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No relationship is perfect. Every couple argues from time to time. If you find yourself going through a rough patch then, it doesn’t mean that your relationship is doomed to failure.
What matters now is that couple. And more specifically: whether they are willing to fight for their marriage. The big question: does this relationship matter enough to one or both people in the relationship that they are willing to try everything to hold it together?
If you haven’t been to a marriage counseling retreat, then you haven’t tried everything. In fact, you haven’t tried what is probably the most effective method for fixing broken marriages and damaged relationships.
The problem is that a lot of people don’t want to go to counseling because they don’t want to admit there is a problem. But there’s no reason to feel bad about the situation – problems are normal. And it’s by choosing to do something about it that you can ensure the problem doesn’t become much worse.
In this post, we’ll explore why marriage counseling retreats work for so many couples, and help you to choose the right one for you.
A couples therapy retreat is essentially a retreat – a vacation lasting a few days up to a week – that you embark on with your partner. This is very often located in a scenic part of the country – or even abroad – though it can occasionally be close to home.
The idea is that you and your partner will now spend the following few days and nights in each other’s’ company with no outside distractions. But rather than just enjoying the local sights and food, the focus here is going to be on fixing the problems in your marriage. To that end, you will also likely complete a curriculum of therapy sessions and activities.
A marriage retreat is designed to help you work through any problems that you’re experiencing in your relationship. Most will happily discuss anything from the feeling that the ‘spark’ has gone from your relationship, to lack of communication, to infidelity and sexuality. In short: nothing is immune to the effects of quality time and therapy.
With that said though, it’s worth reading about the retreat you have in mind and their specific views, as you may find that certain issues are better suited to some organizations than others.
You can use a couple’s therapy retreat at any point in your relationship. Many people make the mistake of assuming that couples therapy retreats are solely for those couples who are at the brink of divorce. Those for whom all hope seems lost and who have tried everything else.
But this is not the case. In fact, it’s actually much better if you can prevent your relationship from ever getting to that point. Some people will even consider a couples’ therapy retreat to be a kind of ‘top up’ service that they can use to ensure their relationships are rock solid and continuing to grow positively.
There are benefits to these retreats for couples at any point in their relationship. But you know what I’m going to say: some will be slightly more geared toward more serious problems, while others will be more welcoming and light-hearted for those that are still ‘generally happy’. Whether you think you could benefit from a couples’ retreat is really down to you – but if you are at your wit’s end, then you should always try a retreat before giving up entirely.
Note that you don’t have to be married for all couples’ retreats and this is again something to check with the organization first.
Throughout this post, we’ve seen that there are all kinds of retreats for all kinds of relationships. That’s also true for your religion and so you should be able to find a retreat that suits your spiritual beliefs as well as everything else.
Of course for those in the Christian faith, religion and God play a large role in their marriage – this is a holy union after all. Maybe you believe that as such, the Bible holds the answers for you. In that case, then a Christian retreat will likely be a great fit for you.
But if you aren’t Christian then you can find retreats that focus on other beliefs, or that leave religion out of it altogether.
Whatever you decide, several factors will remain the same: a therapy retreat is all about spending time with your partner in a safe and calm environment, away from the trials of everyday life. Combine that with the commitment you are showing to one another simply by going AND the highly effective, personalized, therapy and guidance you will receive… and it’s no wonder that so many couples credit retreats with fixing their marriages.
You owe it to yourselves to try.