16776 Southfield Fwy.
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 278-4400

Retreats & Getaways

All About Us: Overnight Retreat
Praised by both men and women, this is one of the most well-respected and research-proven marriage programs available. Couples will learn ways to love more and argue less at an overnight workshop, which starts on Friday evening, and includes lodging at the beautiful new Holiday Inn, with breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Date: Friday, April 15 & Sat., April 16
Cost: $75/couple
Location: Holiday Inn, Jackson,MI
More Information: (517) 796-5116
Register: Marriage Matters Jackson

Marriage Links: Overnight Retreat
This overnight retreat, which starts Friday evening, takes place in a beautiful lodge set in rural Hillsdale County. Come and have fun and learn tools for managing crucial relationship links. Topics include communication skills, conflict resolution, forgiveness & trust, individual needs and intimacy.

Date: Friday, May 13 & Sat., May 14
Cost: $75/couple
Location: Camp Michindoh
More Information: (517) 796-5116
Register: Marriage Matters Jackson

National Marriage Encounter Retreats
Rich or Fran
(586) 838-4447
Web site: National Marriage Encounter Retreats
National Marriage Encounter welcomes Christian couples of all denominations to join us for a faith-filled, uplifting weekend experience. Our weekends are designed to give you and your spouse the opportunity to examine your life together, openly and privately, using safe and loving communication techniques. By the end of the weekend, you will determine the healthy changes needed to make your good marriage even better!  The weekend is guided by married couples, just like you, who desire to make their lives together the best they can be - the way God intended! Give one another the gift of this weekend experience and you will reap the benefits for a lifetime!

Upcoming Weekends and Locations:

To register on-line or read further details, visit our website at:

ITCos Monthly Inspirational Evenings
ITCos has an indivisible commitment to seek and to do the will of God. Sheltered under the umbrella of God's spiritual plan as we follow the leadership of His Evangelist and guidance with His Shepherds, our mission is aligned under the Eastside Church of Christ mission to Glorify God through Saving Souls, Serving Saints Caring for People. We are committed to being used as a conduit to provide programs and activities throughout which women can:

* Assist each other in reaching our fullest potential in pursuit of holiness and developing caring relationships.
* Acknowledge the unique needs of Christian women by cultivating spiritual gifts and talents in a safe atmosphere, and,
* Affirm the belief that every woman is a unique individual, created in the image of God and is to be loved and respected.

Eastside Church of Christ
149 MLK Jr. Blvd
Pontiac, MI

Join us every 4th Friday evening of every month (except July) at 7:00 PM as we work together on our 2009 purpose: "Discovering my purpose, developing my gifts, realizing this moment, living for eternity." These monthly inspirational evenings are held at no charge to participants. For additional information, read the Publicity Brochure

Marriage Enrichment Groups
There are 3 existing marriage enrichment groups which are always welcoming new couples. Please call the contact couple of the group nearest you if you're interested in finding out their next meeting date.

St. Lucy's Parish
23401 Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores, 48080
Usually the 4th Friday of each month, 7:30 PM-10:00 PM
Contact:  Vince & Pia at (313) 882-9443 piavin@comcast.net  

Eastside Macomb Area
Usually the 3rd Friday of each month, 8:00 PM-10:30 PM
Contact:  Bob & Marlene at (248) 393-2461  mvandekerkhove@bdo.com

St. Columban's Parish Center
1775 E. Melton Road
Birmingham 48009
Usually the 2nd Saturday of each month, 7:00 PM-9 PM
Contact:  Gary & Patti at (248) 645-5234  twolowes@aol.com

You can contact our Marriage Enrichment Group Coordinators, Bob & Marlene Van Dekerkhove, at (248) 393-2461 or email them at mvandekerkhove@bdo.com for more information. 

Mars Venus Wellness Retreats
Web site: Mars Venus Retreats
Achieve health, happiness and lasting passion in your relationship through ultra-modern technology, ancient wellness-wisdom and exercises, plus John Gray's insights for increasing cooperation and support in your marriage all at Gray's luxurious private ranch on the Mendocino, California coast - the first and only Organic Oxygen Spa in America. Retreat size limited to provide one-on-one time with John Gray.

Intimacy Retreats
Richard & Diana Daffner, CS, MA
Contact: (941) 349-6804 or (877) 282-4244
Web site: Intimacy Retreats
Vacation/workshops to renew and enliven intimacy. Romantic U.S. and international locations. Tantra, the ancient "Art of Sacred Loving," encourages a blend of sexual energy, emotional connection, and spiritual presence. Practices drawn from the Daffners' years of training and teaching in Tantra, Tai Chi, Aikido, massage, Reiki, energy awareness, meditation, communication and their own 20+ year marriage.

Wild Life Skills Retreats
Kent MacEachern, LMFT
Contact: (843) 849-0453
E-mail: kent@partnercoach.com
Web site: Wild Life Skills Retreats
Seasoned marriage educator offers weekend retreats which combine marital enrichment with outdoor fun exploring the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. Limited to 1-2 couples. Couples that play together, stay together.

The Making of a Marriage
Fred Dodini, PhD
Contact: (800) 678-3445
E-mail: admissions@anasazi.org

Web site: The Making of a Marriage
ANASAZI, The Making of a Marriage provides a challenging outdoor experience in beautiful and remote wilderness locations. Free from the stresses and distractions of modern life, hearts awaken to the fundamental principles and practices that form the foundation of every successful relationship. Participants will learn from the simple truths found in the traditions of the ancient inhabitants of the Desert Southwest, and from the many powerful metaphors provided by nature itself.

Covenant Love Retreat
St. John Center Retreat Center
44011 Five Mile Rd.
Plymouth, MI
Contact: (734) 414-1104
Web site: Covenant Love Retreat
The Covenant Love Retreat is an overnight marriage preparation program, giving you time together away from the normal rush of your lives in a peaceful and prayerful retreat setting.

Playful Relationships Cruise
Joan or Keith Hackett
Contact: (360) 696-1615
E-mail: RevKeithJoan@hotmail.com
Columbia Pastoral Counseling Center invites you to join us for an experience of a lifetime as we cruise for 12 nights to Egypt and Greek Isles.

Celebrate Your Marriage Cruise 2010

Jay and Laura Laffoon
Contact: (800) 334-2630
Web site: Celebrate Your Marriage Cruise
Celebrate with Jay & Laura at Sea is truly the ultimate Celebrate! experience as we combine the best in marriage enrichment with the finest of cruising experiences.

A Lifeline for Troubled Marriages
Dates and Location:
2010 program dates can be found here.

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A Weekend to Remember
An opportunity for you to get away from life's distractions and focus on each other.
Contact: 1-800-358-6329
2010 program dates can be found here.
Cost: Price of Weekend - $159 per person or $318 per couple. Group discount: half price (buy one, get one free) if registering under "CalvaryRO".

Family Dynamics Institute - Valentine's Weekend Cruise
Spend your Valentine's weekend getting closer together. Through an arrangement with Cruise One and Celebrity Cruise Lines, FDI will be sponsoring a weekend cruise to Key West, FL, and Cozumel, Mexico. This event will include special programs for couples, a Facilitator's reception, and lots of fun and sun in the Caribean.
Contact: 1-800-591-SAIL
Dates: February 11 - 25, 2010
Departure Location: Miami
For additional information, visit
Reservations are open for a limited time