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Pursell Farms
August 2-4, 2024
Sylacauga, Alabama
Retreats are an all-inclusive experience for husbands and wives to come together to receive Biblical teaching and practical resources for their marriage, equipping them to live life together on a mission.
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Marriage in Focus retreats are an investment in your marriage and are a wonderful experience - even if your marriage is already great.

Full-service accommodations, great food, intimate experiences, fun activities, and a relaxing environment create days to refresh spirit, soul, and body.  Our retreats are designed to help you disconnect from the busyness of life and connect more meaningfully with God and one another.

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Unwind at Pursell Farms, surrounded by beautiful scenery, experiences, and spaces. Pursell Farms is redefining luxury to offer an experience that goes beyond the expected. The resort is a harmonious blend of sophistication and rustic charm, set against the backdrop of picturesque landscapes, scenic views, and storied experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a retreat look like?

Marriage in Focus retreats combine biblical teachings, cozy accommodations, delicious meals, and relaxing experiences. The retreats consist of eight teaching sessions throughout the weekend. Five meals are provided (dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday). Each couple will have a private bedroom and bathroom. Our goal is for you and your spouse to leave resourced, refreshed, and more in love with God and one another.

What time does a retreat begin and end?

Retreats begin at 4:00 pm central time on Fridays and end at 10:45 am central time on Sundays.

Is a Marriage in Focus retreat a good fit for healthy marriages?

Yes! We believe a Marriage in Focus retreat will enhance your marriage, even if it is already good. Think of it as a vacation AND an investment in your marriage!

If our marriage is struggling, is a retreat a good option for us?

Possibly, but the only way to know is to connect with our team. We would love to talk with you about your marriage to help determine if a retreat is right for you.

Can I attend a retreat if I am engaged to be married?

Marriage in Focus retreats are for couples who are already married. We offer premarital coaching and workshops for engaged couples. Click here for more information.

How much does a retreat cost?

The cost to attend a retreat is $800, and includes full-service accommodations, meals, and workshop sessions.

Is Marriage in Focus a Christian ministry?

Yes! We are a Christian ministry and believe that marriage is designed by God to be one man and one woman, together with God at the center. See our statement of beliefs.

Is Marriage in Focus tied to a specific church or denomination?

No, we are a nondenominational Christian ministry. We encourage followers of Jesus from all denominations to come and be a part of a retreat experience.

What is your cancellation policy?

All retreat registration payments are nonrefundable.

Up to 30 days before the scheduled retreat, participants may transfer their retreat reservation to another Marriage in Focus retreat within one year of their originally scheduled retreat, pending availability.

Within 30 days and up to 14 days before the scheduled event, participants may transfer their Marriage in Focus retreat to another couple.

Within 14 days of the scheduled retreat, rescheduling is not permitted.

Marriage in Focus reserves the right to cancel a retreat in any circumstance, in which case we will offer a full refund of all monies paid or the option to transfer to a future event.

The Marriage in Focus retreat was an incredible weekend getting to relax, disconnect, and spend time investing in our marriage. Chris & Karla and their team created the most thoughtful experiences for us to enjoy together.” Their practical, biblical teaching is the foundation on which we are building our marriage and a resource that we will continually look to as we progress in our marriage journey. We could not be more grateful for this ministry and ways it is impacting our marriage relationship!
Coley & mary clay holtkamp
We attended a Marriage in Focus retreat in September of 2023! It was the best 3 days of being fully unplugged with one another and learning that God still has (and wants) MORE for our marriage! We were poured into and pampered by Chris, Karla, and their entire team like no other. What a joy to be reminded of how much of a blessing marriage is to us and others. God is working and moving through this ministry.
rusty & anna jones
Our marriage will never be the same after our time at the Marriage in Focus retreat! As a newly married couple, we had many uncertainties about marriage. Chris and Karla equipped us with all the tools needed for our marriage to thrive. We learned so much about God's design and desire for our marriage, and we truly left feeling resourced, refreshed, restored, and more in love with Jesus and each other!
Dent & ally stallworth
What an incredible opportunity for us to disconnect from the world and invest in the study of God’s true purpose, design, and fulfillment for a Godly marriage.Chris and Karla created the perfect balance of biblical study, fun fellowship, and an intentional setting for communication all within one amazing weekend.  We are so thankful for this ministry and its impact on our marriage.
Mark & Jana Crim