april 17th - 19th, 2015
The rugged beauty of the Northwest was the setting of the third Energize! Couples Retreat, held in a lovely wooded corner of Seattle. From the city, nearby states and Canada, 31 couples gathered to refresh their relationships and spend quality time, while bonding more deeply as a church community. As always, there was an invigorating variety of couple types, including several sets of parents with their married children.
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“What did you enjoy most about the retreat?” was the inquiry that yielded the following comments:
""Spending quality/purposeful time with my spouse, other couples, having good food, and fellowship."
"Great being around other couples and realizing how [my situation is] not unique, which was nice."
"I enjoyed Mr. Williams’ talks. I got a lot of new information out of them. I appreciated the getaway atmosphere and it forced me to put down my phone/stresses/external concerns and really dive deeper into discussions with my spouse."
"Staff was very approachable, open, wise, involved, supportive and relateable."
"The opportunity to love more intimately and learn is important. I enjoyed getting to meet/connect other blessed couples of different ages."
"The educational format of presenting was helpful to those who listened, but was not too personal."
A Wonderful Weekend
Warm discussions and laughter between spouses and among other couples characterized the atmosphere of the couples event. Lively presentations and break out sessions introduced plenty of short activities and exercises designed to help spouses learn about each other and reflect on their relationship while enjoying themselves and gaining tips to help bring their marriages to the next level. There were quiet moments of inspiration, too. As has become the tradition, mid-weekend, there were several hours to walk the wooded grounds together and chat and play games with other couples, while the second evening together was Date Night, with dancing, couples games and portrait photography. The weekend closed with touching testimonials before the celebratory meal, as couples returned home, "recharged, refreshed and reconnected."