First of Its Kind Well-Being Center Now Open in Reston

Rise Well-Being Center has just completed its 3,500-square-foot space designed as a nature-centered gathering place offering respite to those with busy lives. It is housed in Suite 150 at 11130 Sunrise Valley Drive and will offer a variety of mindful movement, meditation and wellness classes along with one-on-one sessions.

Rise Well-Being Center is a dream realized by Founder and General Manager Lisa Goodwin to offer a path to wholeness and lasting well-being. According to Goodwin: “Rise is a conscious company being built in alignment with green environmental principles. The Center is architecturally designed and constructed with natural, recyclable and renewable elements, furnishings and products.” Goodwin graduated from the University of Virginia and has a background in finance and marketing. She spent three years refining the center’s business model, scope of offerings and its green-focused natural environment.

Deborah Buelow, AIA, LEED AP is the architect for Rise and is founder of CEDAR.

Studies show that it is scientifically true that letting thoughts go and being immersed in nature helps calm, center, and heal both body and mind. Clearly that is what Lisa Goodwin had in mind when she included an indoor garden in the center’s design plan. The garden is separated from the movement studio by sliding barn doors. Both areas become one when the doors are parted to make room for special events and large gatherings. In keeping with the nature-centered focus, organic foods, snacks and refreshments are also part of the offering.

Rise will have a full range of movement and meditation classes on its schedule. Marcia Childress, RN and program director, is working with highly experienced and naturally gifted teachers and therapeutic practitioners to create well rounded class options. Designed to serve the busy professional, the center’s classes will be offered during the morning, lunchtime and in the evening after work hours.

In addition to decades of nursing and integrative health study and practice, Childress is a Yoga teacher and Healing Touch practitioner. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received her BSN from Georgetown University. “Rise is a whole new concept,” said Childress. “We provide an environment to immerse in nature’s healing capacities, while learning how to cultivate clarity and calm in the body and mind. These states maximize health and help us to access our greatest capacities to manage the challenges of life,” she added.

Guest speakers and instructors will host Lunch & Learn classes and workshops. The Lunch & Learn sessions will teach important concepts and offer solutions to easily shift into a peaceful, balanced state at any time. Workshops will vary in scope and non-members of Rise can attend at no charge. Coming up in January 2018, the center will celebrate with a weeklong grand opening and at that time offer free attendance to its classes and events.

“Rise is a special place with an emphasis on showing green initiatives on a budget. We have thought of every detail for a relaxing experience—from soothing sounds to eye catching greenery and reclaimed wood products,” says Goodwin.

For more information about Rise visit (Facebook: Rise Well-Being Center) or email

Pictured at top: (Back row) Carolyn Silvi, Lisa Jackson, Jim and Ashley Cash (aka Woven Green), Maryam Sardari (Front Row) Hope Parisi, Lisa Goodwin (founder and owner), Marcia Childress (program director)

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