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Couples Workshops in Boulder, Colorado and San Diego (Carlsbad), California

Couples Workshops/Marriage Retreat

gtlyw_cover“Getting The Love You Want”: A Couples Workshop

Led by: Ben Cohen, Ph.D.

Upcoming Boulder, Colorado Workshop Dates:

  • August 17-18, 2024
  • December 7-8, 2024

(Special Event–Sunday, August 25.  See bottom of page)

Note: These are in-person Workshops.

Getting The Love You Want: Couples’ Workshops/Marriage Retreat

The most effective way to learn the relationship skills taught in Imago is by participating in the “Getting The Love You Want” Couples Workshop.

This workshop was developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., and is based on his best-selling book by the same name. It has been attended by hundreds of thousands of couples around the country, and around the world. This intensive, week-end workshop will help you deepen your intimate connection, and provide you with practical skills to enhance your relationship.  The format is a combination of  lectures, written exercises, demonstrations, and partners’ dialogue and communication processes. While couples are invited to share with the group, the workshop emphasizes partners sharing privately with each other. Confidentiality is emphasized in order to maintain a safe and comfortable environment.

Ben has been leading these Workshops since 2002, and has presented over 100 workshops in the Boulder area, as well as nationally and internationally, with over 1,000 couples participating.

This Workshop is designed to help any couple, whether you are deep in the “power struggle” or simply wanting to improve an already satisfying relationship.

The workshop is appropriate for you if:

      • You are beginning a relationship, and would like to create a strong foundation and avoid some of the frustrations you may have experienced in the past.
      • You want to turn a good relationship into a great relationship!
      • You are in a difficult relationship and want to resolve longstanding conflicts. (Most couples have just a few “core” issues that repeat over and over…)
      • You are near break-up, and want to decide if the relationship can be saved.

You Will Learn How To:

      • Develop effective new communication skills, using the “Couples Dialogue” process.
      • Resolve longstanding conflicts with compassion and ease
      • Use mindfulness and intention to experience a deep level of empathy, connection, and safety with your partner.
      • Understand the Stages of Relationship, Attachment Patterns, Neuroscience of Relationships, and much more.
      • Recreate the passion, attraction, and intimacy that brought you together at the start.
      • Identify core negative patterns in your relationship, and learn how to transform conflict into opportunities for compassion, forgiveness, healing and growth.
      • Experience a deep level of empathy and connection with your partner.

Boulder Information:

Workshop Location: TBA (North Boulder)

Boulder Schedule:  Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Fees and Registration:

The fee for all Workshops is $850/couple.  To reserve your space, please send a deposit of $200.00, and specify which weekend you wish to attend. Space is limited, so we recommend making your reservation at least 7 days prior to the workshop.


Couples Workshop Deposit $200.00.       Or you may register by phone at: (303) 717-5651

Refund Policy:

If you cancel 8 days or more prior to the workshop, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel 7 days or less before the workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $75 administrative fee. In case of illness or emergency, your fee can be applied to a workshop within the next six (6) months. Your registration is non-refundable if you do not show up or do not complete the workshop. The presenter is not responsible for prepaid, non-refundable travel arrangements. In the unlikely event that the presenter cancels the workshop, a full refund will be made.

What Past Participants Say About the Workshop:

“Awesome! Thank you! You may have saved our marriage.”

“This was a positive life and relationship changing experience. Wonderful.”

“Excellent workshop. Even good marriages could use the tools learned to improve their marriage.”

“We wanted tools and strategies. We got tools and strategies.”

“This weekend may have changed our lives–it was worth every second for a chance of a new future.”

“Absolutely a must for couples that want to be their best.”

Special Event:  Sunday, August 25, 2024    9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

One of my passions is integrating Eastern/Buddhist practices with Western science and psychology.  In this retreat, we dive deeply into these practices. In addition, we focus on enhancing your intimate/sexual relationship, thus bringing together the heart, body, mind, and spirit. Consider joining us for this heart-opening event:

Cultivating Peace, Love, and Passion In Your Intimate Relationship

Do you long to feel a greater sense of connection, intimacy, and sensual delight with your intimate partner? It all begins with cultivating peace and clarity with Mindfulness Practices to create a loving space both inside and out.  In this intensive retreat, we practice techniques and co-create rituals that help generate a deep sense of well-being in yourself and each other and discover the connection between our spiritual, emotional, and physical selves and how to achieve true, lasting intimacy and connection.

  • Practice breath and meditation techniques to create the space for love to flourish.
  • Discuss the 4 elements of true love: joy, compassion, loving kindness, and equanimity.
  • Practice deep listening and loving speech.
  • Gain insights from Western psychology, neuroscience, and ancient spiritual traditions that inform us about how to shift from reactivity to calm, peaceful interactions.
  • Experience the RAIN process—a Buddhist-based practice that helps you to explore your feelings and emotions in a manner that leads to deep acceptance and understanding. 
  • Practice the Beginning Anew process—a Buddhist-based practice that facilitates healing past wounds with your partner, and creates peace and joy in your relationship.
  • Immerse yourselves in practices that foster accepting, and being fully accepted by, your partner.
  • Create rituals to bring excitement, intimacy, and sensuality into your daily life.
  • Explore giving and receiving sensual touch (g-rated in workshop; anything goes at home); and how to ask for and receive the sex and sensuality you really want.
  • Learn how to create and maintain lifelong romance (hint: you need a plan). 

The work we do in this retreat is experiential, focused on skills and actionable practices to take home with you.  Most of your sharing is with your partner; the group structure provides an additional level of support and connection. No experience in Mindfulness Meditation, Buddhist practices, or breathwork is required, just bring an open mind and a willingness to explore.

Two weeks after this 1-day retreat, I invite you to an optional follow-up Zoom session to share experiences, ask questions, and receive additional guidance and practices not covered in the retreat.

This retreat is intended for couples seeking to strengthen or improve an already well-functioning relationship, and would not be appropriate for couples who are in significant crisis.

Cost:  $425/couple ($100 deposit/couple)

Date/Time:  Sunday, August 25, 2024  /   9 AM to 6 PM MT

Location: North Boulder (details provided with registration)

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