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Weekend Getaway Marriage Conferences

There’s always more!

What is a Weekend Getaway?

The Weekend Getaway is a marriage conference uniquely designed to enrich your relationship. For most couples it’s a chance to reconnect, re-establish the foundation and rekindle romance. For others, it’s a fresh start. For some, it will be the weekend that saves a marriage.

Wherever you’re at in your relationship, this retreat is a weekend to remember. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm, even fun. You’ll hear from real couples doing real life together… God’s way. You’ll be given time to process what you’re learning. And together, you’ll make a plan for a marriage that lasts a lifetime.

Gift Certificates available.

“This course has changed the trajectory of our marriage completely…. It is mindblowing the difference in closeness I feel with my husband. I feel renewed hope for our future. I would recommend this weekend to everyone.”

Wife of 8 Years

“Excellent, fun, relaxed way to get into deeper and more meaningful issues. We have a great marriage, but still need to work at it regularly to keep it healthy and growing.”

Husband of 22 Years

Your marriage is worth it!

New dates and locations for the 2024/2025 season will be announced in June. Check back then or join the FamilyLife Canada newsletter for announcements!

Dates and Locations

April 12-14, 2024 Fairmont Le Château Montebello This conference will be taught in English, with the option of live, in-ear French translation for Francophone couples.
April 19-21, 2024 Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Your marriage is worth it!
April 26-28, 2024 The Algonquin Resort St. Andrews by-the-Sea (NB) Your Marriage is Worth It!
April 5-7, 2024 Penticton Lakeside Resort Your marriage is worth it!
April 26-28, 2024 Delta Hotels Bessborough (Saskatoon) Your marriage is worth it!

What will we do?

The weekend is a blend of full group sessions and downtime for the two of you – in fact a date night is built right in. The sessions have a workshop feel, mixing great information with time and tools for you to process what you are learning. And we mean just the two of you. There is no awkward sharing with strangers.

New This Season!

Neil and Sharol Josephson have refreshed much of the curriculum, adding in some brand new sessions while also making sure to keep the best, most helpful material from past seasons.

Loving Young Asian Couple
5:00pm Registration Opens
7:00-8:00 More Beyond
8:00-9:00 Family Matters
9:00-10:15 Tell Me More – Relational Oneness
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Oneness in Disguise – Relational Oneness
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:40 Safe Harbour – Emotional Oneness
2:40-3:30 Couples Project
3:30-5:00 The Four Seasons of Sex – Physical Oneness
5:00-5:20 Intro to Marriage Mentoring (Optional)
Date Night
9:00-9:15 How Well Do You Know Your Mate?
9:15-10:15 The Heart of it All – Spiritual Oneness
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 3 Things Your Spouse Wants You To Know
11:30-11:50 Couples Project
11:50-12:30 Setting Sail – Where do we go from here?

What will it cost?

Registration Rates

Gift Certificates Also Available

EARLY BIRD

$299

CAD

Per Couple
($149.50 per person)

Sign up early and save $100.

Offer available for all locations and expires approximately 18 days before each conference start date.

REGULAR RATE

$399

CAD

Per Couple
($199.50 per person)

Regular rate is available until each event start date.

GROUP RATE

$995

CAD

5 Couples
($99.50 per person)

Strengthen marriages in your church and community! Works out to be the lowest rate per a couple. *View Group Rate Policy below*

PASTORS

$199

CAD

Per Couple
($99.50 per person)

Available for all pastors serving a congregation in a local church. This is our way of saying thank you for serving your church.

Note: $6 processing fee will be applied to each couple’s registration.

中文研习会的报名截止日期有所不同。请查看你所想报名的地点的有关信息。

View BOGO Policy

The BOGO $100 offer will automatically be applied when two couples are registered on the same order during the promotional period.

Cancellations:

If either couple participating in the BOGO offer needs to withdraw we’ll gladly transfer your full registration to another couple or future Weekend Getaway. Or if you prefer a refund, registration fees are refundable up to 14 days prior to the conference, less a $30 cancellation fee per couple. If only one couple is withdrawing and requesting the refund it will be the $100 registration (minus the cancellation fee) that will be refunded.

View Group Rate Policy

Groups must be registered at least 2 days before event start date. *Any couples above the minimum 5 can be added at the group rate of $199/couple. The group rate also applies to gift certificates when bought in multiples of 5. 

Cancellation Policy for Groups

  • If a group member needs to withdraw, registration fees are non-refundable but can be transferred to another couple or future Weekend Getaway.
  • If you are unable to attend due to unavoidable last-minute circumstances, please let us know by emailing events@familylifecanada.com or calling 1-800-247-3180 (8:30 – 4:30 PT, Mon-Fri) and we can send you a credit for a future Weekend Getaway.
  • Please note: each hotel has their own cancellation policy that is separate from your conference registration. Please contact the hotel directly to inquire and make changes to your hotel reservation.

Registration rates do not include hotel, meals or parking.

Guests are responsible for booking their own accommodations. Be sure to mention you are a guest with FamilyLife for the discounted room rate (subject to room type availability). Rates and offers may not be combined.

