hope weekends
and intensives


Did you know the average cost of a divorce is over $30,000.

Our marriage retreat, comparatively, is only $1,500 per couple (does not include food or lodging) and we have an 80% success rate with all of our couples (including those who have already started divorce proceedings).

Relationship Counseling in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

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Hope Weekend

Our vision for Hope Weekends is simple:  We want to transform good marriages into great marriages, and we want troubled marriages to be healed and restored so more children will grow up in happier, healthier homes.


One of the many “lessons learned” from doing relationship and marriage education work since 1998 is that most couples don’t know HOW to build and sustain a healthy marriage.  Nobody ever taught us the critical skills needed for a life-long marriage.


We ask you to block out 3 days of your life and go “all in” to get the breakthrough you desperately want and need from a Hope Weekend experience.  If you cannot commit to the entire 3 days, please do not sign up.  The stakes are too high for your marriage and family to walk into this experience half hearted.  


Hope Weekends provide specific, practical, attainable skills to help couples:


·         Reconnect and develop/restore trust

·         Promote a greater sense of "Us" and oneness 

·         Experience deeper levels of intimacy, knowledge, and understanding of one another

·         Learn the essential relationship skills required to develop, maintain, and sustain a deeply bonded and      

          connected relationship

·         Strengthen your core communication skills 

·         Learn proven conflict resolution skills that work through problems without tearing one another apart

·         Develop emotional regulation and increased EQ (Emotional Intelligence)

·         Heal from accumulated relational pain



Traditional Marriage Therapy has about a 35% rate of success in restoring and healing marriages. Marriage Intensives, on the other hand, succeed with 85% of couples who complete the experience. While traditional counseling takes months, a Marriage Intensive over two to three days can clear obstacles and develop relational skills with immediate results.

A Marriage Intensive, as the name implies, pairs a trained pastoral counselor or relationship coach with one couple for two or three full days of exploration, education, and skills development. As a couple learns new tools for communication, intimacy building, and conflict resolution those skills are put into immediate use to build the lasting marriage both desire.

This Skills-based approach recognizes that there are basic emotional and relational needs common to all human beings. Relationships can be torn apart by past hurts and brokenness as well as by unmet emotional needs in the present. Using the best tools of psychological and behavioral research, our Marriage Intensive Pastoral Counselors help clients identify past hurts, unmet emotional needs, and self-defeating behavioral patterns which may be hindering personal growth and relational health. The goal of Skills Based Counseling is to assist couples in discovering new ways of thinking and behaving that will help them develop a healthy and satisfying marriage



is a Pastoral Counselor and conducts Marriage Intensives. For details on costs and scheduling, contact:


(850) 766-4424



Marriage Intensives are offered by appointment and may be scheduled through:






Lisa May is our South Florida marriage coach. For details on costs and scheduling, contact:



850) 264-1495

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“The course changed a 29-year marriage of confusion, hurt, silence, and missed opportunities into a vibrant relationship of pleasure and trust that thrives on change and growth.”


Live the Life does not offer long term clinical therapy services. 
Individuals or couples needing these services will be referred to appropriate licensed clinicians.