Responding to Relationships Marriage Series and Retreat

April 23 and May 14-16, 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.

Registration for this event has closed.

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. 

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.

Retreat:

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.

Cost

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. 

Schedule

Kickoff Event:
Friday, April 23rd, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Retreat:
Friday, May 14th, 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 one of our upcoming series dates:

Kickoff Event: June 4th AND Retreat: July 9-11, 2021
Kickoff Event: July 23rd AND Retreat: August 20-22, 2021
Kickoff Event: Oct 8th AND Retreat: November 5-7, 2021

COVID-19 Protocols 

  • Couples will have their own table and will be spaced a min. of 6 ft apart
  • Open-spaced training room 
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Individual materials and supplies provided
  • Activities will be adjusted to accommodate social distancing protocol

Reviews

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February 07, 2020
Educative, inspirational and helpful in every way.

Participant

February 07, 2020
Great tools and ideas about how to work through tough times.

Participant

February 07, 2020
I feel like we learned a ton that we can take home and being to heal our marriage.

Participant

February 07, 2020
This workshop was fantastic. I learned a lot and appreciate the information.

John G.

February 07, 2020
So thankful for this time and tools that were given. Good speakers with good life experiences.

Mike M.

February 07, 2020
I came in with a good marriage. After the workshop I discovered tools to make my marriage and family relationship fireproof.

Desiree W.

February 07, 2020
Amazing! I genuinely appreciate the time, perspective and tools I received this weekend. I can't wait to implement more in day to day life with my spouse and children.

Daniele F.

February 07, 2020
Very informative! Lauren and the crew are awesome and taught me a lot about our marriage. I'm closer to my partner and feel recharged.

Participant

February 07, 2020
Great speakers, great learning environment, proven tools to improve relationships.

Kaitlin G.

February 07, 2020
This was absolutely incredible - from the location to the food and the wonderful lessons. We were amazed! We learned so, so much. Thank you, Thank you!

Zachary G.

February 07, 2020
This was AMAZING! The workshop was structured so well and the information was clearly presented. It was fun and informational and practical relationship training. EVERYONE should attend this class.

Garrett C.

February 07, 2020
This workshop was excellent. I thought it would be something like a trust fall or some stereotypical retreat. But, I'm glad it wasn't. I learned a lot about myself and where my marriage stands.

Rae

February 07, 2020
The facilitators were great. Perfect amount of content that was fun and engaging.

Participant

February 07, 2020
This workshop was awesome. It all flowed together and had really good examples.

Participant

February 07, 2020
10/10 recommend. There are so many tools to better your relationship that are easy to practice in every day life. I loved the ability to relate to each story. The tools really give me a further understanding of my husband.

Participant

February 07, 2020
Enjoyed how this class allowed for both practical and didactic application. Really allows for self reflection before pointing "the finger" of blame.

Aaron S.

February 07, 2020
This workshop was fun & gave us time as a couple to reconnect and work through issues that have come up over time.

Participant

February 07, 2020
This workshop hit so many points that are/have been conflict in our marriage. It also revealed more things to work on to make us better. Great tools for communication!

Haley G.

February 07, 2020
This was a wonderful retreat! We had fun and learned so much about how to focus on our relationship and improve our thinking. I feel so much more confident about our ability to navigate conflict and really how to communicate & show our love. I also feel more connected with my partner now.

David G.

February 07, 2020
It was great. Gave me valuable tools to use throughout life. Also reminded me of the tools I already have.

Warren M.

February 07, 2020
The REAL Essentials weekend is potentially a life changing event. The skills serve as a foundation or renovation for marriages wherever they are at. The delivery was engaging and comfortable. I will recommend this resource to all the loved ones in my life.

Lisa M.

February 07, 2020
Very worthwhile & enjoyable. Not too overwhelming and covered very relevant topics and issues for marriage.

Kary M.

February 07, 2020
It was fun and friendly while being safe and informational. Leaving with a lot of new knowledge! Excited to use the tools in our workbook to strengthen our relationship.

Participant

February 07, 2020
Great team that went over the curriculum. Love the personal examples given to the group. Those examples helped bring up topics for me to talk to my wife. Love the great topic to use at at home to communicate.

Participant

February 07, 2020
This was a great workshop that gave my wife and I the tools to identify problems and solve problems. It also taught us how each of us communicate and feel loved. Needless to say it was a very valuable experience.

