OUR RETREAT VISION

This retreat aims to help coupled creative professionals break down the barriers between them so they can have a successful partnership in the midst of their professional passion, without losing each other in the process.

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Let's be honest  -  having your own business whether you and your spouse work in it together, or just one of you, it can definitely take its toll on one's marriage and family.

We are the few, and the privileged, who have the pleasure to work for ourselves enjoy unique challenges amid our autonomous work life.  It is NOT easy all the time and it's hard to find other couples who can relate to the joys and challenges we all face.

This is not an industry event. This is not about certain types of businesses, brand, your online marketing presence, or how to get more clients and sell better. 

This is a time for you to get away and refocus, reconnect with each other, make new friends, share your own story, and learn and grow from other married teams, and walk away encouraged, inspired and renewed.

We can't wait for you to join us.

RETREAT LEARNING GOALS

SUCCESSFUL CO-MANAGEMENT

  • Solidifying your individual roles and responsibilities in the family unit and in the business.
  • Balancing or starting a family while running a business full time.
  • Learn how to create business boundaries to make sure your business doesn't become your life. 
  • Learn your spouse's biggest needs in the workplace and at home and how to balance them.
  • Working closely together and avoiding conflict. 
  • Mitigating the unique challenges when you both work from home.
  • Learn how to continue to best work with your spouse and tackle difficult business situations as a team.

MEANINGFUL CONNECTION

Most entrepreneurs struggle to find time for themselves and their relationship.  Use this retreat as an opportunity to reconnect meaningfully with your sweetie.

  • Lots of couples lose their dreamy sweet connection amid the daily hustle of successful small business lifestyle.  Let's talk about how you stay connected even as your business grows.
  • Dive deep into engagement and meaningful conversation.
  • Learn to intentionally create fully present space for yourself and your partner.
  • Renew and sustain your passion for your honey.

THE ART & SCIENCE OF LOVE

We'll draw from current research on happiness, trust, vulnerability, resilience, and authenticity to help you understand what your relationship needs to evolve with your business and personal growth.

  • A full look at the strengths in your partnership so you can better access them in times of struggle.
  • Powerful self-reflection on your unique needs, and skills to self-advocate with kindness.
  • Tools for better understanding of your partner's unique perspective.
  • Skills and training for compassionate conflict negotiation.

BUILDING SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

Being a passionate entrepreneur can be surprisingly isolating.  Grow a community with similar passions.

  • Meet and gain friendships with other couples who share similar passions, dreams, and ambitions.
  • Spend quality time with your spouse relaxing together and having fun. 

 

THIS RETREAT IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You identify as a creative professional, entrepreneur, or company founder and are in a relationship

  • You've started a business with someone you love and want help through the bumps that have come up.  

  • You're ready to change your old relationship patterns.

  • You want to build a more intentional, purposeful partnership that supports both your big dreams.

  • You're not into doing life the way everyone else does just because it's what everyone else does

  • You want more people around you who are actively cultivating their entrepreneurial pursuits.

  • You're interested in talking with other fun folks about love, communication, and relationships.

  • You're able to think creatively without judgment and want to hear other folks experiences.

THIS IS NOT FOR YOU IF:

  • You're not open to reflection, learning about relationships, or personal growth.

  • You hate the Pacific Northwest, the ocean, or beaches.

  • You have no sense of humor or humility.

  • You're not into community learning, shared joy or encouragement.

  • You're not open to feedback, growth, challenge, or personal reflection.

  • You can't hear about other kinds of relationships or sexualities without judgment or laughter.

  • You don't believe socialization, racism, sexism, homophobia are real things.

  • You can't respect other people's boundaries.

  • You can't respect other people's privacy.

COUPLES RETREAT F.A.Q.

WHO IS THIS RETREAT FOR?

This retreat is geared toward couples who are committed partners and one or both may own their own business (whether together or separate) - regardless of how many years you have been in business.

We're not married quite yet, can I come with my fiancée?  

Absolutely!  I love that you want to invest proactively in your upcoming marriage.  I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE THINKING AHEAD! 

My spouse and I do not work in the same business together, does this retreat still apply to us? 

You bet! There are still tensions that arise in marriage and family that are unique to those of us who are entrepreneurs and work for ourselves. 

