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  • Phone Sessions Really Work!
  • Sage Hill - What My Clients Said

They are an invaluable tool in helping you get what you need without having to leave your "real life."  Also, consider the convenience, time and money you can save.


"When I first started with Rita, on the phone, I was skeptical about how I could discuss and get feedback on the intimate details of my life without being face to face with someone, but it has really worked for me.  Rita has helped guide me through very difficult experiences in all areas of my life, ranging from work to relationships, to my health. She is a remarkably perceptive and intuitive person who is able to discern more from my inflection and word choices than anyone I have ever met.  I don't know where I would be without her.  Rita has helped me put together a life I didn't think possible."
  Rick Goetz

"Rita knows what questions to ask and how to listen - she will astound you with her insights.  What she intuits is borderline uncanny and "spot-on". You will be guided towards becoming more of who you really are and want to be.

The negativity of my weight issues had permeated into all areas of my life.  We started by my shifting into healthier habits that I could not only manage but succeed with.  Our calls, which resulted in substantial weight loss, improved fitness, more insight into who I could become, have given me a freedom I didn't know was possible. 

Along the way, she helped me strengthen my spiritual muscle, which is one of the most important elements that sustain me through times of tension that arise from shifting and living between two worlds - the old and the new.

I am profoundly grateful to Rita for showing me how to move through my life with greater authenticity and a newfound sense of adventure."
 

Cheryl Aydelott


I had hoped to get an opportunity to work with Rita, face to face, as my wife and daughter had.  Somewhat jealous, I decided to see if we could talk over the phone instead. We decided to give it a try and my life has never been the same.

Any apprehension I had was gone within the first session.  She is strong, insightful, intuitive, and compassionate, has an absolute command and knowledge of diet/nutrition, exercise, and psychology, and how they inter-relate in the way we live our lives.  In all of my searching, I have never received more accurate information and guidance on how to improve my life, to not only achieve my goals and but how to be more comfortable with myself.  Her insights have helped with my career, marriage and my relationship with my children.
  Greg Gamble

"Rita is amazing. She really gets to know you and your "stuff" – all those behaviors that are an outcome of not taking time for oneself. Her energy, her enthusiasm and her knowledge of how to break old habits with healthier alternatives has had a lasting impact on me. What she offers is different for everyone. It’s totally personalized, not some prepackaged "one size fits all" approach. Rita changed the way I look at my life and I’m forever grateful."
  Kathy Prost
Business Consultant

"Rita gets you mentally, emotionally, physically and nutritionally.  Her observations, recommendations and interpretations are given with great clarity, kindness and good humor.  And after working with Rita my cholesterol level plummeted to below 200 for the first time in years."

  Mary Edlow

"Rita is the only coach you will ever need. The practical applications of her theories and her knowledge will impress even the most skeptical. She possesses unusual perceptions about health - physical and mental - expresses them with passion and candor and enormous affection."
  Jonathan Reynolds,
Playwright, Food Writer, The New York Times

Sage hill was the perfect haven for so many people looking for relief from the challenges of their everyday lives.  It gave them time, room and  perspective to reconsider and recharge... 


"Before I met and worked with Rita, I was very overweight -- literally and mentally. Disconnected from my body and spirit, I put myself in Rita's care --- and now have a new body as well as new perspective on my whole life. Rita's vast nutritional knowledge, compassion and creative approach to choosing and preparing food have transformed me. Historically anemic my entire life, my red blood cell count has skyrocketed. A recovering couch potato, I now cannot wait to exercise. And most important, I now experience a physical and psychological freedom I never dreamed possible. Returning to my old food addictions is unimaginable. I am deeply grateful to Rita for making a huge difference in my life."
  Drea Gillogly
VP/On-Air Promotion CNN

"Rita Rivest has such success with her clients not only because she re-teaches them how to eat, sleep, exercise, clear out the cobwebs and LIVE, but also because her insight into them enables her to tailor-make programs for individuals, not one-size-fits-all. She possesses unusual perceptions about health--physical and mental--and expresses them with passion and candor and enormous affection. You don't waste time with Rita, and she will demand much of you. But the practical applications of her theories and knowledge will impress even the most skeptical. Once you're walking without pain, sleeping through the night, appreciating the world around you, and even losing some of what's around your waist, you won't need any other coach."
 

Jonathan Reynolds
Playwright, Food Writer New York Times


"Rita Rivest has created a sensible and satisfying diet/way of life that slays the 'menopause weight-gain dragon' and restores your energy and well-being. Thanks Rita!"
 

Maureen McGovern
Singer, Actor, Composer, Founder, Works of Heart Foundation for Music and Healing


"Rita is amazing. She really gets to know you and your "stuff" – all those behaviors that are an outcome of not taking time for oneself. Her energy, her enthusiasm and her knowledge of how to break old habits with healthier alternatives has had a lasting impact on me. What she offers is different for everyone. It’s totally personalized, not some prepackaged "one size fits all" approach. Rita changed the way I look at my life and I’m forever grateful."
  Kathy Prost
Business Consultant

"What I wouldn't pay for a day with Rita Rivest. I arrived at Rita's mountain-top retreat for a weekend of stretching, long hikes, nutritional counseling, and all forms of re-alignment. What I failed to anticipate was that the realignment would extend to business counseling which I can only describe as razor sharp -- because it moved mountains, just like Rita. I am a fan -- and I'm in a very long line because when Rita Rivest is in a room, fantasy collides with destiny."
  Brad Davis
Chairman of the Board,
International Marketing and Advertising Association
Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Fortune 100 company
Retail Advertising Hall of Fame, 2004

“Rita's program was created for my lifestyle, my body. It was designed for me and it continues to work for me.”
 

Carlotta Jacobson
President, Cosmetic Executive Women


“Rita’s program works because she cares as much about you and how you feel as she does about getting you healthy and fit. She helps you realign your life and your body.”
  Kate Medina
Editor, Random House

"[The work with Rita] was a 180-degree change from our normal ways of living. It was an all-consuming experience blending the physical the mental and the spiritual. But to us guys, one of the best things about it was that we learned a lot -- about ourselves, our bodies, and what we do unwittingly to harm ourselves; the whys and hows of a better way of living. Rita clearly knows what she's talking about on every level, but also is deeply intuitive. She's able to recognize, often without even asking, what her clients need. And the coup de grace is the food she prepares."
  Brent Schendler
Editor-at-large, Fortune

“I’ve worked with Rita for many years, her approach to fitness and food is remarkable. She motivates rather than intimidates. She becomes your partner.”

  Dr. Patricia Allen
Gynecologist and Founder of the New York Menopause Center

"Rita Rivest is the most talented lifestyle coach I have had the privilege to work with. When I wrote the piece on Sage Hill for Santa Barbara Magazine in April 2002, I didn't know the half of it. As 'real' life continued to toy with my will power, I returned to the spa several times for a 'tune-up' and now have a coach on call. Midnight cravings, replaced with the recipes she uses herself, new potions to control sugar cravings and out of the box exercising options to ward off the boredom are in infinite supply and wrapped in a style that makes it fun!"
  Holly Palance
Editor-in-Chief, Santa Barbara Magazine