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Testimonials

Below are some recent comments from Vancouver Retrouvaille couples. To read more stories and testimonials about couples who have been through Retrouvaille click here: more testimonials.


"Words cannot express how grateful I feel for all you do to help the Retrouvaille couples!" - Anonymous weekend participant 

"We went to the Retrouvaille weekend thinking that it was our last chance before going our separate ways, but we realized that this is a long process and, by the grace of God, we continue to build on the glimmer of hope that we found from the program." - Anonymous weekend participant

"Well worth the time, a must for a couple that is struggling with their marriage." - Anonymous weekend participant

"Do it. It could change your life. And your children’s lives too." - Anonymous weekend participant

"It’s a wonderful resource. Worth the effort." - Anonymous weekend participant 

"Commit to it, and see it through the weekend. It will make a difference." - Anonymous weekend participant

"Commit to it! Be ready to work hard at your marriage. This may be the first real examination of your marriage since your wedding day. This event will be a life benchmark, similar to major events like grad, wedding, birth of a child. It is so significant." - Anonymous weekend participant

"This is a wonderful set of tools for any couple, even if they are not at the last straw. Book the tickets, get a sitter, make the time; it is worth it. It is a gift that will make the rest of your life what you hope it will become." - Anonymous weekend participant

"Take the chance. It’s worth firing up what spark might be left." - Anonymous weekend participant

"Retrouvaille hasn't eliminated our problems, but has given us the tools to work with. We have a better understanding of each other and the maturity to talk things out instead of fighting." - D. and S., Vancouver, B.C. 

"We didn't know what to expect. We were willing to try, but not sure it would help. We were certain it couldn't hurt, and knew that if something didn't happen soon, it would be too late." - R. and M., Victoria, B.C. 

"My husband didn't know how he felt about us anymore. Our weekend was a miracle. We got our marriage back on track by using our new tools." - R. and A., Surrey, B.C. 

I felt hopeful for us, it was a new beginning after much darkness and pain." - T and C., North Vancouver, B.C. 

"I did not want to attend the program, I saw no hope for our relationship and just wanted out. I agreed at the last minute, and thank God that I did. The program has changed not only my marriage, but also my life." - T and E, Abbotsford, B.C. 

"We just attended the Retrouvaille weekend with you and I wanted to share with you all our deepest gratitude and appreciation for you, your time, your sharing of yourselves and your journey.  We both attended the weekend very skeptical, doubtful and with one foot out the door of our marriage.  This was a make it or break it, last ditch effort on both our parts.  I didn`t really even know if I cared enough to even try.  We had been living in the same house as strangers and even enemies, living separate lives, sleeping in separate rooms and just tolerating each other for the sake of our 2 boys - 10 and 8 years old.

The weekend was really hard and there were times I just wanted to pack it in and go home, it didn`t seem to be working for us.  Then on Sunday we had our break through.  The first question broke me, it could have said, "Do you want to go on living?", because this is a question I struggled with many times.  Life was just so hard and painful and miserable.  Many times I had to will myself to get up in the morning and face another day.  I broke down the barrier I had erected for years and shared all my deepest feelings with T, it was so scary and painful but totally worth it!  We had an amazing reconciliation.  After 12 years of hurt, loneliness and heartache, I have my best friend back.  I know we are probably in the "honeymoon phase" right now but we are desperate to make changes and commit to each other and the Retrouvaille Program.  We don`t ever want to go back to the way things were.

I have been crying all morning because my heart is so full with gratitude to God, Retrouvaille and you.  We have both been changed on the inside.  Our once stone hard hearts are now soft and open.  This has even changed how I view myself (I am now seeing myself as a person of worth and value), my husband as a unique, special gift from God and my children as precious unique gifts as well.  My whole outlook on life and people has changed.

We can`t thank you enough and were so touched that so many people were praying for us and pulling for us.  I know that made all the difference.  T and L, Kamloops, BC 

"A month before we got married in 2012, we went to pre-marital counselling sessions.  The psychologist knew we were not communicating well, and offered no suggestion or help with the issue, which makes you feel doomed to fail before you even start.  We are now so lucky to be involved with the Retrouvaille program... baby-step by baby-step we are starting to understand why we push each other's buttons the wrong way at times, and how to diffuse the situation, communicate well, and treat each other well again. Thank you all for your encouragement and dedication. YOU are making a difference, and giving us all a great gift in the process." - M & S, British Columbia

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