Marriage Retreats on Private Nautical Odysseys

Do you believe your relationship deserves the most intensive, private couple-to-couple marriage retreat possible?  We are Author/Dr. Bryce and Helen Kaye, a husband and wife team of professionals (happily married 32 years) who counsel and rescue relationships on our totally private marriage retreats. 


Competence you can trust     

When you are a couple selecting a marriage therapist with so much at stake, you should be asking these questions: Does the therapist have extensive training in the neuro-science of emotional regulation? Has the therapist treated individuals with personality and emotional disorders in addition to working with couples? We find that many relationship difficulties have these kinds of deep roots underneath their problematic behaviors. Love Odyssey Captain Dr. Bryce Kaye is well qualified to address the real underlying causes of emotionally driven behavior. He holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Personality from the University of Illinois. For over 32 years he has treated thousands of married couples and even more thousands of individuals. He has specialized training in treating multiple personality, post traumatic stress disorder, various personality disorders, addictive and compulsive disorders, anxiety and depression. His book about emotional dynamics in troubled marriages is titled The Marriage First Aid Kit and you can read it online here for free.


Read Dr. Kaye’s article “How Marriage Counseling Doesn’t Get It.”


Blog BadgeIf your marriage is truly important to you why take half measures in trying to save it? If you read the extensive material on this website you will see that our intensive Love Odyssey marriage retreats deal in much greater depth than most couples retreats.  This is true whether you choose our intensive 2-day weekend retreat or one of our more extensive 5 or 7-day retreats.  The videos and book chapters on this website can help you understand some of the deeper dynamics and emotional states that break down communication.  So our advice is … your homework! Study this website.  Read “The Love Odyssey Story”.  Watch our videos. Read our blogs.  Listen to our radio interview and you can hear previous voyagers describe how they learned to manage and cultivate their emotions to dramatically improve their relationships.  Read some  of  The Marriage First Aid Kit  and learn some of the real science that’s affecting your marriage. Put us to the test and see if we’re exaggerating our claim that you will learn more useful things on this site than any other marriage counseling retreat site. The fate of your relationship may depend on it.


One of our marriage retreats will reignite your romance.



We’ve helped many couples with:

Lost Affection

Post-Affair Healing

Conflict Management

Poor Communication

Blended Families

Boundary Intrusions

Co-Parenting & In-laws

Money Issues



Listen to the captain Dr. Bryce Kaye explain the science that make these intensive marriage retreats so effective.


Captain and crew of Love Odyssey marriage retreats


Listen to Bryce and Helen Kaye in a radio interview with different voyagers from previous marriage retreats sharing their experiences.




Use this Marriage First Aid Kit before your couples retreat


 Read what it’s like to be on one of our Love Odyssey marriage retreats


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Check your relationship for common problem syndromes

Use these diagnostic tools before your marriage retreat


A Serious Intervention On a Marriage Retreat In A  Vacation-like Setting


These marriage counseling retreats offer intensive marriage and couples counseling in a private environment usually for one couple at a time. The captain, Dr. Bryce Kaye has authored the book “The Marriage First Aid Kit” and is a 30 + year veteran marriage therapist. Helen and Bryce provide training for up to four hours each day with just you and your partner. It’s very private and personal.  If you choose our intensive 2-day weekend retreat you will stay in a comfortable inn that overlooks the scenic inner harbor of Oriental. During the day you will meet for intensive counseling with Dr. Bryce and Helen Kaye on board their pilothouse sailboat Dragon Lady. Dragon Lady will remain docked while overlooking the scenic harbor and nearby Neuse River.  If you choose one of our 5 or 7-day retreats you can choose from either our sailing option or our landlubber’s option with no sailing involved.  If you choose one of our sailing odyssey couples counseling retreats you will sail to lovely locations on the North Carolina Coast.  The scenic rivers and quaint coastal towns offer the perfect relaxing environment to promote your intimate re-connection. You can stay in beautiful bed-and-breakfasts, eat in restaurants of your choice, shop, swim or do nothing at all but relax. This is part of our strategy. The changing ports of call and the opportunities for new exploration help shift you both to a state of flexible receptivity. Each day of the sailing couples retreat involves several alternating periods of intense counseling and relaxing fun. Our couples appreciate how we pace their learning in manageable bites. We allow each couple to digest the information that they’ve derived from each counseling session. During each unstructured period they can talk more casually while exploring each port of call. This formula of alternating work and play states is highly effective.  If you choose one of our 5 or 7 day landlubber’s retreats then you can use your car to rendezvous with our boat at the different port towns and still receive the same intensive counseling while enjoying the nautical environment.  On a landlubber’s retreat the boat is merely used as an office and meeting place while docked.