As you may have guessed, a couple’s retreat is a unique getaway that combines the relaxation of a vacation with couples counseling and other couple-based activities to help get your relationship back on track. The concept behind a couples retreat is the idea that taking two people in a relationship out of their normal environment removes some of the day-to-day struggles that usually prevent them from addressing the issues causing friction in their partnership.
One of the biggest misconceptions about a couples retreat is that it is only for people who are legally married. However, you don’t need to be legally married or even live together to reap the benefits of a couples retreat. You simply need to be in a relationship with one another and committed to trying to find a way to bring you closer together. However, it’s also important to be aware that a couples retreat is completely unsuitable for relationships where one or both parties are experiencing physical, emotional, or any other form of abuse.
Couples retreats usually last for anywhere from a day or two to an entire week. The sizes of the retreats vary too, with some small and intimate while others allow anywhere from 30 to 50 participants at a time.
Here are some of the ways in which a couple’s retreat can improve a relationship.
Day-to-day life can be extremely stressful. Between work, children, family, friends, finances, and hobbies, it can be very difficult for partners to make time for one another. When you go to a retreat, you are taken away from the usual trials and tribulations of everyday life and instead go to a place where you can focus on each other and your relationship. In many instances, this opportunity to reconnect with one another is all that is needed to remind you of the reasons you are together and help you rediscover the love that binds you.
Traveling with anyone can be stressful. There are lots of things to remember, details to plan, and activities to agree on. Many couples, feel exhausted by the planning of a trip before they even leave the house. Fortunately, most couples retreats require very minimal planning on your part and once you show up, the itinerary and schedule of events are taken care of. This reduces stress and enables you to focus on why you are there – to reconnect with one another.
One of the main reasons you are at the retreat is to deepen your bond with your partner. This is achieved through helping you to both learn valuable relationship skills – such as listening, clear communication, and understanding each other’s perspectives. Your counselor will sit with you to help you develop these skills, which will benefit you throughout your personal relationship and can also be helpful in other areas of your life.
Life is all about experiences, and your retreat will be a new experience that will inject new life into your relationship. The activities that you take part in, the sights that you see, and even the food that you eat will enable you to create positive new memories that you can refer to in the future.
Every relationship is different and there are different types of couples retreats to suit the unique challenges faced by some partnerships. If you would like to find out more about couples retreats and if your relationship could benefit, contact Dr. Allison Brownlee & Associates in San Diego, CA (858) 239-0975.