Adventures in Love is an awesome experience! My wife ended up calling it “Love School” by the end of the weekend, and it was pretty accurate! We learned a lot about how to communicate with each other, generally & with specific topics, and it was so helpful to have other couples around to relate to! I really enjoyed it – and I wasn’t sure I would! It took me a little bit in the beginning to get comfortable with everyone, but that was just me…That’s probably also why I would’ve liked another day! I really appreciated the experience. Thank you! Cathie A – MA (Outerbanks, NC Retreat 2019)

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Even more important than going into the retreat with an open mind is coming out of the retreat with an open mind. You may not get out of it what you were expecting but you will definitely get what you need. Dawn – IN (Outerbanks, NC 2019)

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This retreat was an amazing reset for our relationship. It was a chance for us to reconnect and also learn so many tools to be better as a couple. It helped us build a better foundation and gave a roadmap to come back to if we get off course. Can’t wait to go again! Loved the take home workbook that we can use as a guide moving forward! So glad that we stayed in the Airbnb house…made things so much easier! Thank you!! Liz – Los Angeles, CA (Portland, OR Retreat 2019)

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It went by incredibly fast and I was learning through every moment! Michele created safety to be uncomfortable (which I felt intensely when either of us”in the spotlight”) but this was what I wanted from the weekend- to be challenged and to find tools to evolve. That can’t happen without discomfort. The authenticity that you and Kristen share with the group. And your direct and assertive feedback was helpful as well as how you were pretty continually modeling of the skills you were teaching; both with us and with Kristen 🙂 C. Z. – Portland, OR (Portland, OR Retreat 2019)

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It was just what my wife and I needed. I would highly recommend this retreat to any lesbian couple wanting to work on their issues. It’s real, it’s authentic, it’s exhausting and it’s invigorating. The low key flow of things. The flexibility and non-conformity to the schedule was also nice as it gave everyone chances to speak without stress about the schedule and then connect with their partner and others during the breaks.  Kelly – Portland, OR (Portland, OR Retreat 2019)

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This retreat was such a wonderful investment in both time and money. I can’t say enough about how much it built us as a couple and individually. We loved the content, the cadence of the days, & the location. It felt like vacation but we came home with new skills, new friends, & a deeper connection. Breakfast was seriously delicious! The sexy Airbnb, midday fun and relaxation, intimate group size, takeaway binder and cards, Michele’s brilliance, Kristen’s big huge heart, the GroupMe communication, the casual feel, all made it so wonderful. Andrea  – Salt Lake City, UT (Portland, OR Retreat 2019)

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The retreat was challenging, trans-formative, and eye-opening. I feel rejuvenated in my marriage. We put in a lot of intensive work but balanced it with quality time together. I feel so lucky to have been able to go and feel like it was the best decision we could have made. You have to go! Anna K – Eugene, OR (Portland, OR Retreat 2019)

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What an amazing experience! Nothing like I would have thought it would be like and I really felt like I learned more about myself that I never thought I could. I learned a deep love for my partner, how we communicate and what it mean to be in relationship together. Lyndsey Ketchum-Harkless, OR (Portland, OR Retreat 2019)

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It was an awesome experience. We learned practical approaches to some of our most common communication obstacles. I truly went from feeling very alone, to feeling like a part of a larger whole all working to become better couples. I really loved using the Group Me app to stay in touch, loved the intense sessions broken up by time to unwind and sightsee, and was excited to come home with a workbook of techniques to continue or try. Hillary Pesson, Memphis, TN (Nashville, TN Retreat 2019)

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It was nothing like what you would conjure up in your head! It was engaging, and very informative. You only need like 2 flannels (:D). Michele is a master at ferreting out the feelings/emotions you need to focus on. Piper – Bloomington, IN (Nashville, TN Retreat 2019)

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It was absolutely amazing! We didn’t want to leave! Michele is the best counselor I’ve ever been to. She has the innate ability to make everyone feel comfortable and share. Michele and Kristen – you guys are a great team and I enjoyed how you both shared your couple stories! Kristen did a fantastic job taking care of logistics – personally making sure we were comfortable and well fed! Carolee – Arlington, VA (Nashville, TN Retreat 2019)

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It was great! Even though Michele is our therapist I wasn’t sure what to expect. We learned so much, really enjoyed meeting new people and appreciated the built in downtime. You were definitely right about how much more ground we were able to cover. Being able to hear other couples interact and discuss their stories is a priceless part of the learning experience (and not at all intimidating, which i thought it would be!)  Emily – Bloomington, IN (Nashville, TN Retreat 2019)