Who else will be there?

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Married 0-5 years

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Married 20+ years

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Re-Married

  • Under 29 20% 20%
  • Age 30-39 30% 30%
  • Age 40-49 25% 25%
  • Age 50-59 20% 20%
  • 60+ 5% 5%
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“We came with a good marriage. We leave with a hope for a great marriage because we have identified areas of focus.”
-Husband, 28 Years

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cancellation policy?

FamilyLife understands you may need to cancel your Getaway for a number of reasons. If you do need to withdraw we’ll gladly transfer your full registration to another couple or future Weekend Getaway. Or if you prefer, registration fees are refundable up to 14 days prior to the conference, less a $30 cancellation fee.

If a gift certificate is used for registration it will be reactivated and can be used for a future event. If you are unable to attend due to unavoidable last-minute circumstances, please let us know by emailing events@familylifecanada.com or calling 1-800-247-3180 (8:30 – 4:30 PT, Mon-Fri).

Please note: each hotel has their own cancellation policy that is separate from your conference registration. Please contact the hotel directly to inquire and make changes to your hotel reservation.

Cancellation Policy for Groups

  • If a group member needs to withdraw, registration fees are non-refundable but can be transferred to another couple or future Weekend Getaway.
Can we promote the conference in our church or community?

Absolutely! We greatly appreciate having a little extra help spreading the word.

You can order Weekend Getaway brochures and posters for free (ready late August) and we’ll ship them to you shortly. For email communications, in addition to sending people to the webpage you’re reading right now, you can also share a link to the details page for the specific conference you are promoting.

And we’ve put together a little folder for you containing downloadable digital promo tools. Just open the folder named by the conference location you want to promote.

We’ve also put together these helpful tips for those arranging for a group of couples to attend. Thank you for partnering with us to strengthen marriages!

Does the content change from year to year?

The Weekend Getaway content was refreshed and revamped for the 2022/2023 season! If you’ve attended a conference in the past now is a great time to come again! Some of the concepts and tools that attendees have told us are the most helpful will remain the same, but you’ll be able to go deeper and engage in new conversations around new, important topics.

Are food or drinks provided?

The registration fee for the Weekend Getaway includes all materials that you will need for the conference but does not include lodging, meals or coffee & tea. When you make your room reservation, ask what services are included and if there is a microwave and refrigerator in the room. Saturday night is designated as “date night.” If you and your spouse choose to enjoy a special dinner out, be sure to make reservations before the weekend to avoid being disappointed.

What should we bring, and what should we wear?
When you check in at the conference, you will receive nametags and booklets, which include space for taking notes. You will need to bring a pen or pencil and a Bible if you wish, but most Scripture passages mentioned during the talks are printed in the manual. If you are interested, you will want to be prepared for purchasing resources from the conference resource center. The weekend is casual in nature, so we recommend dressing comfortably while recognizing temperature changes due to location and season.
Are children permitted?

No. As a courtesy to other participants, we ask that children, including nursing infants, not be brought to the sessions. FamilyLife is unable to provide childcare during the conference. If this prevents you from attending a Weekend Getaway click here to check out our online streaming workshop Together for Good.

Does the hotel offer special room rates for Weekend Getaway guests?

Yes they do. Each hotel has its own discounted room rate. When booking your room let them know you are a guest at FamilyLife’s Weekend Getaway marriage conference and they will honour the special rate for you.

Do we have to stay at the conference hotel? Or can we stay at home and commute?

While it is highly recommended that you and your spouse stay at the conference hotel to experience the weekend in it’s entirety, we do understand some circumstances make this difficult. If for whatever reason you can’t stay at the hotel, agree with your spouse to remove all distractions to get the most of your time together: clear your schedule, don’t check your email, keep the tv off, unplug the phone and find someone to help you with your children. This is a time for you and your spouse to focus on just each other and your relationship.

When we register, is a room automatically reserved for us at the hotel?

All Weekend Getaway guests must book and pay for their own accommodations by contacting the hotel prior to the conference. Hotel information is included with each location description. FamilyLife is unable to make those arrangements for you.

Is it possible to attend or register for only part of the conference?

Each topic builds on the previous topics. Therefore, we do not offer partial registrations.

Does the registration fee include accommodations?

No. The registration fee does not include accommodations, meals or parking.

Is the conference just for troubled marriages?

Not at all. This conference is for everyone, no matter what condition your marriage is in. Past participants range from those in good solid marriages right down to those ready to sign divorce papers. It can either take your marriage from good to great, or to potentially saving it. The conference offers hope.

Is this conference just for Christians?

No. While the conference material is based on biblical principles, it is not exclusive to Christians. The event offers sound practical and applicable marriage teaching for everyone regardless of your beliefs. Our speakers teach from their own experiences in a non-threatening and often humorous way.

Do we need to be married to attend?

Not necessarily, but it is designed to strengthen marriages, so to make the most of your investment we recommend that your relationship is in the process of taking that step. The majority of couples that attend are married, but occasionally engaged couples join us as well and find the conference helpful in starting their marriage off on the right foot.