Events

Celebrate Your Marriage – October 2019

 Join us to Celebrate Your Marriage

You Don’t Want to Miss This

Held at luxurious Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, the schedule ensures there’s plenty of connecting time for the two of you. The Laffoons’ Celebrate Your Marriage Conference is designed to be an incredible two-day retreat just for you and your spouse.

Your hosts, Jay & Laura Laffoon

Using true stories, interviews, research, and years of experience, the Laffoons equip couples with the tools they need to nurture one another. Combining humor, music, and lots of honesty, the Jay & Laura’s “Celebrate Your Marriage” is designed for married couples of all ages. Meet Jay & Laura.

Special Guest: TBA

 

SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

3:30pm: Complementary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade. Doors open to session.
4:00pm: Opening Session presented by Jay & Laura Laffoon
6:30pm: Dinner in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
9:00pm: The Ultimate Date Night with Jay & Laura and featuring our special guest!

Monday, October 7th, 2019

7:30am: Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
9:00am: Wake Up & Celebrate! Session featuring our special guest
10:30am: Complementary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade.
11:00am: Closing Session presented by Jay & Laura Laffoon
12:30pm: The Grand Luncheon Buffet in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

Optional Add-On Schedule

Monday

6:30pm: Private Dinner with Jay & Laura
A message from Jay & Laura over dessert.
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

Tuesday

7:30am: Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

10:00am: Grand Hotel Tour TBA

11:00am: Wrap Up

Schedule is subject to change

Pricing Details

Price Deadline: Thru Aug 5 Aug 6 thru Sep 5 Sep 6 thru Oct 6
Conference Tickets $69/person $89/person $99/person
Post-conference Add-on $49/person $49/person $49/person

ACCOMMODATIONS

2019 Grand Hotel Room Rate will be available late 2018. The 2018 Grand Hotel Room Rate for Celebrate with Jay & Laura was $140 plus taxes per person daily based on double occupancy. 19.5% hotel added charge and Michigan 6% Sales Tax applies to all charges. There is also a 2% Mackinac Island Assessment charge on the per person daily room. There is a one-time charge of $8.50 per person for transfer of luggage from the dock to the Hotel and return.

Grand Hotel operates on the Modified American Plan. This means that your daily rate includes breakfast and dinner. The Grand Luncheon Buffet is also included in the rate for day two of the conference only. You will reserve your room directly with Grand Hotel with a special form by email, fax or postal mail after you register for the event. A link to the room reservation form will be included on your confirmation email.

Please note: Grand Hotel charges an admission fee of $10/person unless you are a registered guest of the Hotel.

The Marriage Cruise 2019: Pacific Northwest

 

Join marriage and relationship experts Jay & Laura Laffoon on a week long cruise that will impact your marriage for years to come!

Embark from Seattle and get ready for amazing views and wildlife like nowhere else. Witness the massive ice chunks of Sawyer Glacier carve into the sea, take the reins of a dogsled in Juneau, go for a catamaran ride in Ketchikan, and take a ride on the White Pass and Yukon route narrow-gauge railroad in Skagway.

Step #1

Register for the conference.
Conference tickets for The Marriage Cruise are $99 per person ($119 per person after 3/1/19.)
Purchase your tickets online at  iTickets:

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE NOW

Or you may call 800-965-9324 to place your order with a phone rep. (Service fees may apply.)

Step #2

Book your cabin for the cruise.
After you register for The Marriage Cruise, you will receive information to book your cabin for the event.
Reservations made online or through a travel agent can NOT be included into the group.

Conference cost of $99/person includes:

  • Incredible teaching sessions while we are at sea.
  • Bon Voyage welcome reception
  • In cabin treat
  • Quality time with your spouse
  • Intimate access to Jay & Laura and our guest speakers

Stateroom prices start at $1149/person

  • Standard deposit for cruise is $250/person to reserve your stateroom.
  • Information for contacting our Cruise Specialist to reserve your stateroom will be sent with your conference registration confirmation.

When booking your cruise, please note reservations made online or through a travel agent can NOT be included into the group. Reservations must be made through a phone number that you will be given upon purchase of your event tickets.

