United in Love is Edgewood’s annual retreat to enhance committed relationships of all couples through personal growth, meaningful communication and the strengthening of mutual trust. The aim is to assist couples of all ages, races, faiths, sexual orientations, gender identities, and economic abilities.
United in Love is inclusive – all couples welcome – same sex and opposite sex; married and unmarried.
What happens at a United in Love retreat?
This one day retreat is a time for couples to focus on their relationship in a relaxed, private setting. Lunch, all materials, and child care are included in the cost of registration. Leadership presentations include personal experiences, which can inspire couples to examine themselves and their relationships from a personal and a spiritual perspective. This is not a marriage clinic or a counseling session. Couples are not asked to disclose any aspect of their relationship to others. While this retreat is not for troubled relationships, committed couples who want to enhance their relationship are welcome.
United in Love Participants’ Experiences
“We found the United in Love workshop to be valuable to our relationship because it provides a simple and workable framework for constructively communicating with each other about difficult – and day-to-day – topics, and we have learned that better communication is essential to our continuing growth as a couple. We have also really appreciated the (optional) get-togethers after the workshop with other participants because they provide a rare opportunity to share our ups and downs as couples with others in a caring environment.” – Ann Marie & Tom Voice
“United in Love creates a community in which it is a safe place and a learning opportunity to engage in the dynamics of committed relationship. After 49+ years of marriage, writing a love letter to each other is a powerful and loving thing to do. We learned to do this through United in Love.” – Nancy & Allan Martling
“For me, participating in United in Love with couples in non-heterosexual relationships helped me to understand and face – the bias, non-acceptance, and bigotry faced by these couples on an everyday basis.” – Harold Beer
“United in Love is the only program we have participated in that allowed us the time, space, and tools to intentionally communicate with each other and it provided an opportunity for deep sharing.” – Marcia Beer