Special Small Group Retreat

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Get Extra Attention in this Extra-Small Group

Join a very special, limited-enrollment three-day couples retreat. We keep the group size for this special retreat extra small — you will be joined by only two or three other couples. This will enable you to get more attention than our regular group retreats that are attended by eight couples.

This will be a uniquely powerful experience — a fast track to positive change — an intensive, supportive place to achieve profound results. In a concentrated program you’ll transform your relationship and take home the key tools and communication skills to stay on track.

You will learn these tools and skills and be coached to use them to successfully address your issues and resolve any emotional wounds that stand between you.


What Happens in a Group Retreat

A small group retreat consists of a balanced mix of presenting information to the group and individual work as a couple in break-out sessions. In the group presentations, John will teach you new understandings and relationship tools, using slides, short videos and demonstrations.

Then in the break-out sessions you and your partner will put those tools into use to resolve issues, reconnect, heal old wounds, or whatever your particular goals are. During this time, you and your partner can receive any individual coaching you need.

Additionally, there will be group sharing and at times John may briefly work with a couple in front of the group. Both sharing and group process work is voluntary, not required.

Throughout the retreat, your individual comfort is our highest priority. We understand that some people are comfortable sharing in a group, and others aren’t. We will do everything we can to assure your needs are met.

This special extra-small group retreat is limited to a maximum of three to four couples, half the size of our regular group retreats that have eight couples. This will enable you to get more individual coaching from John than is available in our regular groups. John will be joined by drama therapist Hazal Selcuk in co-leading this very special group experience. Hazal’s extraordinary contribution makes this group experience not only fun but she helps you take the learnings in more deeply.


COST: The per-couple cost for this special extra-small group retreat is $2950. Travel, meals, accommodations not included.

DATE: This limited-enrollment group is on the weekend of October 6 – 8, 2017. It will start on Friday at noon and end on Sunday at 4:00 PM.

SIGN-UP: If you would like to join this special group you can enroll here »

CONTACT US: If you want to ask questions about our Group Retreats contact us here »

ACCOMMODATIONS: We have a list of recommended places to stay. Having your couples retreat location in our part of California is a special joy. Here, you can choose between a wide variety of charming cottages, hotels, B&B’s and inns.

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Feedback from Past Group Participants

“It’s been many weeks since our retreat with you. Our love for each other continues to become even more respectful, caring, and loving. I’m astounded by how much that weekend changed our dynamics, our triggers, our issues. My husband has become the partner I always wanted to be with and I think I have become the partner he has always wanted to share his life with.”


“Thanks for showing us how to reset our relationship and create an open dialog. The retreat was very well organized. I like that we walked away with actionable tools, not just a lot of reconnecting that gets lost when you return home.”


“I was feeling lonely and hopeless before arriving to the retreat. We left feeling united and hopeful in making the next level of our journey together with much harmony.”


“I really didn’t know what to expect, but hoped your retreat would help. Not only did it help, it was life and relationship changing. I feel more connected than ever to my wife. I’d say it really doesn’t matter how long you’ve been together (we’ve been married 20 years) the tools and lessons learned in this retreat would help anyone. Thank you!”


“You helped us move past our fears and connect. We learned practical ways to open to love each other fully again. The retreat helped to identify ad defuse years and layers of hurt. Thank you for this deep healing and connection.”


“The retreat far exceeded my expectations. I felt like we got to the core of our issues and heal our fundamental disconnect. You really helped us get to the root of our decades-long conflict and gave us the tools for repairing our deep wounds.”


“I am so glad we came to this group retreat. We came with fear, anxiety of failure and unsure what to expect. We are going home hopeful of a wonderful future together, feeling more connected and attuned to each others’ needs than ever before.”


“Excellent! Helped us from unraveling. We were at the end of our rope and now feel renewed energy and hope for a great future! Great value with top-notch counseling at an affordable price.”


“Before attending my husband and I had already given up on each other. I was attempting to get my emotional needs met elsewhere, and my husband was on the verge of getting his physical needs met elsewhere. We were not even speaking. And my husband swore he would not be participating in the retreat. But after a few hours we let our guards down. The content was amazing, both scientific-based and emotionally intelligent, grabbing both our attention! We learned to communicate and understand each others’ needs. Honestly, we have fallen in love again, mad the marriage a safe place, a real home for both of us. Thank you so much!”


“This saved our marriage. We were discussing on the way that we should have a Plan B to get divorced, but now I know we do not need a Plan B.”


“We’d been in a downward spiral in our marriage, with crises getting steadily worse. You have given us tools and hope for the future, and we’ve seen real improvement already.”


“Surpassed my expectations and opened up a whole new world. This retreat opened my eyes to a new way of understanding myself and my husband like never before. Literally life changing.”


“The retreat helped me see the places where my partner and I were stuck in unhealthy patterns, and provided the tools to help us develop secure and healthy patterns of communicating.”


“Thank you for saving our marriage. You gave us amazing insight and tools for how to heal and repair our relationship. This will also have an enormous positive effect on our children.”


“You far exceeded my expectations and I had high hopes to start with. This was a game changer. After 26 years with my partner, to learn new things about him was amazing. I can easily say this has changed the course of our marriage and life in general. I feel like we found something we have been searching for. The tools to find mutual happiness!”


“I have a new level of excitement about what’s possible in our relationship!”


“This retreat gave us the building blocks that all couples need for a healthy and happy marriage!”


“I was unsure what to expect. But now I can safely say that the retreat has blown me away with its simple tools that make such powerful changes. Three days with John was much more useful than the two years we spent in marriage therapy.”


“The tools we gained during the retreat have begun to repair years of bad communication habits. We are both very enthusiastic about our future together.”


“The retreat helped us understand what was behind our reactive behaviors and gave us the tools and language to minimize upsets and maximize our shared pleasure.”