Matt

February 07, 2020
Great opportunity to reconnect and enhance communication skills. Facilitators were well organized and had strong knowledge of content.

Participant

February 07, 2020
I wish I would have taken this workshop years ago. I enjoyed the fighting fair and communicating properly aspect of the workshop. Doing this with my wife was great.

Jory T.

February 07, 2020
This workshop provided tools to use in a marriage. It built a great foundation, but needs to be used daily.

Participant

February 07, 2020
Great workshop. Enjoyed the passion the instructors had for the topic.

Participant

February 07, 2020
Enjoyed the practical techniques and constant practice!

Cynthia D.

February 07, 2020
I found the workshop very helpful. Especially finding out what makes me and my partner feel loved. It will make it much easier to show love and appreciation to one another. Overall, the techniques we learned are very helpful for the future.

Edwardo G.

February 07, 2020
The speakers were open and shared true to life stories, making me know I wasn't alone in some or many issues in my marriage.

Participant

February 07, 2020
Good information and formulas/tools to use for useful communication, which I suck at.

Sarah and Jess Lambert

February 09, 2020
This retreat was an amazing experience. It was extremely helpful in learning how to communicate and relate better with your spouse in a room full of people with similar occupational challenges. The speakers were fantastic and offered real life, down to earth solutions and examples. This is a must do experience.

Alicia W.

November 15, 2019
This workshop perfectly presented several practical skills for couples in a comfortable setting. The time was reasonable for busy people. I liked the balance of instruction, personal experiences shared, with time to practice and apply the skills with my partner.

Rita S.

November 15, 2019
The timing of this workshop was great - at first I didn't want to come but what I learned will help me/us so much and I am so thankful I participated.

Participant

November 15, 2019
At the start of this workshop I was a little hesitant about being here. By the end I am so glad we came. I've learned a lot and it was nice to be surrounded by other couples so similar to us.

Kimble B.

November 15, 2019
Wonderful program. Really appreciate the knowledge and experience of the presenters. They presented deep lessons with grace, humor and concrete formulas.

Participant

November 15, 2019
Simple, straight-forward tools to build strong, lasting, more meaningful relationships. The world would be better if we all learned these types of skills as kids and used them throughout our lives.

Participant

November 15, 2019
What a fantastic weekend to refocus on how to sustain a happy and rewarding marriage. This retreat will help us work together more effectively as a couple.

Brenda C.

November 15, 2019
Hard, impactful, humorous, rewarding - I learned actual techniques to apply to my relationships! Definitely a must for my growth.

Participant

November 15, 2019
It's refreshing to join a group of people with the desire to grow and learn. I felt validated in the peaks and valleys of any relationship and am grateful to the donors who thought of us.

Participant

November 15, 2019
Great teachers - humorous and real. Applicable techniques. Workbook to refer to. Thank you so much!

Participant

November 15, 2019
Great speakers and excellent workbook. After 29 years of marriage we acquired more skills to improve our relationship.

Anna M.

November 15, 2019
It was better than I expected! The specific tools and exercises are awesome - real, tangible ways to practice communication in our relationship. I am SO blown away by this organization recognizing the need for emergency responders & their families & for making our health a priority.

Nolan

August 12, 2018
A lot of good information to have in the marriage tool box. Gave me a better understanding of my self.

Meagan V.

February 18, 2018
Thank you for making this a fun and educational experience for me and my husband.

Erin B.

February 18, 2018
We've been through this material before but you cant practice it enough! It was so good to intentionally take time to grow our marriage, and make it stronger. It was also great to reconnect after deployment!

Justin B.

February 18, 2018
The weekend format was really good, it gave us more time to connect. We did this program before in a one day workshop, but I liked this format a lot better! Facilitators were great!

Eric V.

February 18, 2018
First Facilitator brings so much personality, and the other brought focus. Perfect instructor combo! Focusing a little on secondary color may make the colors activity more enlightening.

Victoria H.

February 18, 2018
I truly liked how individual situations wasnt addressed but common arguments (topics). It eliminates embarrassments and allows everyone to participate. Please include 5 love languages. I feel this is very beneficial along with color personality.

Michelle X.

February 18, 2018
I cannot wait to share thus with family and friends. Facilitators did such an amazing job and involved humor and real experiences to keep the audience engaged.

Sabastian X.

February 18, 2018
Great experience. I appreciate the realness of how essential these tools are to have an effective marriage.

