Sensei has announced a partnership with the The Little Nell to offer a six-day group hiking retreat October 2-7. Through this collaboration, Sensei will bring its evidence-led philosophy and wellness guide team to the Colorado market for the first time. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, The Little Nell is a Relais & Châteaux property; the ski-in/ski-out hotel has 92 guestrooms and suites.
According to MMGY Global’s “Portrait of the American Traveler” study from spring 2023, hiking, climbing and other outdoor adventures rank among the top activities of interest for travelers when on vacation. Sensei’s first group retreat will offer daily hikes on top trails around Aspen. Groups will be arranged based on hiking ability, ensuring each individual guest’s skill level is met. Each day will highlight a new trail in the morning, varying in distance and elevation gain, along with a lighter recovery walk in the afternoon. On Day Five, there will be a peak hike as the culmination of the trip.
During the retreat, daily hikes will be led by expert Ted Mahon, an accomplished mountaineer recognized by National Geographic with more than 20 years of climbing experience, including summiting Mount Everest in spring 2003. He will lead the group on Aspen’s hiking trails varying in distance and elevation—from the Cathedral Lake Trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness to the challenging 13-mile Lost Man Loop in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy fall leaf peeping, soaking in the golden aspen trees along the trails.
The retreat begins with a welcome ceremony and group dinner, allowing guests to connect with fellow hiking enthusiasts, and their wellness and hiking team leads. Each morning will start with a healthy breakfast and group movement session led by one of Sensei’s exercise physiologists to warm up the body, build heat through activation movements, and prepare guests’ minds and bodies for the day’s adventure.
Following each hike, guests will be guided through optimal recovery techniques, such as foam rolling and massages to keep the body agile and healthy. Evidence-based workshops will support guests’ journeys throughout the week, teaching techniques on establishing healthy sleep habits and practices vital to performance levels, fueling the body with the proper nutrients and water needed for energy and recovery, and mental preparations for challenging steps ahead, on or off the mountain.
Aside from the group activities, guests can opt for a one-on-one wellbeing session to receive personalized guidance on nutrition, mindset or fitness.