It takes years, sometimes an entire lifetime to really know yourself. Humans are incredibly complex, and every experience, tragic or seemingly insignificant, changes and develops people in some way. Many marriage counselors know that the root of many relationship problems comes not from infidelity or abuse; it’s the simple fact that couples don’t just have to understand themselves but their spouse too. With kids, work, and something of a social life, many married couples can’t find the time to fully get to know each other. The pressures and duties of life can naturally create distance in marriages, which is why group retreats can prove so enriching.
Group retreats come in many forms, but at their core, they’re a kind of escape, a weekend or single day respite from routine and responsibilities. They benefit anyone, but married couples often need this the most. One date night a week is rarely enough to really know and understand a spouse. Humans are constantly changing and growing, so husbands and wives need time, focus, and energy to continue to learn about each other. Group retreats allow all of that, and many are catered specifically toward couples. These concentrate on learning cues, building a stronger foundation in communication, and just taking the time to revel in each other’s company. Everyone can agree those things are extremely important for a healthy relationship, but careers, kids, and social pressures regularly hinder them from happening. The benefits of a group retreat may appeal to everyone, but they can be absolutely vital to a married couple that just needs some time together.