Love and Sex 360
A Couples retreat designed for you

ASHEVILLE, NC

APRIL 4 - 7, 2019

Join us for an exclusive 4-day couples retreat in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC.  This unique couples retreat is developed by relationship experts to address the core issues you are specifically facing in your relationship everyday. 


Through a personalized assessment (addressing both sexual and relational health) and subsequent interventions for your relationship, our experts will design your specific retreat experience based on your needs.  This personalized approach will allow you and your partner to get at the core of creating the connection each of you are desiring.  


This approach along with exciting activities you can experience with your partner, will enhance and strengthen your relationship in just 4 days.  Couples can choose from exciting or relaxing activities including couple massage, food tour, zip-lining, paddle boarding, hiking, white water rafting, horseback riding and more. 

What should we expect

Couples Retreat Events

Day one | Thursday
Private Couples Activities & Cocktail Hour


day tWO | Friday
Private Couples Activities & Interventions


day three | saturday
Private Couples activities & assessments feedback


day four | Sunday
Private couples activities & Follow-up plans


Professional Service

As experts are leader in the field of couples therapy and are committed to helping couples have the relationships that they desire.

personal Approach

We take the time to get to know you and your relationship.  Our experts will thoroughly get to know your relationship before you even arrive for the retreat ensuring you are addressing what matters to you most.

intimate setting

Atmosphere matters.  We choose our retreat location and surrounding to assure that our clients are in peaceful and beautiful environment to allow for the most relaxing and mindful experience.

Meet the team

Your Relationship Experts

Dr. Laurie Watson
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Profesional Counselor
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Laurie Watson is the director of Awakenings Counseling for Couples and Sexuality that has offices in Greensboro and Raleigh with 8 clinicians. She’s an AASECT certified sex therapist and licensed marriage family counselor and is currently finishing her doctorate in sexology with research in helping couples recover sexually from breast cancer. As an author, she’s written a book titled Wanting Sex Again - How to Rediscover and Heal a Sexless Marriage (published in 2012 by Berkley Imprints) and she’s a blogger for Psychology Today and WebMD with over 6 million reads.  As an educator, Laurie addresses physicians and psychological training programs around the state and is a frequent guest lecturer at the medical schools of Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.  Her latest endeavor is a co-host with Dr. Adam Mathews in their sex podcast FOREPLAY - Radio Sex Therapy available on iTunes and Stitcher with specific episodes dedicated to the many topics of specific sexual dysfunction and relational problems.

Dr. Adam Mathews
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Adam Mathews is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of Mathews Counseling. He has over 15 years of experience working with couples and families from a wide diversity of backgrounds. He teaches on marriage and family as an adjunct professor for both NorthCentral University and Pfeiffer University as well as through numerous speaking engagements. He is co-host of the popular podcast Foreplay Radio Sex Therapy and the president of the North Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He is also an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Clinical Fellow and Supervisor. He and his wife, Rebekka, are celebrating 14 years of marriage and enjoy spending time with their three children, Lily, Reya, and Brennan. 

Carole Cullen
Licensed Marriage and Famiy Therapist
Certified Gottman Therapist

Carole Cullen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Certified Gottman Therapist and Workshop Leader in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Hofstra University.


Carole is the founder of My-Therapist, Inc., a private practice and internship training site in Wake Forest, NC specializing in working with couples to create more meaningful and intimate relationships. In her private practice, Carole has been helping couples for over 17 years and has a passion for working with couples in her practice to repair and heal their relationships. At My-Therapist, Inc., Carole customizes her couple therapeutic services to meet the needs of couples in crisis and their busy schedules by offering Marital Intensives ranging from a few hours to several days of therapy sessions.


In addition to providing therapeutic services, Carole is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and she provides supervision through her training program for students who are in an MFT Masters Program or are post-graduates working to meet the requirements for licensure in North Carolina.


She is also the co-founder of Couples Workshops of North Carolina – an organization that teaches The Art and Science of Love – a Gottman Method two-day workshop for couples who wish to strengthen their relationship and for therapists who wish to experience Gottman Method Couples Therapy – a research-based therapy designed by The Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington.

Shelly Hummel
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Gottman Therapist

Shelly Hummel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Gottman Therapist and Workshop Leader in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with Honors from The University of Iowa and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University.


Shelly specializes in couple therapy and has been in practice for 19 years. She is the founder of The Align Center for Couples and Align Counseling in Wake Forest, NC where she sees couples for weekly therapy and couples intensives, which are 1-3 days of couples therapy for couples in crisis or for out-of-state clients. She is also the co-founder of Couples Workshops of North Carolina – an organization that teaches The Art and Science of Love – a Gottman Method two-day workshop for couples who wish to strengthen their relationship and for therapists who wish to experience Gottman Method Couples Therapy – a research-based therapy designed by The Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington where Shelly frequently travels to assist as a roving therapist to support workshop participants. She has been a guest blogger for The Gottman Institute’s “#AskGottman” series and guest speaker for the NCAMFT Capital Chapter.


Shelly has previously been employed by The University of North Carolina Department of Psychiatry and Mercy Mayo Clinic of Des Moines, Iowa where she facilitated a mandated state program for divorcing parents entitled “Children in The Middle.” She regularly speaks at Hope Lutheran Church and guides the “Principles for Making Marriage Work” for which she is a certified educator. She also provides consultation to therapists on a weekly or case-by-case basis.

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