This past weekend (July 25-27) A and I went to the Omni Interlocken Hotel Resort in Broomfield Colorado for the DIY Marriage Retreat & Conference. This conference was put on in part by the Colorado Healthy Marriages Project and the Center for Relationship Education.
A couple of weeks before, we signed up online with a military scholarship code. One of the great perks of the military (in my opinion) is that there is an importance placed on strong marriages. So often times, the military will offer their own marriage retreats (free of charge to participants) or scholarships/discounts for couples to attend conferences put on by other companies. We signed up for three workshops we were interested in and the other information needed like allergies etc.
Here is a quick overview of the weekend before I dive into some of the takeaway points:
A and I left as soon as I got home from work, about 2 pm. The drive took us about 2 hours. We took 470 (which is a toll road and brings us a little out of the way, but there was virtually no traffic) instead of I-25. We checked into the conference and settled in. The opening session was from 7-9 with Michael & Amy Smalley of The Smalley Institute giving opening remarks. The rest of the evening was free time.
Saturday started off early with breakfast from 7:30-8:30 am. We had two general group sessions and two workshops, as well as a three hour free time window (we took a short nap & hung out at the pool) followed by a dinner concert date in the evening.
The speakers included:
Chris Hogan Working together to Win the Money Battle with the Dave Ramsey Group
Pat Love, author of Hot Monogamy, The Power of Passion
Josh & Michelle Sosa Keeping the FUN Alive
James Sheridan Sex & Romance in a Biblical Marriage
Scott Haltzman Developing a Family Mission Statement
Lauren Reitsema Step-Up: How the Role of Step-Parent Impacts Marriages in Blended Families
Elaine Dumler The Good News is….Your Spouse is Home, The Bad News is….Your Spouse is Home
Andrew Ripp, Singer/songwriter from Nashville TN.
After breakfast and checking out of our room, there was one more workshop and a closing session. I must admit, we ditched the last morning and went hiking in the Flatirons in Boulder with another conference couple.
Stay tuned for another post on the points and principles I have taken away from this weekend and hope to talk about more/incorporate into our lives!