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How to Create the Perfect Fall Retreat for your Marriage:

  • Pick a peaceful place in the mountains...a place that feels romantic and quaint. (Someplace like Asheville, NC.)

  • Time it so the leaves are turning and the weather is cool. (Mid-October would be perfect.)

  • Book lodging that won’t break the bank. (Have you priced hotels in Asheville in the fall? Ouch!)

  • Leave the kids at home! (Preferably with a trusted care-giver.)

  • Spend some time in worship to rediscover God’s big plan for your marriage. (He DOES have big plans for you.)

  • Attend some encouraging breakouts designed to help your marriage to thrive. (Focus on what matters to you.)

  • Finally, be sure to laugh! Explore! Reflect! Dream! Make sure the whole thing is fun! (We've got that covered!)

For several decades, people have been attending LIFEWAY’s marriage events at Ridgecrest. Each year, these couples have seen their relationships strengthened and their love renewed. On October 12-14, some of the most popular speakers from these LIFEWAY events have partnered together to create a marriage retreat like no other. They (along with some very special guests) invite you to join them for The Great Marriage Getaway. Ridgecrest Conference Center is located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina and is close to great shopping, plenty of scenic drives, and The Biltmore Estate. 

Featured Leadership Includes:

Registration Information:

As of August 1, the registration cost is $189 per couple, which does not include lodging and meals. For that, Ridgecrest offers affordable, comfortable, and incredibly convenient lodging and meal options. Your total cost including registration, lodging and meals should be around $500/couple. (Meals are billed as "Extras" when you book your package through Ridgecrest.) Signing up involves two steps: registration for the event using the button below and then booking your room and meals directly through Ridgecrest using the orange "HERE" link below. Due to our commitment to Ridgecrest, registration fees are non-refundable.

*NOTE: The registration price includes all event programming and activities. Lodging and meal plan must be booked separately through Ridgecrest immediately after registering for the event. Expected cost for hotel and four meals should be around $300/couple. Visit Ridgecrest to see the different housing options and to make your reservation HERE


Tentative Schedule:

Friday, October 12

1:00 p.m.      Registration Open

2:30 p.m.     Breakout Session #1

4:00 p.m.     Breakout Session #2

5:15 p.m.      Break

7:00 p.m.     General Session

8:30 p.m.     Date Night Comedy Hour

Saturday, October 13

9:00 a.m.     Breakout Session #3

10:30 a.m.    Breakout Session #4

11:45 a.m.     Break - Afternoon free - Lunch on your own

6:30 p.m.     Vow Renewal (optional)

7:00 p.m.     General Session

8:30 p.m.     Panel Discussion

9:00 p.m.     Date Night Activity (optional)

Sunday, October 14

9:30 a.m.     General Session

11:30 a.m.     Conclusion

Most couples take the day off from work on Friday and get to Ridgecrest by 1:00 to get registered and to attend the first two breakout sessions. Some couples drive in the night before for an extra day of "quality time." It's your choice. Just be sure to book your lodging according to when you plan to arrive. 

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