DEAR ABBY: My son is engaged to a young woman I’ll call Carla. They are currently living with my husband and me to save money and pay off bills. They fight often. Because of this, my husband and I were not excited when they flippantly announced their engagement and also flippantly announced their wedding date recently. I just said, “That’s nice” or “congratulations.”I know this is not my relationship, and they are adults, but should I explain why we cannot get excited about it? I don’t dislike
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If you are getting in married in Florida and are considering the months of August through November, your wedding plans may be impacted by a hurricane, so ensure you chose a wedding venue that will not be impacted by a beach evacuation. Also, you may want to chose a backup location if possible. In the event you are considering marriage and have yet to propose, spending time during a hurricane with a potential future spouse is a fantastic test of your joint stamina together. Think of it as an intimate hurricane party! Being stuck in a small space for an expended period of time will either be annoying as heck or exhilarating and peaceful. In the event you are stuck together in very close corridors for an extended period of time and you have internet access on your computer or phone, you should also consider taking our Florida premarital preparation course for $19.99 per couple. You will also save $32.50 on your marriage license and avoid the three day wait. Again, use your hurricane time together taking our course so you can learn more about each other and save lots of money on your Florida marriage license. You can find our official course site at Florida Premarital Preparation Online Course.
Summer is a great time to have a wedding in Florida, and we have the best tools to assist you getting hitched without a hitch. We have provide for you the best wedding venues to get married in Florida in each county. We also offer the best Florida online premarital course that enables you to save $32.50 off your marriage license and will allow you to avoid the three day wait in Florida to get married. For more information about our Official and Certified Florida Premarital Course, CLICK HERE.
A summer day in Florida is usually hot! Choosing the right location will make your special day perfect. An inside wedding during the summer is ideal for those who do not want the risk of rainy weather interfering with their wedding day.
If you enjoy Florida’s heat and and would not mind an outdoor wedding during the summer you can reduce the risk of weather interfering by doing a few things. Certainly, avoiding a hurricane is impossible but you can choose a venue that offers indoor and outdoor spaces so that you have a backup plan if the weather is not ideal or it can just give your guests the option for air conditioning! Also the use of tents, umbrellas or a pavilion is a great way to keep dry or be under some shade!
Also before choosing your wedding date and special wedding venue in Florida, consider taking a our online Florida premarital preparation course. Again, our certified and official course allows you to avoid the three day wait requirement, saves you money and prepares you for your marriage.
D’Arienzo Psychological Group offers the Official Florida Premarital Preparation Course for $19.99. Our premarital course has been certified in all 67 counties in Florida. This premarital course saves you $32.50 on your marriage license and gets you ready for your special day.
Some unique wedding venues around Florida that would be great for a summer wedding include:
Alachua County: Little Forest Farm, The Thomas Center, & Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club
Baker County: The Keeler Property, Sunrise Jubilee Farm, & Geiser Grand Hotel
Bay County: Sharks Tooth Golf Club, Alys Beach & Beachcomber.
Bradford County: Keystone Camp & First Presbyterian Church of Starke.
Brevard County: Rockledge Country Club, Up the Creek Farms & Suntree Country Club
Broward County: Marriott Hollywood Beach, Diplomat Resort and Spa & The Venue Fort Lauderdale.
