Cultivating the Joy of Sexuality & Intimacy: a Ketamine-assisted Retreat for Couples | September 2024

Buckhorn Springs Resort, Ashland OR

This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly experienced therapists in beautiful Ashland, Oregon at Buckhorn Springs Resort. Join us for a transformative weekend.

Donna Sorgen LMHT and Tammy Nelson Ph.D, along with their spouses Harvey and Bruce, will lead you through a retreat program designed for 10 couples.

This immersive couples retreat focuses on fostering effective communication to deepen your connection and navigate challenges together. Through noble communication, we aim to help you understand each other's needs and cultivate an intimate bond through open dialogue.

We believe that clear and compassionate communication is the cornerstone of healthy relationships. By honing these skills, couples can enhance their partnership, leading to increased pleasure, shared joy, and a profound sense of connection. Sexuality and capacity for intimacy can be explored through structured and meaningful conversations and guided practices in this safe, beautiful setting.

Couples will have the opportunity to explore their relationship dynamics, break old patterns, and discover impediments to joy and well-being. Through mindfulness practices, walks in nature, live music, guided meditation, and possibly ketamine-assisted sessions, you can open the doors of your mind, heart, and body to deeper self-awareness and connection.

Depression, isolation, anxiety and withdrawal from each other are symptoms of Relationship Fatigue and often carry a huge burden of despair and a sense of hopelessness for change. Creating space for cultivating JOY will bring a renewed energy and excitement into your relationship.

This retreat is designed for couples committed to personal growth and deepening their interpersonal connections. Whether you have experience with psychedelic medicines or not, all are welcome to apply. Safety and readiness to engage in group settings are paramount considerations for participation. Please note: this retreat is not a brief residential treatment. It is not meant for anyone suffering from an acute mental health crisis, nor is it for those with severe and persistent psychiatric conditions.

Steps to join:

Step 1. Fill out the initial registration form and we will contact you for the phone or Zoom screening call. This 15 minute screening call is designed to determine if this retreat is a good fit for you and to answer questions you might have.

Step 2.  If the phone or Zoom screening results in a sense that there is a good fit (mutually decided, of course) you will be asked to make a deposit of 50% of the retreat fee.

Step 3.  After a successful screening you will be assigned to one of the  physicians attending the retreat for a medical interview. This interview is 60 minutes. There is a fee for this couples medical interview paid directly to the medical provider. This fee includes the cost of prescribing the ketamine to you, which is done on an individual basis. This medical assessment is essential and may include  our speaking with your psychotherapist or prescribing psychopharmacologist.  

Step 4. After your deposit is received, a zoom preparation session will follow, with one of the retreat facilitators. The purpose of the preparation session is for us  to get to know you better and provide education to you regarding the retreat. We will schedule the session after receiving your deposit.

Step 5. You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that delineates  our request that you hold the names/identities of other participants as confidential.  There will also be an Informed Consent document which we ask you to read carefully and sign.  This process (Informed Consent) describes risks inherent in participation in retreats such as this one. Additionally we will be requiring you to sign a standard indemnity release form

Retreat Schedule

Check-in Thursday 4:00 PM (Accommodations can be made to arrive earlier or the night before)


4:00 PM Check-in until 6:00 PM

6:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Formal program begins


7:15 AM  Meditation NO BREAKFAST

8:15 AM Morning program and first dosing session:  Meet the medicine

12:00 PM  Lunch and SPA break. Optional meditation or yoga clas

3:30 PM Afternoon program

6:00 PM  Dinner

7:00-9:00 PM Evening program

9:00 PM Optional program for play, bonfire, etc


7:15 AM Meditation/yoga NO BREAKFAST

8:15 AM Integration and small groups

10:00 AM Dosing session

12:00 PM Lunch and break

Optional meditation, movement, creative writing class

3:00 PM Afternoon program

6:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Evening event


7:15 AM Meditation NO BREAKFAST

8:15 AM Integration and small groups

10:00 AM Dosing Session. (a time for spa or hike if not dosing)

12:00 PM Brunch

1:00 PM Afternoon program

3:00 PM Program closes

* all participants must commit to staying until the close of the program.


Cost: $3950 per couple, 50% deposit upon enrollment

50% balance due by August 1, 2024

Payment plans available upon request.

This fee include housing and delicious vegetarian meals.

Medical Interview fee to be paid to medical provider, details to follow after enrollment

Faculty contact details

Donna Sorgen LMHC


Phone: 804.310.5650


Dr Tammy Nelson



Relationship Resources

Jayne Gumpel, LCSW

Jayne's Email Address

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Donna Sorgen, LMHC
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D