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General Information

History & Purpose
Our Mission
LGBT Experiences
Couples Find Enrichment &
   Support for Their Partnerships
   by Participating in Retreats

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Ongoing Support

Marital First Responders
It's About...

Upcoming Retreats



March 2018  &  March 2019
"Heart to Heart - Traditional Program"

Couples at our 'traditional' program are not asked to share with the group.

Click here for info on these retreats


Dates:   To be announced
"Heart to Heart - Going Deeper"

Last offered in November 2016, this infrequent opportunity is designed for couples who are willing to create short presentations and share parts of their personal stories in the safe space of a structured 'talking circle' format.   Note - Group discussion is unique to our Going Deeper program and registration is limited to 7 couples.

What happens at a 'Going Deeper'' retreat?

See Spaces Available

Location -- Koinonia Retreat Center

Are you INTERESTED?  Please contact us:
     Phone: 651-300-4119
h e a r t @ m n . c x

Upcoming Retreats


Dates:  To be announced  
Friday evening to Sunday afternoon
       or     One Saturday
This link will take you to Appleton's
   website for retreats in Wisconsin.
Map & Directions  [2015 location]
Pilgrim Center
Ripon, WI
Sponsored by: Fox Valley
    Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship
    Appleton, WI
Contact Appleton:
    Phone: 920-731-0849
    General: cyndi@fvuuf.org
    Retreat Leaders: h2hfvuuf@gmail.com
Information from previous years:
   2011 2012 2013 2014 pdf.pdf





A Couples' Enrichment Weekend Retreat


Brief History & Purpose



All couples committed to their relationships and to their partners are welcomed and valued.

Same-sex and opposite-sex,
married and unmarried.




    The purpose of the Heart-to-Heart weekend is to offer all committed couples the opportunity to examine their relationship together -- their strengths and weaknesses, their attitudes, their hurts, desires, ambitions, disappointments, joys and frustrations -- and to do so openly and honestly in a private/safe face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter.

    While there are other religiously affiliated marriage and couples weekend experiences, Heart To Heart is firmly rooted in a liberal religious perspective; non-denominational, respectful and inclusive of all faith traditions.

    By the early 1990's, there were many secular and religious retreats offered for couples, but few that included same-sex partners, and none in the Upper Midwest.  In 1994, a team of four couples in Minnesota decided to go out on their own and adapt a model to include same-sex and unmarried committed couples.  As of 2012, these inclusive retreats have reached over 350 couples.

    Thus began the original concept of the "Heart-to-Heart" Weekend, rooted in the belief that:

the heart of the family mirrors and shapes the future transformation of the world; and 

when people connect as people, not labels, they can meet face-to-face to overcome differences in how to define the words "marriage" and "family."

    Heart to Heart is sustained by and continues to grow because of its volunteer leaders and diverse participants who are committed to bringing about change in their own relationships and the wider community.