Archie D.

February 18, 2018
Great workshop with great facilitators.

Christopher M.

February 18, 2018
Please keep up the great work and dedication!

Sarah B.

February 18, 2018
Facilitators are fantastic. We really enjoyed ther stories to help us learn and the positive feedback they gave.

Christian F.

February 18, 2018
PERFECT - This is the best approach to discuss communication tools. I will use what I learned at home and work. Both instructors brought the best out of each other. easy to talk to and committed to make the retreat a great experience.

Elvia L.

February 18, 2018
I enjoyed the personal input from the facilitators. Hearing experiences/examples of real life situations from the facilitators made the experience more "REAL" not just theory or book learning. The activities were very helpful.

Jean P.

February 18, 2018
Venue was great. Food was excellent. CRE Staff did a fabulous job keeping us informed and on task. Very approachable. Thank you...

Paul F.

February 18, 2018
Great facilitators. Great Facility. Great Experience.

Carlos W.

February 18, 2018
Great Workshop. Facilitators were outstanding. Stories relate to our lives.

Monique S.

February 18, 2018
I loved the entire staff that worked with them. And the hotel was very nice and clean and the food was delicious. We had a little trouble with our card, but it was going to be worked out.

Michael S.

February 18, 2018
Amazing job by the facilitators and amazing curriculum. I am excited to implement the strategies and techniques that I learned here. At the beginning of this curse I was feeling like a 3/4 in terms of my marriage but now I am feeling very hopeful and excited about our future together 8/9. Thank you!

Luis

February 18, 2018
I really liked facilitators sense of humor and sensitivity. They almost made me cry along with him a couple of times and I liked how it made me feel like I was a part of the family.

Jessica R.

November 05, 2017
What I liked best: The speakers! Their passion is very obvious, and although it's a very serious topic, they know how to joke.

Rhett S.

November 08, 2017
Loved the free childcare with food! Please keep this going. The team and facility (the DTC Hilton/CRE) did a fantastic job! If possible, try to repeat this; if possible.

Melody B.

November 05, 2017
5 stars! Food, great learning, feel like I'll use this every day. We truly appreciate all the hard work put into this.

Traves J.

November 05, 2017
I love the facilitators!

Jacquesia N.

November 05, 2017
This experience was top notch...everything was outstanding. The facilitators were amazing. The accommodations and location and everything were great...would definitely recommend this location for future retreats.

Amber and Dustin

November 05, 2017
This has been a great experience. We have missed all marriage retreats for three years due to field rotations and having a baby. This was a fantastic experience, and great to attend.

Lacey K.

November 05, 2017
The rooms/hotel/facilities were great. The food was also excellent, especially lunch! Thank you so much for this beautiful experience. The facilitators were amazing as well.

Dakota W.

November 05, 2017
What I liked best: the tools and just being with and spending the wonderful time with the love of my life.

Haily R.

November 05, 2017
I loved how it taught better communication/talking sills, seeing the strengths and weaknesses of other couples, and helping each other learn better techniques to make it work even better. We met some new friends, had great food, and an all-out amazing weekend.

Heidi F.

November 05, 2017
Amazing!

Brittany W.

November 05, 2017
The hotel and food were amazing. Loved how transparent the facilitators were as well as the class. Everything was perfect. Thank you very much.

Heather G.

November 05, 2017
Thank you for allowing us to attend this workshop! It really does make a difference!

Jazmyh W.

November 05, 2017
Everything was perfect and informative!

Bethany L.

November 05, 2017
Food was great. Service, staff was very congenial and helpful. Clean facilities.

Amy P

November 05, 2017
Thank you! If we left the first night, after only two hours with you, I still feel we would have walked away with so much. You may have saved us!

James S.

November 05, 2017
This program showed me ways to work through some of the hard problems in my marriage and family. I hope my unit brings this program down to Fort Carson so the soldiers can benefit from it.

Leah C.

November 05, 2017
Excellent, and the teachers/mentors are simply fabulous

March C.

November 05, 2017
The facilitators are an inspiration!

Ava C.

November 05, 2017
I deeply enjoyed the knees to knees activities. These exercises helped me figure out a calm way to talk to my partner without escalation my tone of voice.

Elizabeth S.

November 05, 2017
I truly appreciate and gained so much from this workshop - it above and beyond met my expectations. Thank you.

Julie W.

