Marriage Encounter
The Weekend

Marriage Encounter is a weekend programs for married couples led by married couples. It consists of carefully designed steps that lead you to honestly examine all aspects of your life together. There are a series of presentations given by trained “team couples,” followed by an assignment. Each person completes the assignment and then meets their spouse privately to discuss the topic.

There is no group sharing and no one expects you to speak in public about your relationship. It is a very private weekend which allows you to concentrate on the areas of your relationship that are important to you.

New Format!

The next Marriage Encounter Weekend will be in 2017, at the Nazareth Retreat Center. The Center is quiet with beautiful surroundings, the perfect place for a special getaway weekend to focus on your marriage. For more information about the Nazareth Retreat Center, go to

Each weekend begins on Saturday morning and concludes Sunday afternoon. A team of volunteer couples ensure you are comfortable and well-fed throughout the weekend.

Reservations are required. A $60 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation. The balance of the weekend cost is due at the program. Space is limited. Marriage Encounter is a non-profit organization and supported entirely by couple donations. To cover lodging, meals and other expenses, the weekend costs $175 for each couple. In case of financial needs, scholarship funds are available. A partial deposit is still required.

You can also purchase Gift Certificates for friends or family. Certificates can cover the deposit only ($60) or the entire cost of the weekend ($175). Contact us to order a Gift Certificate, and please remember to specify the names of the recipients of the Certificate.

Regarding Religion

National Marriage Encounter is an ecumenical and interfaith organization. We welcome couples of all faiths or no faith at all.

The weekend is based in Judeo-Christian traditions and will include some scripture. We ask couples to apply these principles to their own faith experiences.

We do feel that a successful marriage has a spiritual component – a husband, a wife and God. However, no attempt is made to convert to any specific religion. Again, couples are encouraged to discuss what is important to their own lives.

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