Why a Yoga Retreat is a Perfect Couples Getaway

Why a Yoga Retreat is the Perfect Getaway for Couples
Reconnect and Revitalize Your Relationship in a Weekend

Escape the daily grind and reignite the spark with a rejuvenating yoga retreat for couples.

Imagine what getting away for a few days can do for you and your relationship.

You can enjoy breathing a bit deeper in a romantic and remote location, engage in invigorating yoga sessions, and indulge in luxurious spa treatments while deepening your connection with your partner.

A couples yoga retreat offers the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourselves in tranquility, fostering a deeper bond and enhancing overall well-being.

You can realign your mind, body, and soul alongside your significant other as you both relax and re-prioritize together. Release the stresses and responsibilities that weigh you down, and go to a setting specifically designed to promote intimacy. With expert-led yoga practices, you’ll improve your physical health and nourish your relationship with certified relationship experts. 

The Concept of a Yoga Retreat for Couples

A yoga retreat for couples is a transformative experience designed to offer a harmonious blend of relaxation, mindfulness, and connection.

It provides a serene and rejuvenating environment where couples can escape the distractions of everyday life and focus on nurturing their relationship. The retreats are often set in idyllic locations, such as beachfront resorts, mountain retreats, or tranquil countryside settings, allowing couples to immerse themselves in nature and find inner peace together.

The retreats typically combine daily yoga and meditation sessions, wellness activities, and opportunities for couples to engage in meaningful conversations and bond on a deeper level. It’s a chance for couples to leave their routines and responsibilities and devote quality time to each other and their well-being.

A yoga retreat for couples is not just about physical fitness; it’s about creating a space for emotional connection, mutual support, and spiritual growth. By sharing this experience, couples can rekindle their passion, strengthen communication, and create lasting memories that enrich their relationship.

Our Current Programs for Couples

Weekend Getaway Yoga Retreat in the Poconos, PA

Certified Gottman Couples Therapist Laura Silverstein, LCSW, and her husband, Dr. Michael Silverstein, are c0-facilitating a weekend getaway retreat April 5th-April 7th, 2024.

This retreat is ideal for couples who want to unplug, unwind, and spend a weekend away from it all to revive their relationships while enjoying yoga and meditation classes, along with a complete Gottman-informed three-day skill-building, relationship-enhancing experience.

You’ll get one-on-one coaching from two highly experienced, Gottman-trained couples therapists, a complete, evidence-based program to revive your relationship and the opportunity to bond with like-minded couples. A weekend retreat is a budget-friendly alternative to private couples therapy at ($425 per person including food and all programming for the entire weekend)

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DIY Gottman Weekend Couples Retreat

Create your own couples retreat with our online weekend retreat for couples. Certified Gottman Couples Therapist Laura Silverstein has developed a video-training course for you and your partner to take with you on your weekend getaway.

This retreat is ideal for budget-conscious couples ($97 for the entire program) who are self-starters and motivated to transform their relationships on their own. You can bring your laptops on any yoga retreat and create your own yoga couples retreat by watching the videos during your free time. Or you can create your own experience at a bed and breakfast, or even in your own home.

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Benefits of Going on a Yoga Retreat as a Couple

Embarking on a yoga retreat as a couple offers many benefits that extend beyond the duration of the retreat itself. By immersing yourselves in a shared wellness experience, you and your partner can expect to reap the following rewards:

1. Enhanced Bonding

The intimate setting of a yoga retreat allows couples to deepen their emotional connection and strengthen their bond. Through shared experiences such as conversation starters, meditation, and reflective exercises, couples can cultivate a deeper understanding of each other and enhance their empathy and compassion.

2. Stress Reduction

The tranquil environment and mindfulness during a yoga retreat provide the perfect antidote to stress. By disconnecting from the pressures of daily life and focusing on relaxation and self-care, couples can alleviate tension and anxiety, leading to a renewed sense of calm and clarity. Many notice the stress reduced as soon as they pull into the retreat center.

3. Improved Communication

Relationship experts guide are available to guide couples in communication exercises, and provide live one on one coaching. Couples leave with worksheets and workbooks and communication exercises they can continue for the lifetime of their relationship. Transparency and open dialogues lead to emotional intimacy and improved conflict management. By listening actively, expressing thoughts and feelings honestly, and practicing empathy, couples can develop healthier communication habits that can be carried forward into their everyday lives.

