All the info you need
We offer three type of experiences; all three have the same content, they are simply delivered in different ways to help you get the most out of the experience.
Residential Weekend – This is our option of choice to leave the worries and distractions of the week behind. Beginning on a Friday evening, this experience offers a relaxed atmosphere where you will be able to engage in the sessions and develop your relationship with your spouse. All meals and accommodation are included, allowing you to focus on enjoying time away. The Weekend finishes late Sunday afternoon.
Non- Residential Weekend – Here the option is to choose your own accommodation, breakfast & evening meal. The sessions run in two blocks across the days, Saturday & Sunday, with you able to leave the venue Saturday evening to stay where you want. This can be a great option if you are fairly close to the venue and want to stay at home.
Online Experience – Developed during the Covid pandemic, this option delivers the same sessions into your own home via Zoom. There is a short introduction Zoom session on the Thursday evening before the weekend to ensure all the technology works for you, then the main sessions run through the daytime on Saturday & Sunday, with regular breaks for drinks & meals. It’s important to note when joining an Online Experience that trying to juggle childcare at the same time detracts from the intimacy and overall experience, so we recommend making childcare arrangements.
We are also part of the Catholic Alliance of Marriage Organisations which aim to support Marriages at all stages of relationship.
Marriage Encounter receives little external financial support. Its work is mostly financed by the donations of couples who have attended Weekends. The team couples and priest present the Weekend on a completely voluntary basis.
Others have gladly given so you can experience the Weekend without having to worry about whether you can afford it. The Weekend is offered to you as a gift!
For a residential & non-residential Weekend we ask for £50 booking deposit. There are no other costs associated with the Weekend. If you choose a Residential weekend, accommodation & meals are all covered. At the end of the Weekend you will be given the opportunity to help towards the cost of future Weekends if you wish.
For the Online Experience we ask for a £75 donation which covers the cost of materials and the cost of posting them to you.
All our experiences are offered as a gift, if you have concerns about the costs please get in touch with us as we wouldn’t want cost to be prohibitive.
Please see our list of forthcoming Weekends for details