What I liked about Discovery Weekend is it’s holistic approach on better understanding ones self. The partner, the relationship and how God should be part or even placed at the center of our relationship.
DW helped to take a break from all other responsibilities and just focus on each other.
Open to each other more, having more tools to help enhancing our selves to make a better life together. Closer than before. Stories of other couples that we can relate and learn from. Before scared and not knowing details in getting married, after more confident and excited to live our lives together. To help other see their future with each other.
Discovery Weekend let us see a different perspective. A look that we may not be able to see for ourselves. With this, I fell so much closer to my partner. And with this, I will advise my friends to take DW.
My fiancé and I already started preparing for our marriage by having dialogue in certain topics months before the DW. We thought we pretty much covered everything. The DW helped us to discuss the topic thoroughly and in a much more structured way. It help us express our fears, hesitant and even our love after each other. This is truly a weekend of discovery!
For us I think the biggest take away is on how to truly communicate with each other. It helped us to know each other even more. It would be the dialogue parts of each activity. I think we become much closer with each other and to God. Yes will be recommending this to my friends.
This weekend helped us to be more open to each other towards the real life after marriage. We had a quality time discussing areas of marriage life that we haven’t discussed yet. I would definitely recommend this to other couples to strengthen their views about marriage and assess their relationship.
DW is a good area to discover and encounter the topics that may arise in marriage, those are vital. This DW showed us the prospective of different sharers and how we can relate in the future.
The DW gave us the opportunity to talk about marriage issues without pre-conceived judgments and in an atmosphere of love and cooperation. The best takeaway here is the time spent by couples with the guidance of the chaplain.
Knowingly each other or much getting to know each other. DW is a preparation of married life not the wedding.
Biggest key takeaways: God is the most important, Love trickle in the can help make couple relationship work. The weekend brought us really closer and communication and clearer and more open now. Writing love letters and Dialogue.
DW was an expected blessing to us. I never knew we would still discover so many things about ourselves and partners even after 15 years of friendship. It has enlightened us and allowed us to reconnect with God. We are also more hopeful that through the learning and activities and advice that we got from our chaplain, couple sharers and fellow attendees we are mote enriched and ready to enter the next chapter in our lives as a married couple. Thank you DW, Fr. Ted, Sir Mario and family for being instrument of God in our lives. ? Shine
Validated; re-assured feelings with my partner. Very good support factor before getting married. Spirituality is key to marriage which was strengthened during the weekend. Inspirational speakers and sharers. Good Job DW!!!
We’ve been living in fast-pace world, we forget to take time to discuss the importance of marriage preparation. DW has taught us a lot about DIALOGUE – this weekend made us realized how compatible we are and what are the areas that we need to work on together. The weekend is very helpful to understand your partner more especially that the topics discussed are not your average day to day topics.
Thank you to all the volunteers for a wonderful experience. You all helped us being more open and closer to my partner.
DW was really a blessing to my fiancé and i. This was the perfect venue to process our issues and to discuss important topics like feelings, financial, sexuality and even our life after the wedding Day. This was a worthy investment for us. I got to empathies with him more and I was able to find an atmosphere where we could dialogue without escalating into a fight or into tears. More importantly, the DW helped us to see God in our relationship. We discusses how e want to live out our faith. – ?Bubbly.
DW made us experience God and it made us closer to God as a couple. I am fulfilled to have attended DW because it gave us so many pointers in marriage preparation. I realized how important this kind of retreat is for couples who are palling to get married. M It helped us discuss topics and concerns what we don’t usually talk about in our daily routine. It made us understand certain areas that need to be addressed prior and after the wedding. For me, it is very effective in its purpose of helping couples to prepare for marriage after wedding. I will highly recommend DW to my friends who plan to get married.?
The session helped me and my partner to know more of ourselves. It also helped us to know each other better. The experience was indeed an eye opener and a very big help on preparation of our marriage. The experience also made us closer to God. The Discovery Weekend is highly recommended because it is a life changing experience.
