Article - The Weekend Experience - A Husband's Perspective
(As originally published in The Missionary - Diocese of Northern California, Feb. 2005)
Comments from 2010 Weekends
"I loved this Weekend. I was able to break down my man pride barriers and express
myself to my wife."
"Anytime you can renew your commitment top each other is a special moment. Taking an entire weekend in a structured Christian, environment is priceless."
"This changed our marriage and the experience was priceless! We have been married 5 years and always dedicated to one another, but our communication skills lacked greatly and life and stuff had gotten in the way of our love. I think not only has this weekend been a wonderful blessing and gift to us, but also will be to our children to have happily married parents."
"Exceeded my expectations. I go home excited at what surprises may lay in store for us in our years ahead."
"The Weekend taught us new tools for communicating with each other and enriching our marriage."
"Excellent experience, met all expectations. Presenters provided a warm, welcoming environment that made me feel secure and comfortable allowing me to understand how to open up an express my own personal feelings to my wife."
"This encounter weekend has turned out to be a catalyst in our marriage spiritually, emotionally and in so many aspects of our lives together. We experienced deep intimacy neither of us had imagined possible."
"This weekend was a wonderful experience for our marriage. We learned that we really are “meant” to be together – that is such a gift. Now, we have tools that we will need to practice to continue the love that God has planned for us."
"This has been a wonderful experience for us. We both felt that our marriage was strong before the weekend, but now we have tools to work with everyday that ensure that our marriage stays strong and continues to grow."
"I appreciated being equipped with the tools that have allowed my wife and me to better communicate our feelings with each other in an intimate, safe and comfortable way."
"What an amazing and wonderful journey we embarked on to begin the rest of our lives. We learned to communicate, grow and become closer as a couple in our relationship and with God, through light and love."
"What a wonderful experience. Thank you for the many tools! What a gift for generations."
Comments via Internet
Betsy and I were "encountered" in May of 1995. Since then we
have continued to participate in a local Spiral group of over 8 other encountered
couples. The highlight of our year is the Spiral weekend at Asilomar, Pacific
Grove, California. This year (2006) 14 couples participated. Some have
been coming for over 20 years. This weekend has grown to be like a honeymoon
of renewed commitment, understanding and FUN!!
Richard & Betsy Randolph
Tenemos dos fines de semanas al ano. "Lo que para ti parece imposible; no lo es para Dios"
Estela Lopez En la Iglesia Episcopal El Redentor, Elgin Il.
Marriage Encounter has been a valuable experience to us, years ago. It occured to me to look for Marriage Encounter on the www internet and I found this Guestbook.
Peace and Love to you all,
Joe and Barbara Stone
We [went on] a weekend in 1980, since that time we improved a lot in our relationship. we really feel free living together, we discovered so many things through other people. Now we live temporarly in turkey, next year we will move back to our home country,the belgium [sic]. Unfortunately here (Turkey) M.E.does not exist. But still,we found 2 couples and with our experience we can share a lot! Once a month we meet !
Life is so much better if you know how to express your deeper inner being, to [sic] and discover your feelings, thoughts, behaviour, needs.
Bob & Ri Verlackt
Es una gran bendicion el encuentro matrimonial :)
We went on our original weekend in 1979 & our Deeper a couple of years later. We were a presenting team in the early & mid 1980's doing weekends in TX and KS.
Would love to hear from you!
Dennis & Martha Daniel
Good to see M.E. is still hummin' along
Fr. Ray Cole
San Antonio, TX
To our ME friends in Trinidad and especially those that take the word marriage and give it new meaning we say WELL DONE! To our dedicated team of leaders my husband and I say much thanks for your guidance towards the journey of marriage and beyond. Lots of love to Kenwyn & Debra Chandler...Thank you both. To all married couples..believe in your marriage putting God first and everthing else will fall into place. Live your marriage each day as if you both just met today.
Richard & Sherry-Ann Caton
Point Fortin, Trinidad
My wife and I just came back from our weekend in Durham, NC. It was a wonderful experience for us as a couple. Our relationship with each other and with God took on a new understanding through the communication methods we learned.
Encuentro Matrimonial nos la seguridad de que Dios esta siempre en nuestro matrimonio dandonos heramientas para vivir con nuestra pareja una relacion bendecida.
I don't even know how I got to this web page, but it must have been God. My husband and I really need to go to this M.E. in November in Long Beach. We cannot afford it at all, but God is telling me that we will go, so I know that He will work something out as He ALWAYS DOES!!! I have faith and somehow, someway, we will be there.
Mrs. Drue Beall
To all our ME friends,
No other experience has made such a profound difference in our lives, love, and relationship .... encountered in 1977. It opened the door to bonding with our teens years later, spiritual growth, and real peace of mind, because it gave us the tools to live out God's best intentions for us.
Thank you to all of you who are continuing to create this possibility for couples just like us .... who "thought" we had a good marriage.
Our love and His peace,
John & Janie Little
Look forward to hearing more about your activities in our area. Attended one of these sessions some years ago, and it was powerful!
Fr. Steve Wilson+
Carthage , MO USA
Just wanted to say that this site was very informitive and plan to seek entrance into the episcopal church again was born into it but moved away where there wasn't one but am seeking the church again thank you and God bless you all.
MR/MRS Andrew F Rimbach
Jonesboro, GA USA
Bless you for the site. I am very impressed.
Saint Parish Joseph Church New Mexico
Accanaldo, New Mexico US of A