Responding to Relationships Marriage Series and Retreat

October 8 and November 5-7, 2021 

Hyatt Regency Aurora Denver Conference Center
13200 East 14th Place
Aurora, CO 80011

Responding to Relationships is a marriage experience designed specifically for military (active, veteran) and emergency responder couples who are seriously dating, engaged, in a long term partnership or married. Learn powerful skills for enhancing your relationship in a setting that is equal parts fun and informative.

Attendance for both the kickoff event and retreat are required. 

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What to Expect

A five-star experience personally vetted by couples like you to be safe, set-apart, relevant, and rejuvenating. The RTR Series was designed specifically for emergency responder and military couples. All content is presented by instructors with first-hand experience in these fields who have a passion for serving those who spend their lives serving their communities.

While we encourage you to spend this time focusing on your relationship, we understand that sometimes time away from the kiddos isn't possible. Limited childcare is available on a first-come first-serve basis for both the kickoff event and the weekend retreat. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Kickoff Event:

Join us for an evening to remember as we kick off the series. Consider it a date night that you don't have to plan - dinner, content and an experience are all included.


Friday Night: Check into the hotel, relax and unwind as you prepare to enjoy your weekend. Registration opens at 5:00 PM; the event begins at 7:00 PM. Dessert and coffee are included for you to enjoy as we dive into content. 

Saturday: Day two continues with refreshing skills-based learning and practical ways to connect with your partner. Both breakfast and lunch are provided.

Content topics will explore themes like...

  • Strategies for meeting and exceeding expectations
  • Best practices to prevent communication breakdowns
  • Benefits of setting boundaries

Saturday Night: Saturday night is on your own for the much-anticipated Date Night! Utilize activity suggestions provided by the RTR team or come up with your own ideas. Whether you are a planner or prefer to be spontaneous, we know it will be an evening to remember. 

Sunday: The series is coming to an end but there is still plenty to experience. Pour a cup of coffee (or tea!) and enjoy another tasty breakfast to jumpstart the final day of the weekend. We have saved some of our favorite content for last and will conclude the retreat with a final "thank you" gift.


As a federally funded program, we are able to offer this $2200 experience to couples for FREE.

In order to participate, couples are asked to engage in the registration process and required to attend all series sessions. Please make sure you choose a series where you are available to attend both the kickoff event and the full retreat. 


Kickoff Event:
Friday, October 8th, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, November 5th, Registration opens at 5:00 PM

Retreat Schedule: 
Friday Night: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday Night: Date Night!
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Future Series Dates

If this series does not work for your schedule, please consider our upcoming series date:

Kickoff Event: December 10, 2021 AND Retreat: January 7-9, 2022
Kickoff Event: February 11, 2022 AND Retreat: March 18-20, 2022

COVID-19 Protocols 

RTR will follow all current State and Federal Guidelines


Shannon H. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
The speakers were funny and relatable with great stories. We have been on several marriage retreats in our 15 years of marriage and still learned so much on this retreat. We weren't huge fans of the venue (hotel), but the program itself was phenomenal ;o)

Ari E. (Military)

May 16, 2021
Wonderful! Amazing! I highly recommend for all my friends to sign up for this retreat. This has been the most engaging and fun retreat I have ever attended. I am leaving more energized and ready to tackle any challenges that the future might throw at us. I love the idea of prevention versus treating. I appreciate having new tools in my toolbox to ensure I have a long lasting marriage. I feel our marriage is stronger because of View More

Rebecca S. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
I loved having concrete steps outlined for the subjects addressed.

Odie D. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
It was good to learn ways to better each other and communicate.

Kara S. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
I enjoyed all the tools they offered that we can use in our marriage. We've been married for 18 years and this was the first time I've heard most of the tools for relationships.

Tom S. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
The presentation and materials were spot on and very useful. The tools given during this class will help with real world issues. Great presenters as well.

John R. (Military)

May 16, 2021
Great experience. Fun and energetic facilitator.

Susan T. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
Was very helpful. Opened my eyes to things that can be used no only in my relationship but also with my daughter. Was a great weekend.

Jon C. (Military)

May 16, 2021
RTR is a great program. However, it feels less like a marriage retreat for good or "doing ok" couples...and more like an intervention for broken marriages. Several of the concepts were good, but felt like they didn't apply. [One activity] was spent saying "we don't have this issue...we navigated this years ago naturally!" This could however be more of an issue of expectation based on how our chaplain marketed the retreat.

Derek L. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
Great talking points. Learned some things about my wife and I that made sense as to why we act and do certain things.

V.L. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
Very good practical advice. Loved the interactive exercises!

Tim R. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
Great info/wonderful tools for life!

