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Shared Heart Foundation Schedule at a Glance (See Below for More Details)
Date Name Location For
Oct 6-7
Norway Couples Workshop
Elverum, near Oslo Couples
Oct 10-16
Assisi Retreat
Assisi, Italy Singles and Couples
Nov 2-4 Autumn Couples Retreat Aptos HomeCenter Couples
Nov 9-13

The Greatest Journey (Mentorship Program)

Aptos HomeCenter Singles and couples
Jan 4-6, 2019

Esalen Couples Retreat

Esalen, Big Sur, CA Couples
Feb 12-17 In-Depth Couples Retreat Aptos HomeCenter Couples
Apr 5-7

Annual Men’s Retreat

Aptos HomeCenter Men
Jul 21-26 Shared Heart Summer
Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat, OR Singles, Couples, and Families




Living from the Heart






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It is so important to find, and live from, that centered place within ourselves, to connect with our own heart and with others. The inner, emotional/spiritual work is vital, but it is not enough. We need each other too. We need our family, but we also need extended heart-family, a trusted support network. This inner and outer connection is a focus at all our workshops for participants wanting deeper levels of love and healing in their lives.

The work of the Shared Heart Foundation provides individuals and couples with a safe, nurturing and healing environment which allows them to open to and process material usually well hidden in their daily life. This work gently encourages rather than forces the needed changes to come about from within each person. There are processes with pairs, small groups or the whole group, leaving time afterwards for sharing and bringing more resolution to individual or couple issues. Music, singing, laughter and movement are woven throughout to allow deeper integration of feelings.

Living from the Heart programs for individuals and couples may include:

  • Tools for opening the heart
  • Deeper relationship skills
  • A heart-centered approach to living
  • Living your true purpose
  • Inner child inner parent connection
  • Learning to more deeply receive as well as give
  • Healing from the past
  • Awakening joy.


 Couples programs may include:

  • Tools for deeper appreciation
  • Communication building
  • (including healthy communication of feelings)
  • Our partner as a mirror
  • (working with positive as well as negative projections)
  • Understanding and respecting each other’s differences
  • The power of vulnerabilitiy
  • Conflict resolution
  • Healing past hurts
  • Sexual wellness
  • Refilling the cup of love
  • Developing a true inner connection


    Typical Retreat Schedule:


    Fri  6:30 Dinner

          7:30-9:30 Workshop

    Sat 8:30 Breakfast

          9:30-1 Workshop

          1-4 Lunch and break

          4-6:30 Workshop

          6:30 Dinner

          7:30-9:30 Workshop

    Sun 8:30 Breakfast

          9:30-1 Workshop

          1-2:30 Lunch and Goodbyes


    “The process of joining with another can be a way of accelerating our growth and can be a powerful journey of awakening. Walking the path of relationship deepens the soul’s capacity for compassion, the heart’s capacity for embracing love, and helps us to understand love’s cycles of giving and receiving. The closer we come to another, the better we come to know ourselves.” –from Light in the Mirror, by Barry and Joyce Vissell

    The couples programs include exercises and practices for the couples to do with each other, therapeutic coaching of each couple by the Vissells, meditations /visualizations designed to deepen the love in the couple, and time for sharing after each practice.

    Would you like to help organize and promote a workshop in your area?  If so,
    contact us.

    The Shared Heart Foundation offers workshops for singles, couples, teens, families, or for a general adult audience (individuals and couples). They range in length from one to three hours, one-day, weekend, or longer retreats (3-7 days). See our schedule below for more information or click on a workshop link to get more details.

    Please join us in holding a vision of a world where women, men, children and teens of all nations, races and religions can see and feel the divine in themselves and one another. Here is our current workshop schedule. We would love to see you at one of these events. Please remember how important this spiritual-emotional growth work is. Together let’s take another step on this journey into the heart of love and deeper awareness, where real world healing begins.

    There are now scholarships or work-exchanges available for almost every event for those in financial need. Contact us to describe your situation.


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    October 6-7 

    Norway Couples Workshop   

    Weekend Workshop for couples in Elverum (a few hours from Oslo). Contact Renate or Hermod Nordby Hansen




     October 10-16 

    Assisi Retreat 

    for individuals and couples with music by Karl Anthony. The powerful energy of Assisi combined with the deep inner focus of the workshop, helps to facilitate profound inner growth. We are blessed to be able to stay at a truly unique place where tourists are not allowed, a beautiful and comfortable monastery right across the street from the Basilica of St. Francis. We will again be visiting and tuning into the energy of the sacred sites of Assisi, including the Basilicas of Francesco and Chiara, the ancient churches of San Damiano and San Stefano, and the places Saint Francis made sacred, like the Carceri (the monastery and caves on Mount Subasio. Tuition: $995/person. Double occupancy & meals; $400/person for 6 days/6 nights. Private room & meals; $450 (as available).


    November 2-4

    Autumn Couples Retreat

    Aptos HomeCenter. Couples describe these weekends as a safe and loving place to learn and practice new skills for their relating. Limited to 12 couples at our HomeCenter. Limited indoor accommodations, so please call early. Cost (includes 6 vegetarian meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch and either camping or day use):  $590/couple if paid in full by Oct 26. Limited indoor accommodations (extra fee), so please call early to reserve space.



    November 9-13

    The Greatest Journey (Mentorship Program Beginning Retreat)

    Aptos, CA HomeCenter (Singles & Couples) Find and live your dream, your passion, and your purpose! Individually and together with a small, carefully chosen group of 8-14 participants, these 6 months will help re-define your life. Includes: three 4-day retreats at our Aptos Home-Center, tele-workshops with the group, and rotating peer-to-peer support. Must have attended at least one weekend workshop with the Vissells.


    January 4-6, 2019

    Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

    The Shared Heart New Year’s Couples RetreatLearn skills to dramatically improve your relationship, while luxuriating at one of the most uniquely beautiful retreat centers we have ever visited. Work-trades or alternative lodging available. Phone: 831-667-3005. Esalen Couples Retreat



     February 12-17, 2019

    In-Depth Couples Retreat


    A 5-day retreat just for couples that will transform your relationship. During this retreat, you will not only open to more love and connection you thought possible, but you will have enough time to integrate these positive changes into your lives back home. We will focus on healing, renewal, deep communication practices, forgiving, deepening the sexual relationship and rising, not falling, in love with our partner. 



    April 5-7

    Annual Men’s Retreat

    Aptos HomeCenter, CA  Before we as men can love another completely, we need to more deeply connect with our own hearts and with other men. Come to this retreat to learn how this process works, to establish meaningful friendships, and to learn how and why men distract themselves from their true happiness. Located at our HomeCenter in Aptos, CA, the cost (including dorm lodging/bed-rolling or camping and six vegetarian meals from Friday dinner, 6:30pm, through Sunday lunch) is $295. Payment options and cooking trades available. Workshop content, call Rob Gitlin 707/671-4335.






    July 21-26 

    Shared Heart Summer Retreat 

    Breitenbush Hot Springs, OR   For individuals, couples, and families. Each summer at Breitenbush Hot Springs Conference Center, we witness individuals and couples moving through the barriers which prevent them from fully loving. We rejoice as families are united and children opened to their natural selves. The children’s program is alive with art and movement, nature experiences and fun groups! The age groups are 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13-15 & 16-19. The overall theme is “The Quest,” a series of adventures leading toward self-discovery. This is the highlight of the year for our whole family. Cost: adults $905-1330 depending upon lodging option. Children: FREE-$645 depending upon age.Partial work exchanges are available in the children’s program.





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