Alchemical Couples Retreats

Nourishing the Spirit of Your Marriage

 Alchemical Couples Retreats

Are you looking to nourish the Spirit of Your Marriage or relationship? Or are you looking to deeply reconnect again? Or perhaps you are  wanting to soften the heart space around your marriage, so that you can be in and live more from the beautiful heart space of your relationship? Then these Alchemical Couples Retreats are for you!! 

We share different ideas, concepts and techniques to explore going deeper into the heart of our relationships that helps nourish the Spirit of a Marriage. With the global changes that are taking place, we feel that more than ever it is important that couples are tight, resilient and working together. We use the term alchemical because alchemy is an ancient spiritual practice used to turn our “lead into gold”. When we each turn inward and turn our own “lead into gold”, and then we both bring our “gold” to the heart of our marriage, magic happens. We use the term Power Couple to describe the synergy that happens when we come together in this magical way, where 1 + 1 = 3! And no we are not talking about babies! Though it has been known to happen…. 

Our intentions for the various retreats, be it an evening or weekend retreat, is to create the space and help support couples:

  1. in nourishing their relationship as they explore going deeper into the heart of it
  2. in being better relationship role models for children, family and society as a whole
  3. in being able to find ways that together they can live and help others live a more resilient life

We do this by bringing in the power and delight of ceremony. We also inviting guest Power Couples who are working together in a synergetic way, to share their journey and knowledge with us all. We invite them to share what works and what did not work for them over the years, how they navigated the difficult times, and how it is they are working together in the world today. We bring in fun entertainment and delicious meals.

All retreats are open to everyone; both same and opposite sex couples.

To learn about Sean and Christine,  see bottom of page.

Explore what we offer to Nourish the Spirt of Your Marriage in various couples retreats:

Date Nights

Workshop Series:

Time for a date night to nourish the spirit of your marriage!?  Is it time to understand what is the spirit of Your marriage, how to recognize and nourish it?
In this workshop series we will share our experiences and explore Bringing More Sacredness into your Marriage or Relationship:

  1. Creating a sacred marriage altar –What is a Spirit of a Marriage? What does it mean? Plus learn the basics of what a marriage altar is, why it is so important in your marriage and see the value of honoring what is meaningful for you and your partner. March 6th from 7-9pm 
  2. Holding space with and also for your partner – for life’s many challenging and difficult times and also during sacred and meaningful encounters. Postponed due to Covid – new date will be later this autumn hopefully
  3. Creating a sacred ritual or ceremony – for witnessing and honoring life’s transitions, an important acknowledgment or practice, or seeking guidance or healing with your partner. Postponed due to Covid – new date will be later this autumn hopefully

Cost:

$50 per couple for  each 2hr workshop

Location:

Yellow Brick House, London Ontario   1006 Gainsborough Rd, London

Register:

https://www.yellowbrickhouse.ca/couples/datenight

Weekend Retreats

  • We offer the “Going Deeper into the Heart” retreat below as a private individual couple experience.   This can be done as a one day retreat or over a weekend. Ask for details if this resonates with you  
  • Weekend Retreats- See details of our August 2021 Alchemical Couples Retreat Weekend below

Alchemical Couples Retreat Weekend

“Going Deeper into the Heart”

at Otter River Farms

Aug 14th – 16th  2020Cancelled for this year ☹️

Save the Date for next year –  August 13 – 15th, 2021

8 Couples Only! So register early!

Interested in nourishing the Spirit of Your Marriage or relationship? Join us as we take you on a gentle journey over the course of the weekend deep into the heart of your relationship. As we do so there will be drumming in The Old Barn, guided visualization meditations, a guest power couple, nutritious meals, beer, wine and BBQ night, and more! We invite you to climb aboard, simply take each other’s hand, sit back, relaxing and having fun with each other. All you need to do is show up. We will take care of the rest for you.

This retreat is for couples that are already deeply committed to each other and are interested in building on their cohesion. This is not a counseling weekend.
 