Calhoun County: W T Neal Civic Center & Blountstown United Methodist Church
Charlotte County: Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, Cypress M Ranch & Palm Island Resort
Citrus County: Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, Lakeside Ranch and Resort & Tuscany On the Meadows
Clay County: The Club Continental, Fleming Island Banquet Hall & First Assembly Church
Collier County: Inn at Pelican Bay, Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club, and Spa, Edgewater Beach Hotel & Imperial Golf Club
Columbia County: Southern Oaks Country Club & Southern Pines Venue
Desoto County: Oaks of Devonaire & Kingsway Country Club
Dixie County: Putnam Lodge & Horseshoe Beach
Duval County: Epping Forest Yacht and Country Club, Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club, The Keeler Property & Deercreek Country Club
Escambia County: Live Oak Plantation, Palafox Wharf Waterfront Reception Venue, Scenic Hills Country Club & Paul’s on the Bay
Indian River County: Cielo Blu Barn, Waldo’s Secret Garden, The Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel & Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa
Jackson County: The Pinnacle Place & Elegant Happenings
Jefferson County: Barn House Events, Monticello Opera House& Jefferson Country Club
Lafayette County: O. Ranch Equestrian Park & Alton Church of God
Lake County: Chapel of Love, Fiddlers Green Ranch, Lake Receptions & Lakeside Inn
Lee County: ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort, Burroughs Home & Gardens, Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa & White Orchid at Oasis
Leon County: Bradley’s Pond, Goodwood Museum & Gardens, Shiloh Farm Church & Barn & The Space at Feather Oaks
Levy County: Bronson Road Baptist Church
Liberty County: Bristol United Methodist & The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Madison County: Honey Lake Resort, Baptist Church & St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Manatee County: Bella Luna Barn, Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast, Riverhouse Banquets & Weddings & Bradenton Country Club
Marion County: Elegant Oaks Inc, Hilton Ocala, Jumbolair Weddings, Oakbrook Wedding Garden & Wayside At Cottom Farm
Martin County: Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina, Kane Center, Mansion at Tuckahoe, Monarch Country Club & Willoughby Golf Club
Miami-Dade County: Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, Grand Salon Reception Hall, Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Longans Place, The Bath Club, The Palms Hotel & Spa, The Cruz Building & The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
Monroe County: Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Casa Marina Resort, The Waldorf Astoria Collection, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key, Pier House Resort & Spa & Sunset Key Cottages
Nassau County: Country Day Castle & Stables, Littleberry Farm, Plantation Oaks Farms, The Hilliard Mansion & The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Okaloosa County: Destin Bay House, The Venue at Crystal Beach, South Laurel Farms & Four Points by Sheraton Destin
Okeechobee County: Pine Ridge Plantation, OK Corral Gun Club & Quail Creek Plantation
Orange County: Citrus Club, Cypress Grove Estate House & The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne
Osceola County: Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Bohemian Hotel Celebration, Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate & The Royal Crest Room
Palm Beach County: West Palm Beach Lake Pavilion, The Breakers Weddings & Celebrations, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens, Lakeside Terrace Boca Raton & Majestic Princess Cruises Inc
Pasco County: Bird Island Lake Ranch, Lange Farm, Laurel Wood Gardens, Sparton Manor & Heritage Springs Country Club
Pinellas County: Kapok Special Events Center, Carlouel Yacht Club, Grand Plaza Hotel Beachfront Resort & Conference Center, Sunken Garden, StarLite Majesty & Wentworth Golf Club
Polk County: Harmony Haven Event Venue, Magnolia Building, The Rocking H Ranch, Smith Family Ranch, Town Manor on the Lake & Oak-K Farm
Putnam County: Ravine Gardens State Park, Rodman Plantation & Crystal Cove Riverfront Resort
Santa Rosa County: Coldwater Gardens, Hidden Creek Golf Course, Tiger Point Golf Club, Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center & Best Western Navarre Waterfront
Sarasota County: Powel Crosley Estate, The Devyn Event Venue & The Ritz-Carlton
Seminole County: Gallery J, Horsepower Ranch and Events, Luxmore Grande Estate, Maison & Jardin, The Crystal Ballroom, The Secret Garden& Noah’s Event Venue
Johns County: Slammer & Squire Golf Course, Lightner Museum, River House Events, Treasury on the Plaza, Weddings at Colonial Quarters & World Golf Village Resort Hotel
Lucie County: Creative Catering Banquet Hall, St. Lucie Trail Golf Club, PGA Golf Club at PGA Village & St. Lucie Trail Golf Club
Sumter County: October Oaks & Rustic Events, LLC
Suwannee County: Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center & Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Taylor County: Steinhatchee Landing Resort & Forest Capital Museum State Park
Union County: Lakeside Park & Providence Village Baptist Church
Volusia County: Bridle Oaks, DeBary Golf & Country Club, Harmony Gardens Tropical Wedding Garden, Riverside Pavilion, Stetson Mansion,The Delamater House, The Shores Resort & Spa & The Estate on the Halifax
Wakulla County:Magnuson Hotel Wildwood Inn
Walton County: Celebration Hall, Fine Art 30A Weddings, Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, Highlands House Bed & Breakfast & Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Washington County: Live Oak Wedding and Special Events, Southern Lea Farms & Sunny Hills Golf Club
This article was written by our Intern and UNF Student, Ashley Pisciotanno
Contact us at D’Arienzo Psychological Group at 904-379-8094 if we can be of further assistance or if you have questions about our online premarital course or if you are interested in premarital therapy or counseling with one of our marriage doctors, therapists, or marriage counselors.