The discovery Weekend helped us as a couple to have more understanding of each other. In our almost 8 years together, we are not so much open to one another, Discovery Weekend made us realized that communication and your partner are two important matters. I feel that after this weekend, there will be less fight (small or big) but pure love dialogues. Thank you Discovery Weekend for such a fruitful, enlightened, encouraging weekend. More power!! ? Kristin “K” Valencia
Our biggest takeaway is that, I think I understand my partner better. He was able to express his feeling that we don’t usually do.
Lots of things learn in Discovery Weekend regarding on focus on feelings, three stages f love, understandings, cana meditation, communication and listening.
The Discovery Weekend was an awakening. It sounded awkward at first given that the concept of “Discovery” should have been settled at the start but through the weekend, Discovery meant seeing your partner in a more meaningful light. The weekend taught us about the importance of building the foundation of marriage in the grace of God and integrating the sacrament as more that just companionship. It taught us how to dialogue and focus on the feelings and not the idea of love. It spoke about returning to the Lord and asking for light and the guidance to lead a happy and successful marriage. All in all, the weekend is a unique experience we recommend everyone to immerse themselves in. We are thankful to everyone who made the experience extraordinary and may it continue to prosper in many more years to come. We will forever be grateful till death do us part. – JP Tejada & Maple Solano
That there are a lot happy marriage and no marriage is smooth sailing. Everybody has their own problem and the couple just need to stick it out and figure out a way to solve the problem. It help us both realize that we both are correct when arguing. There are just two sides of story since you are two different people and as long as there is no bad intention, we try to understand where the other one is coming from. For me, our major issue was the fighting and we always feel stuck and frustrated. Because both are insisting that they are right and the other one should change. But, in reality, you are both right its just that we both have different way of looking at things. We are more enlightened and we are determined to improve on how we talk to each other if issue arises. It is a more pre-cana and here are more concrete examples of couples that truly make it. And if is very inspiring for me to hear that there are indeed problems in marriages and there are no such thing as a smooth perfect relationship. It is not about compatibility, but the decision to choose to love your partner everyday.
Through this weekend, we’ve come to realize how important it to put God at the center of every relationship. Because of frantic routines everyday, we forgot that the reason why we are together is actually through Gods grace. I have also gotten to know myself and my fiancé at a deeper level. We were able to discuss fully how we want our life together from this day forward. We’ve agreed, disagreed and solved out potential marital issues that may come up in the future. The discovery Weekend put getting married in a different perspective.
Discovery Weekend is a perfect venue for you to prepare and reflect on your upcoming marriage. You will get to know your partner better things that two of your are struggling to open up about.
Empathetic dialogue is an important tool for making out relationship last. The weekend pushed us to be open about our feelings on crucial topics. It helped us understand each other better and reassess how we can further grow as a couple. Highlights of the weekend was the love letters written for me by my fiance. They were heartfelt, honest and made me feel optimistic for our soon-to-be married life. Before: my partner won’t share his feelings. I usually have to guess them. After: now he acknowledge that it’s important to get in touch with his feelings and he open about them. It can nourish your relationship and help you plan for your future.
The discovery Weekend provided for us a channel and environment to safely talk about our challenges, issues and triumphs as a couple about to enter into marriage. It was extensive, supporting and provided knowledge that provided for us to confirm our commitment to enter into marriage.
This weekend, it helped us to prepare for our marriage/married life. It helped us to be open and learned how to dialogue with your partner. I would recommend this discovery Weekend to help you to know your soon to be husband/wife. Set expectations, talk about thins or topic that we hard/awkward to talk about and learn to dialogue with each other.
Really enjoyed and found value in Discovery Weekend. It really helped to hear the experiences of married couples, learn about a system for discussing / communicating your ideas to your partner, and having the time to slow down and discuss the important things. My key take away from the session is learning why people in relationships exp conflict and how to remedy it with a method of communication. I also, found the couple testimonials inspiring B/C I didn’t know people exp the same things as us. It was good to hear that and in turn learn how it was reminded. I also, think the couples dialogue has brought us closer together. Please extend my thanks to the staff/volunteers and especially Fr. Ted he is a good speakers and his approach is very deep and abstract. Would definitely recommend to other couples. Well worth the investment and time. Big thanks again. – Juan Mendiola
Sharing from couples for the various topics are enlightening and helpful because they impart their experiences that other couples can relate to.