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Sarah Richardson

master instructor

Certified since October 2015

Sarah Richardson

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Connect with Sarah

A personal note from me (Sarah Richardson) to you: 

Hello my ChiFriends, Walkers & Runners!!!!!

It’s so great to meet you! If we haven’t met yet, here’s a bit about myself:

I’m a runner, walker, outdoor enthusiast and love to travel and see the world from my sneakers. I live in rural Vermont and although I’m a “wanderlust runner,” I don’t always feel super connected with other runners. It’s been a dream of mine to practice, live, and love running with other like-minded people while teaching everything I know about how to do it safely, consistently, and with joy for a lifetime.

I have combined my skill sets to create various packages that provide wrap-around services to help you nail your walking and running routine while using the Chi techniques. I rely readily on my Master Level ChiRunning/ChiWalking Certification, Integrative Holistic Health Coaching Certification, and 18 years of Special Education Teaching to personalize a path for each and every walker/runner that needs my help, even if you’re not running yet. Together, we can create a customized practice that brings out the best version of you!!!

What makes my coaching different from others is that I truly take a holistic view of walking and running and make it accessible for those searching for peace, calm, and inner-strength within their practice. This is not just a training plan or a place for you to dream about becoming a consistent runner. This is a place for you to receive all of the benefits from running that you crave. And we start where you are now, with your unique skills and limitations.

I know technique, I know mindset and motivation, and I know how to facilitate habit changes and life patterns that support successful training for a lifetime, especially as we return from an injury and adapt to our ever changing and aging bodies. Twice I’ve had to pick myself up from the bootstraps and know how difficult it can be. I too am aging, and putting what I teach into practice each and every day. I’m here to help make it easy for you to develop, rekindle or revive your running routine and comfortably grow old with your running practice,

~ even if you’re not running yet!!!! 

If you want to connect please reach out to me at and share your Chi questions and celebrations. I’d love to hear about your current practice 🙂 You can also follow me on Instagram or Facebook or YouTube!

Your ChiFriend Forever,



How to Work With Sarah:

  • Group ChiRunning Clinics offered in Barre, VT or other specified locations (see below for upcoming clinics)
  • Private Sessions offered in Barre, VT (choose from 90 minute or 3 Hours)
  • Video Analysis & Personalized Running Summary
  • Ongoing Coaching in The Consistency Club: An Online Monthly Membership for Recreational Runners
  • Ongoing Private Coaching Package for 6 Months: Online and customized to meet your unique needs and includes access to The Consistency Club!
  • Private Coaching Package for 12 Months: Online and customized to meet your unique needs and includes access to The Consistency Club!
  • 3 Day ChiWalking/ChiRunning Retreats on Isle La Motte, in Vermont

For more information & full details, visit RiseAndShine.Run

If you’re not sure which offer is right for you let’s chat! You can schedule a consultation call with me and we can discuss your options and determine what will work best given your current circumstances and goals.



Sarah Richardson, M.S., M.Ed., is a certified educator, distance running coach through RRCA, and Master ChiWalking/ChiRunning® Instructor certified through ChiLiving. In addition to her Master ChiWalking and ChiRunning certifications, she holds credentials as a Special Educator, a Holistic Health Coach, Original Strength and Yoga Body. She is also the author of, From Sidelines to Start Lines: The Frustrated Runner’s Guide to Lacing Up for a Lifetime and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. In addition, she is an outdoor enthusiast, world traveler, and Retreat Facilitator.

Sarah was honored to be a part of the Leadership Team of ChiLiving Leadership team, the parent company of ChiRunning and ChiWalking from May 2020 – November 2022. She is proud to have built the foundation upon which Katherine and Danny’s ChiWalking/ChiRunning legacy will continue.  Sarah looks forward to teaching recreational runners around the globe the ChiWalking & ChiRunning techniques through her various programs and events.

Sarah’s Instructor of the Month Profile

”Sarah was just the running coach I needed help me “Rise And Shine!” She was with me every step of the way as I prepared for a marathon relay after many running injuries over the years. She patiently helped me hone my form, meet my goals and inspired me to stick to my training schedule. Sarah’s positive enthusiasm and expertise is a winning combination, I absolutely could not have met my goals without her! We all need coaches to show up in our lives, I am so grateful to have found Sarah!”

~ Suzanne. ChiRunning Clinic & Private Coaching Client

”Sarah’s Rise And Shine ChiRunning workshop gave me a much needed boost to get back into running with a plan to stay injury free and enjoy running again! Sarah did a great job of making the information accessible and fun. Sign up! Thank you Sarah!”

~ Danielle. ChiRunning Clinic

”Sarah is top shelf in terms of commitment to helping and providing great feedback.  I am so glad I took the time to do the ChiRunning workshop with her. And it’s been awesome to run injury free through this marathon training!”

~ Ryan, ChiRunning Clinic

”The VIP Running Retreat was the best thing I have ever done to improve my running. Sarah is amazing, organized beyond belief with every detail to ensure my time at the retreat was productive, inspiring, and relaxing. The setting was magnificent with the sound of the lake lulling me to sleep at night after watching beautiful sunsets and the moon shining on the lake. The views of the Adirondack Mountains on one side of the island and the Green Mountains on the other inspired me to run from one side to the other. The ChiRunning instruction, focus and feedback thoroughly prepared me to run my first full marathon at age of 62!!!! I’m Saving the Date for Summer 2019!!!”

~ Jill, VIP Summer Camp

”A group of us decided that we needed to get away and focus on our running and our health. What we got was an experience of a lifetime. Sarah put together an itinerary just for us that focused on ChiRunning, but also really created a sense of fun and adventure. The best thing about the retreat was that we were able to learn how to improve our running, but we also learned about ourselves and each other.”

~ Caroline, Mary, Becky & Michelle, Island Escape Summer Camp

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