You’re invited to the RESET Marriage Retreat, where you and your spouse can savor some moments together, recharge, get expert input, and rekindle your love during these challenging times.
This retreat includes one night at the The Westin Hotel, 2 mid-day meals, and several sessions from the OXYGEN Program by Stronger Families, a national program that has served over 60,000 from our US Military & First Responder families.
Friday, Sept 15 – Saturday, Sept 16
Saturday, Sept 16 – Sunday, Sept 17
The Westin Chattanooga
801 Pine St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
(Obviously nothing is totally free, but this event is at no cost to you!)
Here’s some of what the event will cover:
- Understanding and building on our differences
- Great communication: love, respect, and empathy
- Putting out fires: communicating through conflict
- Seven keys to incredible sex
- Creating your relationship gameplan
- Hotel Room for 1 night
- Lunch and snacks the first day and breakfast the second day will be provided.
- Optional in-person, confidential counseling on site at no cost to you (space is limited, first come, first served)
- OXYGEN assessment and programming
Please note that space is very limited!
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
This event is a collaboration between First Things First (a Chattanooga-based non-profit desiring to strengthen families and marriages through Chattanooga) and Stronger Families (a non-profit offering life-changing relationship skills to military, veteran, and first responder families so they can be strong and thrive).
The Stronger Families team will be there to guide each session and conversation, as well as offer support to each couple there. Here’s a little more about each speaker:
Noel Meador serves as President & CEO for Stronger Families based in Seattle, Washington. In this role, he is dedicated to strengthening families and marriages, ultimately affecting the community at large. Noel is the co-author of the Oxygen for Your Relationship seminar, which provides couples with tools and resources that help them promote authenticity and renewed vitality in their relationship.
Over the past 5 years, 75,600+ couples have gone through the OXYGEN program, and 1,100 + facilitators have been certified to teach the program. Noel received his Master’s Degree in Education, is trained in many relationship enrichment and counseling tools, and is part of the John Maxwell Leadership Team. Noel lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife, Karissa, and four children, Drew, Noah, Myles, and Kaylea.
Tim Sears serves as the Stronger Families Director for First Responders. Tim comes with 44+ years of fire service, having served in 4 different fire departments. Tim was actively involved in water rescue, tillered ladder trucks, ops, safety committee, fire investigator, and hazmat. Tim is still an active Peer Support member for the Kirkland Fire Department, a board member of the KFFBA Benevolent Fund, an active retired member of IAFF Union Local 2545, and a Trustee for the Cascade F.O.O.L.S. Chapter.
Tim retired in 2021 from the Kirkland Fire Department in Washington State with 30 years of service. Tim has been married to his bride Lauri for 29 years and has two adult children, Drew and Grace, and loves living on Camano Island, WA. Tim looks forward to working with your agency and team members, helping relationships at work and home.
Scott Welch, M. Div., MA, BCPC, is a licensed mental health counselor and founder of Mosaic Counseling of Florida where he uses his refined skills and talents to help individuals, couples, and families overcome a myriad of challenges. Scott is a dynamic public speaker who has presented nationally and internationally. He is a Master Level Trainer with Stronger Families. He is a national trainer with Prepare/Enrich, the world’s leading pre-marital and marital inventory, and currently teaches marriage and family counseling and adolescent counseling courses at Trinity College. Scott is a certified First Responder Counselor.
Scott is a family mediator with the Supreme Court of Florida and a Qualified Parent Coordinator. His expertise with pre-marital, marital, and post-marital endeavors provides him with a plethora of methods and resources to guide families in improving communication, working through differences, partnering with one another, and parenting more effectively.
What parking is available?
There is street parking surrounding the hotel, as well as a couple of paid lots closeby. The hotel has valet parking for $20/day.
Is dinner included?
We want to offer time for couples to reconnect and process everything they heard throughout the first day. Dinner is generally a great time for this, which is why we are encouraging couples to enjoy a private meal together on the first night.
What if I have a food allergy?
We are happy to work with the hotel staff to ensure everyone has something to eat during the provided meals! Please email Caroline with First Things First at [email protected] for any food allergies or restrictions.
Is there a cancellation policy?
We do our best to accommodate for changes to plans. Things happen, we totally get it! Please do your best to let us know at least 48h in advance so we may be able to fill your spot in time.
Is this event open to the public?
This event is invite-only for firefighters and their spouses in the Chattanooga area. It is not open to the public.
If you have any additional questions, please reach out to [email protected].
Sign up for the dates that work best for you!