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MARRIAGE GETAWAY

FIRST LOVE MARRIAGE GETAWAY

Unlocking Everlasting Love: Join Us at the Premier Marriage Conference of the Year!

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Registration for the 2024 HeartLife Marriage Getaway

Whether you describe Your Marriage as Happy, Comfortable or Struggling,
The 2024 HeartLife Marriage Getaway is for YOU!

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About us

Greetings from HLM Marriage Getaway Executive Directors

Wesley & Neesha Stringfellow (Married since 1988)

“We’re excited to share an experience of a lifetime. For over two decades, the HLM Marriage Getaway has strengthened hundreds of couples. Come join us for an unforgettable weekend of love & laughs that is guaranteed to enhance & fortify your marriage. We hope to see you there.”

Don't wait! Registration is limited!

Join many other like-minded couples who are dedicated to strengthening their bond at this fun and impactful event designed for every stage of the marriage journey.

Testimonials. Read what couples have to say

Events Schedule

Conference & Event Schedule

Review the schedule details below.

  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Vendors Set Up

  • 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
  • “Circle of Trust” | Attire: Spouse Twinning | Location: Forum C

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Intimacy session | Location: Forum B

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Marriage ICU | Location: Forum C |
    If your marriage is in a crisis, this is for you.

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • The Blame Game | Location: Forum B |
    Work on conflict resolution & transparency.

  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Free time and Fellowship

  • 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Lunch | Dinner on your own

  • 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Heartlife Getaway Registration | Location: Forum

    Coat Check | Vending area open

  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • First Time Attendees Reception | Location: Forum A

  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • “Let the Games Begin” Meet and Greet |

    Attire: Western Gear | Location: Forum A

  • 9:00 pm -
  • Karaoke | Location: Forum A

  • 6:45 am - 7:15 am
  • Couples walk “Cadence in Marriage” | Weather permitting

  • 7:30 am - 8:15 am
  • Housercise workout with DJ West live on the turntables |

    Forum C

  • 6:30 am - 9:00 am
  • Breakfast | Location: Resort restaurant or Coffee shop |

    Reminder: Use your Resort Restaurant Coupons.

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Prayer Teams Available | Location: West Gate

  • 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • “Breathe” Main Conference sessions |

    Attire: Conference shirts | Location: Forum A

  • 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • FREE TIME LUNCH ON YOUR OWN | 

    Your time to mingle with other couples and enjoy the resort.

  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Family First Workshop | Location: West Gate |

    For worship leaders and minstrels

  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Pastors & Marriage Ministry Leaders Workshop|

    Location: Forum C

  • 7:30 pm -
  • HLM “Breathe” Dinner Ball | Attire: Semiformal |

    Suggested colors: Magenta, Gold, Wine, shades of Pink |
    Selfie photo booth available |

    Please hashtag all photos to #HLMBreathe2023

  • 7:00 am - 7:30 am
  • Couples Stretching with Coach Nia Robinson | Location: Forum C

  • 6:30 am - 9:00 am
  • Breakfast | Location: Resort restaurant or Coffee shop | Reminder: Use your Resort Restaurant Coupons.

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Neesha’s Network Business forum (For business owners and pastors) Location: Forum C

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Prayer & Marriage Coaching | Location: West Gate

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closeout | Attire: Team Jersey (Please check out before the session) Location: Forum A

Guest Speakers

Speakers

We have an exciting line up of dynamic speakers for you! 

Revs. Drs. Joel & Naomi Mitchell

Revs. Drs. Joel & Naomi Mitchell

Joel & Naomi have shared 21 years of marriage. Together they have three children, 20-year-old twin boys Jasper Caleb & Jacobi Israel, one 18-year-old daughter, Sidni Joi. Dr. Joel is an ordained and licensed minister who graduated in May of 2018 with a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Chicago Theological Seminary. Joel served for over 15 years as Deputy Commissioner with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Human Services, and Workforce Service Divisions and also serves as the Executive Director for EMMAUS, that provides services for boys and young men who are victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Dr. Naomi is a licensed minister , Dr. Naomi earned a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity & Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. In May 2021, she earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. In addition, Dr. Mitchell is a Certified Prepare & Enrich Counselor, an Approved Gottman Institute Couple’s Check-up Advisor, and holds an advanced Self Psychology and Religion certificate from the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago.

