The Gottman Couples Retreat Board Game
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- Create a positive connection with your partner
- Learn more about each other while having fun
- Based on 40 years of research
- Includes 6 card decks, a 90 minute DVD, and more!
- *** First Edition ***
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Strengthen your relationship and deepen your connection by playing together in a tropical paradise! The Gottman Couples Retreat Board Game unites the best of our renowned, research-based relationship tools in a playful, accessible format. Balancing thoughtful conversation topics with fun, intimate action items, this "retreat" makes exploring each other's worlds enjoyable and enlightening. Even more, you'll be making deposits in your “Emotional Bank Account” by building on positive moments with each other during gameplay. Whether you're new partners or have been married for decades, the Gottman Couples Retreat Board Game is ideal for an at-home date night....or use it on anniversaries as a “ritual of connection” in your relationship. Also makes a special birthday gift or wedding present!
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You should definitely shuffle before playing this the first time, as some of the cards next to each other are similar.
You can play it with another couple, but even removing the Salsa cards as suggested by the game, playing with another couple would ruin the intimacy. Within our one game and not on a Salsa card, my fiancé gave me a 2 minute hand massage, whispered something in my ear about why he was attracted to me, he wrote me a poem, I wrote him 3 love notes to hide for him to find later, we held hands and told each other our hopes and dreams, and I cried when discussing my fears for the future. I can't imagine doing any of that in front of another couple!
Besides the things above we planned several future dates, a double date, and we now know how we are going to celebrate Valentine's Day based on ideas we shared during the game.
The DVD and card decks that are included in the game are also sold separately, and buying this game is a huge savings. I highly recommend this to any couple looking to connect in a fun, relaxed way.
P.S. - here is a photo of my fiancé making a sculpture for me out of household materials in 2 minutes.
We picked an evening for ourselves and agreed to try the game whole heartedly. We found it to be challenging, informative and fun. We laughed together (sometimes at our own ineptness in answering the questions :), we thought hard, we listened carefully, we danced, we touched, (we looked up how to write a haiku together). By the end of the game we felt closer and surprisingly refreshed.
The game was easy to follow. We did have to refer to the rules a couple of times but we always came away understanding how to proceed. It was a good length of time. In the beginning we were thinking the goal would be accomplished in just a few minutes at the pace we were going. In the end we played for a little more than an hour and then we sat around looking at the Salsa cards preparing our minds for what might be come up in the future.
We made plans for our future together, made notes about things to schedule time for as well as notes about how we like things. (I kept a spicey suggestion for how we could spend our next alone time.)
I guess the reason I love this game is based on the saying "Everywhere you go there you are." When you go on a vacation you can go to the most amazing destination and be discontent at the end of it because you didn't like who you were or how your partner treated you. If you can play this game and feel the connection, and affirmation you need right in your own home just think how amazing that next vacation will be!
There really is no age limit, I believe that this game can help any type of relationship young or mature. You can play the Couples Retreat over and over and you will continue to learn and deepen your relationship. This would also be a great game for a wedding present too.