Things to do while at a Couple’s Counselling Retreat in Banff




You’ve decided you want to work some things out in your relationship. Maybe it’s time to address some issues that just don’t seem to be getting any better. Maybe you want to rekindle the passion you once had. You may have some clear ideas of what you want, or perhaps you’d like to figure out where you’re both headed.

Imagine being able to focus on the two of you in a couple’s retreat in one of the most beautiful places on earth:


Okay, I’m a bit biased. I love my home town. It’s an incredibly gorgeous place with a myriad of things to do: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowhoeing, or skating in the winter; hiking, biking, walking, golfing, or canoeing in the summer; and sightseeing any time of year. And it’s so accessible!! Practically outside your doorstep you can go on any kind of outdoor adventure–easy or challenging.

If you’d rather gaze at this mountain wonderland while going to cafes, shopping, or enjoying the aesthetics of numerous galleries or museums, you can!! We have plenty to do and see!

Before or after a meeting with me, you may want to go for a relaxing walk along the Bow River. Perhaps you’d like to see a view of the Bow Valley and the Banff townsite from above. The Sulphur Mountain Gondola whisks you to the top of Sulphur Mountain for an incredible 360 degree view.

I really believe in doing something you really enjoy or find relaxing in addition to working towards what you want in your relationship. What about meeting with me and then having a hot stone massage, going to a yoga class, or having a manicure or pedicure? These things can help revitalize and motivate you to continue working towards your goals.


You arrive in Banff in the late afternoon and walk downtown for a yoga class before going to eat some Canadian cuisine at the Maple Leaf Restaurant. Afterward, you head up to the Banff Centre to listen to some live jazz.

Day One…

The next morning after a light breakfast at the Wild Flour Bakery, we meet. We’ll spend the first two hours meeting one-on-one to talk about what’s been happening in your relationship and where you want things to go. We’ll talk about what you’ve tried to do to make things better, discuss your relationship questions and relationships problems.

After our one-on-one meetings, we’ll meet together. This is where we’ll start working on areas such as communication skills or love languages depending on what you’ve identified will make the couple’s retreat the most successful for you.

After our meeting you go for a delicious lunch at the Bison Restaurant and follow it up with a nice walk along the Bow River. You decide to treat yourselves and go for a couple’s spa treatment before going to have some sushi at the Sushi House.

Day Two…

On the second day, you go for a run along the Fenland Trail, return to your hotel for a shower, and go out for a great breakfast at Coyote’s Restaurant. We meet and continue building on your relationship goals. You then decide to see the area a bit more and arrange for Banff Adventure Tours to take you out. You decide on a quiet night at your hotel and eat at the hotel restaurant or order take out.

Day Three…

The third day arrives and you decide to eat a hearty breakfast at Melissa’s Restaurant before you walk to my office to meet. We continue talking about your relationship and the progress you’re making, and spend some time discussing integrating and maintaining changes once you’re back home. You have a casual lunch at Timber’s Restaurant and take the airport shuttle to the airport. The retreat has flown by and you leave feeling confident about what you’re doing in your relationship.

The couple’s retreat is a total of 10 hours and can be divided into 2 or 3 days, depending on your needs.

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About the author:

Renée Meggs is a Registered Psychologist who works with adults and children to help them do what works, both in counselling and coaching. If you’d like to book an appointment or inquire about my services, please e-mail me at and/or go to my website at I can meet with you in person, on the phone, or on-line.