Marriage Retreat Weekend at Naples Grande Resort

Naples Grande Resort - Marriage Retreat

 

This past weekend we went on our an annual marriage retreat held by our former church in Miami, partnered with a church in Dover. It was held at Naples Grande Resort, a beautiful location right by the Gulf Coast that had it’s own private access to the beach. This year we weren’t so sure that we would be able to attend but God’s plan was that we should not miss this year’s retreat, making it our 5th year in a row being able to attend. It has been pretty awesome to see how God has kept us coming back for two more years, now photographing memories for all the wonderful couples participating and learning more about each other for our very own marriage.

The way the marriage retreat works is we stay for the weekend at a resort on the west coast of Florida (Friday night through Sunday midday) and meet with the group for some sessions. Typically there is a set theme for the weekend that ties together all topics discussed. This year it was about taking the mystery out of marriage. During these sessions we get to learn more about each other, our needs, how we each think and are wired, and what a healthy godly marriage looks like. We listen to important pointers, break out into discussion groups, and participate in competitions with your spouse against other couples for the chance to win a prize.

Our first year we focused on the book “Men Are Like Waffles — Women Are Like Spaghetti” by Bill Farrel and Pam Farre. That stood out so much to us because being newlyweds it was a bit difficult for us to understand the way each other thinks.  The moment I really understood how men generally tend to think of one topic at a time while women are thinking of several topics all at once, inter connecting them some way or the other I understood to try to keep my conversations at one topic at a time to keep Jorge’s interest. I try to follow this practice, but sometimes it is difficult to stick to the one topic.  This year we paid close attention to our love languages, forgiveness languages, and money personalities. But above all we get a constant reminder of how important it is to place God first in your marriage and how your spouse is not there to meet your needs, but rather they should be a part of your journey of being closer to God.

And what better setting that this beautiful resort and time we got to spend not simply on vacation and exploring a new area, but really focusing on our relationship and how we were doing. We totally recommend to attend a marriage retreat should you have the opportunity to do so.

Now for our great time at the resort and a few stops/locations we checked out right by the resort.

Pictures Around Naples Grande Resort
Naples Grande Resort - Marriage Retreat
 Naples Grande Resort - Marriage Retreat
 Naples Grande Resort - Marriage Retreat
Naples Grande Resort - Marriage Retreat
Naples Grande Resort - Marriage Retreat
Naples Grande Resort - Marriage Retreat
Naples Grande Resort - Marriage Retreat
Peace Love & Little Donuts (3106 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34103)
Cute adorable mini doughnuts with many options to choose from. The smaller the doughnut the less guilt you feel and the more you can try!
Peace Love & Little Donuts - Naples, FL
Peace Love & Little Donuts - Naples, FL
Peace Love & Little Donuts - Naples, FL
Peace Love & Little Donuts - Naples, FL
Peace Love & Little Donuts - Naples
Peace Love & Little Donuts - Naples
True Food Kitchen (5375 Tamiami Trail N Suite 15, Naples, FL 34108)
This place had some great fresh health-concious food options. And they grow their own herbs and peppers right out front of their restaurant.
True Food Kitchen - Naples, FL
True Food Kitchen - Naples, FL
True Food Kitchen - Naples, FL
True Food Kitchen - Naples, FL