Our biggest takeaway is the better and stronger foundation of our relationship. All that we have learned from DW will serve as tool on our married life. This help us to discover and know more things about our partner. How amazing to know that we have same interest in some ways. DW helps us to communicate and have a dialogue even better.
I believe everything that we learned today will be our take away from this event. This helped us to get to know each other better. We also discovered so many thing that we have in common and those that we don’t share an interest with. This event also helped us understand how we can dialogue better and how to deal with difficult situations. For us it is the confession since this is the first time we confessed as a couple and we agreed upon this as a couple as well.
My biggest takeaway is the importance of articulating and communicating my feelings to my partner. Through this e were able to understand what each was going through and why. Through also this, we were able to focus more again on what matters more, on what we’ve been through already and wed have been reminded on how God through His grace was able to weave our lives and paths together. Before this weekend, wedding preparations were already almost getting to our nerves but through DW we were able to communicate well, patch up and be genuinely excited once more.
My biggest takeaway from DW is how to focus on feelings, without being judgmental and making dialogues and discussion to resolve issues encountered between us partners. DW helped us learn and discover things about my partner. It is an avenue to learn more about each other, tackle unresolved issues from the past and prepare ourselves for the sacrament of matrimony. DW reaffirmed us of our choice to get married. My weekend highlights are all the dialogues and group sharing throughout the 3-dy seminar. It enabled us to discover new things and reinforce us with the help of other shares. Before and after weekend, we become more open with our feelings and had a new perspective in dealing with our differences. DW is recommended because it enables couples to learn about the differences of each other before marriage instead you booth learning about it when you are already married. It will affirm couples if they are for marriage life or not, or if they are compatible with their partner or not.
I wasn’t expecting much from DW. I appreciated that reflections are only shared between the couples and this is why we picked DW over Pre-Cana. I didn’t’ expect that DW would have a significant impact to us since we’d like to think we know each other very well and our lines of communication are fairly open. I realize that DW helped me as an individual more than us a couple. I have learned the things I need to improve on and I feel ready with the tools to improve. However, I don’t foresee that our relationship will change significantly. On the other hand I look around the room and se other couples struggle. So I would still recommend it to people. As for its value for me, I have more conviction in me and my partner that we are ready for marriage.
It is nice to have a deeper understanding about feelings. As a guy, I tend to underestimate my partner’s feelings since I always use logic to justify things. It’s good to be taught how to listen and how to relay your concerns to your partner without coming across as confrontational. It reaffirmed our standing in our relationship. We have confirmed that we are indeed very lucky to have each other in our lives. I liked the talk about feelings since I am a little confuse about that area—how to handle it and how to express it. I also liked the reconciliation services and the group sharing because I was able to get a perspective about the concerns of other couples and how they try to fix them. I am hopeful that I can handle my partner’s feelings better after this weekend. It is very helpful to couples who have problems. It creates a venue for them to talk about it and hopefully resolve them.
My biggest takeaway is knowing /learning about the stories of other couples and how they manage their daily lives and the different dynamics. Also, handling of situations help when there is a system in place.
Wedding at CANA – “ A disaster was averted because they invited Jesus”. If we put Jesus at the center if our relationship, we will be guided all the way. We are very grateful for the opportunity to do Discovery Weekend. It has done a lot of wonders for us and our relationship. We are thankful to the Lord for sending us his love and message through his instruments. We are thankful for the generosity of our chaplains, Dr. Allan and Ms. Maribel Dionisio and our Admin Couple, Jay and Pizza, as well as the couple sharers for sharing their time, energy, love and care for us participants. The DW experiences is a great way to re-discover and strengthen our love for our partners as well as our love for God. I will surely recommend DW to my friends! Thank you again! – Macy
Marriage is a vocation it doesn’t stop after the wedding. It needs to be continuously nurtured. It is continuous process of falling in love, disillusionment and deciding to love and as we go to that stages again and again love goes stronger and deeper. It is also important to make God as the center of our relationship to keep the bond stronger. It was indeed a weekend of full of discoveries, not only about our relationship as a couple but also about ourselves and our relationship to God. I has all been there all along but DW was the one who helped open our eyes, our minds and hearts to understand it even better. Learning to Listen, Dialogue and open up. Before the weekend we had doubts, questions unanswered but DW because an awareness to answer/reconcile issues and re affirm our love for each other. It does not only help and guide couple to work-on improving their relationship but also and most importantly improving the couple relationship to God and the community. Thank you so much for this wonderful weekend!!!
