What Happens

What Happens 2018-08-07T12:23:43+00:00

What Happens

A Marriage Encounter experience begins with an event held at a hotel or retreat center. For a weekend event, couples arrive at a designated hotel on Friday evening, about 7:00 pm, and leave on Sunday afternoon, about 4:00 pm. The experience begins Friday evening – promptly at 8:00 pm – after each couple has checked in and is unpacked. No meal is provided on Friday.

We encourage couples to dress casually and comfortably, and bring their preferred snacks and beverages to keep in their room or bring with them to each session for their personal comfort.

Format
The Marriage Encounter experience is presented in lecture format to the group of married couples attending. Our presenting team includes 2-4 married couples who have been trained in and use the communication techniques they teach.

Following each group session, couples are given the opportunity to privately work together practicing their new communication tools. Meals are catered and provided in a group setting to maintain the program’s time schedule.

The complete experience consists of sessions from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, with each new communication technique building on the previous technique, incorporating a unique set of tools to improve a couple’s communication skills. Following each session, couples have private time alone together to practice the techniques.

Some of the topics explored include feelings, personality styles, external factors that affect our marital relationship, listening, God’s desire for marriage, and how to continue using the communication tools at home.

Meals and/or breaks are provided for each group setting.

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“Our three kids are delighted that Mommy & Daddy smile and laugh more since our Marriage Encounter experience!”

“We were apprehensive about what we were getting into, but Marriage Encounter truly renewed our relationship.”

“The tools we learned to use during our Marriage Encounter experience have improved our relationship a hundredfold.”

“We approached Marriage Encounter as an experiment – wondering if it could really help our communication. All we can say now is WOW!”

“Marriage Encounter was the most powerful, loving, life-changing weekend I have ever had in my life.”