– April 12 to 14, 2019, south of Nashville, Tennessee
– September 6 to 8, West Virginia (northwest of Washington, D.C.)
This powerful weekend training/retreat is designed especially for wives or girlfriends of men who are conflicted over same-sex attractions (SSA), struggle with sex addictions, or men who have been unfaithful to their marriage vows.
This weekend is for women who are committed to their own personal growth — and who are ready to experience breakthrough emotional shifts and insights, regardless of some of the choices their husbands may have made.
What to Expect
Throughout the weekend you will learn how to recognize your own core emotions (anger, fear, sadness and joy) and what they can teach you. You will learn how to recognize your anger and release it in healthy ways. You will learn how to work through your own personal grief, how to release your shame, how to set boundaries and how to stay strong in spite of what life may send you.
Many women find that in their course of doing their work, relatively little of it turns out to be about their husbands. Much of it goes far deeper — back to their fathers, perhaps, or other men. Or to their own sense of self-worth and self-acceptance.
A Wife’s Healing Journey is a self-discovery and inner-healing weekend. The staff-volunteers create a structure for you to explore your own work and your own journey, wherever that may lead.
The program begins on Friday afternoon and continues until Sunday afternoon — a total of about 20 program hours of experiential processes, teachings, break-out groups, sharing, journaling and meditation. It’s residential, meaning all participants and staff-volunteers stay onsite at the retreat center for the full weekend experience. They sleep in temperature-controlled groups rooms and eat together in a dining hall. Six meals are served — from dinner Friday through lunch Sunday.
About the Staff-Volunteers
A Wife’s Healing Journey is staffed by women and men whose marriages have survived and even (ultimately) thrived as the husband addressed the root causes of his issues, the wife confronted her own anger, fear, betrayal, sadness or shame, and the couple, together, worked towards a more rewarding and intimate relationship as husband and wife.
The program is usually staffed by about 10 to 15 volunteers–mostly married couples (although some volunteers staff the event without their spouse present).
About the Co-Creators
The program was co-created by Mary Jane Morgan, a wife of a man who formerly struggled with SSA, and Rich Wyler, a man from an SSA past who is the founder of Brothers on a Road Less Traveled (originally called People Can Change) and co-creator if its life-changing Journey Into Manhood program.
About the Wives
Past participants have ranged in age from 23 to their 60s. Some have been married for decades already; others, for just a few months. Some attended at a time when they were separated, divorced or even engaged to marry an SSA man who has encouraged her to attend so that she can better understand his journey and be more equipped to handle tough issues together, as a couple.
Many participants attend at a crisis point in their marriages, when they are preparing to make life-changing decisions. Others are generally happy in their marriages, and are really attending more for their own personal-growth and also to be better equipped to understand and support their husbands’ journeys.
Most but not all participants are married to men with SSA. Sometimes their husbands have been serial adulterers or sex addicts. Other husbands who experience SSA have never acted on their same-sex attractions at all, but still experience temptations, distress or internal conflict over their attractions.
The number of participants has ranged from as few as seven to as many as 25, depending on the event.
Fees and Locations
Since 2009, we’ve held Wife’s Healing Journey events in Texas, California, Utah and Tennessee.
The regular registration fee is $590, which covers the full program (about 20 hours), two nights’ stay at the retreat center, six meals, and a post-weekend, follow-up teleconference session to further integrate your experience.
There is a $100 early-registration discount if you pay in full at least 6 weeks before the event.