Countdown to the Getaway!

Weekend Getaway

September 29 - October 1, 2023

Pocono Mountains, PA


Hear From Other Women

Women come to the Weekend Getaway for many different reasons yet their experience is shared in what they receive.

An All Inclusive Experience

Curate your own retreat to fit what feels just right for you.

Powerful Workshops

Explore a variety of opportunities for learning and growth.

Unique Classes

Drop in to movement, meditation and creative arts throughout the weekend.

Loving Community

Steep in the all-embracing energy through intimate and all group experiences.


Consciously curated menus and joyful conversation to fuel you.

Evening Activities

Gather around the fire or dance your heart out to end your days with ceremony and celebration.

Ample Rest

Slow down and steady yourself with peaceful moments of quiet relaxation.

Facilitators & Activities

Our array of activities are designed to support you in taking care of all aspects of yourself.


Jennifer Aqua, MD & Rebecca Aqua

Join Dr. Jennifer Aqua, OBGYN, for lighthearted honest dialog and Q&A. Moderated by her sister, Rebecca Aqua, to unpack the evolution of our bodies and the related changes to our lives in our 40’s, 50’s and beyond.

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Find Yourself in the forest photo shoots

Lauren Ariel

With Lauren as your guide, you will work together to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind photographs that represent who you truly are in this moment. Sessions available for individuals and pairs.

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Tami Astorino

Forest Bathing

Tami Astorino, M.Ed.

Join Tami for this beautiful opportunity to reduce stress, improve feelings of happiness, free up creativity, and optimize overall well-being in the forest. Reconnect and restore balance to your daily life as you discover the fundamentals of forest bathing, experience a sensory awakening, and answer invitations to connect with the natural world that surrounds you.

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The Strip Down

Nikki Brafman

Explore the depth of your own essence beyond who you are being on a day-to-day basis. 

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Bra Talk: What Our Moms Never Taught Us

Kimmay Caldwell

Whether you wear a bra or not, or you're 65 or 16, these bra lessons (and vulnerable truths from the fitting room) will help you feel more comfortable and confident, while letting go of old stories and outdated expectations so you can finally say HURRAY! 

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Marie Jasmin Cataudella


Marie Jasmin Cataudella

A rhythmic bodyweight workout with cardio drills guaranteed to make you sweat, smile and shine! 

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Spiritual Herbalism

Jovan Clay

As a Reiki practitioner, plant-worker, and yoga instructor for all ages, Jovan finds joy in creating plant-based medicine infused with Reiki that aids in the healing, growth and nourishment of our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.

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Kimberly Estefany

Fully appreciate the effectiveness of minimal intervention through gentle movements and positioning, without any forceful manipulation. 

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Tending Grief

Naila Francis

Naila is a gentle, nurturing guide helping grievers navigate through loss so they can learn to live alongside grief, seeing it not just as something to get through but an invitation to more truthful and wholehearted living. 

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Raise Your Voice & Rock the Mic

Karen Gross

It's time for us as women to rock the mic! This workshop serves as a creative safe space, where you'll be invited to tap into and unleash your inner voice through journaling, poetry, and song -- inspired by prompts from trailblazing creative women throughout history. You'll also have an opportunity to showcase your work and rock the mic by the campfire! 

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Therapeutic Massage

Jaime Harron

Private sessions using multiple massage modalities to relieve stress and tension.

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Repair My Period

Oshun Hunter

If you've been suffering with miserable, painful, heavy periods and you want to learn how to holistically restore your body and hormone health then this workshop is for you! 

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Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Kami Kiritsis

Learn the fundamentals of SUP and be instructed on proper paddle technique. Workshops, individual and small group lessons suitable for the beginner through experienced paddleboarder.

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Sandra Koberlein

This workshop offers exploration in combining encaustic painting with repurposed collage materials. Creating a collage finds its effectiveness as a therapeutic tool in a non-threatening nature. It provides an outlet to verbalize creativity without judgment. 

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Career Transition

Michelle LaVecchia Odendahl

Emerge with a transformed understanding of yourself, your purpose and your power to co-create a career of meaning, joy, abundance and freedom. 

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Conscious Connected Breathing

Maureen Malone & Sabina von Wrede

Clear old patterns, unblock suppressed emotions and liberate your natural aliveness and joy. 

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Bronwen Mayer Henry

Bronwen Mayer Henry will guide participants through an expressive meditation exercise to discover new hope, possibility and kindness. Participants will use creative materials to find wisdom and insight for their life. 

