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Retreat Speakers are Chris and Alisa Grace

The Graces speak regularly to married couples, churches, singles, and college students on the topic of marital relationships, dating, and love. With humor, professional training, as well as practical experience from nurturing their marriage (of over 25 years), they present foundational and practical insights on enhancing relationships and marital intimacy. Whether doing premarital counseling or discussing marital concepts with couples, their desire is to help others discover God’s incredible design for relationships, and to provide insights into the mysteries of marriage.

Christopher Grace directs the Biola University Center for Marriage and Relationships and teaches psychology at the Rosemead School of Psychology. He loves to speak at conferences to college students and couples and at churches on this topic. Alisa Grace serves as a consultant to the Center for Marriage and Relationships. She speaks regularly on topics such as dating relationships, marriage and love. She loves mentoring younger women and newly married couples, speaking at retreats, and providing pre-marital counseling. Chris and Alisa have four children, Drew and his wife, Julia, Natalie, and Caroline. They live in Southern California where they attend Redemption Hill Church Whittier Hills.

Hosts are Paul and Virginia Friesen

Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen were married in 1976 and have three young adult daughters and two Godly sons-in-law. They both have Doctorates in Marriage and Family Therapy from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and are the lead resource couple at Home Improvement Ministries. The Friesens regularly speak at marriage, men’s, and women’s conferences in the US and internationally, are frequently invited to give family and parenting seminars, and have an ongoing ministry with professional athletes.

The Friesens have authored over ten books and curriculums on parenting and marriage, including Letters to My Daughters, In Our Image, Raising a Trailblazer, Before You Save the Date, and most recently, The Marriage App.

Paul and Virginia’s greatest joy in life is knowing that their children are walking in the Truth.

Weekend Description

Through a unique blend of humor, Biblical truth, relevant research, and practical applications, Chris and Alicia will speak on how God has designed you to be in relationship, why it's so easy to mess it up, and what steps will take your marriage from striving to thriving.

The cost covers two nights’ accommodations at the Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina, (Formerly Hyatt Regency Newport) in Newport, Rhode Island, including breakfast and dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, and all sessions, workshops, and materials.


Details to be announced.

By registering early you will receive a lower rate:

     $430 - On or before December 3, 2016 December 9, 2016
     $460 - Between December 4, 2016 December 10, 2016—January 3, 2017
     $500 - Between January 4, 2017—January 30, 2017
     $550 - Between January 31, 2017—March 3, 2017 (as space allows)

Payment details:
A non-refundable $150 deposit is due with your registration, with the balance due on or before January 30, 2017.

Final details and directions to the hotel will be emailed to you shortly before the conference.

Cancellation policy:
Cancellation of a registration by January 30, 2017, will result in a full refund less an administrative fee of $150. No refunds will be given after January 30, 2017 but registrations are fully transferable to another couple without penalty by calling the H.I.M. office at 781-275-6473 or sending email to sue@HIMweb.org with the name change.

Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina, (Formerly Hyatt Regency Newport):
The Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina, (Formerly Hyatt Regency Newport) is the only resort-style hotel near Newport Harbor, RI. Goat Island is a unique place in New England, a peaceful escape, just 1 mile from downtown Newport. The Hyatt Regency Newport is one of the only properties on the island, further enhancing that special feeling, and it is just a 5-minute shuttle ride from the harbor and vibrant downtown Newport.  The hotel hosts Stillwater Spa and 3 on-site restaurants: Five33 Lounge, Pineapples on the Bay, and Windward Coastal Grill.

                                                   Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina • 1 Goat Island • Newport, RI 02840

                                                The Gurney’s Newport Resort / Hyatt Regency website          For driving directions, click here

Weekend Schedule
4-8 pm
Registration and Check-in
8 pm
Session 1: Marriage by Design
7:30-9 am
9:15 am
Session 2: Conflict by Design
10:45 am
11:15 am
12:30 pm
Free time for lunch and afternoon on your own
6:00 pm
Dinner at the hotel
7:30 pm
Session 3: Communication by Design
9:00 pm
Saturday Night Live: Q & A with Friesens and Graces

8-9:30 am
10:00 am
11:30 am
Session 4: Spiritual Intimacy by Design
1:00 pm


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