Marriage retreats, seminars & conferences for military marriages
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Active duty military, be sure to contact your chaplain for marriage enrichment opportunities.
Battle Flag Ranch (Mount Juliet, TN)
At Battle Flag Ranch, we live to serve the selfless. As a veteran myself who returned home from the dangers of war in Afghanistan, my family and I understand the difficulty of reentry into "normal" life with family and friends. Truth is, life just no longer feels normal. Our heart breaks and our souls bleeds over the pain of each and every serviceman and servicewoman who may have physically survived the horrors of war abroad, but whose families now face the threat of destruction at home. We are a short term bed and breakfast respite for battle-wearied veterans and their equally weary spouse, providing safety and sanctuary as they relearn the delicate art of love and communication in marriage.
The mission of Battle Flag Ranch is to provide respite for battle weary veterans and their equally weary spouses and families. The ranch offers literal shelter by giving veterans and their families the much deserved, yet sadly rare gifts of a beautifully serene getaway and a brief season for quiet refreshment and renewal.
Dedicated to eradicating the astronomical divorce rate among our Armed Services individuals, Battle Flag Ranch helps America's defenders face the new marching orders of an often unexpected struggle: reestablishing wholeness in their families. As a unique, positive, and encouraging community resource for all military service veterans and their spouses, Battle Flag Ranch helps families find the emotional ceasefire they need to once again band together and reengage life as a united front.
Boulder Crest Retreat (Bluemont, VA)
We deliver free, short-duration, high-impact combat-related stress recovery retreats for combat veterans (male and female), couples, families, caregivers and Gold Star families, known as PATHH (Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes).
Chris Kyle FROG Foundation
CKFF Revitalization Retreats (RR) are designed to empower married couples to maintain a whole and healthy functioning family unit.
CREDO Marriage Enrichment Retreats (Navy)
CREDO's mission is to strengthen spiritual well-being and individual resilience through workshops and retreats for Department of the Navy service members, civilians, and families.
Since 1971, CREDO has offered transformational workshops, seminars and retreats specifically designed to inspire hope and strengthen spiritual well-being and enrich the lives of service members and families.
Check out the map for more information on your nearest CREDO site to request information on upcoming retreats.
Family Life's Weekend to Remember Conference (offers a scholarship to military families; does not include hotel reservations)
Every couple drives away with a roadmap to a great marriage. If your marriage has been struggling lately, it’s easy to forget what a good relationship feels like. Our speakers will show you exactly how to pursue a marriage that really works by using their own personal stories of success and failure and God’s Word to restore hope.
- In just one weekend, you will discover:
- God’s purpose for bringing you together
- Your distinctive roles as husband and wife
- How to resolve conflict and fight fair
- Secrets to putting sizzle in your sex life
For more than 30 years, we’ve helped people reach a turning point in their marriages. More than a million couples who wanted to take their marriages from fine to fantastic have come to us to help make it happen.
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
Why a “laughter” approach? For one simple reason: to overcome the male objection to a seminar. Let’s be honest, a marriage seminar isn’t the first thing a guy thinks of when he thinks of “a fun way to spend the weekend.” We get that… Familiar with the fact that women are usually much more open to discussing marital problems than their spouses, Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage is designed with an element of humor that appeals to couples, but is especially well-received by men. By making our event fun and non-threatening, more men are open to attending and both husband and wife end up having a fantastic time. However, while this event is fun, it is anything but light and ineffective. Mark’s great content and unique approach to troubled marriages has yielded one of the highest success rates in the country.
Unlike many traditional marriage seminars that tend to be overly serious, technical and emotionally taxing, the Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage seminar is different because it helps couples deal with tough issues in a way that is fun and non-threatening. Through the two-day seminar, couples will laugh, learn and be able to make real positive changes to their marriage.
Love and Respect
In 1999, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs launched his ground breaking Love and Respect ministry. Through his teaching, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah reveal that love and respect plays a role in every relationship. Happiness and success in marriage are not based on love alone. Many husbands feel they are not receiving the respect they need, and wives feel they are unloved. Too often, good willed couples get caught in what he calls The Crazy Cycle....
"Wives don't feel love from their husbands so they react with disrespect, husbands feel disrespected and respond in unloving ways..."
Eggerichs helps couples restore their marriages by teaching wives how to recieve love by showing their husbands respect and showing husbands how to gain respect by giving their wives love.
During this two day live event, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah help explain three basic principles:
- The Crazy Cycle: Why two couples negatively react to one another.