September 18, 2016
I came for the free hotel and left with skills that will last my life time. I am a huge fan and will recommend the conference to everyone I know. Thank you for opening your hearts and stories to us.

Tyler W.

September 18, 2016
I think the course was amazing. The facilitators' commitment to military families is unwavering, and they truly brought joy in our hearts to know we are truly cared for.

Melissa L.

September 18, 2016
My husband and I had a tremendous breakthrough in our relationship. A problem we have had for 3 years and because of this retreat we are now doing so much better. Thank You

Stephanie M.

September 18, 2016
As discussed by the facilitator, building relationships is so important. What made this workshop so meaningful was the heart behind the facilitators. When your heart is in it, it makes it more impactful. Thank you for your time and heart!

Amanda M.

September 18, 2016
The facilitators did an awesome job. Ryan and I learned so much about our relationship and will take all these new skills home with us!

Rico P.

September 18, 2016
Excellent workshop,facilitators were awesome and were very knowledgeable about relationships. Good experience I will remember, Thank you.

Danielle P.

September 17, 2016
I really look forward to using the skills that we learned this weekend to resolve issues and use a more effective style of communication.

Ryan W.

September 18, 2016
Great class and facilitators! Keep leaving the pages on the wall.

Sabrina W.

September 18, 2016
Great workshop. Loved how passionate you are about material.

Jeremy H.

September 18, 2016
Excellent!

Josh C.

September 18, 2016
The facilitators were excellent. They care about the subject matter and it really shows. Keep doing the good work you're doing.

Janye L.

September 18, 2016
Very open and honest and genuine.

Eddie A.

September 18, 2016
I would give this workshop a 5 Star rating! It's freaking awesome!

Jody S.

September 18, 2016
The facillitators are the genuine article....not perfect but willing to share their own experiences and knowledge. It's evident they put a lot of time and effort into preparing. It's clear they care and are passionate about this! I would recommend this to other couples for sure! Even 22 years into our marriage there were great reminders and new ideas for intentional pursuit of a happy healthy marriage and family.

Aracelis P.

September 18, 2016
Thank you so much for helping me understand personalities. I think the time out technique is great and I will put it in practice in my house. Thank you again and nice to meet you. You are awesome. God Bless you .

Sam M.

September 18, 2016
This was a wonderful experience and will definaely improve our relationship.

Heather D.

September 18, 2016
My husband and I needed this so bad after his deployment. These few days have opened many conversations we needed to have and gave us the tools we have them. Thank you!

Luis M.

September 18, 2016
We've never been to one of these,but I have to say it is one of the best things that could happen to us. Thank you for everything.

Laura A.

September 18, 2016
You guys are doing a really great job connecting military families.......reconnect with their families making life better. We really appreciate this.

Ramone L.

September 18, 2016
This is the best retreat that we have been on. I think this will help me open up and I think this will help our relationship.

Brandon W.

November 20, 2016
Thank you for the time away to reconnect.

Anna D.

November 20, 2016
Great retreat! Thanks! We don't have a lot of deep relationship issues at the moment, but getting the little things clarified and out in the open took a weight off my shoulders and made us feel closer.

Carman L.

November 19, 2016
Thank you for your time and comittment to the group.

Emmy L.

November 20, 2016
The leaders were excellent. Informative and personal. The new skills were practical and useful.

Nicholas D.

November 19, 2016
Great speakers and was developed very well.

Sunmi D.

November 19, 2016
It was my first marriage retreat and I really enjoyed it. It gave me the chance to talk about the issues we have in our marriage and we can go through the difficult times.

Molly M.

November 20, 2016
Amazing retreat. Great information and presenters. Can't wait to attend another one we even came up with our own "safe" word during conflict when we need to chill out. I had a amazing time with my spouse. LOVED IT!!!!!!

Asa M.

November 20, 2016
Thank you for being transparent and allowing us to feel relatable.

Ana M.

November 20, 2016
This was truly great! Thank you so much.

Kelly Y.

November 20, 2016
Thank you for teaching us some great tools!

Patricia L.

November 19, 2016
I was able to talk to one of the facilitators about a situation after the first session and it calmed me down and gave me another look of what this marriage retreat was about.

Miriam L.

November 19, 2016
Great seminar. It has helped me to better our good marriage.

Andrew L.

November 20, 2016
I usually don't like these kinds of seminars,but found the material presented, and the way it was presented to be very good.

