Banff Couples Conference

March 4 - 6, 2016
Joyce & Barry Vissell

Programme 2014

Join us at the 2014 Banff Couples Conference


The Shared Heart

A Conscious Couples Journeywith Joyce and Barry Vissell

Joyce & Barry Vissell“The closer we come to another, the better we come to know ourselves.” –from Light in the Mirror, by Barry and Joyce Vissell

Spiritual teacher Ram Dass describes Joyce and Barry as a couple who live the yoga of love and devotion.  They are two people who have raised three children and been deeply in love for 48 years.

Their deeply heart-oriented approach has made an impact upon many thousands of people’s lives through their books The Shared Heart, Models of Love, Risk To Be Healed, The Heart’s Wisdom, Meant To Be, and A Mother’s Final Gift, and through their talks and workshops on relationship, parenting and personal growth.

In 1983 they founded and directed the non-profit Shared Heart Foundation, dedicated to changing the world one heart at a time.

 “The Vissell’s work will bless your whole life.” —John Bradshaw

 At this conference you will learn:

  • Tools for deeper appreciation
  • Communication building including healthy communication of feelings
  • The effects of using our partner as a mirror
  • Understanding and respecting each other’s differences
  • Resolving conflicts, healing past hurts, how to apologize (making amends)
  • Sexual healing and wellness, and
  • Developing a true inner connection with your partner.
Joyce and Barry believe that we all carry varying degrees of programming from our past, and that there are loving and effective ways to transform out-of-date behaviors into positive and vibrant celebrations of connection.  Each participant will learn creative processes that will enable past hurts to heal, conflicts to be resolved, and trust to grow.

You can learn more about their approach or contact them directly at


The 2014 Banff Couples Conference begins Friday, February 21 and ends after brunch on Sunday, February 23. The complete schedule for the weekend will be provided when you arrive.

Friday 4:00-7:30 pm – Registration and room check-in.  Dinner is on your own and only light refreshments are provided at the Welcome Reception.  To control costs, some restaurant choices are available in Canmore or Lake Louise townsite or there are several choices in the Chateau Lake Louise including the Deli, Poppy’s Brasserie, Glacier Saloon, or Walliser Stube.

Friday 7:30-9:30 pm – First session with Joyce & Barry

Friday 9:30 pm – Welcome Reception (cash bar)

Saturday 7:00-8:30am – Breakfast provided

Saturday 9:00-12:00 – Second session with morning coffee break

Saturday 12:00-1:30pm – Lunch provided 

Saturday 1:30pm – 3:30pm – Third session

Saturday – free time to spend time with your partner and enjoy the beautiful setting and facilities of the Chateau lake Louise, including the ice sculptures on the lake, skating and many other activities/amenities.

Saturday 6:00-7:00pm – Cocktails

Saturday 7:00-12:00am – Dinner & Dance in the Victoria Ballroom – choose to dress more formal or casual – most important, come dress to dance since there is always a wide variety of music and a large dance floor

Sunday 7:00-8:30am – Breakfast provided

Sunday 9:00-12:00 – Fourth session with morning coffee break

Sunday 12:00-2:00pm – Buffet Brunch

Please see the Fairmont website for more details on this beautiful hotel:

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