Biggest takeaway is knowing the proper way to communicate with partner without hurting his feelings. This gives us proper ideas on how to strengthen our relationship as a couple. We also get to know each other better. Weekend highlight is the reconciliation services and the sacrament of reconciliation. I have lots of emotional baggage before the DW, but after DW and listening to stories of couples and reflections it lighten everything I felt. I would recommend DW to my couple friends to understand the dynamics of getting marriage and enhance closeness to God.
How to proper dialogue with my partner and to strengthen our relationship. Through this Discovery Weekend we were able connect to connect/communicate deeper than before. Voicing out our inner thought and discussing it with my partner. Before we just go with the flow and let things as they go, without clearly settling the issues. After the weekend we now know how to face such issues as a couple with god as our center. It is nice to recommend DW to other couples not just those getting ready to their wedding but even those who just wants to connect with their partner deeper and nurture their love for each other despite their differences.
For me, the biggest takeaways that I can treasure is that it made me realized that marriage life has a different stories, there are challenges that was been discussed shared and the volunteers and made us relate and inspire to their stories. DW helps us to listen and have an open mind when sharing thoughts and ideas. It helps us to really understand each other feelings and it deepen our love together. Sharing your thoughts, ideas and feelings to your partner. Before I was not comfortable in attending this kind of retreat but upon experiencing to attend the session it made me change my point of view. It was a nice experience especially to the couples. I would recommend the DW because it will help to strengthen the couple’s relationships. It will deepen their love with each other.
Confidence and Dialogue – Help us a lot as we now have a structured method in communicating. Subject for understanding, we found another reason to be optimistic and confident in facing marital challenges.
The Discovery Weekend was a great venue for couples who consider marriage. We were enabled to open truthfully to each other. The pattern of talking to each other has never been this easy as we realized we could follow a process, this is the most beneficial for us. We look forward to a more meaningful conversation where we know better, or we have better ways now to listen and share our feelings.
Discovery Weekend has been our understanding journey of our relationship. It is really a weekend of dedicating it only to your partner and focusing on the relationship. I feel delighted and thankful to recognize and affirm my partner’s feeling. With our upcoming wedding, we have been blessed to discover and rediscover more with this weekend. It is a quick trip on the past, and a first step to marriage, a chance to develop, redevelop and align your relationship together. Domz & KC
The DW helps us spell out key areas/ topics/ issues we need to continuously work on. Through the presentations of each topic, it served as a guide for us to validate our emotions and understanding of certain issues / topics that helped us during our dialogue. I would definitely recommend DW to my friends, most especially to those who plan to get married, It should be at the top of their wedding preparation checklist so they can assess their status on so many key areas. It will also be an opportunity as an avenue for them to breakdown issues they need to talk about or it will be a place where topics crucial to marriage will surface out. It’s different venue for important sensitive topics to be discuss so both would have a concrete understanding of each other beliefs. These will help in the readiness or preparedness of the couple before marriage.
Our biggest takeaway was we learned how to properly dialogue. This had helped us a lot since communication has a concern at the start of our relationship. It has strengthened our commitment to marry each other through the realizations we had during the presentations and through our meaningful dialogues. Letter to God , when we asked to cite an instance when we felt God’s presence in our relationship and the reconciliation activity. We were busy going through the motions of wedding preparations faring to realize we have to prepare our heats as well. Ideal for couples who are planning to get married. It’s a great way to discover what’s God’s plan is for both of you.
We now know the process of Dialogue. Letting someone talk and the other one listen, one at a time is an effective way not to have an argument. The weekend help us because, we learned so much, following the steps learned in the DW is the key to a wonderful relationship. The highlight for me was discovering the different kinds of feelings. Knowing the meaning of each feeling and how to use it has a very important role in dialogues. Before we do not know how to fix our problems, when we start an argument. After he weekend we hope and pray to follow the process taught to us. I will recommend the DW because there is a lot to learn before getting married that no one can teach outside of the community.
