What Happens During a Retrouvaille Weekend?
During the weekend phase, a team of three couples and a priest give a series of presentations. The weekend is not a spiritual retreat, not a marriage encounter or marriage seminar although it does have characteristics of each of these and much more. You will, however, be encouraged to put the past behind you and start rediscovering each other.
The team presents a technique of communication that enables you to take a good look at most areas of your relationship. The team does not provide marriage advice or counselling. The team provides practical tools for improving your marriage. They will share how they were able to benefit from these techniques themselves. After each presentation you will have a chance to reflect on it by yourself, then discuss it in complete privacy with your spouse.
The weekend is not a ‘miracle cure'; therefore, the post-weekend sessions have been designed to continue the marriage renewal begun on the weekend. The post-weekend phase is as crucial, maybe more critical, to the healing of marriage problems. During the post-weekend sessions, the technique learned on the weekend is further developed and is used to explore additional areas of the marriage relationship.
When and Where?
The process is offered on scheduled weekends beginning Friday evening, and closing with Mass late Sunday afternoon. The post-weekend sessions take place over 6 Saturday sessions from 10:00 a.m., until 2:30 p.m.
The volunteers in the Toronto Retrouvaille Community schedule facilities for both the weekend and the post-weekend phases of the process. Contact Toronto Retrouvaille at 416-281-6007. All contacts are held in the strictest confidence.
Do I have to be Catholic?
Retrouvaille is Catholic in origin and follows the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We do extend a warm welcome to couples of other faith expressions. Couples of all faiths and those with no faith tradition are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Will someone try to convert me?
The process is not designed to promote a specific religion. Atheists, agnostics and those of various religions are respected for their beliefs and encouraged to attend for the benefit of their marriage.
No attempt is made to convert anyone to a religion. Saving a marriage is our focus. The ultimate goal of Retrouvaille is solely to help save marriages.
What does the Process Cost?
Each couple is asked to make a donation to help cover the cost of the process. This one donation covers all the expenses of the weekend and the post-weekend sessions. Weekend lodging, meals and materials are all covered by this single donation.
A non-refundable registration fee is required when you register for the process to confirm your accommodations. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.
How do I learn more?
Details about the process, including the cost, vary from location to location. Contact Retrouvaille Toronto at (416) 281-6007