marriage retreats are recommended for couples who want to create
a healthy marriage through:
- Improved couples communication,
- Resolving sexual problems,
- Healing from an affair,
- Finding new ways to resolve conflict, or
But marriage retreats are also wonderful when
you want to:
- Refresh the passion you once had,
- Create your vision
for a healthy marriage going into retirement,
- Explore more creative
sexual intimacy, or
- Simply give yourself the gift of an educational
and inspirational vacation.
HOW OUR COUPLES MARRIAGE RETREATS WORK
We have two formats: a three-day retreat and a four-day
retreat. We'll help you decide which is better for you, based on
your situation, and the needs of your relationship.
We begin ahead of time; you’ll fill out some questionnaires and
we may follow up with phone interviews with each of you so we can
get to know you as much as possible and understand your specific
situation and goals.
Then you’ll arrive in Durango, Colorado where
you’ll make yourselves comfortable at a B&B or hotel of your
choice. On the first afternoon, you’ll meet us in our log home,
where we’ll spend the day diving deeply into understanding your
history and your personal vision for a healthy marriage.
teach you tried and true couples communication tools, and we’ll
help you get started deepening the way you talk and listen to each
other. As you take time to slow down, we’ll all begin to understand
how you got where you are and what it will take to help you break
through and resolve the relationship problems you wish to work
Our days together are designed to meet your specific
relationship goals, personality, and styles of learning. We’ll take breaks; have
some snacks, maybe, even go outside for a walk and talk. Our approach
to couples work is based on our belief that a healthy marriage
is one where both people feel free to be themselves and to connect with
each other in mutually satisfying ways. We have found that there
are many ways to enhance and enliven couples connection.
We use dialogue, relationship education, non-verbal
awareness exercises, partner yoga, and experiments with new ways
of relating. We facilitate
in helping you express yourselves skillfully, honestly, and
with as much depth as possible.
Kate is an equine therapist and
uses horses to help people learn about themselves and relationships.
Sometimes we may opt to introduce you to our herd and include them
in our work with you.
You’ll find us to be a loving, safe, humorous team with a sharp
set of skills to help you take risks, open your heart, and come to
resolution, healing, and understanding. (For more about our background
and approach to psychotherapy, see ABOUT US).
Each daily session is four hours. We have found that this is the
best amount of time to work mindfully without overwhelming the body,
mind, or emotional systems. In the afternoons, you’ll be on your
own to practice and integrate new skills and have some rest. Some
people like to hike, shop, drive up into the mountains, or explore
our ancient Puebloan heritage sites as a way to help them digest
the processes we go through during our marriage retreats.
In southwest Colorado any season can be used for rest and relaxation.
It is sunny 300 days a year; the people are friendly, and the activities
endless. We also have really good restaurants here in the four corners!
People Who Have Participated In Our Couples Marriage
Retreats Have Addressed: