What Is A Marriage Retreat And How Does It Help Couples?

​Hi, have you heard of a marriage retreat and do you wonder how it can help your marriage?

Professionals call them marriage retreats but in fact, it could be a giant step forward for you and your spouse. This is a great opportunity for both of you to step back and re-evaluate as well as rediscover each other. It's also a good time for you to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your marriage.

Marriage retreats are carried out in many forms and fashions. Some of them are based on religions and some are not. Others combine the spiritual need with the secular.

Retreats can be offered as a group therapy where a few sets of marriage couples get to discuss and work on their marriage together. If you are the kind who prefer having more people around you, this kind of retreats will be more suitable for you.

There are also agencies which organize retreats on individual basis depending on your needs and your degree of openness. Such retreats are suitable for couples who are more shy and prefer not to have too many people around when they are trying to work on their relationship.

​How does marriage retreat help?

​Different retreats have different goals and methods. Some advocate that marriage should be preserved at any price.  Others teach that there are times when it’s best to dissolve the relationship and move forward. So it's up to you to decide which is more suitable for you.

One thing in common is that almost all therapists urge you to put the past behind you and start living again. You’re encouraged to anticipate the future as you build it together. This is important if you want to successfully save your marriage.

There can be many reasons why anyone would want to join a marriage retreat. You may be experiencing physical and emotional abuse or a lack of intimacy.  

One or the other could have been unfaithful and forgiveness seems unthinkable. Or, it could be a case of mid-life crises. All these problems are real and solvable with proper love, commitment and determination to approach them together as a team.

First off, you need to examine your marriage and be honest with yourself. Are the two of you constantly arguing, fighting and being hurt? Do you feel alone, lost, frustrated and angry? Do you wonder why you ever thought marriage could be blissful and are now considering separation or even divorce?

Marriage retreats offer you, first of all, a chance to get away from the demands of everyday pressures. These events are usually held in beautiful and serene surroundings conducive for relaxation and inspiration. It provides you with an environment to rekindle your love as you understand why you’re feeling as you are.  

You'll also learn how to enhance your marriage even though you feel that the differences in your character, personality and even the perception of what’s important are drastically diverse. The need for rediscovering each other and what drew you together in the first place has never been greater.

Marriage retreat therapists are skilled in helping you understand and resolving your differences and allowing you to gain insight into your particular situation while teaching how to effectively communicate. You’ll learn skills of communicating in a fair and focused manner. Remember, it’s a team effort and support will be given to you both.

Now that you know how a marriage retreat can help you save your marriage, how do you know when is the best time to seek help rebuilding your relationship?

The time to seek help is when you first detect a deterioration of your marriage but retreats can be helpful even if you’ve tied a knot at the end of your rope and you’re trying to hang on.  

Retreats are not a miracle cure but it provides you a path in the right direction. Some are expensive and some merely ask for a donation.

So the best thing you can do now is to talk it over with your spouse and decide which is best for you. A retreat could be the best step forward you will take.

Sheena Mai

Hi, welcome to HoneyAndLove.com! In the picture, you see my husband, Elvis and myself (Sheena Mai). We have been married for over 20 years and I wish to share my experience of how we're able to maintain our love for over 30 years (including our dating days). I'm a mum and my passion is to help other married women nurture a loving marriage as well as build their confidence through self care and self love. You can find out more about us here.

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