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March 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm, CST



March 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am, CST
March 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm, CST


Jean Brewer


DoubleTree Inn RDU
4810 Page Creek Lane
Durham, NC 27703 United States
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“Do You Hear Me Now: Communicating Your Way to Intimacy”

Michael & Myra will share their communication highs and lows throughout their 40-year relationship and 37 years of marriage. Today they may look like the perfect couple, but they’ve come a long way since they said, “I do.” During this presentation, they will share how they stumbled upon a path toward intimacy and oneness.

About the Presenters:
Marriage Facilitators Michael and Myra Holmes have been courting for 40 years and have survived and thrived more than 37 years of marriage. They are Certified Professional Life Coaches, Certified Better Marriages Leader Couple, Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitators, and Co-Marriage Ministry Servant Leaders at Six Mount Zion Baptist Temple. In addition, Michael and Myra present marriage/relationship seminars for the Hampton Department of Social Services Healthy Family Partnership and Mary Immaculate Hospital. They have coached and mentored hundreds of couples over the years.

Michael served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force before he retired in May 2006 in the rank of Colonel.

Myra and Michael reside in York County, VA. Mike and Myra enjoy helping couples learn how to give and receive love.

After the keynote, stick around for dancing from 9pm-11pm. Catch up with old friends and make new ones on and around the dance floor.

Saturday Workshops 

“Speaking to be Heard:  Are you talking to ME?!” with Jim and Johnne Armentrout

Communicating is not a science—it’s an art.  And we all have our own style of the art of communicating. So how do we make our style of speaking, including the non-verbal signals we all have and use, effectively heard by our spouse?  We’ll explore some styles of communicating and some tips on how to be as effective as possible. Be ready to explore your own styles of couple communicating and be ready to be open to some changes in that process.   


About the Presenters:
For nearly 40 of their 49 years of marriage, Jim and Johnne have been involved in Better Marriages.  They have experienced the depth and breadth of Better Marriages from a local Marriage Enrichment Group to the National Board of Directors. Having presented at many Better Marriages national conferences, state conferences and local chapter meetings, their experience in presenting the topics of concern to conference participants in a creative and entertaining manner is well known to previous attendees.  Johnne is still doing private counseling on a part-time basis and Jim continues to use his legal training as a consultant to a utility contracting company.  The families of their 3 children, which include 8 grandchildren, all of whom live within 10 minutes of their home in Winston-Salem, keep them busy with a most important aspect of life—family.

“Listening to Understand”

 with Hal and Roberta Melton
The ASSUMPTION that words spoken are understood, even with the full attention of the listener, can frustrate communication (in the least) and even lead to misunderstanding that hurts our relationship!  Let’s have some fun demonstrating this phenomenon and then look at some ways to enhance understanding (and thus minimize misunderstanding).


About the Presenters:
Hal and Roberta Melton celebrated their 43rd anniversary of marriage this year.  They are proud parents and grandparents.  Both are still working – Hal as associate pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh and Roberta as practice manager at Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates in Cary.  They are a Better Marriages Leadership Couple and enjoy leading a thriving Marriage Ministry in their church as well as doing retreats for others.



“Speaking + Listening = Dialogue”  
with Eddie and Sylvia Robertson

In Better Marriages, Dialogue lets couples join their speaking and listening skills hand in hand, knee to knee and heart to heart. Dialogue can be used for multiple purposes: checking in, exploring, problem solving, affirmation. It can be used by one couple at home or, when witnessed by others, is a wonderful source of cross-learning when couples share experiences and not advice. This workshop is intended for first timers and for those who have enjoyed using dialogue for many years. 


About the Presenters:
Eddie and Sylvia Robertson are a Trainer Couple for Better Marriages. They are Editors of the Leaders’ Forum, authors of Wonderful Wednesdays; 52 Conversations for Couples, and facilitators of the Virtual Marriage Enrichment Group, first Tuesdays at 8 pm Eastern Time. Their blogs are posted at www.eddieandsylviarobertson.com and on Eddie and Sylvia Robertson Marriage Enrichment on Facebook.Join us for a Couples Getaway at the Double Tree Inn, Durham, March 9 & 10. Learn new skills and experience a new level of communication with your partner. Workshops will be led by trained leader couples to enrich your level of connection with each other.



Registration and Travel Information

Early-bird registration is open now for $149.00. This includes meals for two people on Friday evening and Saturday lunch along with admission to all sessions and workshops. Please indicate any dietary restrictions on the registration form.

A special room rate of $99/night (plus taxes and fees) is available at the DoubleTree Hilton using a group code of “BMN” when making your reservations. This includes breakfast for two people each morning. This room rate is also good for Saturday night if you want to make it a full weekend. Hotel phone 919-941-6000.

The full registration fee after the early-bird period will be $169.00 beginning on 2/8/2018.

For more information, contact:

Jean Brewer at (336) 978-8611 or .


REGISTER ONLINE AT www.bettermarriagesnc.org


Mail this Registration Form with your check to:

Jean Brewer, 3475 Meridian Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

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