A 1-to-1 Private Marriage Retreat: Science + Common Sense
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Marriage Retreat

A smart choice for
science-based effectiveness.

Run by seasoned couples specialists.

Now offered online from your home or get-away.

“Now offering private, in-person marriage retreats held in select cities across the USA. Contact us for details."

Intensive marriage retreat:
Private, confidential, effective.

One couple per couples therapist. Private sessions, no small group retreats.

This private couples therapy weekend retreat works with one couple at a time (whether you're married or not...) to heighten intimacy, improve emotional connection, and resolve conflicts. Couples can use these retreats to recover from a painful affair.

You get:

  • the effectiveness of a science-based approach
  • an experienced couples therapy specialist
  • applied to you personally tailored intensive marriage retreat.

Real, science-based help.

Based on couples therapy research trusted for over 40 years with locations across the USA and in Australia and South Africa. Cross-trained in several prominent evidence-based models.

Do you hold a marriage retreat near me?

with More than two dozen
experienced couples therapists across the usa and in several other countries we're sure to have a marriage retreat near you.
weekend marriage retreats held in 34 locations.

The power of half a millennium of collective talent.

200+ reviews with 98% positive responses to these marriage retreats.

Read them all.

A thorough analysis of your relationship prior to attending.

This saves you time and money.

When was the last time you worked on your marriage?

Our couples therapists will help you to:

  • Feel heard, seen and understood in the couples retreat.
  • Recognize the underlying betrayals and patterns that cause you so much pain.
  • Provide you with the concrete tools you can take home to keep the momentum going.
Good couples therapy doesn’t happen in 50-minute weekly sessions, or by teaching “better communications” skills. It starts with a thorough assessment, a "State of the Union," and ends with understanding each person as an individual and as part of that couple.

"Using my husband's words, this weekend helped us more than 3 years of couples therapy did! We were amazed at what was accomplished in such a short time. We are so thankful that we took the leap and did this, it helped us immensely. We have a renewed sense of understanding, care and love for each other that would not have been possible otherwise."  
- recent couples therapy retreat participant

Are you in emotional pain, because you aren't getting along with the person who once meant the world to you? You deserve to get the best help possible.

The end of a marriage that didn't have to...

I’m Dr. Kathy McMahon, and I’ve spent my entire professional career helping marriages function better emotionally and sexually - all the while struggling with my own misguided ideas about love. We all struggled with how to help couples back then, but science has set us straight. 

 Dr. Kathy McMahon
 President of Couples Therapy Inc.

"Don't make the same mistake I did, and allow a perfectly good marriage to go down the drain..."

If you think that psychologists have just as many problems as the average person, you’d be right.

I’ve had my share.

In fact, these problems led me to divorce a perfectly nice guy, and father of my child, because of a lot of “pie in the sky” ideas (supported by current “theories” at the time) about what makes a marriage work.

Back then, I did what most people do, used my health insurance, and went to a marriage counselor. Instead of helping, those weekly 50-minute sessions left me feeling even angrier, more hopeless, and totally, totally misunderstood.

"I think that this was the first time that we both felt like couples counseling really had the impact we wanted it to, and we both feel very hopeful for our future now."  
- recent couples therapy retreat participant

Effective communication isn't enough during a marriage retreat.

In my own failed marriage, I was told I should practice “effective communication skills” to change things around, but I felt like that was all I was doing...yak, yak, yakking without impacting!

Like most women facing divorce, I only went to a few couples therapy sessions, and leaving upset after each one, before becoming totally disillusioned. I thought my marriage was severely, hopelessly damaged, and divorce was the only answer.

Learn myths about what marriage counselors do.

I never suspected that a poorly trained marriage counselor was to blame.
I thought it was my marriage that was hopelessly beyond repair.

After a painful divorce and remarriage to a “completely different guy,” these same problems reappeared with my second husband.

I thought to myself: “How could I be so unlucky?”