- The Energizing Cycle: Why two couples negatively react to one another.
- The Rewarded Cycle: What a person can do if personal expectations are unmet by a spouse.
The Eggerichs speak all over the country. CLICK HERE to see if they are coming to a city near you!
Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs
Mighty Oaks Foundation is committed to serving the brokenhearted by providing intensive peer-based discipleship through a series of programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Our Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs host such programs as Fight Club and Marriage Advance Programs and take place at multiple locations from four to seven days. The Warriors who attend are fully sponsored with travel arrangements, meals, and lodging needs to ensure that upon arrival to the ranch, each Warrior is focused solely on his recovery and identifying purpose moving forward.
MARRIAGE ADVANCE: LOVE NEVER GIVES UP - Our three day Marriage Advance Program is designed for couples to gain a better understanding of the struggles they each face from dealing with PTS. We structure conversations around needs, expectations, goals and forgiveness to help couples move forward. Provided with the necessary support to regain the strength that is required of a healthy unit, each couple learns to engage successfully with the recovery process in order to have a successful marriage.
Military Marriage Conference (DVD)
This four-part video series, a companion to the book 6 Secrets to a Lasting Love is designed to encourage, teach, and strengthen military marriages. Through fun and entertaining stories, thought provoking principles, times of personal reflection and sharing with your spouse, you will experience:
- Forgiving love, which offers a fresh start after you have hurt each other;
- Serving love, which helps you meet each other's deepest needs;
- Persevering love, which sustains you through the inevitable storms of life;
- Guarding love, which protects your hearts from threats to your marriage;
- Celebrating love, which helps you maintain physical and spiritual connection;
- Renewing love, which sustains your lifelong commitment to your vows.
This series is comprised of four sessions that are approximately one hour each and are ideal for couples or small groups. The series can even be adapted for marriage retreats or for use by each spouse separately during deployment of one overseas.
Military Marriage Seminar
Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, Asheville, NC
Active-duty, Guard and Reserve service members and their spouses who have deployed previously or may deploy in the future are invited to a FREE Military Marriage Seminar. A biblical perspective on marriage with application for the unique experiences of military life will be presented by our Bible teacher. Additional workshops will also be offered to assist with the challenges of deployment and the unique stresses placed on a military marriage due to the demands of the battlefield. Discover what God has for you as you pull away to listen to God's Word, God's people and God's Spirit during this special weekend.
Those interested in attending must complete a scholarship application:
Operation Heal Our Patriots
Operation Heal Our Patriots, a ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse, focuses on bringing spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment to wounded and injured U.S. military service members and their spouses. To thank these brave men and women for their service and sacrifice, we offer programs uniquely developed to strengthen the marriage relationship and build hope for the future through the transforming power of God’s Word.
Samaritan Lodge Alaska stands peacefully within the great wilderness of America’s last frontier. It is here, among mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife that we minister to the needs of America’s own victims of war. Military service members and their spouses have the opportunity to stay for one week, including travel time.
Each day, our on-site staff chaplain leads devotions and our Marriage Resiliency Workshop. This weeklong course offers couples time away from daily pressures and distractions to study the primary dynamics that have the greatest impact on a marriage. The workshop concludes with a worship service, which affirms and celebrates couples’ relationship with God and one another, amid the marvels of His creation.
Operation Welcome Home (Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch)
Operation Welcome Home is a faith-based weekend to provide encouragement, hope, and inspiration to veterans and their married spouses. The retreat is cost free for the couples. All funding is provided by donations.
The retreat is for veterans and their spouses. It is a time to reconnect through sessions on parenting, communication, dealing with anger successfully, healthy conflict resolution, finances, faith, and making marriage work. Couples stay in the Miracle Lodge.
Oxygen for Your Relationship Program (Stronger Families)
The Oxygen Seminar is designed to help couples strengthen their relationship and work on tough issues in a way that is fun and non-threatening. Couples learn how to improve their communication, better understand each other’s needs, resolve conflict, rekindle romance, and find renewed hope.
Our seminars are fun, interactive, and practical – you will walk away with skills that you can use right away. Our commitment is to drive oxygen into your relationships through 3 key principles and provide the tools, steps, and resources to reach these goals:
- Create and implement an ACTION PLAN for your relationships.
- Design a SUPPORT SYSTEM to build on your successes and get you through the tough times.
- Learn how to PAY FORWARD what you have learned to help others.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Oxygen Seminar events that you can participate in.
