Relationships Rejuvenated After Retreat


Couples practice the “Speaker-Listener” exercise at Synergy. (photo by Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, SFBV Staff)


Bryan, Tx–Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley hosted their 5th marriage and relationship retreat at St. Joseph’s Parish Activity Center over the weekend. The retreat was designed for couples wanting to maintain a healthy relationship and  to help couples reach their relationship goals in a reasonable amount of time through intense but fun workshops.

Brittany and Curtis Allen have been married for three years and glad they attended the retreat. “The retreat gave us the opportunity to have conversations that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. We learned so many new things about each other that we didn’t realize before or just had simply overlooked. It opened our eyes to a whole new perspective about each other.” , said Brittany.

The couples who attended the retreat participated in inter-active workshops and other team building activities.  Throughout the two days, couples discovered new ways to truly listen to one another, communicate effectively, forgive and heal. They found ideas, tools and resources to make their relationships better and happier.

“We [Samantha Kimball and Joshua Hughes] are just nearly two years into our relationship and some couples have been in relationships for decades but whatever the case may be, as a couple you still need to set aside time to talk about issues you may have. Everyone can work harder to have better communication and confrontational skills so you can preempt problems before they start. Always remember you are both on the same team when you do have problems and work together to solve those problems.”, said Joshua Hughes.

Couples were treated to two catered meals and some lucky couples walked away with great door prizes and gift cards donated by local businesses in the Brazos Valley.

Plans are already underway for the next retreat which will be held in July 2018. More details will be posted when they become available at

The retreat was fully funded 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.