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!
Great Tool for Clinicians
Do you have couples who need encouragement to deepen their Love Maps, spice up their intimacy, or increase their Fondness & Admiration for each other? Purchase a board game for your office and share it with them. Makes a perfect homework assignment that they can look forward to.
Every “Retreat Package” includes:
“How to Make Relationships Work” 90-min DVD
20” x 20” Game Board
4 Guest Journals & Pencils
1 Instruction Set
1 Aftermath of a Fight or Regrettable Incident Booklet
1 Sand Timer
50 Open Ended Question Cards
50 Opportunity Cards
50 GottFacts! Cards
50 Love Map Cards
50 Salsa Cards
50 Wild Cards
This game is optimized for one couple, and by removing one card deck it can be played by more. Invite another couple to join in the fun!
The Gottman Couples Retreat Board Game is designed for couples who want to deepen their relationship and have fun together. Take turns rolling the dice and moving your game pieces with the goal of “returning home” from your vacation with more closeness and intimacy.
As you travel across the game board, each space is labeled with either an instruction, or the name of one of the six card decks: Love Maps, Salsa Cards, Opportunity Cards, Open Ended Question Cards, GottFacts, and Wild Cards. Each card requires you to ask a question, learn something new, or perform an action. The cards provide a wide range of topics for you and your partner to talk about - challenging, amusing, and insightful. When either you or your partner have reached the boat dock, the game is over and you BOTH have won.
About the Authors:
John Gottman, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he established “The Love Lab” and conducted much of his award-winning research on couple interaction and treatment. Dr. Gottman has studied marriage, couples, and parent relationships for nearly four decades. He has authored or co-authored over 200 published articles and more than 40 books, including: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, The Relationship Cure, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting, and The Man’s Guide to Women.
World renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. Gottman’s research has earned him numerous national awards, including: Four five-year-long National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards; The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Research Scientist Award; The American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology Presidential Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution; The National Council of Family Relations 1994 Burgess Award for Outstanding Career in Theory and Research.
Dr. Gottman, together with his wife Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, is the co-founder of The Gottman Institute, which provides clinical training, workshops, services, and educational materials for mental health professionals, couples, and families. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute which has created treatments for couples transitioning to parenthood and couples suffering from minor domestic violence.
Dr. Gottman has presented hundreds of invited keynote addresses, workshops, and scientific presentations to avid audiences around the world including Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and Norway. A wonderful storyteller and expert, Dr. Gottman has also appeared on many TV shows, including Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, and Oprah, and he has been featured in numerous print articles, including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, People, Self, Reader’s Digest, and Psychology Today.
Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., is the co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. Creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, she also designed and leads the national certification program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy for clinicians. Her other achievements include: Washington State Psychologist of the Year; Author/co-author of five books, including, Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, And Baby Makes Three, The Marriage Clinical Casebook, 10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy, and The Man’s Guide to Women; Wide recognition for her clinical psychotherapy treatment, with specialization in distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, substance abusers and their partners, and cancer patients and their families.
Inspiring, empowering, respectful, and kind, Julie’s leadership of The Gottman Institute has made it possible to identify and integrate the expertise of her staff, therapists, and the wider research and therapeutic community. Her commitment to excellence and integrity assures that as The Gottman Institute grows, it continues to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards.
She is in private practice in the Seattle area, providing intensive marathon therapy sessions for couples. She specializes in working with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families.
Drs. John and Julie Gottman currently live on Orcas Island, near Seattle, Washington. They conduct weekly and intensive couples therapy sessions, provide small group retreats, teach workshops and clinical trainings, and give keynote presentations around the world.