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SFBV’s last retreat of 2019, a huge success!

Madison County, Tx–  The Fall frigid weather in November didn’t stop over 40 couples from attending Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley’s last  SYNERGY (marriage and relationship retreat) of 2019 in Madisonville.   The two-day retreat featured PREP [Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program]: Successful relationships, Successful lives.

A couple practices the “Speaker/Listener Technique” at Synergy

The couples who attended the retreat participated in inter-active workshops and other team building activities. They also discovered new ways to listen to one another and communicate effectively. They found tools and resources to make their relationships better and happier.  Edward and Melissa Easley, traveled from Caldwell, TX to attend the retreat. “After 27 years of marriage, we had let our relationship and communication slide away in favor of family needs. We learned that if we didn’t make time for our marriage, little resentments build up and become festering anger. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of each other. If we just talk openly and honestly, the little things get worked out.  Making time for communication and respecting the need for a time out when there is too much emotion involved was also learned. The experience of seeing the wonders of the “new” relationships who had been together for less than a year compared to our marriage was such fun for us. We both got such delight in the look of surprise from the two couples we shared discussions with when we said we’d been together for 28 years. It also reminded us not to take for granted that just because we’ve been together for so long, doesn’t mean the work is done. It is a lifelong journey, and that is what we learned from the Synergy retreat!”, said Melissa.

Lauren Vidaurri and Joshua Ramos have been involved in an intimate relationship for almost two years and said they would highly recommend the retreat to other couples. “I would definitely recommend SFBV’s retreat to others because it was an amazing experience. It was great to learn new tools that will strengthen our relationship.” said, Lauren. 

Couples were treated to two catered meals and many won great giveaways that were donated by businesses in Bryan-College Station and Madisonville.

The first retreat of 2020 will be held in Robertson County on February 7th and 8th. For more details contact, Caroline Tanner at 979-458-2551 or Caroline.Tanner@ag.tamu.edu.

SFBV program serves five counties: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison and Robertson. The programs and retreats are fully funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FM0099.  The services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.


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