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Couples Therapy Retreats at Relationship Rescue Academy

Updated on August 20, 2018
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Mrs. Forestal the founder of Relationship Rescue Academy runs marriage intensives at a 3 acre rustic farmhouse in Kokomo, Indiana.

Marriage Counseling Retreat at Relationship Rescue Academy

Unfortunately, the reality of life is that every married couple runs into some challenges and conflicts in their marriage. Some of these conflicts and challenges can be so intense that they can lead to divorce.

The good news is that there are many things couples can do to resolve their issues and get back to a happy and fulfilling marriage. One of those things you can do as a couple to mend a broken relationship is to go on a marriage intensive like Relationship Rescue Academy.

Issues Addressed at Relationship Rescue Academy

Some of the common issues that couples seek our help for are infidelity, repeatedly fighting about the same issues, lack of intimacy and communication breakdown.

At Relationship Rescue Academy we will help you confront issues that have caused division in your marriage, and teach you tools to overcome the cycle of negative patterns.

About our Couples Therapy Retreat

If you are interested in attending a marriage intensive at our Marriage Renewed Farmhouse. We have three packages available, which includes lodging at our 3 acre farm: a two day retreat, (3) day retreat, a (4) day retreat and (5) day retreat.


We have two locations available for couples seeking a private marriage retreat. One of which is in Kokomo, Indiana and the other one is located in Orange County, California.

Our intensive in Indiana is perfectly located in the country, where it is extremely peaceful and relaxing. Our Marriage Renewed Farm is about a 10 minutes drive to our lovely downtown.

100% Confidential and Private

Our retreat is not a group format, and there will not be other couples there as we dive into issues that is keeping your marriage from thriving.

We understand that each couple is unique and they need a very focused, and concentrated approach. That is why we like the 1-on-1 retreat approach, instead of the group format with multiple couples in attendance.

How Can Relationship Academy Help You?

It’s often that we see couples who have been together for a long time beginning to drift apart or argue more. While many of us don’t like to admit it, the truth is that this is a normal part of marriage.

We all have this perfect ‘picture’ of married life, because none of us like to air our dirty laundry (and Hollywood hardly helps in this regard either). But the truth is that marriage has ups and downs just like everything else. There will be good times, and there will be bad times.

And even if your relationship is rock solid, challenges will come along – financial problems, health difficulties, changing priorities – and really challenge your bond.

The greatest relationships then aren’t those that don’t have any problems; they’re the ones where both parties care enough about each other that they’re willing to put in the work – willing to do what it takes to get back on the right track.

So, what can you do to reset your trajectory and rediscover your happiness? One option is to consider a marriage intensive such as Relationship Rescue Academy.

About Relationship Rescue Academy

Relationship Rescue Academy is a marriage retreat that is focused on helping struggling couples to overcome their difficulties, rekindle their romance, and learn tools and techniques that can be used to maintain the best possible relationship going forward.

You’ll be able to attend at one of two locations: in Irvine, California, or in Kokomo, Indiana. Both these retreats provide two, three, four, and five day programs.

During this time, you can expect to receive one-on-one counseling with highly qualified marriage therapists who will help you to overcome challenges you might be facing both as individuals, and as married couples.

Lodging is included, so you won’t need to worry about accommodation. In fact, our locations are particularly beautiful and restful – the aim is to help you to feel completely at ease, so that you can focus on each other in a stress-free environment.

What to Expect

Whether you choose one of our shorter retreats or the longer four-five day programs, you will engage in the same activities. We will take you through intensive, private therapy sessions with an assigned therapist who will be with you for the entire duration of your stay. This way, they can get to really know you, familiarize themselves with the way your unique relationship works, and get to understand the challenges you are facing.

The main objective is to find the roots of your problems. We get couples struggling with a wide range of different issues, including intimacy difficulties, financial struggles, infidelity, and poor communication.

You’ll also be taken through a number of guided exercises, which will help you to find the issues that are affecting your relationship.

Your therapy sessions are completely private and will take place in an intimate location with guaranteed confidentiality. This is important because you need to feel comfortable to speak to our experts in an honest and open manner. This one-to-one nature lets us get much deeper than group work.

