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Next week my husband and I will be, very quietly, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Without Retrouvaille, our anniversary would never be happening. We are so thankful that we were told about Retrouvaille, as there was no other place for us to turn anymore, except to divorce. In fact we would have been divorced one week before our Retrouvaille Weekend – our case was to go to court and be settled. But, there was a little voice inside me saying that something just didn’t feel right about that, so I postponed the court date….. and a lot has happened since then. We can’t tell you how grateful we are that we were blessed with Retrouvaille – we look back, and we don’t even really know how we got there, it truly was only by some miracle, and the guidance and grace of God. And all of the presenting couples….. we look upon with such courage, honesty, and admiration – every one of you is a wonderful inspiration and example of the “sacrament” of marriage. We have both said that maybe someday we can help other marriages too.

WOW!! Thank you for your courage and faith in sharing your stories with all of us complete strangers……. You truly are giving a great gift to many and I thank you for trusting us with it. We could have saved our selves thousands of dollars spent on counselling if we could had had the tools you gave us on the Weekend.

My wife and I have been brought up with Christian backgrounds. We believe in Christian principles (this is difficult in a period that half of the world’s population are killing each other in the name of the same God).

The Retrouville program has taught us dramatic new meanings to the words of love, forgiveness and trust. It has also provided many tools to salvage our marriage that had gone stagnant. It has given us hope and faith.

RETROUVAILLE has truly been miraculous and we look forward to learning more and more from the post sessions. Dialoguing has meant the world to us because it enables us to connect at a feeling level – and become in tuned – very gently and lovingly – with each other’s feelings – helping us to understand each other at such a deep and sensitive level – something we never were able to achieve because of the walls that would come up, the arguments, the disagreements, pointless conflicts – with no sense of resolution and understanding – just plainly practising conflict avoidance, and sweeping problems under the carpet – assuming things were better by dinner and pretending things were better so as not to rock the boat again. Little did we know that we would be harboring and building up pain over the years – corroding and destroying the marriage – communicating less and harming each other more.

I have found that the Retrouvaille program is extremely valuable, especially for marriages that are in trouble. We enrolled in the program, not because we were about to separate, we enrolled to help improve our marriage from the good state that it was in already (ok, we also need help in some areas). As a matter of fact, we believe that this program would be valuable for newly-weds or those couples about to get married.
Thank you so much for all the hard work everyone has put into the program.

I would like to pass on the message that I feel Retrouvaille has changed my entire family’s life for the better. There are times that I still feel frustrated and unsure but I have to say that the change in our attitudes as a result of the tools we have been given to help our marriage is nothing short of a miracle. The love that my husband and I now express toward each other benefits our whole family. We have a peaceful and loving house to look forward to coming home to. After many years, dollars & tears spent in marriage counseling, this is the first time I can see a continual, positive change. For the first time in a long time I feel loved. I am sure that my husband can say the same. I cannot express my gratitude enough to the many couples from Retrouvaille who have invested so much of their time and energy into helping so many marriages. You are overworked but I can imagine the joy you would feel at the many successes you have witnessed. You truly are angels. I am also very happy that this help is offered to couples who may not be able to afford the program at the moment but require immediate help. This speaks volumes for the integrity of Retrouvaille. I am so thankful that Retrouvaille exists because without Retrouvaille, my marriage would not. It would be a real shame if other couples were not given this vital support for their failing marriages.

Retrouvaille’s obvious goal is to provide tools so that couples might help THEMSELVES get through difficult and commonly stressful times in a marriage. I am not for a second suggesting that Retrouvaille can CURE all that AILS a marriage, but I can CONFIDENTLY say that Retrouvaille and its presenting couples use a tried and true method of communication and understanding. The program provides, above all, a CLEAR message of what is needed to open up a couple to loving again and that is what I found most valuable about it. To sit in an environment of NON- PROFESSIONALS, but average people seeking to help share what worked for them in healing their marriage, creates a community of support that I have found extremely valuable.
I am a confessed AGNOSTIC, and even I see the value of such a concentrated and valuable tool like Retrouvaille, whose foundations are rooted in the church but whose message speaks to people who at the VERY LEAST need to believe in the sanctity of marriage and nothing else.
Thanks again for all your hard work and call on me ANYTIME for a testimony of my personal experience with your programs’ success.

After 24 years of marriage, two teenagers, and careers that had us coming and going like ships in the night, we were ready to call it quits on our marriage. There seemed no room for romance, communication was gone, and taking time for each other seemed like “one more thing to do”, until we read about Retrouvaille.

The very first phone call to a rep of Retrouvaillle gave us a glimmer of hope, and yet did we have the energy or commitment to try one last thing to keep our marriage alive? We made a conscious choice to commit to going for “the weekend” and it was then that we realized how much we still loved each other and wanted each other, and that we were committed to each other forever, as we had done when we first said our “I do’s”.

We are almost finished the Retrouvaille program, and we are ‘in love’ again, and we are committed to each other emotionally, spiritually, and physically, and it has been through all the hard work,, dedication, encouragement, and passion that the Retrouvaille leaders have given to help us renew and heal our marriage.

“For fifteen years, I was simply a chequebook to my family. Retrouvaille taught me how to be a husband and father”.

I am very excited to share the news on this program with a few couples we know of that would benefit greatly. I intend on spreading the word about RETOUVAILLE because we believe and value the program so much – it has touched our lives and is forever in our hearts – it has truly saved our marriage because there is once again HOPE, LOVE, HONESTY and PEACE. We both have something to look forward to… hopefully another 50 years of a stronger more meaningful marriage to share with our children… We ask this through GOD’s love…

RETROUVAILLE has truly been miraculous and we look forward to learning more and more from the post sessions. Dialoguing has meant the world to us because it enables us to connect at a feeling level – and become in tuned – very gently and lovingly – with each other’s feelings – helping us to understand each other at such a deep and sensitive level – something we never were able to achieve because of the walls that would come up, the arguments, the disagreements, pointless conflicts – with no sense of resolution and understanding – just plainly practising conflict avoidance, and sweeping problems under the carpet – assuming things were better by dinner and pretending things were better so as not to rock the boat again. Little did we know that we would be harboring and building up pain over the years – corroding and destroying the marriage – communicating less and harming each other more.

I have never felt so overwhelmed with emotions over 3 days – so educated with such basic but necessary material to once again be able to speak, understand and to be understood by my own spouse. I felt so comforted knowing that I shared similar pains with others in the room with us. I felt a sense of belonging – thirsting for more stories to validate my need to know that others have felt how I’m feeling and wanting to know how they pulled through. I loved the meaningful music, the ambience, and just knowing how much we all care about each other’s pain. The words shared were so gentle and so carefully spoken – bringing me to tears over and over and over again.

I truly did not want to leave this weekend… I felt that my healing had truly begun and I did not want it to end. This is why we are both looking forward to the next 12 post sessions. We are committed to making changes in our lives to save our marriage. We have committed to helping each other when the other one slips and falls and to pray together as a couple every night.

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