We all know what relationship success feels like. And, of course, we know all too well what the opposite feels like too. When relationships take a sordid twist into blame and resistance, or a downward spiral into resentment and disconnection, it is an uncomfortable situation to say the least. And, to make things worse, instead of knowing how to move into the discomfort with conflict resolution confidence, instead you find yourself trying to numb the pain, avoiding the issue or attempting to distract yourself from the experience. And, despite your best intentions for deeper levels of connection, you are simply left feeling defensive, hurt, and misunderstood; all leading to prolonged confusion, unhappiness, chaos and despair. This dynamic significantly costs us quality of relationship and leaves us feeling even more disconnected in our relationships.
Well, what if we told you that being successful in relationships can be LEARNED? That, by implementing these tools, learning, and practicing these skills, you can generate greater confidence and levels of connection and intimacy, use your voice to feel heard and understood, and even help those around you to feel the same?
Sounds good, right?
Well, here’s the truth - great relationships don’t come naturally - they must be created, pursued and nurtured.
Sometimes we hear people say, "I'm not giving up, I'll just try harder". But if you try harder doing the same things that you have always done, then you will get the same results. Successful relating means learning to adapt. And, in order to do that, we need to change old habits, patterns and practices. Without that you are in fact giving up, regardless of what you believe.
One reason for relationship dissatisfaction is due to the fact that we allow our current relationships to be filtered through our past; meaning that we treat others how we think we know relationships to be, and these preconceived judgements undoubtedly hinder how we think, listen and communicate now. Setting the intention to clear the past and to step into present relationships, just as they are, as well as feeling grounded in reality and eager to contribute, is the first step to having extraordinary relationships.
This retreat is robust - with real tools and life skills that, when learned, cultivated, and practiced, can transform the way you move in relationship. It is not a quick fix because, first of all, you are not broken. Secondly, nothing is broken. We simply believe that real relating is a creative process and, from our perspective, an art. Relating to others means engaging with others with compassion and fullness in your listening, as well as increased precision and power in your speaking. It is feeling aligned to your personal values while connecting with others more effectively, passionately, and powerfully. This is the Art of Relating.
We have developed an integrated model of living well that supports greater overall well-being and can help disrupt habits that reinforce feeling stuck, numb, overwhelmed, or unfulfilled. However, learning this art will require a commitment on your part to seek clarity in how you habitually and pathologically sabotage relationships through communication patterns that leave you feeling overwhelmed, devalued, and unheard.
During this 5-day retreat, we will explore multiple aspects of communication, current patterns that shape how we perceive and respond to others, as well as experiential practices, group discussions, and therapeutically dynamic movement practices that support self-care, as well as improved quality and connection in our personal, professional and intimate relationships.
This retreat is not yoga-based. You do not have to practice (or even like) yoga to get something valuable from this unique opportunity to discuss what it's like to be human. It is also for people of all ages and interests, and for individuals in all types of relationships - to self and to others (personal, professional, familial, romantic, global etc.).
We are very proud of this offering and are confident that you will gain meaningful results by joining us. This retreat is about mastering the art of relating while co-creating high-quality relationships...versus hanging around in mediocre relationships until they somehow end in some way.
This is a per couple/2-person rate!
Please indicate both first and last names of both persons to be registered, as well as the relationship between them.
We will begin the retreat with a welcome orientation and movement class at 4pm followed by dinner and an opportunity to journal (please bring one).