Family Therapy Vacations
Intensive Therapy Retreats for Couples & Families

Coastal Maine & Nicaragua

A Different Approach to Help Couples and Families Heal and Strengthen Relationships
Set in Maine or Nicaragua the therapy vacation seven day treatment model offers a unique opportunity for couples and families seeking to find, or restore happy and mutually supportive relationships.  Operating outside of a traditional clinical setting this model for addressing difficulty within relationships centers on the process of improving communication, 
mutual understanding and the accessing of forgiveness and acceptance.



For further information on retreats contact: 

johnstewart.bdi@gmail.com    or 207-712-4869 / 617-500-5133


Surrounded by the extraordinary natural beauty of the Maine coast, or South Pacific Nicaragua couples and families find avenues for 
new beginnings
 difficult to access in the context of their everyday lives, or more traditional therapies.  Our Maine location (available June to Sept) offers stay within a variety of coastal properties, or participation in the program while aboard a 65' classic sailing yacht. Our Nicaragua location offers stay within a luxury ocean front villa in a region offering mile high volcanoes, Howler monkeys, bird watching, excellent surfing, true Latin culture and wonderful beach front restaurants and bars.

Both of these settings allow for the combination of a wonderful vacation with opportunity for intensive clinical work, directed by senior clinicians skilled in helping clients let go of old hurts and ingrained struggles that have eroded the quality of relational connections.






Maine Options



Coastal cottage





Family Property



 
                                                               65' Classic Ketch - 4 cabins 9 passengers





Nicaragua Option




Eco-luxury Villa






Please note: Maine options opening in June 2013




Our treatment model:


Our intensive retreat model is influenced by both Attachment Focused Therapy 
(also known as Emotionally Focused Therapy and Attachment Focused Family Therapy) and Integrative Couples Therapy.  This model focuses on supporting family members in reconnecting through a highly poignant process of identifying destructive patterns of interaction and sharing the deep sense of sadness and vulnerability associated with emotional estrangement.  In the context of dealing with deep hurts, feelings of abandonment and aloneness the opportunity for the healing of broken relationships unfolds.  This model does not focus on issues such as poor communication without first supporting couples and/or families in reconnecting emotionally.  In establishing a stronger more caring and gentle connection, work on such issues as communication and conflict resolution become attainable and sustainable.

The individual therapy provided to each participant in the program is largely focused on issues of attachment and is informed by the work of clinicians such as Dan Siegel, Daniel Hughes, and H Kohut.



Reviews by Past Retreat Attendees

We have been in therapy on two prior occasions only to have the benefits last about as long as the therapy session.  My husband would not attend another effort at therapy even though we were barely even friends, but agreed to this program because my he thought of it as a vacation.  What we found was so much more than we ever expected.  Dr. Stewart and Jan were truly amazing in their ability to help us move beyond our petty struggles and to address and help heal the deep sense of sadness and isolation which we were both feeling.   This experience really did give us a sense of a new beginning as well as one of the best vacations we have ever had.”


“This is a different way to do therapy, it is intense, yet non- threatening and almost fun largely due to Dr. S’s sense of humor and the amazing offerings of this region.   I have never felt so safe and comfortable while at the same time looking so deeply and honestly at our relationship and myself.  We both left feeling ready to stop the old destructive dances and get on with being friends and for the first time in a while lovers.”

“I hate marital therapy, I mean I really hate marital therapy, I’ve been in therapy with my wife forever and it usually just makes me feel worse – but somehow this wasn’t that bad and there is no question that my wife and I left the Nicaragua program in a much better place than when we arrived.    It was 3 months ago that we were in Nicaragua and things remain good with us.  Thanks”


“We came to this program as a family struggling with almost every part of what it is to be a family.  Between my husband and myself and our two teenage children we found a real sense of reconnection and a new start.   The work in therapy was sometimes difficult but we all felt safe and well understood and doors to forgiveness opened.   The therapy sessiosn were actually kind of fun even though often very poignant."

“We really weren’t certain what we were getting ourselves into when we made a commitment to the Nicaragua program, but out of desperation and a sense that nothing else has worked and that we were on the verge of splitting up after 25 years we said, What the Hell.   I cannot express my depth of gratitude in having stumbled onto this program and Dr. Stewart.  He and Jan are a wonderful team bringing compassion, wisdom, humor and humanity to their work.  I am not quit certain how they did it but they brought my wife and I to a very different place over the seven days in paradise.”


“Thanks so much for all that you gave us – we came here on the verge of divorce and left feeling closer than we have in years.  I am not certain what happened but somehow with John and Jan’s help we stopped doing what we always seemed to do to each other.  Thanks for helping us not give up on one another and figuring out how to trust and have fun again.  We would have never come to Nicaragua without this opportunity and what a loss that would have been – this place is magical.”




     Areas of Retreat Specialization

  • Couples struggling with lack of intimacy (sexual & emotional)
  • Families with children with special needs
  • Couples recovering from infidelity
  • Families recovering from a loss
  • Couples negatively impacted by distinct perspectives on parenting
  • Post divorce adjustment to single parenting
  • Marriages considering divorce
  • Relationships with adult children
  • Facilitated family reunions



For further information on retreats contact:  Dr. Stewart

johnstewart.bdi@gmail.com     phone  (US) -   207-712-4869