Based on the latest education research the Lasting Connection™ retreat is designed to provide couples with the essential components their relationships need to build a lasting love that will stay strong to weather the storms of life.
The Lasting Connection™ retreat is built on John Gottman’s research on couples and is infused with attachment theory. The experience is structured around a relationship pyramid that has five sections including attachment, communication, managing conflict, physical intimacy, and shared dreams. Each section builds upon the last, so the couple is able to conceptualize their relationship as a process of building, growing, evolving, developing and rising up in a collaborative manner. In the retreat, couples will first be given an overview of the nature of love, and the core concepts of attachment. As the retreat proceeds, attachment remains interlaced with each concept to reinforce the foundational principle of attachment throughout the life of the couple relationship.
The Lasting Connection™ retreat must be led by a trained facilitator and is either presented in a 2-day format or in a weekly format for 5 weeks. Irene Oudyk-Suk, the facilitator for this retreat, has been personally trained by Dr. Debi Gilmore and Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, the developers of the Building a Lasting Connection™ program.