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NOTICE: Our 2021 Married Couples Retreat is currently sold out and registration is closed. However, in this season, many people’s travel plans may still change so we are compiling a waiting list. If you would like to be added, click here.
Spend an unforgettable three days at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort and reconnect and rekindle with your spouse at the 2021 Resist the Drift Married Couples Retreat! Enjoy stunning beaches, luxurious guest rooms, world-class amenities, unparalleled service, and top-notch meals as you gain a new appreciation for your spouse and discover how to experience marriage the way God intended it.
Enjoy a relaxing two nights and three days with your spouse as you hear inspiring teachings from Calvary pastors and their wives, as well as nationally acclaimed marriage leaders Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley. You’ll participate in engaging teachings, experience great worship, and draw closer to your spouse no matter what season of your marriage you find yourself in! You’ll be learning how couples slowly fade into roommate behavior and discover how to use powerful tools that can instantly help you move from “roommates” to “soulmates” in your marriage.
Guest Speakers: Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley
Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley are nationally acclaimed speakers and leaders on the topic of marriage. Greg is the vice president of marriage and family formation at Focus on the Family. Erin, who works alongside Greg, counsels couples as a therapist in a private practice. Dr. Greg is the author of 12 books and well known for the bestselling books Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage, Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage, and Reconnected. Greg and Erin are passionate about preparing individuals for marriage, strengthening and nurturing existing marriages, and helping couples in marital crises.
Retreat Dates: Friday, August 27 – Sunday, August 29.
Couples have the option to pay in full or put down a deposit of $250 at registration. Please note the final payment and registration deadline is July 31, 2021.
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort 400 South Collier Boulevard – Marco Island, FL 34145– 239-394-2511
*Please see Marriott’s Commitment to Clean and this Special Messages from Bill Marriott and CEO Arne Sorenson.
No. Guests must secure their own transportation.
Hotel check-in at the front desk begins at 4pm. If you arrive earlier, you may be able to check in if your room is ready and available. In case your room is not ready, the hotel will store your luggage and the front desk will notify you when it will be available. Please note the reservation will be under the husband’s first and last name.
Check in for the retreat will be from 6:30–7:30pm—we’ll let you know where in the hotel this will be located as we get closer to the date of the retreat. After you have checked in, feel free to explore the hotel or grab a bite to eat before the first session begins.
Although this is the ideal, this hotel will accept debit cards. There may be a hold for a few days on your card while things clear in the system.
Dress throughout the weekend will be “resort casual.” Even in light of the Saturday evening dinner and optional beachside vow renewal with our pastors, we are not encouraging formal dress.
At times, the indoor space may become cool, so feel free to bring another layer to stay comfortable.
This weekend presents a great opportunity to display the love of Christ to hotel employees. One way to display the generosity of our God is to be good stewards to the staff who assist you and your spouse with your stay. Tipping hotel staff who assist you in carrying your luggage, parking your car, or cleaning your room is not required, but is customary or encouraged.
Parking is the only additional, mandatory expense you will have. The cost will be posted to an incidental folio for each guest to be paid upon check-out. The rates are $15 for self-parking and $30 for valet per day.
Resort fee, round trip bellman, and four meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner and Sunday breakfast) are all included. Individual incidentals like restaurants, gift shop purchases, spa, and golf are on your own.
The resort fee, Wi-Fi, and use of the pools, beach, and common areas.
Parking, any and all spa treatments, and golfing.
Please visit the Hotel Website for a full list of activities.
We have been blessed by a unique partnership with Marriott Marco Island. This has afforded us the ability to host our conference at an unprecedented low cost. In order to accomplish this, we agreed to a “no cancellations or changes” policy with the hotel and other vendors. Cancellations and changes would require a considerable amount of time, administrative costs, and potentially, additional penalties and expenses above and beyond the already discounted cost. For this reason, we are unable to provide refunds.
This is common in booking discounted travel—i.e. airline tickets, Expedia hotel reservations.
The 2021 Married Couples Retreat begins Friday, August 27 at 6:30pm and ends Sunday, August 29 at 1pm. Check out time on Sunday is at 11am.
Calvary Pastors and their wives.
Children are NOT PERMITTED at the event.
A limited number of suites and Paradise by Sirene Rooms are available for an additional fee.
In order to best accommodate all of our guests, and due to the size of our group and the layout and availability of the types of rooms we have reserved, we are unable to guarantee a particular room location. We communicated our retreat goals to the hotel, which include strengthening marriages and providing the best possible experience the hotel has to offer. With those goals in mind, all guests will be checked into the first available, vacant, and ready room that matches our contract and reservation criteria upon check-in, regardless of its location. Special requests such as rooms located near each other will delay the check-in process, and void any guarantee of securing the best possible rooms.
One way that Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale practices stewardship is as a member of Marriott Rewards. Earned points help offset the overall production costs of retreats. Marriott Rewards points for room and banquet charges follow the master form of payment. In our case, since the actual cost of the retreat is greater than what we are charging (the church is blessing couples by supplementing the cost of the retreat), all room and banquet charges are routed to a tax-exempt master account and paid for by the church directly. The church will receive a small Marriott Rewards bonus, which, again, is used to further offset the total cost of the retreat. However, an individual may not also earn Marriott Rewards at the same time. Any incidentals that the individual incurs while on their stay will be credited to the member’s Marriott Rewards account, to the extent allowed by the Member Agreement.