Couples Retreats

Jackie and Tommy are now booking couples retreats/workshops!

We share practical tools, tips and tactics needed to forge strong marriages that are built to stand the test of time! The Gottman Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work, based on 40+ years of groundbreaking relationship research, is an entertaining, engaging, and educational workshop for couples who are dating, engaged, or married (for 6 hrs or 60 years).

…All workshop materials include the paperback book, couples workbook and completion certificates

…Our workshops are interactive and skills-based, featuring best practices, presentations, and private couples exercises

…This is NOT group therapy! The workshop is educational and based on decades of couples research by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, two of the nation’s most acclaimed relationship experts!

Make conflict work for your relationship
Deepen intimacy and build trust
Identify your solvable Vs. perpetual issues
Strengthen your foundation of friendship
Communicate more clearly and effectively 


The Seven Principles Program is appropriate for:

  • Couples contemplating engagement
  • Pre-marital couples
  • Newlyweds
  • Couples married for decades

The Seven Principles Program is not appropriate for:

  • Couples in severe relationship distress
  • Significant emotional or physical abuse
  • Mental health problems
  • Relationships where one or both partners are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other compulsive behavior

Retreat/Workshop Options:  This six hour workshop is best served in a 1 or 1.5 day setting.  We recommend a 9-5 session with a one hour lunch and 4 fifteen minute breaks. For more intimacy and bonding we recommend an evening opener from 7-9 pm then 9-2:30 the following day.  We are open to other time frames in order to meet the needs of your organization.

Audience Served:  Churches & Staff, Businesses, Leadership teams, Non-profits, Small groups


Who We Are

Jackie and Tommy are leaders and champions of relationships, whether dating, married, or just hanging out together, they believe in healing and restoring relationships among couples so they can achieve their dreams and raise families that inspire the world.

Jackie, M.S. Business Ed… is a wife, mother and passionate teacher at heart…who serves as an Instructor/facilitator for Eagle Rock Camp, Creative Director/owner of a dance and art studio, having taught in public and private schools for several years and planted churches with her husband. 

Tommy, D.Min. Leadership and Ethics… is a husband, father, military chaplain, successful business owner and entrepreneur, who serves as an Instructor/facilitator for Eagle Rock Camp and as a consultant for Military and Chaplaincy with the NC Baptist State Convention. He lives with his family, Jackie, Caleb, Karis and Zeke in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

What We Do

Our passion is helping couples achieve significant breakthrough in their personal and professional relationships so they can experience purposeful, passionate and intentional living. Our motivation comes from our favorite scripture:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Eph. 2:10


“Saying that you (Tommy) and Jackie are good instructors is falling way short of how things are presented…you two believe wholeheartedly in the material and use your own life as a model…to me that’s awesome, knowing that there are others that deal with the same issues…so you guys are awesome at what you do…please keep it up..” -Larry and Lori

“Tommy and Jackie had such a life changing impact on our marriage. We were in a really bad place in our marriage. We were on the brink of divorce when we were given the opportunity to attend ERC where we met them. They took the time to get to know us and our story. Their coaching and one-on-one with us made such an impact on our marriage and family. We were able to take a step back, reevaluate why we fell in love with each other and used the skills we were taught to help our marriage progress. We were able to reconnect on a whole new level and grow together as a couple which in turn helped us grow with our family. They changed our lives for the better and saved not only our marriage but our family.” – Chris and Steph

“I am more than glad to recommend Tommy to lead a retreat  for you or your organization. Tommy led our deacon retreat, a follow-up meeting, and also some one-on-one time. He does an exceptional job in any setting and on a variety of topics. He has a passion for what he does and a passion for equipping people. Enjoy your time with this Christian gentleman!” – Lee

“Thomas and Jackie Watson are simply amazing as individuals and as a couple. For several years now, they have lead the development, delivery and instruction of curriculum at the retreats we host for military families at Eagle Rock Camp. They have completely customized the training materials and made them relevant to military couples. Their solidity as a couple allows them to be vulnerable in sharing their own story in a delivery that is “spot on”. Their presentations are interactive, informative, provide time for questions and include laughter, sometimes a few tears and always, always hugs. We observe our couples come together, connect, love each other again, and often learn to love each other “more”. Their ability to read the room and meet each person at their point of need is uncanny. We find very often that our warriors are struggling with their faith, or are angry at God. Thomas and Jackie know exactly how to interject faith without going overboard. Their servant’s hearts are incredible, their love for others is abundant, and their kindness and grace, well, I cannot even describe it. And they remain humble. – Lynn

Love these people. They are truly a Power Couple and love God with everything they have. I had the pleasure of sitting under their teaching about relationships and it was a blessing!!! Jackie is a beast and knows how to love God boldly and connect with even a stubborn woman like me. Thomas is full of a bottomless pit of wisdom and love veterans like no other. I thank God and Camp Eagle Rock that I even met them.- Franchon

I have known Tommy and Jackie as their Pastor and friend since 1995. I have watched them serve, grow and develop their relationship and ministry for over 30 years. What I know is they are committed to excellence and dedicated to helping people. They are always learning and seeking ways to help marriages and couples grow in maturity and application of God’s Absolute Truth. Tommy and Jackie are in ministry only to minister. They are genuine and will share from their own struggles and successes in marriage and family. They can be a blessing to you, your Church, or small group minsitry. Let them bless you! – Dr. Garry Baldwin, Pastor, Midwood Baptist Church, Charlotte NC

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