Love Addiction / Love Avoidance

Based on Pia Mellody's ground-breaking work conveyed in her book, Facing Love Addiction.

Relationship Workshop

Relationship Workshop

About the Workshop

This workshop is based on Pia Mellody’s ground-breaking work conveyed in her book, Facing Love Addiction. Love addicts assign too much value, time, and attention to another person, while neglecting to care for or value themselves. Focus on the partner is obsessive, and fear of abandonment drives the obsession. Love addicts can be addicted to anyone: lover, spouse, friend, parent, or child. It is a painful, obsessive, and addictive process that negatively impacts not only the love addict, but also the individuals with whom he or she is in relationships. In this workshop, self-love and self-care are enhanced, as is tolerance for feeling instilled.

The love avoidant systematically uses relational walls during intimate contact in order to prevent feeling overwhelmed by the other person, associating “love” with duty or work. The love avoidant’s greatest fear is that of vulnerability, which is explored throughout the workshop. During this process, authenticity is encouraged, and an overdeveloped sense of responsibility is released. This workshop intervenes on the destructive cycles of both the love addict and the love avoidant, offering them intimacy with healthy boundaries.


$3,450 – All-inclusive are meals and evening activities: Yoga, Tai Chi, Auricular Acupuncture, Live Music, and 12-step meeting. Access to the Brain Center and gym are also included in the cost of the workshop.

Lodging and Transportation

Lodging is available at the Rio Retreat Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are simply appointed and designed to be conducive to the process of healing and recovery. We offer both shared and private rooms. For those staying on campus, transportation will be available from and to the Phoenix airport with two convenient pickup times. Details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the sign-up process.

Those who do not stay at the Rio Retreat Center will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation and lodging in the Wickenburg area. A list of lodging and transportation options will be sent with your workshop confirmation email.

Please Note

Workshop groups run Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The schedule is somewhat flexible to accommodate the size of the group and the group process. Evening programming is provided after dinner. The Rio Retreat Center campus is strictly alcohol and drug-free and has a dress code, cell phone, and smoking policy.

Get Answers to Your Questions

For more details about this workshop and to register, please contact us to speak to a Workshop Coordinator.



Love Addiction/Love Avoidance Workshop

Jan 25 - 29, 2021

Feb 22 -26, 2021

Mar 22 - 26, 2021

Apr 26 - 30, 2021

May 24 - 28, 2021

Jun 21 - 25, 2021

Jul 19 - 23, 2021

Aug 16 - 20, 2021

Sept 13 - 17, 2021

Oct 11 - 15, 2021

Nov 8 - 12, 2021

Dec 13 - 17, 2021