And NO, this is not about having to talk about and share your emotions with the group unless you wish to. It is about nourishing the Spirit of Your Marriage or relationship, and having a reconnecting weekend away with your partner.
 
All participation is optional, yet strongly encouraged. If at any time you and your partner wish to sit out and go for a break or walk instead, you are safe to do so. And you are invited to interact with other couples as much or as little as you wish, as this is your weekend!

The depths of our hearts are infinite! So there is ALWAYS deeper to go in any relationship.

We just suggest that each couple consider coming with open hearts and open minds, or at least consider doing so at some point during the weekend, and dare to be more open and vulnerable with each other. And you do not need to worry about being vulnerable with the group.  As with everything, safety comes first!! We will be discussing what makes a safe space so that we can trust our selves and our partners to go deeper.

The Alchemical Couples retreat weekend starts Fri Aug 13th   at 6pm (registration open from 4-6pm) and runs until 4pm Sunday Aug 15.  Location and Accommodation info below.  All snacks and meals are included (Friday evening dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch.) Also includes Saturday evening entertainment.    The investment in your relationship and nourishing the Spirit of Your Marriage for the weekend retreat is $800/couple plus tax.  If you pay in full by May 1, 2021, you will pay $700 plus tax. (enjoy $100 off the price).  There are only 8 couples attending this retreat so to hold your spot, we require a $125 deposit

Location and Accommodation

This weekend retreat takes place at Otter River Farms, 53800 McQuiggan Line, RR1 Port Burwell in Southern Ontario;  just 11km outside of Port Burwell which is on Lake Erie.

Accommodation is optional, yet encouraged, and would be an additional cost – choices vary from $30 – $160 per couple – book ahead with us  to reserve the accommodation that you want!! These range from camping on site, a bedroom in the guesthouse, on site bunkies, to lovely rustic private off grid cabins near or in the forest. First come, first served. More on Otter River Farms cabins, guesthouse and wilderness camping.

Alchemy is the ancient practice of transformation, that is, turning “lead into gold”. Now of course this is not about turning actual lead into gold, rather it can be understood as turning something that is lack-luster like lead, into something that is sparkly and shines like gold!  It is a self transformation practice. So perhaps adding some shine and sparkle to an already comfortable relationship! We can do this by together going deeper into our hearts and the heart of the relationship.

Here we are referring to synergy!!
Synergy is the creation of something new and whole. It is the result of an interaction between two or more things, and when combined, produce a greater effect than would be normally expected. It is 1+1=3!! And the power of the interaction, the synergy, is often unexpected and unpredictable! So why not see what happens when we open to and invite synergy into all of our relationships?   And perhaps see what “new” can be created in our relationships and therefore our lives.

Friday

Registration– 4pm to 6pm

Dinner BBQ 6pm -7pm

7pm – 9pm

Welcoming Session– Opening circle; establishing group safety;

Saturday

Breakfast 7 – 9 am

9am – 12pm (with 30 min break at 10:15)

Session– connecting session; guided meditation

Lunch 12 – 1:30pm

1:30 – 2:30pm

Session   connecting session plus guided meditation

3 – 5pm

Session   – Guest Power Couple – Sandy Masse and Chuck Stratton from  “Heron Walk Healing Centre”

Dinner BBQ 5:30 – 6:30

7pm – 9pm

Saturday evening entertainment– Sheila Horrell – Deep Dreaming Group Drumming

Sunday

Breakfast 7 – 9am

9am – 12pm

Session– connecting session plus guided meditation

Lunch 12 – 1:30

1:30 to 3:30 pm

Session – connecting session – guided meditation

 

4pm

Closing Circle

* all guided meditation are just 10 to 20 mins long at the most.

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Guests and Bios 

Guest Power Couple:

Sandy Masse and Chuck Stratton from  “Heron Walk Healing Centre”

We have had the pleasure of knowing Sandy and Chuck for many years now. We deeply appreciate the integrity that they both show up with and how they do not just talk the talk, they are walking it. We are delight to have them join us this year.