It’s important to listen to your partner and walk in their shoes for a mile to understand them better and avoid conflict. It made us better listener. Highlight would be every couple sharing we could totally relate. Before we would have hurtful fights because we don’t know how to have a dialogue. But after the talk on confidence and dialogue, we are able to practice how it are to be better sharers and listeners. It is really a good way to “Discover” hot it is to have a healthy and happy marriage. It was able to provide basic information to creating a harmonious married life.
Every topic and practice / sessions was a big takeaway. We were able to to be more open listen and understand each other. Before, we thought we already know a lot about each other. But then after experiencing DW, we were proven wrong. Now, we have a tool we can use to make our marriage healthy and we can definitely learn more along the way. Every couple needs something like this. If every couple had a guidance like this before marriage and during marriage continuously, I think divorce would not be a current issue of debate right now. It might not have even been invented.
Love is a decision. Prepare for the marriage, not just the weeding. It greatly affirmed us that we’re in the right track. The Dialogue and letter writing. We were seeking for wisdom on how we can love each other better and we received so much this weekend. It is very essential for people who want to discern if they are aligned with their partners.
Confidence and Dialogue – This is a vital factor for a couple to survive the relationship / marriage. I learned to express my feelings without judging your partner and also to listen with the intention to understand. For s, one highlights of this retreat is the reconciliation part. We really felt God’s presence during that night. We felt like we were fresh/new and ready to receive God’s grace more.
The Discovery Weekend helped me to get to know myself my partner and our relationship better. I was enlightened by the series of presentations and reflections, that what we are encountering as a couple is not unique, some people / couple are also experiencing similar problems. The retreat was structured in such a way that helped me examine my life, my partner’s perspective and our relationship. DD also allowed us to tackle our issues we never had that time to discuss. It opened our hearts to focus on or feelings instead of judging or partner. Thank you Dr. Allan and Ms. Maribel and to all the couple volunteers in facilitating the retreat you have blessed us and our relationship. Please continue praying for us.
Through the DW, we were able to prepare for the marriage. We were able to have a deeper understanding of each other. We were able to manage our expectations. We were able to talk about the vital issues affecting us, especially for our upcoming wedding. It is not that we are not able to talk about those things but when we do, we always fight. It was through DW that we were able to talk about those things in a calm and loving manner. Our relationship has become stronger. We are now really ready to enter the married life. We would recommend DW because it can definitely change the lives of the people planning to get married.
My biggest takeaways are focus on feelings, encounter with self and confidence and dialogue. In these talks, my husbands to be were able to confront and talk our differences through dialogues. We were also able to express our feelings through written letters for each other. These helped us figure out the solutions we needed to settle our differences. The weekend helps us as a couple by addressing our concern and differences before entering married life. The weekend enlightened us on ways on how we can maintain a healthy married life. The weekend highlights are the dialogues, writing letters, reconciliation services and feeling the presence of God in every talk in the weekend. Before, my soon to be husband were not able to address our concerns and opinions. Sometimes, we fight because of previous matters and issues and other unnecessary matter. After the weekend I fell we are prepared to be husband and wife and we are able to make compromise on our differences. I would recommend the Discovery Weekend because it is a life – changing experience specially to soon to be married couples on how they should approach the problems that may arise during the married life to remind them to put God in the center if their relationship.
Discovery Weekend helps us to enlighten our plans to our marriage life or the vocation for us. Each session make a big help for us to understand our purpose in our relationship. We really understand us especially the dialogue session on how we can communicate to each other in right way. We decided to have a time for us to know more each other and plan our life.
DW gave us on an avenue to discuss things that we weren’t prioritizing at the moment. The structure as to know things were to be discussed during the dialogue was very good. I am thankful that this weekend I fell further in love my partner as I realized that we really are one and the same despite our differences.
DW is a good way to get to know your partner even if you are not yet engaged. It teaches a lot of things as being able to communicate with each other and be able to understand each other. Also integrity spirituality to the program help couples gives a different perspective on their relationship. Definitely made our relationship deepen after the program. Highly recommended.
