The WHOLE Marriage Retreat

The WHOLE Marriage Retreat has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please remain safe and stay tuned for a possible reschedule of the event later in the year.  Notify us if you paid towards the retreat and haven’t been reimbursed.  We certainly thank and appreciate all of you. 

Marriage Retreats

May 22 – May 24  2020 

Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center

91 North Lakeshore Drive Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

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Retreat this Memorial Day Weekend to the beautiful Western North Carolina Great Smokey Mountains and experience a time of relaxation, growth, and excitement.  The Excellent Marriage has created the best of all Marriage Retreats in NC, just outside Asheville.  Retreat content focuses on three areas that matter for you to have The Excellent Marriage.  Your understanding and health in each area is vital for wholeness and ultimate marital success.   Furthermore, Your Marriage will certainly improve implementing what is taught during the best of all weekend getaways.

The Whole Marriage Retreat will be INVALUABLE!!!

Retreat Facilitators

David and Deona Frierson are a highly trained and dynamic couple equipped through training and a God given gift to help couples succeed in marriage. Deona, a licensed therapist, possess such knowledge, personality and warmth that couples enjoy. Similarly, David is as a highly focused and passionate individual whose zeal that can be felt by all, especially the husbands.

Together, those who experienced them constantly mention how well the two of them work together.  Come let your marriage partake of what has been gifted through David and Deona Frierson. To Learn more about Deona click this link (More About Deona) and to learn more about both click here (More About David & Deona)

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Deona & David Frierson (Retreat Facilitators)

Pricing ($750 Total Cost, nonrefundable after May 1, 2020)

  • Includes 3 days 2 nights accommodations at the Terrace or Lambuth Inn Hotel
  • The Whole Marriage Retreat sessions and activities
  • Couple’s Hiking Trip Travel fee
  • Attendance to Cookout and Couples BBQ

Payment Options (Final Payment Due May 1)

Total Cost: $750.00/couple Buy Now


$375.00/couple Buy Now
No Room Option: $430.00/couple Buy Now
No Room nor Hike Option:

(Great option for Asheville and surrounding area not requiring a room)

$375.00/couple Buy Now

Schedule (Subject to Change)

Note: Marriage Enrichment Sessions will include time with all couples and breakout sessions for the Husbands(w/ David) and Wives(w/ Deona)

Note:  All meals, except the Cookout and Couples BBQ, are not part of the cost

Note:  The WHOLE Marriage Retreat is a structured event from the time you arrive to departure.  If you desire extra time outside of the retreat, we HIGHLY suggest arriving earlier or staying later.  

Friday (Welcome meeting and sessions held at The Harold Center in the Susan Todd Room)

3:00 pm- 3:30 pm The Whole Marriage Retreat WELCOME
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm The Excellent Marriage Enrichment Session
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm  The Show Down: Couples Kickball
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Evening Fun: Cookout and Couples BBQ

Saturday (Sessions held at The Harold Center in the Susan Todd Room)

8:00 am – 9:30 am  The Excellent Marriage Enrichment Session
9:30 am  – 12:00 pm  The Excellent Marriage Break-Out Session (Husbands/Wives)
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Break for Lunch
2:00 pm– 8:00 pm Couples Hike & (Optional) River Tubing: Enjoy beautiful scenery and extraordinary waterfalls.

Sunday (Sessions held at The Lambuth Inn Meeting Room)

8:00 am – 11:00 am The Excellent Marriage Enrichment Session



The Terrace or the Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska.  These Beautiful lake front hotels have everything to make your stay enjoyable.  Room types provided will include either a King or Double Queen, some offering a view of the lake.

Most Noteworthy, There are limited King and lake view rooms so register early as those will be given to couples on a first register basis.  If you’re assigned a double queen room, you can only occupy one bed per night for sleeping (LOL)

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  • Lakefront rooms
  • Complimentary high speed internet access
  • King deluxe rooms available
  • On-site meeting rooms
  • Flat screen televisions
  • Telephone
  • Coffee makers
  • Alarm clock radio
  • Private baths
  • Handicap accessible rooms available
  • Complimentary access to the Fitness Center and the Aquatic Center’s seasonal pool
  • Buffet-style dining room located within the hotel (additional cost)

Activities (some activities require small rental cost)

  • Tennis
  • Mini Golf
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Kayaking
  • 18 hole Golf Course and more ….

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Packing Items

Below are some things to consider while packing for the retreat

  • Shoes for Hiking trail and other physical activities
  • Clothes you do not mind getting wet if while hiking you want to experience tubing down the natural lazy rivers
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Towel and change of clothes if you decide to tube
  • Water Bottle

Couple’s Hike

To facilitate more couple’s fun and activity, we will hike a medium to easy trail in the mountains.  The length of the trail is around 2.5 miles and offers picturesque views of waterfalls.  Optional Tubing: The trail also has two sections where water travels down from one area to another as a natural lazy river.  Most Noteworthy, One section is for adults and swimmers, since the ride can get wild and bouncy.  The second section is appropriate for all ages with a steady, easy flow down to where we will start.  To rent a tube, the cost is $5  for the duration of our hiking trip.  Travel to our hiking destination is part of the cost to attend the couples retreat.

The Excellent Marriage, creators of the BEST Marriage Retreats, look forward to meeting you during this extraordinary weekend.  Make preparations now to attend!


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