Couples Retreats

Secure Connections: A couples retreat to build and enhance healthy, thriving relationships

March 16-18, 2018

IslandWood Retreat Center, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Pause and ask yourself:  how’s your relationship going?  Do you feel confident with one another?  Able to say what’s on your mind?  Comfortable with intimacy and difficult decisions?   Or do you feel distant?  Tentative?  Misunderstood?  Sighing and settling for how things are?   Whether you are a newly established couple or together for years, all couples have their own unique dynamic that ranges from satisfying to infuriating, yet few of us know how to interpret what happens in ways that facilitate understanding, collaboration and closeness.

The Secure Connections retreat is based on the work of Stan Tatkin, creator of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), which views a couple’s dynamic through the lens of neurobiology, attachment theory, and arousal regulation to support couples in developing healthy and secure relationships. Based on Stan’s seminal work, Wired For Love, this retreat will provide incredible opportunities for committed couples at all stages to create or deepen a successful foundation for a secure relationship.  Through shared learning, facilitated exercises and private time together in the beautiful IslandWood retreat center, couples will gain  insight into one another and their patterns of interaction, and learn how to interpret and respond to one another in ways that lead deeper connection and intimacy.

Join Seattle therapists Carolyn Sharp and Sara Slater, both advanced PACT practitioners, for a inspiring and powerful retreat.  With a small number of other couples, you and your partner will learn how the intersecting fields of science and psychology influence the ways you relate to one another. During this retreat you and your partner will learn how to be experts on one another and create long lasting safety and security between you. You will come away with scientifically valid, practical tools to help you resolve issues and heal upsets quickly and effectively and help you transform old patterns of communication into opportunities for connection.

For more information and registration information, contact Carolyn at or Sara at

or visit our Secure Connections Retreats website.

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