4. Physical Wellness

Participating in daily yoga sessions and wellness activities can improve both partners’ physical health. The practices help enhance flexibility, strength, and overall fitness while also promoting relaxation and rejuvenation. Couples retreat centers are located in beautiful locations with ample free time to enjoy walks or hikes in the woods or on the beach, or swim in a mountain lake

5. Spa Treatments

Yoga retreat centers usually have an onsite spa where couples can expect a serene haven. Picture a blend of rejuvenating therapies designed to harmonize the mind, body, and spirit. From soothing massages that release tension to revitalizing facials that bring forth radiant skin, the spa’s ambiance will exude a sense of peacefulness and relaxation. You’ll likely encounter a range of holistic treatments, such as aromatherapy, hot stone massages, and perhaps even hydrotherapy sessions. The space is curated to complement the spiritual journey fostered by the yoga retreat, providing a sanctuary for self-care and inner balance amidst the retreat’s serene surroundings.

6. Shared Experiences

The retreat provides couples with the opportunity to create lasting memories together. From enjoying healthy an nourishing foods, couples can bond through shared experiences and create a treasure trove of moments that strengthen their connection.

7. Renewed Intimacy

Since the mind-body connection is undeniable, couples who are emotionally and physically vulnerable will enjoy enhanced physical and emotional intimacy. As couples relax and unwind it becomes easier to enjoy physical touch and deeper conversations about topics that actually matter. This brings an renewed sense of closeness and intimacy.

How to Choose the Perfect Yoga Retreat for Couples

Selecting the right yoga retreat for you and your partner is essential to ensure a fulfilling and transformative experience. Consider the following factors when choosing a retreat:

1. Location and Setting

The location of the retreat plays a significant role in shaping the experience. Whether you prefer a serene beachfront, a lush forest, or a tranquil mountain retreat, choose a setting that resonates with both you and your partner. Consider the natural surroundings that will contribute to a sense of peace and relaxation.

2. Retreat Program

Review the retreat itinerary and program offerings to ensure they align with your preferences and wellness goals. Look for a balance of yoga sessions, meditation practices, communication workshops, and leisure activities catering to individual and shared experiences.

3. Accommodations and Amenities

Evaluate the accommodations and amenities offered at the retreat center. Comfortable and inviting lodging, nourishing meals, spa treatments, and access to nature or recreational facilities can enhance the overall experience and create a sense of rejuvenation.

4. Expert Instructors and Facilitators

When choosing a couples yoga retreat, you’ll need to make sure that both your yoga instructors and seminar facilitators are highly trained in their areas of expertise.

Choose a reputable program with licensed couples therapists who have a solid track record and many years of experience helping couples find happiness. The Gottman Method is an evidence-based approach who’s workshops have a 94% success rate.

Research the yoga instructors’ credentials. Hatha yoga is a good choice to start your day and prepare for your communication workshops.  Look for experienced professionals who specialize in couples’ yoga and mindfulness practices.

5. Budget and Logistics

Consider financial investment and logistical aspects when planning your yoga retreat, including travel arrangements, duration, and additional costs. Ensure that the retreat fits your budget and that the timing and location are convenient for you and your partner.

Attending a yoga retreat as a couple was a game-changer for my husband and I. We are lucky to have a pretty healthy relationship, but were looking for a weekend getaway outside of the city to unwind. It turned out to be way more helpful (and needed) than we expected. We realized how long it had been since we just sat down to talk to each other for more than 5 minutes about topics that are important to us, but we just never find a chance to discuss. I recommend a yoga retreat specifically because of the mind-body connection. We felt so healthy when we came back and even signed up for our local yoga studio and now go every Sunday together 🙂

~ Sarah

Preparing for a Yoga Retreat as a Couple

As you and your partner prepare for a yoga retreat, take proactive steps to ensure a smooth and enriching experience. Consider the following preparations to make the most of your retreat:

1. Open Communication

Engage in open and honest conversations with your partner about your expectations, concerns, and goals for the retreat. Discuss any specific preferences or needs to ensure that both of you are aligned in your intentions for the experience.

2. Mental Preparation

Embrace a mindset of openness, curiosity, and willingness to engage in new experiences. Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques in your daily lives to cultivate a sense of presence and receptivity for the retreat.

3. Packing Essentials

Pack appropriate attire for yoga sessions, wellness activities, and leisure time. Consider the climate and activities at the retreat location, and ensure you have comfortable clothing, yoga mats, and any personal items that contribute to your relaxation and well-being.

4. Setting Intentions

Reflect on the personal and relational goals you wish to achieve during the retreat. Setting intentions can help guide your focus and align your energies as you embark on this transformative journey with your partner.