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The Lesbian Couples Retreat was a beneficial experience where I walked away with better skills to communicate with my wife and a new set of friends. The experience was enlightening and confirming because we weren’t the only couple experiencing struggles in their relationship.Michele will break down the barriers blocking you from moving past your issues but will support you through the entire process in a very kind way…even though you may not see that in the moment. 😉 Angela Lamb – Memphis, TN (Nashville, TN Retreat 2019)

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It was very well put together and the content was incredibly helpful in learning how to navigate through communication issues. Michele is a total pro at relationships and asking people to dig deep. She’s very good at finding ways to help couples look past the weeds to the real heart of the matter. Bridgett – Los Angeles (Portland, OR Retreat 2019)

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A feeling of fun, safety, and inclusion. Michele is highly skilled, real, and compassionate. The retreat allowed us to get real about our issues while making real progress in our relationship.  N. – Washington (Burwell, NE Retreat 2018)

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I highly recommend it! It doesn’t matter what stage your relationship is in, this experience will benefit you. We were able to open up in a way we haven’t been able to do on our own, and we continue to use the skills at home. The friends we made were an added bonus, we had such a good time! Don’t change the way you and Kristen interact with the couples. You treated us like a friends not clients. It made it really easy to let my guard down quickly. A+, I feel so thankful for the experience. No matter how things turn out we are going to be better co-parents to Greyson because of the tools and knowledge we gained, so thank you, I accomplished my goal.  Angela – Texas (Burwell, NE Retreat 2018)

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An enjoyable and enlightening a learning experience. The structure of the retreat sessions created a safe place that allow all the “feels” to come to the surface. I highly recommend it to all couples who are looking to deepen their connection.  Chris O. Jackson, NJ (Burwell, NE Retreat 2018)

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Nothing like what I expected, and one of the best experiences I can imagine. A wonderful, positive, safe, nurturing, and, above all, fun environment for opening up and learning skills to make our relationship the best it can be. A mind blowing experience in which I felt that Michelle nurtured the relationship and our love for each other while gentling leading us to truths about ourselves.  Frankie – Jackson, NJ (Burwell, NE Retreat 2018)

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I would say that it was truly one of the most unique and valuable experiences of my life. The environment was safe, fun and encouraging. Don’t change the intimate setting, your involvement and vulnerability with those that you are coaching. Gwen – Washington (Burwell, NE Retreat 2018)

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These retreats provide the perfect opportunity to prioritize your relationship without distraction in a safe, supportive, loving environment. Regardless of where you’re starting, you will gain skills and insight into what is happening within your relationship, as well as within your partner. Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re so obviously changing lives and relationships.  Kate Mellen, Indianapolis, IN (Austin, TX  Retreat 2019)

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything! The retreat, the tools, the friendships! I learned so much more about myself, my partner and our relationship! I look forward to moving past the Power Struggle to Real Love and deeper understanding. Sandy, Arizona (Austin, TX  Retreat 2019)

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It was intense at times but fun and light heart too with a lot of laughter. It is a MUST if you want to learn more tools how to progress your relationship in a positive loving way. We will definitely go to another retreat!! Dodi Ely, Snowflake, AZ (Austin, TX  Retreat 2019)  

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The retreat has deepened the bond between my girlfriend and I. She feels the same. We are closer and more in love because we were able to dig in deep within ourselves in order to identify triggers, how to deal w/ issues kindly and with respect, etc. We are committed to putting in the work to longevity. Caroline, District of Columbia (Austin, TX Retreat 2019)

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It’s a game changer for your relationship.  Amanda Mellen (Austin, TX  Retreat 2019)

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It was fantastic. I simply cannot put the experience into words, the best thing I can say is GO!!! Experience this wonderful retreat for yourself! Your life is sure to change for the better!  Tricia Williams, Rubicon, Wisconsin (Austin, TX  Retreat 2019)

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I didn’t know what to expect going into the weekend, but I was very impressed overall.  It was a nice mix of lecture material for the group and couple role plays with a focus on couple-specific issues.  The tools learned during the seminar are very applicable.  Highly recommended! Good food, a wonderful mix of people, a good book to take home.  Honestly, I wish it was longer!!  Lindsay Thorstenson, Buda, TX (Austin, TX Retreat 2019)

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Feedback from Lesbian Couples Weekends in Indianapolis with Michele O’Mara

 

“You have to do this!  I wished it wasn’t ending.  It can change your life.  It will raise your awareness about yourself and your partner to a new level.” ~ Anonymous

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“It is enlightening, very helpful.  I am incredibly hopeful for our relationship after attending.”  ~ Jackson

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“It is enlightening, challenging, and well worth the time to make your relationship better.  I learned more about effective communication with my partner than I’ve ever known in 5 years together.” ~ Casey

