Your room will be reserved for your arrival on a Friday evening. If you are flying into the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport at New Bern you will want to rent a car to travel the 30 miles to your inn at Oriental, NC. It’s the Oriental Marina and Inn, 103 Wall Street, Oriental, NC 28571 .

Intensive counseling on board the boat Dragon Lady with Dr. Bryce & Helen Kaye will be scheduled in two two-hour sessions for each of the two days. There will be one morning and one afternoon session on each day. The exact starting time for each session will be arranged with Bryce and Helen the day immediately prior to he session.


Prior to arriving, Dr. Kaye will mail you both a packet of surveys to complete (3 hours work) and bring with you to the sessions. These surveys will help to assess subtle emotional dynamics so that Bryce and Helen can have more insight into your relationship.  Bryce and Helen will be assessing a number of critical areas of your relationship:  emotional regulation, attachment ambivalence, unconscious inhibition of necessary meta-motivational states, boundary intrusions, state management skills and awareness of principles that protect a relationship and destructive habits that degrade a partner’s sense of safety in the relationship.  In order to get the most of this retreat it is recommended for each partner to read chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 in the Marriage First Aid Kit on this website.  At the end of the retreat, you will receive a list of recommended post-retreat remedies that will be specifically tailored to your relationship.


The cost of lodging for Friday and Saturday nights is covered in the retreat fee and is for a stay at the Oriental Marina and Inn.  The room will have a balcony overlooking the harbor and boats.  A swimming pool is located in the courtyard next to the docks and the tiki bar opens for operation from 4:00 to 10:00 PM.  A nearby coffee shop with a porch overlooks the harbor. Art, nautical jewelry and souvenir shops are within easy walking distance of the inn.


Meals are not included in the retreat fee. There are several good local restaurants from which to choose.