live your best life in love

Thrive together!

Live your best life in love. Bring your experiences and intentions, hopes and disappointments, dreams and realities on a Marriage Encounter experience.

Together, you and your spouse will discover how to create a happy, fulfilled married life.

This experience is designed to provide you with the private time you need to grow as a couple. It is not structured around group activities, nor is it a Bible study, a lecture series or social time.

Frequently Asked Questions

A. A married man and woman, regardless of age, who want the best possible relationship! If you’ve been married less than one year, we suggest you consider attending an Engaged Encounter Weekend. Engaged Encounter Weekends are currently offered by the Catholic Church. Search online for “Engaged Encounter” for more information.

A. A $100 non-refundable application fee is required with all applications. At the end of the weekend, the remaining costs will be explained, and you will be given the opportunity to make a freewill donation. The total cost generally runs between $350-$550. If you’d like to know the cost of a specific Marriage Encounter Weekend in advance, the reservation couple can answer your questions. After registering online, the reservation couple will contact you, and you can ask them about the cost at that time. Or, you can call 866.633.3862 to request contact information for the reservation couple for any weekend you’re interested in attending.

A. This is a couple-oriented experience comprised primarily of presentations followed by private couple reflection time. It is not a Bible study, lecture series or social weekend. This private and quiet weekend lets you and your spouse concentrate on each other — deepening your awareness of each other and the importance of God in your marriage.

A. Couples from all faith expressions and those with no church affiliation are welcome.

A. Visit the “Upcoming Dates’ page to find an experience that works best for you.

A. Weekend presentations include:

• Exploring Our Personality Styles
• Communicating Our Feelings
• Dealing with the Stresses in the World Around Us
• Learning What it Means to Really Listen
• Understanding God’s Plan for Our Marriage
• Keeping Our Relationship a Priority
• And More

The focus is on each other as you learn to let the rest of the world fade into the background.

A. Trained, certified volunteer couples will present the topics and share their own life experiences in each of the topic areas. Many teams have more than 10 years of experience presenting in these areas.

A. After each session, you and your spouse will have the opportunity to return to the privacy of your own room to discuss the concepts that were presented. At no point will either of you be required to share in a group setting.

A. After applying for a Weekend, you will be contacted by the reservation couple with more details, but as a general rule, registration will be around 6 p.m. on Friday evening. The presentations will begin around 7 p.m. Friday evening and will continue through Sunday afternoon around 3 or 4 p.m. Please contact the reservation couple for your Weekend for specific details of that Weekend.

A. You are encouraged to bring your own snacks and drinks for your room. In most areas, water and coffee are provided in the presentation room. There will be no meal provided on Friday night, but you will be served three meals on Saturday and two meals on Sunday.

A. You bet! There’s a Marriage Encounter community of people who have already been encountered, and many of them have monthly get togethers where they can find support from other couples who have made the commitment to keep their marriages a priority. They’d love to have you join them. Plus, we offer a variety of resources on this website.

A. We have a page full of tips, tools and ideas to help you invite others to enhance their marriage relationships and fall in love all over again!

A. The acronym “3RE” stands for “Restore, Rekindle and Renew Enrichment.” Couples who choose to attend a 3RE experience will cover the same information as a Marriage Encounter Weekend, but on a 3RE, the presentations happen during two- to three-hour sessions over seven to eight weeks. Similar to the way a Bible study or book club might meet. As on an ME Weekend, the 3RE presentations are very in-depth and meant to draw husbands and wives closer together and to improve their communication. Couples have homework to work on between sessions.

A. The information covered in the presentations is exactly the same regardless of which experience you choose to attend. The difference is in the timing and format. A 3RE is shared over seven or more sessions that last two to three hours each. Couples attending a 3RE will have homework between sessions.

A Marriage Encounter Weekend is a 44-hour retreat, where couples stay at a hotel or attend virtually using Zoom or another online platform and experience all the presentations between Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

The 3RE experience is offered both face-to-face and virtually as a DVD presentation. One presenting couple will facilitate the seven to eight sessions, playing a DVD that features three couples (one a clergy couple). These couples share stories from their own marriage journeys and provide time-tested communication advice on the video. The facilitating couple will answer questions online or in the room.

Both experiences can have an amazing impact on your marriage. You need to choose the right format for you.