12th Annual Couples retreat: Bringing Courageous Love to Your Intimate Relationship with Richard Schwartz, PhD

Image of an African American couple cuddling with text that reads Bringing Courageous Love to Intimate Relationships  Embodying the Healing WIsdom. October 13-16 University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL


Richard C. Schwartz, PhD.


University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL


Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16, 2022

Arrival on Thursday after 3:00 PM, opening at 4:00, dinner at 6 PM;

Program ends 2 PM on Sunday

We have all been taught that our romantic partner should end our misery and make us feel happy and alive. When he or she doesn't we wonder if they're the right one. Yet, for most of us, no partner is capable of keeping our heads above the pools of pain and shame we bring to intimate relationships. Only we can drain those pools and become the primary caretakers for the young, needy parts of us that are drowning in those pools. Once this inner trust is achieved, we can love our partners courageously and unconditionally because we don't need them to always do the heavy lifting of our spirits. Released from being our primary emotional caretakers, they can revel in the freedom that comes with being the secondary one.

This workshop is designed to help you and your partner learn how to achieve this kind of courageous love. Based on Dick Schwartz's Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy, you will learn how to find and heal parts of you that interfere in your intimacy. In addition, you will discover the effectiveness of communicating with your partner from a place of compassion, calm, clarity and confidence called the Self. When couples have Self-led conversations, their relationships harmonize naturally. They can discuss even highly charged issues productively and feel safe to reveal their most vulnerable parts to each other. The workshop is for all intimate partners. Appropriate for therapists and non-therapist.

Fees: Tuition is $3,750 per couple including 3 nights lodging and 8 meals.

*AS OF 7/28/22 ALL SPOTS ARE FILLED To apply for the waitlist please complete this form

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