Lagos, Portugal

24.10. – 29.10.2022

10.04. – 15.04.2023 

    Chances are high, you and your partner have spent a lot of time at home past two years. From trying out a new delivery service to exploring every corner of your community, it’s due time for a change in scenery. Every relationship needs a shaking up. After all, no matter how close you are with each other, stress can dull your spark. So why not venture outside of your four walls?

    As a couple therapist, I experience couples telling me how they spend time after a session with me. They go out for a coffee or take a longer walk without thinking of a destination. It seems to be the enjoyable part the couple long for after an intense session. It made me think! How can this kind of flow be prolonged? A couple retreat!

    Taking time for your relationship and enjoying the sunny atmosphere in Portugal – there is a chance to inverse the negative dynamics of conflicts and accusations and light the sparkle again. The couple retreat is aiming at inner sources of forgotten powers in your relationship. No problem focussing, no deepening in conflict dynamics is going to happen. It contains exercies to bring your relationship on a whole new level and let it flourish!

    couple retreat

    Six days in the sunny Algarve, Portugal with a couple therapist and yoga

    Daily workshops, experience-based exercises and yoga for couples

    Enjoy the slow morning with tasty breakfast brunch made with love

    Six days in a relaxed and idyllic getaway – Quinta Bonita in Lagos

    Caves, beaches and sun of the beautiful Algarve – the source of energy and vividity

    Discover Lagos with its fairytale atmosphere, tiny streets and comfy cafés

    Together to the end of the world

    Kristina - retreat facilitator

    I am psychologist and couple therapist, based in Berlin. I work with couples, individuals and families for several years and use methods of systemic therapy and emotional focussing (EFT). I both focus on ressources of the couples looking for a therapeutic support and on wounds healing.

    Workshops

    I use profound techniques of couple therapy (J.Gottman, H.Jellouschek and U.Clement) in my workshops. I aim at deeper understanding of each other. Couples have a chance to talk about their topics individually in two sessions before and after the retreat. Additional sessions can be booked separately if needed.

    Yoga sessions with Siri

    Yoga session twice a day in the sunny studio create a nice balance and center you and your partner. Siri is a sensitive and intuitive yoga teacher. Participants of her sessions call their experience with her as transformational and deep. See more of Siri and her work.

    The retreat is a group offer. Beside you there are going to be three other couples. A brief theoretical  part is followed by exercises, which include moving, creative actions, being creative – core of group coaching workshops with Kristina. You tell the group whatever you want and how much you want. No touching of anybody but your partner or erotic exercises. Besides, Siri, an experienced and empathetic yoga teacher, is supporting me with daily yoga sessions beginning with Kundalini Yoga and going further to Tantra Yoga.

    Respect and taking care of each other as well as no acute crisis are the only conditions for the retreat. It still can happen that you experience or remember old pain – stay confident! You are going to be in a safe place and supported by a professional couple therapist.

    Schedule

     Before the retreat starts you both meet me for a 45-minutes individual session online or in my Berlin base. We make an appointment, which suits everybody and talk about your expectations, brief information on your relationship and your experience with couple therapy. There is a chance for you to get a first impression and the idea of what is expecting you on the retreat.

    Day 1

    Check in & welcome drink

    18:30 Introductory group session
    19:00 Dinner

    Day 2

    9:30 – 10:30 Breakfast

    11:00 – 12:30 Workshop 1 Who is this person by my side? – curiosity in relationships

    Break

    13:00 – 14:30 Workshop 2 Accusations, wishes, needs – how different are we?

    Free time 

    19:30 – 20:30 Kundalini Yoga

    Day 3

    9:30 – 10:30 Breakfast

    11:00 – 12:30 Workshop 3 Lifeline of your relationship – how did the connection develop?

    Break

    13:00 – 14:30 Workshop 4 Being close is a challenge – how did you cope critical times?

    Free time 

    19:00 – 20:15 Tantra Yoga – powerful energy

    Day 4

    9:30 – 10:30 Breakfast

    11:30 – 13:00 Workshop 5 Constellations – boundaries and smooth crossings

    Break

    13:30 – 15:00 Workshop 6 Vision of your relationship in a creative way

    Free time

    19:00 – 20:15 Tantra Yoga – deeper connection

    Day 5

    9:30 – 10:30 Breakfast

    11:30 – 12:30 Evaluation group session and saying goodbye

    Break

    13:00 – 17:00 Individual couple sessions in 45-minutes-slots each

    Free time

    19:00 – 20:00 Final inner peace Yoga class

    Day 6

    9:30 – 10:30 Breakfast

    11:00 Check out

    Workshop Nr. 5 – „The rope experiment“

    Feel the connection

    The difference to group therapy is that experiencing oneself and each other is the main focus of the exercises.

    How much space have I got? What is happening with my space when my partner is present? How do I intive my partner in my space? How does it feel for me as a host and as a guest?

    You as a couple get to more understanding and feeling each other via this body-oriented method.

    Ropes as boundaries

    The workshop Nr.5 is about boundaries and bridges. Inner and those outside. I will provide a brief theoretical input and after that we will dive into the experience-based exercise with ropes. Every participant marks a space or area on the floor by means of a pore. You marks a mutual space of you as a couple and so make possible a deeper understanding of boundaries of each other. 

    Feeling safe in a group

    The workshop is taking place in a group, still every couple is doing the specific exercises within each other, not in a group as a whole. There is a possibility to share after the exercise and get inspired by ohters and their way of perceiving the process. Everyone is kindly invited to share, as the content stays with thw group and wont’t be spread outside. Still, if you feel not comfortable enough to do so, it is absolutely fine!

    Experience together

    … all the feelings and thoughts which come up at the moment. Theres is no right answer. It is more of exploring and every couple takes its time for the exercise so much it needs. 

    If needed I am theres for you as a couple therapist if at moments different emotions come up whic I can help you holding and regulating.

    Location

    Quinta Bonita Countryhouse & Gardens

    Matos Morenos Quatro Estradas
    8600-115 Lagos – Portugal

    Quinta Bonita is minutes away from all that the Algarve has to offer, from stunning beaches to the romance of Lagos’ old town, and with over 3000 hours of sun a year the Algarve has the perfect climate in which to relax and discover. The owners and team happily share their local experiences and tips and will book activities (e.g. surfing, hiking or hang gliding) for you. Find more about the location and the activities on the homepage of the location.

    What’s included

    5 nights in a double room with terrace

    daily breakfast brunch and afternoon snack

    welcome drink

    welcome dinner on the arrival

    6 workshops and evaluation in group with Kristina

    Pre-retreat session for each couple with Kristina

    Evaluation session for each couple with Kristina

    5 yoga sessions with Siri

    Babysitting while workshops and evening Yoga

    Airport pick up both ways (Airport Faro)

    1350 €

    per person

    Late bird offer

    on demand