5. Unplug (Digital Detox)

Consider taking a break from digital devices and social media during the retreat to fully immerse yourselves in the present moment and connect with each other and nature without distractions.

We went to Laura Silverstein’s weekend workshop and plan to sign up every time she sposers a retreat. We love each and respect each other, but get into dumb fights about stupid things. We read alot of self-help books and listen to podcasts, but the advice is usually theoretical or vague. Laura’s teaching style is direct and honest and she gives us the actual words to say to each other so we can “fight fair.”  We like workshops better than couples therapy because they feel like mini-vacations, not work!

~Emily and David

A Typical Day at a Yoga Retreat for Couples

A typical day on a yoga retreat for couples is designed to offer a harmonious balance of rejuvenation, mindfulness, and shared experiences. While each retreat may vary in its schedule and offerings, here’s an insight into the elements that commonly shape a day on a couples’ yoga retreat:

Morning Yoga Practice

The day often begins with a revitalizing yoga session in a tranquil studio setting or amidst nature’s beauty. The practice may focus on awakening the body, centering the mind, and cultivating gratitude and connection with your partner.

Nourishing Meals

Enjoy nourishing and wholesome meals that cater to your well-being. Whether it’s a healthy breakfast spread, a refreshing mid-morning snack, or a leisurely lunch, the meals are thoughtfully prepared to nourish your bodies and provide sustenance for the day’s activities.

Communication Workshops and Group Activities

Engage in communication workshops and activities designed to enhance your relational friendship, conflict resolution skills, and empathy. You’ll learn things like how to talk to each other when you’re stressed out, how to comfort each other during difficult times, and how to communicate without coming across as critical or defensive.

Leisure Time and Bonding

Whether it’s a nature walk, a couples’ massage, or simply unwinding in a serene environment, the retreat provides ample time for you and your partner to connect and create cherished memories together.


Couples retreats are not all rest and rejuvenation, they also include entertainment activities designed to just have fun together with activities such as bonfires, meet and greets, and casual time with your instructors to get to know them personally.

Benefits of a Yoga Retreat for Couples

  • A Healthy Strong Relationship

The practice of yoga and meditation combined with expert relationship advice from experts offers a profound opportunity for couples to thrive.

  • Cultivating Presence and Awareness

Yoga and meditation encourage partners to be present with each other, fostering a sense of awareness and attentiveness in the relationship. By embracing the practice of mindfulness, couples can create moments of shared presence and connection in their daily interactions.

  • Enhanced Communication and Empathy

Through proven communication strategies and practices, couples can develop greater empathy and understanding for each other. The practice of active listening and heartfelt expression can enrich communication and create a supportive and nurturing environment within the relationship.

  • Creating Rituals of Connection for a Lifetime

By establishing rituals of connection and healthy relationship habits, couples can enjoy life-long happiness together long after the retreat is over.

  • Stress Management and Tension Relief

Yoga and meditation offer practical tools for managing relationship stress, tensions, and conflicts. Couples can navigate challenges with greater resilience and understanding, maintaining harmony and balance by cultivating inner peace and equanimity.

  • Physical and Emotional Intimacy

Couples’ yoga and mindfulness can reignite physical and emotional intimacy between partners. Couples can rekindle the spark of passion and create moments of deep connection by engaging in practices that promote touch, closeness, and vulnerability.

  • Mutual Growth and Care

Integrating yoga and healthy communication into the fabric of a relationship supports mutual growth and evolution. As partners embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-care, they can uplift each other, inspire personal development, and evolve together as a harmonious and resilient unit.

Participating in a yoga retreat as a couple was a transformative experience that brought us closer in ways we never imagined. We love yoga and the outdoors, and also are kind of self-help junkies, but we never knew we could get it all in one weekend. If you like physical and emotional health, we highly recommend a couples retreat at a yoga center

~ Max and Zoe

How to Continue the Practice of Yoga and Mindfulness as a Couple Post-Retreat

Many couples have experienced transformative moments during their yoga retreats, leading to deeper connections and renewed energy in their relationships, but then sadly, they get back into their old habits.

One effective way to sustain the yoga retreat’s impact is by establishing a regular yoga practice at home, and scheduling a follow-up relationship workshop.

By setting aside dedicated time for joint yoga sessions, couples can nurture their physical and emotional well-being while strengthening their bond. Additionally, incorporating mindfulness into daily routines, such as through meditation or mindful communication, can help couples sustain the sense of connection and understanding they gained during the retreat.

Most couples retreats will give you a homework packet or workbook to continue your work on an ongoing basis. Mark your calendars to ensure you maintain the hard work you put in to revive your relationship or marriage.

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