Learning the Ropes: A Couple's Challenge

Irvine, CA

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This is a couples’ experience like no other!  In this full-day retreat, partners will have an opportunity to participate in new shared experiences, explore their relationship through a variety of guided activities, and deepen their existing connections. Through mental, physical and emotional engagement, couples will gain tools to increase understanding of each other, recognize and avoid conflict, and build positive and supportive relationships. Please join us for a day of activities with your partner that will be fun and empowering!


Event Schedule

9:00 AM:  Check-In and Breakfast

9:30 AM:  Introduction

9:45 AM:  Unlocking the Growth Potential in Your Relationship:  Mandy Mount, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Mandy Mount will facilitate a session on the importance of communication and empathy in the context of romantic relationships. She will work closely with partners to explore the values and characteristics important to each individual to deepen couples’ understanding of each other. Dr. Mandy will help each participant understand and take ownership of their individuality, which discussing the importance of communicating needs within a relationship. These foundational ideas are key to reducing relationship stressors and working through some of the most basic conflicts that couples face.

12:00 PM:  Lunch - Bring your own lunch or enjoy a meal from a dining location in the University Town Center.

1:30 PM:   Couples High Ropes Course

  • The Odyssey Ropes Course located at the UC Irvine Anteater Recreation Center, will inspire you to support one another, communicate effectively, problem-solve efficiently, build cohesive relationships, and take calculated risks. Team members begin by ascending a giant cargo net to reach the starting tree house. Once they have reached the tree house, they traverse through several problem-solving challenges to reach the peak ending platform where each person has an opportunity to experience a 120 foot zip line.

5:30 PM:   Partner Yoga Class: Zabie Khorakiwala, Yoga Instructor

  • This 60 minute partner yoga class is the perfect end to a high energy filled day at the ropes course. The class will provide you with the opportunity to feel deeply-connected to your partner through gentle touch, movement, play, breath, intimacy, and support. Through a series of guided partner yoga postures, participants will learn how to give and receive and incorporate lessons gained on the mat into everyday life. Partners will flow together, foster trust, communicate non-verbally, and develop a beautiful practice in unison with each other. Beginner’s level, no prior yoga experience necessary!

7:30 PM:   Closing Wrap-Up


"I loved learning from the instructors, the other couples, and from my own partner.  Emotionally, mentally, and physically engaging exercises and challenges that helped us learn about our partnership." - Learning the Ropes Spring 2012 Participant

"I felt this was one of the best activities we've ever done, as a couple not only was it a good learning experience but it was like a mini-vacation as well." - Learning the Ropes Fall 2012 Participant


$300/couple ($150/person)

*Must attend as a couple.