What Couples and Others Have to Say
After Attending an
Amore Intensive Retreat
with Dr. Wylie.
Marriage Intensive Retreat was chosen to better handle our conflict, to get to the root of our problems and how to better communicate.
Outcome: Acquired the ability to speak with each other in a respectful way. Discovered holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes makes a difference and helps bring down the wall between us and open our hearts to one another. This is also a great pre-marriage program. The skills are needed from the start to know how to communicate in productive and caring ways that enhances the relationship and provides respect, love and security in the marriage.
Lynn (50) and Bob (51)
Marriage Intensive Retreat was chosen to see if it's possible to save our marriage as a blended family of six children and learn to listen to one another without our conversation turning into hurtful shouting matches.
Outcome: Dr. Wylie is an amazing coach and her guidance always seemed appropriate. It helped immensely to talk things through in a slow manner that is formatted so each person actually feels heard and understood. We both mutually respect the fact that we invested in this retreat together to make our marriage / relationship as good as we can. I have confidence in my abilities and new communication skills to create my marriage to be in a better place. I would certainly recommend the Marriage Retreat, because Dr. Wylie is well experienced in relationships, marriage, children, teenagers, parenting (even blended families) and communication skills to best understand and assist with all issues couples and individuals experience.
Karen (45) and Tony (55)
Marriage Intensive Retreat was necessary to stop the behavior of emotional and physical abuse, learn to respect one another, to get back to how it was in the beginning when we truly cared about each other and to be able to forgive and get our marriage back on track.
Outcome: I feel hopeful and confident our love will succeed by implementing our newly learned communication skills. There is a better understanding on both our parts of how we've hurt one another. This week has broken down our walls, gave us a better understanding of each other, as well as gave us a very productive way to communicate in the future to protect our marriage. I would absolutely recommend the five-day Couple's Retreat, because we were almost hopeless and now we have an excellent chance of success. (Received a Christmas text and picture of a very happy couple together, giving thanks for their retreat experience and stated they believe their marriage is saved and they are more in love than ever before.)
Michelle (30) and Curt (47)
New York, New York
Marriage Intensive Retreat was needed to save our marriage, learn how to control our emotions and feel safe. To work through some serious issues and learn communication skills, so that we can be more connected, less angry and hurt, as well as build a better family unit and business together.
Outcome: I feel safer now and I can trust him more than before. I feel less anxiety since coming this week and my heart is much clearer. I feel we're both committed to our marriage, plus I feel completely in love with my wife. We received clear techniques to work out issues and resolve them. We both now have a clear map we can follow when we return home. I recommend the Marriage Intensive Retreat, because it saved our marriage.
Lois (age 36) and Tony (39)
Personal Intensive Retreat was desired to improve self, to be more available for emotional intimacy. Motivation to have a healthier relationship with my husband and how I can better communicate and express myself to him. Be more open to growth and self acceptance for a brighter future.
Outcome: I felt a true awaking, more self-love and understanding. I feel I'm developing a better relationship with myself. A better understanding why old behaviors (poor) were developed. I recommend a five-day Personal Retreat to others to create a new life and deeper appreciation of themselves. This is the best gift anyone can give to themselves. My husband has requested that we come back next year for a Couple's Intensive Retreat and I couldn't be happier to here him say those words. I recommend if your partner isn't yet ready for a couple’s retreat, attend a personal retreat to start working on your self first.
Nancy (age 49)
San Dimas, CA
Marriage Preparation Retreat for better understanding of our relationship and to develop a clear path towards sexual intimacy.
Outcome: After completing our one-on-one five-day Retreat I feel confident in our ability to apply beneficial skills within our relationship. Plus, I’m feeling more in love with my partner, especially for him being truly present during the process and sharing his feelings honestly and openly. I was truly touched to hear him tell me how he feels about me. I experienced Dr. Wylie to be intuitive, honest and clear. There was an immediate trust created between us. I felt safe to go where I needed to go and say what I wanted to say. I deeply appreciated that Dr. Wylie listened to our needs / desires / concerns through the process and adjusted accordingly. I would recommend this retreat to other couples because it’s an excellent investment in money, time and energy for the relationship and provides the growth needed to better focus on the relationship and the needs we both desire within our upcoming marriage.
Steve (age 54) and Diane (age 51)
Couple's Intensive Retreat was chosen to discuss our root problems and be able to begin to find and share the love we once knew.
