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Hi, we are Janet McGeever and Gene Thompson.
For a combined fifty years, we’ve helped hundreds people through our one to one sessions and workshops. For the last 7 years, we have been running retreats for couples and have taught The Making Love Retreat for 5 years in Australia.
Gene became a marriage counsellor in the late 70’s and opened a counselling and life education centre in the 80’s. Gene has been inspired to write the Six Initiatives for Men, a small but powerful book that supports men to improve their relationships with women, based on The Making Love Retreat teachings.
Janet has worked with women for over 20 years, is an author of the upcoming book, Sex, Menopause and Beyond, co-written with her teacher and mentor, Diana Richardson. She runs workshops and retreats for women and is a mentor for women and couples. She is a speaker, and has given a TEDx talk in Noosa in 2013, based on the teachings of The Making Love Retreat. You can view her talk here.
We have deeply explored the areas of relationship, in particular in the area of lovemaking, in both our personal and professional lives and are passionate about educating and facilitating women and men to create meaningful and loving relationships.
We have attended The Making Love Retreat with our teachers and originators of the retreat, Diana and Michael Richardson 4 times in Switzerland. When we first attended, our reaction was 'the world needs to know about this work. This is the beginning of world peace!' Maybe a bit far fetched for some, but we believe that if you create peace within the self and thus peace within the couple, you create peace within the family and this can only flow out into the community.
We experienced being in relationship together for 8 years and taught the retreat for 5 years now. While we have chosen to follow different paths in our personal relationship, for now, we choose to continue to teach this retreat together as we feel it is so important. We know what we have experienced during our time together as a couple in 'changing the way we make love' is rare and not to offer this teaching because our relationship has changed form feels like a disservice. So as far as this feels in truth and in integrity, we will do so. This work has allowed us to be as conscious as possible, and as much as possible, to treat each other with kindness and compassion in the separation process.
We want you to know this before you register in case it makes a difference to your decision. It is our belief that our relationship status is not relevant so long as what we speak of is in our own experience, as it very much is. The work stands alone. It's not about us. Here's what one recent participant said:-
"I have the deepest of respect for both you and Gene and took what you shared was a model or a practice for me to explore in my own life. The fact that you have decided to end your intimate relationship does not diminish the power of the work for me and I am certain both you and Gene remain as passionate as ever about what you teach." Glenn Polley
"I cannot speak more highly of Janet and Gene’s Making Love Retreat that I attended with my husband in October 2016. The teachings are so simple and yet so profound. A year prior to the retreat, we had decided to separate after 17 years of marriage. Our relationship had become very stuck and toxic, which underneath was all related to a loss of loving intimacy. The retreat has completely transformed our relationship. If any of the old ways of relating come back, we simple come back to the practices from the retreat, and we instantly return to deep love, relaxation and harmony in our relationship and our family unit with our teenage sons." Jane Mallick, PhD Yoga Teacher and Coach
This retreat is simple, profound and transformational. We have come from centuries of conditioning around sex and generally, conventional sex only widens the gap between men and women. This retreat helps you both create a common ground for intimacy that you can return to again and again. For more about us go to www.janetmcgeever.com and www.maleinitiative.com
We are deeply humbled and excited to be chosen to bring this work to Australia.
So, it is a true honour and privilege for us to be the only authorised Australian teachers of The Making Love Retreat®—this weeklong immersion into helping couples change the way they make love. Diana Richardson and her husband Michael, leaders in the field of Conscious Loving and Sexuality, created The Making Love Retreat®. This powerful retreat has been run exclusively in Europe for more than 25 years. When we experienced this retreat firsthand with Diana and Michael, we were blown away by the deep love, transformation and healing that became available to us.