COVID-19 Update:  Drs. Gottman are excited to resume hosting In-Person Couples Retreats to fully vaccinated couples, Summer 2021. We hope you can join them! For more information, please contact Kristi Content:  206.313.0471,, or simply complete the registration form here.

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Learn research-based tools for building and maintaining intimacy from the comfort of Drs. Julie and John Gottman’s home on Orcas Island in the San Juans.

Have you ever planned a wonderful romantic vacation, complete with a lovely room, candle-lit dinners and white sand beaches, only to have your dream become a nightmare when tense quarrels and silence spoil the sunset? We have been listening to painful stories like these for nearly 40 years.

Now you can restore your relationship while on holiday. In an exclusive, small-group two-day couples retreat, you’ll learn new skills for deepening intimacy, managing conflicts, and enhancing your sense of shared meaning in a private, comfortable setting. These retreats presented by the Gottmans in their seaside home include lectures, role-plays, discussions, and exercises completed just with one’s partner.

The intimate setting enables couples to receive personalized, special attention from the Gottmans while enhancing and restoring their relationship.

During the Retreat, you will learn skills to:

  • Strengthen your friendship
  • Deepen your understanding of one another
  • Spice up your intimacy
  • Transform inevitable relationship conflicts so you can build solid bridges between the two of you
  • Unearth the values and life purpose you share

They would love to assist you in planning a beautiful getaway Retreat. To do so, their event planner offers up her complimentary support in finding lodging, transportation, dining, and outstanding recreational opportunities.

In-Person Retreats are limited to seven fully vaccinated couples. We recommend that you register early.

2021 Couples Retreats

August 2122:  Virtual

September 25-26:  In-Person (full)

October 16-17:  In-Person (full)

To read more information about these retreats and to register for an upcoming event, please click here or call (206) 313-0471.

Online Marathon Couples Therapy

In addition to providing Private Couples Retreats, John and Julie Gottman also schedule appointments with individual couples for private Marathon Couples Therapy Online.

In this powerful intensive therapy format, one couple meets with either John Gottman, Julie Gottman, or both for five hours a day on three consecutive days. Marathon Couples Therapy can thus accommodate clients traveling from other locales who cannot attend weekly therapy sessions. It provides an intensive, condensed and highly focused approach to relationship issues that can help couples move quickly through specific issues and learn important new skills in a short period of time.

Click here to learn more about Marathon Couples Therapy. To schedule an appointment with John Gottman, please contact Kristi Content by email at or by phone at (206) 313-0471. For appointments with Julie Gottman, please contact Kathryn Schwartz by email at or by phone at (206) 381-8456.