Great question! Taking our $19.99 four hour online course will save you $32.50 off your marriage license. Better yet, it will bring you closer to your future spouse and increase the probability of you both having a successful marriage. Additionally, you can avoid the three day wait and receive your marriage license the same day that you apply.
Again, besides the money and time savings you will gain by taking our premarital counseling course, you will learn to address potential problems with communication, financial decisions, and ensure that you each are meeting each other’s emotional needs.
As a psychologist and couples therapist, I have many years of experience helping couples avoid divorce and repair their marriages. It is much easier to learn the necessary skills early in the relationship before relationship dynamics become hardened. It is difficult to teach two old dogs new tricks.
One of the most important things for two individuals getting married is to discuss whether they plan to have children or not. Too often couples get married assuming that the other wants what they want. I often hear a man or woman say that I figured that after we married and were together for a couple of years that they would change there mind and want to have children. I often do not find people truly changing their minds about children. People do have children with their spouse despite wanting to in an effort to please them or after being cajoled to do so. If you have to cojole your spouse into having children, then this is problematic. Again, to avoid this dilemma, have this discussion prior to be married.
Fortunately, in our Florida Premarital Preparation Course, we address the discussion about having children among other things. We do hope you chose to take our course. We know that you will be satisfied with it.
In addition to taking our course, we do hope that you will marry in the state of Florida. There are so many beautiful parks, lakes, rivers, churches, and beaches to marry, from Miami to Sanibel to Pensacola, to Jacksonville, to Daytona, and to Fort Lauderdale and to everything sunny in between.
Saving your marriage begins with being prepared prior to marrying your spouse. The best way to do this, in addition to choosing your mate wisely, is to take a premarital preparation course such as the one offered by Dr. D’Arienzo, Jacksonville Psychologist and Relationship Expert. Fortunately we have developed a course that is thorough and practical that offers steps and tools that you can use today to improve your relationship and begin your marriage on the right foot. In addition to taking marriage courses, it is imperative that one continues to learn and read about marriages and relationships just as you would study or practice to become a better athlete or musician. We need the same type of preparation and continued learning when it comes to marriage and being the best partner we can be.
This is a great article from http://www.marketwatch.com/ that those considering marrying should read. Our course covers some of these topics and helps prevent problems that may arise early and later in a marriage.
As autumn ends, the peak season for weddings in the U.S. is coming to a close. And by some measures, the institution of marriage itself is past its prime.
The percentage of American adults who’ve never gotten married has reached a record high, according to a new analysis of Census data released last month by the Pew Research Center. In 2012, about 20% of adults ages 25 and older (42 million people) had never been married, compared with about 10% of adults in 1960. In 2012, men were more likely than women to have never married (23% versus 17%): And this gender gap has widened since 1960, when 10% of men over 25 and 8% of women had never gotten hitched.
There are plenty of explanations for the nuptial drop-off: More people are undertaking college-level education and staying there longer; they’re focusing on their careers after they graduate, and getting married later in life. The median age for getting married is now 27 for women and 29 for men, up from 20 for women and 23 for men in 1960, according to a separate Pew analysis. Economic factors and more liberal attitudes toward cohabiting couples have also contributed, the report found.
Others say couples in modern marriages are making better choices. “Marriage today is about shared passions,” says Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan, and co-author of the 2007 paper, “Marriage and Divorce: Changes and their Driving Forces.” “Today, we marry someone who we have a lot in common with and that ‘opposites attract’ rule no longer works.”
Of course, there’s one group among whom marriage is on the rise: Same-sex couples. Ten years ago, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage; today, 32 states and the District of Columbia recognize it, with several other states expected to soon follow suit. The number of married same-sex couples has increased more than 50% over the past three years, to about 130,000 in 2013, according to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.
