Marriage Retreat



Invest in the most important relationship you will ever have with another person.


Refresh the love and intimacy that is vital to the success of your relationship.


Strengthen the unique bond you have with each other, as you explore what does and doesn’t work well for you as a couple.


Enrich your relationship as you enjoy one on one time together in a fun, relaxed environment.

7pm, Friday 8th - 2pm, Sunday 10th September 2017

Who is this Retreat for?

This retreat is for newly weds and oldly weds, for strong healthy couples and any that might be struggling their way through their relationship. 

Our philosophy is that marriage can be compared to vanilla ice cream…..a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream is fine, but how much sweeter might it be if favourite toppings were added? 

It is our hope that all those coming will benefit from the seminars, time alone and fun activities, as a means of enriching their relationship.

What to Expect...

You can expect a fun, relaxed environment. 

Along with informative teaching sessions and workshops, there will also be great food, live music, movies and recreational activities for you to enjoy.

Our team is made up of caring individuals who have a passion for enriching marriages. Their aim is to both nurture and support couples, as well as be available for couples should any issues arise throughout the weekend.  

There will also be an experienced team available for prayer and prophetic ministry.

Meet the Team...

Main Presenters - Matt & Belinda Stott

Matt and Belinda run life and relationship workshops all over the country in a variety of contexts.

With more than a decade of experience as a counsellor, Belinda brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with couples.

As a counsellor, novelist and public speaker she has helped couples work through a wide range of areas affecting their relationship including: trust and forgiveness issues; struggles around rejection, jealousy, infidelity and shame; depression, anxiety and addictions; past trauma; sexual struggles and more.

Over 300,000 teenagers and young adults throughout New Zealand and Australia have been encouraged and equipped by Matt’s inspirational speaking. His style is entertaining, educational and personable.

Matt and Belinda are keen travellers, visiting more than sixty different countries during their eighteen years of marriage. Currently based in Christchurch New Zealand, they have two children - Jasper (10 years) and Scarlett (6 years).

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Workshop Leaders - Matt & Angela Swank

Matt and Angela Swank have been married for over 11 years. Having arrived in New Zealand in 2010, they have officially spent more of their married life in New Zealand than anywhere else. Matt has been in ministry for over 20 years and Ang has been a school counsellor for over 15 years.  They have a 1.5 yr old son Reuben and one giant Great Dane Rapha who thinks he is a lap dog.

One of their great passions is studying the Life of Christ, and disciple making. Their life verse is 1 John 2:6 "Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did". They believe this applies to all aspects of life even in their marriage.

They enjoy sharing their story and how God brought them together. They truly believe marriage is a gift from God, and that God can bring healing to any marriage even those that feel discouraged. They have both been trained as ‘Prepare and Enrich’ facilitators and enjoy encouraging others wherever they might be on this life journey.

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Workshop Leaders - Neville & Kerran Bartley

Kerran and Neville have been married almost 30 years and they have always lived by two very simple rules…

The first is that God brought them together so they need to honour the specialness of that and work hard at making their marriage work.

The second is that effective communication is the key to a successful marriage and they decided they would always talk, always ask questions and never ever go to sleep if an issue was not resolved.

They discovered that communication, like marriage, is a continual journey and it is a 3-way conversation which includes God. They don’t see themselves as experts, they just see themselves as a couple that are willing to share what they have learnt and to be open about the good and the bad along the way. 

They have 3 adult children, 1 son-in-law and a daughter-in-law in the wings.

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Worship Leaders - Eugene & Hope Fuimaono

Hope and Eugene are a married couple that are passionate about seeing the Holy Spirit move.

They have been leading worship at various conferences and churches for the last 3 years and love creating space for God to speak.

They do their utmost to be attentive to God and go where he leads.

Outside of ministry they're both professional musicians having recently completed their BappA in commercial music.

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What's included and how much does it cost?

The full cost for the weekend is $295 per couple.

This includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in your own room in our Elm Complex.
  • 5 catered meals – including breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, along with a candle lit, 3 course dinner on Saturday evening (feel free to dress up!).
  • A great line up of seminars and workshops across the weekend.
  • An onsite café with barista and live music.
  • An exciting range of onsite activities including water sports, horse riding, movies, and more!

(Please note you may be sharing bathroom facilities with at least one other couple).

Register below, tickets are sold separately for each person, so details of both attendees need to be added.



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+ 64 4 902 6287

icon address 58 Weggery Drive, 
Waikanae Beach, 
Kapiti Coast
New Zealand