Couples Retreat Sydney


Weekend Retreat: Advanced Tools For Enlightened Couples

Dates for 2018 coming soon!    

Join Melissa Ferrari for An Insightful and Inspirational Small Group Couples Weekend Retreat at the exclusive Lilianfels Resort and Spa in the Blue Mountains, NSW. 

What You Will Learn

Inspired by the work of Dr. Stan Tatkin - author of 'Wired For Love" this retreat has been designed with a combination of group sessions and a one on one couples session with Melissa.  The retreat will help you both:

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  • Deepen your connection and intimacy and help you better understand your partner   
  • Understand why feelings change as time goes on at different stages of your relationship
  • Learn to read your partner’s nonverbal behaviour
  • Understand interlocking of the nervous system and it's role in keeping relationships safe 
  • Form mutual agreements based on fairness, justice and sensitivity
  • How to bring more aliveness and negotiation to your relationship
  • How to fight well and stay engaged together
  • Move toward secure-functioning with your partner
  • Create daily rituals that improve connection to help create a buffer for when tougher times strike
  • Learn the importance of managing children, parents, relatives, money, an affair, household expectations etc... as a couple and how it enriches your connection
  • Learn the elements of how to create a "couple bubble"          

Why Choose A Couple’s Retreat?
A couple’s retreat is a great way to re-connect with your partner and remind yourselves of why you are together in the first place.  All too often the routine of daily life can make us forget the beauty of sharing intimate moments with your partner and disconnect you from your feelings of love.  It can often seem as though we are on a roller-coaster of life, without the time to celebrate each other and to enjoy your connectedness as a couple.  Sometimes resentments can build and communication can fall by the wayside, inhibiting your ability to feel close. 

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Melissa Ferrari’s couples retreat has been especially designed for couples to take time out together to re-discover their closeness, to feel the love and respect for each other as individuals and to celebrate that special, unique bond that you share with each other. Although all couples will be in the same private conference room with Melissa guiding you this couples retreat is focused completely on you as a couple. There are no group activities. Only a meet a greet on the first evening. 

Melissa Ferrari is renowned for her warmth and her ability to encourage couples to feel safe and comfortable within a group and one-to-one setting.  With just a few other couples on the retreat, the weekend is designed to be nurturing and relaxing, with plenty of time to enjoy the facilities at the beautiful resort, to have a spa treatment and have some romantic time out together.  At the end of the weekend, you will go home feeling refreshed and revitalised and armed with a set of tools to help you continue to navigate your journey together. 

"From the day we met Melissa she has helped us in our relationship in many ways and has helped me see my relationship of 25 years with my wife in a different light. e.g. how differently wired we are and how to manage these things. This was a great experience and I thank Melissa". - Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.   
"Melissa is very professional and respects confidentiality. Very well run and appreciate the help that we have received so far. Much more to learn".  -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.    
"Melissa knows her stuff. She was able to clearly articulate the complex concepts that we were presented, while answering questions to satisfy the person who asked. Everyone has benefited from her expertise".  -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.    
"Melissa is highly knowledgeable and extremely insightful. She makes everyone feel included, respected and safe. - by the second day we could all open up without fear of judgement even as a whole group".   
What do you feel you have taken away from this experience that will help your relationship immediately? 
"Good strategies to implement to help regulate each other". -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.   
"Many positive skills to help myself in helping my partner & identifying areas where I can improve to encourage our secure functioning".  -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.   
"Advice and tools on how to continue and improve a healthy and happy relationship and how to create a couple-bubble". -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.   
"Most of all how to understand each other with our attachment styles and love types. That we aren't the only ones in our situation within our marriage. That help is available and that we must continue to tap in and learn better ways". -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.     
"Focusing on how to be mindful, understanding and looking for the baby inside my partner that I should be nurturing and protecting". -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.   
"It has given me the strength and tools to create a stronger, more loving and kind relationship". -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.   
Would you recommend this sort of retreat to others as a way of enhancing their relationship? 
"Great setting, very indulgent but most importantly a completely safe environment to discuss and share relationships". - Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.     
"Yes - it helps to bring purposeful and mindful action into a relationship. Like professional development for careers, relationship development is so important to grow and develop together". - Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.   
"100% - The information given is excellent and worthwhile" - Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018. 
"Yes, it gives an in depth psychological and scientific look at how relationships work while also giving strategies and tools to help each other". -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.   
"I would recommend this retreat to all couples as you gain valuable skills that even secure functioning relationships can benefit from". -  Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018.   
About Melissa Ferrari

