About Retrouvaille : The Organisation
Retrouvaille is a non-profit organisation, which employs no paid staff. All who work on this program, do so voluntarily.
Retrouvaille began in 1977 as a French language weekend for hurting marriages in the province of Quebec, Canada. It was adapted to English by the community in Toronto, who also revised and strengthened the contents of the weekend and developed the post-weekend programs. From 1982, Retrouvaille has spread through the U.S.A., South America and from 1991 into many other countries around the world. It came to South Africa in 1997. In February 2012, there were over 150 communities, in 28 countries. The program continues to develop, and expand.
Some South African couples are today very active internationally, and travel extensively promoting and presenting this program.
The primary goal is to provide help for couples who live in the disappointment and pain of unhappy, or struggling marriages. The weekend provides a safe setting, encouraging couples to learn how to communicate in a respectful manner. The post-weekend phase of the Retrouvaille program is as critical to a couple experiencing marital problems as is the initial weekend experience. The degree of disappointment, deterioration and despair in hurting marriages cannot be healed in one weekend. Restoration takes time. The post-weekend sessions provide support as couples discuss concepts of the importance of communication in marriage, differences in Family of origin, Forgiveness, trust, conflict management, anger management, intimacy, and many other topics. Today's unchallenged acceptance of divorce suggests that many friends, families, church communities are providing only limited support for marriages. Retrouvaille is a program that is solely dedicated to providing the necessary support to help save marriages.Why do we do this? Because our marriages nearly died, and we now know that fixing a marriage is better than destroying it.