The Value of a Couples Retreat
The term “couples retreat” might remind you of a 2009 film in which a couple, while juggling their busy lives, decide to go on a vacation, meet a ‘comedic’ counselor and fall madly back in love. Whilst you may love or hate films of this genre, couples retreats are a very real thing and often pivotal to the success of a fading or tumultuous relationship.
And whilst the therapist might not have quite so many sassy one liners in real life, couples retreats can indeed result in Hollywood endings…
What is a Couples Retreat?
A couples retreat is a planned getaway with your partner aimed at romance, relaxation or reconciliation, depending on your individual needs. For those looking for a romantic break, many health and wellness retreats offer couples packages including joint massages and exclusive dinners. For those focused on strengthening or rebuilding a struggling relationship, a more specific retreat focused on reconciliation will be required. These retreats will feature joint exercises and activities that generally include counselling. Their objective is to improve your sense of intimacy with the help of communication workshops, conflict management, and relationship education.
Why attend a Couples Retreat?
- Places priority on your relationship – Simply making the decision to go to a couples retreat demonstrates that you are prioritizing your relationship over the multiple competing asks for your time and signals to your partner that they are the foremost priority in your life.
- Provides Time out from daily life – A retreat provides valuable space from the anxiety and stress that may be tied to daily life. Stepping away from the monotony of weekly tasks, can allow you to relax and rediscover the ‘fun’ in your relationship without the distractions of phones, the internet or children.
- Invaluable expert advice & guidance – Most importantly, the expert help and guidance that a retreat can provide will provide you with the tools to rediscover your strengths and weaknesses as a unit and experience new sides of each other. It is the perfect opportunity for you to mend broken trusts and restore understanding through therapy.
- Learn from others – You will most likely find yourself among other couples in different stages of their lives. It can be very encouraging as you will learn from others who have been there in your situation.
Where to go to have the perfect getaway?
If you’re going to invest in your relationship, you want to ensure it’s the right retreat for you. Ensuring that the offering meets your goals and the environment makes you feel secure and relaxed are key to a successful week.