Smalley Family Seminars
Our seminars will transform the way couples build a healthy, secure relationship! We have reduced 40 years of research into powerful seminars. Whether you’re 19 or 80, married, or planning to get married, our seminars are for you!
The different semianrs we offer:
- Guarding Your Child’s Heart with Gary Smalley
- A Marriage seminar with Michael and Amy Smalley
- The Wholehearted Marriage seminar with Greg and Erin Smalley
- The Comedy of Love (a date night full of laughter with Michael Smalley)
- Love and Laughter with Gary Smalley and Special Guests
Spiritually Smart Family Conferences (Officers' Christian Fellowship)
Spiritually Smart Family Conferences are designed to provide families, couples, spouses, and single parents, tools and encouragement to cope with matters such as: loneliness, parenting, maintaining healthy marriages, conflict resolution, re-integration after deployment, and much more.
Participants will become better equipped to weather deployment separation while maintaining the home front, and couples will better reconnect following absences caused by deployments. Together, couples will navigate the extreme demands of family separation and will, like Timothy, become equipped to “look to the concerns of others.”
Spiritually smart families are those who conscientiously apply proven biblical principles to protect and sustain their families and marriages in difficult times.
Military deployments are at all all-time high, separating spouse from spouse and children from parents. As a result couples experience added stress on their marriage, and parenting becomes even more complex. Spiritually Smart Family Conferences help families apply biblical principles to protect, enhance, and sustain marriages and family relationships in turbulent times.
Offering hope, encouragement, and solutions: families, couples, or spouses attending a conference will learn to successfully apply Christ-centered tools to cope with matters such as:
- Maintaining strong and healthy family relationships in the face of duty
- Staying close while apart
- Communication and parenting tips
- Re-integration following deployment
Strong Bonds for Couples (Army)
Whether you’ve celebrated one anniversary or 20, as an Army couple you can anticipate more excitement - and expect more challenges - than the average civilian couple. Long separations, frequent relocations, and the stress of deployment can subject Army marriages to extreme hardship.
That’s why we developed the Strong Bonds Couples program. It’s our way of saying thank you for the sacrifices you and your family make every day as members of the world’s premier fighting force. And, because we understand the stresses of military life, we want to serve you through an off-post, Strong Bonds weekend retreat. You and others from your unit will gain skills that fortify your marriage, and enjoy a time of relaxation, recreation, fellowship, and fun.
Strong Bonds programs are offered by Army Chaplains with the full support of your Commanding Officer. You’ll gain practical, useful information based on world-class curriculum developed from years of research. In small groups, you’ll participate in activities that renew bonds with your peers. And, as a couple, you’ll practice communication and relationship-building skills, as well as share intimate moments.
The Strong Bonds Couples weekend retreat is designed to strengthen relationships, inspire hope and rekindle marriages - even start the journey of healing for relationships under fire.
The Marriage You've Always Wanted Conference - Dr. Gary Chapman
Led by Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the best-selling Five Love Languages, this conference is not a dry, formal, marriage seminar—it’s a time of fun and discovery that can help you build the love relationship of your dreams. Whether you’re getting married in six months—or have been married 60 years—you’ll get solutions you can use. With biblical advice and a healthy dose of laughter, Dr. Chapman gives valuable tips on breaking unhealthy patterns and choosing to develop a God-honoring, happy marriage.
Couples both married and engaged will benefit from practical sessions addressing topics like communication differences, dealing with criticism, understanding love languages, and making sex mutually fulfilling. Join us for a day that will be a highlight for your marriage.
CLICK HERE to find a 5 Love Languages event near you.
VA Marriage Retreat Program
The VA currently has marriage retreat programs for all veterans at two locations: the VA San Diego Healthcare System and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. About 20 other VA medical centers are in the beginning stages of establishing their own programs.
The retreats are conducted by VA chaplains, social workers, psychologists, and counselors who have been certified as instructors for teaching better communication skills, relationship skills, and emotional literacy skills to couples.
When VA’s marriage retreats first began, only veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts were being accepted into the program. Since then, VA has opened the program to anyone who’s ever worn the uniform.
For more information on VA’s marriage retreat program, call 706-733-0188, extension 6118, 6114, or 6172.
VA Relationship Retreat: From Warriors to Soul Mates
The mission of PAIRS is to teach those attitudes, emotional understandings and behaviors that nurture and sustain healthy relationships and to make this knowledge broadly available on behalf of a safer, saner, more loving world.