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Newlywed Weekend

March 22 - March 24, 2024

WinShape Retreat - Rome, GA

Foundation Building

Retreat Description

The first few years of marriage can be incredibly fun—experiencing so many “firsts” together—but also frustrating—experiencing firsts you weren’t “prepared” for. Every newly married couple faces the challenge of learning to do life together, but success lies in having the right tools. If you and your spouse are in the early years of marriage (up to seven years), Newlywed Weekend is the perfect experience for you! During this weekend, you’ll gain skills to begin building a strong foundation for your future and equip you to navigate this forever journey with your better half. 

This brand-new experience is unlike previous WinShape Marriage Retreats. A variety of marriage content will be presented in a relatable way to you being in the early years of marriage over multiple sessions—healthy communication and conflict management, intimacy, family expectations, and more—and you and your spouse will be able to choose which sessions to attend based on what will be *most* helpful to your marriage. 

Key Takeaways

  • Skills to take your communication deeper
  • Space to identify unspoken expectations and keep them from creating a chasm in your marriage
  • Strategies for addressing conflict appropriately and problem-solving together
  • Keys to understanding the different types of intimacy and how they work together to create a more fulfilling marriage
  • Hands-on learning opportunities to help you grow in your relationship 

Note

  • This weekend is designed for couples married seven years or less. Couples married less than one year may also attend Marriage Prep. 
  • In 2023, we offered three Foundation Building Marriage Retreats—The First Five, Intimacy 101, and Preparing for Baby. This year, we’ve combined the content from these retreats into one conference-style weekend, where you’ll be able to select specific sessions you’d like to attend based on the content presented. If you attended any of the three Foundation Building retreats in the past, you can still attend (and it’s encouraged) Newlywed Weekend. If you were not able to attend one of the three Foundation Building Marriage Retreats, this weekend would be a good fit for you as similar content will be offered. 

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

Testimonials

“The sessions were all incredibly helpful and insightful. The food was amazing, and the café having espresso was a game changer.”

Jake T.

“The hospitality shown by all the staff and host couples was amazing and made us feel like special guests. We really enjoyed our time at WinShape Retreat and cannot wait to come back!”

Addie G.

“Our favorite part of the weekend was the atmosphere! It was such a relaxing experience that truly let us focus on each other and get the most out of the sessions. Everything was fantastic. When we left this morning, it felt like we were leaving a piece of heaven.”

Kristy K.

How It Works

FAQs

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 

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.