About The Conscious Relationships Institute

Joel & Kate Feldman

We believe the future of humanity depends upon people skillfully and consciously loving and caring for each other. The mission of our work is to end interpersonal and relational wounding, which is passed down through families, communities, nations, and our global family. Specifically, our approach focuses on, but is not limited to, creating healthy couples, through:

  • Couples Marriage Retreats, privately for one couple
  • Psychotherapy and coaching for individuals and couples

We’ve helped couples who are struggling address relationship issues such as sexual intimacy, couples communication, affairs, family and parenting issues, mid-life crises, and the decision whether to stay together.

Healthy couples who want to increase their passion and love also find support working with us on deepening sexual intimacy, learning and practicing problem solving skills, increasing their ability to make and stick with agreements, visioning and planning for retirement, honing their couples communication skills.

We have been helping partners turn themselves into healthy couples, and supporting singles, groups, and couples create satisfying relationships for over thirty years.

During the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s we were founding members of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, which eventually became the largest residential yoga and wellness center on the east coast. During our working partnership as friends, and finally as a healthy couple ourselves, we created:

  • A popular weekend couples retreat,
  • Our own brand of couples marriage counseling,
  • A curriculum for pre-marriage counseling, and
  • A 4-day private couples marriage retreat.

Our approach to couples marriage counseling includes family systems training, gestalt therapy, as well as our personal background of yoga, meditation, and spirituality, and recently equine facilitated psychotherapy. We are non-sectarian in our approach, but informed by our spiritual lives, as well as our own personal growth.

Even though we have lots of training, degrees and clinical experience, we are still growing toward being a fully alive healthy couple. Our relationship work is based on our personal experimentation and practice throughout a 35-year friendship, and 27-year marriage.

We promise you a safe, opening and transformative experience in which to learn and practice the relational skills we share with you. We also promise that in our work together we will show up authentically and honestly as real people working on our own relationship.

Katrina H. Feldman, MSW, LCSW

Katrina is a wise, compassionate psychotherapist who specializes in individual and couples marriage counseling.

Before receiving her Masters of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work, she held various executive, as well as teaching positions at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. In 1994 she and her husband Joel founded The Conscious Relationships Institute™. This educational institute provides private couples marriage retreats, couples workshops, and counseling sessions for individuals, families, and couples.Over the last thirty years, Katrina and Joel have developed uplifting weekend couples workshops for intimate partners. These programs, which have several different titles, are offered at Kripalu Center, Omega Institute, Shambhala Mountain Center, and in the southwest United States.

Additionally, Katrina has created and led other workshops and trainings on relationships, personal growth, yoga, holistic health, leadership, and counseling. She is currently expanding her work to include equine facilitated therapy with couples as well as individuals. For more information on how horses can be facilitators of relationship work, please contact Katrina directly.

Among many issues, Katrina’s clients have worked through:

  • Affairs
  • Leaving an unhealthy relationship
  • Becoming a more healthy couple
  • Improving sexual intimacy
  • Deepening couples communication
  • Understanding and healing one person’s past trauma

Katrina’s certification and training includes:

  • MSW, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.
  • LICSW — Licensed independent clinical social worker, Massachusetts
  • LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Colorado
  • Relational Recovery Training, Terry Real, LICSW
  • EMDR levels I & II; EMDR Institute, Boston, MA.
  • Clinical Imago Therapist Training (couples and singles),
  • Philadelphia Imago Relationship Institute
  • Gestalt Therapy, Levels I & II, Gestalt Institute of the Berkshires
  • The Option Process, The Option Institute, Sheffield, CT
  • Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy — The Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies, Golden, CO.
  • Affairs — Janis A. Spring, PhD

Joel A. Feldman, PCC

Joel is a caring and highly insightful coach, mediator, and educator who specializes in marriage and relationship coaching.

Joel’s experience includes successful relationship work with couples, businesses, and organizations. Over the course of his career, he has also trained professionals in numerous modalities including:

  • Holistic Counseling and Coaching
  • Mediation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Stress Management

Before founding the Conscious Relationships Institute, with Katrina, Joel held several management as well as executive positions at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. He was a founding member of that organization in the 1970’s and facilitator of many of it’s well known seminars and training programs.

Nowadays Joel specializes in couples and relationship coaching both in private practice and working with Katrina, to present their popular couples workshops, and to facilitate their, now well-known, four-day private Couples Marriage Retreat with one couple at a time. He has a humorous, no-nonsense approach to coaching for even the most challenging marriages.

People say of Joel, that he is not afraid of conflict, not afraid of even the most difficult relationship problems:

  • Affairs
  • Question of whether to divorce
  • Step parenting relationship problems
  • Sexual intimacy issues
  • In-laws
  • Money

You name it; he will meet you with compassionate good sense, non-judgment, excellent advice, and lightness thrown in so you aren’t weighed down by too much seriousness.

Joel is a co-founder of the Conscious Relationships Institute, which delivers individual relationship coaching, couples marriage coaching as well as marriage weekend retreats.

Joel specializes in conflict resolution, and has a compassionate approach to understanding and respecting our human differences. His current passion is coaching individuals and couples to get “out of the box” and live as fully and creatively as they possibly can.

Joel’s certification and training includes:

  • Coaches Training Institute — PCC, Professional Certified Coach
  • Relationship Coaches Training — Coaches Training Institute
  • Gestalt Therapy, Levels I & II, Gestalt Institute of the Berkshires
  • Mediation Training, Berkshire Mediation InstituteBasic training programs in Mediation and Divorce Mediation
    Advanced trainings in Transformative Family Mediation
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation training
  • Clinical Imago Therapist Training (couples and singles),
  • Philadelphia Imago Relationship Institute
  • Certified in Adizes Organizational Development — an 11-phase process for transforming the corporate setting.
  • Affairs: Janis A. Spring, PhD

Call or Email us now:
Katrina: 970 259 3424
Joel: 970 259 7585

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