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Couples’ Communication Retreat

Renewed Love Through Active Listening

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we are in love, the harder it is to handle. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and the love fades. Raising children and dealing with money magnifies the problems even as those problems become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psychologically divorced—in a minimum-security-prison marriage.

The biggest culprit in this dynamic is defensiveness. Active listening is a good solution, but is rarely used. Warren Farrell developed Cinematic Immersion, a method that enables couples to actively listen to their partner without feeling defensive. As couples learn how to emotionally experience “criticism” as love, they simultaneously learn the art and discipline of appreciating their partner.After the workshop, free ongoing group conference calls with Farrell allow the group to continually remove barriers and inspire each other.

This workshop is for couples. A couple is any two people who have a history together—parent-child, siblings, married or divorced parents, for instance—and who want a future with improved communication.You will explore:

  • Dr. Farrell’s Cinematic Immersion, a systematic method to guide interactions and help couples actively listen to one another
  • Seven mindsets to enable you to emotionally experience personal criticism as love, rather than become defensive—even when the criticism’s poorly given
  • The practice of active listening to help family members feel safer
  • The art and discipline of loving and appreciating your partner, and how to practice that in daily life.

You will take home tools and techniques to break out of destructive communication patterns and experience love and intimacy more fully. You will also have access to free, ongoing group conference calls with Dr. Farrell so you and your loved one can continue to remove barriers and inspire each other.

 

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Warren Farrell, PhD

February 9 - 11, 2018
Friday-Sunday , 2 nights

$325 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we are in love, the harder it is to handle. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and the love fades. Raising children and dealing with money magnifies the problems even as those problems become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psychologically divorced—in a minimum-security-prison marriage.

The biggest culprit in this dynamic is defensiveness. Active listening is a good solution, but is rarely used. Warren Farrell developed Cinematic Immersion, a method that enables couples to actively listen to their partner without feeling defensive. As couples learn how to emotionally experience “criticism” as love, they simultaneously learn the art and discipline of appreciating their partner.After the workshop, free ongoing group conference calls with Farrell allow the group to continually remove barriers and inspire each other.

This workshop is for couples. A couple is any two people who have a history together—parent-child, siblings, married or divorced parents, for instance—and who want a future with improved communication.You will explore:

  • Dr. Farrell’s Cinematic Immersion, a systematic method to guide interactions and help couples actively listen to one another
  • Seven mindsets to enable you to emotionally experience personal criticism as love, rather than become defensive—even when the criticism’s poorly given
  • The practice of active listening to help family members feel safer
  • The art and discipline of loving and appreciating your partner, and how to practice that in daily life.

You will take home tools and techniques to break out of destructive communication patterns and experience love and intimacy more fully. You will also have access to free, ongoing group conference calls with Dr. Farrell so you and your loved one can continue to remove barriers and inspire each other.

 

Faculty Bio

Warren Farrell, PhD

Warren Farrell is an educator, activist, and author who trains couples and psychologists worldwide in the ‰art and discipline of love.‰ Recognized as an important figure in the modern men‰’s movement, he has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world‰’s top 100 thought leaders and is currently the chair of the Coalition to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men.

Dr. Farrell has appeared on more than 1,000 TV and radio shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. He has published two international bestsellers‰, Why Men Are the Way They Are and Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say‰, and several other books, in more than 50 countries and in 17 languages, covering a diversity of subjects, such as couples communication, child-custody concerns, and gender-pay-gap issues.

He has two daughters and lives with his wife in Mill Valley, California.

Why Attend

  • Using powerful communication tools, break through the walls in your relationship and reignite the passion or closeness you once felt together.

  • Feel empowered to receive personal criticism, even when it’s poorly given, without the debilitating sense of defensiveness and hurt in your relationship.

  • Renew a sense of love, joy, and intimacy through the experience of active listening.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say and Father and Child Reunion, Warren Farrell

  • Special Interest to

    Couples of any configuration with a history and who desire a future with improved communication (e.g. parents; the married or divorced; newlyweds; parent-child pairs; siblings), as well as therapists and marriage counselors

Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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