2. We planned our divorce before our wedding
In a survey of 1,600 members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, some 63% of attorneys said they’ve seen an increase in the number of clients seeking prenuptial agreements. Protection of property that was owned by one spouse before the marriage was the most popular stipulation of the prenups the lawyers saw (80%), followed by alimony/spousal maintenance (77%) and division of all property bought during the marriage (72%).
Eve Helitzer, a matrimonial attorney with Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP in New York City, says that because people are marrying later, they’ve often accumulated significant assets by the time they wed, making a prenup more desirable. What’s more, they may want to keep the family business out of reach of a future spouse in the event of a divorce, Helitzer says. Rising property prices may also encourage people to consider signing a prenup.
Discussing financials is a sign of a strong partnership, Helitzer says. A couple that is secretive about assets or only brings up a prenup a few months before the wedding could be headed for trouble: “I would hope they discuss this prior to getting engaged, but I know that’s an unrealistic expectation.”
3. Our wedding may break the bank for us…
The wedding industry is worth $50 billion a year, according to research firm IBISWorld. And small wonder: The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. rose to $29,858 in 2014, according to a survey of nearly 20,000 brides by wedding website TheKnot.com. That’s the highest level ever, up 11% from 2011. The figure includes averages of nearly $13,000 on a venue (including food), over $5,500 on an engagement ring and $2,400 on a photographer — it also excludes the cost of a honeymoon.
With couples marrying later, they’re more likely to be spending their own money, says Ummu Bradley Thomas, an etiquette specialist and founder of the Freddie Bell Jones Modeling & Finishing School in Denton, Md. “Brides and grooms no longer have to stick to mom and dad’s budget and be grateful for how the wedding turns out,” Bradley Thomas says. “They now not only have more of a say in their own weddings, they actively plan how they want to experience it.”
Not everyone sees that as an unadulterated good, of course. In “A Diamond is Forever and Other Fairy Tales” a paper released in September, two economics professors from Emory University say the wedding train is out of control. Five decades ago, brides’ magazines recommended that couples set aside two months to prepare for their wedding, they write. These days, those same magazines recommend at least 12 months of preparation for the big day.
4.…and it might break the bank for you, too
The more couples that want to have weddings like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, the more poor schmos — distinguished guests — will have to fork out to attend. This year, guests are projected to spend an average of $592 per wedding couple, up 75% in just two years, according to American Express, with spending fueled by more destination weddings and more lavish ceremonies as the economy has improved. And guests will drop another $109 per wedding on gifts.
Brides and grooms appear more willing to make it worth the trip for guests. Couples throwing a wedding spent $220 per guest on food and entertainment in 2013, according to TheKnot.com’s survey. Last year, nearly one-third of couples provided additional guest entertainment — from fortune tellers and magicians to scavenger hunts and parlor games — up from 11% in 2009.
Those deciding to get married may have more money to spend: Most of those (87%) who walked down the aisle from 2011 to 2012 are college-educated, according to analysis by the Pew Research Center.
Some 43% of Americans say they’ve declined to attend a wedding for financial reasons, according to a 2013 poll by American Consumer Credit Counseling. That’s perfectly acceptable, says Jacqueline Whitmore, founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach, Fla. But she adds, “Be sure to respond with a yes or no by the RSVP date and send a gift.”
5. The bigger the wedding, the shorter the marriage
The more you spend on a wedding, the shorter the marriage, according to a recently released study by economics professors at Emory University. Surveying 3,000 married couples, the report concluded that couples who spend $20,000 on their wedding — and that’s excluding the cost of the ring — are 46% more likely than average to get divorced; those who spend between $1,000 and $5,000 are 18% less likely to split.
The authors, Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, found that those who spent a lot on their wedding were more likely to report that resulting debt caused stress in their marriage. “There is sizable literature in economics and sociology linking economic stress and marital dissolution,” Mialon says. The combination of a lavish wedding and a low income appeared to be particularly toxic, they concluded.
“The wedding industry has grown substantially throughout the 20th century in part due to the rise of consumerism and industry efforts to commodify love and romance,” the authors wrote, adding that there was “little evidence to support the validity of the wedding industry’s general message” that a big wedding leads to a happy marriage.