Outcome: We entered a safe environment and felt guided by capable hands with Dr. Wylie. We talked over and admitted things to each other that have been silent wedges for many years. The Understanding Skill helped us both get into each other’s shoes and connected in a much deeper way. We wished we had these skills when we first got married and recognize how we would have avoided so much pain we experienced over the years. We recommend the Couple’s Intensive Retreat and can certainly see the benefit of starting off a marriage with these amazing skills and how it can keep a marriage alive, healthy, secure and filled with love. We would like to give this retreat as a gift to our three married children.
Bob (age 64) and Susan (age 62)
Marriage Intensive Retreat was chosen to work through the crisis related to a year long affair and also learn how to heal and repair our marriage, as well as understand how to avoid this from happening again.
Outcome: I feel hopeful we can continue to heal and repair our marriage, by using our new communication skills. I found the coaching Dr. Wylie provided while we discussed the infidelity was most beneficial and the advice and support was priceless. This retreat time together helped us learn a new language to communicate better and discuss our differences. I’m also feeling a great deal of hope for our marriage and keeping our family together. Thank you Dr. Wylie, for your amazing dedication. I recommend the couple’s retreat, because I loved it and it’s helping me to become whole again.
Peter (age 34) and Patricia (age 33) (both medical doctors)
New York, NY
Marriage Intensive Retreat was chosen to work through infidelity issues and communication flaws within our marriage.
Outcome: The most beneficial thing experienced was having Dr. Wylie coach us through our feelings and help us to express our emotions using newly learned communication tools. The five-day Couple's Intensive Retreat provided us the opportunity to rebuild trust and connect in a more emotional and intimate level that we've never experienced before and provided a strong foundation and guidelines to work through current and future struggles. We are now able to restore trust and it feels safe to express feelings when issues arise. We both recommend the retreat and believe any couple would benefit. It helped reconnect us emotionally and build life-long communication skills to express in a safe way to help be understood and solve problems on a deeper level.
Courtney (age 32) and Alex (age 32)
Lake Forest, CA
Couple's Intensive Retreat as a Marriage Preparation format was chosen since we were both entering a second marriage and wanted to prepare for our future.
Outcome: Having a great deal of hope now and moving forward with a second marriage. This has been an amazing experience of quality and much needed quantity time together with learning new productive communication skills, yet having fun, as well as having enjoyable and relaxing time together. I've fallen more in love with my future spouse. Seeing into my partner and him seeing into me and understanding my thoughts, feelings, concerns and desires has created an unbelievable intimacy between the two of us. We have a new set of communication skills that will carry us through a lifetime of resolving issues and challenges with both of us feeling satisfied with the outcome. We both highly recommend this retreat to any couple who desires to invest in their relationship / marriage with a positive outcome of falling more deeply in love. Idyllwild was also a real plus with delightful lodging, numerous activities and awesome restaurants.
Patricia (age 64) and James (age 62)
Marriage Preparation Retreat was needed to address the fact that we lacked communication and conflict management skills and it was strongly affecting our relationship in negative ways - we were having difficulty in moving forward.
Outcome: We found the week very enjoyable. Our first session with Dr. Wylie was to get to know one another better without getting into details of our issues. I attended the retreat with an open mind and wasn't sure what to expect. I'm now leaving more confident with tools and communication skills that we can better express our thoughts and feelings in a safe and productive ways. The most beneficial thing I experienced during the retreat was having a safe space to share my thoughts and feelings without being attacked or judged. This has helped our relationship by providing useful skills we can use to improve our communication with one another. The couple's retreat would be beneficial to every relationship no matter what stage they are in.
Ellen (age 27) and Fred (age 29)
Marriage Intensive Retreat was one of our last ditch efforts, since we were filing for divorce and struggling with communication.
Outcome: Evaluation sent in a letter two months after returning home:
Hello Doctor Wylie,
I wanted to let you know that your 5 Day Couple's Intensive Retreat was amazing. I learned so much I would give all 5's (Excellent) for my reviews.
The most beneficial thing for me was having some conclusions or closure for some old conversations that Chris and I have had and to learn how to continue meaningful conversations that we have in the future.
The biggest thing I saw was Chris come to some clear realizations on his communication not only with me but with anyone in his life.
My frustration on getting him to understand what he was doing in the past and how he did not empathize was going nowhere but now he is able to put himself in other people shoes, as well as mine.
For me personally, I was awakened to my ability to speak my mind without fear, since I had that at one time in my life and had lost it somewhere but it is now back.
