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Courageous Communication

August 23 - August 25, 2024

WinShape Retreat - Rome, GA

Retreat Description

The pace and pressures of life can place enormous strain on marriages. If you and your spouse find yourselves living in the same house but feeling disconnected, often misreading each other and nitpicking over things that normally wouldn’t bother you, this retreat can help! Utilizing scripture as well as relevant research, Courageous Communication helps you break down communication barriers—you’ll learn clear and effective communication practices as well as tools to manage conflict in a healthier way. With these tools, you’ll be able to move through “stuckness” and into a more intimate, thriving marriage.  

Key Takeaways

  • Keys to understanding your communication styles and learning to engage differently with one another rather than trying to change one another 
  • Awareness that though you’re always communicating, you may not always be communicating what you intend to 
  • Clarity around how to have hard conversations about past, present, and potential future hurts 
  • Tools to create safety within your marriage

Retreat Cost

$620 per couple (all applicable taxes included)
Includes lodging for two nights, meals, and programming

Your Retreat Registration Includes:

  • Comfortable accommodations featuring a private room with a king-size bed and a private bathroom with a shower and dual sink vanity
  • Fresh meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, coffee, and desserts (including endless Icedream®) curated by our world-class dining team
  • Access to the beautiful Berry College campus, dotted by 27,000 acres of peaceful pastures, tree-lined trails, wildlife, and a tranquil lake
  • Biblically-based and research-informed content designed to propel your relationship forward during the weekend and beyond
  • Serene spaces to truly unplug and connect with your spouse—time to relax in a hammock, read a book by the fire, play pickleball or ride bikes, and more


“Our favorite part of the weekend was...everything—uninterrupted time with my spouse, the food, the peacefulness, bike rides, the café, and the popcorn was the best I've had in my life! [It was a] really great experience!”

Joeleah L.

“Our favorite part of the weekend was [having] free time in the day to process and have real conversations about the content with each other. We also enjoyed the informal conversations with Julie and Jay, the host couples, and other participant couples. All the staff that we interacted with seemed to go above and beyond in their level of service and professionalism. It made the weekend so enjoyable because it felt like we were at a five-star resort!”

Troy J.

“The content was so rich and had a great balance of the gospel woven in. My husband and I had several moments of revelation, which was fun to talk about later. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Julie and her husband, Jay. Even the seemingly hard topics were made lighthearted, and we left filled with tons of new knowledge. This was an incredible weekend, and we already can’t wait to come back!”

McKenzie H.

How It Works


Where are you located?

WinShape Retreat is located on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA, approximately 1.5 hours northwest of Atlanta, GA. 

What do we need to bring?

The dress for your retreat will be very casual. Please bring comfortable clothing for the entire weekend, including Sunday morning. We recommend at least one pair of pants, a light jacket, and layers in case of colder weather, rain, etc. During most retreats, youll have the opportunity to participate in recreational activities, which require closed-toe/closed-heel shoes (preferably athletic shoes). On Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken by our on-site photographer. If you’d like to bring a nicer outfit you can, though this is not required. Bring all personal toiletries, including any medicines you’re currently taking. You may want to bring a Bible, small book bag, and water bottle. You will not need any money during your stay as lodging, meals, snacks, and programming are included in your registration fee. 

Do you provide counseling at Marriage Retreats?

Our Marriage Retreats do not provide time for one-on-one counseling with the speakers or any other staff members. If you feel you may need more in-depth help or your marriage may be in crisis, please contact us using the button below or check out WinShape Marriage Intensives. 

What does the schedule look like, and will we have free time?

You’ll receive a detailed schedule of the weekend upon arrival, but you can expect breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as sessions in an auditorium type setting. You’ll have free time throughout the weekend, where you’re welcome to explore the beautiful campus on one of the many walking or biking trails. We also have a variety of other activities and games available. You can play pickleball, play disc golf, fish, hike, play board games, read, relax in a hammock, and more! Feel free to bring your own bikes, equipment, and games, but we also have everything you’ll need available for checkout.

What is your reservation policy?

The full amount of the event will be charged to your credit card at the time of the reservation. Once your card is charged, your payment is nonrefundable. If your plans change, your reservation can be transferred to another event within one year of the originally scheduled experience. This must be done at least 30 days prior to the event, or a $75.00 transfer fee will be assessed. If you do not transfer your reservation prior to the event, you will no longer be able to transfer, and all payments will be forfeited. 

After a Marriage Retreat, You’ll Be:

  • Strengthened in your relationship with the Lord 
  • Renewed in your intimacy with your spouse 
  • Inspired to continue prioritizing your marriage 
  • Encouraged by others walking similar paths 
  • Refreshed and rejuvenated to return home 

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Ready to Register?

Once you and your spouse are ready to register for an incredible weekend getaway, you can do so easily online. Of course, if you have any questions along the way about what experience is best suited for you or your registration, we’re happy to help. You can reach us 866-976-2774 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST.

Have questions? Our team is here to help.