MAY 2ND - 4TH, 2014
The Blessed Marriage Project hosted their first Energize Couples Retreat in Lakeville, Connecticut at the gorgeous Interlaken Inn. Twenty five married couples attended of all different ages and stages. From couples married for just one year to more than 35 years, and everything in-between. Based on the overwhelming positive responses from the participants, the retreat was a great success.
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Here’s what some of the participants had to say in response to the question, “What did you enjoy most about the retreat?”
During the retreat participants received fun, informative and interactive presentations on Basics of a Strong Marriage, Handling Disagreements, Talking Effectively, Friendship & Fun, and Lovemaking. Participants also engaged in many different couples exercises throughout the retreat, which gave them a chance to practice using the skills and tools being taught with their spouse. In addition to the presentations, participants also had the opportunity to participate in two breakout sessions. Participants could choose from: Discovering and harmonizing different faith styles; Dealing with deeper emotional/spiritual issues negatively impacting your marriage; Learning each other’s love languages; The power of one spouse to improve the relationship; and, How to nourish the sexual relationship.
On Saturday afternoon the couples had several hours to relax and enjoy each other’s company while taking advantage of the amenities of the resort--upscale guestrooms, a beautiful scenic lakeside view, game room, volleyball and basketball courts and more. In the evening couples got dressed up and danced the night away, played games and took silly photos.
At the close of the retreat $1447.00 was collected in donations from energized couples that wanted to give back! These donations will make it possible for couples to attend future Energize Couples Retreats that might otherwise not be able to. There were also 14 couples interested in becoming Energize Marriage Enrichment Local Leaders. These local leaders will facilitate marriage enrichment small groups and day or half day seminars for other married couples in their local community. During the retreat they received some initial guidance and training for their new role, and will continue to receive training in the months to come.