Couples get “Synergized” at Retreat

College Station–Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley hosted their first SYNERGY ( marriage and relationship retreat) of 2019 in February. Over 70 couples from around the Brazos Valley attended the two-day retreat which featured PREP [Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program]: Successful relationships. Successful lives.

SYNERGY provided couples with the tools they need to encourage, inspire and rejuvenate their relationships. Couples also had the opportunity for one-on-one private times to provide an environment to process with each other on how they can apply those tools and discussions to move toward a deeper connection.

Melanie Seltzer and Charles Micheal are engaged and found the “The Speaker Listener” session to be very helpful. “that workshop helped us to tackle recent issues that we had been going through and just by attending this retreat we have already applied the techniques learned to come to a resolution. I have learned how to stop and “listen” to what she’s saying rather than paraphrasing and formulating an answer before she has asked the question.” said, Charles.

Couples were treated to two catered meals, light breakfast and desserts throughout the weekend. Many couples won great give-aways (tour and wine tasting, gift certificates and couples painting sessions) donated by local businesses in the Brazos Valley.

Plans are already underway for the next retreat which will be held in the Spring in Grimes County.

There are no fees for the retreat. The retreat and SFBV’s programs are fully funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

For more details about the SFBV’s program or retreat please visit their website: or email,

Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FM0099. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.