No matter how devoted you are to each other, if you’re not really connecting when it comes to making love, that lack of connection may affect so many other parts of your relationship.
There are different ways that this disconnection can show up in a relationship:
Perhaps one of you wants to make love but the other isn’t really interested. You just don’t seem to be on the same page.
Maybe it’s been a long time since the two of you have made love and you’re a bit timid about even going there.
Maybe, despite everything you’ve tried, lovemaking has never really satisfied either or both of you – and you just wish it could be different.
Or perhaps you are just too plain busy – you really love each other but there’s just not the time…
Whatever your specific circumstance, if the lovemaking between you and your partner is not what you had hoped it would be, we want to let you know that it doesn’t have to be that way.
And if it is, or has been, satisfying in the past and you are interested in rekindling or enhancing your experience of love, then this week will truly replenish.
You can make love in a way that honours and fulfills both of you – it is possible.
The Making Love Retreat is for couples who value their relationship, want an authentic deeper intimate connection with each other, without closing down or compromising themselves.
The Retreat has been running in Switzerland for 25 years by the originators, Diana and Michael Richardson, and has helped thousands of couples improve their intimate relationship, heal their past and reconnect them so they are on the same page. It has been held in Australia now for 7 years by Australian Presenters, Janet McGeever and Gene Thompson.
— Diana Richardson, creator of The Making Love Retreat®
I cannot speak more highly of Janet and Gene’s Making Love Retreat that I attended with my husband in October 2016. The teachings are so simple and yet so profound. A year prior to the retreat, we had decided to separate after 17 years of marriage. Our relationship had become very stuck and toxic, which underneath was all related to a loss of loving intimacy. The retreat has completely transformed our relationship. If any of the old ways of relating come back, we simply come back to the practices from the retreat, and we instantly return to deep love, relaxation and harmony in our relationship and our family unit with our teenage sons.
— Jane Mallick, Yoga Teacher and Coach
This week has softened me, marinated me and opened me to really connect with this beautiful man in a way that I have always wanted. The love making is a 180% shift from the unfulfilling robotic way that I was. I feel overflowing presence that has somehow taken me effortlessly to ecstatic states that I have never experienced before. But even more important for me is the fact that I now feel ready and willing to step fully into this relationship with my heart and soul open in innocence and trust, hand in hand with a wonderful man as a fuller , more compassionate and more empowered reason for myself. So much gratitude.
This work can change the world.
— Sharon Turton - Author of The Art of Peaceful Parenting
Introduce and learn new ways to authentically communicate with your partner on a deeper, more intimate level
Men can let go of the burden of performance or expectation to play a role of 'what a man is meant to be'
Women reconnect with their body and find a new place of safety and trust. An inner femininity arises naturally.
Gain new insights and understandings into female/male sexuality and how it can transform your relationship
Life has handed me an unexpected gift - since 2009 I've had the privilege of teaching Tantra. Never on this earth as a dedicated catholic girl in the 60's and 70's could I have ever imagined that my profession would involve sex education!
In my experience, however, Tantra is the ultimate ‘undoing’. What we teach here is a simple, loving and natural approach to intimate relationships. You're taught how to engage with your heart and body to bring about a level of presence and awareness that simply can't be found in the mind. No matter your struggles this is a teaching that brings you back to your very essence, where the extraordinary is found in the ordinary. Through this path, I have found a way to come home to and awaken the woman within. And I want this for every man and every woman.
As an educator, speaker, psychotherapist and author, I am passionate about educating and facilitating women and men to create meaningful and loving relationships in their lives. I am known for my ability to create a safe space for my clients and participants, especially in the sensitive realm of sexuality. I have facilitated the Making Love Retreat since 2012 and plan to do this important work for many years to come. Based on feedback from the couples who've attended, I think of it as a calling.
I have co-authored Tantric Sex and Menopause - Practices for Spirtual and Sexual Renewal with Diana Richardson, pioneer of the Slow Sex movement and creator of this retreat. She is someone I greatly admire and who has taught me a lot. Our book was released in April 2018. It has been translated into German and Czech and soon to be in Spanish and French.
As a keynote speaker in the Health and Wellness Industry, I was given the opportunity to present a talk about 'Making Love' at TEDx Noosa in 2013. It was considered somewhat controversial at the time but as many would agree, very necessary, you can view it here.
I have worked as a psychotherapist for 20 years, trained in Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy, which gave me a very good grounding in teaching this retreat as the training was very much somatically based - that is, 'through the body', bringing acute awareness and sensitivity to the body and being and working in very subtle ways, to invite change.
I've studied under Brandon Bays, originator of The Journey Method for 20 years, a profound healing modality that supports indiviudals with emotional and physical issues.
But that's all the official stuff. Basically I am pretty much just like you- in search of answers, a seeker of Truth. I'm 60 years old. I've lived. And I'm a Mum and Grandmother, so I have washed dishes, changed nappies and now I'm doing it all over again! Well no more nappies, my (grand) 'girls' are now 5 and 7 years old. I'm a real person. I hurt. I get angry. I love deeply and am profoundly touched by the men and women who come to me for one on one private work or the retreats. I think it is the greatest privilege to be entrusted to support others and witness their wonderment, their tender vulnerability and opening heart with the most intimate and confronting of things - sexuality.
And I've been there too. I've been vulnerable, been to places that were not easy places to be. But I've come through. And if you choose to join me, I'd be honoured and humbled to support you on this Retreat journey.
