The Betrayal Bond

Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships

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“In 1992, I attended a week-long seminar with Dr. Patrick Carnes on trauma bonds. As a counselor for chemical dependency, I used Dr. Carnes handouts with those in treatment and serving time in the Indiana Department of Corrections until my retirement in 2008; but, his work also personally changed my life with my own childhood trauma. Today I still use his principles in my church with those who still suffer from the effects of unresolved trauma.”

Michael C.

The Betrayal Bond workshop is designed to help participants free themselves from, and recover from, exploitive relationships, processes, and situations. We tend to think of all bonds as being positive but, they are actually neutral. They can become positive, but they can also become negative. A betrayal bond is a type of negative bond that occurs when someone develops a strong and intense attachment to a person or an addictive process that is destructive to them.

This workshop was developed under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Carnes, an internationally-known sex addiction expert and Meadows Senior Fellow. This workshop is based on his groundbreaking book of the same name. The workshop addresses the exploitation of all kinds: marital, familial, relational, professional, religious, litigious, child abuse, domestic violence, cults, and addictions.

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Daily Schedule

Workshops run 8 am to 4 pm unless otherwise noted. The schedule is flexible, accommodating the group process.


Since workshops fill quickly, we encourage making reservations three to four weeks in advance. Register by contacting us to speak to a Workshop Coordinator.


$3,100 – Meals, all evening activities, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, equine experiential, live music, 12-Step meetings and access to the brain center and gym are included in the cost.

Workshop Goals

The goals of this workshop are to help participants:

  • Recognize, acknowledge and develop insights about situations, people and processes that are exploitive in nature.
  • Break through denial, identify signs that a betrayal bond exists, and grieve losses.
  • Explore the root causes of one’s involvement in relationships, situations and processes that are destructive to them.
  • Identify key elements that drive the cycle of abuse, betrayal of trust and power.
  • Learn about the psychodynamic and neurobiological concepts behind exploitive situations and relationships.

2020 Schedule

The Betrayal Bond

Mar 2 - 6, 2020

Jun 1 - 5, 2020

Sept 7 - 11, 2020

Dec 14 - 18, 2020