Weekend Getaway

September 20 - 22, 2024

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.



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 20 - 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 21 - 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, Sept 22 - 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.


Facilitators & Activities

Be guided by nurturing facilitators through an array of activities to support you in taking care of all aspects of yourself.

Tami Astorino

Forest Bathing

Tami Astorino, M.Ed.

Rise Gatherings Co-Founder Tami loves to connect people to themselves, each other, and nature. Her 25 year career facilitating meaningful, brave and transformative experiences has led her to Rise where she shares her gifts and creates opportunities for others to do the same. 




Regina Cash-Clark

Regina Cash-Clark is a writer and educator who focuses on issues related to social justice and equality. And she is also an advocate for women who are living in a state of overwhelm, since she was one of them. She reminds us that “doing the most” can also do harm, if our approach is not balanced. 




Stacy DiGregorio

Stacy is a mindfulness meditation expert who specializes in guiding people to cultivate joy, resilience, and self-connection. She combines her advanced certifications in meditation, yoga, and emotional intelligence with her relatable and compassionate approach to help others find ease and fulfillment in their lives. 




Donna Dowson

Growing up as a dancer, Donna developed a love for the power of primitive movement to express and explore our true selves. Now as a teacher she guides people in reconnecting with their intuition and natural abilities through primal habits such as movement, sound, and cold therapy using nature as her classroom.




Kimberly Estefany

Kimberly is a dedicated Licensed Massage Therapist on a quest for excellence in the world of massage and bodywork. With a thirst for knowledge, she has trained with renowned instructors honing her expertise in an array of modalities such as Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular, Orthopedic, Prenatal, Swedish, and even Traditional Thai. 

Kimberly's dedication shines through in her personalized sessions, meticulously tailored to each client's unique needs. This creates an unforgettable and rejuvenating experience, leaving you feeling restored and balanced. 




Vera Kasper

Vera combines various yoga schools, emphasizing physical, mental, and spiritual benefits, while being receptive to the individual needs of her students. She strives to preserve the sacred tradition of yoga and serve as a conduit between the tradition and the students. 



Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Kami Kiritsis

Kami is the owner of Aqua Om Paddle, a SUP company in Pennsylvania, and loves to share her passion for paddle boarding. SUP improves balance, gives us peace of mind and builds confidence. 



Manifest New Possibilities

Dr. Anna Kress

Dr. Anna Kress is a licensed clinical psychologist in Princeton, NJ. She has over twenty years of experience helping people heal past wounds and create the life they've always wanted . She is the author of the forthcoming book Heal Your Past to Manifest Your Future: Trauma-Informed Practices to Release Emotional Blocks and Open to Life's Possibilities.



Shakti Flow

Jess LaFalce

Jessica is a licensed physical therapist assistant & movement therapist with special certifications in self myofascial release and over 1000 hours of yoga training.
She has been studying and integrating the practices of feminine and sensual embodiment for the past 8 years and believes that "what you can feel is what you can heal." She helps women understand the physiology of the pelvic bowl and how to activate the power within using somatic (body based) practices for women to feel more confident, capable, sensual, and beautiful in every facet and phase of life.



Career Transition

Michelle LaVecchia Odendahl

As a Certified Health Coach Michelle focuses on helping clients improve their health and teaches them tools to ensure they can maintain it too. She prides herself on the ability to change and impact lives in a healthy way via her international retreats, workshops and private practice. 




Tatianna Muniz

Tatianna is a photographer based in Puerto Rico. She founded the photo and video company, Ghost Edits, along with her partner Amanda Evans. As the lead photographer, Tatianna focuses on showcasing people in their most authentic selves through a mixture of portrait photography and candid capture. 




Emily Posey

Emily is a master shamanic energy practitioner, dedicated to helping individuals discover their inner wisdom and healing power. With a deep reverence for the earth and its inhabitants, she facilitates transformative experiences that connect people to their deepest selves, while fostering a sense of unity and community. Emily's approach is rooted in the belief that we all possess the knowledge and capacity to heal ourselves, and she serves as a compassionate guide on this journey of self-discovery. 



Free To Be

Rachel Rainbow

Rise Gatherings Co-Founder Rachel loves to connect others to their body through somatic therapy and grow into realizing their full potential and passions. She has used her story and skills as fuel to continuously co-create Rise Gatherings where she shares her desire to create brave spaces for women to be more of who they are and gather to support and celebrate one another. 