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Tatianna Muniz

Join Tatianna for a 15 minute photo session surrounded by the magic of the forest. Session includes at least 3 high resolution digital images.

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Sharai Perry

Restorative Massage

Sharai Perry

An immersed in total relaxation and escape experience. Customized to your body to incorporate Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and stretching techniques to help bring balance back as a whole. 

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Free To Be

Rachel Rainbow

Begin to break free from old patterns that keep you stuck, supporting you in finding more ease and freedom in your life.

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Tink Rainbow

Destress the Mess

Tink Rainbow

A professional organizer’s approach to tackling the physical and emotional clutter in your life. 

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Respectful Disruption

Tamara Rebick

Respectful Disruption is a process that initiates lasting change, challenging the status quo by putting relationships at the core. 

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Onalee Rivera

Intuitive Paint Exploration

Onalee Rivera

Give yourself permission to play. In this workshop, we will explore how colors and shapes make us feel while moving the paint across the page. This can be a meditative healing experience or just for funsies … no pressure or experience necessary. 

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Transformative Knitting & Crochet

Ellen Rubin

Learn the basics of how to cast on, knit and other essential information to begin your knitting adventure while learning how to make fingerless mittens or a fabulous scarf. 

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Nikeela Salazar

A nontraditional yoga practice to increase mobility and range of motion to help you bend not break. 

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Forest Bathing

Cera Schrems

A beautiful opportunity to reduce stress, improve feelings of happiness, free up creativity, and optimize overall well-being in the forest. 

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Rest As Resistance

Sara Schwartz

With a background in trauma-informed care, Sara has a deep understanding of healing-centered practices offering immersive sound bath experiences in group and individual sessions that support participants to experience restful release in a welcoming, safe environment.

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Jill Severino & Abby Wheeler

Join Jill and Abby for a crafty afternoon of creativity, conversations, and community.

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Myofascial/Lymphatic Manual Therapy

Melissa Wellington

Melissa will meet and consult with you at the start of your time together to determine which modality will best serve your needs...Myofascial/Structural Integration or Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Read more about Melissa's treatment services by clicking the link below. 

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Andrea White

One-on-one sessions empower physical and emotional health, prevent illness, treat medical conditions, and include a wide range of healing modalities such as acupuncture, energy healing, Reiki, and more. 

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Tahini Recipes for Every Meal

Amy Zitelman

Lean more about tahini, appreciated for thousands of years for it's health benefits and versatility, in a variety of easy and delicious recipes. 

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You’ll register for 4 workshops to enjoy over the course of the weekend, along with many other activities available to you.

Check-in, Get Comfortable, Unwind and Get Excited!

Fri, Sept 29 - Arrive at 1pm and settle into your weekend home. Enjoy crafting activities, get moving or meditating with a class or relax by the lake. Connect with other women during the kick-off, women's circles and at dinner. Close-out the evening by the lakeside campfire with live music.

Wake Up, Workshop, Learn, Play, Rest and Rejuvenate Yourself

Sat, Sept 30 - Start your morning with forest bathing, meditation or a movement class. Energize with breakfast and head over to your first workshop of the day. Enjoy lunch, then a massage, a psychic reading or kayak trip around the lake. Dive into your second workshop and finish your fulfilling day at dinner with new friends and an uplifting lakeside dance celebration.

Move, Explore, Reflect and Depart Renewed!

Sun, Oct 1 - Rise up, enjoy a morning workout and breakfast and head to your third workshop. More opportunities to sit by the lake, explore the trails, and enhance your connections. Relish in a nourishing lunch, check out the Rise Marketplace, and enjoy your fourth and final workshop. Seal your weekend experience at the closing ceremony. Take all you received with you as you return to life renewed.


Endless spots for play and rest in the Pocono Mountains

Plan your journey to the retreat via the Google Maps link below 

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Premier Pocono Mountains retreat center


Well known summer camp and retreat center, Trails End Camp is located in the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania, in beautiful Beach Lake. Walk the gorgeous grounds as you retreat, rest, and rejuvenate on the 400 acres of nature.

Types of Accommodations

Your all-inclusive rate is dependent on your accommodations. 

Choose from the range of housing options below.

