Have you and your partner ever participated in a Friends Couple Enrichment event? Have you missed out on on-going opportunities for dialogue and support? Would you like to focus on your relationship by practicing dialogue and learning new communication skills from the comfort of your own home? We have just the thing for you! Friends Couple Enrichment is … Continue reading New Opportunity: Free Online “Drop-In Dialogue”
In January, 2019, Friends Couple Enrichment leader couples met for their annual gathering. This year, Jeff and Kathy Richman, leader couples since 1995, gave us food for thought with a presentation on commitment. Below is a brief summary of some of what we learned: Commitment “Darling, you can count on metill the sun dries up … Continue reading What Keeps Couples Together?
Four FCE Leader Couples gathered together for dialogues in June (from two countries, four time zones!) In Couple Enrichment workshops we often experience a palpable sense of love as we physically gather together to share and witness our dialogues. But often, those with whom we bond during an event live far away -- so how … Continue reading Witnessed Dialoguing Online – Does it Work?
Laughter and Tears at Pendle Hill - a brief recounting of what happens during a Friends Couple Enrichment workshop. Over the weekend of March 15-17, we (Mike and Marsha) facilitated a Couple Enrichment workshop at Pendle Hill, the Quaker conference and retreat center just outside Philadelphia. Nine couples attended, plus ourselves. They included a couple … Continue reading Wondering What Happens at a Couple Enrichment Workshop?
Friends General Conference recently included this article about Friends Couple Enrichment in their Vital Friends online newsletter: One way in which couples can tell each other “the ways” is through an affirmation dialog. Partners face each other, look into each other’s eyes, and take turns speaking and reflecting back what the other has said, naming … Continue reading How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Love Pills help us talk about how we give/receive love. Making “love pills” is an exercise that Mike and Marsha Green have often used at the end of a Couple Enrichment event to help keep the deep sense of love and connection between partners alive after the event is over. But there’s no reason to … Continue reading Is There a Love Pill in Your Future?
Friends Couple Enrichment received the news of the death of our dear Friend Peg Pearson on August 23, 2018. Peg and Nils Pearson trained as Couple Enrichment leaders in 1995 and immediately began leading workshops. Those couples who trained with them experienced them as richly generous. Those of us whom they taught and mentored are … Continue reading Minute in Memory of Peg Pearson
Friends Couple Enrichment is firmly established in North America, but in the past 12 months, we've given a taste of Couple Enrichment to New Zealand. As part of our year of volunteer service as Resident Friends in Auckland, we (Mike and Marsha Green) felt a strong calling to offer Couple Enrichment workshops among the Quakers … Continue reading Couple Enrichment in New Zealand
When we (Scott Bell and Cathy Walling) were offered the opportunity to present a session on Love and Relationships at the young adult Friends “Continuing Revolution” conference at Pendle Hill in June 2018, it was easy to say, “Yes!” For years we have looked for opportunities to share Couple Enrichment with teens and young adults. … Continue reading Taking Couple Enrichment to Young Adult Friends at Pendle Hill
On the hot, humid campus of Grinnell College in Iowa this year, FGC Gathering provided a Couple Enrichment Workshop -- for the 49th consecutive year. This workshop, led by Sharon and Tom Baring had two participant couples. It was a small group, but Spirit was present. Because Gathering workshops meet for three hours every morning … Continue reading Where two (couples) or more are gathered . .