I would recommend the 5 Day Couple's Intensive Retreat not only to married couples, but family member or friends that need to fine tune their relationship. Communication skills can benefit any relationship.
It was wonderful meeting you and getting to know you.
Darcie (47) and Chris (50)
Las Vegas, NV
Marriage Intensive Retreat appeared to be what we needed, since we had lost trust, and had lack of respect and equality, along with control issues. We felt we no longer had the foundation our marriage was based on and the possibility of separation was being seriously considered.
Outcome: The most beneficial things of the retreat were the skills related to communicating and understanding my partner and finding common resolution to the issues. By recognizing the core issue in the relationship and putting together a game plan going forward will help the future of our marriage. The skills learned are very practical and the sessions are customized and personal to our needs. We found Idyllwild is a really awesome town and has magic too it. Dr. Wylie's professionalism is beneficial and very helpful to us as a couple.
Helen (age 30) and Mark (age 29)
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Marriage Intensive Retreat was chosen to address how we were really struggling with sexual issues and couldn't remember the last time we made love - possibly three years or more.
Outcome: We both highly recommend the five-day MarriageIntensive Retreat. Dr. Wylie is fantastic in getting to the root issue/s and working on them. Idyllwild is a perfect atmosphere for couple's getaway from their daily life. It was so beneficial doing one-on-one sessions with Dr. Wylie. By learning new communication skills and applying them through exercises and discussions, as well as coming up with an action plan we both feel more confident in moving forward with our marriage. We came up with a practical plan on changing how we will share romantic intimate information and make time for exploring our sexuality with one another. In a very short time (5 days) we became extremely close with one another, had fun together in Idyllwild, and have such high hopes for the future of our marriage.
Virginia (age 30) and Daniel (age 30)
Santa Monica, CA
Couple’s Intensive Retreat was necessary to address betrayal and abandonment issues, low self-esteem and neediness, along with fear of commitment.
Outcome: In this amazing five-day Couple's Intensive Retreat I learned how angry I was, even though my anger was repressed I couldn't see how I contributed to the blow-ups that my partner and I had on a regular basis. Once I connected to my anger, I found out how hurt I was by my partner's actions. The skills we learned helped me talk about my hurts in a way that my partner could hear and not be triggered and feel hurt himself. The mutual understanding that resulted left us with a sense of the building of the trust between us, which had been previously decimated. I don't know how other couples stay together without experiencing this five-day retreat. We are leaving re-committed to each other and committed to coming back next year. Our relationship was on the rocks and we turned a shipwreck into a luxurious cruise ship. Note received later: Thank you (Dr. Wylie) so much for coming into our lives and lighting everything up.
Mary (age 54) and Peter (age 58)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Marriage Intensive Retreat was needed to work on our constant arguing, lack of respect and lack of gentleness, since our marriage was no longer fun and enjoyable.
Outcome: In our five-day Couple's Intensive Retreat we worked through our most persistent issues and we have a game plan for moving forward. Together we experienced a closeness and joy that had been missing for a very long time. The whole retreat and week together was so useful and valuable.
Sally (age 41) and Mark (age 42)
Marriage Intensive Retreat was the only way to go, we were in a major crisis and soon traveling to a family wedding and not speaking to one another.
Outcome: Dr. Wylie fit us in her busy schedule even though she was double booking us, which meant she had to work all day for several days and in the process saved our marriage and sent us off to our family wedding holding hands and smiles on our faces. The most beneficial things were: my husband understanding my hurt and anger and having him say what he did was wrong; my husband's work in moving our relationship forward and; my husband saying he wanted to hear my stories. Dr. Wylie had a way of making us feel comfortable right away and helped lead us to the positive aspects of our relationship.
Sue (age 45) and Mark (age 50)
Couple’s Intensive Retreat was necessary to explore our past marriage, one child we had together, divorce and striving to make a decision to get married again.
Outcome: The five-day Couple's Intensive Retreat is every bit what we needed. This helped us even though we considered ourselves a lost cause. We learned how to talk and figure out the real needs, concerns and desires that we were experiencing. The communication skills helped with being able to open up without attacks in return.
Ellen (age 32) and Ken (age 33)
Marriage Intensive Retreat is what we needed to see if we could resolve the emotional abuse in the marriage and not knowing how to communicate and work through conflict.
