marriage-retreat-website-2What does “intimacy” mean to you? If your first thought is romantic or sexual, I’m not surprised. Most people in our culture would probably think of that. But intimacy is much more than just a physical relationship. True intimacy in a marriage encompasses friendship and compassion as well as romance and passion. It involves emotional, spiritual, intellectual and lifestyle elements. It is a closeness that is hard to describe, but wonderful to experience. We often see it in couples that have been married 40, 50 or 60 years.

“Best of lovers, best of friends” is a line from one of my favorite songs (“How Do You Keep The Music Playing” by James Ingram and Patti Austin). To me, it describes an ideal marriage relationship. But the song expresses the concerns many couples have – “How do you keep the music playing – how do you make it last? How do you keep the song from fading too fast?”

For answers to those questions, and to discover some of the keys to greater intimacy in your marriage, I invite you to join us at the Hammersley Center in Brookneal VA for our Spring marriage retreat, in cooperation with Patrick Henry Family Services. It’s a relatively short overnight event (6 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday), but it could transform your marriage. Come away to a beautiful natural setting and discover the keys to building and preserving true intimacy in your marriage! Learn the secrets that will keep you in love for a lifetime. In less than 24 hours you can renew and refresh your relationship and experience a closeness with your spouse that you never thought possible. The cost is $95 per couple, including lodging and meals (Supper on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday). The theme for this event is “Best of Lovers, Best of Friends.” We will focus on ways to deepen intimacy between a husband and wife, and how their unique differences contribute to a balanced and healthy relationship in the process of “two becoming one.” Married couples can register online at www.hatcreekcamps/events.  Click on “Learn More” and go to the “Fee” section to pay by PayPal or credit card.