About Us

Growing Together in Marriage (GTIM) is a marriage enrichment program, which is held in South Australia on selected weekends throughout the year.

This non-denominational program was started by several couples in the Uniting Church who benefited from participating in a programme called “Marriage Encounter”, initiated by Father Gabriel Calvo in his ministry to Spanish couples in the late 1950s.

It is now run by a diverse group of couples of various ages and stages of marriage, and from a variety of churches. It is regularly reviewed and updated.

Growing Together in Marriage is endorsed by the Uniting Church and the Baptist Churches of South Australia.


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Barossa Weintal Hotel

Weekend Venue

All of the 2016 weekends will be held at the Barossa Weintal Hotel.

The venue is located one hour’s drive from Adelaide, in the picturesque Barossa Valley.

All meals are included, and our team provides the complete GTIM programme across the weekend.

Meet the team

The Team

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Rob & Lee Allen

Team Leaders
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Fred & Lesley Vince

Team Members / Registrars
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Jim & Barbara Elgar

Team Members / Treasurer
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Steve & Val D’Arcy

Team Members
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Dean & Anita Turner

Team Members
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Kym & Kay Riding

Team Members
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Noel & Elim Verma

Team Members

Our Weekends

GTIM weekends start at 8pm on the Friday evening and run through to about 3.30pm on the Sunday.

100% discreet

No one is asked to share publicly about their marriage (no group discussions).

Connect with love

Following each talk, each person has time to interact with their partner on the same topic in the privacy of their own room.

Engaging talks

A team of three leader couples presents a series of talks on various aspects of marriage, drawing heavily on their own personal experiences of joy, pain, laughter and frustration.

Move to the next level

Deepen your communication and understand your partner's feelings, joys, disappointments, hopes.

Look deeper

Take time out from your busy lives to focus on each other.

Get in touch!

The couples who currently present the weekends are listed on this site. They welcome your enquiries by phone or email.

Couples Say...

Some comments from couples who have attended a weekend:

“I was a bit apprehensive about going and sharing publicly about our marriage, not that we have any issues (well, major ones, anyway!) but was relieved and delighted that there was no public sharing or group discussions — in fact, we only talked together in our room, after hearing from the leaders. It was great to have time away from everyone and everything to do that.”

Sandra M.

“...blessed, fulfilled and re-invigorated after attending the GTIM weekend. Flabbergasted with the openness and honesty of the leader couples and the encouragement it has provided us in our own marriage. Wonderful program. If only more people knew about GTIM, it would certainly heal and save many broken relationships.”

Couple, married 10+ years

“We shared an amazing weekend together. Having the opportunity to spend a whole weekend together focusing on ‘us’ gave valuable time to explore some of those niggling issues that we had pushed aside and yet had become the source of some negativity between us. Although there were many tears (and laughs!) we experienced an incredible true intimacy and a new deepened love.”

Dean & Anita T. (Attendees and now Team Members)

“The weekend was life-changing for both of us in ways that can’t be explained with words. God's intervention in our marriage at that time has been dramatic and exceeded anything that we could have hoped for or predicted.”

Dennis & Brenda W.

“Marriage is something to celebrate, something to enjoy and something that can do with a bit of maintenance once in a while, in order to keep it fresh. We’d like to tell you that a GTIM weekend can be one of the most refreshing and beneficial things you can do for your marriage.”

Dean & Vivienne C.

“GTIM helped us realise that putting all our energies into raising our three boys was askew; we needed to make it a priority to enjoy time together and focus on ‘us’.”

Couple, married 20+ years

Bookings

Weekend dates for 2016 are shown below. Click the “Book Now” buttons to make a booking, or to get in touch with the team about a particular weekend.

Barossa Weintal

May 20–22

Autumn weekend


  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals included
  • Full GTIM programme
  • $480/couple
Closed

Barossa Weintal

Jul 1–3

Winter weekend


  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals included
  • Full GTIM programme
  • $480/couple
Closed

Barossa Weintal

Nov 4–6

Spring weekend


  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals included
  • Full GTIM programme
  • $480/couple
Book now

Get in touch

Use this form to register your interest for a weekend or make a general enquiry. One of our team will then get in touch with you.