Tink Rainbow

Destress the Mess

Tink Rainbow

Tink, a certified professional organizer and the visionary behind Clean House Inc, is dedicated to helping people bring their unique visions and needs into reality. Tink and her talented team specialize in swift yet stunning space organization and room transformations, ensuring every client finds solace and satisfaction in their home. 



Leading With Audacious Authenticity

Tamara Rebick

Tamara Rebick is the Founder and CXO of CORIPHERY Holistic Consulting Solutions, a social impact consulting agency that advises leaders on program optimization, strategy, culture, inter and multigenerational cooperation, engagement and designing transformative experiences. She created the name, a mashup of the words CORE and PERIPHERY as a nod to eliminating the insider-outsider dynamic that often interferes with community engagement. She has trained and coached over 3,500 leaders and has been a featured presenter and subject matter expert across 5 continents. On a mission to help leaders achieve their social impact dreams, Tamara was a 2021 Women of InspirationTM finalist. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two teen daughters and two of the sweetest dogs on the planet. Together, they all inspire her to be the best version of herself.


Onalee Rivera

Intuitive Paint Exploration

Onalee Rivera

Onalee is an experienced multimedia artist and educator, creating living works of art adorning people with her body painting and henna designs. She also has a passion for helping others in a myriad of ways including teaching body art internationally, hosting jams for local artists, and homeschooling her nephews. In her spare time, she loves drawing and playing with her succulent fairy gardens. 



Forest Bathing

Cera Schrems

Cera is a business professional with over 10 years of experience in program development and facilitation within the Health, Beauty, and Well-Being Spaces. Her past titles have included Forest Bathing Guide, Plant-based Chef, and Beauty Educator. She is passionate about supporting business owners and currently consults and educates on the importance of risk management within the Health Food and Well-Being Industries.



Rest As Resistance

Sara Schwartz

Sara Schwartz is the founder of Riot Alliance, a Philadelphia-based sound healing and jewelry business with a social justice mission. Transformed by her personal experience with stress relief and grounding through sound, Sara became a certified Sound Healer to share this practice in community. Central to her work is the honoring of indigenous sound healers and a commitment to making sound healing accessible to marginalized communities. 

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.




Jill Severino & Abby Wheeler

After a lifetime of creating, mother-daughter duo and Rise Gatherings team members, Jill and Abby opened their dream creative business...Studio 323 in Phoenixville, PA. Abby earned her BFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art and has been teaching private and small group art lessons for over four years. Jill is a retired educator with a BS in Elementary and Special Education and taught high school for 13 years. Jill and Abby are thrilled to be Living in the Dream of their sweet studio space with a mission to support local artists and other small businesses with retail offerings, Artist of the Month galleries, and a visiting artist teaching program. 



Energy & Time

Romy Toussaint

My name is Romy Toussaint and I am known as “The Energy Queen.” I help women transform their lives through habits that give them abundant physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy so they can show up fully present, in integrity, and on purpose and accomplish their unique work in the world. 

I have been teaching yoga and mindfulness for over 25 years. I am a certified conscious leadership life coach and a certified yoga teacher and a certified yoga health coach. I have studied alignment-based yoga, Kundalini, Hatha, Vinyasa yoga and meditation with a variety of teachers and have over 1,000 hours of yoga certification. I am a professional speaker and presenter on the benefits of mindfulness, yoga and wellness. I am expert at customizing and facilitating physical activity breaks and mindfulness sessions at conferences and workshops for all types of groups and organizations. 




Andrea White

Andrea is a Licensed Acupuncturist, intuitive healing enthusiast, musician, and self-care advocate. Her favorite thing to do is to help people relax and find their own personal relationship with something greater. She is also a singer/songwriter whose music focuses on her experiences as a sensitive person battling perfectionism, self-judgment, and mental health issues. 




Julie Wu

Julie Wu began her journey in cancer and diabetes research. Seeing health and wellness as a more holistic endeavor, she began learning anatomy and movement meanwhile discovering yoga and attending acupuncture school. She has a passion for empowering others to take change of their well being and enjoys watching students’ eyes light up as they observe their bodies change quickly with myofascial release and mindful practices. When she's not on the road teaching, you can find her nose deep in her garden, or hugging any dog that comes near her. RAD is a company that creates high quality myofascial release tools and education, and can be found at RADRoller.com



Where You'll Retreat

Endless spots for play and rest in the Pocono Mountains

Premier Pocono Mountains retreat center


Well known summer camp and retreat center, Trail's 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 accommodation selection. 

