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Couples Rejuvenated at SFBV’s Retreat

Hearne, TX—Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley  hosted their first marriage and relationship retreat of 2020 at the First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center in Hearne in February. Over 40 couples from around the Brazos Valley attended the two-day retreat which featured PREP [Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program]:  Successful relationships. Successful lives.

SYNERGY  isn’t designed for group therapy or ask couples to share their personal feelings, emotions or intimate thoughts with others but to spend time together by participating in interactive workshops, private couple time and other group activities.

Couples engaged in the Speaker-Listener Technique activity

The retreat also provided couples with the tools they need to encourage, inspire and rejuvenate their relationships and friendships. Couples also had the opportunity for one-on-one private time to provide an environment to process with each other on how they can apply the tools and retreat sessions to move toward a deeper connection.   Nairman Elijaouhari and James Michie have been a couple for six months and engaged for two months.  Their wedding ceremony will be held on August 30th, 2020.

“We would highly recommend SYNERGY to any couple, whether seriously dating or married for 40 years, because this retreat focuses on real issues and real steps that can be taken to develop better communication, healthier relationships, and better understanding between partners. Honestly, the retreat gave us a lot of good information for relationships in general, not just relationship with each other, said Nairman.”

Couples were treated to catered meals, light breakfast and desserts throughout the weekend.  Many  couples won great giveaways donated by local businesses in the Brazos Valley and Robertson County.

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

SFBV is a program within the Texas A&M Extension Service. The program provides free services to families in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison and Robertson Counties. They offer courses to individuals and couples 18+ in Parenting, Healthy Relationships and Financial Education also known as Money$ense.

For more information about SFBV’s programs and SYNERGY please visit, families.edu.tamu by email, sfbrazos@gmail.com or 979-862-1915.


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