But it wasn’t a matter of luck at all.
It has taken me more than 17 years, and five different couples therapy approaches, to fully grasp how to precisely help disillusioned spouses. And it doesn’t happen in weekly sessions, or by teaching “better communication” skills.  

It's done in the format of a marriage retreat, an intensive sort of couples counseling, that brings clarity to your relationship challenges and teaches you concrete ways to work on them. They are the best marriage retreats in class for busy couples, or couples wanting a non-religious marriage retreat with proven science behind it.

Quicker, effective intensive couples therapy in a marriage retreat format.

It's the equivalent of 6 months of marriage therapy, all in one condensed weekend, that radically stops a couple's fast-moving train to greater misery or divorce.

  • Two and one-half days.
  • One week-end.
  • and a thorough analysis of you and this relationship you're living in.


Do you have a marriage retreat near me?

Choose one of our 34 locations where our marriage therapists are licensed.


I do wish an intensive marriage counseling program like this were available to me when I was facing my own painful divorce over 20 years ago.

It would have saved my daughter from running between two households and the strain she lived with balancing the expectations of two different sets of parents.  If I knew there were marriage retreats near me where I could spend a single weekend to get effective couples therapy? 

I would have grabbed it!

"We were not communicating, fighting over little things, resenting one another, making up but not resolving our feelings so things quickly turned negative again. I honestly thought a divorce was a better option than to living as unhappy as I was. And we were fearful that our problems were too big to even begin to resolve in a weekend couple's therapy retreat. But it was a life-changing experience that I am so grateful we participated in it. It has given us and our marriage a second chance. I am hopeful for the first time in a long time and I am in love with my husband again and it feels wonderful. Thank you."  
- recent couples therapy retreat participant

Is this a secular relationship retreat or a Christian marriage retreat?

Twenty-four of our couples therapists hold only a non-religious marriage retreat.
A minister on our team offers marriage retreats to Christian couples wanting to work from a biblical perspective with a science-based lens.

Jump-start your progress. Accelerate the pace of your healing.

This is a real marriage retreat with intensive couples therapy. Escape the hassles of everyday life and set aside time to be with your spouse and work on your relationship.

  • One quiet evening to reflect on why you got together.
  • Clinical hours packed with intensive, effective help.
  • Concrete tools to practice.

Work hard during the therapy, then relax and spend time enjoying your evening.  Know that you've given it your all. We assign no "homework" in our retreats because we want you to simply enjoy your down time.

This intensive marriage retreat is right for you if you want:

  • A comprehensive online assessment we call:  The BIG BIG Book. You won't find a more comprehensive couples assessment anywhere. This unique tool helps us to uncover your specific issues and goals. It will take you several hours to complete. Most of our couples credit this assessment as the start of their couples retreat experience.
  • Recommendations for outstanding lodging and gourmet restaurants other couples have enjoyed.
  • Every handout and exercise needed to target your particular issues.
  • Follow-up: The capacity to either continue your work online with your couples therapist, Aftercare using our educational arm of Couples Therapy Inc. or assistance in finding a therapist in your home community for continuing work, if needed.
  • Continue your progress by tapping into the skills and expertise of 30+ couples therapists worldwide with half a millennium of collective wisdom. Our couples tell us that the best marriage retreat for troubled couples are the intensive kind. Many have tried one, two, even three other weekly therapists and none helped.

Between living in misery or divorcing, choose the third option.” Find help near you.

Are you in crisis?

 Intensive weekend retreats can make a dramatic impact.

Troubled marriages need a total approach.

Research has demonstrated that a science-based approach is 70-90% effective in helping couples. These retreats equal almost 6 months of conventional therapy held over a weekend. Follow-up online or continue with your local therapist. We'll consult and assist in that transition.

We provide the "jump start" you need for focused, effective work.

Preeminent researcher John Gottman, Ph.D. advises couples to get away for 3-4 times a year to maintain a healthy marriage.  A couples retreat could be one of those "just for us" times... expanding Valentine's Day to more than one 24-hour period!

