Weekend Schedule

Weekend Schedule

About The Schedule

This schedule shows anticipated times, but they should only be considered approximate.  Between sessions, we build in time for everyone to get settled in the conference room, but if for any reason there are delays, those delays can require us to adjust our timing for following sessions throughout the day.  Similarly, sometimes things run more quickly and we are able to adjust for more break time, or to end the day a little earlier.

Friday

TIME/(Est) Details
7:00PM Registration Desk opens
Be checked-into hotel and go to registration table in conference room area.
8:00 PM Introduction
What to expect during the weekend and team introductions. (Followed by time for reflection and a short break)
9:30 PM Our Emotional Lives
The importance of paying attention to our emotions, the importance of the necessity of communicating what this inner life looks like to our spouse because this emotional communication can change the whole shape of a relationship. It can put a relationship on a new and deeper level and lead to an understanding of one another from the 'inside'. (Followed by time for reflection and one on one discussion between you and your spouse)

Saturday

TIME/(Est) Details
At Will Breakfast
Breakfast Bar opens at 6:30 AM
8:30 AM Encounter with Self
Getting in touch with yourself and examining your own motivations and behavior in a way not likely experienced before. The purpose is to help look at and understand our own self-image before we look at us was a couple. (Followed by time for reflection and one on one discussion between you and your spouse)
11:15 AM Marriage in Today's Society:
We, alone, have not been totally responsible for our attitudes towards our marriages; our society has influenced all of us in forming our attitudes regarding marriage, to a very large degree. All of us have had painful experiences, but the important thing is that we can come through them and that we can rediscover our love. It is a decision that is within our power to make. (Followed by time for reflection and one on one discussion between you and your spouse)
1:20 PM Lunch
We have a fully catered lunch.
2:00 PM Communication is more than Just Talking
Up to this point we have been guiding couples to a way of communicating through reflection and discussion with guidelines to help spouses better understand each other's feelings on various topics, and without allowing past hurts to influence them. In this session, we dig deeper into this communication method to help assure that it is always done as a truly safe way to communicate with one another. (Followed by time for reflection and one on one discussion between you and your spouse)
3:30 PM The Challenge of Being a Couple
This session underlines the fact that a couple relationship is comprised of two uniquely different people forging a path that a couple can walk together. We can change our reactions to our spouse’s feelings (rejection and toleration) to acceptance to move a relationship in a positive, more meaning­ful direction. It shows how even the most difficult areas in our relationship can be discussed and communicated on a feeling level. (Followed by time for reflection and one on one discussion between you and your spouse)
5:15 PM Living a Christian Marriage
This session presents a Christian model for marriage. Even for couples that are not Christian or particularly spiritual, this shows a healthy model of mutual respect, understanding and support of one another. It further shows that suffering is an inevitable part of every mar­riage, but that it can lead to an even stronger relationship. It also shows the goal of marriage as being unity, not just comfort in relationship or happiness. (Followed by time for reflection and one on one discussion between you and your spouse)
6:30 PM Dinner
We have a fully catered dinner.
7:30 PM To Trust Again
For couples that are struggling with trust, this session helps offer hope that achieving it is possible, and presents a model of how to build that trust, no matter how bad things may be. For couples without trust issues, this session helps build a model that will secure the foundation of your relationship to help ensure there are no breakdowns of trust in the future. (Followed by time for reflection and one on one discussion between you and your spouse)
9:00 PM Forgiveness & Healing
For couples that are struggling with forgiveness, either of the other, or of one's self, this session helps think past the pain you have endured or are enduring to the hurts one has caused or are causing the other spouse to suffer. It helps take a powerful step toward reconciliation and understand what forgiveness truly is and feels like for both spouses. For couples that are not struggling in this area, this session helps bring focus to the importance of true forgiveness for even the most minor things. It helps build a foundation to ensure small hurts never build up into major resentment. (Followed by time for reflection and one on one discussion between you and your spouse)

Sunday

TIME/(Est) Details
At Will Breakfast
Breakfast Bar opens at 6:30 AM
8:30 AM Belonging to Each other and Our Father
What to expect during the weekend and team introductions. (Followed by time for reflection and a short break)
12:30 PM Belonging to Each Other and Our Father
The importance of paying attention to our emotions, the importance of the necessity of communicating what this inner life looks like to our spouse because this emotional communication can change the whole shape of a relationship. It can put a relationship on a new and deeper level and lead to an understanding of one another from the 'inside'. The purpose of this session in to help construct an ideal for marriage - something to strive for, or to continue working on no matter what life throws at us. This session further brings together many of the concept introduced to couple throughout the weekend, and ends with an extended period for reflection and for each couple to further bond through the impact and new light the weekend shines on their lives.
12:30 PM We Are Not Alone
This session covers many of the realities of how many couples around you are at varied stages of marital struggles, regardless of what they may show on the outside. It empowers you to reaching for tomorrow with greater hope and optimism, that you can be a powerful moving force in helping reinforce your own relationship as you help others that may reach out to you.
1:20 PM Lunch
We have a fully catered Lunch
2:15 PM The Value of Dialogue
This session reinforces the importance of real communication in the marriage relationship, while helping with tools and ideas that can help couples bring what they learned on the weekend home, once outside of the "weekend retreat" environment. This is an extremely important session for all couples to attend, as couples typically leave weekends like this on a "retreat high," and this session helps everything that you learned on the weekend stick more easily.
2:45 PM The Journey Ahead
This session continues into the couple's re-entry into their everyday lives. It provides a glimpse of the post-weekend sessions and what to expect. All materials for the second stage of the program are provided during this session.
3:45 PM Closing Service
A closing mass will be held before we part for the weekend.

What is Included

Your registration fee of $250 per couple guarantees your spot in the program, and Retrouvaille of Tampa Bay pays for your hotel room for 2 nights at the Hampton Inn, as well as lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.

Voluntary Donations

The $250 registration fee does not cover our cost for a couple to attend the weekend.  As a non-profit, it is intended to cover our costs for no-shows.  However, consider the cost of the hotel room, the 3 catered meals, materials, and operational cost, even though we are all volunteers, and the actual fixed costs are significantly higher.  On Sunday afternoon, there will be a request for couples to make voluntary and anonymous donations to help cover our cost for the program.  This is a one-time request, and the amount (if any) a couple donates is completely up to them.

Follow-Ups

As the weekend draws to a close, we provide materials for the week ahead.  The following Sunday, we hold our first of 6 or 7 Post Follow-Up sessions, each lasting approximately four hours.

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