Reclaim Your Fairytale: Galena Couples Retreat & Intensive

Intimacy Reimagined For Real Connections

Don't Miss Out! Reignite. Reconnect. Reimagine.

Register Now for "Intimacy Reimagined” in beautiful Galena, Illinois with Rick & Monique & Real Connections!

Calling all married couples! Tired of the same old routine? Spice things up! Reignite the spark! We'll help you build a connection hotter than a sizzling fajita (with less heartburn!).

Intimacy Reimagined isn't your average retreat - it's a couples-intensive & workshop POWER COMBO designed to transform your love life and, hand-in-hand, create the connected future you deserve.

Immerse Yourselves: Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Galena, Illinois, lies the captivating Cloran Mansion. From September 18th to 22nd, 2024, you and your spouse can escape to this haven of whispered elegance, crackling fireplaces, and an ambiance that would make even Nicholas Sparks swoon.

Click the link for more info, or sign up on this page!

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Welcome To The Cloran Mansion - Beautiful & Edgy with a bit of Americana & small-town charm

Relax in the beauty of an 1880 home built in the timeless elegance of Italianate architecture. Enjoy the amenities of a modern inn, including private bathrooms, in-room fireplaces, plenty of parking, 1.5 acres of gardens, yummy food, and other comforts meant to pamper.

And experience Intimacy - Reimagined

Challenging you as a couple to work through some struggles, learn to reconnect emotionally, mentally, physically and relationally, and build solid plans to take home and implement to keep practicing!


Join Us at Intimacy Reimagined

Only a few fortunate couples will be let in to this intimate and exclusive retreat...

Luxury retreat, luxury love! ✨

✨ Escape the yawn-fests of life and embark on an adventure with your other half! Imagine eating chocolates and sipping wine amidst the halls of somewhere luxurious, unlocking the secrets to a love that shimmers brighter than a unicorn's horn.

Those other getaways won’t give you what Rick & Monique’s “Intimacy Reimagined" will. This isn't just another retreat - it's your VIP pass to your happily ever after. Relationship rockstars (who've seen it all in therapy sessions, and have seen their "way better" after them!) are spilling their 9 hottest traits, tips and tricks to get your sparks flying. Ready to transform your relationship? Buckle up for quite the getaway!

Ready to ditch the "meh" and embrace the "whoa?" Click the link below, pick your room, and let's build your best relationship ever, brick by luxurious brick! ✨

Galena, IL: Where history whispers and romance blooms

Imagine strolling down charming, red-brick streets lined with 19th-century buildings, each whispering tales of bygone eras. Picture yourself nestled amidst rolling green hills, breathing in the crisp Midwest air, with the majestic Mississippi River winding its way on the horizon. That's the magic of Galena, IL.

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It's a town where elegance and history intertwine, offering a captivating blend of quaint charm and captivating stories. Explore antique shops brimming with hidden treasures, indulge in fine dining with a touch of local flavor, and wander through art galleries showcasing regional talent.

Here's what makes Galena truly special:

  • A step back in time: Immerse yourself in the preserved historic downtown, a picturesque testament to the town's rich past.
  • Romantic haven: Enjoy cozy bed and breakfasts, horse-drawn carriage rides,and candlelit dinners for an unforgettable couple's getaway.
  • Natural beauty: Hike scenic trails, witness breathtaking sunsets over the Mississippi, and let nature rejuvenate your soul.
  • Cultural tapestry: Discover unique art galleries, museums, and live music venues, experiencing the vibrant spirit of the community.
  • Unexpected delights: Explore charming local shops, indulge in gourmet treats,and uncover hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Galena is more than just a destination; it's an experience. It's the place where you can reconnect, de-stress, & unwind in a picturesque setting. Create memories that will last a lifetime. So, why not whisper your own story in the charming streets of Galena?


