Marriage Celebration Retreat

February 11-13, 2022

Whether you’ve been married many years or just one year, life happens. Things change. We change. Join us and take time to laugh, remember, and re-vision your marriage together. Enjoy a wonderful weekend with a banquet dinner, evening entertainment, free couples photo shoot, breakfast café, and great sessions.

THEME: "More to this Life"

Using themes from their "More to this Life" - Marriage Enrichment Course,  Pastors Jana and Jonathan Swenson will encourage couples to "look in, look out and look up" as a tool for strengthening their marriage, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.

Drawing on the wisdom of God's Word and mixing in a whole lot of laughter and grace, couples will leave the weekend renewed in their relationship with Christ and their commitment to each other.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11


As an added bonus Jonathan, Founding Director of Paraphrase Theatre, will use his theatrical gifts throughout the weekend - both in the teaching sessions and in partnering with Okoboji Program Director, Dan Antoine to host Saturday night's entertainment, "The Madcap Marriage Showdown." You don't want to to miss it!

Speakers: Pastors Jonathan and Jana Swenson


Jonathan and Jana Swenson have served in a variety of ministry settings in their 30+ years as a Lutheran clergy couple, including 17 years in parish ministry and 10 at Mount Carmel Family Camp and Conference Center in Alexandria, MN. Currently, Jana is a Development Consultant with Kairos and Associates, and Jonathan is the Founding Director of Paraphrase Theatre, a one-actor, multiple-character drama ministry on the life of Christ.  The Swensons also have an online marriage ministry called More to This Life. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Christina and Caitlyn, and their respective husbands, Nate and Nick.

2021 Cost:

$209 for the weekend per couple

$119 commuter rate per couple (breakfast not included)

Deposit: $50/couple (non-refundable)

Registration Begins at 7:30 pm on Feb. 11

Programming Begins at 8:00 pm

Weekend Concludes with Lunch

at 11:00 am on Feb. 13

Safety is of primary concern at camp, so we wanted to let you know of some of the most important adjustments we’ve made in regards to COVID-19:

  • Tables have been spaced apart in the dining areas to be six feet between groups.

  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing in sleeping rooms and all throughout camp.


“This is the best Valentine’s gift anyone could give to their spouse, a wonderful weekend with time to learn and grow together.” - Marriage Celebration Retreat participant

“We arrived pretty sad, broken, and at one of the lowest points in our marriage. By the end we were able to laugh, cry, and smile together and know everything, in God’s timing, would be okay.” – Marriage Retreat Participant