A regular on-air presenter on ‘Talking Lifestyle – The Good Life/Talking Relationships’ and Ch9’s Today Show, relationship specialist and psychotherapist, Melissa Ferrari is one of Australia’s most experienced and sought-after therapists.  Melissa has helped thousands of individuals and couples gain insight into their relationship problems to help them resolve ongoing conflict and work towards maintaining and developing a loving and connected relationship.

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Highly qualified in a variety of methodologies, Melissa is a Level 2 PACT Therapist (The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy), developed by world-renowned American relationship expert Stan Tatkin (‘Wired for Love’).  This approach has received international recognition for its profound impact on couples undergoing difficulties in their relationship and for its success in helping so many move onto enjoy intimacy, love, safety, security and happiness together.

“I welcome couples to participate in this retreat. The program will guide you both through explorative engagement together to lead you to a secure-functioning relationship that is truly mutual, fair and collaborative and a relationship enlightened with the higher expectations we all wish to achieve with our chosen life partner.”   Melissa Ferrari 
Please read more: 4 Signs You Need A Couple's Retreat
                           5 Steps To Choosing A Couple's Retreat. 

Click here to register your interest or ask any questions for Couples Retreat scheduled for the 2018. 

- Fee: $3,495.00  (including GST)  per couple includes:

  • 2 day program with couple relationship education and experiential learning in group and one- to-one session
  • Private, exclusive spacious spa room or valley room views
  • All meals included:
  • Buffet breakfast, morning tea, delicious lunch and afternoon tea 
  • One hour meet up and introduction pre-dinner refreshments and canapes on arrival 
  • Friday night: 3-course dinner - table for two at the award winning hatted Darley’s restaurant
  • Saturday night: 3-course dinner – table for two at the beautiful Wintergarden Restaurant at the Hydro Majestic Hotel, renowned for its innovative cuisine

 

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Fine Dining
Included within your retreat, is a gourmet dinner for two each night of your stay. On Friday, at the hatted multi-award winning Darley’s Restaurant and on Saturday at the Wintergarden Restaurant at the exquisite Hydro Majestic Hotel - two of the Blue Mountains premier destination restaurants.  A buffet breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is also included.

Prior to retreat – One-to-One Session
1 hour 30 minute pre retreat session with Melissa to set goals and assess suitability.  Either Skype or one on one session at Melissa’s Penrith practice.

Retreat Accommodation – Lilianfels Resort and Spa, Blue Mountains
Just 90 minutes’ drive from the Sydney CBD, Lilianfels Resort and Spa is an award winning 5 star luxury retreat situated in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park. On site facilities include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, spa, gym, tennis court, library and games room and Darley’s fine dining restaurant.
You and your partner will stay in a beautiful private room with luxurious facilities, including spa bath in spacious marble bathroom, bathrobes and slippers, mini-bar and Wi-Fi. 

I took away the one-on-one sessions that allow for deeper understanding of my partners needs. The tasks and group interactions and the allocated time to reflect as a couple about the information. e.g. couple bubble and giving both parties what they need rather than assuming that you think you know what they need.
— Attendee of Advanced Tools for Enlightened Couples Retreat, February 16th, 2018. 

For further information, please contact Melissa Ferrari on (02) 4733 4094 or email melissa@melissaferrari.com.au

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