Couples Retreat

Are you looking for a deeper, more intimate connection in your relationship? Are you looking for healthy and positive ways to communicate during disagreements? Or maybe you are newly engaged and looking at ways to start off on the right foot? 

Join Uplift Counseling on October 21 -23, for a beautiful fall weekend getaway to Heartwood Resort in Trego, Wisconsin! You and your partner will focus on increasing intimacy, connection and friendship in your relationship!

The retreat’s Seven Principles workshop for couples is tailored around the evidence-based research of internationally acclaimed Dr. John Gottman. The workshop, consisting of presentations and private couples exercises, will be broken up over the weekend to allow time to explore the resort and spend quality time together. Participants won’t be asked to share personal problems.

Who should attend?

  • Pre-engaged (dating)
  • Pre-marital (engaged)
  • Everyone from newlyweds to seniors
  • Those who wish to enhance an already ‘good’ marriage
  • Those who want better conflict management skills
  • People of all backgrounds and faiths
*This is not appropriate for couples in a ‘crisis’ or experiencing abuse of any form. Please reach out for counseling services first.

What will you learn?

  • Foster closeness and admiration
  • Increase intimacy and romance
  • Learn how to argue in healthy ways
  • Gain skills on understanding and managing problems, including maneuvering through gridlock
  • Increase turning towards each other during tension instead of away
  • Build new shared meaning and memories
  • Two night stay at the tranquil Heartwood Resort in Trego, Wisconsin.

  • Chef prepared d’oeuvres on Friday evening, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Non-alcoholic beverages also provided. Cash-bar offered on Friday evening.

  • Marriage Workshop (total of 6 hours).

  • The Seven Principles Couples Set (two couples guides, one copy of the bestselling book “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work”, and two activity card decks).

  • Access to a virtual assessment for couples created by the Gottman Institute. Optional private couple time with the trainer to talk about results.

  • An option for a free post-workshop couples intake for marriage counseling or a coaching session for couples wanting to continue to boost their relationship skills.

Heartwood Resort is located in beautiful Northwestern Wisconsin. The property is nestled in seven hundred acres of wilderness, two private lakes, and the Namekagon River. This provides the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation.

Although workshop events will not start until Friday evening, guests are welcome to arrive at Heartwood early to explore their many outdoor activities and trails. There will also be time set aside to enjoy the resort offerings on Saturday.

Heartwood Resort

N10884 Hoinville Road, Trego, WI 54888

Meet Your Facilitator

My name is Sara Bowe. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and co-owner of Uplift Counseling Center. I’m also an authorized Seven Principles Program Educator who will lead the workshop to teach you practical strategies for making relationships work.

One of my passions in counseling is working with couples! Relationships are an important part of connection and wellbeing. However, when we choose a partner we are also choosing a problem set. Without healthy strategies to navigate through these problems, the good parts of the relationship can be forgotten or feel fewer and far between. This workshop can help couples learn how to avoid gridlock of their problems to create stronger friendships while increasing intimacy. It can be a great foundation for couples who are engaged to be married or who are newly married as well. Although I am a therapist, this workshop is not therapy. The workshop is centered around providing strategies to build stronger relationships through private couple centered activities. If you are interested in learning more about therapy services, or just want more information about Uplift Counseling Center in general, check out our website!

Who can I contact with questions?

Sara Bowe, 715-559-9428 or

Do we have to share in this class?

No! Although you will have time to meet other couples, sharing of personal stories or problems will not be required. There will be time to actively participate within the workshop by answering questions, but you will not be forced to talk.

Who is this training for?

This workshop is for anyone in a committed relationship, married or unmarried. The training is appropriate for any sexual orientations, relationship arrangements, any faith, and any age.

Is there anyone that shouldn’t attend this training?

This workshop is not geared to help couples with a ‘quick fix’ through a crisis or severe distress (such as a recent affair), present with abusive behaviors of any form, have active addictions present (drugs, alcohol, gambling), or serious mental illness present in one or both partners . Although strategies of this workshop could help in the future, couples or individual counseling would be more beneficial first.

Is this considered therapy?

No! Although the facilitator is a trained therapist, this workshop is all psycho-education (skills and education based). Although therapy can provide psycho-education and skills training, it involves a deeper process of creating a treatment plan centered around client goals and targeted interventions.

Are you ready to create a strong foundation as a newlywed or do you want to reconnect to your partner after years of marriage?  This retreat is not therapy, but instead a sills building workshop with time set aside to enjoy the gorgeous fall scenery in Northern Wisconsin.  

Cost for the couples retreat weekend and course material is $1,000 per couple. Early bird pricing of 10% off registration is being offered through September 14! Space is limited and a waitlist will be created after registration is full.

Once you have registered, an email will be sent with payment options. You are not considered fully registered until payment is received.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are accepted with full reimbursement through September 30. Partial reimbursements of $400 will be offered for cancellations October 1-October 23.


Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions. We look forward to hosting you!

Phone: 715-559-9428
4330 Golf Terrace, Suite 202
Eau Claire, WI 54701
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