7-Day Sawyer Glacier from Seattle

Day Cruise Ports Arrive Depart
Sat Seattle, Washington (EMBARK) 4:00 pm
Sun Cruise Inside Passage
Mon Ketchikan, Alaska 7:00 am 3:00 pm
Tue Juneau, Alaska 7:00 am 1:30 pm
Cruise Sawyer Glacier
Wed Skagway, Alaska 7:00 am 5:30 pm
Thu At Sea
Fri Victoria, British Columbia 2:30 pm 9:30 pm
Sat Seattle, Washington(DISEMBARK) 8:00 am

Scheduled Speakers

Jay & Laura Laffoon

Jay & Laura Laffoon are real people with real lives walking through a real marriage. They like to call themselves “marriage edu-tainers”, combining education with entertainment.

The Laffoons fearlessly share their own experiences as they unravel what they’ve learned about the mysteries of intimate relationships, believing that all married couples share the same struggles and joys along the journey! Their humorous and entertaining transparency offers couples permission to laugh with each other and courage to continue growing a future together.

Learn more about Jay & Laura on their website.

Craig & Sarah Beckman

The Beckmans have been married 25 years and have 3 children. They live in Albuquerque, NM where Craig is a CEO and Sarah is an author and speaker. They’ve been presenting SAFEguarding your Marriage seminars for over a decade to audiences around the country.

Using humor, personal examples, biblical foundations and reliable resources to illuminate the investments you can make to protect and strengthen your marriage, Sarah and Craig disarm the audience to make couples feel at home and encouraged.  This is not your typical “churchy” marriage talk!  You will leave with practical tools to work toward the marriage YOU WANT!

In their free time, the Beckmans love to golf, sail, travel, hike and kayak. Their life verse is “To those whom much is given, much will be required.” {Luke 12:48} They are passionate about helping couples work toward a thriving marriage – as opposed to “just getting by.”

Learn more about Craig & Sarah on their website.

Edgar & April Garcia

The Garcias have ministered as the Marriage and Family Pastor at Knott Avenue Christian Church for several years.

Their goal in ministry is to work with marriages so that they can become marriages focused on eternity. When our focus is on eternity, it changes how we enjoy marriage and everything else in this life. Eternity changes how we love. It would be unloving to get my wife and kids so focused on this life that they are unprepared for the next. Christians can emphasize marriage so much that it might lead some to believe that the goal of Christianity is to have a happy marriage, and God becomes a means to that end. The Garcias hear Christians thank God for their families more than they thank Him for the cross. Obviously, God wants us to love our families, but let’s be careful so we don’t get our priorities mixed up.

Learn more about Edgar & April Garcia on their website.

Celebrate Your Marriage – May 2019

 Join us to Celebrate Your Marriage

You Don’t Want to Miss This

Held at luxurious Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, the schedule ensures there’s plenty of connecting time for the two of you. The Laffoons’ Celebrate Your Marriage Conference is designed to be an incredible two-day retreat just for you and your spouse.

Your hosts, Jay & Laura Laffoon

Using true stories, interviews, research, and years of experience, the Laffoons equip couples with the tools they need to nurture one another. Combining humor, music, and lots of honesty, the Jay & Laura’s “Celebrate Your Marriage” is designed for married couples of all ages. Meet Jay & Laura.

Special Guest: Joe Castillo, Sand Story Artist

Joe Castillo is an expert on crafting a story in the best way. He has applied his creative genius to the challenge of communication. His unique content stimulates the mind, creative SandStories capture the eye, powerful music engages the ear and success stories grip the heart.

Joe is a gifted speaker, entertaining and captivating hundreds of thousands of people. He has mastered the ability to share his art stories in a way that inspires, motivates and touches the heart.

Learn more about Joe at Sandstory.com

SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

3:30pm: Complementary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade. Doors open to session.
4:00pm: Opening Session presented by Jay & Laura Laffoon
6:30pm: Dinner in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
9:00pm: The Ultimate Date Night with Jay & Laura and featuring Joe Castillo!

