Relationship Counsellor & Supervisor, Marriage & Family Educator, Conflict & Stress Management Consultant
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Marriage is like a long sea journey. There are times of smooth sailing and on board festivities, but also times when the tempest hits and we cling on for dear life. Join us at the next Marriage Getaway to scrape off the barnacles, stock up on provisions and swap tales with your fellow attendees.

John and Heather McAlpine host Couple Getaway weekends at their beautiful property “Ulmarra” at Kiama’s picturesque Minnamurra. Couples will not only be given the tools to reconnect and strengthen their relationships, but can also enjoy the natural beauty of the area by partaking in a beach or bush walk, or organise their own romantic dinner at one of Kiama’s award winning restaurants.

Couple Getaway topics include:

  • Keeping Connected
  • Creative use of Conflict
  • Making up… the art of Apologies and Forgiveness
  • “What’s Your Family got to do with this?”
  • Leaping Marriage Hurdles… Challenges that Change
  • Deepening Intimacy and Having Fun
  • Being Intentional… creating the marriage you want
  • And any other topic of participant’s choosing

  Keep an eye out for upcoming couple getaways.

engaging

“Engaging, open, passionate about the subject”.
Heather McAlpine
2016-10-11T18:38:51+00:00
“Engaging, open, passionate about the subject”.

john and heather

"John and Heather were fantastic presenters. We appreciated their honesty in personal issues. Peppers was an excellent site. I was really able to have the opportunity to be honest with my hubby using the tools shown. "
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T01:40:16+00:00
"John and Heather were fantastic presenters. We appreciated their honesty in personal issues. Peppers was an excellent site. I was really able to have the opportunity to be honest with my hubby using the tools shown. "

excellent

"Excellent- it wouldn't be an easy task! Thanks for sharing personally"
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:03:07+00:00
"Excellent- it wouldn't be an easy task! Thanks for sharing personally"

easy to relate to

"Easy to relate to, honest, down to earth. Great personal marriage examples"
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:04:44+00:00
"Easy to relate to, honest, down to earth. Great personal marriage examples"

insightful

"Insightful, wise and entertaining communicators"
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:16:19+00:00
"Insightful, wise and entertaining communicators"

knowledgeable

"Knowledgeable, experienced, comfortable, approachable and humourous"
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:17:41+00:00
"Knowledgeable, experienced, comfortable, approachable and humourous"

variety

"I found the variety of listening/writing and activity helpful to avoid repetition. The leaders were approachable, normal, energetic and passionate"
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:22:39+00:00
"I found the variety of listening/writing and activity helpful to avoid repetition. The leaders were approachable, normal, energetic and passionate"

whole day

"The whole day was carefully planned, well organised. The sessions were stimulating and well presented - the meals were great! The leaders were open, enthusiastic, funny, knowledgeable and real".
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:26:26+00:00
"The whole day was carefully planned, well organised. The sessions were stimulating and well presented - the meals were great! The leaders were open, enthusiastic, funny, knowledgeable and real".

open and wonderful

"Open, and wonderful at communicating in a way that encourages involvement in the program"
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:28:59+00:00
"Open, and wonderful at communicating in a way that encourages involvement in the program"

wide experience

"Wide experience shows in the way they deal with all the topics"
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:31:43+00:00
"Wide experience shows in the way they deal with all the topics"

very warm

"Very warm, personable and transparent"
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:34:41+00:00
"Very warm, personable and transparent"

open humourous

"Open and humourous, well informed and clear. Very encouraging and adaptable"
Heather McAlpine
2016-11-02T02:56:19+00:00
"Open and humourous, well informed and clear. Very encouraging and adaptable"

caring and considerate

Heather and John were caring and considerate. Good examples were given from their own life and this was helpful and a sign of openness.
Heather McAlpine
2017-01-11T03:55:58+00:00
Heather and John were caring and considerate. Good examples were given from their own life and this was helpful and a sign of openness.

always improving

A good example of how marriage should be – not perfect but always improving.
Heather McAlpine
2017-01-11T03:56:30+00:00
A good example of how marriage should be – not perfect but always improving.

lovely

The workshop leaders were lovely. I pray our relationship is as fun and healthy after thirty years of marriage!
Heather McAlpine
2017-01-11T03:57:18+00:00
The workshop leaders were lovely. I pray our relationship is as fun and healthy after thirty years of marriage!

fun

Love the fun that you brought to the day to diffuse any nervousness.
Heather McAlpine
2017-01-11T03:57:44+00:00
Love the fun that you brought to the day to diffuse any nervousness.

engaging and interesting

Engaging and interesting – especially good that you were a real genuine couple and gave genuine real life examples.
Heather McAlpine
2017-01-11T03:59:14+00:00
Engaging and interesting – especially good that you were a real genuine couple and gave genuine real life examples.

Following are media articles about Heather and John’s work with couple retreats and making happier marriages.

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