September 21-23, 2018
A Couple Enrichment Workshop is an opportunity for a couple to focus on their relationship, enhance communication skills, and deepen their appreciation of each other. Couple enrichment workshops help couples celebrate their relationship's joys and strengths, and develop skills to deepen and improve them. A Couple Enrichment program is not therapy; it is a way to make good relationships even better.
Couple Enrichment workshops are open to all couples in a committed relationship, regardless of sexual orientation, marital status, or religious affiliation. Virtually any couple that gives a good faith effort to a Couple Enrichment program can benefit. Even if you've participated in a couple enrichment program in the past, many couples find that episodically participating in a Couple Enrichment program enhances their relationship skills and reaffirms their commitment to their partner.
Will we have to share everything with the group? The workshop emphasizes creating a safe and comfortable community, learning concepts and skills, and giving couples the time and space to focus on each other. Some sharing is expected, but no one has to share on any particular topic. Much of the couples' work is done in private. The program is not confrontational, and the ground rules assure safety and comfort for all participants.
Is there any leisure time during the weekend? In addition to our time together in large and small groups there will be ample time to relax with your partner, walk the Powell House grounds, explore the nearby trails and enjoy the fellowship of other couples. We will share excellent food and have the chance to socialize, sing and worship together. Having fun together is a way to nurture ourselves and our relationships, and it will be an important part of the program.
About the leaders: This couples weekend will be facilitated by Debbie & John Humphries of Hartford Friends Meeting. Debbie and John were married in 1990 and began attending Quaker meeting shortly after. They moved to Connecticut in 1998 and have served the New England Yearly Meeting in a variety of roles since then. They have been leading workshops since 2016. Debbie and John are both active in their monthly meeting and in New England Yearly Meeting. Debbie is part-time faculty in nutrition and public health; John is a community organizer working on climate change. They live in Hartford and have two sons, one currently in college and the other recently graduated.
Register by September 11: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters
After September 11: $260/$145/$90/$195
Childcare with three weeks notice.