Incidentally, the Hilton where it was held was nice and comfortable and provided a quiet setting for such an volatile and painful emotional state we were in. And the food at the hotel I thought was far above "the average run-of-the-mill hotel food. There were also several other convenient fast-food places, as well as a great little deli close by, and not to miss, was a quaint little Mexican Restaurant across the street that served some scrumptious enchiladas .
Overall I'd say the retreat was very well-organized and planned, but the schedule seemed a little tight but then again we had lots of work on our marriage that needed to get done. The way the retreat was structured was with some group sessions and some private sessions. Both were conducted in a sensitive manner. There was no pressure put on us, or no time where we had to talk about our marriage problems in front of others in the group meetings. Things were closely monitored and one thing I really appreciated about the leaders and the counselors was that they took extra care to create a safe environment for us to get the kind of personal help we needed to work through the tough marital issues we were dealing with.
All-in-all, the retreat was a real turning point for us. And by the end of the weekend, looking around at a lot of the other couples, you could tell it was a turning point for many of them as well. It was quite obvious, and you could tell by the way they were - the smiles and hand-holding and all. For us, the bottom line was- it showed us how we had hurt each other and it gave us the tools and the time and structure we needed to understand and work on and heal the hurts in our relationship. And of particular importance to me was that the weekend had a significant spiritual aspect to it that helped me and my wife to really forgive like never before, and to see by example and actually practice healthy ways of communicating, work through and resolve tough issues, reconnect with each other, and amazingly, to begin to feel the love again. We have now recommitted to each other and our marriage. For certain, we still have a lot of work ahead, but with confidence, hope and tools we are well on our way to re-building our marriage- that it will be even better than it ever was before.
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