Sequoia couples retreat
San Juan Islands Kayak Immersion
A Gottman Seven Principles Retreat for Premarital Couples & Newlyweds
May 16-19, 2019 | $2,850 *(all inclusive)
What is this trip?
A couples wilderness immersion set in the idyllic San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest. This trip is designed for couples in a committed relationship (dating, engaged, or newlyweds) looking to unplug, rejuvenate and reconnect to your partner, self, and the natural environment. The retreat weaves together outdoor adventure and time for rest and exploration, with research-based relationship skills to strengthen your friendship, intimacy and ability to productively manage conflict as a couple. The skills you will learn as a couple are based on The Seven Principles Program, developed by decades of research and data on relationship satisfaction by world-renowned relationship experts at The Gottman Institute.
what will we do each day?
We will start off each day with guided mindfulness practices, a gourmet breakfast, a brief kayaking lesson, and then will kayak between various exquisite islands in the San Juans. In the afternoon, we will spend time learning and practicing the different principles of healthy, satisfying relationships. All activities are designed to improve your life as a couple, and many exercises will intentionally bring in elements of fun, novelty, and play. In the evenings, you will enjoy dinner by the campfire, time to relax and connect with your partner, and rejuvenating sleep out under the stars. (While opportunities for questions and conversations are encouraged, no self-disclosure is necessary.)
Sea kayaking between a stunning chain of lush islands
Introduction to basic camping skills
Teaching and demonstrations on relationship skills
Couples exercises to strengthen connection
Mindfulness exercises to relax, reconnect, and build greater awareness
"Waterfront dining" experiences
Free time to read, relax, swim, rest, etc.
goals of trip:
Unplug from day to day life and create lasting memories together
Reconnect to your partner, self, and natural environment
Learn kayaking and camping skills
Strengthen your friendship and intimacy
Foster respect, affection and closeness
Build and share a deeper connection with each other's inner world
Learn to manage conflict discussions in healthy manner
Relax, rejuvenate and have fun together in a beautiful setting
who is leading this trip?
This trip has been thoughtfully designed by Hannah Eaton, in conjunction with Breakwater Expeditions. Hannah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, who is passionate about equipping couples take their relationship to the next level through immersive retreats, or in her clinical practice in Seattle. Hannah and skilled staff from Breakwater will lead the trip, with assistance from Hannah's husband, Connor. Hannah and Connor first met in their University outdoor club, and have been exploring and leading trips together for a combined 15+ years. In addition to trip guiding, they are both Gottman Seven Principles Leaders.
We are excited to share our love of the outdoors and relationships with you, as we navigate the lush islands of the Pacific Northwest together!
Who is this trip intended for?
Couples contemplating engagement
Newlyweds (married four years or less)
Couples of all backgrounds, ages, faiths, and sexual orientations
Couples in severe relationship distress
Couples with significant emotional or physical abuse
Severe mental mental health problems
Relationships where one or both partners are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other compulsive behavior.
*All inclusive minus travel costs to Anacortes, WA
What does the registration fee include?
Ferry tickets (to and from the San Juans)
Kayaks, tents, and other camping equipment
Breakfast, lunches, dinners, and snacks
Workshop teaching, practices, and 1:1 support
Materials for the 7 Principles Program (book, card decks, etc.)
Phone consultation before trip
Follow-up session with Hannah
Interested in learning more?
Schedule a free 30-minute consultation
join us on this retreat!
Refunds are available minus a $50 cancellation fee within 60 days of retreat. No refunds will be given within 60 days of retreat, unless you are able to refer another couple who fills your spot.