Custom Adventure Programming for Groups

Breakwater Expeditions collaborates with other seasoned professionals and organizations to support many types of custom programing. You set the focus. You choose your destination. It’s your trip. We have course areas we most commonly visit, but we are constantly expanding these and welcome new locations.  Breakwater leads both fully immersive wilderness excursions as well as day trips for groups residing in a lodge or retreat center. Strengthen your group through a nature-inspired adventure, while being supported by professionals trained to recognize and facilitate group dynamics that reinforce both individual and common goals.

Custom Retreats

By | Custom Retreats, Upcoming Trips

San Juan Couples Retreat

San Juan Islands, WA / 5 days / May 24-28th, 2018

A couples wilderness experience set in the idyllic San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest. This trip is designed for couples looking to unplug, rejuvenate and reconnect to your partner, self, and the natural environment. The retreat weaves together outdoor adventure, clinically-proven mindfulness practices, and time for rest and exploration, with research-based relationship skills to strengthen your friendship, intimacy and ability to productively manage conflict as a couple. The skills you will learn as a couple are based on the Seven Principles Program, developed by decades of research and data on relationship satisfaction by world-renowned relationship experts at The Gottman Institute.

We will start off each day with guided mindfulness practices, a gourmet breakfast, a brief kayaking lesson, and then will kayak between islands in the San Juans. In the afternoon, we will spend time learning and practicing the different principles of healthy, satisfying relationships. All activities are designed to improve your life as a couple, and many exercises will intentionally bring in elements of fun, novelty, and play. In the evenings, you will enjoy dinner by the campfire, time to relax and connect with your partner, and rejuvenating sleep out under the stars. (While opportunities for questions and conversations are encouraged, no self-disclosure is necessary.)


  • Sea kayaking between a stunning chain of lush islands
  • Introduction to basic camping skills
  • Teaching and demonstrations on relationship skills
  • Couples exercises to strengthen connection
  • Mindfulness exercises to relax, reconnect, and build greater awareness


  • Unplug from day to day life and create lasting memories together
  • Reconnect to your partner, self, and natural environment
  • Learn kayaking and camping skills
  • Strengthen your friendship and intimacy
  • Foster respect, affection and closeness
  • Build and share a deeper connection with each other’s inner world
  • Learn to manage conflict discussions in healthy manner
  • Relax, rejuvenate and have fun together in a beautiful setting

The Leadership:
Hannah Eaton with Navigate Family Therapy, will be directing this retreat in collaboration with Breakwater Expeditions. Breakwater has a team of highly-skilled outdoor professionals with years of experience in developing and leading adventure intentional programs and expeditions for teens, adults, and families.

Hannah Eaton, M.S. LMFTA
Hannah Eaton of Navigate Family Therapy integrates her professional training as a clincal therapist with her background in wildereness guiding to offer this unique retreats for couples. Hannah is a Certified Gottman Seven Principles Leader, as well as a Wilderness First Responder. She will lead this wilderness retreat in collaboration with Breakwater Expeditions, who has a team of highly-skilled outdoor professionals with years of experience developing and leading intentional adventure programs and expeditions.

Who is this retreat intended or appropriate for?
Appropriate couples:
Couples contemplating engagement
Premarital couples
Couples married for decades
Couples of all backgrounds, ages, faiths, and sexual orientations

Inappropriate couples:
Couples in severe relationship distress
Couples with significant emotional or physical abuse
Severe mental mental health problems
Relationships where one or both partners are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other compulsive behavior.


May 24th : Anacortes Area

  • Meet in Anacortes Area
  • Hotel Stay
  • Meet and Greet with Wine and Cheese

May 25th : Succia Island

  • Ferry to Orcas Island
  • Paddle around the Island

May 26th-27th : Succia/Patos Island / Hike
May 28th : Orcas to Anacortes

  • Final Paddle and Closure
  • Ferry to Anacortes

Cost per couple: $2800

Registration: Contact Hannah at: [email protected]




Our years of experience have taught us to:

Set up the best team for your trip.

We pair the right group of professionals to best support each group.

Make the right calls at the right time.

The details matter. We value in-the-moment creativity, flexibility, and inventiveness.

Prioritize logistics & safety

We set up. We frame. Beginning, middle and end, safety is always first.

Prevent burnout

We place a cap on the number of trips we take each year so that we can stay genuinely enthusiastic about what we do.

Breakwater, you have found your niche! I am so happy to have collaborated with you and look forward to next season.

Program Director

Loved the flexibility to let the group grow together naturally.

Program Director

Breakwater, You have a great team to work with, it is not unrecognized that you are the engine behind the magic.


….your intricate planning made something that I thought would be beyond my comfort zone so much easier than I could ever have imagined.


Breakwater Expeditions did an over-the-top job. The guides came across as genuine, knowledgable and safety aware. They made the trip both fun and interesting.


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