SHARED Accommodations


Our wood floor cabins are a spacious 1400 square feet with twin beds for 6 – 8 women. Shared bathroom with two showers, sinks and toilet stalls. Step off your front porch into the serenity of the trees. Organize a sleepover with just your friends, or meet new ones in this bonding and rustic experience!

$949/per person

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Shared Accommodations


Newly remodeled in 2021! Dorm style housing with rooms that accommodate 3 – 6. Ten private full bathrooms are located in the hallway and each room is assigned its own bathroom. Walk into the hall to your assigned bathroom, close the door, and have the toilet/sink/shower area to yourself. The suites are heated and air conditioned and located at the lakefront –  you step out to a breathtaking lake view. 

$1349/per person

Optionally upgrade for view of the lake from your window for an additional $100 per person

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Private or Shared Accommodations


The cottages offer 1 – 2 guests a lovely private experience with ensuite restroom and furnishings. Cottages are offered with either a queen size bed (single occupancy) or two twin beds (double occupancy). There are a few cottages that accommodate 3 – 5 women. Contact Rise about larger private cottages.

Private Cottage for 1: $1649/per person

Cottage for 2+: $1549/per person

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Private space...just for you!

Solo Accommodations

Book a single-occupancy space

  • Private Cottage for 1


Shared spaces with friends ... old & new ... you choose!

Group Accommodations

Book a double- or multi-occupancy space

  • Cottage for 2 or 3

  • Shared Suite (groups of 3-6)

  • Shared Lakeview Suite (groups of 3-6)

  • Shared Cabin (groups of 6 to 8)

*You will name your roommate(s) at checkout. If you are coming alone and choose to share accommodations, we will assign you to a space with other women up to the maximum permitted.

Getaway Highlights

Create Your Schedule

Choose the activities you wish to take part in every day. Preregister for workshops that excite you, try classes that call to you in the moment, take a break by the lake, book a private session. It’s your time to do what you want!

Private Sessions

Opportunities throughout the weekend for you to receive a personal touch from gifted facilitators. Private sessions include speciality offerings such as herbal consultations, thai massage, psychic readings, myofascial release and more. Additional cost.

Enjoy Nature

Let the natural environment work it’s magic on you as you spend days away from technology and settle into the tranquility of the trees.

Community Connection

At the heart of the entire experience is community connection. Embrace yourself and others through sharing stories, exchanging wisdom and contributing to the nurturing environment by showing up just as you are.


My favorite part of the weekend was connecting with other women and finding a deeper connection to myself. Taking a moment to pause and center myself has been the most grounding moment of this year. I am looking forward to charging forward into this next season with a refreshed outlook. Thank you!

Weekend Getaway Attendee

I kept noticing how many coincidences and little gifts from the universe everyone was receiving. Whether it was people’s stories; tokens of appreciation that were meaningful in special ways; our names, experiences, and backgrounds; and so many other things that brought us together regardless of differences.

Weekend Getaway Attendee

I watched women arrive with fear and leave with an open heart. As did I. It’s hard to leave one story, as the entire story (weekend) was the most impactful experience I could have imagined!

Weekend Getaway Attendee

I had several “inner body” experiences that were so powerful. The grief yoga was by far the most powerful of my movement classes. I was FINALLY able to let out all the anger that has been building for two years as I tried to remain calm and strong for my daughter through our family’s trauma. And it felt so good. That anger, that trauma, has really blocked me from so much of myself. And that’s when I felt myself finally starting to let go. It was beautiful and amazing.

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We're glad you have questions. If you can't find your answer, contact us.

Check in for the 2023 weekend begins at 1pm on Friday, September 29. Our first shared meal is dinner, so we recommend stopping for lunch on the way. 

Friday afternoon is yours to join a movement class, sit by the lake, or settle in to your weekend home and enjoy the beautiful spaces before some all group activities geared to get you grounded and grooving. If you are going to be arriving late please let us know in advance.

Departure is 4pm on Sunday, October 1 after a blissful day that includes breakfast and lunch.

Say what? You won’t want to leave! Although attendees are allowed to leave early, Rise Weekend is packed with so much goodness – we recommend that you plan accordingly and enjoy the entire experience. However, if you need to leave early, please inform us before Rise begins.

If you need to leave the Weekend early for any circumstance, we are unable to prorate or refund your ticket. Please see our Terms & Conditions.

Our weekend home of Trail’s End is a premier overnight camp in the summer months as well as a wedding and retreat center for adult groups in the fall and spring.  