Monday, May 20th, 2019

7:30am: Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
9:00am: Wake Up & Celebrate! Session featuring Joe Castillo
10:30am: Complementary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade.
11:00am: Closing Session presented by Jay & Laura Laffoon
12:30pm: The Grand Luncheon Buffet in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

Optional Add-On Schedule

Monday

6:30pm: Private Dinner with Jay & Laura
A message from Jay & Laura over dessert.
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

Tuesday

7:30am: Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

10:00am: Grand Hotel Tour TBA

11:00am: Wrap Up

Schedule is subject to change

Pricing Details

Price Deadline: Thru Mar 18 Mar 19 thru Apr 18 Apr 18 thru May 19
Conference Tickets $69/person $89/person $99/person
Post-conference Add-on $49/person $49/person $49/person

ACCOMMODATIONS

2019 Grand Hotel Room Rate will be available late 2018. The 2018 Grand Hotel Room Rate for Celebrate with Jay & Laura was $140 plus taxes per person daily based on double occupancy. 19.5% hotel added charge and Michigan 6% Sales Tax applies to all charges. There is also a 2% Mackinac Island Assessment charge on the per person daily room. There is a one-time charge of $8.50 per person for transfer of luggage from the dock to the Hotel and return.

Grand Hotel operates on the Modified American Plan. This means that your daily rate includes breakfast and dinner. The Grand Luncheon Buffet is also included in the rate for day two of the conference only. You will reserve your room directly with Grand Hotel with a special form by email, fax or postal mail after you register for the event. A link to the room reservation form will be included on your confirmation email.

Please note: Grand Hotel charges an admission fee of $10/person unless you are a registered guest of the Hotel.

The Marriage Cruise 2019: Eastern Caribbean

Join marriage and relationship experts Jay & Laura Laffoon on a week long cruise that will impact your marriage for years to come!

Spend a week on NCL’s newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, as you sail through the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. Depart from sunny Miami to make your way to the U.S. Virgin Islands for vividly colorful snorkeling in St. Thomas. Sip tropical drinks on a pristine beach to the beat of Caribbean music on the British Virgin Island of Tortola. Or go exploring in a 4×4 vehicle when you arrive in Nassau. Whatever you choose, there’s no wrong way to relax and let loose on this vacation.

Step #1

Register for the conference.
Conference tickets for The Marriage Cruise are $99 per person ($119 per person after 9/1/18.)
Purchase your tickets online at  iTickets:

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE NOW

Or you may call 800-965-9324 to place your order with a phone rep. (Service fees may apply.)

Step #2

Book your cabin for the cruise.
After you register for The Marriage Cruise, you will receive information to book your cabin for the event.
Reservations made online or through a travel agent can NOT be included into the group.

Conference cost of $99/person includes:

  • Incredible teaching sessions while we are at sea.
  • Bon Voyage welcome reception
  • In cabin treat
  • Quality time with your spouse
  • Intimate access to Jay & Laura and our guest speakers

Stateroom prices start at $604/person

  • Standard deposit for cruise is $250/person to reserve your stateroom.
  • Information for contacting our Cruise Specialist to reserve your stateroom will be sent with your conference registration confirmation.

When booking your cruise, please note reservations made online or through a travel agent can NOT be included into the group. Reservations must be made through a phone number that you will be given upon purchase of your event tickets.

7-Day Eastern Caribbean from Miami

Day Cruise Ports Arrive Depart
Sat Miami, Florida(EMBARK) 4:00 pm
Sun At Sea
Mon At Sea
Tue St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Tortola, British Virgin Islands 7:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu At Sea
Fri Nassau, Bahamas 12:00 pm 7:00 pm
Sat Miami, Florida(DISEMBARK) 8:00 am

Scheduled Speakers

Jay & Laura Laffoon

Jay & Laura Laffoon are real people with real lives walking through a real marriage. They like to call themselves “marriage edu-tainers”, combining education with entertainment.

The Laffoons fearlessly share their own experiences as they unravel what they’ve learned about the mysteries of intimate relationships, believing that all married couples share the same struggles and joys along the journey! Their humorous and entertaining transparency offers couples permission to laugh with each other and courage to continue growing a future together.

Learn more about Jay & Laura on their website.

