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Upcoming Retreat: Pocono Manor, PA


1 Manor Dr, Pocono Manor, PA 18349

NOvember 3-5, 2017

Join us at our next Energize! Retreat, co-hosted by the national Blessing and Family Ministry, in the midst of the autumnal splendor of the Poconos Mountains! Come experience this refreshing 3 Day, 2 Night getaway at the Inn at Pocono Manor which has earned a spot on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Inn 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 horse back riding stable, fishing and a golf course.

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 their website for a closer look at The Inn at Pocono Manor.


We are closing retreat registration on Thursday October 26th at midnight. It's not too late to register for the event which includes two nights accommodations, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday as well as the program.  (The actual cost to provide this program per couple is over $900.) Saturday evening is date night so you can dine onsite or at  nearby restaurants. The Early Bird special expired October 3rd, but couples can still register for $549. And scholarships are available so don't let finances hold you back from attending - scroll down for information on applying. 

Retreat alumni? We'd love to have you join us again.  Please register as soon as possible - we still have a spot for you!

We are excited to share this experience with you - see you in the Poconos!

the Early Bird rate expires after October 3RD

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 

You will be taken to a BFM-related webpage

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 3rd 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's Coming so far

1. Mystery Couple

       2. Portion & Kiyoshi M.

    3. Roland & Dyzhit P.

   4. Mystery couple #2

    5. Miilhan & Sayaka S.

   6. Yasu Y. & Hye Jin S.

  7. Mystery Couple #3

   8. Chris & Christine H.

   9. Mystery Couple # 4

      10. Daniel & Tamara P.

               11. George & Marguerite D.

12. Michael & Adonia H.

13 . Kuninobu & Nora W.

    14. Christopher & Maria O.

      15. Choognam & Rebecca O.

16. Daniel & Tomoko K.

17. Edner & Juanita P-L.

18. Jesse & Tanya E.

19. Alban G. & Lee Hee W.

20. Robert & Asae S.



Energize Retreat Tentative SCHEDULE

Here is the tentative schedule for the upcoming retreat. The final outcome my 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. 


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


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]



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