Connect in Kiama – Better Marriages Australia Conference

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

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!

So register early and invite other couples to join you.

Photograph of a woman and a man together on a beach under the logo for the Connect in Kiama Marriage Conference

AT THIS STAGE BETTER MARRIAGES AUSTRALIA IS INVITING YOU TO EXPRESS AN INTEREST IN ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE BY CLICKING ON THE RSVP NOW BUTTON ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THIS PAGE.  NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AS YET.

WE WILL, OF COURSE,  CONTINUALLY MONITOR THE STATUS OF THE COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS THAT WE ARE ALL REQUIRED TO APPLY.

IN AUGUST 2020 WE WILL REVIEW WHETHER CURRENT AND PROJECTED RESTRICTIONS WOULD ENABLE  THE CONFERENCE TO PROCEED IN THE CURRENT FORMAT.  

IF IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT THE CONFERENCE CAN PROCEED, WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH DETAILS, ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR REGISTRATION PAYMENT TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING.

 

 

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

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

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.

 

The details of the conference program are detailed below.  You can also download a copy of the Conference Flyer to share with other couples who may be interested to attend.

 

Conference Program

8:45 am Registration
9:15 am Introduction

9:30 am Keynote

Photo image of Robyn Donnelly keynote speaker at Connect in Kiama

Robyn Donnelly Keynote speaker at Connect in Kiama

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.

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.

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11:00 am Morning Tea

11:30 am Keynote

Head and shoulders photo portrait of Heather and John McAlpine, Keynote speakers at Connect in Kiama Marriage Conference

Heather and John McAlpine, Keynote speakers at Connect in Kiama Marriage Conference

Heather 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, and 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.

She is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship studying

Marriage and Family Education in the US and UK.

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12:45 pm Lunch

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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. Building Stronger Connections through

Holidays and Celebrations

Glenda and Simon Devlin

Special times together require us to negotiate our different needs and interests

and manage expectations of each other.

Consider what helps you to communicate well, work through challenges and

support one another to joyfully engage in the special moments of life.

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.

 

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2:45pm Afternoon Tea

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3:15pm 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.

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4:30pm Panel Discussion

5:00pm Wrap up

5:15pm Close

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

View over Minnamurra River and Mystics Beach

6:15pm AGM – Heather and John’s home

5 Carson Place, Minnamurra NSW 2533

6:45pm Celebratory Dinner (with entertainment)

Photo of the Venue for the AGM and Dinner

Venue for the AGM and Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Costs:

Better Marriages Members

Conference only Fee                                (per couple) $119
Conference, Celebratory
Dinner & Entertainment                        (per couple) $169

 

Non-Members

Conference only Fee                                (per couple) $149
Conference, Celebratory
Dinner & Entertainment                        (per couple) $199

Conference Only includes:

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea and coffee too!

 

Members Discount

Better Marriages Australia members receive a $30 discount off the cost of the conference registration compared to couples who are not Better Marriages Australia members.  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  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 site 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.

 

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Accommodation:

If you would like to stay in Kiama for the weekend, Kiama has a host of accommodation

from Caravan Parks to Air BNB, Apartments and Hotels.