Marriage Encounter is a retreat-like weekend enrichment program for married couples. It is offered under many faith expressions, including Roman Catholic, Jewish, Lutheran, and others. All the expressions use a common outline, but each emphasizes their particular faith.

It is an experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a communication technique that they can use in their daily lives. The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship. It's not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Marriage.