A collection of beautiful words from retreat participants, yoga students and circle participants! My heart is full!
I can honestly say this was 1 of the most empowering and eventful experience ever. I attended the Red Drum making retreat. Going in I felt excited to make this amazing drum at what ever cost. I entered a 4 day event that felt endless of surprises. I was mind blown as we followed the agenda of events and the description was underwhelming compared to what we experienced. Everything we participated in was generous in love, teachings and gifts. We were in a safe environment surrounded by like minded people looking to heal, share and learn. The feeling of sisterhood with people you have not met before was the biggest gift. Trista attracts a community of love and no judgment. I encourage anyone looking to practice self love and to be surrounded by real people that offer common stories. Looking for connection please take advantage of this opportunity. Love all the healing and healers that shared there wisdom.
- K. Brochu
It was our best vacation ever, thank you Trista!
-J and D Tameling
So much love ....so much soul opening ...so much support! Anyone thinking about going in March ... you need to go! Life changing .... beautiful country .... great hospitality .... a perfect spot to open your heart .... thanks Trista!
What a fantastic holiday! I feel so grateful for having met these beautiful women and my new friendships so a huge thank you to you and your support group it truly was the best.
- L. Hogstead
After several months of cyberstalking Above Average Yoga on Facebook and the internet, I finally took the plunge and signed up for a circle to check them out! I went with a friend and we had a great evening of sisterhood and learning. Trista Davis, owner and Circle Master, made everyone newbie to existing clients and friends feel welcome and included. After seeing the studio, how small, open and friendly it was I decided to jump right in and signed up for a 12 week beginner class! The classes are small, inclusive and personal.. I loved it! Loved it so much when the Summer Challenge started right after my 12 week program there was no hesitation in signing up… I did yoga almost every day this past summer and sometimes two or three times a day.. it was wonderful! I have become comfortable doing yoga, made many new friends and thoroughly enjoy any and all time at Above Average or with people I have met there. Through all the yoga, I have signed up for other circles and classes offered… none have disappointed and I rave to anyone who will listen about the joy and benefits of attending anything offered at Above Average Yoga! Sign up now…. You won’t be disappointed!
The Marigold and Mudra 2018 October retreat was magic!!! It was my first time in Playa Del Carmen and it was stunning!!! The excursions were well organized and the tour sites that we were taken to felt like once in a life time experiences. I have a new obsession with Cenotes and women circles. I am not one to bask in my emotions, I prefer sarcasm and humor but Trista was open and kind and all of the women were amazing on this journey, I felt something deep shift within me on this journey. I never felt pushed or rushed to attend any of the events. It was a yoga retreat but it was also very much a relaxing vacation that was about what I wanted to do. I had the privilege of teaching a few yoga workshops for the retreat and the weather always co operated!!!! If you are looking to expand your social circle to include amazing, open minded, intelligent and kind individuals I would highly recommend attending a retreat with Trista. I made life long memories and friendships in Playa. Looking forward to the next retreat!
Sometimes life can feel heavy. Sometimes you need some light and love. I feel incredibly fortunate to have discovered Rise Up Retreats and experienced the Fall Equinox and Cacao Circles, a Red Drum Retreat and a Judgment Detox Workshop, which were all unique and powerful experiences where I reconnected with myself and grounded in a safe an supportive environment. I needed a reboot and introduced yoga into my life, which has been nothing short of amazing! The yoga path led me to Rise Up Retreats. Anyone can host a workshop about making drums or have a get together to drink cacao, but few can add that special detail and magic like Rise Up Retreats. They are all such beautiful experiences and so much thought is put into every event. You learn, let go, recharge, have fun, meet wonderful like-minded people... It is a blessing to be a part of this type of community and I am looking forward to experiencing many more of the amazing things conjured up by Rise Up Retreats.
- A. Desilets
I recently took part in the Sacred Goddess retreat with Trista Davis and her amazing team!
I have to start by saying I was drawn to this retreat mainly for having time to bond with my friends and other woman. And the thought of having this beautiful handmade drum to represent the experience was an added plus.
The weekend came with the most memorable ceremonies, a creation of sisterhood, great food and yoga and so much more.
Being able to take part in the creation of our Red Drum was an awakening and moving experience. Not to mention the extra workshops with herbs and crystals that were absolutely enlightening!
I’m so excited to have said I was able to attend one of The Rise up Retreats event and would recommend any events with Trista and her wonderful crew to people of interest.
Light and Love,
Trista’s retreats have been life-changing for me. I have had the honor and pleasure of taking part both as a yoga teacher and as a participant. Trista offers everyone a safe space to overcome fears and limitations, to gain a better understanding of both self and others, and to have fun and do what your soul and body are asking for without judgement. Whether that means taking part in every single group activity or carving out some alone time or something in between, it is all offered with compassion and understanding. The schedule is nicely balanced and makes it feel like you are experiencing everything México has to offer without feeling rushed. The food is great, the staff at the hotel are phenomenal, and Trista’s local tour guide ensures we are taken care of during each day trip. I have come away from these past retreats with a new appreciation for where life can take me, and I look forward to many more..
I was fortunate to be among one of the first 24 ladies to attend a Rise Up Retreat facilitated by Trista Davis. I’ve known Trista for a little over a year and have become a big fan of the open and accepting spaces that she creates; this retreat was no exception. The activities planned were equal parts fun, interesting and terrifyingly enlightening, lol! Trista’s attention to detail was amazing to behold, she thought of everything! The meals, prepared by Trista’s mom Taylor, were delicious, well thought out and accommodated every allergy in our group. I learned a lot, worked on some personal healing, had a blast and made some new friends! All in all, Trista and her helpers did an amazing job, 10/10 would retreat again ;)
I attended the Soul Connections retreat held on Oct. 13th, 2017. The weekend was so much more than I had expected. I truly believe Trista has found her calling. She holds space for you where you feel completely safe and supported. We did some deep soul work but also participated in some really fun activities. I will be attending more of her retreats and I highly recommend them for everyone!
Circling with Trista feels natural, comfortable, authentic, and fun. What a wonderful way to remember how to reconnect with your inner peace, joy, love and security and just being present in the moment with help from her techniques, activities, mantras and beautiful giving heart.
Trista always creates such a safe, loving space. If you get the opportunity to take one of her retreats, DO IT!
An amazing concept by an amazing woman! Trista has a way of making anybody feel comfortable and is an incredible facilitator. I cannot wait to go on one of her retreats soon!