couples intensive retreat australia


You know that moment after watching a classic romantic comedy, as you sit there with a smile and this warm glow washes over you as our brains release the ‘feel good’ chemicals.

Would it not be wonderful if that feeling we have when we are happy, safe and content is with us all the time?

Now whilst we cannot promise you that such a feeling will be with you every moment of every day, what we can tell you is that you can rediscover those strong feelings of love for each other by working intensively with Melissa.

That you can ensure that you are not abandoning your relationship too soon and in doing so missing out on an opportunity of sharing time with someone you love.

Should you find that your relationship is facing a difficult time and that you and your partner have begun to question whether you should remain together then it is time to reach out to Melissa for help.

If you do reach out you will not only receive the support of one of Australia’s leading couple’s therapist, more importantly Melissa will through her intensive couple’s therapy program help you to uncover what is causing the issues in your relationship. This is an opportunity to work privately with Melissa on your relationship. Melissa works with just one couple in this programme.

Kick starting your relationship, bringing back the passion, intimacy and aliveness, so you can rediscover your love for each other and live the life you have always wanted. 

This intensive therapy program is open to couples from all over Australia and will involve you and your partner undergoing 5 hours per day for 3 consecutive days of couple therapy. These are also often called Marathon Therapy Weekends.

For couples who commit to the program they will find long-seated resentments and problems within their relationship shifted and the the pain and conflict that has been holding you back from love, intimacy and closeness lightened.

Given the intensive nature of the sessions Melissa can only conduct a handful of these sessions per year, so positions are limited. To apply please complete this application form after reading the terms and conditions. We will be in touch to let you know whether you have been successful.


“We would like to thank Melissa for the 3 day intensive session that we completed this year. We found the experience incredibly rewarding and agreed upon completion that this experience is something that we should have completed at the start of our marriage. Melissa was incredibly understanding of both our situations throughout the time together but it was also her ability to assist with outcomes and tools that we could use moving forward that was of great significance for us both.We found Melissa's guidance gave us the optimism we needed and we are looking forward to continuing to use this in the future."

- 3 Day Couple Intensive Participants - Early 2019.

Do not let distance prevent you from this once in a relationship lifetime experience and you can easily combine your couple intensive therapy with a much needed romantic holiday with the gorgeous Blue Mountains only a short drive away from Melissa’s Penrith offices and the city of Sydney not far away from her office at Haberfield.

Should you need help in finding suitable accommodation our friendly team will be more than happy to guide you in the right direction to help you get the most out of your stay.

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Why Choose A 3 - Day Couple Intensive

Inspired by the work of Dr. Stan Tatkin - author of 'Wired For Love" this retreat has been designed by Melissa with a combination of sessions that will help you to:

  • Learn your attachment style in your relationship that gets played out, continuously causing disharmony and lack of closeness/intimacy

  • Break relationship and attachment styles to change how you relate to each other

  • Deepen your connection and intimacy and help you better understand your partner

  • Explore and change how you manage children, parents, relatives, money, an affair or infidelity etc... as a couple

  • Learn to read your partner’s nonverbal behaviour for success in your relationship

  • Form mutual agreements based on fairness, justice and sensitivity

  • 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 elements of how to create a "couple bubble"

  • Address sex and sexuality issues

  • Understand you love languages fully

    Cost: Penrith or Haberfield Rooms - $4950.00 (Including GST) for weekends or holidays and $4450 (Including GST) for during the week includes 15 hours of Melissa focusing only on your relationship plus full questionaires review, half hour zoom session prior to 3-day intensive and one hour follow up session. Total of 19 hours of focus just on your relationship with Melissa.

“Melissa is a specialist in the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) developed by Stan Tatkin. In this approach, the impact of family of origin, brain function and one's resulting emotional disposition comes into question in terms of how one relates to their partner. Melissa is able to unpack the intriguing aspects of the couple relationship and with the use of video, the couple can look back at their interaction as a way to examine what needs to change in their relationship dynamic. Melissa has a warm, humorous, empathetic approach to her work and you would be lucky to have the opportunity to be exposed to this impressive approach to couples work. There are only a handful of couples therapist in Australia who are trained in this particular approach to couples work”. - Couples & Art Psychotherapist Blue Mountains

For further information, please contact Melissa Ferrari on (02) 4733 4094 or email