We believe in marriage.
We believe saving marriages means saving individuals, families,
children, and grandchildren from years of trauma and dysfunction.
We believe every marriage has a sacred history.
We believe every marriage has a future story which can be better than before.
We believe in hope unlimited.
what is a relationship retreat?
For married couples on the brink of divorce, or at an impasse in their relationship, we offer an all-inclusive relationship retreat. This two-and-a-half day marriage getaway is specifically designed for couples who are ready to "throw in the towel" due to infidelity, emotional trauma, or communication deficits. Couples who have experienced a general lack of intimacy and passion in their marriage can also benefit from this intensive. The retreat is held at a private and secluded location near Lake Charles, LA.
how does it work?
Over the course of the weekend, our counselors will guide the couple to a deeper understanding of each other through experiential exercises, communication coaching, and relationship assessment and exploration. This is a private retreat and the couple will have 100% of the counselors time during the weekend. Each day begins at 9 a.m. and concludes around 8 p.m. with structured, counselor-led activities and exercises. The weekend is designed to be engaging and interactive, challenging couples to re-evaluate and improve their relationship, while hopefully having a little fun in the process. For partners (i.e., husbands) who don't want to "talk about feelings" the entire weekend, many of the exercises are geared with men in mind, and will meaningfully relate to his communication needs.
why does it work?
We have found a relationship retreat can be even more effective than couple's counseling because it gives the couple an extended break to focus exclusively on their relationship. In some ways, a retreat forces a couple to deal with issues which might otherwise be neglected due to the hustle and bustle of every day life. During the retreat, there are no work obligations, no kids to worry about, no external distractions - and no phones during the day! Our entire focus is relationship building without distraction.
How much does it cost?
The cost for a relationship retreat is $2750 and includes lodging, meals, learning materials, 20+ hours of individual and couple's counseling from a male and female licensed therapist, and one follow-up couple's counseling session. A $1000 deposit ($500 non-refundable) is required upon booking with the remainder balance due the day before the retreat.
WHO IS THIS NOT FOR?
This relationship retreat is NOT designed for individuals with severe mental illness, active addiction issues, PTSD or acute unresolved trauma. Individuals with severe anger management issues may also be excluded upon evaluation. We carefully screen couples to ensure they are a good fit for the weekend. If either individual in the relationship is not quite ready for the retreat, we will make the appropriate referrals for counseling and continuity of care.
What's my next step?
Please contact us and we'll coordinate schedules to be find a good date for the retreat. Upon booking, the couple will complete an intensive relationship assessment. Depending on the evaluation, the couple may be asked to read materials pertinent to their presenting relationship issue before the retreat.