When it comes to retreats for marriage couples, one organization sets the standard: Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
The Original Married Couples’ Retreat
For over 45 years WorldWide Marriage Encounter has been offering retreat experiences to help deepen and enrich the relationships of married couples.
WWME offers a variety of retreats, but the most common version is a weekend retreat at a hotel or retreat center that helps couples escape from the busy world and grow closer to each other. These weekends run from Friday evening through Sunday night, and they might also be held in another location, such as a parish, that requires couples to drive in from home each day.
In addition, WWME now offers evening and half-day retreats at parishes.
Marriage Encounter retreats are held with multiple couples in attendance, but there is never any instance of “group sharing” or “group therapy.”
Talks are given throughout the retreat by a team of volunteer couples, and the couples participating in the retreat are given opportunities to spend time away from the others to discuss topics and share with each other to deepen their relationship.
The format of the weekend provides an atmosphere that promotes honesty and strong communication for couples to grow closer together.
WWME retreats are offered across the world. In North America retreats are available in English, Spanish, French, and Korean.
While the weekend is presented from the Roman Catholic perspective and is based in Christian thought, it is open to couple of all faiths.
There is no set cost for a WWME weekend – a donation is requested instead. This donation covers the expenses of the weekend. There may also be an application fee for the retreat, which varies from one location to another.
Financial difficulties should not discourage any couple from attending a Marriage Encounter weekend – fees can be waived in some circumstances and the donation is optional.
If you are looking for a weekend retreat to strengthen your marriage, whether you are newly married or have been married for many years, search out the nearest retreat from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter website.