 

Sandy & Chuck  co-founders of Heron Walk Healing Centre (www.heronwalk.ca)

We met in 2000 at a Tai Chi class and over the years became good friends. Our spiritual journey together started in 2002 when we decided to facilitate sweat lodges together. We did not get together as a couple until early 2005 when both of our marriages fell apart. Please don’t get the assumption that we were the cause of each other’s marriages falling apart. This was a work in progress long before we even met.

Cancer raised its head for Chuck in 1998 and in 2000 for Sandy. Our relationship has been a very strong catalyst for each of our healing over the years.

Part of the glue that holds us together is that our spiritual journey carries us along the same path as healers and teachers.

There have been ups and downs over the years but nothing that we couldn’t work through, because of this we feel each day is a blessing of love, laughter and a little pain at times that we share with each other.

Life is good (great actually) and we look forward to sharing every moment together.

Saturday Evening Entertainment Facilitator:

Sheila Horrell

We just can not envision these retreats without Sheila and all her drums!!! Any time Christine has the opportunity to drum with Sheila she does it! Wow! The journey she guides us through up in the Old Barn is both as much fun as it is magical! With no one left behind, even those drumming newbies, Sheila skillfully stirs and awakens the inner drummer in all of us. It is so wonderful to witness people’s eyes light up, their toes a tapping and heads a bobbing to the beat of the drums, and to the other mystical and marvellous musical instruments that Sheila brings for us all to explore with and enjoy. This is often one of the highlights of the weekend. We are so deeply grateful to be able to visit, dine and drum with Sheila again this year.

Sheila Horrell

After studying percussion with various drummers here and internationally, Sheila has been facilitating workshops and Drum Circles for many groups  in Southwestern Ontario, including schools, universities, camps, nursing homes, conferences and agencies.

The experience of introducing new drummers to the ease and joy of music making with the drum has been a prime motivator for Sheila’s continued success.  There is nothing like witnessing someone relaxing into their own rhythm and having fun contributing to the music of the whole drumming community.

For more info on Sheila visit http://www.sheilahorrell-play.blogspot.ca/

 

 

 

For more information Alchemical Power Couple Retreat contact Christine at info@christinedennis.ca

About Us

Christine Dennis and Sean Grantham

Christine Dennis and Sean Grantham

We have been together for over 27yrs now, and MOST of it has been good. 🙂  But there have been times, like all relationships, when life has gotten in the middle of our marriage. After the initial “honeymoon period”, stressors like young children, other family members and in-laws, financial constraints, heavy work loads, managing a home and family, are just a few examples that we had to navigate, much like many relationships do. With much work, we came to a place of comfort and felt we managed these stressors fairly well. Yet, we knew that we could have more than just a comfortable marriage.

We also realized that as our children were getting older and would eventually move out to go to college and university. We also knew that they were often the glue that bound us together and got us through the difficult times. Those bonds and glue were going to be changing, and we questioned what would be the bonds left between us and how well were we going to navigate this transition time. This is when we started exploring going deeper into the heart of our marriage. And with that came the realization of the importance of Nourishing the Spirit of our Marriage.

The depths of our hearts are infinite. So there is ALWAYS more to explore in any relationship. In this exploration process we discovered new connections within our selves but also between us. These new connections created bonds that now keep taking us deeper and deeper into our own hearts which then leads us deeper into the heart of our relationship together. And as we do this our relationship is becoming richer and more nourishing as time goes on and our love for each other continues to grow. One of the ways we have done this is through ceremony.

Bringing in the power of ceremony into our marriage, and our lives, has been a game changer.  Not just for our relationship, but also individually for other areas of our lives as well. Carefully and thoughtfully creating a ceremony,  then doing the ceremony, and finally integrating the experiences of the ceremony into our lives, has become one of the most delightful parts of our marriage. This is beyond the common and well known ceremonies that we celebrate in our society such as a birthday celebration ceremony  or anniversary celebration ceremony. We so deeply enjoy helping couples as well as individuals create their own meaningful ceremonies, so they too can experience both the power and the delight of ceremony in their lives. We are very excited as well as honoured to be able to share our ceremony experience with you.

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