What makes us
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"This was incredibly energizing"
"It restored hope for me and made me excited to try in our marriage again"
"We have some hopeful next steps"
Our Couples Retreat
Is a research-backed experience that blend engaging content with time to enjoy the beautiful setting and activities available. We have planned a couples retreat to be particularly convenient for couples local to this area. An overnight stay is not needed! We use an innovative blend of technology and nature to provide an optimal environment for growth. Our award-winning, experienced facilitators will help you walk away feeling ready to tackle the next step in your relationship.
This isn't your typical couples retreat.
What to Expect
Over the course of two days you will participate in multiple lectures from Dr. Cuthbert. These sessions consist of engaging, didactic instruction and time to process with your partner. Don't worry - you will not be asked to share intimate details of your relationship with the group.
We will provide you with the results of your pre-retreat couples assessment and guide you on direct next steps based on the results.
You are also invited to explore the 70 acre campus that includes wooded hills, walking trails, wildflowers, and a lake, all contiguous with the Waterloo Recreation Area.
After the retreat you will have lifetime access to a members-only resource center for support beyond the weekend.
What Topics are Covered?
Is this retreat only for failing relationships?
Absolutely not! The topics addressed are applicable to all couples regardless of whether you are thriving or surviving. This retreat is for those happily married, those unsatisfied in their marriage, those engaged, newly weds, committed partners, and seasoned couples. A few of the topics include:
Healthy and Unhealthly Relationship Markers
Myths about Love
Schema for relationships
Meet your facilitator
Dr. Andrew Cuthbert
Dr. Cuthbert received his doctorate in clinical psychology, with a focus in marriage and family. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Michigan, where he received specialized training in couple's issues. He utilizes best practices in couple’s counseling, including research-informed techniques from the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and PREPARE-ENRICH. Dr. Cuthbert has been working with couples for almost a decade and draws from his experience as a couples counselor and research to provide participants with high quality, engaging content.
Retreats are held at the Michigan Friends Center in Chelsea, MI
Retreats start at 7PM Friday night & run Saturday 9AM-1:30PM
$325/couple and $175/individual
A variety of topics including: communication styles, myths of love, navigating change, managing emotions, & building trust
Friday night snacks & Saturday morning pastries
Access to a beautiful 70 acre campus including walking trails, kayaks, canoes, swim area, firepits, & a sauna for your use
Couples assessment and results review
Lifetime access to a members-only, expertly-curated resource center for support beyond the weekend
*If you are interested in overnight accommodations, those are not included, but you can find a list here.