DW allowed me and my fiancé to stop, listen and talk. This allowed us to become more emotionally intimate. DW provided us to be closer together with God and assured us that we are in the right path. I am just grateful that we attend DW.
Discovery Weekend allows couples to discuss topics and feelings that they would not normally discuss – these discussions help allow couples to align their goals and expectations so that they can have a successful future together and DW helped us do this. Yes, I would recommend DW.
DW was a really good experience for my partner and I, I think it helped us tackle topics that we took for granted also it made me understanding my partner more. I have realized how much I love my partner. I would recommend DW since it would help other couples with their marriage and will somehow become a helpful tool in the future.
The biggest takeaway we got from this retreat / seminar / weekend is the validation that what we were doing was on track to a happy and healthy relationship. We felt happy that our hard works for the last couple of years were bearing fruits. Another thing that added value to us where the stories from the sharing couples. It did give us more insights and thoughts.
The Discovery Weekend enriched me with confirmation on how to deal with emotions of myself, others and with God. For me, the love letters are the highlights of this session. I am not an expensive person, and so I find it hard to tell my feelings freely in discussions. Using this letter, I wrote all the love I feel for my partner. This will be kept so we can review this in the future.
The DW let us unload our remaining doubts, questions, confusions and we got to discuss it with the right method and the right venue. The DW helps us to open out more the topics that should be discussed before the wedding w/c is impossible to be this success of done during wedding preparations on the side. Highlights would be understanding yourself and your partner and being more aware of God’s role in marriage. How beautiful it can be with him always. I before DW do not know how to dialogue with my fiancé in the right way. Will definitely recommend DW to other couple to help gauge them on handling each other and the issues they may have as marriage couple. It is more fulfilling to experience DW and all it’s worth before saying I DO.
Dialogue – without this our DW would not bear fruit. We were able to be more honest with each other. Subject for understanding and Reconciliation services. WE communicate but it takes a long time for us to understand each other. After DW we can resolve our conflicts faster. It is a must for all who seek a lasting relationship/marriage.
As a couple, it is very important to learn how to dialogue and how to discuss things. It is a hard, but with a conscious effort to do it, everything makes sense and the relationship becomes better and not toxic. My partner and I learned how to listen and to be empathic with each other w/c is essential to make or dialogues effective. This art of conversing was immediately applied by us during the weekend after encountering on unexpected event. It took us awhile to dialogue, but eventually was able to do it and the load became lighter. It is a real relationship game change. Discovery Weekend is a great venue for couples who would want to even deepen their relationship as they look at themselves as individuals, as partners, as members of the Church, and as members of the community.
My biggest takeaway is the first talk, focussing on feelings, I learn the importance of listening, listen to the problem without judgement. The seminar, help us in a way that is like an eye opener to us. It is nice to practice these learnings especially we are about to start our new chapter. This is a relief for me because I was able to voice out some issues that we don’t normally tackle.
Feelings, Masking, Dialogues. This weekend helped us as a couple to become more open to each other. Open dialogue to my partner, having a “Real” quality time with her. This time, no more hesitations in opening my thoughts, my emotions and everything partner. I also want my friends to experience what we’ve had.
I am really glad and thankful for the Discovery Weekend I highly recommend it especially to couples who are planning to take their relationship to the next level. We learned a lot and had many realizations about each other.
The biggest takeaway for us is that we were able to improve our dialogue skills. We did not realize that we were already doing dialogue to communicate even before attending DW, now we know that not only is it effective, but apparently also recommended. DW was able to affirm our relationship and compatibility, we are going home more confident that we will be able to achieve a happy marriage and hopefully nurture future Christians through example. I would recommend DW for couples in a relationship who are planning to take the next step in their relationship. We learned a lot about how to improve our communication and develop our relationship together and with God as our guide and provider.
Before we attended this Discovery Weekend we were already doing dialogue through these activities we are able to improve on it. This weekend helped us discover more about each other. We are able to reaffirm our values that we value and follow. This also helped use see how much compatible we are as a couple. We were able to listen from the experience of other couples. We were also able to share our own experiences. Before we were only having dialogues between ourselves. Now we are able to share it with other couples and include God. DW helps couples resolve issues in their early stages. This helps them/us to have a holistic way of preparing to our marriage.