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Jon Burdon, Chi Running and Chi Walking instructor based in England and Wales

Venue: The Runner's Refuge, Chamonix, French Alps

Come to the French Alps for a unique blend of Chi Running, Chi Walking, Yoga and Mindfulness, set in a relaxing venue designed specifically for runners.

Learn to focus your mind and body. The week will bring together a range of approaches as you learn techniques that will help you develop a mindful and relaxed approach to exercise and to your whole life.

This very special, one week holiday is open to those new to Chi Running  or Walking or indeed to exercise at all. It is similarly suitable for experienced runners / Chi Runners / Chi Walkers or those wanting to learn advanced Chi Running techniques (see Chi Running FAQs to find out more). In the same way, no experience of yoga or mindfulness is required or expected, just a willing approach. Your teachers will seek to adapt their approach and deliver a flexible, bespoke week of teaching tailored to your requirements. Please register your interest (on the right sidebar) if you are interested, to receive the dates of our next trip.

If you are interested in learning Chi Walking, Walk to Run, bringing a family, or bringing a group we have plenty of flexibility to accommodate this, so please do get in touch.

Please see further information for what's included, staff profiles and a example schedule.

Price £995 (based on two sharing) - by booking you accept the terms and conditions.

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Jon Burdon

holme moss sm Jon has been working with people in the outdoors for over 20 years. It was only when he discovered Chi Running that his exercise was revolutionised and his running became uninterrupted by running injury. Jon has helped many people learn the Chi Running and Chi Walking techniques. Take a look around the site for examples of feedback. Jon has walked and run in the mountains of the UK and Europe all his life.

Becky Burdon

beckyBecky is passionate about living life to the full and helping other people to do the same. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can change lives. Becky believes in considering the whole person and that techniques and pratice should be tailored to the individual and groups. She is an imaginative, creative and caring teacher with a calm and relaxing manner, providing a safe and reassuring environmentfor her clients.

Janet Priestley

JanetJanet has been involved with yoga for over 25 years. Since completing her three year teaching diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga, she has continued her study of Yoga through various philosophical traditions. She has attended days and weekend workshops as well as completing a one year Study and Sadhana course with Sw. Vedantananda from the Satyananda tradition, Bihar School and a one year pranayama course with Philip Xerri from the Gitananada tradition.

In 1998 she joined The School of Practical Philosophy, which follow the teachings of Shankaracharya of Northern India and draws upon other past and present distinguished philosophers, east and west. To date still attending the school as a student and through the school receives the benefits and guidance of meditation and instruction in the ancient language of Sanskrit. 2013 she was asked to tutor her own group which is still running currently.
Janet has been involved in organising Yoga holidays in the UK and India since 1998.


This is an example of what the week might look like. All items on this are subject to change, as we adapt our teaching approach to the client group. The holiday is open to runners and walkers of all standards, so the final Schedule will be determined when we know the fitness profile of those attending and whether attendees wish to focus on running or walking. The main focus of the holiday is on developing a mindful exercise lifestyle rather than travelling a set distance each day. The yoga will be Hatha Yoga.


Welcome, introductions and expectations

Workshop on posture and baseline video analysis
Chi Walking on L'Arve riverside trail. 1-2 hours at a steady pace.
Optional run on the riverside trail.
Introduction to mindfulness
Evening Discussion: what do we mean by a Mindful Lifestyle



Recap on posture, further development of Chi Walking upper body focusses.
Development of Chi Running in gears 1 and 2
Run / Walk: Circuit Chamonix-buvette de la Floria-les Praz 7.7Km +345m ¾ hr to 1 hr ¾ (running)
Video plenary of the day
Mindfulness meditation
Evening Discussion: Soft Power vs traditional thinking about exercise.
Early morning walking meditation
Chi Walking as mindful movement. Mindfulness focus on body sensing
Chi Running and Walking technique focus: Running or walking at different speeds, changes between 'gears.' Finding your 'hill gears.'
Walk / Run:
Circuit Argentière - le Tour - Tré le Champ 8.2Km +350m 50 mins to 1 hr ¾ (running)
Evening Discussion: Inner thoughts, reframing. Key differences and possibilities with living mindfully and Chi Walking or Running
Early morning guided mindful run or solo mindful walk
Review Day
The rest of your day will be free to explore the trails. During the day, each person will receive a further work and review of alignment and posture for running and walking through a 1-1 Chi Walking or Chi Running review with detailed full body video analysis.
Massage / Physio / Hypnotherapy available on request (at an extra charge)
Optional Run: Circuit Vallorcine-les Mayens-les Parts 6.5Km +340m 40 mins to 1 hr ½ (running)
Mindfulness Meditation
Evening discussion: The five element theory of Chi Living
Early morning guided mindful walk or solo mindful run
Workshop: Review, FAQ, Advanced Chi Running or Walking techniques eg. breathing, hills, visual techniques
Chi Runners: Free time to explore the trails independently
Chi Walkers: Focus walk to develop and enhance Chi Walking techniques: Circuit les Houches-le Plan de la Cry-Merlet 12.8Km +765m 3-6 hours (walking) Further video analysis as needed.
Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation
Evening discussion: goal setting
Chi Walkers: Mindfulness and Yoga focus sessions followed by free time to explore the trails independently
Chi Runners full day focus run: Circuit Vallorcine - Bérard valley - Loriaz hut 12Km +780m 1 hr ¾ to 3 hrs ½ Further video analysis as needed.
Evening meal out


