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What is a Cana Communication Retreat?

A Cana Communication retreat is an experiential event designed to bring couples to a deeper level of intimacy.  Throughout the two-day retreat the participants find themselves by learning to give of themselves, and flourish in relationships of love to each other and to God. This retreat is a journey where couples grow in intimacy through proven communication techniques and solid Catholic marriage theology.

WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT?

Beginning Saturday morning, you and your spouse will be in a room with other retreat couples where you will be taken through a variety of activities from engaging lectures, personal reflections, written exercises, and demonstrations. Afterwards, you and your beloeved will have the opportunity to practice what you have just learned with each other in a private conversation. 

Cana Communication is not group therapy and your privacy will be respected. When done, the group reassembles, with the chance to comment upon their shared experience. After the group sharing, the next topic will be presented.  Learning a new concept, practicing it with your spouse, and gaining insight from your fellow retreatants is the format of the weekend.  While couples are free to share and ask questions, no one is obligated to self-disclose if they prefer otherwise.  The couples retreat is in-depth, practical, authentically Catholic and up-lifting, yet it is not a quick fix.  Cana Communication is a life-long journey towards greater connection and deepening love.   

IF YOU COULD BE A FLY ON THE WALL, YOU WOULD SEE . . .

On the first morning: a room full of faces – some eager, some solemn, a bit apprehensive from anticipation of the unknown.  You will see those who dragged their partner and those who are dragged-along; and you will see couples who mutually view the weekend as an exciting step in their relationship journey.

BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON, YOU WILL SEE . .

Couples who are happy, smiling, demonstrating their affection for one another, and feeling hopeful. At the close of the retreat, they are open, committed, grateful, and understanding. There are sly smiles, wide grins, happy tears, and tender embraces.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE RETREAT?

Any couple may benefit from this retreat if:

  • You are married

  • You are in a loving and strong relationship, and aspire to make it even better

  • You are in a challenging relationship and yearn for spiritual renewal

WHAT TOPICS WILL BE COVERED AT THE RETREAT?

  • How to Love Your Spouse as Christ Does

  • Catholic Marriage Theology

  • Cana Communication Technique

  • Commit to Saintly Interactions

  • Give and Receive Gratitude

  • Healing Hidden Hurts

  • Growing with Sweet Nothings

  • Growing with Sweet Charity

  • Growing with Loving Whispers

  • Create a Heavenly Plan of Action

  • Growing in Sacrificial Love

WILL WE BE EXPECTED TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF THE GROUP?

Only if you choose to!  Cana Communication is not group therapy and your privacy will be respected.  Couples are invited to join in and create a supportive group atmosphere, however we welcome you to participate at your level of comfort.  You will have the chance to comment upon your shared experience, during the optional group sharing.  The emphasis of the retreat is for couples to share with their spouse utilizing the structured format in order to reestablish a loving connection. 

CAN WE ATTEND IF ONE OR BOTH OF US ARE NOT CATHOLIC?

Absolutely, with the understanding that this is a Catholic retreat.

WHAT IF MY PARTNER IS RELUCTANT TO ATTEND?

It is quite common that one partner is initially less enthusiastic than the other.  However, our experience is that the least excited partner often becomes more enthusiastic than their partner because they grasp their needs might actually get met. 

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE RETREAT?

The retreat fee is $199, per couple.  

WHAT IF THERE IS NO RETREAT SCHEDULED NEAR US?

Ask your parish or diocese to host a Cana Communication retreat near you!  

WHAT IF WE HAVE TO CANCEL?

A 50% refund is available if you cancel 60 days in advance of the retreat. There are no refunds if you cancel within 30 days of the retreat.

WHAT KIND OF FOLLOW-UP IS AVAILABLE AFTER THE RETREAT?

We highly encourage all couples to attend our other marriage enrichment retreat, Cana Communication. Your facilitator offers individual and couples counseling at her private practice in Plano, Texas. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THE RETREAT?

You will be given the opportunity to:

  • Grow and nurture powerful and innovative communication skills

  • Share, with your partner, your emotional history to discover how your past influences your relationship today

  • Understand the unconscious reasons why you chose one another and how that impacts your power-struggles

  • Realize that power-struggles are a natural part of a relationship and are a considerable opportunity to strengthen marital satisfaction

  • Co-create a purposeful vision for your relationship

  • Find a solution for differing opinions with kindness and charity

  • Revitalize the ardor and affection that initially attracted you to each other

  • Discover the depth of the marriage theology of the Catholic Church

  • Uncover a passageway to emotional healing and spiritual growth within your relationship

IS FOOD PROVIDED?

The parish provides breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages. If you have special dietary needs, please alert us and feel free to bring whatever you need.  

HOW SHOULD WE DRESS?

Dress is casual, comfortable and we suggest wearing layers in case of varying room temperatures. 

WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING?

Bring a willing attitude and open heart.  Feel free to bring pillows or anything else you need for your comfort.