Most marriageseven good onescan benefit from some special attention. Couples seeking to have a more rewarding marital relationship are invited to participate in a retreat co-sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service scheduled for Nov. 7-9 at WVU Jackson’s Mill, Weston.

“Growing Together: A Lifetime Journey”will offer couples the opportunity to focus on building and nurturing their relationship. Speakers will use practical questionnaires, profiles and exercises to help partners grow individually and together on their lifetime journey to a more rewarding marriage.

The concepts in the book Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman will serve as building blocks for the keynote talk Friday evening by Barbara N. Armstrong, emeritus professor of marriage and family relations at the University of Akron.

Communication styles, fighting fair and spirituality are some of the other topics to be covered during this weekend of learning and growth. Special activities include a scavenger hunt, a reception and a candlelight dinner with entertainment on Saturday evening.

Many of the speakers are licensed marriage and family therapists. Leading the retreat’s workshops are Frances P. Allen, mediator, Counseling&Wellness Center, Parkersburg; the Rev. Marvin Carr, associate professor of Christian education and Appalachian studies, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon; Sarah Carr, United Methodist Church deaconess, Buckhannon; Larry LeFlore, center director, WVU Extension Service, Morgantown; Neal A. Newfield, associate professor of social work, WVU ; Susan A. Newfield, associate professor of nursing, WVU ; and Cheryl M. Riley, assistant professor of behavioral medicine, WVU .

The retreat will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9.

The registration fee is $425 per couple ($395 for those registering by Oct. 7). After Oct. 17, an extra $25 will be charged. The fee covers private room lodging for two nights (double occupancy), meals and breaks, inventories and exercises, a copy of Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and a group photo. Commuters may deduct the $105 lodging cost from the registration fee.

Sponsors are the WVU Extension Service, the Friends of WVU Jackson’s Mill and the West Virginia Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

For more information, contact Barbara Rogers at 304-269-5100 or Barbara.Rogers@mail.wvu.edu . Brochures about the retreat are available from WVU Extension Service county offices throughout the state.