Prepare for your marriage on a San Francisco Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat weekend.

A wedding is a day -- a marriage is a lifetime

Attend Our Marriage Preparation Seminar for Bay Area Couples

In a nutshell, this is a marriage preparation seminar and communication workshop open to couples of any religious background in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engaged Encounter is a program designed to give each couple an opportunity to discuss honestly with each other, in a face-to-face manner, their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitudes about money, sex, family, their role in the church and in society. The couples are urged to communicate in terms of planning a marriage, not only as a wedding day celebration, but as a lifelong commitment to each other.

Over a day and a half, you’ll explore important questions and build a solid foundation for your marriage. You’ll spend most of your time reflecting, writing, and dialoguing as a couple. You won’t be asked to share with the larger group.

You’ll have the opportunity to listen to married couples present issues they’ve encountered, share their stories, and explain how they overcame challenges.

At the end of the retreat, you will walk away with knowledge and skills to improve communication, which is the foundation for a marriage that lasts a lifetime.


Our retreat weekends are open to couples of any religious background. Attending a SFCEE marriage prep weekend is recommended by the Diocese of San Francisco and satisfies the marriage preparation requirement for most dioceses.

2024 Retreat Weekends:

  • January 27-28
  • March 16-17
  • May 25-26
  • October 19-20

Retreat Location:

Vallombrosa Retreat Center at 250 Oak Grove Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025


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