There are a variety of options for accommodations. Please see our full list of accommodations so you can decide for yourself if you want to sleep in a cabin with 6 – 8 other women, a newly renovated suite with a small group, a quaint space with one or two friends, or in your own private room. All of the accommodations have screened windows, heat, and electricity; are a step out the door into nature; and have clean bathrooms, sinks, and showers.

Bunking Requests? You can get snuggly in a bunk or private room with your friends and family that are coming for the weekend! Provide us with your requests at ticket purchase or send us an email and we will be sure you are with your requests.

Nope – we’ve got you covered! You will be provided with bedding basics: towels, sheets, one pillow and a lightweight blanket. Feel free to supplement with your own cozy supplies if you think you’ll want more coverage! Check the weather and throw in an extra blanket if you think you’ll need one! Don’t worry, in addition to linens, we will send you a detailed packing list so you are fully prepared.

Yes, you will be in good company! Some women come with friends, co-workers, sisters, mothers, daughters or neighbors, and many also come on their own. We provide bonding opportunities to cultivate community, as well as ample spaces to sit quietly by yourself.  It’s your dream weekend, we encourage you to show up for yourself – by yourself! If you come on your own and choose a shared accommodation, we will assign you to a bunk with other awesome women like you who said “YOLO! I’m coming solo!”

The weekend is beautifully curated for you to create your own experience and choose from our 40+ workshop and workout offerings. A few weeks before the weekend you will receive an email with the full description of Rise workshops and facilitators and have the opportunity to reserve your spot in the workshops of your choosing. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for individual healing sessions with our incredible team of practitioners. All workshops and workouts are included in your ticket price; healing sessions are optional and are an additional charge.

Retreats aren’t just for yogis!  Rise Weekend is “yoga optional!” There is a diverse array of offerings and every workshop welcomes the first timer and the pro.  There are opportunities to participate in incredible movement and workout sessions and yoga is only one of the many options! You’ll choose the one that feels good to you.  Many of our facilitators use meditation as a tool for growth and learning so you’ll have the opportunity to try it out or return to it as a way to connect to yourself.

Transformative, fun and freeing! Rise Gatherings workshops are facilitated experiences. Don’t expect to sit in rows and listen to lectures. Our facilitators are gifted experience creators and use a variety of ways to guide you to learn, grow and glow! In addition to imparting wisdom and tools, they will facilitate a full experience that may have you moving, talking, thinking and connecting – as much as you’d like within your comfort zone (or beyond!).  We limit the number of participants in each workshop in order to keep them small and ensure an intimate space where you can have a meaningful experience with yourself and others.

Up to you! On Sunday there will be a Rise Marketplace with lots of uniquely awesome gifts and treats for you to purchase (cash or credit card) if you desire.  But this can for sure be a no wallet weekend – all meals, workshop experiences, and classes are included with your ticket purchase.

All food has been selected and designed to give you the most freshly prepared, wholesome nourishment throughout the weekend with ideas to bring home to your kitchen! There is something for everyone  – vegan, paleo, gluten free, etc. We prioritize plant powered nutrition to fuel you with as many whole food nutrients as possible. You will be inspired by the meals prepared for you to enjoy a high vibe, socially conscious weekend. We are offering workshops to educate you on the idea of fueling yourself this way in your life beyond the retreat.

If there is anything specific you need, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We are here to accommodate you.

You must be at least 14 to attend accompanied by an adult and 18 to attend this event alone. However, there is no age limit for enjoying this experience! It is for growing women in all stages and phases of life!  Our weekends have a delightful representation of women of all ages from teens to grandmas. There will be workshops specifically designed for the teens to connect and the wise aging to continue their journey as well.

Contact us if you’d like to discuss further!

Think minimal! No need for excess this weekend except for excessive fun and experiences. You will need clothing and toiletry essentials. Also think about what activities you wish to participate in and pack accordingly. You can find our Full Packing List from 2022 here.

So close! It’s a perfect road trip from the tri-state area! Trail’s End Camp, home of the Rise Gatherings weekend, is about 2 hours from both Philly and NYC.  

We wish we could pick you up and road trip together with the windows down as we sing out loud – but no, there will not be transportation provided.  We have a Weekend Facebook Group for attendees to connect and coordinate car pools.

The Historic Honesdale Bus Station is a 20 minute car ride to Trail’s End Camp.You will be responsible for your ride from the bus station to Trails End Camp.