6. We’ve got infidelity on the brain
In a 2012 survey by NORC, a research organization affiliated with the University of Chicago, some 12.3% of married women and 19% of married men admitted to having had extramarital affairs (defined as sex outside of marriage). Those numbers were down from recent highs of 24.4% for men in 2000 and 16.7% for women in 2006.
That said, many experts argue that cheating has gotten easier. Dating sites like DiscreetAdventures.com and AshleyMadison.com cater to married men and women, and apps like Snapchat and Slingshot allow adulterers to send messages that disappear on arrival. But technology cuts both ways: There are apps that also allow suspicious spouses to track their partner’s online activity. (Ironically enough, couples that met on an online dating site and married were less likely to split, according to a 2013 study published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”)
Many Americans appear to be “monogomish” — that is, they would cheat if they knew they could get away with it, according to a survey of 1,000 people carried out in July by the USA Network. While 82% professed “zero tolerance” for cheating, 81% still said they would cheat if there were no consequences. Parenthood appears to be one major motivator of infidelity, the study found. Some 55% of married couples with children agreed that “marriage is more difficult than I thought it would be,” compared with 34% of couples without children.
“Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are the new little black books of infidelity,” says Melissa Lavigne-Delville, founder of culture and trend agency Culture Co-Op, who conducted the USA Network survey. “While infidelity is nothing new, the digital world has made it harder to define, easier to get away with, and exponentially harder to resist.”
Some 86% of respondents in the survey said that social networking makes it easier to cheat, and almost one-third admit to having had an emotional or romantic relationship exclusively online. Former partners and even high school sweethearts will pop up online sooner or later, experts say. Around 35% of women and 17% of men say they’ve looked up their ex-partner’s new girlfriend or boyfriend, the survey found.
People are glued to their screens. The average American spends 11 hours a month on average on social media, according to recent data released by Nielsen. “Technology is the third person in marriage,” says Whitmore of The Protocol School of Palm Beach. Couples should set time limits and boundaries on social media usage, she says: “It’s easy to look up other people when things are bad. Both my husband and I are friends with our exes on Facebook, but we don’t flirt with them. That’s when it can become a problem.”
The link between money and marital solidity is hardly surprising: After all, financial disagreements are the type of argument most likely to predict divorce, according to a 2012 study by the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. What’s more, the more assets couples have, the longer it takes to draw up divorce papers, giving them more time to potentially change their minds, says Maria Cognetti, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a family lawyer in Camp Hill, Pa. “When complex divorce litigants see me, I often tell them to wait two to five years,” she says. “It’s the young kids with no assets and a short marriage who can get divorced quickly.”
Earnings correlate strongly to education, and better-educated people seem more likely to stay married. Among people with a bachelor’s degree or higher, 26.5% have undergone a divorce by middle age, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the comparable rate for people with only a high school diploma is 42.8%.
9. You’re never too old to get divorced
The national divorce and annulment rate fell to 3.6 per 1,000 people in 2011, from 4 per 1,000 in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But not everybody agrees that that’s an accurate measure of the current state of marriage, particularly among older Americans.
A recent report from the University of Minnesota, which used new data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and controlled for changes in age, concluded that there had been a “substantial increase” in divorce rates from 1990 to 2008. Some 40% to 50% of marriages end in divorce, says Steven Ruggles, a co-author of the report.
Freed by social mores and encouraged by financial independence, aging boomers seem particularly likely to get divorced. The rate of divorce doubled among adults aged over 50 between 1990 and 2010, according to “The Gray Divorce Revolution,” a study carried out by Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin at Bowling Green State University. And that age group accounted for more than 25% of divorces in 2010, up from less than 10% two decades earlier.
10. Splitting up was her idea
Some two-thirds of all divorces are initiated by women, according to the National Marriage Project, a non-partisan initiative based at the University of Virginia. Although they vary by state, divorce laws tend to be more favorable to women when it comes to awarding child custody. (A less generous explanation: divorced women are more likely to have an unfaithful husband, says attorney Jeff Landers, a New York City-based attorney who has an exclusively female clientele and is author of “Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally.”)
