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Couples Retreats 2024

  3 Days
  Spring 2024
  Conference Center
“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.
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Guarantee Time Together

Connect with your spouse and leave refreshed and renewed.

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2024 Pricing

Per couple:

Deluxe $840
Standard $730
Economy $576
Program & Meals Only $341
  • Lodging Categories
    All linens included (sheets and towels), private baths, hand soap provided, make your own bed upon arrival, upgraded furnishings and decor, and larger, more spacious rooms.
    All linens included (sheets and towels), private baths, hand soap provided, make your own bed upon arrival, and upgraded furnishings and decor.
    All linens included (sheets and towels), private baths, hand soap provided, make your own bed upon arrival, and basic furnishings and decor.

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


    Sequoia Aerial Adventure


    Discounted Redwood Canopy Tour



2024 Registration

Weekend Dates Speakers Worship Leader Availability Register
Weekend 1: Feb 23–25, 2024 Weekend 1 Feb 23–25, 2024
Worship Leader: Dave Matsumura
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Weekend 2: April 26–28, 2024 Weekend 2 April 26–28, 2024
Worship Leader: Brandon Pasion
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Mike and Jane Romberger

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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 all marriage was created to be. Laura and Gary are high school sweethearts and say their marriage of 46 years has been like a great hiking adventure- full of peaks, some valleys and lots of scenic trail in between!

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.

Laura is the author of Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage. Gary and Laura have taught marriage conferences and retreats for over 20 years.

Shane & Phyllis Womack

Shane & Phyllis Womack regularly teach marriage and couples workshops and will address difficult issues like: How to eliminate sexual refusal; How to develop sexual intimacy; How to avoid emotional affairs, and much more. The title of this popular conference taught all over the country is “Solomon, Sex, & Marriage,” a frank, honest, and biblical walk through the Song of Solomon and how it relates to marriage, including life behind the bedroom door.

Shane is a teaching pastor at La Mirada Christian Church in La Mirada, CA. Phyllis is co-founder of Living Alternatives, a pro-life pregnancy center in Fullerton. Their presentation is skillful, engaging and full of practical teaching.

Jim & Cathy Burns

Jim Burns is the President of HomeWord and the Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 30 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books include: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, and Closer. Jim and his wife Cathy will be sharing the teaching this weekend!

Brad & Heidi Mitchell

Brad and Heidi founded Build Your Marriage out of a passion to help couples build a Christ-centered marriage. They lead marriage retreats and conferences across the country and resource couples through their writing and social media. They have authored a small group study for couples titled Build Your Marriage with Couples of the Bible. Their articles and additional information can be found at

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René & Laurie Schlaepfer

René and Laurie have been married for over 30 years and have three adult children and a grandson they adore. René and Laurie enjoy working together as a team, ministering to the over 3,000 people that attend Twin Lakes Church near Santa Cruz, where René is senior pastor. Laurie teaches World Religion courses at the collegiate and graduate level. René is a gifted speaker and writer with a background in broadcasting. Their speaking, writing, and missions ministries have taken Rene and Laurie to South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Paul and Virginia Friesen

Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen have been involved in Family Ministries for over 40 years through family camps, staff positions, speaking, consulting, and writing. In 2003 they founded Home Improvement Ministries ( a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping individuals and churches to better encourage marriages and families in living out God’s design for healthy relationships. They both have doctorates in Marriage and Family Therapy from, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The Friesens have authored over ten books and curriculums on parenting and marriage.

Chris and Alisa Grace

Dr. Chris and Alisa Grace met in 1986 when they were seated at the “singles” table at a friend’s wedding. He fell in love with her quick wit, she fell in love with his motorcycle, and (after selling the motorcycle to buy her engagement ring) they were married just a year later.

Now, for more than 35 years, the Graces have been writing, teaching, and speaking nationally to thousands of couples, churches, and college students on healthy Christ-centered relationships, dating, and marriage. Together, they co-lead the Center for Marriage and Relationships at Biola University, where Chris is a social psychologist/full professor, and Alisa is an adjunct faculty member. They are sought-after speakers for notable groups such as In-N-Out Corporate Headquarters, Yale Law School, UC Berkeley and they co-host the popular podcast, The Art of Relationships. They are co-authors of the Marriage Mentoring Workbook and Video Series, and serve on the national speaking team for FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember marriage conferences.

Chris and Alisa live in Southern California where they have two adult children married to fabulous spouses, two absolutely perfect grandchildren, and their unexpected blessing who attends Biola University.

Chris Chanco Harrell

Worship Leader
Chris Chanco Harrell has been a friend of Mount Hermon for over a decade leading worship at Family Camps and retreats. She is currently the Worship Arts Director at La Jolla Christian Fellowship in La Jolla, California. LJCF is a mulit-generational, multi-ethnic church that has been around for over 90 years, making it one of the oldest churches in the area. Chris and her sons Isaac (15) and Joshua (10) live in Oceanside.