My spouse doesn't work with me in my business yet, but that is something we are working toward (or are considering), can we still come? 

Yes.  There is nothing better than preparing yourself for the road ahead before you are even there. 


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HOW DO I SIGN UP?

There are two steps to registration.  If you are interested, do not delay registration (last year's retreats filled in under a week).

REGISTRATION STEPS:

1) Submit your retreat application here.

2) You'll receive an email invitation for registration or asking for more information within two business days.  We hope to have you join us this year!  

3) Have a blast at the retreat!

ARE MEALS INCLUDED?

Beverages and ample snacks will be provided (options inclusive of gluten free, vegan, and sugar-free diets) to keep you comfy during the day.  

WHAT IF I NEED SPACE?  I'M AN INTROVERT- WILL I GET ANY ALONE TIME?

WEEKENDS ARE MY ONLY CHANCE TO REGROUP. WILL THERE BE SPACE FOR REST?  

We build in lots of breaks so you can reflect, renew, and enjoy snacks and new friends.  

If you need more time let us know- we can work with you.

DO WE HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN EVERYTHING?

No. You have the absolutely freedom to choose what you would like to sit in on and participate in.  

You will be able to choose the sessions that you want to attend to best fit your personal needs.  

Everything is optional.  We want you to feel rested and relaxed, not stressed and busy!

IS THIS RETREAT FOR COUPLES ONLY? CAN I COME WITHOUT A PARTNER? 

WILL THERE BE OTHER SINGLE PEOPLE THERE?

This retreat is all about partnership so folks come with partners. 

Sometimes those are important business partners, co-founders, best friends, and/or family members who are working closely together starting or running a business.  But most retreat attendees are couples who are romantically involved.

 

WHEN IS IT?

SEPTEMBER 22 & 23, 2018, 12:00-5:00 PM

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Participation, materials, delicious details, facilitation, and a beautiful space for two days is $799/couple. 

If you'd like to be considered for a reduced rate space please apply here.

WHERE IS IT?

The retreat is in a gorgeous home in Manzanita, Oregon.  It's accessible by bus or car.

Once registered, you'll receive an email with all the specifics.

WHERE DO I STAY?

You're going to book your own lodging where you'll feel most comfortable.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Weather on the coast of Oregon is always a little wild.  It is likely to be sunny in September, but plan for rain and wear layers for your comfort.

Our retreat is all indoors so we'll be warm and cozy.  Wear something comfortable for your body.   We'll also have ample time to hike the mountain or walk the beaches, so again, wear layers.

CAN MY KIDS COME?  WILL THERE BE CHILDCARE?

The retreat workshops are kid-free so you (and other participants) can be free from distraction. Sorry, childcare is not provided.   

WHAT IF I WANT A REFUND?

All transactions sold for services are non-refundable, please make sure you are 100% sure you want to attend before purchasing.

PAST RETREAT ATTENDEES PRAISE & GRATITUDE

I’m truly am grateful I came out in the blizzard this morning... did I ever need Gina and her forum!!!  I didn't even know how much I needed to address the issues. 

My sharing about needing more connection was totally spontaneous... I didn't even know how much I needed to address the issue until I verbalized it and the tears started to flow!!!

- Nancy Feld, Sturgeon Bay, WI, workshop participant 2015

"Listening to Gina's talk tonight rocked me to my core.  I've known I was ready to transform my life and felt stagnant in my relationships but now I'm ready and prepared to do something about it."

- Jocelynn Jones, Portland, OR, workshop participant 2017

 

I am so grateful for the experience of participating in this retreat with Gina as our facilitator and guide. That weekend of exploration led me to a growth-spurt in my relationships and career, as well as the realization that I had held myself back for a long time in these areas.

Through Gina’s skilled facilitation, I felt invited to push my edges and step into the (sometimes) uncomfortable and unknown. She has so many fun and helpful activities woven into the process that you might not even notice yourself saying and doing incredibly brave things until you look back on the experience.

In this workshop, I felt safe, cared-for, and lovingly challenged to step into a more vulnerable and real version of myself. I can’t recommend this experience enough!

- Sadie Pile, Seattle WA, retreat attendee 2015

 

I was both eager and anxious going into this retreat weekend. I had a lifetime desire to be authentic and vulnerable in the way that I lived my life but still hard some big shields around my innermost heart.