Guided Runs and walks with breath taking mountain views
Daily yoga and mindfulness practice
Group Chi Running and Walking tuition (Learn Chi Running or Walking for the first time, or develop technique from the level you are at.)
Hill technique master classes
A one to one Chi Running or Walking session
Individual advanced video analysis of your running and walking form
Transport to walking and running start points within the Chamonix Valley (public bus.)
Airport Transfer from Geneva
Breakfast and evening meal. (The meal on the final night will be in a local restaurant - not included in the price.)
Luxury accommodation in 'The Runner's Refuge,' a venue specially catering for runners - visit their website for more details.
Free wifi
bed linen and towels
in-house gps maps and routes
laundry room
hot tub
Not Included:
Flights, lunch (only on some days, depending on programme), meal on final night, holiday insurance, excursions or other sporting activities eg mountain guiding.
Optional (at an extra charge):
Single room option available in alternative accommodation nearby - please enquire
Hypnotherapy sessions for sports confidence and performance available on request - limited places available
Massage and physio services
Price £995 (based on two sharing

Obligatory Kit – you may be expected to carry this on any of the walks or runs, depending on conditions.
• mobile phone with option enabling its use in France
• stock of water minimum 1 litre (waterbottle or camelbak)
• one torch
• whistle
• adhesive elastic band enable making a bandage or a strapping (mini 100cm x 6 cm)
• food reserve
• running shoes suitable for the terrain (multi-trail)
• jacket with hood and made with a waterproof (recommendation: minimum 10,000 Schmerber) and breathable (recommendation: RET lower than 13) membrane (Gore-Tex or similar) which will withstand the bad weather in the mountains
• long running trousers or leggings or a combination of leggings and long socks which cover the legs completely,
• additional warm midlayer top: One single midlayer long sleeve top for warmth (cotton excluded) with a minimum weight of 180g (Men, size M)
OR a two piece clothing combination of a long sleeve baselayer/midlayer for warmth (cotton excluded) with a minimum weight of 110g (Men, size M) and a windproof jacket* with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) protection
• cap or bandana
• warm hat
• warm and waterproof gloves
• waterproof over-trousers
• The windproof jacket does not replace the mandatory waterproof jacket with hood

Strongly Recommended daily running / walking Kit
• personal first aid kit
• the sum of 20 euros minimum and a credit card (in order to cover the unexpected....)
• compass, spare laces, sun cream, Vaseline or anti-chaffing cream
You MUST have mountain walking / running insurance to come on this holiday. We may ask you for proof of your insurance to ensure your safety. Please bring the documentation with you and put a photocopy in to your rucksack should you need to use emergency services.
Fitness Level
No minimum fitness level is required, and there is a walk, run or walk to run option. However please read the example routes above carefully. In order to get the most out of your break, you should consider whether you are able to complete the lengths of walk or run detailed in the itinerary. Whilst each part of the itinerary is optional, we want you to get the most out of your holiday. Please bear in mind that the gradients involved do make the routes quite different to those in many parts of the UK.
You should arrange your own flights. There will be one airport transfer with space for 8 people leaving Geneva airport at 4pm on Saturday the 1st. This will be included in the price, however places are limited and it is your responsibility to ensure you book this facility in advance. We cannot guarantee we meet missed connections.

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I live in the Holme Valley, near Huddersfield and on the very northern edge of the Peak District National Park. Workshops are in venues easily accessible from:

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