Couples Retreat

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Feb 24-26, 2017Santa Cruz Mountains | Conference Center

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Guarantee Time Together.

“Good Priorities” is a term often related to life choices, but not often to our relationships. A Mount Hermon Couples Retreat grants time to practice priorities. Experience refreshment, intimacy, encouragement, and new ways to enhance your marriage. Our speakers and worship leaders are prayerfully selected for these weekends.

Personal Touches

Every Couples Retreat is a Weekend for Romance including a photo, picnic lunch, and specialty chocolates.

Bring your Pastor for free

For every 7 couples from your church in attendance at the same Couples Retreat weekend, you can bring a pastor and his/her spouse from your church for free! Contact Mount Hermon Registration for a church group reservation.

Individual couples as well as church groups are encouraged to participate.

Speakers

Gary & Laura Taggart

Speakers | Gary and Laura Taggart

Gary and Laura Taggart are dynamic and playful speakers, and together offer unique insights about the marriage relationship. Through humor, wisdom, practical insights and scriptural understanding, they challenge and inspire couples to enjoy thriving marriages. Laura has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past thirty years. She has served as the Director of Counseling and Director of Marriage and Family Ministry for Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, California and has been an adjunct professor of counseling for Fuller Theological Seminary, Menlo Park. As a businessman, Gary brings practical wisdom and a real-life perspective that is extremely relatable for the guys. He has served in various capacities in his church and currently heads a missions effort in Ethiopia. He and Laura also teach at the Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As a couple, Gary and Laura have taught marriage conferences and retreats for over 16 years. www.laurataggart.com


Topic:  The Great Marriage Adventure 

Male and female differences can both challenge and rejuvenate our marriage. This weekend will help you explore your differing cycles of intimacy and emotional needs and discover how these impact your communications and conflict patterns. You’ll leave with deeper insight into God’s design for your marriage and practical tools that will take your relationship to a whole new level!

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Worship Leader | Trent Smith

Worship pastor, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Trent Smith is a regular at Mt. Hermon and other conference centers. His musical talent and depth matched with an honest, heartfelt style helps people of all ages engage in worship together. Trent lives with his wife and two children near Santa Cruz where he serves on staff at Twin Lakes Church. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends most of his free time surfing, hiking and exploring with his family.

Schedule

Friday, February 24
Saturday, February 25
Sunday, February 26
  • When

    What

    Where

    4:30 PM

    Check-In

    Administration Building

    7:00 PM

    Buffet Dinner

    Dining Room

    8:15 PM

    Opening Session

    Youth Memorial

    9:30 PM

    Refreshments

    Commons

  • When

    What

    Where

    8:30 AM

    Breakfast

    Dining Room

    9:30 AM

    Session 2

    Youth Memorial

    10:45 AM

    Refreshments

    Commons

    11:00 AM

    Q&A with Speakers

    NA

    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

    Couples Photos

    NA

    12:15 PM

    Buffet Lunch

    Dining Room

    1:30 PM

    Redwood Canopy Tour

    Adventure Center

    1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    Leisure Time

    Various Locations

    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Tandem Kayaking

    Santa Cruz Harbor

    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Guided Hike

    NA

    6:00 PM

    Candlelit Dinner

    Dining Room

    7:00 PM

    Session 3

    Youth Memorial

  • When

    What

    Where

    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

    Deluxe Continental Breakfast

    Dining Room

    9:30 AM

    Session 4

    Youth Memorial

    11:30 AM

    Brunch

    Dining Room

Amenities

Fitness Center

A fully equipped Fitness Center is available to registered guests. It is located on the lower level of Youth Memorial. Participants must be 16 years of age or older in order to use the equipment. Hours: 5:30am–11pm

Hiking

Many beautiful stream-side trails among the redwoods and ferns are located at Mount Hermon. Trail maps are available at the Front Desk.

Kayaking

Enjoy a special afternoon or evening outing to experience waves, the kelp gardens, sea otters, seals, and even dolphins. A peaceful trip to the ocean can be just what you need during your time away.

Mountain Biking

Borrow a mountain bike from the Fieldhouse and explore the trails or join us on a guided ride.

Redwood Canopy Tour

Soar through the unique forest groves and experience the giant redwoods from 150 feet above the canyon floor and zipping through the trees. This is the ultimate shared experience as small groups are led through a two-hour experience of seven platforms, two skybridges and six zip lines of up to 440 feet in length. Participants must be between 75 and 250 pounds and at least 52 inches tall. There is an additional charge for Canopy Tour

Board Games

Various board games and card games are available for check out at the Front Desk.

McAfee Fieldhouse

Basketball and volleyball courts are located in the gymnasium on the first floor of the McAfee Fieldhouse. Our spacious game room is located on the second floor of the McAfee Fieldhouse and features ping pong, air hockey, foosball, pool, and shuffleboard. Footballs, soccer balls, Frisbees and other sports equipment can be check out of the fieldhouse office. Bocce ball is also located around the back of the fieldhouse.

Housing & Meals

Lodges

Deluxe - Lodges

All linens included (sheets and towels), private baths, hand soap provided, beds are pre-made upon arrival, upgraded furnishings and decor, and larger, more spacious rooms.

Lakeside, Laurel 100s and 300s

Standard - Lodges

All linens included (sheets and towels), private baths, hand soap provided, beds are pre-made upon arrival, and upgraded furnishings and decor. 

Gwinn, Laurel 200s, Oak, Maple, Madrone (For 5 or more people)

Economy - Lodges

All linens included (sheets and towels), private baths, hand soap provided, make your own bed upon arrival, and basic furnishings and decor. 

Fir, Manzanita, Pine, Sequoia, Woodwardia, Lower Creekwood

Your room has been furnished with two sets of towels. Should you need a replacement, please come by the front desk.

Meals

Meals are included and all meals are served in the Dining Hall at the Conference Center. Meals at the Conference Center include a wide variety of well prepared food with diverse options, including a Kid's Bar, Gluten Free Options, Salad Bars, and Mount Hermon favorites.

Pricing

Per Couple:

2017 Couples Retreat Pricing

Deluxe
$669
Standard
$587
Economy
$469
Progam & Meals only - $275
Camperships

Please do not let finances get in the way of a Mount Hermon experience. Through the generosity of many, a partial grant from the Campership Fund may be just the gift you need to make it possible for you to attend camp. For more information and an application, please contact our friendly Registration staff.

Prepare

What to bring: keep these in mind when you're packing.

  • Notepad and pen
  • Bible
  • Flashlight
  • Warm clothes for chilly nights
  • Umbrella
  • Hiking Shoes

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Maps & directions

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37 Conference Dr. Felton CA 95018

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