Dave Matsumura

Dave Matsumura is the worship pastor at Christian Life Church in Santa Cruz, CA. He loves Jesus, music, surfing, and donuts. He is husband to Jenn and dad to Isaiah, Elli and Sebastian. He has recorded 3 worship albums under the band name Kokua (@kokuamusic) and is currently working on a hymns album with a group called The Reservoir, and a kids album called the Octopus Parade. "Music is alive and vast; and it is designed to facilitate the marriage of intellect and emotion. Let's explore this together in the worship of our Lord, Jesus Christ!" -Dave

Brandon Pasion

Having led worship across the nation for more than 18 years, Brandon seeks to help people see Jesus through whatever music he is playing or writing. A storyteller at heart, Brandon's honest and candid style seeks to tell our collective story, always moving us back to Jesus. Brandon is the Worship Pastor at Central Peninsula Church, and lives in Foster City with his wife and two girls.

Trent Smith

Worship Leader
Worship pastor, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Trent Smith. His musical talent and depth matched with an honest, heartfelt style helps people of all ages engage in worship together. Trent serves on staff at Twin Lakes Church, Aptos.

Chris Chanco Harrell

Chris Chanco Harrell has been a friend of Mount Hermon for over a decade leading worship at Family Camps and retreats. She is currently the Worship Arts Director at La Jolla Christian Fellowship in La Jolla, California. LJCF is a mulit-generational, multi-ethnic church that has been around for over 90 years, making it one of the oldest churches in the area. Chris and her sons Isaac and Joshua live in Oceanside.

Ian Pitter

Ian Pitter was Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Ian and his family moved to the USA in 2011 and currently live in Redwood City CA.

Ian is an anointed Worship Leader, Musician, Producer, Songwriter and Motivational Speaker. With a heart and passion to worship, Ian devotes his life to leading people into the life-changing experience of being in the presence of the King.

Ian’s work as a musician, lead vocalist and backing vocalist has taken him around the world to countries such as Japan, South Africa, the USA, the Caribbean and across the majority of Europe. Ian has worked with some of the most renowned artists from around the world such as Israel Houghton, Darlene Zschech, Martin Smith, Tim Hughes, Graham Kendrick and Dorinda Clark to name but a few.

Ian recently spearheaded the recent Bay Area Blessing. He was the visionary behind bringing more than 100 Worship Leaders and Musicians together to declare a Blessing over the Bay Area at one of the most challenging times our nation has lived through.

Ian was also apart of the charity fundraising recording entitled ‘One Voice’, Every Tongue, Nation and Tribe, distributed under EMI Music Group. He joined that project as one of the featured vocalists for the album in addition to retaining his excellent skills as one of the producers of the Album.

The recording collection featured a who’s who of Christian music; Matt Redmond, Rance Allen, Mary Mary, and GRAMMY Award winner Israel Houghton. Ian and Darlene Zschech sang the duet - Awesome Wonder.

Ian currently serves as the Creative Arts Pastor at Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, California. He is supported in ministry by his wife Tracey, daughters Myah and Traci-Louise and son’s Micah and Liam.

Elizabeth Hunnicutt Summers

She has shared the stage with such talented artists as Matt Maher, Mat Kearney, Brooke Fraser, Shane and Shane, David Crowder Band, Sara Groves, and The Brilliance, as well as many others.

As of 2014, Elizabeth has released six albums with her latest project a beautifully woven-together masterpiece of songs of Advent and Christmas. This highly anticipated project combines her original arrangements of long-standing favorites with new songs she has written of celebration and hope. After drawing on the talents of her close network of musician friends and artists to create this musical experience, she is eager to finally share it with others.

Elizabeth is not only a concert and recording artist, but she is the Associate Worship Pastor at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos.


Share intentional time with your spouse to both learn and play.

When What
4:30 PM Check-In
7:00 PM Dinner
8:30 PM Session 1
When What
8:30 AM Outdoor Breakfast
9:30 AM Session 2
10:45 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Q&A with Speakers
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Couples Photos
12:15 PM Lunch
1:30 – 6:00 PM Leisure Time
2:00 – 4:00 PM Guided Hike
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Session 3
8:45 PM Evening Concert
When What
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 AM Session 4


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.


    McAfee Fieldhouse


    Victory Circle




    Lodge Room Interior


Before Getting to Camp

  • Packing List

    Keep these in mind when you're packing.

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

    Have a Special Diet or Medical Dietary issue? Please fill out this form to let us know about it so we can better serve you.

When You Arrive

  • Check-In

    Please plan to arrive at the Conference Center on Friday between 4:30–7:00pm.


Conference Center
37 Conference Dr.
Mount Hermon, CA 95041
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