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“The weekend was very informative and enlightening.  I felt grateful, inspired and emotionally connected.  Although I felt vulnerable at times, I also felt growth within myself and my partner.  The relaxed feeling/environment made me feel more comfortable sharing.”  ~ Chelsi

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“Wow…enlightening.  More than I ever expected.  I learned more about my partner and myself than I could have imagined or would have been able to on my own.”  ~ Anonymous

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Safe, nurturing, authentic, inspiring, lots of personal stories shared, open, education, supportive, funny.”  ~ Anonymous

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“It wasn’t what I expected and I am pleasantly surprised with how much I learned about myself and my partner.”  ~ Heather

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“This was extremely helpful, insightful and productive while at the same time very scary, challenging and daunting.  It was my idea to come here and I must admit, I was not disappointed.  Michele is compassionate and adept at creating a safe space for exploration and discovery.  I learned a lot about my partner and even more about myself – which met every expectation.”  Jenni

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Michele, your workshop is self-analyzing and provides tools for me to review our relationship, focus on areas to change and to acknowledge what’s working well.   The workshop provides a great opportunity to learn and practice a communication tool that will transform our relationship forever. Michele, you are the perfect facilitator.  Your passion, knowledge, and energy create one of the best learning sessions I’ve attended. ~ Anonymous

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“The Weekend is beneficial for anyone – new partners, long-term relationship couples, couples with problems or no problems.  It really opens your eyes.” ~ Lori

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[The Weekend] was wonderful! Open yourself up to some life-changing skills. Hands down the best information I have received in my life so far. Big ideas that inspire me to change for me!     ~ Vicki

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Great! Insightful, directive and fun. ~ Ane

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This is a great workshop that any couple, at any stage in their relationship, can learn and benefit from. ~ Anonymous 

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[Michele is] a great illustrative speaker and honestly, I was fascinated and often surprised by realizations I had. – anonymous

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What you put into it, is what you’ll get out of it.  The tools that were taught (to go away with) were incredible, and we started using them right away!    ~ Heather

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Very Non-Intimidating and Comfortable. ~ Jane

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It is Very thought provoking ! ~ Liz

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I have to say, this may just prove to be the best investment I could have made in this relationship at this stage!  I feel like I have garnered amazing tools to give the relationship the best shot of my life!   ~ Kristin

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[Michele is] very professional.  I can tell [she] is passionate about this work!   ~ Sue 

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[The Weekend] takes the focus off of negative things about myself or my partner and puts emphasis on understanding the baggage and moving on toward investing in the relationship/family. ~ anonymous

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You kept me interested the whole time. ~ Anonymous

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It was very informative, interesting and insightful.  It forced me to look at myself at issues I’ve tried to ignore for years.  It also helped me to look at my partner differently in that I had new insight as to what drew me towards choosing her and why some of her characteristics are hard for me to sit with. ~ Paula 

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It is a good investment no matter what stage your relationship is in.   It helped me feel more “normal” and focus on our strengths.      ~ Amie and Alisa

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It teaches you a lot about yourself and your responsibility in your relationship and moreover your place in life and satisfaction an peace with who you are. – Anonymous

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This was a great opportunity to learn and share in a safe, open, supportive environment.  Great for all levels/phases of relationships. ~ Anonymous

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It is exciting to discover life-changing information about yourself and your partner. [The Weekend is one of the greatest investments we’ve made in our relationship!] ~ Anonymous

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One of the most important things we have done for our relationship.  It is of great value to any couple at any stage of their relationship. ~ Barbara

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Great!  A chance to open up and see where you and your partner can grow as individuals and as a couple.  ~ Susan

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[The Weekend] creates a true importance of “us” and validity for who we are as a couple.   ~ Ann

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Enlightening, exhausting, revealing, emotionally draining, extremely helpful in identifying issues with myself.  Very welcoming and comfortable.  – anonymous

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Sign Up!  It’s a wonderful gift to yourself and your relationship. ~ Connie

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ABOUT Michele O’Mara, LCSW, Ph.D.

Relationships are my thing. Some would say, my obsession. While I only scored an 83.75% on my own "How Lesbian Are You" test,  don't let that fool you. Since returning to school in the '90s for my MSW, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: help lesbian couples grow love. 

I am that person who has built her life around one thing: lesbian relationships and women loving women. For fun, I do things like create online quizzes at asklesbians.com, to learn more about real lesbians. Or I write books. like, "Just Ask: 1,000 Questions to Grow Your Relationship," to give couples an easy way to communicate. (www.1000question.app) And, now that our boys are young men, my love, and my wife, Kristen, and I are growing lesbian love through Lesbian Couples Retreats and The Lesbian Roadshow throughout the U.S. in awesome destinations where our motto is, "love out loud" with Adventures in Love.  You can learn more about those at lesbiancouples.co.

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