"We had tried couples counseling for a couple years before we filed for divorce and it seemed to do more harm than good. We were worried this was going to be the same way and we would waste our money. But when we showed up, our therapist already understood what our main issues were.

We didn't waste time going back through the details. She took the time to make sure she understood what both of us were looking to get out of the retreat. She never let us get caught in a fight and instead stopped us and guided us through how we should be handling our issues.

She gave us tools and exercises to do (things we had begged our previous therapist for for years). Our therapist was engaged and warm and seemed to genuinely want to help us. She made us talk about and deal with and have the tough conversations that we had been avoiding or were never able to have constructively.

She is also a sex therapist so she was able to give us great advice on how to increase our intimacy."


Science-based + convenience

Learn how we help couples like you every day in this marriage retreat intensive format.

You'll get a detailed understanding of exactly:
  • What we'll be doing
  • Why we'll be doing it
  • How we use science-based assessment for our couples retreat

...to determine how we can best assist you in getting back together, better than before, over this intensive couples therapy. Your couples therapist will analyze one of your disagreements for a scientific understanding of your relationship dynamics.

My clinical team and I love doing 2 1/2-day marriage retreats. It has been so rewarding to have couples enter treatment on the verge of divorce, or anxious to get their marriages back on track, and leave with a new sense of commitment, connection, and resolve.

A private intensive marriage retreat is great for couples who can't find a skilled couples therapist closer to home. They are also perfect for those who don’t want to commute for more traditional weekly sessions.

We can help you find the right therapist; with the expertise and location you need.

Many couples find that they're able to make more progress with an intensive retreat. Being away, in an exciting urban location or surrounded by nature, they have the time to resolve entrenched problematic dynamics. As they relax, it is easier to learn new ways of relating to each other.  

Marriage retreat essentials

A typical couple retreat schedule (click on day):


SATURDAy daytime:

SUNDAY Daytime:

*Your Feedback Session will address:

  • Your relationship strengths
  • Areas to focus on in this couples therapy retreat

And we will invite your own insights and feedback.

You will now know:

  • Your problematic relationship dynamics
  • A basic understanding of the over 40 years of research findings with over 3,000 couples
  • How it relates to you
  • Tomorrow's goals.

Travel and hotel accommodations (toggle to view)

You will be responsible for your arranging travel, hotel accommodations, car rental and meals, however, we will provide you with detailed travel instructions from the airport and suggest exceptional food and lodging locations that others have enjoyed.

Many of our couples arrange entertainment and recreation ahead of time i.e., fly fishing, spa treatments in Orange County, even a South African safari!  Contact us to learn more.

We also have created a program called "Fly Me" therapy. In this case, our therapist can fly to your location. Additional fees for travel and lodging would apply.

Payment terms

Given the exceptionally prominent level of training on our team, our couples retreat intensives are in high demand. It's a serious mutual commitment, for you and for us. We set aside this large block of time only for you, and you do the same for each other. You both commit to your relationship, as we commit to helping you.

For this reason, full payment is due at the time of scheduling. 

Traditionally, if for any reason you decide to cancel, a 50% refund will be given up to 60 days prior to the scheduled start date. If you cancel less than 60 days prior to the scheduled start date, your fee is non-refundable. However, given the pandemic, cancellation policies now offer greater flexibility. Check with your couples therapist for more details.

What would you say to couples that are considering working with Couples Therapy Inc.?

"Don’t give up on your spouse."   -Kansas Marriage Retreat Couple

"Put in the work.  It’s worth it... Don't hesitate!  Go into it with an open heart and an open mind and you’ll come away more aware of how to have a healthier, more loving relationship."  -Boston Marriage Retreat Couple

Do it! It's worth it!   -Los Angeles Marriage Retreat Couple

Contact us for a no-charge 15-minute consultation. See below to schedule

Please note:

If one of you has little motivation to work on your marriage in a sincere way or is seriously considering divorce, please consider a  Discernment counseling retreat  instead of our couples THERAPY retreat.

Your willingness and interest in improving your marriage is essential for this work to succeed. It takes both of you to be open and willing to change.