For one human being to love another, that is the most difficult of all of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, for which all other work is but preparation. —Rainer Maria Rilke
A great relationship means more than just staying together. Unless we enjoy trust, intimacy, caring, and love with our partner, we are sharing an arrangement, not a true partnership. We seek relationships hoping to bring greater fulfillment and meaning into our lives, yet for a disturbing number of couples the dreams of infatuation soon dissolve into the disappointment of a cold and joyless relationship or end in divorce. The biggest mistake that many people make is not in expecting too much from their relationships, but in desiring too little. A true partnership can not only provide security, pleasure, intimacy, and fun, but also can be a means through which our deepest longings are awakened and ultimately realized.
In this workshop, we will examine the unique qualities that exceptional relationships embody and identify the various means through which it is possible to develop and integrate those qualities, and to manage the inevitable differences that arise. We will identify and engage in practices that can transform the quality of connection in ways that promote co-creativity, unconditional acceptance, and spiritual awakening. This workshop provides tools that can promote enduring love and deep intimacy. This workshop welcomes couples of all gender orientations.
Recommended reading: Bloom and Bloom, Happily Ever After and 39 Other Myths About Love, Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love and 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married: Simple Lessons to Make Love Last.
For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/secrets-of-great-relationships-0218.
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;