A Marriage Retreat Provide Relationships with Needed Time and Nurturing

November 2, 2012 by

 It’s not unusual for couples facing problems to consider therapy, but far fewer think about going on a marriage retreat. As a Portland relationship counselor, I spend my days focusing on making human connections with my clients and helping them to get closer and better understand each other, and I always wish that I had more uninterrupted time to help people. Experts say that the best way to learn a foreign language is immersion, and I believe that the same is true for learning the language of love.

Okay, maybe that sounded a little cheesy, but it boils down to this: a weekend marriage retreat is roughly 48 hours. That comes out to 48 weekly sessions – almost an entire year. And that’s assuming that clients actually make every one-hour session and that they give it their full attention instead of fidgeting because they really need to get to their smartphone to check for that email from their boss that has to be answered immediately.

A marriage retreat gives you and your spouse the opportunity to really focus on each other for a change, and learn skills that can help you to keep your relationship strong into the future while relieving old wounds and grudges. You’ll have little choice but to spend time with each other because the distractions of your daily life will be far away, so you can really dive in and rediscover the closeness that you once had.

Marriage Retreat: One Weekend Can Change Your Life

Many couples – and marriage counselors – say that weekend retreats are often just as valuable as a year of one-on-one therapy because of how deeply you are able to focus on each other and making your lives together better. If you and your spouse feel like you need to spend some dedicated time together, consider attending a marriage retreat.