I have booked it, the “Couple’s Retreat for Financial Harmony” that I’m cheekily calling HARMONEY.
Since most couples argue (or at least disagree) about some aspects of their finances at least some of the time, I feel offering this retreat is a way of helping them stay married (if indeed they’d like to).
Being a good steward of your resources is one way of showing love for your spouse.
Financial decisions and actions are reflections of our innermost values and priorities, so they tend to pull our triggers in ways we may not always understand. Once triggered, it’s difficult to listen to our spouse and step into a place of rational, wise decision making because we go into tantrum mode.
This is not healthy if you desire a long-term marriage and will only make you grumble at the “for richer or for poorer” vow you took, (and what about “for worse?!” Who marries “for worse?!”).
So, let’s make it “for better” (and we’ll work on the “for richer” part, too).
This retreat is designed to be a sacred time and place for you and your beloved to:
- Discover each other’s values, goals, fears and priorities
- Foster a sense of understanding for each another
- Learn how you complement each other financially
- Increase your communication skills
- Learn how to tackle your finances as a team
- Create and commit to mutual goals & courses of action
Sarah Haykel (“Salsa Sarah”) will start us off Friday evening with a bit of fun, then Saturday I’ll help you discover what’s truly important to you – individually and as a couple – and how money can be your servant (and not the other way around). Then Dr. Elvira Aletta of Explore What’s Next will give you the tools you need to communicate your needs and priorities to each other.
The retreat runs from Friday October 24th 6:30pm through Saturday October 25thth 4pm at Beaver Hollow Conference Center 1083 Pit Road, Java Center, NY 14082 (note this is a non-smoking facility).
All meals and guest rooms included, but space is limited.
The investment is as follows:
Early bird pricing by September 20th: $460 per couple
Regular: September 21st-October 10th: $525 per couple
Make checks payable to Lauber Financial Planning, 3976 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY 14224
Photos (aside from Sarah Haykel’s) courtesy of ClipArt.