Dr. David and Terri Sumlin

The Sumlins are co-founders of Marriage Life Ministries and authors of the Marriage Innovators Workshop®, Intimacy of Marriage®, and Oneness of Marriage® series designed to help couples enrich their marriages through the application of biblical principles and adventure-based learning. They both have served over the last 15 years as international marriage educators, retreat leaders, pastoral counselors, and conference speakers.

David and Terri’s unique approach to marital enrichment is built upon some of the advances found in neuroscience, psychology, physiology, and adventure-based therapy, which were then tested through the lens of God’s word for validation. The result is an Adventure-Based Marital Enrichment model that helps couples derive positive behavioral transformation and increased levels of sustained learning.

Learn more about David & Terri on their website.

Celebrate Your Marriage – October 2018

 

Join us to Celebrate Your Marriage
Presented by Thrivent Financial

You Don’t Want to Miss This

Held at luxurious Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, the schedule ensures there’s plenty of connecting time for the two of you. The Laffoons’ Celebrate Your Marriage Conference is designed to be an incredible two day retreat just for you and your spouse.

Your hosts, Jay & Laura Laffoon

Using true stories, interviews, research, and years of experience, the Laffoons equip couples with the tools they need to nurture one another. Combining humor, music, and lots of honesty, the Jay & Laura’s “Celebrate Your Marriage” is designed for married couples of all ages. Meet Jay & Laura.

Special Guests: Gary & Lisa Heim, True North Ministries

Gary & Lisa authored True North which offers a unique, biblical paradigm that encourages readers to turn to God in the frustrations of life. Frustration often causes us to “go south.” We grumble and grasp. God calls us to “go north” and respond to hardship with wisdom and redemptive love. Combining biblical insight with personal stories, practical help, and compelling examples, True North will help readers turn from self-centered grumbling and grasping to Christ-centered gratitude and giving.

Gary is pastor of small groups and discipleship at Blythefield Hills Church in Rockford, Michigan where he has served for over twenty years. He is also a Limited Licensed Psychologist in the state of Michigan.

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan where she has had a private practice for the last twenty-five years.

Gary and Lisa have been married for over 30 years and have two adult children. Together they speak, lead retreats, counsel and write to help people find their way through the struggles of life.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

3:30pm: Complementary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade. Doors open to session.
4:00pm: Opening Session presented by Jay & Laura Laffoon
6:30pm: Dinner in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
9:00pm: The Ultimate Date Night with Jay & Laura and featuring Free Shrugs Clean Comedy Improv!

Monday, October 8th, 2018

7:30am: Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
9:00am: Wake Up & Celebrate! Session featuring Gary & Lisa Heim
10:30am: Complementary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade.
11:00am: Closing Session presented by Jay & Laura Laffoon
12:30pm: The Grand Luncheon Buffet in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

Optional Add-On Schedule

Monday

6:30pm: Private Dinner with Jay & Laura in the Grand Pavilion
A message from Jay & Laura over dessert.
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

Tuesday

7:30am: Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
10:00am: Grand Hotel Tour TBA

11:00am: Wrap Up

Schedule is subject to change

Pricing Details

Price Deadline: Thru Aug 6 Aug 7 thru Sep 6 Sep 7 thru Oct 7
Conference Tickets $69/person $89/person $99/person
Post-conference Add-on $49/person $49/person $49/person

ACCOMMODATIONS

2018 Grand Hotel Room Rate for Celebrate with Jay & Laura is $140 plus taxes per person daily based on double occupancy. 19.5% hotel added charge and Michigan 6% Sales Tax applies to all charges. There is also a 2% Mackinac Island Assessment charge on the per person daily room. There is a one-time charge of $8.50 per person for transfer of luggage from the dock to the Hotel and return.

Grand Hotel operates on the Modified American Plan. This means that your daily rate includes breakfast and dinner. The Grand Luncheon Buffet is also included in the rate for day two of the conference only. You will reserve your room directly with Grand Hotel with a special form by email, fax or postal mail after you register for the event.  A link to the room reservation form will be included on your confirmation email.

Please note: Grand Hotel charges an admission fee of $10/person unless you are a registered guest of the Hotel.