Pastor Dr. Carl E. & Yolanda Livingston

Pastor Dr. Carl E. & Yolanda Livingston

Dr. Carl & Lady Yolanda Livingston have been married for over 30 years. Dr. Carl Livingston, serving as Pastor since March of 2003. He is a native of Detroit, MI and a son of Walnut Grove. He is committed to faithful expositional preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Pastor Livingston serves as District President of the Pastor’s Conference, he is Biblical Studies Professor, and an Army Chaplain in the National Guard. Yolanda Livingston, is a native of Detroit. She’s an Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor’s Wife Mentor and life coach.  A nurse practitioner by profession. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, she created “The Freedom Project.” Yolanda is determined to lead women to freedom, aligning them with their kingdom identity. Dr. Carl & Yolanda have one beautiful daughter, Jireh.

Jason & Jennifer Parks

Jason & Jennifer Parks

Jason and Jennifer have been married for 19 years and are the proud parents of 4 girls. Jason and Jen met at Jason’s Car rental job as he was Jennifer’s “car rental guy”. They were engaged and married about a year later. Currently, Jason is the Chief of Staff to the CEO at an investment firm and Jennifer is a registered nurse. They both serve as Life Groups Pastors at Christian Life Center in Tinley Park IL. Jennifer is a published author. Her women’s devotionals are available online and in YouVersion Bible app.

Octavius & Ali Rogers

Octavius & Ali Rogers

Octavius and Ali Rogers are a resilient and loving couple whose marriage, after 23 years, continues to stand the test of time and adversity. Their remarkable journey began with a profound trial created by the disease of addiction. Through unwavering commitment, support, and a shared determination to overcome the darkest of days, they not only salvaged their relationship and family, which includes 7 children, but emerged stronger, their love rekindled and their bond unbreakable. Today, Octavius and Ali openly share their story, advocating for addiction awareness and the power of love and support in the recovery process. Ali is a Consultant, Curator & Coach, Author, Professor and CEO of Rouse Consulting; and Octavius is the proud CEO of Kabbots Towing LLC.

Robert & Nicole Wheatly

Robert & Nicole Wheatly

“Mr. Robert and Mrs. Nicole Wheatly, a devoted couple of 11 years, not only share a strong marital bond but also serve as exemplary leaders within their respective families, emphasizing the paramount importance of love in all aspects of life. Their journey includes the joy of parenthood, as they take pride in their two children, Aubrielle and Ezra, as well as their two cherished grandchildren, London and Ki’Lynn.

Robert and Nicole Wheatly are both esteemed entrepreneurs. Robert E. Wheatly stands as a visionary in the entrepreneurial realm, spearheading BriEz Transportation, Nicole, on the other hand, leverages her expertise as a Community Development Planner with a distinct focus on Business and Real Estate Development. She is the esteemed owner of Steps Inc. Consulting. Robert and Nicole are committed champions of community engagement. They actively participate in a myriad of charitable and community initiatives, making a positive impact throughout the state of Illinois.”

Pastors Tony & Ruby Powell

Pastors Tony & Ruby Powell

Tony & Ruby Powell are a dedicated and passionate couple committed to fostering strong and enduring marriages through their support of marriage ministry. Their 20+ year marriage and life experiences, have allowed them to touch the lives of countless couples with their wisdom, guidance, and unwavering love. Pastors Tony & Ruby are on a mission to spread love, unity, and lasting joy in marriages. Their book” It’s All His Fault/It’s All Her Fault: The Blame Game…The Right Way: have served as a resource manual in many marriages (available at www.theblamegame.us and on Amazon. Tony and Ruby are the parents of four dynamic children: Adya (Matt), Kasiya, Nathan, & Jonathan.

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Basic Plan

2024 Marriage Getaway Registration Couple
$ 500 Pay in Full - $100 Savings
  • One (1) gift basket per couple
  • Two (2) T-Shirts
  • One (1) Snack Pack
  • Activities & Materials
  • And so much more!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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This getaway is for marriages that are in any season: Struggling, blissfully happy, comfortable, content, stagnant.

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You’ll hear great testimonies of how couples got through the hardest times. You’ll get tools on how to keep your marriage fun and full of joy. How to communicate effectively. How to keep the fire burning. To understand the true meaning of marriage b/w a husband and a wife.

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Expect the unexpected. This is not your typical marriage ‘retreat’. Expect to have a great time, to laugh, to cry tears of joy. Expect to teak some chains. Expect to feel like you’re not alone.

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It’s worth every cent because you won’t leave the same way you came. We invest in everything else. Why not invest in something that God ordained?

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If it’s your first time, it won’t feel like it. You’ll feel right at home, like you’re amongst family.

Come join us for an unforgettable weekend of love & laughs that is guaranteed to enhance & fortify your marriage.

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