Relationship as a Spiritual Path: Getting the Love You Want

Ben Cohen

April 26–28, 2019

Tuition $300 + 2 nights

A Couples Workshop

Every great wisdom tradition teaches the importance of love and compassion. But how do we practice this in our daily lives, especially in our intimate relationships? We will draw on the Buddhist teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the works of Harville Hendrix, PhD, to develop our skills in deep listening and loving speech. In this experiential Couples Workshop, you will be guided through processes to help you understand your core conflicts and how to transform them into opportunities for connection, healing, and growth. If you wish to have greater intimacy and connection in your relationship, this promises to be a rewarding weekend.

Here is a glimpse of what we will explore during this retreat:

  •  Learn the “Imago Dialogue” (aka, “Deep Listening and Loving Speech”)
  •  Understand the Stages of Relationship
  •  Identify what underlies “Core Issues” and how to resolve longstanding conflicts
  • Develop skills in Mindful Awareness and Intentional Relationship
  • Enhance/restore safety, connection, and passion in your relationship


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Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen, PhD, has been in private practice in Boulder for over 25 years, and has led over 100 “Getting the Love You Want” Couples Workshops. Former Co-Dean of the Faculty of Imago Relationships International, and a former adjunct faculty at Naropa University, he is a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, and integrates Eastern and Western approaches in his psychotherapy practice.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5:00 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5:00 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. This program ends at 5 pm on the final day. Please make travel plans accordingly. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.