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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 Conference Center. Each year, these couples have seen their relationships strengthened and their love renewed. On October 9-11, 2020, some of the most popular speakers from these LIFEWAY events invite you to join them for The Great Marriage Getaway. This weekend is a fun, content-rich, and Spirit-filled marriage conference for couples of all ages. Ridgecrest is located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina and is close to great shopping, plenty of scenic drives, and The Biltmore Estate. 

Registration Information:

The event registration cost is $199 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 $525/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. (We will contact you when the hotel reservation link is up and working.) Due to our commitment to Ridgecrest, registration fees are non-refundable.


A Few Scenes From last year’s Great Marriage Getaway

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, October 11

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 12

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.     The “Walk to Remember”

Sunday, October 13

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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