Just what are these marriage retreats? They are basically a weekend or week away from home, where you spend time with other couples and relationship experts to work towards a better marriage. There will normally be some structured time along with periods of free time where you can reconnect with one another in a more personal setting.
One of the things that makes a marriage retreat so different is that it is held outside of your home. This location helps you to focus on the things you need to focus on. You are too entrenched in your daily routine when you are at home. Life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of the things that really matter. This can distract you from looking at your relationship to the extent that it is worthy of.
By getting away from it all, you can slow down and focus on the one thing you are at the retreat for, and that is to improve your marriage. The one thing you won't be doing is taking your relationship for granted. The truth is that a fair portion of the couples at the retreat have been taking each other for granted to some degree.
Another thing you should know is that marriage retreats are not only for those whose marriages are in deep trouble. They will certainly help the tougher cases, but they will also make good marriages even better. By going to a retreat you are showing each other that you are making the commitment to have a better relationship. This means you are already starting off on the right foot before the retreat even begins.
While you may normally have difficulty talking to each other about your marriage, you will quickly learn ho to feel at ease at a retreat. Yes, it may take a little bit of time to warm up to the idea, but it will happen. The people running the retreat are experts at getting couples to communicate. You can also be sure that they have seen situations like yours (or worse) many, many times before.
The whole key to getting the most out of marriage retreats is to participate as fully as you can. You will most likely feel awkward at first, but that's normal. Just keep doing your best and you will get up to speed in no time. It's okay to feel uncomfortable. After all, you are going to the retreat for a reason (as is every other couple that's there), so you may as well make the most of it.