Samuel N.

November 20, 2016
Nothing but positive admiration! Really enjoyed the program cause it gave my wife and myself additional tools to keep our conflicts calm and steady. It was a lot enjoyable than I thought it would be. Thank you

Gabe C.

November 20, 2016
This surpassed my expectations. It was a very refreshing experience and gave me better tools to make me a better communicator in my relationship. It was fun without being childish and was not forced like somethings feel when your dealing with relationship issues.

Nate D.

November 20, 2016
Great job! Very helpful for couples who are having trouble, but also great information to hear for new married couples (like my wife and I). Great review and a fun, open learning environment.

Alicia W.

November 19, 2016
The leading couple were great at engaging the audience.

Chris G.

February 04, 2017
I really enjoyed the instructors. They are very passionate about what they do.

Melissa S.

February 24, 2017
Keep doing what you are doing. It's great to take a workshop and see the facilitators as "real people" doing real life issues.

Dawn B.

February 23, 2017
Thank you for doing what you do. Our marriage was falling apart under the weight and stress of PTSD and this marriage retreat, with the things we were taught, has saved our marriage. We are forever grateful for this wonderful benefit. We are so grateful for our loving and kind teachers and their willingness to help military couples dealing with difficult situations.

Joshua S.

February 24, 2017
Everything blew out our expectations and the team that put this together along with the instructors were above what one could ask for.

Jake & Carolyn S.

February 21, 2017
Thank you so much to the facilitators for teaching us very valuable tools to help strengthen our marriage and communication. I am a cynic and doubted the teachings until we had applied them on our own after the seminars. Thank you for hosting this wonderful retreat! You all and CRE are really amazing and appreciated!

Lt. Col. Robert W.

February 24, 2017
Great balance of presenters........ Head and Heart presenters.....Perfect!

Juan S.

February 23, 2017
Child Care was excellent

Victoria I.

February 23, 2017
Forgiveness was an add on. But it is such a sensitive topic and so very difficult that you might as well not add it on if you're not going to have us practice it in a safe way. Thank you for the scholarship. It would be difficult for most military families to afford this retreat.

Ace A.

February 23, 2017
The facilitators were genuine and amazing! We loved them, a true blessing to us military couples/families.

Toni D.

February 22, 2017
Thank you. This weekend was a great experience.

Ivan G.

February 23, 2017
I like the fact that it is more about listening with not too much interaction. Sometimes listening more rather than talking can be more educational for me. Some stories can be valuable.

Julie P.

February 22, 2017
The facilitators were amazing ......like the song, they were humble and kind.

Spechyl S.

February 21, 2017
This workshop taught my husband and I tools to apply to our everyday life to improve our message. Thank you to the facilitators for your time.

Alexandra S.

February 20, 2017
Thank you to the facilitators for an outstanding weekend!

Jim N.

February 19, 2017
It would have been great to have more "personal" ice breakers at the table-to get to know each other better, especially since we "share" so much together.

Harmony Q.

February 19, 2017
I will recommend this workshop to our friends.

Charles H.

September 06, 2016
I would like to come back again for a re-boot. We all know we need it. I have been able to get through my wife instead of my marriage counselor of 13 weeks.

Rebekah H.

September 06, 2016
We started off the weekend on the verge of divorce – I am leaving with hope that our marriage has a chance again. Thank you.

Sean M.

August 31, 2016
I love this workshop and the fact that veterans are involved. The injection of levity makes the atmosphere light and fun. I and my wife will definitely use the skills in our family. *Keep up the great work!*

Katie F.

August 31, 2016
I really feel the love that the facilitators have for each other and the work that they are doing supporting these military families. I really appreciate the tools that were given to us and can’t wait to use them in our relationship.

Joshua

August 31, 2016
Overall learned an amazing amount truly awesome “class.”

Janeen G.

August 31, 2016
Coming into this conference I didn’t know what to expect. But within minutes I was able to see issues I have with in myself and how I can fix issues in my relationship. The facilitators did amazing.

Heidi W.

August 31, 2016
Just worry some things taught won’t help in a combat vet/caregiver relationship/marriage. Very eye opening to learn about my husband.

Mark H.

August 31, 2016
This course reinforces steps I already use in my day-to-day life and relationships with my partner and children. I think the facilitators complement each other and are an excellent team. It would be easier to evaluate performance if summary or purpose is provided before the event.

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