Brought to you by St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church “Invest In Your Marriage” committee
Saturday, October 27
Registration 8 AM
Retreat 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Registration Fee: $75 per couple includes lunch & materials.
Scholarships are available.
Location: Best Western Steeplegate Inn, Williamsburg Room,
100 West 76th St, Davenport, Iowa
The Marriage Booster Retreat is an interactive and unique experience designed to give couples a chance to focus on each other and the issues that touch their marriage.
Imagine a day where you can laugh, reconnect, and talk deeply with the most important person in your life. Join us on this wonderfully powerful and romantic day-long retreat for couples. This day is a fast-paced, faith-filled, romantic, relevant and fun experience that is focused on your marriage. This is a marriage retreat like no other! Prepare yourself for fun, laughter and thought-provoking dialogue.
Don’t fear... you won't be sharing your lives with others on the retreat. The deep sharing will be between you and your spouse. We’ll look at communication, intimacy and sex, dealing with conflict, money, parenting, emotional needs, and more.
Get ready for a day that will truly bless your marriage!
Marriage Booster Topics and Schedule
The Marriage Booster Retreat begins around 8:30 am . As couples arrive they are welcomed by the staff, given name tags, pens, and a short pre-retreat survey.
Once all couples have checked in, the retreat team will officially welcome everyone, introduce the day, and give logistics of the retreat space. There will be a couple of non-threatening mixers to get the day started.
Throughout the day, couples will hear from various members of the Marriage Booster Retreat team on various topics pertaining to marriage relationships. Following each presentation, each couple will be given some couple discussion questions. They will have about 25-30 minutes to reflect on the presentation using the questions as a guide. You will not be asked to share with other couples.
The presentations and couple times are broken up with a variety of fun activities that will keep you moving and laughing. By the way, laughter is a big part of this retreat!
Based upon the research from past retreat couples, we have developed presentations that seem to have the most impact on marriages. These topics can include: Communication, Parenting, Love Languages, Intimacy, Money, and Expectations.
How much does the Marriage Booster Retreat cost?
Registration for the event is $75 per couple and includes all of the materials for the day and a box lunch. It is our hope that every couple who would like to attend the Marriage Booster regardless of their ability to pay. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about a scholarship.
Where is the retreat held?
The October 29th retreat will be held at the Best Western Steeplegate Inn, Williamsburg Room, 100 West 76th St, Davenport, Iowa. Registration opens at 8 AM. The retreat will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Is lunch part of the retreat?
Yes. As part of your registration, you will select your box lunch. Coffee and drinks will be available throughout the day at no charge. The lunch includes a sandwich, potato chips, cole slaw, a cookie and a soft drink.
Sandwich options include:
HAM (Honey glazed ham with swiss on marble rye bread.)
ROAST BEEF (Roast beef with cheddar on potato bread.)
TURKEY (Roasted turkey with provolone on wheat berry bread.)
DELI CLUB WRAP (Honey wheat tortilla rolled with ham and smoked turkey, American cheese, tomato, shredded lettuce, bacon and cream cheese spread.)
SMOKED TURKEY BLT WRAP (Tomato basil tortilla rolled with smoked turkey, American cheese, tomato, shredded lettuce and bacon.)
VEGGIE WRAP (Tomato basil tortilla rolled with a garlic cream cheese spread, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and green peppers.)
Do we have to share personal things about our marriage with others?
No you will not. The only sharing that you will have is with your spouse. Couples do engage in conversation during lunch and other times during the retreat, but it is not directed in any way.
Who leads the Marriage Booster Retreat?
The Marriage Booster Retreat is a Christian marriage program that has been developed is led by Family Fest Ministries in Bloomington, Minnesota. The retreat will be ld by nationally recognized speaker Pete Larson. Pete is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Family Fest Ministries which strives to strengthen families and marriages through a variety of retreats and programs. Prior to starting Family Fest, Pete served as the youth and family minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Edina, and was on the staff of Youth Frontiers leading over 600 retreats for 5th through 12th grade students. He was also a host of The Wishing Well T.V. show at the Minneapolis & St. Paul Children’s Hospitals. Pete often speaks at church youth groups, conferences, and retreats. Pete is a contributing blogger at 1st Corinthians 13 Parenting.com.
How long does the retreat go?
The day-long retreat usually starts around 8:30am and ends around 4:30pm. These times allow for couples who have children the opportunity to get them cared for before they leave, and also to get back for dinner. Many couples who have attended the Marriage Booster Retreat have found it very beneficial to continue their retreat by staying at a local hotel, or finding someone to care for their children so that they could be together for the evening at home. Several of these couples have encouraged us to recommend this to future participants. This is something you may want to consider.
What if we have to come late or leave early?
We hope that you can make every effort to stay for the entire retreat. Not only for you to get the full impact of the retreat, but because it keeps the retreat running much smoother without interruption.
Do you have child care?
Unfortunately we do not. We have tried to keep the retreat at a length that is short enough so that couples can find child care.
Is it okay to bring a nursing baby to the retreat?
We would prefer that they make other arrangements for the baby. The retreat format is not really conducive to having a baby there as it can be disturbing to others, but it also takes away from your opportunity to get away.
How is the Christian Faith Incorporated into the Retreat?
We realize that couples are at various places in their faith, and we are very sensitive to this. We will incorporate scripture and the Christian faith into the presentations and materials. There will be times of prayer during the retreat. We will talk about the impact that faith has in a marriage. That being said, we have had many participants who do not have a faith background and they have told us that it was very comfortable for them.
What if we have to cancel our registration?
You have made a great commitment to yourselves and to your marriage. We truly hope that nothing interferes with your retreat plans. In addition, space is limited. Materials and meals have already been purchased for this retreat and it is important that we fill every spot. If for some reason you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel within one week of the start of the retreat (before Oct. 20), we would hope that you would make a donation just as if you had attended.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Quotes from couples who have experienced the Marriage Booster Retreat
“I was skeptical going into the Marriage Booster Retreat but am leaving recharged and revived.”
"The Marriage Booster gave us a whole new perspective on our relationship.”
"Insightful. Great time alone to talk with my spouse about topics normally don't talk about."
"Every Couple should do this!"
"A must do for EVERY COUPLE! Inspiring and a great time!"
"I came out of this retreat feeling more inspired to open my heart and mind to my husband and GOD!"
"It added another ingredient for an everlasting marriage!.....BAM!"
"We finally reconnected! Thank you!"
"I am even more committed now to making our marriage not only "work" but grow and be a good example for our children."
"Loved it! It was very refreshing for us!"
"God-focused and Intentional."
"The MBR reminds me what a great blessing God gave me when my husband & I committed our lives to each other."
"Wonderful Experience!! A great investment in our marriage!"
"Fantastic Bonding Exercise!"
"We haven't talked this much in months!!"
"Renewed hope and that it opened my husband's eyes and heart to say he loved me again. THANK YOU! AWESOME!"
Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
"Invest In Your Marriage" Committee