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Valentine's Gift Idea for Couples

How does this sound? Four to eight days in Orlando, Florida, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Four pools, a spa, golf, tennis, volleyball, walking trails, and on-site babysitting service. Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios close by.

Plus a keynote by Five Love Languages author Gary Chapman. Another by Mars-Venus author John Gray. Michele Weiner-Davis' Divorce Busting Secrets. Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity, on Erotic Intelligence. Harville Hendrix. Steven Stosny. Yakov Smirnoff after dinner. The latest marriage research presented by the researchers themselves. And workshops on porn, stepfamilies, how to keep your family together, how to recover from infidelity and abuse, Retrouvaille, marital sex as it ought to be, the Love Dare from the movie FireProof, African American marriage, money differences, becoming good husbands, Covey's Habits for families. And so much more - over 200 presenters in all.

If you are clergy or lay clergy, a social worker, a marriage therapist, a clinical psychologist, a teacher, or just someone who wants to help others save their marriages or build them right from the start, you can get certified in marriage education while you're there. And not in just one program, but almost every well-known marriage education curriculum. So many you can't possibly complete them all this year, but you will want to return year after year. And there is a good chance your profession offers continuing education credit for attending.

It's one of the most inexpensive conferences I attend, and there is a big discount if you attend together. The resort offers an incredibly low room rate, too. And the place will be packed with married couples like you and others who care deeply about the health of your marriage.

This is my idea of a great Valentine's gift! The Smart Marriages Conference takes place in July, and you cannot register for it yet. But now you know about it. So, visit the website, book your room at the Rosen Shingle Creek, print out the flyer, and request the brochure. Registration opens in March, and you will need the time to choose among all the offerings.

May I suggest a beautiful Valentine's Day card and a backrub with this wonderfully marriage-affirming gift?

Disclaimer: I receive no affiliate fees or other remuneration if you attend the Smart Marriages Conference. In fact, almost no one on the program does, either. If you take their certification training programs at the conference, you will most likely pay less than anywhere else they offer it. The entire enterprise is a coalition of people who care deeply about the success of your marriage, led by the totally amazing Diane Sollee.

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