Choose from the range of private and shared options below.


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!


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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. 


Optionally upgrade for view of the lake from your window for an additional $150 per person

Upgrade to a shared duo suite for an additional $100 per person, reserved for 2 people traveling together

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The cottages offer 1 – 4 guests a lovely private experience with En Suite restroom and furnishings. Private Cottages for 1 will be outfitted with a Queen bed. Shared Cottages will include a twin bed for each guest. 

The larger Cottages that house 3 or 4 guests are limited. 

Private Cottage - $1,849/pp

Shared Cottage - $1,649/pp

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The premiere lodging choice for comfort. This hotel-style lodge has only 9 rooms, each with a private En Suite restroom and AC/heat. Enjoy WiFi, a communal kitchenette, and a spacious shared living room. Each Inn room is approximately 275 square feet with Queen bed for Private Rooms for 1. 

There are a limited number of larger Inn Rooms that can accommodate up to 4 guests. 

Shared Inn Room - $1,949/pp

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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!

Shared Accommodations

Book one of our shared accommodations 

  • Shared Room at the Inn for 2, 3, or 4

  • Shared Cottage for 2, 3, or 4

  • Shared Suite (groups of 2-6)

  • Shared Lakeview Suite (groups of 2-6)

  • Shared Duo Suite for 2

  • 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 thoughtfully assign you to a space with other guests up to the maximum permitted.



Getaway Highlights

Create Your Schedule

Choose the activities you wish to take part in each 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 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!

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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.

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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!

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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 2024 weekend begins at 1pm on Friday, September 20. 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, September 22 after a blissful day that includes breakfast and lunch.

Our weekend home, Trail’s End Camp & Retreat Center, is a premier overnight camp in the summer months as well as a wedding venue 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 Shared Cabin with 6 – 8 other women, a Shared Suite with a small group, a quaint Private or Shared Cottage alone or with friends, or something a little more luxurious with a Room at the Inn just for you or shared with your travelmates. 

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 your bunking requests are honored.

Coming alone but want to share accommodations? No problem! We'll assign you with other guests who are traveling solo.

Learn more about all the types of accommodations HERE

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! It tends to get fairly chilly in the Poconos in September. 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 class 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 select your workshops. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for individual healing sessions with our incredible team of practitioners. All workshops and classes are included in your ticket price; private 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 meditation sessions and yoga is only one of the many options. You’ll choose the ones that feel 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,  creating 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.

Our attendees rave about the food! All the wonderful meals and snacks have 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 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 for teens to connect and the wise aging to continue their journey.

Contact us if you’d like to discuss further!

Think minimal! No need for excess  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 2023 here.

So close! It’s a perfect road trip from the tri-state area! Trail’s End, home of the Rise Gatherings weekend, is about 2 hours from both Philly and NYC.  Put "Beach Lake, PA" into Google Maps to see how far it is from you. 

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 Getaway 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 Trail's 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 Camp and Philadelphia Airport or JFK are about three hours away.

You will be responsible for your ride from the airport to Trail's End Camp.

The Poconos fall weather in September tends to be delightfully crisp and cool (highs during the day in the mid to high 60s). 

Think layers…long & short sleeve tees during the day layered with a sweatshirt and jacket at night. All workshops and activities will have indoor locations to gather in case of rain. Many meeting spaces and all sleeping accommodations will have heat going if needed. 

Prior to packing, we highly recommend you check the weather for Beach Lake, PA. Fall weather can be unpredictable. It is best to pack for the weather that is forecasted one to two days prior. 

We invite you to disconnect with email, social media, and phone calls for the weekend in order to connect fully with the experience. Cell phone use is restricted to private spaces out of view and earshot of others. 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 within it.

We Rise all year long! We offer FREE Online Workshops, 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.

Cancellation Policy:

This policy extends to ALL reasons for cancellation without exception. 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 travelinsurance.com 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 prior to August 22, 2024 (at least 30 days in advance of the event):

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

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

Email info@risegatherings.com 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 August 23-September 20, 2024 (<30 days prior to the event):

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. 

Travelinsurance.com 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! info@risegatherings.com