What’s more, a wealthy divorcée with newfound freedom is less likely to re-marry. Some 83.4% of wealthy divorced men would consider marriage within the next five years, according to a 2013 survey of 5,000 millionaire members of the dating site MillionaireMatch.com. Among divorced female millionaires, on the other hand, 67.9% said either they’d never marry again or they would wait 10 years or more.
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I am personally available upon request to provide intensive couples therapy and marriage counseling in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Intensive counseling services are designed for couples in crisis or needing rapid improvement in their relationship. These couples are typically unable to devote to routine or weekly sessions due to business or other family obligations. Intensive couples therapy includes meeting for multiple hours at my office during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday) or weekend hours. If meeting on the weekends at my office or at your residence or resort, I do require a four hour minimum. If you are coming from out of town and you are staying at one of our fine resorts in the area I am willing to provide therapeutic services in your room or you are welcome to come to my office which is centrally located in Jacksonville, Florida. I am approximately 15 minutes from the beaches and 20 minutes from downtown. I also provide house calls for intensive couples therapy in the area. I do charge for travel expenses if the distance is greater than 20 minutes.
Regarding house calls, many psychologists are uncomfortable with providing services in this manner. I am quite comfortable in doing this. I began my career as a Navy Psychologist and lived among my patients. They were my bosses as well as those who served my meals and cleaned my stateroom. In the Navy, I often met people in their residences and offices to provide services. Since being a civilian psychologist since 2008 I have continued to provide house call psychological counseling services. I find it quite helpful seeing patients I treat in their residences as I learn many things about them that I would not just seeing them in my office.
I welcome the opportunity to help you in your home or while you are on vacation in Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville Beach, or in Jacksonville. Please contact my office at 904-379-8094 and we will create the ideal intensive couples counseling package for you.
Dr. Justin D’Arienzo, Jacksonville Psychologist, Marriage Therapist, and Relationship Expert
In the tranquility of Florida’s beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, learn research-based strategies for building and maintaining relationship intimacy and connection.
Have you ever planned a romantic getaway or evening, thinking about all of the details – candlelit dinners, romantic beaches, intimacy – only to have your getaway go sour when continuous arguing or worse, silence, spoils the romance? I’ve been a psychologist and relationship therapist for more than a decade, listening to these same scenarios play out over and over again with couples in marital distress.
Now you can restore your relationship while having a world-class romantic getaway at the exclusive Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Our marriage retreat is a small-group, two day couples retreat, with no more than six couples in each retreat. We offer you research-based skills for deepening intimacy, resolving and managing conflicts, and building, or restoring, your shared path in a private, comfortable, and beautiful setting.
Both days of the retreat will offer lectures, research-based information, role plays, discussion, and exercises (that you will do only with your partner). When listening to educational components you will be seated together as a group in a private setting. When doing the exercises, couples will separate from the group to complete exercises in private, as to not pressure anyone to disclose anything publicly unless a couple is interested in doing so.
Here’s what you will learn during the two days of our retreat together:
Day One: Restoring and Deepening Friendship and Intimacy
Day Two: Resolving Conflict, Improving Communication, and Building a Shared Path
Dates: December 6 – 7, 2014
Location: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Cost: $2,500 per couple (does not include hotel accommodations or meals)
Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 50% retainer (non-refundable) is required to guarantee your reservation. This retainer will be applied to the final payment, which is due two weeks prior to the event. 100% of the estimated balance will be charged to your account if cancelled within 14 days of the retreat.
Location Information: The retreat will be held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, a AAA Five-Diamond rated resort and hotel located in Ponte Vedra Beach on Florida’s east coast. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers quiet opulence and upscale accommodations paired with fine service and a wide array of leisure pursuits. Please visit www.pontevedra.com to make hotel reservations. If you would prefer to stay at a nearby location, please contact us at (904) 379-8094 for a list of nearby hotels. The nearest airport is Jacksonville International Airport.
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PLEASE NOTE: After you complete the registration for the intensive couples retreat, a member of our staff will contact you for a follow-up screening. Your registration is not complete until the follow-up screening has been conducted. We will then send you an additional confirmation email and/or letter.