Ojai Soul Arts offers private spiritual retreats



Radical Healing & Truth-Honoring Marriage and Relationship Counseling Retreat Intensives
for Couples & Families Seeking Breakthrough and Awakening

“Love is not a feeling, it’s an ability.” ~Dan in Real Life, the film

The Couples Private Retreat Process

These personal relationship retreats are designed for lasting breakthrough and direct take home tools that go beyond the bounds of traditional talk therapy.

This soul-depth approach to healing marital difficulties and crisis is specifically designed to end the stuckness of old patterns and circular talk by helping you to cut to the chase and empower a new form of personal clarity, self-healing directions, and a surprisingly clean way for honoring each person's path.

This uniquely personalized and privately offered marriage healing weekend workshop retreat has become very popular!

This gives me hope:

...Hope that more marriage relationships in trouble will seek an alternative soul-searching process that can open their minds and hearts to an entirely different deepening level of understanding of what intimate relationship is truly about...

...Hope that more couples in despair or with feelings of marital betrayal will enter into this unique opportunity to discover how to be in relationship that offers room for total honesty; supports each individual's growth; and takes full responsibility for one's own self-examination and evolution into the next phase of mature relating with self and other.

  • To date, a majority of married couples have come with issues of infidelity and struggling with healing, forgiveness, growth, and clarity as to how or if to continue as a couple.
  • Others have come after the death of a child or other difficulties and dysfunctions of relating.
  • And still others come with a good marriage and seeking to take it to the next level of mature passion.

These unique private in-residence marriage counseling intensives include personalized guidance for relationships in crisis; couples seeking healing understanding and new levels of breakthrough communication; and take home tools to help couples enter into a next level of relationship (be it sacred marriage or amicable divorce) from a place of personal renewal and respect for one another's path and truth of heart.

The SoulArt Private Couples Retreats and Marriage Counseling Intensives are awesome "game changers"! Totally unique: private and customized to each couples unique calling as a relationship. Please see video testimonials to get some idea from those who have come before you of just how unique and powerful this offering is.


Each private couples retreat and marriage counseling intensive includes these same features:

  • Private "safe haven" for exclusive, confidential, non-judgemental, Soulful but NOT "woo-woo" depth work with author/healer Ronda LaRue along side the masculine participation of her marriage partner and business executive, Matt Clements who shares this personal process and private artisan home in Ojai California.
  • Extraordinarily personalized guided progressive depth sessions (individually and as a couple) throughout the retreat stay that lead you toward discovering your own clarity and direction;
  • All meals (normally "healthy-modified paleo" with adaptation based on need);
  • Private separate accommodations on our property (you may also elect to stay a local hotel if preferred and by mutual agreement of suitability);
  • 24/7 personal private use of the art studio, meditation hut, yoga gazebo, outdoor spa and sauna, fire pits, orchards, and grounds;
  • Specific take home tools for effective communication and clarity as well as specific individually-tailored "homework protocols" and referral resources on all levels of mind/body/spirit (such as quantitative EEG; genetic testing; brain chemistry and diet; conscious relationship programs and books; personal studies etc.)
  • FOLLOW UP SUPPORT: AND you will be supported after your retreat (should you wish) by being invited to join for FREE the SoulArts Private Practitioner Site where Ronda and former students all share and engage in their real life SoulArts Process! (This free offering is really helpful to those who wish to truly grow, share and connect with other like-hearted people after their retreat... many have worked with me over a decade ago and have a lot to offer here!)

STATS: Couples who have come to these SoulArts Private Couples Healing and Marriage Counseling Retreats have:

  • Ranged in ages from early 30's to mid 70's;
  • Many have tried traditional counseling and found it lacking, and many have been referred by their therapists;
  • Most are new to a soul-finding depth process but recognize the need to heal and find new solutions;
  • Many different cultural orientations and professional vocations are reflected -- i.e., we have worked with police officers, professional chefs, attorneys, sales executives, therapist's and celebrities to name a few;
  • Couples have flown in from as far away as Dubai, New Zealand, Switzerland, England, New York, Texas, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Canada, and from throughout the State of California.

The one thing each couple coming to these private retreats have all had in common is a sincere desire to get at the truth of the matter in their relationship and to learn new effective ways of heartful communication, self-healing, and clarity of direction as an individual and as a couple.

