Intimacy 101

September 22 - September 24, 2023

WinShape Retreat - Rome, GA

Foundation Building

Retreat Description

Newly married couples often enter marriage with little to no idea how to talk about healthy sexual expectations and rhythms, so if you and your spouse have been married seven years or less, consider attending Intimacy 101. In a relaxed and approachable setting, this retreat breaks down the barriers of potentially difficult-to-talk-about topics and provides specific biblical teaching related to sexual, spiritual, and emotional intimacy to help you have a healthy sex life from the start that is built on truth.

Key Takeaways

  • The opportunity to learn about three types of intimacy—sexual, spiritual, and emotional—and how they impact one another 
  • The chance to learn how to talk about sex in a positive manner 
  • Accurate information about all the “things no one told you” before you got married, so that you have healthy sexual expectations and rhythms 
  • A relaxed, pressure-free environment to talk with your spouse 

Retreat Speaker

Dr. Juli Slattery, clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and president/co-founder of Authentic Intimacy 


  • In 2022, this retreat was named The Naked Truth (For Newlyweds). 

Retreat Cost

$620 per couple (all applicable taxes included)
Includes lodging for two nights, meals, and programming

Your Retreat Registration Includes:

  • Comfortable accommodations featuring a private room with a king-size bed and a private bathroom with a shower and dual sink vanity
  • Fresh meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, coffee, and desserts (including endless Icedream®) curated by our world-class dining team
  • Access to the beautiful Berry College campus, dotted by 27,000 acres of peaceful pastures, tree-lined trails, wildlife, and a tranquil lake
  • Biblically-based and research-informed content designed to propel your relationship forward during the weekend and beyond
  • Serene spaces to truly unplug and connect with your spouse—time to relax in a hammock, read a book by the fire, play sports, and more



This was an extremely beautiful place, the people were very wonderful, we enjoyed the food like crazy, and had fun on the bicycles going around the lake and exploring the countryside. Our time there was a very worthwhile experience! I would love to go again!

- DJ


My husband and I attended a retreat this past spring at WinShape, and we had a life changing experience. It's such a safe place to grow and connect with your spouse. They've literally thought of everything to make you feel comfortable and cared for. We didn't want to leave!

- Lindsay H.


WinShape is a perfectly serene place. It feels really nestled in peace and quiet. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are spotless and the structures are gorgeous. Good food and the staff were all very nice.

- May M.

How It Works


Is Intimacy 101 awkward?

You’ll be surprised at how “not awkward” it is. This retreat focuses on the big picture of sexuality, not the small details. You’ll learn how to overcome barriers, communicate about this topic, and invite God into this area of your life.

If my spouse and I are newly married, but we’re an older couple, is Intimacy 101 a good fit for us?

Yes! No matter your age, if you fall into the newly married category (seven years or less), we’d love for you to attend.

We just missed the seven-year mark. What retreat should we attend?

We offer another Sex and Intimacy retreat, God, Sex, and Your Marriage, we encourage you to check out.

Where are you located?

WinShape Retreat is located on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA, approximately 1.5 hours northwest of Atlanta, GA.

What do we need to bring?

The dress for our retreats is casual. Please bring comfortable clothing. We recommend at least one pair of pants and a light jacket as well as layers in case of colder weather, rain, etc. At most retreats, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning activities, during which you’ll need closed-toe/closed-heel shoes (preferably athletic shoes). You will not need any money during your stay as all lodging, meals, snacks, and programming are included in your registration fee.

Do you provide counseling at Marriage Retreats?

Our Marriage Retreats do not provide time for one-on-one counseling with the speakers or other staff members. If you feel you may need more in-depth help or that your marriage is in crisis, please contact us or check out Marriage Intensives.

What does the schedule look like, and will we have free time?

You will receive a detailed schedule of the weekend upon arrival, but you can expect breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as sessions in an auditorium type setting. Additionally, you’ll have free time and experiential learning activities on Saturday. During your free time, you’re welcome to explore the beautiful Berry College campus on one of the many walking or biking trails. Please feel free to bring your bikes, or you can check out ones we have available. We also have a variety of other activities and games—fishing equipment, discs for our disc golf course, yard games, tennis rackets, basketballs, board games, etc.

What is your reservation policy?

The full amount of the event will be charged to your credit card at the time of the reservation. Once your card is charged, your payment is non-refundable. If your plans change, your reservation can be transferred to another retreat within one year of the date of the reserved event. This must be done at least one week prior to the retreat. A $75.00 transfer fee may be assessed. If you do not call to cancel your reservation prior to the retreat, you will not be able to transfer to a different retreat.

After a Marriage Retreat, You’ll Be:

  • Strengthened in your relationship with the Lord 
  • Renewed in your intimacy with your spouse 
  • Inspired to continue prioritizing your marriage 
  • Encouraged by others walking similar paths 
  • Refreshed and rejuvenated to return home 

Ready to Register?

Once you and your spouse are ready to register for an incredible weekend getaway, we’re happy to help. Additionally, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call. You can reach our Reservations Team at 706-368-6801 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST.

Have Questions? Contact Our Reservations Team.