The Difference Between a Retreat and a Vacation
Depending on your exact definitions of retreats and vacations, a retreat is generally the process of withdrawing from a dangerous situation or place, and a vacation is a time away from something.
The purpose of a marriage retreat is to take you away from a negative marriage situation and make progress toward a better, more fulfilling life with your partner. Marriage retreat ideas range from a weekend away from the kids to a full training retreat. Here are some of the key differences between a vacation and a marriage retreat.
- Includes time away from normal work and responsibilities.
- Could be in any location you consider fun or relaxing.
- May be with other friends or family members, even the kids.
- Unstructured unless you plan it.
- Ends when you return home or back to your normal schedule.
- Includes time away from work and home to focus on your marriage and your spouse.
- Usually occurs in a specific location with a counselor or guide.
- Includes only your spouse.
- Structured with private counseling sessions, experiential activities, and time to relax.
- Helps you resolve marital issues and wounds, and leads to a shared vision for the future.
- The progress you make doesn’t end when you return home.
A marriage retreat can still feel like a vacation because it includes time away from your normal responsibilities and is in a beautiful location, but the rejuvenation and hope you receive is unique to a marriage retreat. Ideas for your next vacation should include a couples retreat from LIFE Marriage Retreats.
Contact us to book a spot at a LIFE Marriage Couples Retreat or a private retreat today, or learn more by calling 877-376-7127.