Private Couples Retreats


In the comfort of the Gottmans’ own island home, learn research-based tools for building and maintaining intimacy.

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? John and Julie Gottman have been listening to painful stories like these for nearly 35 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.

These workshops have limited attendance. We recommend that you register early.

2015 Dates are as follows:

January 31-February 1

March 14-15

May 23-24

July 18-19

October 10-11

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, Drs. John and Julie Gottman are now also scheduling appointments for Marathon Therapy at their home office on Orcas Island. Marathon Therapy was developed at The Gottman Relationship Institute. In this powerful new therapy format, one couple meets with either Dr. John Gottman, Dr. Julie Gottman, or both doctors together for 5 hours a day and for 2-4 consecutive days while staying overnight at a nearby Hotel or Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Click here to learn more about Marathon Couples’ Therapy  or to schedule an appointment for Marathon Therapy, please call:  (206) 313-0471 for Dr. John Gottman or (206) 381-8456 for Kathryn Schwartz, assistant to Dr. Julie Gottman.

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