Are you interested in a marriage retreat, but either don’t want to spend the money or don’t have childcare or a whole weekend available? Power of Two has an interesting way to accomplish the same objective in a way that even busy couples on a tight budget can manage.
I introduced you to Power of Two (PO2) here; the organization provides online marriage skills training for members at a cost of $18 per month. The staff offers individualized assessments, marriage articles and fun videos in a way that is neutral (doesn’t favor one spouse), entertaining and low cost.
Abigail Hirsch, PhD, a psychologist with PO2, says some of her clients told her they had created a “make your own” marriage retreat. Here’s how:
- Schedule an evening out with your mate at a local coffee shop (e.g. Panera/Starbucks) or anywhere that has free Wi-Fi. Ideally you would schedule time once a week for 6 weeks.
- Schedule a sitter or swap with other friends who have children.
- On your scheduled night, bring your lap top, and spend about 20-30 minutes watching entertaining videos or doing a marriage tip from Power of Two. Chat about it, maybe practice a new skill, then have some dinner. Enjoy the rest of your evening together.
If you follow this timeline, you will have accomplished six hours of marriage skills training in a relaxed manner with minimal expense. It might be enough to motivate me to schedule those date nights instead of relegating them to the not-so-important list of things to do.
Dr. Hirsch says an added benefit to ongoing training is that couples are more likely to maintain positive skills in marriage with regular practice and ongoing maintenance than they are with a rare weekend retreat. Of course, both can be beneficial.
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Have you ever attended a weekend retreat? If so what was your experience? Would you be open to this kind of training experience with just the two of you and your computer? What do you think of the idea to create your own weekly mini-retreat?
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