Couples Island Adventure

catalina1Limited Dates for 2018:

October 19-21, 2018 (Recently Completed)

All of these retreats are limited to Three Couples and begin at noon Friday morning out of Oceanside Harbor and return Sunday at approximately 2 p.m.. Occasionally, mid-week retreats are scheduled by special request. A total of 3 couples will join Julieann (a certified bareboat skipper) and Capt. Paul (USCG Licensed Master) for a fun, challenging and relaxing adventure across the Catalina Channel where we will take shelter on the Isle of Romance.  Team building, communication, emotional re-engagement and sail-therapy will be part and parcel of our time together.  Light to moderate exercise, gourmet meals and the natural marine environment will enlighten your spirit and ease your mind from the hectic day to day grind.  Dolphins, sea lions and the occasional whale will join us.  You will return refreshed and invigorated, with some new perspectives on life, intimacy and companionship that may surprise you. Click here for a Special Video Treat!

The Program Details

What we learn when we are caught off-guard is often illuminating, and it can teach us about ourselves. Opening our arms to such experiences brings forth awareness of self, and it affords opportunity to grow. Sometimes we seek this adventure and some times it is thrust upon us, but in either case when we experience it and think it through, we come away having surprised ourselves at what we are truly capable of…

The exhilaration, satisfaction and pride from what we have done will stay with you always, and you’ll likely reflect over the years of that one particular weekend when you communed with the dolphins and navigated coastal waters as did Cabrillo and Balboa. And at its core will be “empowerment.” That sense of accomplishment and self-knowledge that you can embrace challenges, overcome difficulties and take therefrom both peace and confidence. Our program is designed to bridge challenge with self-knowledge, exhilaration with relaxation, therapy with the experiential. Everyone brings aboard uniqueness of perspective and ability, and each responds to events and challenges with a different set of skills and abilities. This diversity of individuals gives rise to new models of viewing the world around us, and we each benefit from the interaction of working, learning and playing with each other. The value you bring to any social context may become better understood and appreciated, and you may find some hidden components to your individual “gestalt.”

Our Time Together:

Individual and small group attention and interaction is something that can only be accomplished through intensive retreats. Often those issues you are working on in therapy or coaching surface in this more extended socio-therapeutic interaction. Concepts and patterns become clearer, and specific behavioral responses to external events, thinking patterns and triggers can be self-recognized in this way. We have time to process and talk, to study and reflect, and we have time to express our hopes and dreams.Sailgrp

A naturally spectacular environment and ecosystem is a freeing experience, and it provides ample beauty as an inspiring backdrop upon which to work on yourself and your relationship. This stokes you passions and lifts your spirit so you can reengage in those aspects of love and partnership in a context of exuberance that is reminiscent of the times when you first discovered each other.

Fun and Relaxation together provides a powerful resource for couples. Away from the hectic day to day obstructions and pressures, couples can remove some of the external clutter that influences our ability to communicate meaningfully. Individual counseling sessions are followed with time together to reflect and talk over what is happening on our adventure. Tension that is often part and parcel of the emotional scripts we have written for ourselves dissolve more easily, and we can become more open-minded and less hindered in our thinking.

Treasured and proven activities will help us find balance between knowledge, skill and individual capacity to nurture and strengthen our relationships. During our adventure we will be seeking knowledge of how to place into our consciousness an ongoing “mindfulness” of our partners, so that we can more readily live life in the moment with them, and enjoy their own special characteristics. This leads to “skills” we can employ daily to ensure we build love and appreciation. And finally we move towards building our individual “capacity” to learn, observe, accept and reflect on our relationship structures so we can develop increased ability to meaningfully be partners across many dimensions.

This is a very special excursion limited to three couples.  Cost, inclusive of 2 gourmet lunches, 1 gourmet group dinner, healthy snacks and beverages, is $3,800 per couple. A refundable deposit of $1,000.00 per couple is required to secure your place aboard.  Final balance of payment is due 60 days prior to sailing date, and cancellations thereafter will be subject to a 50% fee.  Please call or email soon, as these limited number of special retreats will fill up fast.

What to bring: in a “soft-sided” bag – walking or hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, layers such as fleece, any needed medications and toiletries, a good book, camera and an open minded spirit.

A Note on Weather & Safety Policies

When one travels within Nature herself, such as upon the sea, safety of passengers is always of utmost importance. In all matters of safety, the Captain will have the responsibility for all decisions affecting routing and timing of the voyage, and while  these decisions will be made with careful attention to the participant’s interest, all choices will be weighed with a keen eye towards the safety of passengers and the vessel. And although unlikely, this may mean that certain activities or ports of call may need to be modified based upon current or forecasted sea state or weather.