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New Horizons, An Intimate Couples Weekend

 

What is New Horizons?

 New Horizons is a weekend of love, intimacy and connection. This transformative weekend offers six couples a unique opportunity to:

  • Deepen your understanding of one another.
  • Resolve issues of conflict and move beyond any feelings of anger/resentment.
  • Develop effective communication skills to enhance your relationship.
  • Learn how your love template impacts your relationship.
  • Unearth the values and life purpose you share.

It is the weekend that every couple deserves.   

There is no manual that comes with the decision to form a loving, committed relationship. No-one teaches us how to maximise the potential of our romantic relationships. As we move through life’s stages, we sometimes lose the essence of the connection that brought us together in the first place.  That essence is not lost forever.  It may lie dormant waiting to be ignited.

During this special weekend, up to six couples will have the opportunity to work closely with a relationship expert for a weekend of transformation and restoration. Each couple will have individual time as well as working in a small group.

This intensive weekend will provide you with an opportunity to deepen your couple bond; build on your relationship potential and move closer to each other.  You will create your couple’s manual.

Why attend an intensive couples weekend?

Some couples feel stuck in their relationship and benefit from facilitated support to move forward.  Others attend intensive weekends after a crisis such as infidelity. Alternatively there may be a desire to deepen an already strong connection – a shared wish to make a good thing better. Some couples have become aware of negative patterns and disagreements that keep occurring and seek practical solutions. 

We often pick our partners for unconscious reasons. We often end our relationships for conscious reasons. This weekend will help clarify this paradox. There needs to be a commitment to your relationship or the idea of giving it your best shot. Apart from that, it doesn’t matter how long you have been in your relationship. Some couples might have only met a year ago and others might have been together for 30 years. The duration of the relationship is not relevant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Somehow over the years, we just lost us. At our couples weekend, we didn’t find what we had before. We found something deeper and more meaningful.” 

Is an intensive couples weekend the same as a retreat?

No. It is not a retreat which requires you to stay overnight. The idea is that couples return home at the end of each day and process their thoughts and feelings in their own familiar surroundings. There are sometimes reflective exercises to prepare for the next day. If you have children and arrangements can be made, we recommend that you return home alone as a couple.

 

Is the intensive couples weekend held in a private villa?

Yes. The organisers have hired a villa in a discreet location near Monaco.  This creates an appropriate ambience for the deep work to take place; provides break-away spaces for everyone to move around freely and ensures confidentiality. Weather permitting, a catered lunch will be served outdoors. If you are travelling far and require accommodation, this can be arranged (at extra cost). 

 

Why attend a “group” intensive couples weekend?

A group provides you with an opportunity to learn from others. Couples often experience similar relationship issues. A group setting provides a confidential and safe space to learn what has worked for others like you. In traditional couples counselling, the opportunity to do this is not possible.  Unfortunately many groups are too large and this inhibits the willingness to share and the learning opportunities. This weekend is restricted to six couples.

 

 

 

 

 

 “We understand each other’s love templates better now. It’s as if we’ve learnt a new love language…it just works for us.”

 

Do we need to be in couples counselling?

 No. This weekend is the equivalent to a burst of couple’s counselling and equates to approximately 20 hours of counselling. It may suit couples who don’t have time for weekly couples counselling. However if you are in couples counselling already, it may enhance some of the work you have done with your therapist. After the weekend, there is a follow-up session with Gavin.

 Some couples choose either to remain in couples counselling or to start couples counselling after the weekend in order to build further on the work.

 

If we have to cancel, do we get a refund?

If we are able to fill your space with another couple, you will be offered the first right of refusal to attend the next intensive couples weekend. If one is not available or the dates do not work, we will offer you a 75% refund. If we are unable to fill your space with another couple, unfortunately we cannot offer a refund.

 

How is the intensive couples weekend structured?

 The weekend is intended to be informative, collaborative and at times fun.  We are not looking to focus on someone’s past trauma. Whilst we may be cognisant and respectful of someone’s past, the focus will mainly be on the here and now. The content may be serious but the organisers are committed to finding a balance. Learning can be fun. Love and relationships should be fun. The weekend commences on the Saturday at 09:30 and finishes the next day at 18:30. On both days, lunch will be provided.

 

Next Steps

 If you are interested in joining this intensive couples weekend, please contact gavin@rivierawellbeing.com or call +33 06 40 61 96 91. Couples will be treated on a first come first basis. 

After a brief initial telephone meeting to share more with you about the weekend and to assess whether the intensive couples weekend is the right step for you, we will send you a form to complete. You will then be invited for a face to face consultation session to set some couple goals. 

 Within one month after attending the intensive couples weekend, there will be a follow up session to review the weekend and specifically to measure its success against the goals set at the outset.

 These sessions before and after the intensive couples weekend are included in the price. 

 

About the Therapist

 

 

 

 Gavin Sharpe (BSc, MA, MBACP, AoEC, CSAT Candidate) is a UK qualified psychotherapist, sex therapist, relationship expert, executive and life coach, a member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate.  Gavin is also a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

Gavin lives in Monaco and has a private practice in Monaco. Gavin is a frequent contributor to the media on sex, relationship and intimacy issues.  Gavin works with individuals, couples and groups with the goal of facilitating people to make profound changes in their lives.

Prior to working as a therapist, Gavin worked in the City of London initially as a lawyer and he subsequently ran his own international business.

 

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