What is Retrouvaille?
The word Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning "rediscovery". The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.
The Retrouvaille Program consists of a stay-in weekend experience combined with a series of 12 post-weekend topics held over 6 weekly sessions. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.
What Retrouvaille is Not
It is not a retreat, marriage counseling, marriage self help or a sensitivity group. There are neither group dynamics nor group discussions on the weekend. It is not a time for hurting; it is a time for healing.
Who is it for?
It is for couples with marital problems including those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced that want marriage help.
Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of marriage problems. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the program. These latter couples often consider the Retrouvaille program their final option.
Many lawyers and judges send couples to Retrouvaille as a prerequisite to filing for a divorce or rendering final decisions. Many marriage counselors send their clients to Retrouvaille as a prerequisite to marriage counseling. These professionals know that the tools of communication in marriage taught in the program are often what couples need.
What Happens During a Retrouvaille Program?
During the stay-in 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, nor is it a social gathering. 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. 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 program is offered on scheduled weekends at the beginning Friday evening, and closing with Mass late Sunday afternoon. The post-weekend sessions are scheduled for six Sunday afternoons at four hours per Sunday.
Do I have to be Catholic?
Retrouvaille is Catholic in origin. Couples of all faiths and those with no faith tradition are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Will someone try to convert me?
The program 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 Program Cost?
Each couple is asked to make an anonymous donation to help cover the cost of the program. This one donation covers all the expenses of the live-in weekend and the post-weekend sessions. Weekend lodging, meals and materials are all covered by this single donation.
A registration fee is required when you register for the program to confirm your accommodations. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.
No couple is ever denied the chance to heal and renew their marriage because of lack of funds.