Daniel R. (Military)

May 16, 2021
Thank you for doing what you do. I love my wife and appreciate any tool I can get to improve our marriage.

Erik S. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and valued the time spent.

Nicki M. (Military)

May 16, 2021
We had done the Marriage Mondays series, so some of the content was familiar, but doing it in person and having quality time with my hubby was so much better. Having a weekend away was just as awesome as the content.

Ryan M. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
Staff and participants all looked like that had fun. My wife and I had a blast, and obviously learned something along the way. It was a wonderful weekend.

Danielle N. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
This whole weekend has been fantastic. It has given us tools to implement in our marriage families.

Kris K. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
All of the staff members were wonderful.

Katie M. (Military)

May 16, 2021
Excellent, friends, facilitators. We had a great time reconnecting with each other in a stress free environment. Thank you!

Ryan N. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
A great weekend of learning and fun. Cannot wait to become an even stronger marriage after applying tips/tools. Would recommend for any couple @ any stage of marriage.

Jeff V. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
Being a veteran and emergency responder, I was personally able to benefit from a lot of the focused RTR material. Well written. Having responders as part of the facilitators also made it much more relatable for me.

Sarah O. (Military Veteran)

May 16, 2021
Wonderful and engaging staff all around. Lauren is great at what she does. And having Kelli and Jeff with her really made the experience very well-rounded. I would *definitely* return (but hopefully wait ;o)

Neil R. (Military)

May 16, 2021
RTR was instrumental to my understanding of my relationship with my wife of 14 years. I wish that I had this way back then - it would have helped navigate troubling waters.

Eden R. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
A truly quality experience which offered tools for a lifetime of marriage. I feel like my husband and I are leaving stronger and closer than we have been in years. There is understanding between us now we have never had in our 15 years together.

Tyler D. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
Excellent experience! Topics were very relevant and tools to work on issues were spot on and effective.

Tracy D. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
Absolutely loved our time here and have already recommended it to friends. Thank you!

Ivy B. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
I feel this experience has allowed a safe environment and skills to help pass onto our girls to ensure a positive healthy foundation...I'm very grateful that we had facilitators that were open and understanding to the sensitivity of situations...I feel this experience has set us up for success. Everyone was so helpful and enjoyable.

Frank E. (Military Veteran)

May 16, 2021
Eye opening experience. Learned a lot about myself and my partner. Look forward on the tools we learned to have a better and lasting relationship.

Santiago I. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
I love this program. I love the tools these amazing people give people to make marriages blossom and grow and love to see coming together and being so happy! Thank you guys!!

Bernadette K. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
I really appreciated learning about the relationship cycle and communication danger signs. Knowing others experience these struggles as well - normalizing that and providing tools is amazing. Thank you!

Mike K. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
I really enjoyed this experience. I believe it is a great start and gives many tools to build a better relationship. It also takes attention away from negatives so you can turn them into positives.

Valerie D. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
This was a good review and deep dive on what relationships are built on.

Kody E. (Military Veteran)

May 16, 2021
Retreat is awesome. Very unique way of learning about myself and my marriage...this coming from someone that was very pessimistic about the whole thing to begin with.

Lauren C. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
Overall experience was great. The environment was comfortable and the tools provided were very relevant and helpful.

J.R. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
One thing that stuck with me is that I was never taught how to have a relationship. I have learned so much about myself and my partner this weekend. I feel so lucky to be a part of this retreat. Thank you so much.

Linzi K. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
This experience was an amazing way to bond, grow, and learn with my partner. I learned more about what we both need than I knew coming in.

Sammy F. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
Loved the flow and all the unique applications of common ideas that are overlooked or under processed. Thank you to the team!

Steve J. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
This program challenged me to DIG DEEP and look to be a better partner and not take so much for granted.

Bill (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
Amazing class which focused on all of the critical components of having a successful marriage. Built toolbox of marriage skills.

Leslie H. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
This was a very beneficial experience for myself as an individual and especially as a partner in a marriage. We learned valuable tools to help us move forward to an amazing larger view future.

Taylor F. (Military)

May 16, 2021
It was very good and interactive.

Leslie B. (Emergency Responder)

May 16, 2021
Great experience! Great tools/rules for communication. Thank you for investing in us.

Ruby G. (Military Veteran)

May 16, 2021
I learned so much and can now look at things in a different aspect than I did before. You are all passionate with what you do and teach and that makes this experience even better. Thank you so much!

Kathy J. (Civilian Partner)

May 16, 2021
Great content presented in a very relative fun manner. Great for any stage of a relationship.

Jamie E. (Military Veteran)

May 16, 2021
My husband and I needed this experience. We felt stuck not having tools to work through our road blocks. I feel with the tools for success we now have - we have changed the trajectory of our lives.

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