a set of 10 2 times and work your way to 3 sets of 10. You are on your way to a stronger pelvic floor!