Wilkes Barre Scranton International Airport is about an hour away from Trail’s End Camp and Lehigh Valley Airport in Allentown is 1 hour, 45 minutes away. Newark International Airport is two hours from Trail's End and Philadelphia Airport or JFK are about three hours away.

You will be responsible for your ride from the airport to Trails End Camp.

What about the weather?! The weather will have no effect on the power of Rise Gatherings! The Poconos fall weather in September and October tends to be delightfully crisp and cool (highs during the day in the mid to high 60s, lows at night in the high 40s). Think layers…long & short sleeve tees during the day layered with a sweatshirt and light jacket at night. All workshops and activities will have fab indoor locations to gather in case of rain. Many meeting spaces and all bunks will have heat going if needed. All accommodations are heated.

We invite you to disconnect with email, social media, texts, and phone calls for the weekend in order to connect fully with the Rise experience. Cell phone use is restricted to private spaces out of view and earshot of others. If you’d like to go “full detox” we offer a cell-phone check in upon arrival. Notify your loved ones that you are taking this time for you.

Nope. Drugs and alcohol are not a part of this experience. Rise is about discovering that natural high and living purely within it.

We Rise all year long! We offer FREE Online Workshops, Forest Bathing Mini Day Retreats in New Hope, PA, pop up events at studios, and can even come to you!  Contact us if you are interested in creating a unique virtual or in person celebration, staff development, off-site, even a college, book club or family reunion with Rise Gatherings – we’d love to create an uplifting, bonding and empowering experience for your group.

We hope not, but in case of an emergency on camp grounds, we will help in whatever capacity is needed. There are trained professionals on staff in case of illness or accident. There is also a hospital close by if needed.

Refund Policy:

This policy extends to all reasons for cancellation, including Covid-19. If you are concerned about the financial risk, we recommend you purchase cancellation/trip insurance. Quotes to insure your Weekend Getaway ticket and travel costs per person start at $50 – check for rates. 

Registration made with a payment plan is subject to the terms of cancellation and transfers below.

This policy applies to any additional services purchased as Program add-ons.

Cancellations made 30 days or more in advance:

Tickets may be transferred to another person* or the Rise Gatherings Scholarship Fund at no charge.

Tickets may be credited for a credit of 50% of purchase price toward a future Rise Gatherings Event.

Email to receive either of these two options.

*Transfer to recipient not complete until recipient completes full registration and any outstanding payment has been made (if applicable).

Cancellations made 0-29 days in advance:

Tickets may be transferred  to the Rise Gatherings Scholarship Fund 

If you do not attend, arrive late to or leave early from the Event no refund or credit will be issued.

– No exceptions to these conditions apply

We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance. Unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances (death in the family, illness, etc.) can happen to anyone. Being unprepared will cause you to miss the Weekend Getaway as well as lose your investment.

We also recommend you thoroughly read all of our Terms & Conditions prior to checkout. You must indicate your agreement during the checkout process. Our refund/cancellation policy will be enforced regardless of individual circumstances. offers many options at affordable rates. Choose what works best for you!

COVID-19 Policy: 

Rise Gatherings is committed to keeping the safety of our retreat attendees clearly in focus at all times while creating meaningful and fun retreat experiences. Throughout the pandemic, Rise has been and will continue to rely upon CDC and state/local requirements and recommendations around COVID-19 safety. 

Force Majeure:

In the event anything happens at Rise Gatherings Weekend Getaway or the Event is cancelled, directly or indirectly as a result of an any act of god, acts of terrorism, natural disaster, inevitable accident, fire, strike, lockout, or other labor dispute, riot or other civil commotion, act of public enemy, enactment, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality (federal, state or local), epidemics, pandemics or outbreak of communicable disease, quarantines, failure of the Facility, or other cause of a similar or different nature not within Rise Gatherings’ control, Rise Gatherings shall not be responsible in any way for anything whatsoever, including without limitation, death, injury, property, and travel. The aforementioned  notwithstanding, with respect to a Force Majeure cancellation of the Event, Rise Gatherings, in its sole and absolute discretion, may provide ticket purchasers with a comparable substitute event to attend as scheduled by Rise Gatherings at the original location or a replacement location as determined in the sole discretion of Rise Gatherings, and subject to price increases/decreases in the event of increased or decreased costs resulting from the changed itinerary.

No exceptions apply

We would love to hear from you! Please send us an email – all questions and considerations are welcome with open arms!