Even if it’s been a while since you’ve experienced the Joy of Romance, we want You and Your Beloved to know this is The Right Place to be.
We’ll be here to help you enjoy Your Love as God intends it to be!
I know the plans I have for you. They will stretch you. They are stretching you now. My plans are for your good and the only way you will be truly happy. Trust me. You are more dear and precious to me than you realize. I put those desires in your heart, and I am the only one who can fulfill them. Walk closely to me. You cannot mess this up. You cannot even delay it when you become fearful because I’m at work in your anxious times, too. Do not let shame rule over you. Do not listen to those lies. I will turn your mourning into dancing. You will face challenges, and you will overcome them all. Watch me. Watch what I do next. You’re going to love this one!
Imagine a Beautiful Getaway
From the moment you enter the Front Gate, you notice a significant difference in the air.
Like a step back in History … to a Sweeter, Simpler Time. A time when you first discovered Your Romance.
This beautiful 170-acre retreat center in South Orange County, California, is most often empty. Saddleback does hold a few short, half-day and one-day, events. However, this property was donated to them to be used, not to lie dormant. Don’t you agree?
And it won’t be a fleeting feeling. As you partake of all we have to offer, Your Romance will grow.
Even if it’s been a while since you’ve experienced the Joy of Romance, you’ll instantly know you’re in the Right Place. Because we’re here to help you restore Your Love as God intends it to be!
I’m Dr. Debi Smith, a California Licensed Psychologist who is passionate about helping Christian couples and single adults learn to apply sound biblical principles and the findings of scientific research to everyday life.
The Dream Begins
At the time, I was thinking seriously about retirement. I was burned out, and waltzing away on a Hawaiian beach sounded much more appealing than anything else.
Then I asked The Lord what He had in mind for the rest of my life. I made several ambitious suggestions. At least they seemed ambitious to me. But each time I presented an idea to The Father, He replied,
One day in the spring of 2014, I was sitting in my car waiting to meet a friend for dinner. With time on my hands and no place to go, I pulled out my journal and started writing.
“You want ‘Bigger’?” “How’s this for ‘Bigger’?”
My In-Your-Face Moment with God
As I sat there in the late afternoon sun, I scratched out everything I could think of.
Then said, “How’s that?”
The Father simply smiled with pleasure and delight. How does He do that?
Dining with friends a few months later, I learned that The Perfect Property already exists in South Orange County. It doesn’t belong to us, but we hang out there to pray. To listen for The Lord’s voice. So we’ve posted photos to help you visualize The Dream, too.
I’m happy to share with you The Dream that The Father gave me that day.
How it will happen only He knows.
Ballroom (Click to learn why it’s high on our list!)
“Twenty-nine years ago, our family gifted the Rancho Capistrano property to Dr. Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral as a place of spiritual hope and training, and since then, other generous individuals have sacrificially joined with us in continuing its work,” said Andy Crean, one of the Creans’ sons. “We are pleased to learn that ‘The Ranch’ fits the aggressive and progressive vision of Saddleback Church, and that their plans for ‘The Ranch’ facility will remain faithful to our family’s longstanding dream to provide spiritual inspiration and renewal.”
It’s been more than a decade since I first dreamt of including dance in my work with couples.
Then by divine appointment one Sunny Sunday, I met the One-and-Only-Totally-Amazing Fred. (You may have noticed his photograph on each and every page of our websites and in all of our newsletters.)
He is the dearest and sweetest man I know and an Absolute Blessing to all who meet him! So together we launched the first of many Couples Workshops in the OC … and beyond!
Now it’s time we have a Ballroom to call our own. Read about all we have planned for this very fun aspect of our new Couples Retreat Center.
Why is The Ballroom high on our list?
Because we believe it’s incredibly important for couples to keep the fun in their friendship. And there’s no better way to do that than to dance together!
And because … a couple dance – such as a waltz – is the perfect example of what makes a romantic relationship work:
The man takes the lead, and the woman follows.
He guides and protects her.
She influences him, even as she admires him … and makes him look good to anyone who is watching.
Perfect. Absolutely perfect.
The Beauty of Victorian Dance
The Victorian Era was the last of the great Romantic times in history. Yes, it’s true that women didn’t have many freedoms … politically, socially, or physically (ever worn a Victorian corset?). And they had terrible dentistry practices!
But ladies were treated like ladies … by men who were gentlemen.
And that’s the first part we love.
Second, Victorian dance is elegant and easy-to-learn.
Anyone who can move can dance and laugh with us!
Third, men get to take the lead (without advice or criticism).
And women enjoy being treated like ladies. Can’t beat that in any era!
Finally, our easy-going style readily puts both men and women at ease … whatever their level of dancing skill. During the interval, guests participate in fun and surprising Victorian parlour games. Cool. Very cool.
First Dance at The Victorian Valentine’s Ball @ Newsong Church
Calendar of Ballroom Events
12th Night: Christmas Dance
* the first Saturday in January (singles and couples) Valentine’s Cotillion
* Valentine’s Weekend (couples) St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
* March Weekend (singles and couples) The Harvest Moon Ball
* October (couples) Community Dances
* Quarterly (singles and couples)
Dress is “fancy.”
Comfortable non-skid shoes required!
Weekly Dance Lessons
Victorian-style set dances
Victorian couples dances waltz
Swing Dance lindy hop
Zumba and Line Dances