CAREFREE, Ariz. (January 25, 2022) – Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa is pleased expand its wellness and retreat programming via its new partnership with iconic fitness brand, iFIT Health & Fitness, to offer iFIT Retreats. The award-winning destination wellness resort – ranked the #4 U.S. Destination Spa by Travel + Leisure – provides a world-class setting to host iFIT’s first-ever real-world retreats. The only wellness resort and spa to focus on happiness first, healthiness always, CIVANA provides time and space to awaken the soul, free the mind and connect. As another component of partnership, CIVANA guests will have the benefit of a newly reimagined fitness facility outfitted with iFIT-enabled Freemotion equipment.

“CIVANA’s mission is to provide our guests with individualized programs that bring overall happiness and well-being,” said Adam Ross, Co-Founder of CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa. “The expansion of our curated retreats, such as that with iFIT Health & Fitness, allows us to further this mission and provide guests with the latest advancements in this industry.”

World-Class, Immersive iFIT Retreats at CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa

These intimate, four-day, three-night experiences are led by iFIT’s in-demand trainers alongside CIVANA’s expert Wellness Guides and offer a special opportunity to discover new ways to take control of individual wellness and step out from behind the screen to connect with their favorite trainers in real life. These retreats bring a balanced approach to fitness, are open to all fitness levels, and provide an iFIT-guided approach personalized to each participant’s journey of well-being.

The inaugural retreat (November 8-10, 2021) featured iFIT Trainer and former Division I football player, John Peel. Peel’s training method – rooted in his own personal experience with athletic injuries – offered retreat participants an efficient, low impact, and holistic fitness experience.

The second retreat (November 19-21, 2021) featured iFIT Trainer and professional athlete Ashley Paulson. Paulson – a mother of four, who has won 22 marathons, placed first in an Ultra Ironman, and competed in the Olympic marathon trials – coached guests on how to overcome obstacles that impede one’s fitness routine. Looking ahead to 2022, iFIT will host four new highly anticipated retreats beginning in March and will continue to offer new ways for its members to step out from behind the screen and connect with each other in real life.

iFIT Retreats at CIVANA include all accommodations, meals, beverages, fitness classes, spa treatments, and wellness activities with specially designed itineraries for the program. iFIT swag, hydration kits, cookbooks and other gifts are also included. Guests can expect luxury accommodations in the beautiful and healing Arizona desert accompanied by:


  • Guests of the retreat will enjoy hyper-seasonal, locally sourced meals while learning the nutrition habits of their iFIT trainer host. Each guest will also receive a customized nutrition plan after a one-on-one consultation with one of iFIT’s on-site registered dieticians.

Group Fitness Classes & Wellness Activities

  • Guests will connect with the retreat’s iFIT host and other members of the iFIT community through unique fitness classes and curated wellness activities, including sound baths, meditation, aerial yoga and more.


  • Each guest will have the chance to indulge in an included 60-minute CIVANA spa massage treatment along with time at the spa’s signature Aqua Therapy Circuit (ATC) of hot and cold pools, cool waterfall shower and sanarium.


“These retreats are designed to bring iFIT’s unparalleled connected fitness experience to life in a new and unique way,” said Mark Watterson, iFIT’s Chief Experience Officer. “For the first time, our community will be able to learn from our premiere trainers in real life, while surrounded by all that CIVANA’s properties have to offer.

Reimagined Fitness Facility, Provided by Freemotion from iFIT

As of November 2021, all CIVANA guests can continue their health and wellness goals, and investment in themselves, in the newly reimagined fitness facility. With Freemotion, the industry standard brand for connected commercial equipment, guests can access thousands of live and on-demand workouts, led by more than 180 top professional athletes, gold-medal Olympians, celebrity coaches, and more. As their iFIT trainer automatically adjusts their incline, decline, speed, and/or resistance on their cardio machine, guests are virtually transported to the world’s most breathtaking destinations. CIVANA’s fitness center features the following Freemotion equipment:

  • The Freemotion Interactive Cardio Experience turns users into global jet-setters, with riveting workouts filmed in 57 countries across all seven continents. Featuring auto-adjusting iFIT technology on its incline trainers, treadmills, ellipticals and indoor bikes, Freemotion gives guests the thrill of a truly immersive adventure.
  • The Freemotion Inclusive Strength Training Experience: Perfect for all ages, fitness levels, and abilities, guests will maximize their strength, balance, stability and coordination, whether they’re new to functional fitness or seasoned pros. Highly versatile, the Freemotion lines of strength-training equipment offer endless possibilities, from seated stable positions to standing dynamic movement patterns for total body results.

To jumpstart 2022, iFIT will host four new retreats beginning in March, led by renowned iFIT Trainer John Peel, with registration opening on January 19, 2022. iFIT Retreats are held at CIVANA and pricing starts at $3,995 per guest. For more information or to place a reservation, please visit, or call 470-826-1029.

Media Contact (CIVANA):

Veronica Werhane

Account Director

The Brandman Agency

[email protected]

Media Contact (iFIT):

Melanie Kimmelman

Senior Account Director

Hunt & Gather

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About CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa

Nestled high in the Sonoran Desert, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa is a playground of wellbeing located just outside of Scottsdale. The only wellness resort & spa to focus on happiness first, healthiness always, CIVANA provides time and space to awaken the soul, free the mind and connect. Because we’re all trying to find our happy place, but happiness isn’t a place, it’s a state. Grounded in principles of flexibility, personalization, and attainability, CIVANA is a premium destination for anyone looking for a highly personalized wellness experience that doesn’t feel prescriptive, restrictive or regimented and leaves guests craving their next visit. Designed as an approachable alternative to most wellness resorts and one that suits the modern traveler, CIVANA offers each guest the flexibility to create an impactful, immersive experience that best suits them – from devout students of wellness who want to dive deeper to those who simply want to relax and unplug. Between a world-class spa, wellness classes and studios, healthy cuisine, and welcoming accommodations, CIVANA offers the very best of the wellness experience. CIVANA also offers nearly 23,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space ideal for wellness and corporate retreats.

About iFIT

iFIT® is a global fitness and well-being subscription technology company that provides unmatched fitness experiences and solutions to its growing community of over 6 million members in over 120 countries. iFIT’s industry-leading brands – NordicTrack®, ProForm®, Sweat®, Freemotion®, Weider® and 29029® – are powered by the iFIT integrated health  a fitness platform, which seamlessly connects the company’s proprietary software, experiential content and interactive hardware. Based in Logan, Utah, with offices in Paris, Shanghai, Sydney and Leeds, the company offers immersive, adaptive, personalized workout experiences for every fitness level and interest. iFIT delivers these patented interactive experiences through an extensive offering of live and on-demand content across the industry’s broadest range of connected fitness modalities. iFIT is a leader and pioneer in the health and well-being industry with more than 400 issued and pending patents.