A Private Intensive Marriage Retreat That Delivers Real Results.
Everyone needs and wants to feel understood, loved, and appreciated by their partner. Over the years of marriage, couples can feel as if their marriage has become disconnected. However, it is possible to retrieve your relationship and reconnect with your spouse. Marriage and Family Therapists at An Affair of the Heart have training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Gestalt Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). If you feel like your marriage could benefit from a marriage retreat, contact one of our experts today.
What is a Marriage Retreat?
A marriage retreat or couples retreat is a special vacation package centered around couples counseling that is overseen by relationship professionals. Marriage retreats can benefit many individuals to help them better learn and understand each other on a more vulnerable and profound level. These retreats help individuals improve their communication, emotional connection, and it is done in a safe and secure setting that is separate from the stressors of everyday life. There are no children, no family members, no daily chores such as cooking dinner or TV at night. A marriage retreat is not just for those who are legally married… you do not have to be legally married or recognized by common-law marriage to participate. The only thing required is a loving commitment to your partner, your relationship, and yourself.
Our 5-day intensive marriage retreats are private and take place in a safe setting with a single dedicated therapist, giving couples the opportunity to reestablish and reconnect their relationship. During the retreat, couples can expect to participate in a variety of exercises, discussions and emotional processing techniques that encourage more trust and security in their relationship. Couples will learn different skills to more effectively communicate and build a stronger relationship with their spouse, increase intimacy, and positively overcome problems together.
What is Emotionally Focused Therapy?
An Affair of the Heart offers a 5-day private couples retreat that is centered around Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT). EFT helps reconnect couples. Our retreats and techniques are based off the research of Dr. Sue Johnson, the originator of EFT and author of Hold Me Tight. EFT based retreats help couples create a healthy emotional bond as well as to notice old emotional habits and patterns of behavior that harm trust and reduce relationship connections. The EFT approach is the only form of treatment that uses empirically-validated adult bonding as the premise for understanding and helping improve common relationship issues. There have been many studies that show that progress continues even after therapy.
Benefits of a Marriage Retreat
Most individuals believe that to benefit from a marriage retreat that your marriage must be on the verge of divorce. This is not necessarily true. Those who seek marriage retreats are often experiencing relationship distress, and others just want to increase their happiness by getting a strong push in the right direction. Marriage retreats at An Affair of the Heart can provide many benefits to couples that can be used for the rest of their lives. These benefits include:
- Communication Skills: Communication may seem easy during the “Honeymoon Phase” of your relationship. Everything seems to be going smoothly until differences surface between you and your partner and it becomes more challenging. As time goes by, it may feel as if your spouse does not communicate their feelings as much, or you are left wondering how you can positively express your feelings and needs. At An Affair of the Heart, we teach couples different communication skills that can be used to better represents needs, wants, and feelings.
- How to Support and Serve: When taking your vows, you promise to support and stand together with your partner “in sickness and in health.” However, supporting your spouse can be harder than it may seem at times. At An Affair of the Heart, our professionals teach individuals how to remove factors that may be standing in the way of recognizing how to help fulfill the needs of their spouse.
- Notice Opportunities and Challenges in The Relationship: Participating in a marriage retreat can help couples handle shared responsibilities and build a strong foundation for your marriage. With the skills taught during the retreat, our professionals can help couples notice each other’s strengths and how to use these strengths to overcome weaknesses and issues as they arise.
- Reconnect With Your Spouse: No matter if you are recently married or have been married for 20 years, there may come a time in your marriage where you do not feel as fully connected as you once were. Feeling disconnected can occur from distractions, daily stressors, and other everyday issues. At An Affair of the Heart, our professionals can help you reconnect with your spouse and feel love and empathy again towards one another.
When weighing the pros and cons of a marriage retreat, the above benefits far outweigh the cons. Any married couple can say that married life is not always rainbows and cupcakes. There are everyday stressors that come up that challenge your marriage constantly. At An Affair of the Heart, our professionals work hard to help reduce conflict through our expert coaching sessions along with a variety of techniques to increase the overall happiness and fulfillment of your relationship.
What is the Cost of a Marriage Retreat?
Weekly marriage counseling is often a more common treatment for those who are married. However, when a relationship is in distress, often a more intensive approach like a private marriage retreat is needed to reestablish love, trust and communication in the relationship.
There are many different marriage retreats to choose from within the United States. Each retreat has its own way of helping couples renew their commitment and assist with communication or work through difficult times. The cost of a marriage retreat depends upon the location, number of days of counseling, and whether or not the retreat is private.
Typically, the cost of a small group marriage retreat can range from $3,895 to $4,395 per couple. One-on-one retreats with a single, dedicated therapist and no other couples start at $9,495 and go up depending on how many days are included. While these prices may seem expensive, our professionals are experts in addressing the most common issues facing relationships and you will be provided with a variety of new skills to support your communication and intimacy, helping you build a healthy foundation of trust with your spouse and get your marriage back on track.
Do you feel disconnected from your spouse? Is your communication not where you want it to be? At An Affair of the Heart, our professionals help couples no matter the length of time they have been together to reconnect and learn new skills on how to not only communicate positively but also build a strong and solid foundation for marriage. Contact our retreat today for more information or if you have questions about scheduling an appointment.