Marriage is always a journey but can sometimes feel like walking the same circles over and over again. Step away from your life's rhythms and give your marriage a chance to break out of the routine by joining us for this retreat weekend.
Through sharing experiences, trying something new, challenging yourself and supporting one another, this weekend will give couples an opportunity to step into refreshing moments of connection and learning with one another.
Collin Rhoade, MA, LPCC (co-founder of Inner Trek) will guide couples through teaching times, that include skills and resources, and experiential activities for couples throughout the weekend.
Over the course of the weekend we will be guiding you through three themes:
Navigating Conflict | Experiencing Play | Maintaining Connection
Each theme will include a brief group teaching time, a practical tool or resource, an activity to do with your spouse and prompts for intentional conversation during and after the activity. Learning while sharing an experience with your spouse is a great way to grow with each other, practice communication tools and create some memories.
Dappled Light Adventures is hosting the retreat on their beautiful property. Choose what lodging option best fits your needs (limited availability for each type, assigned first come first serve)
Glamping Tent: Enjoy your own spacious canvas tent, with a queen size bed, fire place and comfortable seating area
Bell (Dome) Tent: A slightly simplified version of the glamping tent but still includes a queen size bed and other amenities.
Standard Tent: Enjoy a more primitive version of camping with your own tent, inflatable sleeping pad and sleeping bag.
SCHEDULE (subject to slight adjustments)
11: Arrival and Welcome
12: Lunch with group
1: Theme I: Navigate Conflict
4: Theme II: Experience Play
6:30: Dinner with group
8:30: Night Hike (optional)
9:30: Wind down by the fire or in your own space
7: Morning and Breakfast as a couple
8:30: Theme III: Maintain Connection
11: Lunch and Closing
12:30: Departure or free time on property
Meals - Saturday Lunch through Sunday Lunch. Drinks and Snacks throughout the weekend.
Housing - Choose between our three housing options for a resting place that best fits your needs.
Activities - Most activities will be planned for just you and your spouse to enjoy together.
Therapeutic Support - our licensed therapist will be on site and guiding this retreat. He will be available for assistance in navigating conversations, teaching resources and supporting couples through this experience.
WHAT TO PACK
Change of clothes (comfortable clothing that you can be active in)
Toiletries (bathrooms with toilets and showers are on site and a short walk from your tent)
Flashlight or Headlamp
Relaxing activities- book, games, hammock, journal...
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Is this marriage counseling?
While this experience is led by a licensed therapist, it is not a weekend of marriage counseling. All the activities, conversation prompts and resources are intentionally selected for meaningful marriage support. We will be offering support and encouragement throughout the weekend, but this weekend retreat is not therapy and should not be considered as an alternative to couples or marriage counseling.
We've only been married a week OR We've been married for 30 years. Is this weekend for us?
Couples of all ages and seasons of marriage are welcome to join! If you've been married for weeks or decades, there is always more to learn and experience with each other.
Will we have to share or speak in front of a large group?
While there will be teaching times conducted in a group setting and opportunities to share in a large group, the weekend is designed to reinforce communication and time focused on you as a couple. You'll never be forced to share in a large group. Casual conversation and interaction between couples will take place during meal times and during some activities.
Do I need to be physically fit for the activities?
The activities for couples to complete together will require a moderate amount of movement and ability to walk on nature trails. No strenuous, dangerous or technical activities will be included.