Outcome: Our five-day Couple's Intensive Retreat was so beneficial and there was a good balance between couple's work and enjoyable fun time together. We achieved numerous skills and have plans to move forward in a positive direction and to treat each other with honor and respect. We now know how to problem solve together and reach agreements to implement. Dr. Wylie did a really good job in helping us to get through some really tough discussions to create a positive outcome.
Linda (age 50) and Larry (age 52)
Marriage Intensive Retreat was desired to learn new skills to apply in our marriage, as well as running our own business together.
Outcome: The Couple's Retreat is just what we needed to pick up a few good communication skills that we could put to work immediately. It was not intimidating or scary in any way. I actually could hear my wife's hurt and frustrations. I experienced some "aha" moments that will help our good marriage be even better. The retreat was low stress with good results and wasn't go, go, go all the time. I thoroughly enjoyed the time Dr. Wylie invested in us -- well worth it all the way around! The relaxed environment and communication tools that are simple to implement are very beneficial.
Bonny (age 43) and Rich (age 61)
San Diego, CA
Marriage Intensive Retreat was necessary because we hit a huge wall in our marriage and had already separated and planning to divorce. It involved one of us having an affair and the other feeling intimately disconnected.
Outcome: The five-day Marriage Intensive Retreat was amazing and saved our marriage. We learned that we could communicate in caring and honest manner and actually solve our problems by using newly learned communication skills. I now feel renewed and loved by my spouse. Learning the skills and techniques on how to communicate and resolve issues/conflict between my wife and I as they relate to our sex and intimacy was so beneficial. I believe this retreat saved our marriage and will help to continue to bring joy and happiness into our relationship. Note received several months later: How renewed and thankful I feel because of you (Dr. Wylie). I have learned so much and I feel the skills you teach are so powerful. Our marriage is now saved and our love is back and deeper than ever before. I'm grateful to you for setting us on a positive hands-on trek for a happy marriage and successful relationship.
Sharan (age 72) and Ray (age 71)
Santa Barbara, CA
Additional Brief Retreat Testimonies
“Our Marriage Intensive Retreat week helped us identify some of the deep ruts in our patterned responses to each other. This has given me hope that old dogs can learn new tricks! The understanding skill of the first session was a real highlight and I was surprised at the closeness I felt afterwards. It was very special!” - Rick E.
“Our Marriage Intensive Retreat week has been the most helpful marriage retreat we've ever attended. We learned skills that we'll be able to use throughout the rest of our marriage and life. We loved learning new skills that will help us be proactive toward having a healthy marriage!” - Jen J.
“Marriage counseling wouldn't have saved our marriage. In our case, it would have made it worse. Through our Marriage Intensive Retreat with Dr. Wylie, we were able to make huge strides forward in several issues. On the very first day, we felt hopeful this was going to change our marriage for the better, and it did. It was the best thing we could have done for us and our marriage.” - Ron and Sue
What individuals had to say after completing the Journey to Love or Summit of Your Potential Personal Intensive Retreats by Dr. Wylie
"Dr. Wylie's Journey to Love retreat has broadened my understanding about my impressions about men. And learning that my happiness and feeling fulfilled is my responsibility has helped me feel happier and more satisfied with my life." - Debbie
“Dr. Wylie, I learned that I have the right to expect more. I'm now in a relationship with a deeply caring man who is truly interested in me. We're both delightfully meeting each other's needs." Later she wrote: "Our relationship is GREAT!! We got married the day after Thanksgiving!!! Your Journey to Love retreat and workbook helped me define what I wanted in a relationship and career; I came to believe I deserved a wonderful partner and life. And that is exactly what I have now. THANK YOU!!” - Eileen
“Judges would be wise to make it a condition for couples divorcing to take the Journey to Love retreat, so they don’t continue making the same mistakes.” - Julie
“The Journey to Love retreat helped me analyze the way I was raised and the people I’ve dated. I was able to identify patterns and actions on my behalf that either made or broke my relationships. It helped me get to the bottom of my heart." - Lindsey
“The Summit of Your Potential retreat helped me realize much more about who I am and what I want, which enables me to be a more complete person and a better partner.” - Larry
“My Summit of Your Potential Workbook has now become my personal guide to my success in both my relationships and professional life.” - Don
“The Summit of Your Potential retreat taught me I must take responsibility for creating my own boundaries and how this will help others respect me.” - Chris
“Dr. Wylie, is very skilled in her technique to get to the bottom line quickly. I’m pleased with the results I’ve experienced with her retreat as well as her personal coaching."-Daniel