Meet Rick and Monique

Rick and Monique
Rick and Monique Elgersma
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What's Included

This will be intense. You'll work hard. Your relationship can FLOURISH. But there are some SUPER COOL benefits to everyone who attends. Look at the list below and RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!
Intimacy Reimagined - Galena is an all-inclusive couples retreat with experiences and amenities to make you feel pampered, exclusive, unique... and renewed
What's included
  • days full of guidance, laughter, learning, and practice by trained relationship experts
  • 4 nights in a King or Queen suite
    (4 of the rooms include a Jacuzzi!)
  • ALL EN SUITE ROOMS with soft towels, Bathrobes, fireplaces, private bathrooms.
  • All meals provided
    Wednesday night through Sunday morning
  • snacks and drinks provided
  • Group time & activities with prizes
  • Time alone to connect or explore galena
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Use the contact us button above if more information is needed, or pick your room below!

Available Rooms

Each luxurious room is an En Suite. All linens, pillows, blankets, and bathrobes provided, and each couple will have the privacy of their own bathroom. Each room has a mini-fridge, TV and fireplace.

ONLY 2 Kings & 3 Queen Rooms Available. Book Yours Before They're Gone!

$750 non-refundable deposit required to book a room.
* Full payment discount is available when paying for the entire room at time of booking *
bedroom suite

"John's Room"

$4400 (Queen w/ jacuzzi tub)
John's room was named after the original owner of the Mansion, John Cloran, and provides the perfect cozy setting for enjoying your time together. It offers beautiful views of the gardens, gazebo and pond, and its angled fireplace projects a warm glow on the queen-size bed. The private bath includes an inviting Jacuzzi tub built for two and soft Cloran Mansion robes. Enjoy complimentary beverages from the stocked mini fridge while watching cable TV or having an intimate conversation on the soft, blue sofa.
bedroom suite

"Sarah's Suite"

$4800 (King w/ Jacuzzi tub, separate sitting room & table, main floor)
This room is the largest room in the mansion and is a main-floor suite. Its collection of imported Italian furniture makes it one of the most elegant suites in Galena. Sara’s Suite features an extra-firm pillow top king-size bed as well as a queen-size sofa sleeper. The armoire hosts a flat screen TV/ DVD player and CD stereo. A coffee pot, microwave and stocked mini-fridge are provided for your convenience. Enjoy your morning coffee or tea at the glass-top table in the bay window wearing your soft Cloran Mansion robe, having an intimate conversation in the comfort of your own room. Cuddle up on the sofa in front of a warm fire or pamper yourself in the largest corner whirlpool built for two in the spacious private bath. Sara’s Suite is the perfect setting.

"Ann's Room"

$4500 (Queen w/ Jacuzzi tub)
Ann's room is named after the wife and mother of the home, Ann Cloran. This room has added character with wood cathedral ceiling with a stained glass window making this room warm and rustic. The extra firm pillow top queen-size bed is located near the Grande fireplace, infusing its warmth for a cozy, romantic evening. The private bath features numerous windows with a view of the stars and a nearby working farm and hosts a two-person whirlpool tub and built-in shower. Ann's room includes a satellite flat-screen TV with a DVD player, mini stocked refrigerator, bluetooth charging station and soft Cloran Mansion robes.
bedroom suite

"Tower Room"

$4650 (King w/ shower Ensuite, Stairs to tower with Jacuzzi tub)
The Tower Room is a special place for spending time with the one you love. It features a king-size bed, a gas fireplace that can be operated via remote control, and a "fandelier" with blades that retract, also operated by remote. Most unique, though, is the bathroom. A private staircase within the bathroom leads to the old tower of the house, built in 1880. Today a whirlpool tub and chandelier invite you to relax! For your convenience, you will also find bath robes, bath salts, and a mini-fridge stocked with water and soda. If you have difficulty with stairs, please note that the climb to the old Tower in the bathroom is a bit steep and perhaps more than you would like to take on (the room also has a shower in the room and does NOT require you to climb these stairs).

"Alice's Room"

$4200 (Queen w/ shower)
The room is named after John & Ann Cloran's daughter Alice, who took care of her father in the house after Ann passed away. Alice's Room is a bit smaller, but does not sacrifice comfort. A queen bed provides a nice atmosphere for a haven after a day of learning & connecting with your spouse or visiting Galena. It has a Napoleon electric fireplace recessed into the wall that can be operated with or without heat using the remote control. The private bathroom has a shower stall, toilet and vanity. A small refrigerator comes stocked with water and soda. Soft Cloran bathrobes are also provided. If you prefer large spaces during a getaway, Alice's Room is likely not for you. But if you are attracted to cozy, comfy, tastefully decorated rooms with both historical charm and modern comforts, Alice's Room could be the right fit!

