the weekend

Retrouvaille programs are not spiritual retreats, sensitivity groups, seminars or social gatherings. Nor will you receive counseling during Retrouvaille. You will not be required to share your pain with anyone.

Retrouvaille is a community of couples, in all stages of marriage, who have experienced troubles in their marriages. You will meet couples suffering from drifting apart, infidelity, conflict and anger, poor communication, abuse and addiction, and other barriers to a strong marriage.

All these couples have one thing in common. A desire to bring joy back into their marriages. Meeting other couples who are struggling in many of the same ways can have a profound impact. It gives couples hope at a time when hope is not easy to find. Each marriage is worth saving. Retrouvaille can help.

Retrouvaille programs begin with a weekend experience, away from the distractions of everyday life. You will learn to re-establish communication and gain new insights into yourselves as individuals and as a couple.

A team of three couples and a priest gives a series of presentations. All presenting couples have been through Retrouvaille. They have all experienced disillusionment and pain in their own marriages. They offer hope as they share their pain, struggles and successes in rebuilding their marriages. You will be encouraged to put the past behind you and start rediscovering each other.

The team presents a technique of communication that enables you to take a good look at most areas of your relationship. The team provides practical tools for improving your marriage. They will share how they were able to benefit from these techniques themselves.

A registration fee is required to confirm your reservation, food and lodging. There is limited capacity so early registration is encouraged. On the weekend you will be asked to make a donation. One donation will cover all expenses for the weekend.

No couple is ever denied the chance to heal their marriage because they are facing financial hardship.

Start the journey to save your marriage.


Upcoming weekends: April 6-8, June 1-3, August 3-5.
Location: Dakota Ridge Best Western Hotel, 3450 Washington Drive, Eagan.

Additional Retrouvaille weekends in St. Cloud, Central Wisconsin, Madison

Weekend Coordinators: Don and Diane,
Weekend Registration: Paul and Tina,

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post sessions

The pain of falling out of love cannot be healed in a weekend. Retrouvaille is here to support you during your weekend and the post-weekend sessions in which you learn more ways to strengthen your marriage.

The Weekend is not a miracle cure. Therefore, the post-weekend sessions, called Post, have been designed to continue the marriage renewal begun on the weekend. This post-weekend phase is critical to the healing of your marriage problems. During Post, the techniques learned on the weekend are further developed and are used to explore additional areas of your marriage. If you cannot make all the post-weekend sessions, you can make them up at anytime. You can also attend any post-weekend session as many times as you want. It’s a great way to refocus on specific areas of your marriage.

Again, the Weekend and Post are not spiritual retreats, sensitivity groups, seminars or social gatherings. Nor are they counseling. You will not be required to share your problems with anyone. Retrouvaille helps married couples in all stages — young or old; separated or divorced; children, no children or empty nesters. We all share the same goal of building a stable, loving and joyful marriage.

Sessions for the December 2017 Weekend:
December 9 (Posts 1 and 2), December 16 (Posts 3 and 4), December 30 (Posts 5 and 6), January 6, 2018 (Posts 7 and 8), January 13, 2018 (Posts 9 and 10), January 20, 2018 (Posts 11 and 12).

Sessions for the January 2018 Weekend:
January 27 (Posts 1 and 2), February 3 (Posts 3 and 4), February 10 (Posts 5 and 6), February 17 (Posts 7 and 8), February 24 (Posts 9 and 10), March 3 (Posts 11 and 12).

Sessions for the April 2018 Weekend:
April 14 (Posts 1 and 2), April 21 (Posts 3 and 4), April 28 (Posts 5 and 6), May 5 (Posts 7 and 8), May 12 (Posts 9 and 10), May 19 (Posts 11 and 12).

All sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota Heights.

Post Coordinators: Tim and Teresa,

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C.O.R.E. (Continuing Our Retrouvaille Experience) is a support group that is available to all members of Retrouvaille. The Weekend and Post sessions last 7 weeks. Your marriage is for life. For most couples, it takes consistent work to rediscover and change a marriage. C.O.R.E. offers that support through regular meetings with other couples who want the same things from their marriage as you do.

C.O.R.E. groups meet once or twice a month. Each meeting consists of a presenting couple who gives a 10-15 minute presentation. Couples then have an opportunity to connect one-on-one and discuss a topic relating to the presentation. There is also a group sharing question based on the presentation. C.O.R.E. is a great way to interact with couples who are also struggling in their marriages while giving each other support.

Most couples will need some form of regular motivation to continue rebuilding their marriage. All couples who attend C.O.R.E. provide hope and an example of the power of healing to each other.

There are four C.O.R.E. communities in the Twin Cities metro area and St. Cloud.

Wild Wild West C.O.R.E. meets the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 105 Forestview Lane North, Plymouth.
Co-Contact Couple: Mark and Annette,
Co-Contact Couple: Mark and Kathy,

North C.O.R.E. meets the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. William’s Catholic Church, 6120 5th St. NE, Fridley.
Contact Couple: Steve and Betty, and

Saturday Night C.O.R.E. meets the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 5426 12th Avenue S, Minneapolis.
Co-Contact Couple: Mike and Lisa,

St. Cloud C.O.R.E. meets the 3rd Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1036 County Road 4, St. Cloud.
Contact: Levi and Darla,

C.O.R.E. Coordinators: Andy and Deirdre,

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The Writing Day is designed for couples who completed Retrouvaille to spend a day writing their personal story, a C.O.R.E. presentation, a Post presentation, or a Weekend presentation. It is a day away from distractions. There are mentors and outlines to assist you.

Each writing workshop is held during a Post session at the same location. We share in the potluck lunch with the couples currently attending Post, so bring food to share.

Writing Workshops are a great way to get involved in Retrouvaille’s core mission, helping couples who are hurting. Writing is another way to strengthen your marriage. By being open with yourself and with your spouse as you write, your marriage will deepen. The more you write, the stronger it will become.

Workshops are held during Post sessions 9 and 10. Upcoming workshops are: November 11, January 13, February 24, May 12, July 7.

All sessions open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no obligation to stay for the entire time.
Location: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota Heights.

Writing Workshop Coordinators: Pat and Cathy,

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“We thought our marriage was dead, but decided to give Retrouvaille a try. Hearing stories from other couples showed us there was hope for us. We completed Post Sessions and have attended C.O.R.E. meetings since 2008. Best of all, we have made many new friends and are part of a community of people who are committed to strong marriages and families.”

– Mike and Lisa