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2019 Wabash Friends Marriage Retreat


2019 Friends Marriage Retreat

February 22nd-February 23rd
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Wayne Downtown at Grand Wayne Convention Center

 We will be hosting  our 19th annual marriage retreat in Ft. Wayne at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown. We will have entertainment on Friday evening along with a catered dinner. On Saturday we will enjoy a complimentary breakfast, keynote speakers, Christie Browning and Paige Clingenpeel, a catered lunch and a free evening to enjoy however you choose!

Keynote Speakers

Christie Browning shares life with her husband Mat, his two children and their canine kid, Musha. As a speaker, Christie has been seen on stages across the U.S. since 1996. She has appeared on PBS, FOX and appears on several online video broadcasts weekly.  In addition to speaking, Christie is an award-winning writer. She is a featured contributor to The Huffington Post, has been a contributor for DaySpring, publishes a monthly women’s magazine read nation-wide and can be found on numerous blogs including her own at

Paige Clingenpeel has combined her therapeutic knowledge, her training in ministry and her sense of humor into powerful and practical messages for all ages all over the country. She presently works full time in a high school and middle school as a mental health therapist. She is a teacher, speaker, and writer across the nation. But her favorite thing to do is spend time watching shark documentaries and Notre Dame football with her husband, four kids and therapy dog!

Hotel and Registration Fees

 EarlyBird Registration: $75 per couple ( November 25th-December 31st)
Regular Registration,: $85 per couple (January 1st-January 23rd)
Late Registration: $95 per couple ( January 24th-February 15th)

All registration fees are non-refundable.  

Registration Fees include and help cover the cost of: three meals (Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch), entertainment, speaker honorariums, conference room rental, etc.  It is our hope that we can keep registration fees minimal each year. Friends Counseling Center, along with the Friends Church, hold different fundraisers each year to go towards the costs of the marriage retreat so we can keep this event affordable. 

Hotel Accommodations and Fees:   We have a group contracted rate  of $113.00 per night (plus taxes).  We will reserve your hotel room upon receiving your registration.  Each couple will pay for their hotel room upon their arrival to the hotel.     

Weekend Schedule

3:00 - 6:30 pm    Check In
6:30 - 7:30 pm    Dinner 
7:30 - 8:30 pm    Entertainment

7:00 – 9:00 am              Buffet Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 am            Session 1/Door Prizes Given Away 
11:15 am - 11:45 am    Breakout/Free Time 
11:45 - 12:45 pm           Lunch             
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm        Session 2/ Door Prizes Give Away
2:15 - 3:00 pm               Breakout/Free Time
3:15 - 4:30 pm               Session 3/Door Prizes Give Away
4:30 pm                          Retreat Ends

Earlier Event: August 18
Out of the Ashes Tour
Later Event: April 13
TEDx Fort Wayne