What is a Retrouvaille Program?
The word Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.
Retrouvaille consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 12 post-weekend sessions. These post-weekend sessions are delivered two at a time over a period of six meeting times following the weekend. The program emphasizes and teaches tools to improve communication between husband and wife. It aims to give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.
What the Program is not.
Retrouvaille is not a retreat, marriage counseling, marriage self-help or a sensitivity group. There are neither group dynamics nor group discussions on the weekend.
Who is it for?
It is for couples with marital problems including those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced that want marriage help. Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of marriage problems. Others are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the program.
What Happens During a Retrouvaille Program?
During the weekend phase, a team of three couples and a priest or three couples and a Christian minister & spouse give a series of presentations. During the weekend, you will be encouraged to put the past behind you while learning tools that can help you begin again. The team presents a technique of communication that enables you to take a good look at many areas of your relationship. After each presentation you will have a chance to reflect on it by yourself, then discuss it in complete privacy with your spouse. During the post-weekend sessions, the technique learned on the weekend is further developed and is used to explore additional areas of the marriage relationship. The post-weekend phase is as crucial, maybe more critical, to the healing of marriage problems. You will also have the option of attending monthly C.O.R.E. meetings (Continuing our Retrouvaille Experience) to continue healing and growth in your marriage for as long as you wish.
Retrouvaille is Catholic in origin, but there is no proselytizing during any aspect of the program. Couples of all faiths and those with no faith tradition are welcome and encouraged to attend. Christian Multi-Denomination (CMD) weekends may also be available in some areas.
When and Where?
For specific information about Indianapolis weekend dates, please contact us.
What does the program cost?
Each couple is asked to make an anonymous donation to help cover the cost of putting on the program. Retrouvaille of Indianapolis asks for a registration fee of $150 to confirm your registration and accommodations for the weekend. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. Retrouvaille stresses that no couple should let lack of funds prevent them from attending this program. Talk to the registration couple if you have financial issues that preclude your payment of the registration fee in full; exceptions and alternatives can and will be found.
How do I learn more? For more information: Contact the Retrouvaille community closest to you.