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San Juan Couples Retreat

San Juan Islands, WA / 4 days / May 16 – May 19, 2019

A couples wilderness experience set in the idyllic San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest. This trip is designed for couples looking to unplug, rejuvenate and reconnect to your partner, self, and the natural environment. The retreat weaves together outdoor adventure, clinically-proven mindfulness practices, and time for rest and exploration, with research-based relationship skills to strengthen your friendship, intimacy and ability to productively manage conflict as a couple. The skills you will learn as a couple are based on the Seven Principles Program, developed by decades of research and data on relationship satisfaction by world-renowned relationship experts at The Gottman Institute.

We will start off each day with guided mindfulness practices, a gourmet breakfast, a brief kayaking lesson, and then will kayak between islands in the San Juans. In the afternoon, we will spend time learning and practicing the different principles of healthy, satisfying relationships. All activities are designed to improve your life as a couple, and many exercises will intentionally bring in elements of fun, novelty, and play. In the evenings, you will enjoy dinner by the campfire, time to relax and connect with your partner, and rejuvenating sleep out under the stars. (While opportunities for questions and conversations are encouraged, no self-disclosure is necessary.)

 
 

Goals:

  • Unplug from day to day life and create lasting memories together

  • Reconnect to your partner, self, and natural environment

  • Learn kayaking and camping skills

  • Strengthen your friendship and intimacy

  • Foster respect, affection and closeness

  • Build and share a deeper connection with each other’s inner world

  • Learn to manage conflict discussions in healthy manner

  • Relax, rejuvenate and have fun together in a beautiful setting

Activities:

  • Sea kayaking between a stunning chain of lush islands

  • Introduction to basic camping skills

  • Teaching and demonstrations on relationship skills

  • Couples exercises to strengthen connection

  • Mindfulness exercises to relax, reconnect, and build greater awareness

Itinerary

Aug 31st: meet in La Conner, WA for an evening orientation and wine & cheese

Sept 1st: Ferry to Orcas Island, Paddle & Kayak Orientation

Sept 2nd: Day paddle around Succia Island

Sept 3rd: Final paddle back to Orcas island, closure, ferry to Anacortes

*(specific details subject to change)

 

 

The Leadership:
Hannah Eaton with Sequoia Immersions, will be directing this retreat in collaboration with Breakwater Expeditions. Breakwater has a team of highly-skilled outdoor professionals with years of experience in developing and leading adventure intentional programs and expeditions for teens, adults, and families.

Hannah Eaton, M.SLMFTA
Hannah Eaton of Sequoia Immersions integrates her professional training as a clincal therapist with her background in wildereness guiding to offer this unique retreats for couples. Hannah is a Certified Gottman Seven Principles Leader, as well as a Wilderness First Responder. She will lead this wilderness retreat in collaboration with Breakwater Expeditions, who has a team of highly-skilled outdoor professionals with years of experience developing and leading intentional adventure programs and expeditions.

 

Who is this retreat intended or appropriate for?

 

Appropriate couples:
Couples contemplating engagement
Premarital couples
Newlyweds
Couples married for decades
Couples of all backgrounds, ages, faiths, and sexual orientations

Inappropriate couples:
Couples in severe relationship distress
Couples with significant emotional or physical abuse
Severe mental mental health problems



 

Cost per couple: $2400

Registration: Contact Hannah at: hannah@navigatefamilytherapy.com

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