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Upcoming Retreat: Pocono Manor, PA


Registration is closed. If you still really want to come, please contact us at and we'll see what we can work out with the venue staff.


1 Manor Dr, Pocono Manor, PA 18349

december 7 - 9, 2018

Join us at our next Energize! Retreat, co-hosted by the national Blessing and Family Ministry, in the midst of the Poconos Mountains! Come experience this refreshing 3 Day, 2 Night getaway at the Pocono Manor Resort and Spa which has earned a spot on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Manor has been welcoming guests since 1902 and is considered a resort for all seasons. Check in isn't until 4 pm so you may want to come early Friday to explore this 3,000 acre property that features a full service spa, indoor pool and beautiful views.

Get ready to experience God's love, and get tips and inspiration to make your marriage even better!

Concerns? Questions? Check out our FAQs.

Click on the photos to view the gallery.

Check out for a closer look at Pocono Manor Resort and Spa.

Host Communities

Thank you to the support of our local communities across Subregion 1 that are helping to promote and support this retreat!

  • Bridgeport, CT - Pastor Mika Deshotel

  • Clifton, NJ - BFM Coordinator Chae Consoro


Registration is closed. If you still really want to come, please contact us at and we'll see what we can work out with the venue staff.


Retreat registration includes two nights accommodations, 4 meals (breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday), as well as presentations and facilitated couples activities from BMP staff.  

The actual cost is over $700 per couple, but with generous subsidies from the National Blessing and Family Ministry it is only $499 for Early Birds who register before October 28th ($549 afterwards). Scholarships are also available, so don't let finances hold you back from attending (scroll down for information on applying). 

Note: If you need cancel within two weeks of the event date, we cannot offer a refund. Please read our conditions for refunds. For payment plans, email 

Scholarships Available

Don't let the cost prevent you (or someone you know) from attending this retreat! FFWPU USA is pleased to offer financial assistance to couples in need that have not yet had a chance to experience an Energize! Couples Retreat. Click "Apply" below to explain your financial circumstances and share why you want to go!

Important: Please wait to register for the retreat until you receive a reply to your scholarship application. If you apply for the scholarship by October 28th you are guaranteed the early bird price regardless of the outcome

If there is someone you know that could benefit from receiving this scholarship, please encourage them to apply.

Who is coming so far?

  1. Charles & Toshiko P.

  2. Katarina & Michael C.

  3. Paul & Kum Hee F.

  4. Matthias L. & Tami S.

  5. Henrique & Marcia C.

  6. Anthony & Anna C.

  7. Seung kook & Sunmarie B.

  8. Alex & Lou San C.

  9. Tasnah & Lukas B.

  10. Bruce & Setsue C.

  11. Francis & Marina M.

  12. Una & Daniel M.

  13. Kimiyo & Sam M.

  14. Yasuharu T. & Naomi H.

  15. Pierre B. & Amelia V.

  16. Kosei I. & Amy A.

  17. Anastasia & Giancarlo A.

  18. Carole & Adrien D.

  19. Sebastien & Mereth H.

  20. Barbara & Andrew R.

  21. Bernard & Veronica Pilar D.

  22. Denthew L. & Iasmin L.

  23. Joe & Sun W.

  24. Mystery Couple

  25. Demian & Yumiko D.

  26. Justson & Eiwa D.

  27. Tanya & Jesse E.

Tentative schedule

Here is the tentative schedule for the upcoming retreat. The final schedule may differ slightly. (Printed copies will be available for participants at the event.)

Newlywed couples and couples married for 1- 7 years are invited to join a special program on Sunday afternoon from 3 - 6 pm, which will include presentations, discussions and activities on family planning, dealing with in-laws and getting sexier as a couple. 


4:00        Registration & Check-in [Lobby]
7:30        Welcome
8:00        Orientation / Richard & Mari Curry & Staff [Room]
Stages of Marriage / John Williams
9:45        Closing


6:00        Hoon Dok Hwe [Room] / Richard & Mari Curry
7:00        Gentle Yoga (optional) [Room] Leighton DeGoede
7:30       Breakfast [Room] 
9:00       Announcements [Room]
9:15       Key to a Healthy Marriage / Crescentia DeGoede
10:00      Dealing with Differences / John Williams
11:00      Break
11:30      Talking Safely / Crescentia DeGoede
12:30      Small Group Orientation / 
1:00        Lunch and Recreation [Room] - Optional young couples gathering
4:00        Announcements [Room]
4:15        Sex, Health & Happiness, Part 1 / Christoph & Lena Yasutake
5:00        Break
5:15        Sex, Health & Happiness, Part 2 / Lena & Christoph Yasutake
6:30        Break
7:00        Dinner [Your Choice]


6:00        Hoon Dok Hwe  [Room] / Mari & Richard Curry
7:00        Gentle Exercise (optional) [Room] / Leighton DeGoede
7:30        Breakfast [Room] - (optional young couples gathering)
9:00        Marriage Inspiration / John Williams [Room]
9:30        Announcements
10:00      Breakout Sessions, Part 1
Romance in Real Life / Lena & Christoph Yasutake
Improving Your Marriage by Yourself / John Williams
Talking about Touchy Topics / Crescentia & Leighton DeGoede
Love Currency / Richard & Mari Curry
10:45      Break
11:00      Breakout Sessions, Part 2
Art of Kissing / Christoph & Lena Yasutake
Rules & Roles / John Williams
Talking about Touchy Topics / Crescentia & Leighton DeGoede
Spiritual Intimacy / Debby Gullery
11:45      Break
12:15      Closing
1:15        Lunch
3:00        Introduction to Young/Newlywed/Honeymoon Only Program
3:15        Family Planning / Crescentia & Leighton
4:15        Break
4:30        Dealing with In-Laws / John or
         Getting Sexier  / Lena & Christoph
6:00        Program Close


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