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New Bern, NC Parent Retreat: June 13-15, 2019

“This is the best thing that has ever happened to our family!” – Robert and Callie from San Diego

“A truly life-changing experience!” – Frank and Delores from Hawaii

“We leave with renewed confidence in our ability to raise well-mannered children!” – William and Anna from Atlanta


Over the past twenty years, John has been conducting two-day small-group Parent Retreats across the country (including Hawaii). During these events, which he calls “re-parenting workshops,” John helps parents properly understand and solve the problems they’re having with kids of all ages, especially problems with discipline. As the above attendee-feedback indicates, parents from all over the USA have been unanimous in praising the experience.

John will be doing a 3-day retreat on June 13, 14, and 16 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) in his hometown of New Bern, North Carolina! Founded in 1710 by Swiss colonists, New Bern is one of the most historic towns in the Carolinas. It was there, in 1893, that Pepsi Cola (originally, Brad’s Drink) was invented by pharmacist Caleb Bradham.  New Bern was the original capital of North Carolina and is home to the authentically restored, pre-Revolutionary War Governor’s Palace, Tryon Palace. Many of the homes in New Bern’s downtown historic district, including John and Willie’s, were built prior to the Civil War. History abounds in New Bern, but if you get tired of being a tourist, great beaches are only a 30-minute drive down Hwy 70.

The retreat will be held at the New Bern Golf and Country Club. The retreat is appropriate for parents of children of all ages. John is accepting no more than 20 participants (couples and single parents), ensuring that each and every parent or couple in attendance will receive plenty of individual attention. 

The retreat price (below) includes a one-hour phone follow-up with John that can be exercised at any time.


Attending Cost
Couple $750
Married Parent (Coming Alone)          $500
Single Parent (Unmarried or Separated) $375

Cost includes:

  • Three days of teaching, interaction, and Q&A with John
  • Retreat materials: notebook, supplementary reading, and a pen.
  • Informal mixer at John's home on Thursday evening
  • Lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Dinner with John on Friday evening
  • One hour follow-up phone consultation with John

John is limiting registration to 20 people (couples and singles), and space tends to fill quickly, so we encourage you to reserve your spot today!

Please note: We cannot issue a refund for cancellations after May 30, 2019. If an attendee needs to cancel for any reason after May 30, we will gladly use your payment towards a future Parent Retreat.



The retreat will commence with an informal mixer Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at John and Willie's home in the historic district of New Bern.

Friday will be devoted to a presentation of fundamental parenting principles, with a focus on effective discipline.  Following Friday’s session, dinner will be served at the New Bern Golf and Country Club.

On Saturday, John will shift to a more specific focus, showing how the foundations he set forth on Friday apply to specific behavior problems with children of all ages and how they apply to the various individual parenting issues that folks bring to the retreat. There will be a good amount of time devoted to interaction and Q&A.

Thursday, June 13:

5:30 to 7:00 pm - Informal mixer at John's home

Friday, June 14:

8:30 to 9:00 am – Participants arrive for coffee and meet ‘n’ greet

9:00 to 4:00 pm – John’s presentation (lunch served to maximize the retreat experience)

5:30 - Dinner with John at the New Bern Golf and Country Club

Saturday, June 15:

9:00 to 4:00 – John continues his presentation 

noon to 1:30 – Lunch brought to maximize the retreat experience

1:30 to 4:00 – Discussion and Q/A



Tabernacle Baptist Church, 616 Broad Street, New Bern 

Hotel Information:

John recommends attendees stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, 218 E Front St, New Bern, NC 28560, as some of the other hotels are still being refurbished from flood damage. If you are flying into the New Bern Airport (also called Coastal Carolina Regional) this hotel will provide shuttle service for you. The church is also within walking distance of the hotel. New Bern is a very quaint and beautiful small town that does not require a car to get around, however, John recommends you take a look at locations and distances on a map to help you decide whether a rental car is necessary.

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