Couples Retreat

Join us for a modern approach to working on your relationship with a fun, engaging and insightful retreat in the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country at the beautiful Salamander Resort & Spa.


Fun, engaging, and insightful, our couples retreat is designed for couples just like you.



Over the weekend, you will rekindle and deepen your emotional bond, learn to communicate your unmet needs and frustrations, practice better self-care, as well as create a clear vision of where you want your relationship to go. Through unique workshops, adventurous and creative activities, and private time to soak in the luxury of the setting- you will find yourself immersed in love and passion like never before.

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Who is this couples weekend for?

  • Couples who want more than just better communication.

  • Smart, committed partners who long to have passionate, fulfilling relationships.

  • Couples who know that it takes much more than good communication to build a love that will endure whatever challenges life throws their way.

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Our couples retreat at Salamander Resort will teach you how to:

  • Rekindle and deepen  the emotional and physical intimacy you crave

  • Communicate your unmet needs and frustrations in a way that makes your partner want to engage

  • Practice better self-care and strengthen your sense of self in the relationship

  • Set better boundaries with family, friends, and co-workers

  • Create a clear vision of where you want your relationship to go


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Your Couples Retreat registration includes:

  • Two nights and three days in luxurious accommodations in the heart of Virginia horse and wine country

  • Daily breakfast, lunch and evening socials featuring delicious dining, signature cocktails and sweets

  • Exciting activities including your choice of zip lining, horseback riding and more

  • Consultation sessions with our couples experts

  • Welcome gift bag, workbook, and personalized copy of The Date Deck by Esther Boykin, LMFT

  • Free time to reconnect on your own

This is an exclusive, couples-only event with limited space so registration will be limited. To ensure you get access, reserve your spot now.

Come discover the real secret to a deeper connection and a more playful relationship.

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Esther is a licensed marriage & family therapist, author, and sought after relationship expert, with appearances on Let’s Talk Live, Fox5DC, and Good Morning Washington. Erica Turner, MS is a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy and Director of Marketing at Group Therapy Associates. Erica works with couples each day, and is an avid writer and contributor to outlets such as Fox5DC and the DC Ladies. Combined, Esther and Erica have more than 15 years of experience of working with couples, and over 30 years of being married themselves. So really, we get it!




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Arrival registration will be 3:30pm – 5:00pm with free time to meet other couples and the experts.  Once settled in, couples are welcome to enjoy dinner in the Clubhouse, or explore the surrounding area for a little pre-retreat date night.

We will reconvene for a casual cocktail & conversation session and group activity. During this cocktail hour your couple experts will share an overview of the weekend and lead everyone in a fun and eye-opening activity before heading into our group dinner.

Our day starts bright and early with (optional) couples yoga and mindfulness exercises. We will then move into our first hands-on workshop, cooking breakfast together in the Cooking Studio while exploring ways to nurture teamwork. This will feature an open Q & A for the day’s facilitators.


The afternoon will include time for creative and fun activities, well as two workshop sessions. Couples will have plenty of free time to explore the property, take a bike tour, zip line, or just relax together.

We will wrap up the evening with another cocktails & conversations happy hour focused on how to bring more intimacy, fun, and passion to your your marriage.  And then you will head out to enjoy a private date night on your own, or with the company of your new couple friends.

We will start our final day with another couples yoga and mindfulness session, followed by a group brunch to share insights and answer any lingering questions.  We will enjoy an easy Sunday morning together processing the lessons learned over the weekend and preparing to take what we’ve learned back home to daily life.

Following breakfast, couples will  get an opportunity for private consultations with their preferred expert before departing at lunchtime.

Check-out + departure will be at 12:30pm.


This is an exclusive, couples-only event with limited space. To ensure you get the best available rate, reserve your spot now.

All reservations are for 2 people and include:

2 nights stay, daily full breakfast, lunch, and evening cocktail reception, morning couples yoga, cooking class, equine experience, individual consultations, and all workshops + materials.

14 days prior to the retreat we’ll send you a short little survey to get to know you both better and to make sure your experience is incredible.

Note: All guests must be 21+

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Still have questions… Contact us for more information