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What is a Marriage Encounter Weekend?

Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves individually and as a couple.

The weekend is God-centered and comes out of the roots of the Christian faith. Minnesota Marriage Encounter is an inter-faith Christian experience and welcomes couples of all faiths or no faith. The organization is not connected to any particular denomination. Individual and couple spirituality are shared versus a denomination. Guided by a team of trained volunteer couples, each participant takes an honest look at self, explores their relationship with each other, their family and society.

All marriages need attention, effort and nurturing. Marriage Encounter provides an opportunity for you to explore your relationship together and find ways to make it more fulfilling and stronger for a lifetime. The weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly. There is no group sharing on a Marriage Encounter weekend.

What is interesting is that most of us don’t spend enough time nurturing our marriages. We will spend years getting an education or training for our jobs and careers. We go to seminars and take continuing education classes to keep our job skills sharp but we are lucky to get a night out together as a couple once every month or two. There are few jobs that have the commitment ‘As long as we both shall live’ … It is crucial to put as much enthusiasm and work into our marriages as we do our jobs and physical improvement.

Minnesota Marriage Encounter can help your marriage grow!


Your weekend begins Saturday morning at 9:00 am and concludes at approximately 4:00 pm on Sunday. Your weekend includes a one night stay at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, all meals, the program, and materials.


The $320 per couple registration fee is non-refundable but transferable if notified 10 working days prior to the weekend. The fee covers the charge from Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center but does not cover the entire cost of your weekend. You will be asked to make a free-will or value-based offering at the end of the weekend.

Our Mission

To nurture and support the marriage of a man and woman and their family life by offering an opportunity to experience a deep and loving communication with each other and with God.

We encourage personal self-esteem and spirituality, couple and family relationships and community outreach which affirms the value of marriage in a diverse society. Marriage Encounter fills the necessity of married couples to grow together in the belief that the future transformation of the world begins at the heart of the family - the couple.

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