Invest Inspire Ignite: Enhancing marriage through embracing growth

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Invest Inspire Ignite: Enhancing marriage through embracing growth

Better Marriages Australia 2024 Annual Conference

Saturday 14 September 2024

Morling College

Macquarie Park

Invest time in your marriage

Inspire relationship growth

Ignite your passion and vision

Register Now

 

 
Image of Morling College Auditorium looking from the back to the front of the room.

Morling College Auditorium

 

Join us this year in the ‘state of the art’ conference facilities at Morling College, with other couples who want their marriage relationships to not only survive today’s challenges, but to continue to thrive through embracing growth.  Our Finale Celebratory Dinner this year will also happen onsite at the Morling Campus.

In addition a PreConference Workshop, called Blended Family 101 will also be available, on Friday 13 September, 2024, from 7.00 to 8.30 pm which you can also register for and attend separately.

From newly weds through to long married couples, this conference is for you!

  • HEAR a range of relationship specialists sharing latest research and practical tips
  • PARTICIPATE in workshops
  • ENJOY quality time with your spouse
  • RELAX with time away from your daily demands
  • BUILD friendships with other couples who value their relationship

 

The Conference Program shown below, includes details of our Keynote Speakers and Workshop topics. You can download a PDF of the 2024 Better Marriages Australia Conference Flyer here

 

Our number of registrations has grown each year over our last few conferences.   The larger, flexible facilities available at Morling College and its central location in Sydney for public transport access , (see Location and Transport Options below) means that we can offer even more places at this year’s conference.  

Register early and invite other couples to join you!

Conference Fees

The Conference Fees are as follows:

(Check out the Membership Registration page on our website where you can become a member of Better Marriages Australia which will entitle you to a discount on your Conference fees when you register)

Conference Fees*

Non-Members (for the day)                              $180  (per couple)

BMA Members (for the day).                            $149  (per couple)

Celebratory Finale Dinner.                               $60 (per couple)

(Dinner and Live Music).

*There is a 3% surcharge for Credit Card payments.  Conference day fees include lunch, and morning tea)

 Book your place, provide your workshop preferences, detail any special dietary requirements and pay for your conference fees, all in the one process by selecting the Register Here button on the top right-hand portion of this page.

 

Our Keynote Speakers

Gil and Brenda Stuart

Head and Shoulders photo of Gil and Brenda StuartKeynote 1:     What Did You Mean by That?

Do you know the difference between head conversations and heart conversations? Discover and observe methods that will inspire your relationship. Experience new ways that are practical, fun, and effective so that you will have a more fulfilling marriage.

Keynote 2:     Here We Go Again!

Your conflicts sounding familiar…again? Are you igniting an argument or connection? Healthy conflict can lead to empathy and understanding. The problem is not the problem. Learn how to reframe the conflict.

 

Gil and Brenda Stuart live in Brush Prairie, Washington, USA. They have 7 adult children and 10 grandchildren. Gil has his Master’s in Counselling and Brenda has her Life Coaching Certification. They have been working with couples (both married and remarried) for over 18 years. The combination of Counsellor/Coach and Husband/Wife team is very impactful. Known as “Marriage Illustrators,” Gil and Brenda’s presentation style is engaging and fun. They present, in an uncomplicated way, marriage and relationship concepts that will leave a lasting impression and inspire your legacy.

 

Gil and Brenda are:

A message from Gil and Brenda Stuart, our Conference Keynote Speakers

Conference Program

8:30 amRegistration

9:00 amWelcome and Introduction

9:15 amKeynote 1

What Did You Mean by That? – Brenda and Gil Stuart

Do you know the difference between head conversations and heart conversations? Discover and observe methods that will inspire your relationship. Experience new ways that are practical, fun, and effective so that you will have a more fulfilling marriage.

11:00 amMorning Tea

11:30 amMorning Workshop Options:

  • 1) Values Inspire Vision – Brenda and Gil Stuart

Empower your marriage, by aligning shared values that will deepen your connection and strengthen your journey.

  • 2) Embracing Growth – Noeline and Paul Drayton

Exploring practices and skills that both nurture our relationship and inspire us to grow.

  • 3) Investing in and Igniting Intimacy – Heather and John McAlpine

Discover how to stay connected and inspired in growing more intimate through the unique joys and challenges that your marriage brings.

  • 4) Effectively communicating through blends, mends and other loose ends – Judy and Peter Denison

Living in a hectic blended household of 7, with a few hiccups along the way, we share some insights on navigating your ship through the icebergs of life.

 

1:00 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm – Afternoon Workshop Options:

  • 5) Values Inspire Vision – Brenda and Gil Stuart (repeated)
  • 6) Embracing Growth – Noeline and Paul Drayton (repeated)
  • 7) Turning ‘me’ into ‘us’ – Cathy and Glen Grigg

We bring to our marriage two very different people. Explore how your different personalities help (and hinder) your relationship.

  • 8) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Couples – Mandi and Shane Smith

The 7 habits are a step-by-step model that ‘inspires’ couples to ‘invest’ in their relationship and ’ignite’ new and effective habits.

3:30 pm – Afternoon Break

3:45 pm – Keynote 2

Here We Go Again! – Brenda and Gil Stuart

Your conflicts sounding familiar…again? Are you igniting an argument or connection? Healthy conflict can lead to empathy and understanding. The problem is not the problem. Learn how to reframe the conflict.

4:45 pm – Wrap Up and Close

5:30 pm – AGM with hors d’oeuvres and mocktails

6:30 pm – Celebratory Dinner with live music

Location and Transport Options

 

There will only be a limited number of car spaces available on the campus for the day of the Conference so we recommend that you use public transport for the day, to take advantage of the fact that Morling College is well located in Sydney for access by a variety of  public transport options.

The Macquarie Park Morling campus can be easily accessed by public transport. The nearest Sydney Metro train station (Macquarie University Station) is a 400m walk to campus. There are several public bus routes close to campus – plan your bus and train trips with the Transport for NSW trip planner or download your preferred trip planning app.