Marriage Retreat



  We are launching our 2019 Retreat very soon!

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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.


With an open mind, your marriage can be renewed and transformed to a level you never thought possible.


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Meet the team...

MAIN PRESENTERS - Matt & Belinda Stott

Back by popular demand….we have Matt & Belinda back for a second year with all new material.  So if you attended our Retreat last year, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t see you again!

Matt and Belinda run life and relationship workshops all over the country in a variety of contexts. They have been married for eighteen years and have two children, Jasper and Scarlett. 

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.

With more than a decade of experience as a counsellor, Belinda brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping couples through a wide range of areas including trust and forgiveness issues; struggles around rejection, jealousy, infidelity and shame; depression, anxiety and addictions; past trauma; sexual struggles and more.


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WORKSHOP LEADERS - Justin & Jenny Duckworth

Justin is the Anglican Bishop of Wellington. However, he and Jenny are not your classic bishop and bishop’s wife. Justin hails from Lower Hutt, has dreadlocks, and enjoys walking around with bare feet.

He and Jenny founded Urban Vision, set up Ngatiawa River Monastery, have a life focus on serving those on the edges of society, and live in community. Over the past twenty years they have worked with both young people and adults, and in doing this have pioneered many different, very effective projects.

Jenny and Justin have three adult children who are passionate about Jesus and are all involved in youth or community work. Justin and Jenny have a beautiful ability to communicate the tools needed to thrive in marriage despite the pressures of ministry.  You don’t want to miss out on hearing their pearls of wisdom!


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WORKSHOP LEADERS - Neville & Kerran Bartley

Kerran and Neville have been married thirty 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 three-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 three adult children, one son-in-law and a daughter-in-law, who are all followers of Christ.


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WORKSHOP LEADERS - Matt & Angela Swank

Matt and Angela Swank have been married for 12 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 son Reuben and daughter Jael, along with a 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 - Damon & Rachel Fitzpatrick

Damon and Rachel have been married for eighteen years and they still like being married to each other!

Much of their married life has been dedicated to their three children and youth ministry. For them, one of the biggest privileges in ministry has been counselling and marrying couples that were once their students.

They think marriage is an essential building block to family and society. They are passionate about seeing love bind and last so they are Prepare-Enrich trained and will be at this Retreat to help others invest in their marriages.


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WORSHIP LEADERS - Eugene & Hope Fuimaono

Hope and Eugene are a married couple that are passionate about leading worship in a meaningful, uplifted and Christ-centred way.

They have been leading worship at various conferences and churches for the last four 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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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. 

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

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, private counselling and prophetic ministry.

How much does it cost?

The full cost for the weekend is $320 per couple ($160 per ticket and it can be paid off in instalments, if that is easier for you).

This is less than what it actually costs us per couple, to run the Retreat and includes the following:

•  Two nights accommodation in your own room.

•  Five catered meals – including breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, along with a candle lit, 3 course meal 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 rock climbing, archery, horse riding and more!

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

We are looking at fundraising to help cover the costs of this great ministry event, if you are in a position to help with this or would like to sponsor a couple to come, please contact us on

Here's what our past Marriage Retreat guests had to say...

quote The hospitality was awesome, everyone was so welcoming and helpful. I got so much out of the sessions, such wonderful speakers to help guide us and give advice. I took a lot of notes and I'm looking forward to reviewing the main points and using them in our marriage. closequote

quote It was so good to do this...we have tried to find something before and haven't been able to, so this retreat is a treasure! closequote

quote So, so good. I came to this weekend feeling hopeless about our marriage. I now feel full of hope and excitement for the future. We shared with one of the ministry couples in a deep, profound way and I think there was real break through. closequote

quote I really enjoyed the realness and authenticity of the speakers. Marriages are hard work and coming to a marriage retreat can make you believe your marriage is not up to scratch...this was very non-threatening, husband-friendly and most enjoyable, I would definitely recommend. closequote

Registrations for our 2019 Retreat will be opening soon!!




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