Couple in Nature

Marriage Retreat

March 19 - 21

Come celebrate and strengthen your marriage at this weekend getaway! From newlyweds to those celebrating 50+ years together, we never stop working to strengthen our relationships.

Come enjoy relaxation, encouraging messages, and fun activities for you and your spouse! Space is limited, book your spot today!

You can look forward to different activities available such as:

  • Fishing

  • Kayaking

  • Canoeing

  • Hiking

  • Crafts

  • Worship & Messages

  • Competitive Activities Designed To Help You Work As A Team

The cost for our marriage retreat is $295.00 per couple. This price includes all meals, lodging, and activities. 

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Meet Your Marriage Expert

Leslie Cristea

A highly qualified Navy veteran who has dedicated her life to helping couples dedicate themselves to their marriages. Read more about Leslie below. 

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Leslie Cristea

Leslie Cristea, an Instrument of Restoration, is Founder of Making Marriage Matter, LLC. She’s a retired Navy Veteran, speaker, trainer, facilitator, and a relationship & communication expert. During her military career, her service extended, beyond her normal duties, in the area of community and social service. Those services included her roles as a sexual assault advocate, and volunteering in many community initiatives. Mrs. Cristea earned her BS in Psychology, with a minor in exercise science, all while suffering in silence as a victim of domestic violence, undergoing a long and difficult divorce, and continuing her priorities in leading sailors and caring for her children. After not only inviting The Lord into her life and second marriage, Leslie also invited him into her life plan while seeking her purpose. Realizing her love for serving and supporting others was part of that plan, her post-military career earned her more than five years experience speaking and training on numerous leadership and life skills topics and being responsible for programs designed to enhance relationships and prevention of family violence. During that time, she furthered her education to receive an MBA and found herself applying her career experience and Gods test to her testimony (current marriage). Mrs. Cristea is a seasoned human service professional. She is also a member of the Hampton Roads Military & Civilian Family Violence Prevention Council planning committee, in Virginia. Leslie is also a lifetime member of Woman’s Veterans Interactive and is a trained mediator. Mrs. Cristea specializes in personal and professional relationships. She is a lover of The Lord, wife, mother of two, and passionate about helping others improve communication in order to RESTORE troubled relationships with self and others. Leslie has found that many times broken marriages present with only ONE working to fix it, and although it takes two to be in a relationship, it is possible for
one to change the dynamic. Her primary goal is to help individuals truly “commit to commitment” by making marriage matter with education, communication, and faith.

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