I am also assisted by Jodie White, who has assisted at The Making Love Retreat for the past 7 years. Her dedication to this retreat is second to none. Her sensitivity to the group is profound and I am so grateful she is by my side.
"I have absolute faith in Janet's capacity and ability to facilitate, guide and transmit the information of this retreat to both genders. Having first met Janet as a student in 2008, we then became close friends, which led us to co-authoring a book on Tantric Sex and Menopause. It was in the process of this collaboration, that I came to deeply respect her insight and awareness of the subject that we both passionately teach. I could see through her contribution, that, like me, her own personal experiences had given rise to profound insights into sex, from both the male and female perspectives.
Janet is a person of exceptional understanding and compassion, and our connection and exchange over the years has been both personally and professionally very enriching for me.
In Europe this retreat has been running since 1993, with a steadily increasing number of participants - all report positive benefits to their love relationship. I hope that all Australians and those from nearby nations take advantage of this retreat being offered in Australia and facilitated by such a dedicated teacher of my work."
Our relationship prior to the week was in a great place. We are soon to be married and what we thought was love & lovemaking has now been redefined to a place we never ever want to leave.
I’ve learned how to love my woman as a man. The effect on her is what I’ve always dreamed but never thought possible. I’ve experienced love.
I’m far more attentive in conversation than I’ve ever been. At a deeper level I feel more of a man and I see my partner more as a woman than ever. I feel like our needs have been very clearly identified so we now have a far greater ability to connect. We know what our love should feel like now and we know how to get back to it (in case it ever breaks).
— Simon 32
I always feared the future. I was lost and felt powerless to change my situation as my partner did not see a problem. I became so angry that I wanted to punish myself and found great comfort in this practice. I would continually tell my husband I was a ‘lost cause’.
I felt defective, unlovable and terrible shame. The most enjoyable moment was making love in a way that I always wanted. Inside I knew there was more but could never find it. We cried together. We mourned the loss of precious years wasted because of disconnection and then magically found each other. I now feel as if I am standing on the edge ready to free fall into my life knowing that my best friend is by my side and its all going to be just fine.
I want to thank you both for your love and compassion. And always being there for me. Thank you for an amazing week and the way you explained so much in such an easy to grasp way. My body heard everything.
— Karen 60
I was frustrated and helpless regarding sex in my marriage. Now with this teaching I feel inspired, empowered and excited to be the lover for my wife that she truly needs o find healing, ecstasy and orgasmic bliss in nurturing love.
Through slow sex, I can heal my pattern of feeling “not good enough’. Sex and being a confident lover were major missing pieces of my puzzle. I feel at peace, at home and centered. We now make beautiful love instead of trying to have sex.
— Uhlrich, 44
Who is the retreat for?
The retreat is for heterosexual couples that are in a committed relationship. It doesn’t matter if you have been together for 30 years or a week, or whether you are 18 or 85! Any couple that has a shared commitment to deepening their relationship can benefit.
How long is the retreat?
The Retreat runs for six days and six nights, from Sunday evening to Saturday early afternoon. We highly recommend staying on for one more night, to give time to integrate the beautiful week and not be rushing on the last day. Speak with Jacqui at email@example.com who can give you a special price.
What time does the retreat start?
You can book into your cabin from 2 - 4pm. Registration is at 5.15pm. The Retreat itself begins promptly at 5.30pm on the Sunday and closes at approximately 1pm after lunch the following Saturday.
Where is it held?
The Retreat is held in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland at Kondalilla Eco Resort, Montville, Queensland, Australia.
Is food and accomodation included?
No. The Tuition fee of $1195 per person is paid to Janet and Gene, and Food (Lunch and Dinner) and Accommodation ($960 per person) is paid separately to Kondalilla Eco Resort. Breakfast is taken in your room (hampers can be ordered from the resort for $25 per couple per day) or you can take a short walk up the hill to Elements Cafe.
Once you register, an email notifies Kondalilla Eco Resort of your attendance and they will contact you to book your room and to place one night's deposit with them. You can call Kondalilla Eco Resort on 07 5445 7650 if you have questions about accommodation.
Is there a choice of accommodation?
Your fee of $960 per person for Food and Accommodation offers your 6 night stay in a Treehouse, a rustic private cabin looking into the trees, each including a spa bath, kitchenette, lounge space and deck. Treehouses are situated a short and enjoyable walking distance from the group room. If you wish, you can upgrade to a Villa, which is an extra fee, at http://kondalillaecoresort.com/
I have special dietary needs, can you cater for me?
Our talented chefs offer delicious and healthy vegetarian and gluten free food. When you register, you will fill in a registration form for you both, where you can inform us about any allergies. Please advise us of any special requirements you may have including vegan diets – we will do our best to meet your needs. However, we do not cater for personal preferences, just allergies and strict diets for medical reasons. As you can imagine, it can all get quite complicated! There is plenty of food to choose from.
We will be travelling by air. How do I get to Kondalilla Eco Resort?
The Resort is approximately 1 hour 15 mins drive from Brisbane Airport, and 35 minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport. A taxi costs approximately $60-$80 or you can hire a car from either airport.
Is this retreat suitable for same sex couples?
While the general approach of conscious “Slow Sex” can be of great benefit to homosexual couples wishing to connect more deeply during love making, the material we teach is based around the polarity between male and female and in its current form, we are sorry that it is not suitable for same sex couples.