About the Retreat
The pace and pressures of life place enormous strains on a marriage. Couples often find themselves merely coexisting. They share the same house and split the bills, but that’s about it. Courageous Hearts helps couples rebuild vital connections in their marriage through clear communication and healthy ways of resolving conflict.
$620 per couple (ALL APPLICABLE TAXES INCLUDED)
Includes lodging for two nights, meals, and programming
Retreat Speakers: Jay & Julie Baumgardner
For 23 years, Julie Baumgardner was part of the FirstThings First leadership team, serving 19 of those years as the president and CEO. In January 2021, Julie took on a new role as the Senior Director of WinShape Marriage.
During her tenure at First Things First, the award-winning nonprofit dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee, generated model duplication efforts nationwide and garnered international attention for its outstanding leadership in family, marriage and parenting issues. As a passionate advocate for helping people have healthy relationships, Julie reached hundreds of thousands each week through her Chattanooga Times Free Press column and as host of JulieB TV, a YouTube-based talk show that focuses on all things relational.
For more than 30 years, Julie has provided valuable leadership for Hamilton County and Tennessee state initiatives for parental involvement, gang violence prevention, and early childhood and character education. Because of Julie’s marriage and family expertise, she is broadly utilized as a consultant by communities and agencies, and is a sought-after speaker and retreat leader. Julie’s tireless efforts have been recognized across the globe.
Julie and her husband, Jay, have been married since 1989. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Ashley. In her free time, Julie enjoys gardening, horseback riding, cooking, working with children, mentoring couples and baking.