How a Marriage Intensive Differs From Workshops and Conferences

The big difference when you choose Relationship Rescue Academy is the one-on-one, personalized attention you will receive. While workshops and conferences can work well for some people, they are ultimately only able to scratch the surface because they are attempting to attend to so many people at the same time.

At our sessions, you’ll be able to share personal details that you wouldn’t want to air in public, and the strategies and exercises that we recommend will be tailored to your specific relationship style and particular needs.

The intensive nature of our retreats also makes a big difference. Right away, you will be making a commitment to one another and demonstrating your eagerness to change and improve. Moreover, getting out of your usual environment and away from your normal habits can help you to break unhealthy cycles.

Do the Results Last?

Most couples come away from our retreats feeling reinvigorated and that’s beautiful for us to see. What’s really important though is if you do the wor and use the tools, the results last – and that’s what we’re aiming to accomplish.

We don’t just put band-aids on those wounds, we aim to provide you with the skills and understanding to tackle future problems. We are confident that after one of our intensives, you and your partner will be able to take on the difficult challenges life throws at you as a team.

What Exactly is a Marriage intensive?

A marriage intensive also goes by other names such as marriage counseling retreat and couple therapy retreat. Basically, a marriage intensive is an event whereby couples dedicate a few days to work on their marriage with the help of professional counselors.

The amount of time spent during couples’ therapy retreats varies from two full day to five full days. A very popular option is to have the event over the weekend when most people have free time.

Most of these retreats usually take place in a retreat center where the couples will be hosted during the duration of their stay. They will sleep and eat at the center while also attending counseling sessions for their marriage.

The counseling sessions usually last for 3-5 hours both in the morning and afternoon, whereby each couple is provided with one or two counselors.

The rest of the day is spent doing other exercises, completing tasks assigned by the counselor and rebuilding the relationship. Counseling is usually done for individual couples, although some sessions involve several couples in the same room.

What Common Issues Does a Couples Counseling Retreat Address?

Although every couple is different and unique, the problems facing most couples are quite similar.

Typically, marriage counseling retreats usually handle issues to do with infidelity, communication breakdown, resentment issues, financial issues, intimacy or sexual issues, career conflicts, parenting, extended family issues among many others.

Obviously each couple is handled individually, and their specific issues are identified and resolved.

What is the benefit of a couples’ therapy retreat?

The main benefit of a couples’ therapy retreat is the fact that you will be able to get to the bottom of what is ailing your marriage and then begin resolving it. You will be able heal old wounds, while at the same time finding a long-term solution to your issues.

You will also be taught new and better ways of communicating and problem solving that will leave you better than before. You will be able to do this in a relaxed and stress-free environment.

Above all else, you will have time to reconnect with your partner and remember why you fell in love in the first place. Most couples usually leave such retreats rejuvenated and with a new lease of life on their relationship.

Comparing a Non-religious Retreat and a Christian Religious Retreat?

These two types of couples’ therapy retreats share the same objective, but they usually go about achieving it in slightly different ways.

For the religious retreats, couples will be solving their marital issues while at the same time leaning on their faith.

Religious retreats will also draw on religious wisdom to shed light on the marriage and recommend ways of handling issues.

Such retreats will however, also incorporate academic methods of solving issues. A religious retreat will only work for a couple if both members are from that religion.

Non-religious retreats on the other hand will not involve any religious commentary on the marriage issues.

The trained counselors will only use academic methods to counsel the couples. This therefore means that people from all religions can sign up for a non-religious retreat.

Difference between traditional counseling and a weekend therapy retreat

The main difference between these two techniques is the time spent on counseling. A weekend therapy retreat is like a crash program of traditional counseling.

While traditional counseling involves meeting a therapist for one hour every week. A weekend therapy retreat involves meeting a counselor for many hours over a short period of time.

You are therefore able to handle and deal with more issues quicker. Also, traditional counseling is usually conducted in your therapist’s office while weekend therapy retreats take place in a more specialized retreat location.

Why is an intensive more effective than traditional once a week marital counseling?

As already mentioned, you will have more time to deal with the issues when you go for a marriage intensive. Even when you are not in the presence of a counselor, you will still have a lot of time to yourselves where you communicate and work on your marriage.

In the traditional setup, it is very easy to get overwhelmed by daily routines such that you do not implement the lessons learned. A marriage retreat is also more effective since it deals with issues before they get out of control.


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