Best 5 Marriage Retreats in California

If you didn’t already know it all marriage retreats aren’t made alike. The results you desire to achieve is heavily dependent on how badly you want to work through your marital issues, and secondly which intensive you choose to attend.


After doing some in-depth research we found out there is only a handful of couples retreat that is worth the financial investments . Because of so many intensives to sift through, we took it upon ourselves to develop a comprehensive list of the top retreats in the state.


The top five retreats below are listed in order because they are simply better overall. They are hands down the best of the best in the state of California. However we understand that not all couples can afford the top tier retreats because of the cost.


In the event that finances are tight, we suggest attending an inexpensive marriage workshop like Weekend to Remember or Christian Crush, both are faith-based organizations with really good programs. The seminars are held in a group setting, and they’re one of the cheapest alternatives in the industry that won’t break the bank.


In regards to the top 5 list below, we have to point out that three of the very best retreats that landed a spot on our detailed list of the Top 50 Marriage Intensives in The Entire U.S. were from California.


Relationship Rescue Academy

Overview of Relationship Rescue Academy

Location: Orange County, CA and Kokomo, IN
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 Of all the relationship saving retreats in the country, Relationship Rescue Academy is, hands down, one of the best there is. Relationship Rescue Academy is currently ranked #1 on our detailed list of the best 50 couples’ therapy retreats in the entire U.S. here.
Relationship Rescue Academy offers two locations – one in sunny Orange County, California and one in charming Kokomo, Indiana. Both locations offer intensive couples counseling programs:

  • 2 Day Intensive
  • 3 Day Intensive
  • 4 Day Intensive
  • 5 Day Intensive


Lodging is included with each program, as well as a pre-intensive video or phone consultation and a post-intensive follow-up video or phone session. All options are one-on-one couples retreats.


Couples are assigned the same licensed marriage therapist throughout the duration of their stay. Unlike other couples counseling retreats, there’s absolutely no group work at Relationship Rescue Academy.


This ensures complete privacy and allows couples to truly open up and share with one another so that they can get to the root of their problems and come up with an effective, long-lasting solution for their issues they are experiencing in their relationships.


Fees and Cost vary by location

California retreat Package including lodging:

  • 2-day intensive: $4,500
  • 3-day intensive: $6,500
  • 4-day intensive: $8,500
  • 5-day intensive: $10,500


The one-on-one nature and the fact that you work with only one therapist throughout your stay is what makes Relationship Rescue Academy so effective.


Couples Healing Retreat

Overview of Couples Healing Retreat

Location: Sonoma County, CA
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 One of the most effective marriage-saving retreats in the industry is Healing Couples Retreat. This intensive like most top-notch retreats isn’t cheap, but considering the value, it is well worth it.
Healing Couples Retreat grades out so well that they are currently ranked as the #3 best couples retreat in the entire U.S. (Read Our Full Rankings Here).

Led by Dr. John Grey for over 25 years now, this retreat program is based on neuroscience and attachment research. His extensive training in cognitive and behavioral psychology and broad background in neurology helps determine the underlying problems of couples.


Fees and Cost to Attend Healing Couples Retreat
(Lodging, travel and meals are not included):

  • $8,850 for a 3-day private retreat
  • $11,800 for a 4-day private retreat
  • 14,750 for a 5-day private retreat


Dr. John Grey also offer a much cheaper group retreat package. However we don’t believe this group retreat alternative is a good idea for marriages on the brink of divorce.


If you can afford it, we highly recommend going with the private intensive package offered by Dr. John Grey. You’ll get a lot more one-one-one attention than you would in a group setting.


Life Marriage Retreats

Life Marriage Retreats

Location: San Diego, California
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Another top-rated program, Life Marriage Retreats is currently ranked #6 on our list of the 50 best couples’ retreat in the United States. Their focus is building and working on what they call as foundational relationship principles such as Time, Place, Learning, Support, and Commitment.


This might seem basic but people continue to give positive reviews about their program. Another thing to note is their AfterCare program where a LIFE staff will continue working with them after they finish their Private Session program.


Costs: Up to $9,495 including all meals, private sessions, lodging, and AfterCare sessions.


Relationship Lifeline

Relationship Lifeline

Location: Orange County, CA
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For around 2 decades now, Relationship Lifeline, led by Tina Konkin and her late husband Ron, have been saving relationships and broken families. They are known for their unique approach that focuses on the emotional aspect of marriage, revealing a deeper level of appreciation in a relationship.



Costs: $795/person with AfterCare



Sonoma Couples Retreat

Sonoma Couples Retreat

Location: 735 Center St, Sonoma, CA 95476
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If you want a taste of paradise as you try to fix your marriage, you better visit Marianne Harms’ retreat center. They have a unique take on it as they give you exclusive and private access to their garden cottage while you spend the day getting counsel, one couple at a time.

Costs: $3,500

Amore Retreat

Amore Retreat in Riverside County

Location: Pine Crest Ave, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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If you’re looking for a cozy place to stay and achieve that ultimate soul-searching trip, this place is for you. Led by Dr. Wylie, they’ve come up with these objectives that are necessary for healing strained and broken relationships: Time, Setting, Knowledge, Sustain, and Dedication. It’s a total package for the ultimate life-changing trip because of the nature surrounding it. You will definitely enjoy!


Costs: $4,500 for a 5-day stay.