Intensive v. Retreat: Which is Right For You?

Marriage Retreats
Sarah Beth McCloud

Marriage Intensives

Sometimes couples need more than just a weekend away.

Maybe you’re stuck in a cycle of shame and hurt and you need breakthrough. Perhaps your marriage is in crisis, and divorce seems like the only option. You might even be in a marriage that is healthy but wants some extended, focused time to really dig deep.

If any of these situations resonate, consider a WinShape Marriage Intensive.

WinShape Marriage Intensives dig beneath the surface to uncover the dynamics that interfere with having a happy, healthy relationship. Designed to take marriages to the next level, the Intensive experience can help hurting couples heal by providing tools that allow them to break free from the cycle of damaging patterns, as well as addressing issues that impede their growth.

These week-long experiences allow couples to participate in small group counseling with trained therapists to get to the root of serious martial struggles. Through this format, we help couples find lasting solutions through renewed emotional connections, rediscovered intimacy, and genuine healing, both individually and as a couple.

Marriage Retreats

For many of us, life just gets busy and leaves us needing some quality time with our spouse. Between work and other obligations, raising children and navigating new seasons of marriage, making time for each other can be harder than it looks.

If a weekend away sounds like just what you and your spouse need, consider attending a WinShape Marriage Retreat.

Through our three-day Marriage Retreats, couples get the chance to step away, reconnect and focus on their marriage. Each retreat is led by a marriage speaker in a large group setting. In addition to the programming portion of the event, you will encounter a relaxing, one-of-a-kind environment at WinShape’s Mount Berry campus – allowing you and your spouse to fully unplug and engage in the experience.

Deciding Between a Retreat and Intensive

Put simply, attending a Marriage Retreat can be compared to the regular maintenance you do on your car — changing the oil, for instance — while attending a Marriage Intensive is more symbolic of taking care of the bigger issues that keep the car running — changing the timing belt or replacing the tires.

Both are important, but one focuses on encouraging and strengthening, while the other concentrates on breakthrough and transformation.

Once you have determined the experience that meets your current needs, take the steps below to move your marriage one step closer to the greatest version of itself.

Interested in a Marriage Intensive? Visit our Intensives page to learn more and book your experience. If you would like to attend a Marriage Intensive but want to start with a Marriage Retreat first, consider Courageous Hearts and God, Sex, and Your Marriage as a starting point.

Interested in a Marriage Retreat? Read this article to learn more about how to choose the right retreat for you and your spouse, and visit this webpage to learn more and book your experience.

Put simply, attending a Marriage Retreat can be compared to the regular maintenance you do on your car — changing the oil, for instance — while attending a Marriage Intensive is more symbolic of taking care of the bigger issues that keep the car running — changing the timing belt or replacing the tires.

Still Need Help Deciding?

Call our Reservations Team at 706-368-6801 or use the form below. We would love to help you find the experience that's right for you.