Reserve your room today!

See room details above for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Your deposit is non-refundable. You may cancel your retreat reservation and receive a full refund, excluding your non-refundable deposit, as long as you cancel 75 days before the start of the retreat (by Friday, July 5, 2024). If you cancel your reservation between 45-to-74 days prior to the retreat, you may receive 50% refund of the retreat costs, excluding the non-refundable deposit (by Sunday, August 4, 2024). No refunds are available for cancellations less than 45 days from the start of the retreat. To request a refund, please get in touch with our support team at [email protected].

We're thrilled you're interested in coming! You can reserve your couple's spot by selecting the room you want and paying the $750 deposit to reserve THAT room. You will have options for payment, however we do offer a discount for full payment upfront! AND the price is for both of you - as a couple!


We highly suggest travel insurance and your own accident insurance. We will not be responsible for late arrival, cancellation of flights, or difficulties during travel. We will also not be responsible for damage to property, illness, or injury. We encourage that you come prepared with everything you need to cover yourselves for the potential of unfortunate events.

For one, we'll just be enjoying time at this amazing spot. However, each day we will be covering the nine traits of a healthy and thriving relationship. These important pieces create intimacy by building stronger communication and better handling of conflict, as well as learning more about personality, connection, affection, and strategies for growth! You'll also all answer important questions together, with each other. One of the most important parts of this intimate retreat is "couples helping couples." We are better together and together we'll all come away with our versions of "better than ever!"

We do not doubt you'll find ways to enjoy your time with us and together with your spouse or the small intimate group of couples at this retreat. We'll chat it up outside around the fire pit or screened in gazebo, head downtown Galena for shopping for a step-back-in-history old town feel, go for a picnic at one of the gorgeous parks (we'll provide the picnic fixins!), or you can choose to enjoy time alone as a couple in your double jacuzzi (most rooms). We plan to do a group outing and a few group activities as well. You can bring along your favorite game for us to enjoy if you'd like!

If you have issues or concerns with alcohol, or do not drink alcohol, please let us know. We offer and will provide drinks for dinner, such as soda, water, wine or limited light alcohol beverages. However, inebriation/drunkenness will not be tolerated for any reason. Drunkenness will mean you will be required to leave the premises permanently. There will be no refunds if you are asked to leave.

Rick and Monique Elgersma are licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and can offer an 'add on' option of a 90-minute personal/private co-therapy couples session at a rate of $395. You will need to contact us prior to the retreat to schedule a time to meet with us at least 30 days prior to the retreat to allow for planning. There are limited spots available for personal couples sessions, so please reach out as soon as you reserve your room to make sure you get on the schedule: [email protected].

Laura Long supporting quote for Rick & Monique Elgersma's Intimacy Reimagined Retreat
“I have witnessed firsthand Rick & Monique’s unique abilities and talents as a married co-therapy team.

Together, they possess an exceptional level of expertise and insight into the dynamics of intimate relationships. 

One of the most remarkable aspects of Rick and Monique's work is their ability to seamlessly blend their professional knowledge with their personal experiences as a married couple.

They bring a rare authenticity to their work. Their warmth and approachability make it easy for couples to create happier, healthier, and more fulfilling relationships.”
-Laura Long, LMFT, MBA,
Therapist & Coach, & Owner of Your BADASS® Therapy Practice.
Coach Tacha Kasper
"Monique and Rick are not only authentic people. They’re a great couple that has traversed some of life’s most difficult roads, and still hold grace for each other. Still fully their own unique, strong minded selves, but also a bonded, connected couple.

I love their heart and capacity for working with couples to improve on communication, connection and intimacy…. Heck…. Can’t every couple use improvement on those items?!

And that’s exactly what they do.

I HIGHLY recommend and suggest that every couple take advantage of the plethora of skill, devotion and life changing talent that Rick & Monique offer to couples.

Their retreat offers you a luxurious, condensed, intense, and immediate experience that is sure to make a big difference in your relationship."
-Tacha Kasper, LMFT
CEO of Chronic Illness & Pain Institute [CIPI] and Healing Point Counseling & Wellness Center

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