winter coupleEvery married couple knows (or should know) the importance of keeping the romance alive in marriage. But let’s face it – sometimes it can be difficult, what with the job, the kids, and keeping up with everyone on Facebook… occasionally we forget to make time for the most important person in our life: our spouse.

Valentine’s Day is a day for remembering that special person in a special way. Hearts, flowers and candy are nice, but what many couples really want is time. Time to focus on each other, time to talk, time to hold hands and go for a walk. There really is no substitute for quality time together, with just the two of you.

It’s no coincidence that Valentine’s Day is the culmination of National Marriage Week (February 7-14). In honor of both of those traditions, Compass Marriage & Relationship Services is once again partnering with Patrick Henry Family Services to provide a marriage retreat at the Hammersley Center in Brookneal, Virginia. This is a wonderful facility in a beautiful natural setting. Couples will arrive Friday evening, enjoy a candlelit supper, then engage in some interactive learning about enhancing the romance in marriage (led by our Executive Director, Larry Compter). The evening will conclude with a special wine-and-chocolate dessert reception hosted by Compass.

On Saturday, the retreat continues with more teaching and activities, as well as plenty of time to spend alone with your mate. Walk down to the lake, or tour the grounds at your own pace, while sharing your thoughts and dreams with the love of your life! There will be door prizes, and one lucky couple will win a romantic date night for two.

This is a golden opportunity to keep the passion alive in your marriage, or to make a fresh start if you need it. And it is not expensive – $165 per couple includes lodging, meals, the teaching and activities. Space is limited, so be sure to register soon at