Testimonials from Virtual Retreat Clients

Here is real feedback from real people. Posted below are what couples we’ve recently worked with have said about their virtual retreats using Zoom.

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“We’ve spent loads of time and money on therapists, and we have never connected like this. With your help we’ve discovered things we never knew about each other. And we’ve been together almost two decades.

“We sat in our last therapist’s office for seven months and could never speak our needs in a way that could be heard, or know each other’s truths, or deal with this overwhelming hard stuff (infidelity, lying, loss of trust).

“We were amazed that in such a short time with you, we got to the real root of our problems. Things we should have figured out ten years ago! We finally feel at peace for the first time in four years, and feel more connected than we have since our early days.”

“This has been awesome to do during the Coronavirus time. We’re really grateful for you. We really weren’t doing very well. The emotional repair process you gave us has been huge. This all has been really effective.

“I’m looking at life through a different set of lenses now and I’m really happy. I feel it’s not my problem vs my partner’s problem, but we are in this together. It finally feels like we are really a team and we own our relationship as real partners. We really respect you and are so grateful for your help.”

“You helped us so much. We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. This retreat was a really good experience, in the comfort of our own home. We have received such great tools from you.”

“Our online virtual retreat has been a very good experience. We have come a long way. Being in our own house helped a lot. It is easier to be more truthful and access emotions not having the therapist sit in the room. There is a little bit of distance which felt really good. I felt like we as a couple were a unit. It gives you a sense of impartiality which felt really safe to me.

“I didn’t know if I would like online work because I have never done it before. But it felt very good to have that distance between you and us. It felt good to be in my own space, use my bathroom, take a 10-minute nap if I need to during the break. The safety of our home made us more open to the process which went deep and was healing for us.”

“Having really reconnected with each other has been the best. It’s been a long time. Our connection now is amazing. We used to try to prevent upsets. So more and more we ended up avoiding each other. We now know we don’t have to avoid anything. We can use riffs as a chance to look into each other’s eyes and reassure each other and do the healing.

“Instead of just avoiding each other and getting locked up, with you we learned how to show each other where the keyhole is. I got a lot out of my partner showing me this, because I know it’s difficult, to say ‘I have a need. I have a fear. Here’s what it is. I am vulnerable.’ That’s really hard.

“I appreciated my partner being able to open up and learn to voice that. It makes me feel we are on the same level. It makes me relax to know that we both have similar things to get through together. It makes me feel we are equals. It feels good to understand each other’s real fears and know how to calm those down together. And stay feeling really connected.”

“During this stay-at-home period the online intensive we did with you has literally saved our marriage. We are so glad we found you. And we thank you for the security we have found with each other through working with you.”

“We didn’t want to do our retreat remotely, but eventually decided to go ahead with it anyway. We have been pleasantly surprised by how well we have improved our communication with one another.

“Something definitely has changed. We no longer feel awkward looking at each other in the eyes. Our barriers have let down and we’re no longer defensive. We are able to repair upsets like we never could before. And now we just sit down together every day and express our appreciation for each other.”

“We had hoped to get away and come to see you in beautiful Sonoma. But it worked out well to stay home and be able to spread out our sessions. That gave us plenty of time to put the tools we learned from you into practice for a day or two. And then we could get further coaching from you and improve even more.”

“Thanks to our work with you, we now understand each other on a deeper level and know why we get upset and how to talk about it. We have learned how to express our deeper feelings, to repair things emotionally, and to truly reconnect with each other.

“We feel so much more connected now like we are on the same wavelength. It feels so good to be at peace with one another, able to just be ourselves. And we are more understanding and compassionate of each other’s viewpoints. We can look more from each other’s perspective and find better ways to come to agreements.”

“Since our online retreat, now when we have differences, we know we’re going to get through it okay. We are not blaming each other anymore, and know how to work together as a team toward the same goals. We have each other’s backs and really feel that we are in this together.”

“We were initially quite apprehensive about doing an intensive retreat online vs. in person. But John coached us the same as if we were together. He is an incredible coach, the best in his field. We learned a huge amount about each other and how to communicate far better than we ever have.

“In hindsight, there are no negatives to doing this online, and there are some real positives, in addition to just the easier logistics: we were alone together during the off hours and the breaks, in our own comfortable, familiar surroundings. That made it far easier to focus on what we were actually there to accomplish and it made the breaks and meals very relaxing relative to being far from home in a hotel.”

“We were in a bad place. And doubtful a retreat would help, online or in person. The therapy we’ve had in the past would be us arguing and bringing up painful things, but we left with no tools. With you, it’s different. In just a few hours of coaching, we turned around 180 degrees from where we came in from.

“In between our sessions, we have used the tools we got from you and have done deep emotional repairs on our own. We see the beauty in doing this, how it helps us as a couple. It has been profound. We feel completely different. We both feel refreshed, renewed, and re-energized together.”

“We were initially very reluctant to do an online program, as we did not think it would be as effective compared to an in-person interaction. As it became apparent that we would not be able to do an in-person retreat in the near future, we took a leap of faith and went ahead with the retreat online.

“The worries and fears that we had in regards to the lack of efficacy of the online program dissipated on the first day working with you. Your reassurance and commitment to making the program as beneficial as in-person was apparent and truly appreciated. We do not feel that the online program was lacking in any way and would highly recommend it to our family and friends.”

“We originally signed up to do a retreat in person, but it got canceled due to the pandemic. We got an email saying that the retreat was converted to virtual. I first thought ‘I don’t want to do it virtually. I need the person right in front of me.’ I thought I wouldn’t get as much out of it doing it online.

“But now I can say that it was life-changing. Just the couple of days have really opened our eyes and our hearts. It was a very informative process. Doing it online was actually much better for us. To experience being 100% tuned into while in the comfort of our own home was amazing. We are very happy with the results…. This has made a big difference in our life.”

“The way this virtual retreat was put together and delivered, it was great that we had the opportunity, as we were trying out what we were learning, we could really get down into the weeds with a significant issue…. And then repair it! We learned the tools…. But then we were able to utilize these tools with our own biggest problems. That really made the retreat and the material you gave us trustworthy. And, as you know, I have a hard time trusting anything!”

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