Connect in Kiama – Better Marriages Australia Conference 2021

EXPECTING GREAT THINGS IN OUR MARRIAGE THROUGH LOVE, COMMITMENT AND SKILL

The Better Marriages Australia (NSW) committee is excited to announce the full program details  of our 2021 Conference, Connect in Kiama.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and in the best interests of our members and conference participants, we made a decision to postpone the 2020 conference.

In consultation with the venue, Kiama Baptist Church, and our keynote speakers, Robyn Donnelly and Heather and John McAlpine we can announce that the Connect in Kiama conference will now take place in Kiama on Saturday 6 November 2021 at the same venue.

Join us in beautiful Kiama with other couples who want their marriage relationships to not only survive today’s challenges but to continue to grow and thrive.
From newly-wed couples through to long married, this conference is for you!

 

Aerial Photograph of the Kiama Headland - Photo: Elev8 Aerial Images

Aerial Photograph of the Kiama Headland – Photo: Elev8 Aerial Images

Our Keynotes:

Robyn DonnellyRobyn Donnelly

‘Sticking together when the world is pulling us apart’

Being passionate about the research that helps couples and families stay connected, (focussing particularly on John Gottman’s work), Robyn believes we now have enough research to assist couples to strengthen their relationship and wants to share it with anyone who’s interested.

 

Robyn is a Marriage Educator and has been in the relationship education field for 23 years. She has trained extensively in Gottman Therapy in both Australia and New York. She has been married to Mark for 27 years and they have two adult boys.

 

 

John and Heather McAlpineHeather and John McAlpine

‘Reignite your Connection’

Activating your passion and expanding horizons.

Taking a look at our marriage potential. Heather and John are the Trainer and Chair Couple for Better Marriages Australia.  

Together they have been leading Marriage Getaways in Australia, Uganda, South Africa and India for over 35 years.  

John is a Gerringong G.P. with a Masters in General Practice Psychiatry. Heather is a Relationship Therapist, Supervisor, Consultant and International best selling co-author. 

Heather is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship studying Marriage and Family Education in the US and UK.

View of Minnamurra Lagoon with couple walking with Dog in the foreground

View to Minnamurra River and Mystics Beach

HEAR

a range of relationship specialists sharing latest research and practical tips.

PARTICIPATE

in workshops.

ENJOY

Quality time with your spouse.

RELAX

On sparkling beaches & coastal walking tracks.

BUILD

Friendships with other couples who value their relationship.

There will also be five concurrent afternoon workshops from which you can choose and also a Celebratory Dinner (with entertainment)

Full program details are provided below.  You can also download your own copy of the A4_BM 2021_CONNECT IN KIAMA Flyer.

Register now to secure your place.

How much will it cost to attend?

Members of Better Marriages Australia

Conference Only (per couple)                                         $119
Conference, Celebratory Dinner
and Entertainment (per couple)                                    $169

Non-Members

Conference Only (per couple)                                       $149
Conference, Celebratory Dinner
and Entertainment (per couple)                                   $199

How do I register to attend?

You can register right here on this page using the form provided.  Just enter your first and last name and that of your spouse along with an email and phone contact in the spaces provided and then click the RSVP button.

Your registration details will be sent to our treasurer couple who will reply to your email providing details of how you can pay your registration costs.

They will also request your afternoon concurrent workshop preferences, any special dietary requirements for meals which you can provide by return email to the treasurer couple.


Members Discount

Better Marriages Australia members receive a $30 discount off the cost of the conference registration.  If you are not yet Better Marriages Australia members then for just $30 a year you and your partner  can receive a discount on all annual conferences and workshops you attend while members, as well as other membership  benefits, including access to additional couple resources through this website.

Visit the Membership section of this website to find out more advantages of becoming a Better Marriages Australia member couple and, if you wish, to pay your membership fee online through this site before registering for the conference.


Accommodation

If you would like to make it a weekend away with your partner, Saturday’s conference day will run from 9:15 am to 9 pm, leaving the Sunday free to go out and enjoy the sparkling beaches & coastal walking tracks around Kiama, communicating with each other what you want to apply to your marriage from that day forward.

There is a range of accommodation options available around Kiama so you can use the online accommodation booking provider of your choice or alternatively use Visit Kiama to make a booking when you register.


Conference Program

8:45 am Registration
9:15 am Introduction

9:30 am Keynote    Robyn Donnelly
‘Sticking together when the world is pulling us apart’

Being passionate about the research that helps couples and families stay connected, (focussing particularly on John Gottman’s work), Robyn believes we now have enough research to assist couples to strengthen their relationship and wants to share it with anyone who’s interested.


11.00 am Morning Tea

11.30 am Keynote    Heather and John McAlpine

‘Reignite your Connection’

Activating your passion and expanding horizons.  Taking a look at our marriage potential. 


12:45 pm Lunch

1:30 pm   Workshop 1 options:
1. Loving Intentionally – Creating Shared Meaning
Robyn Donnelly

A stimulating, hands on workshop that will enable couples to explore how the research can assist them to live in more intentional connected ways.

2. Nurturing Positive Sentiment in your Relationship
  Glenda and Simon Devlin

Building your couple tool box for managing disappointment, reducing reactivity and increasing joy. Explore ways to enhance appreciation of your partner and have more fun together.

3. “I don’t need you to fix it, just listen to me”. Connecting for Relationship Support.
Noeline and Paul Drayton

Exploring & practising skills that help us to really hear each other & grow our relationship.


2:45 pm Afternoon Tea

3:15 pm Workshop 2 options:
1. Loving Intentionally – Creating Shared Meaning
Robyn Donnelly

Repeat of Workshop 1

 

2.Connecting through Conflict
Sanaa and Sam Labib

Behind every negative emotion, there lies a longing or a dream.

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” Proverbs: 20:5. Let’s discover ways to move beyond the negative emotions to draw out each other’s longings.

 

3. Exploring Positive and Negative Cycles in Relationships
Mandi and Shane Smith

This workshop helps you to explore your relationship dynamics, prevent partner withdrawal or dominance, and discover that patterns of relating are changeable.


4:30 pm Panel Discussion

5:00 pm Wrap up

5:15 pm Close

6:15 pm AGM Better Marriages Australia (NSW) – Heather and John’s home

6:45 pm Celebratory Dinner (with entertainment)