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  • Retreat
  • Wellness and Healthcare
  • Workplace / Life

This retreat is now full. Please contact the facilitator if you would like to be added to a wait list. Thank you.

This retreat is for couples who hope to…

  • Reconnect with their beloved through meaningful, transformative, and healing exchanges
  • Revitalize day-to-day interactions with intentional practices that focus on the partnership
  • Rekindle their intimate bond and explore sex as a fulfilling experience

Couple dynamics present daily invitations toward a heightened sense of self-awareness, true empathy development, and compassionate practices. Stepping away from daily demands to engage in a fun, experiential, and yet deeply contemplative weekend is the kind of practice that models the importance of the dyad self-care. The ripple effects of this love-focused experience can reach wide across community circles, potentially impacting the collective in a transformative way.


About the Facilitator 
Alessandra Pye, MA, LPC is a psychotherapist and visual artist managing a private practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With 15 + years of experience in mental health, Alessandra became formally trained in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy at Western Michigan University, where she acquired a Masters Degree in the department of Counseling Education/Counseling Psychology. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Alessandra now lives in Kalamazoo with her husband and children, and she enjoys spending time in nature and in her art studio.


Retreat Details

Friday, February 8: Opening Evening

  • 6:00-7:00 Light snacks, go over facilities & logistics
  • 7:00-9:00 Circle Sharing

Saturday, February 9

  • 9:00-10:00 Circle Sharing
  • 10:00-11:00 Envisioning through Art
  • 11:00-12:30- Moving Dialogue
  • 12:30-2:00- LUNCH BREAK
  • 2:00-2:30 Meditation/Journaling
  • 2:30-3:30 Couples Thai Massage/Yoga
  • 3:30-5:30 Circle Sharing with Ally
  • Saturday Evening: Explore Grounds/Cabin contemplative practices/ Create couple’s altar with Vision Board/YIN time.

Sunday, February 10

  • 9:00-11:00 Circle Sharing with Ally
  • 11:00-11:30 Mindful Awareness exercise with Ally
  • 11:30-12:30 Honorable Closure hour with group


To join this retreat
E-mail Alessandra or call her at (269) 762-4861 to register for the retreat. Early bird registration is $325/couple; on January 1, the cost increases to $350/couple. Space is limited. Once you have registered with the facilitator, contact GilChrist to reserve your cabin using the online registration form or by calling the main office at (269) 244-1130. Lodging is $75/night per couple in addition to the program fee.


GilChrist Retreat Center

Three Rivers , MI 56265 Day Rd