Couples’ retreats can assist partners in moving their relationships forward more quickly. Lengthier, focused work may be done over a day or two with one couple, or with a group consisting of couples who have been seen by Ms. Bledsoe, or referred to the event. In work with an individual couple, the retreat will address the specific issues requested by the couple. In a retreat designed for working with a number of couples at once, the format will follow an agenda which usually includes things like cooperative communication, conflict-management skills, needs balancing, factors in emotional intimacy, helping heal one another, etc. In both cases, there will be opportunity to do some deeper, mutual personal work if the parties are willing.