Autumn Couples Retreat

Aptos Home Center

November 14-17, 2024

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3-day weekend for a deeper experience!


Would you like your relationship to reach a new level of love, healing, intimacy and commitment?

Couples describe these weekends as a safe and loving place to learn and practice new skills for their relating.

Limited indoor accommodations, so please call early.


What you will learn:

●Tools for deeper appreciation

●Communication building including healthy communication of feelings

● Parenting Your Partner’s Inner Child

●Understanding and respecting each other’s differences

●Conflict resolution

●Healing past hurts

●Sexual wellness

●Taking responsibility

●Developing a true inner connection


Ram Dass describes Joyce and Barry Vissell as a couple who live the yoga of love and devotion. They are two people growing in love since 1964, who have raised three children and “walk their talk.” Their model of relationship and deeply heart-oriented approach have made a unique impact upon many thousands of people’s lives. As a result of the world-wide interest in their books, The Shared Heart, Models of Love, Risk To Be Healed, The Heart’s Wisdom, Meant To Be, and A Mother’s Final Gift, they speak and teach about relationship, parenting and personal growth.


Joyce and Barry are the genuine masters when it comes to couples counseling and couples retreats.  Although I had read their books over the years and found them helpful in marriage counseling, it was in the weekend retreat group setting that my marriage shifted with great results.  Joyce is wonderfully sensitive and Barry is gently confronting of our core issues, and both are very perceptive and got to the heart of our relationship. We did exercises in communication, heart opening, deep sharing, and empathy. Listening to other couples in the group setting helped our relationship move along exponentially.” –Diana Cunningham, Santa Cruz, CA


“From the perspectives of romance, marriage, making love, parenting, careers, spiritual initiation, and loss of a loved one, this remarkable couple exhibits insight, acceptance and transcendence, at the same time offering specific tools for the transformational process of love.” —Yoga Journal


“I can’t think of anything more important to the healing of our society than a connection between spirituality, relationship and parenthood. Bravo to the Vissells for helping us find the way.” —Marianne Williamson


“The Vissell’s work will bless your whole life.” —John Bradshaw




Cost (includes 9 vegetarian meals from Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch and either camping or day use/local lodging): $1035/couple if paid in full by Nov 7. $1135 after Nov 7. $150 non-refundable deposit per couple. $300 non-refundable after Nov 7. Private rooms (bathroom nearby) are $100/night ($300 for the 3 nights). 


Typical Retreat Schedule:


Thursday 6:30 Dinner

      7:30-9:30 Workshop

Friday 8:30 Breakfast

      9:30-1 Workshop

      1-4:30 Lunch and break

      4:30-6:30 Workshop

      6:30 Dinner

      7:30-9:30 Workshop

Saturday 8:30 Breakfast

      9:30-1 Workshop

      1-4:30 Lunch and break

      4:30-6:30 Workshop

      6:30 Dinner

      7:30-9:30 Workshop

Sunday 8:30 Breakfast

      9:30-1 Workshop

      1-2:30 Lunch and Goodbyes

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