• Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2023
  • Retreat registration fee includes the weekend retreat, all materials, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks on Saturday and Sunday. *Lodging not included.


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Roadmap for the Journey: A Path for Couple Recovery

Center City, MN

This retreat is designed for couples impacted by addiction and will provide a blueprint to integrate individual recovery and wellness into the couple’s relationship.  The Couple Recovery Development Approach, created by Dr. Robert Navarra, is based on his research on couples recovery spanning over 15 years. Dr. Navarra leverages the highly respected Gottman research on predictors for happy and healthy relationships to establish a path to heal and strengthen a couple’s life together.

Integrating the two models provides a direction for establishing, or reestablishing healthy relationship behaviors that also include issues related specifically to couples impacted by problematic substance use or behavioral compulsions.  As a participant, you will receive practical tools as well as a roadmap forward with specific strategies to take home and further both your individual and couple recovery.


Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2023

Hazelden Betty Ford
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Center City, MN 55012


Retreat registration fee is - $295
Retreat registration fee includes the weekend retreat, all materials, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks on Saturday and Sunday
Lodging not included.

Note: This workshop is not appropriate for couples if there is active addiction. It is designed for couples recovering from the impact of addiction.

For Further questions or concerns, please email:

Off-Campus Lodging Options with Special Retreat Rates

Americinn by Wyndham
North Branch, MN
(16 miles south of campus)

Ask for the special Hazelden Betty Ford rate

AmeriVu Inn and Suites
St. Croix Falls, WI
(9 miles east of campus)
Ask for the special Hazelden Betty Ford rate
AmeriVu Inn and Suites
Chisago City, MN
(6 miles west of campus)
Ask for the special Hazelden Betty Ford rate 
River Valley Inn and Suites
Osceola, WI
(8 miles southeast of campus)
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Retreat Schedule

7:00 p.m. Orientation, Overview, and Introductions
7:15 p.m. Defining Recovery: individual recovery, couple recovery and family recovery
7:30-8:30 p.m.

The 4 biggest predictors of divorce and relationship instability

Applying research theory to real life: 


-The Sound Relationship House Theory and the 7 building blocks for a healthy relationship 

-The Couple Recovery Development Approach and the three components of healthy couple recovery


Skills to Strengthen the Couple Friendship

9:00 a.m.  Increase Closeness and Intimacy; How to Really Listen
9:10 a.m.  Develop Recovery Maps
9:15-9:50 a.m. My Recovery Exercise and Q&A
9:50-10:30 a.m. Your Recovery Exercise and Q&A
10:30 a.m. Break from Session
10:45-11:20 a.m.  Our Recovery Exercise and Q&A
11:20-Noon Rituals of Connection Exercise and Q&A

Skills to Increase Positivity

1:30-2:10 p.m.

Strategies for deepening trust and intimacy, Q&A

2:10 p.m. 

Creating Vision Instructions

2:15 p.m. 

Creating Vision Exercise

2:45 p.m. Break From Session
3:00 p.m. The Positivity Exercise
3:20 p.m. Strategies & tools to address physical intimacy and the sexual relationship
3:45 p.m. Instructions for Celebrating a Positive Event 
4:00 p.m. Celebrating a Positive Event Exercise
4:20-4:30 p.m. Q&A and Saturday wrap-up
  Skills for Managing Conflict
9 a.m.

Why paying attention to physiology is important

9:10 a.m. The four biggest predictors of divorce & their antidotes
9:30 a.m. How to start a difficult conversation
9:40 a.m. What to do when the conversation starts to escalate
9:50 a.m. Family of Origin Filters
10:00 a.m. Family of Origin Filters Exercise
10:30 a.m. Break From Session
10:45 a.m. The difference between codependency and interdependency, “Three Boxes” tool
11:00 a.m. Q&A
11:15 a.m. Beyond Active Listening
11:30 a.m. Recovery and Compromise Ovals
11:50- Noon Q&A, Evaluations and Workshop Wrap-Up

About the Presenter

Cindy and Bob Navarra

Cindy Navarra and Robert Navarra, PsyD, LMFT, MAC

Cindy and Robert Navarra have been married 49 years and have two adult children. Cindy retired recently from her private practice as a bookkeeper but has continued to work with Robert supporting the work in couple recovery. She has participated in countless couple workshops and training events for therapists that Robert has provided over the years.

Her recent role in Roadmap for the Journey: A Path for Couple Recovery workshop  has included assisting in developing the Recovery Map Card Deck Sets used in the workshop, and co-presenting with Robert in role play demonstrations of the communication tools taught in the workshop. Cindy brings insights into the role plays that helps participants engage more deeply and personally in the material.  

Dr. Robert Navarra is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified Gottman therapist and master trainer, and holds national certification as a master addiction counselor. He is a popular presenter at national conferences, podcasts and webinars. He has trained counselors and therapists nationally and internationally.

Dr. Navarra has also co-authored several book chapters with Drs. John and Julie Gottman, and co-authored articles on Gottman Therapy for the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy with Dr. John Gottman.

Based on his research at Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto California, Dr. Navarra created Roadmap for the Journey: A Path for Couple’s Recovery—a two-day workshop for couples in recovery from an addictive disorder. Roadmap for the Journey is a featured workshop at Hazelden Betty Ford and has been presented at treatment programs as well as in small, semi-private workshop settings.


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