Learn research-based tools for building and maintaining intimacy from the comfort of John and Julie Gottman’s private island home.
Have you ever planned a wonderful romantic vacation, complete with a lovely room, candle-lit dinners and white sand beaches, only to have your dream become a nightmare when tense quarrels and silence spoil the sunset? We have been listening to painful stories like these for nearly 40 years.
Now you can restore your relationship while having a world-class romantic holiday. In an exclusive, small-group two-day couples retreat, you’ll learn new skills for deepening intimacy, managing conflicts, and enhancing your sense of shared meaning in a private, comfortable, and beautiful setting. The retreats are presented by the Gottmans in their seaside home in Washington’s San Juan Islands and include lectures, role plays, discussions, and exercises completed just with one’s partner.
The intimate setting enables couples to receive personalized, special attention from the Gottmans while enhancing and restoring their relationship.
During the retreat, you will learn skills to:
- Strengthen your friendship
- Deepen your understanding of one another
- Spice up your intimacy
- Transform inevitable relationship conflicts so you can build solid bridges between the two of you
- Unearth the values and life purpose you share
The Gottmans welcome you to join them in their lovely island setting. While the retreats take place at their home, participants stay nearby in beautiful accommodations. If you wish, you can combine the retreat with a romantic island holiday experience as well. Their event planner can help you arrange the details of your visit to Orcas Island including lodging, transportation, dining, and options for outstanding recreational opportunities, including sailing, kayaking, whale watching, golf, and hiking.
The retreats are limited to seven couples. We recommend that you register early.
2020 Private Couples Retreat Dates
- February 15 – 16
- Mar 28 – 29
- May 2 3
- June 6 – 7
- July 18 – 19
- August 22 – 23
- October 3 – 4
To read more information about these retreats, please click here or call (206) 313-0471.
Marathon Couples Therapy
In addition to providing Private Couples Retreats, John and Julie Gottman are now also scheduling appointments for Marathon Couples Therapy at their home office on Orcas Island. In this powerful intensive therapy format, one couple meets with either John Gottman, Julie Gottman, or both for five hours a day on three consecutive days while staying overnight at a nearby Hotel or Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Marathon Couples Therapy can thus accommodate clients traveling from other locales who cannot attend weekly therapy sessions. It provides an intensive, condensed and highly focused approach to relationship issues that can help couples move quickly through specific issues and learn important new skills in a short period of time.
Click here to learn more about Marathon Couples Therapy. To schedule an appointment, please call (206) 313-0471 for John Gottman or (206) 381-8456 for Kathryn Schwartz, assistant to Julie Gottman.