IN ESSENCE: These private marriage counseling couples intensives teach you:

  • the art of cleaning and clearing old patterns;
  • entering into a sacred heartful relationship of listening,
  • exploring and finding the emerging new truth of your relationship and its next pathway;
  • and honoring endings and new beginnings through a self-designed ceremony and celebration of truth and conscious relationship.

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Ronda & Matt "Then"...

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THE RIGHT PLACE FOR YOU? I invite you to submit an inquiry.

We will listen carefully together into whether or not this is the right time and place for you and your partner to find new levels of communication, insight and honoring.

Also I'm always open to an e-mail or short phone conversation with one or both partners in advance. *It is very helpful and will speed up the process though if you submit your inquiry first so that I can ask you a few questions and receive your responses to help me best reply.


A Few Couples Testimonials

(Thank you for your courage to share! More on You tube - and not yet posted)

MORE Experiences Shared on Ronda's YouTube Channel

"Sometimes all a couple needs is that one non-judgemental safe place for deep inner reconnecting to self - and offering a mirroring mentor from someone who has matured in this life work of deep relationship; one gifted at moving beyond the mind-traps of "talk therapy" into the very healing foundation of learning to meet and honor one another at a new next phase in Life from a place of highest truth.

A true healing breakthrough arises naturally, when we have the courage and caring to meet from this awakening principle." - ronda

TED TALK: I invite you to make time for this eloquent talk (an "essential watch" if considering a Couples in Crisis Retreat dealing with infidelity)



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"After 8-months of psychotherapy leaving us with little hope, we found Soul Arts. In just 48 hours we healed ourselves and our marriage, and discovered an entirely new level of romance, honesty, and vision for our marriage!" - David. P.

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"When working with Matt and Ronda there is never a projection of religious nor ideological beliefs, only pure applied heart intelligence that comes from a lived experience in a sacred and authentically intimate partnership. I have been in conventional therapy with a "marriage counselor" in the past and there is no comparison to the personal awakening that comes with sitting down with TWO highly committed and qualified individuals that know the beauty and value of holding sacred open space for a couple struggling and in crisis."  - Dr. Sandra Beddor

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"For the first time in my life, I connected to something that I always sensed was there, but was never able to access. This is beyond words, Ronda, what a beautiful gift... you have opened my eyes. It's as if we have been crawling [in our marriage] and just realized how to stand - and walk and jump and play. Amazing beyond words!" - Amy


Dear Ronda and Matt,

I just want to thank you both for what you do.  I love how personal the experience was.  I appreciate you sharing your experiences. 

My therapist asked me once if there was any couple that I can look up to and say that I admire their relationship.  That was a tough question to answer because although I had people that I knew who have been married for a long time and got a long, I wanted more in a connection and spiritual bond. 

Your relationship is one I can say I admire and hope to have someday soon.  I know I'm on my way but I know I have my own personal work to do. 

After the retreat I feel like I'm headed in the right direction. I'm thankful for the guidance and experience you've given Ryan and I.  It's such a gift.

Thank you for one of the best experiences of my life. Joy


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"Ronda's work came at a time when my husband and I were in crisis. She helped us to see how our crisis could be seen as a doorway into our wholeness as "individuals" and as a "couple". Her work is magical, gentle, and playful!" - Tracey Huguley

"After 8-months of psychotherapy leaving us with little hope, we found Soul Arts. In just 48 hours we healed ourselves and our marriage, and discovered an entirely new level of romance, honesty, and vision for our marriage!" - Randy

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..."What a special gift you are sharing with the fortunate few that cross your path. I was extremely touched by Matt's willingness to share his story of love and commitment to your relationship path - and I am bound and determined to follow this lead as an example for my life. Thank you for a life-changing experience - David B.

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“Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.” ~Melissa Marr

“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” ~Willa Cather

"There's a Crack in everything. That's how the light gets in"- Leonard Cohen

“Love is not a feeling, it’s an ability.” ~Dan in Real Life, the film

“Love extravagantly.”  ~1 Cor. 13:13

“In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.” ~Augustine of Hippo

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love.” ~Vincent van Gogh

"I am not against marriage -- I am for love. If love becomes your marriage, good; but don't hope that marriage can bring love. That is not possible. Love can become a marriage. You have to work very consciously to transform your love into a marriage.

There is a tremendous desire and longing for love, but love needs great awareness. Only then can it reach its highest climax -- and that highest climax IS marriage. It has nothing to do with law. It is a merging of two hearts into totality. It is the functioning of two persons in synchronicity -- that is marriage." ~ OSHO

"The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.” ~ Rilke, Letters to a Young


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