I had made the intention to seek out connection in 2019. I wanted to expand my network and meet with like-minded women. Jim Rohn says that you are the average of the 5 people you spend your time with, and I craved a supporting tribe that I could connect with.


After discovering the ACE Class Join the Rise event, I knew it was something I wanted to do. Scrolling through the Instagram feed, the branding was gorgeous and so appealing. The feminine vibe and empowering messages had me quickly sold!


So what is the ACE class? The ACE class is a movement to create a world where women can thrive together. With a focus on personal growth, real talk, and not settling, the ACE class helps create an environment where women can shine!


ACE stands for Activate, Cultivate, and Empower. ACE activates meaningful conversation, cultivates community and connection, and empowers women to live out their best lives. Through brunches, book clubs, and networking events, ACE Class is a community that inspires, motivates, and encourages growth among each member.


As an introvert, I find social events to be draining. But I knew I needed to get out of my comfort zone and create meaningful connections with others. And, although I definitely felt a bit drained post-event, I did not regret going at all! Join The Rise was jammed packed with inspirational speakers, workshops, entertainment, delicious food, and so much more!


The Venue


To start off, the venue was the perfect spot to hold such an event. Join The Rise took place at the beautiful Azuridge hotel, situated just outside of Calgary, Alberta. Being at Azuridge felt like stepping out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The hotel appears quite secluded and is surrounded by nature, giving a sense of peace and serenity.




Mandy (the founder of The ACE Class) and her team did a great job at creating a high vibe atmosphere. With the DJ creating upbeat music to lift the mood, to chic decorations to spice up the decor, the venue had all the elements needed to create an empowering women’s event. The Rise is said to be one part conference, one part retreat, and all parts magic, and the venue truly allowed the magical elements to flourish.


The Speakers


If you were looking for an event that provided inspiration and empowerment, Join The Rise delivered. The ACE Class allowed each attendee to pre-register for a variety of different speakers of their choosing, with some talks being open to everyone. Whether the attendee wanted to WELL-th up their career, finance, health, relationships, or quality of life, Join The Rise had speakers for each.


I really did not regret any of the speakers that I choose. Each speaker was a leader in their own right. The ACE Class sought out influential women who were carving their own path and creating their own success. I had the opportunity to hear from Danielle Laporte, Devon Brooks, Terri Cole, Selina Gray, Dr. Marie Claire Bourque, Jennifer Barroll, Kat Gaskin and so much more. I discovered how to create inner richness, how to dissolve upper limits, create emotional boundaries, how to love my inner mean girl, how to grow wealth, how to strategically plan content, and how to get unstuck.


The most important lesson I’ve taken from the event is this: I can create my WELL-thy desires, the only thing stopping me from doing so is myself. We are all our worst enemies and our worst critics. We are the only thing that is stopping us from living well. If we want to begin to WELL-th up our life, then we need to start looking inwards at ourselves first.


But we also cannot do it alone. One of my favorite talks was done by the amazing (and hilarious) Jenny B. Her talk was all about how to move forward in life and why we may be keeping ourselves stuck in our current situations. The two things that she said that stuck with me are the impact of breathing and connection. Breath sustains life – we all need to breathe to live. But how often do we pay attention to our breath? In times of stress, uncertainty, sadness, anger, and even joy, our breath can be a tool to improve our well-being. It can calm us, focus us, and allow us to appreciate what’s right in front of us.


We also need connection to sustain us. Connection fosters growth, support, and happiness. You don’t have to go through life’s journey alone so find your tribe and nurture it!



Photo Credit: The Ace Class via Sarah Beau Photography

The Connections


Mostly everyone I met at the event was the kind of person that you would want to spend your time with. Everyone was so kind and inviting. Going to this event alone, I was a bit nervous about the networking aspect of it. However, in between each of the talks when there was some downtime, many of the women would invite me into their conversations and made me feel like I belonged in their group.


There is truly nothing like being surrounded by successful, inspirational women. It made me realize that there is not much that separates the women who are successful and the women who aren’t. The only difference is that successful women keep going and surround themselves with people who lift them up!


The Yoga



Photo Credit: @alyssadevon


The Touch and Release Yoga class was one of my favourite parts of the Rise event. I’m not much of a Yogi but I absolutely LOVED this yoga class. Founded by Jess Eccelestone, Touch and Release yoga combines a blend of essential oils, Yin & Restorative style postures, and hands-on massage adjustments. It is truly magical!


Unlike other yoga classes, it starts each session by dividing into small groups to provide an opportunity to connect. We briefly gave an introduction to one another, using the opportunity to share something about ourselves. We were then guided into a variety of restorative poses and was supported by members of the Touch Crew.


I had almost decided to skip the yoga, and instead sleep in, but went ahead and gave the class a try. And I was not disappointed! The Touch and Release class left me buzzing the rest of the day. I don’t know if it was the essential oils, the restorative poses, the pre-class connection, or the gentle massage, or more likely the combo of all elements, but I know I will definitely be following along Jess’ journey and will be taking a Touch and Release class in the near future!