What are Cana Marriage Retreats?

Cana Marriage Retreats forms couples to live out a deeper level of loving intimacy through faithful understanding of what it means to live a valid and sacramental marriage through experiential exercises.  Throughout the retreat each couple are given the opportunity to grow closer to each other and God.  They increase their understanding of marriage by learning to give of themselves, how to communicate in a way that deepens their bond, and how living what God calls them to in marriage opens their relationship and family to the Graces of the Sacrament.*      



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Dana Nygaard is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Plano, Texas.  She received a Bachelor of Secondary Education from the University of North Texas and her Master of Art in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.  She is a professional member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association and proudly serves the Diocese of Dallas as a Marriage Readiness Assessor.

Dana Nygaard's approach to couples retreats is unique in that it balances proven psychotherapy techniques with authentic Catholic spirituality. The result is that her retreatants often experience a deeper level of emotional intimacy with their spouse, receive relational healing and feel hope. Mrs. Nygaard has completed Level I Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and uses the Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her private practice.  

David Nygaard enjoys facilitating Cana Marriage Retreats with his wife, Dana.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.  As a retired probation officer and former volunteer of 11 years with the American Red Cross Disaster Services, David Nygaard, exemplifies what it means to have a servant's heart.  He facilitates the break out session, "Happy Wife, Happy Life" for the men on the Forever Cana Retreat.