This retreat was paced wonderfully and had so much gracious space for imperfection, I was able to remain relaxed while increasing my growing edges!

Gina is a MAGNIFICENT facilitator, a grounded resource and provide a warm and inviting space.

- Effie Stansberry, Hood River, OR, retreat attendee 2015

 

This weekend retreat that Gina so graciously led was life changing for me. It awakened me to parts of myself that I have never given space and reintroduced me to parts of myself that I haven't known for years. The retreat was vulnerably and fabulously led by the brilliance that is Gina Senarighi.

I left that space a new being, ready to take on the world with a powerful connection to myself and my ability to show up wholeheartedly.

I recommend this retreat apologetically to anyone interested and would attend any workshop or retreat led by Gina in the future.

- Casey Tonnelly, Seattle, WA, workshop participant 2015


Vulnerability is SCARY. And going away for a weekend with mostly strangers to open up sounded like the worst idea I'd had in a long time. Gina was immediately welcoming and kind, bringing our group into the space graciously and warmly.

Through her smooth, honest, and creative facilitation, Gina created a magical weekend, inviting me to be my best, most authentic self. Was it easy and joyful? Not entirely, but there was lots of laughter and growth and even transformation.  Even some spirited dancing!

A weekend facilitated by Gina gave me access to open up and connect in ways that hadn't been available before. I keep learning from Gina's teachings that weekend, even now, almost a year later. I'm filled with gratitude for what I got while retreating with her. 

- Nuria Gomez, Portland, OR, retreat attendee 2015

 

ABOUT YOUR FEARLESS FACILITATOR

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Gina Senarighi has been a therapist, coach, sex educator, and online relationships expert for ten years. In that time she's supported consensually non-monogamous couples all over the globe create agreements and understand boundaries. 

She's supported hundreds of previously monogamous folks in redesigning their open relationship structure with respect and connection. And she's facilitated workshops for folks in all sorts of relationships to better align their relationship choices with their personal integrity.  

After nearly twenty years facilitating groups on retreats, this is the third Rethinking Relationships Retreat. It brings together her impressive facilitation and community development skills with her passion for supporting alternative relationship models.

Read more about her work here or send her a message to ask more specific questions about her work and this retreat.

MINDSET FOR SUCCESS

I ask all retreat participants to consider their mindset as a critical piece in the success of this experience.  Please review the learning agreements below as you prepare for our retreat.

As a retreat participant I acknowledge that:

  • in the past some of my choices have negatively impacted those around me, including those I love, and myself,
  • there is a possibility I will repeat these past choices as patterns in the future,
  • change and growth are not linear processes,
  • I want to improve quality of life and reduce stress for myself and those I care for by changing my relationship patterns.

In order to deepen my awareness to grow and learn in this process I will:

  • give myself space to have fun, experiment, create and change my mind,
  • stay open to feedback and willing to learn from my partner, and others I care for,
  • offer consensual compassionate feedback to my partner and/or other participants,
  • offer feedback to my facilitator/coach if the process needs adjustment for my learning style,
  • examine my inner resistance and limiting beliefs, actions, and reactions and
  • ask for support, advice, encouragement, empathy, resources, and tools when I need,
  • pace myself as I work through tools and resources,
  • commit to completing planned personal work between meetings and after the event.

In order to create meaningful lasting change in my relationship patterns, I will:

  • pay attention to the choices I make and claim responsibility for them,
  • seek to understand the consequences of my choices (including those I didn’t intend),
  • not use the actions of others as excuses for my choices,
  • do all I can to repair negative impact done by my chosen actions or omissions,
  • explore the patterns of behavior that lead to my actions and omissions,
  • address and change unhealthy, out-of-balance, and/or harmful patterns,
  • practice self-compassion, giving myself permission to make mistakes as I shape new patterns,
  • extend this practice of compassion to my partner and understand they will make mistakes as they learn, grow, and shape new patterns. 

STEP 1: RETREAT REGISTRATION FORM

Please complete the information below to register for the retreat. Once this form and your payment are received your space will be reserved.  

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STEP 2: PAYMENT

Thank you for joining us! Please finalize your payment to complete your registration.