The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Gottman Workshops for Couples

This is a workshop for all couples; though the title includes the word “Marriage”, being married is not a requirement. The material that couples receive during this workshop, is based on The New York Times best seller, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. and Nan Silver. The book summarizes the research of Dr. John Gottman and guides couples on the path toward harmonious and long-lasting relationships.

This psycho-educational class, presented over 12 hours during a single weekend, is designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in a variety of ways; including deepening their love maps, fostering fondness and admiration, facilitating turning toward each other, accepting influence, solving solvable problems, overcoming gridlock, creating shared meaning and maintaining gains.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
The workshop provides structure, motivation and accountability for couples to effectively implement the content of the book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. and Nan Silver. Some couples find that signing up for a class, designed for relationship enhancement, eliminates a bit of uncertainty and hesitation about seeking individual couple’s therapy or working on their relationship on their own. The class format encourages both partners to work on their relationship rather than one partner alone, reading the book without the other person’s participation. It can also be encouraging to work on one’s relationship in the context of other couples that are doing the same thing.

There is no group work, sharing or public disclosure during this workshop. Couples work privately on exercises designed to address the real challenges in their relationship. Certified Gottman Therapist, Gloria Jean Bannasch, will be available to support couples one-on-one during the exercises and to answer any questions that you may have.

What You’ll Learn

Increase friendship in your relationship

  • Improve communication
  • Protect your relationship from outside stress
  • Deal more effectively with conflict
  • Learn to solve “solvable” problems
  • Overcome gridlock and effectively discuss perpetual problems
  • The art of compromise
  • How to repair your relationship when it becomes derailed by conflict or regrettable incidents
  • How to support one another successfully
  • Create shared meaning
  • What the Masters of Relationships know about sustaining and maintaining healthy relationships


Who Should Attend?

If you have a strong relationship, this workshop will provide you with insights and tools to foster further closeness. If your relationship is distressed, this two-day, weekend retreat, will provide you with a greater understanding of your relationship and a road map for repair.

Who Should Not Attend?

If you and your partner are dealing with the trauma of a recently exposed affair, we recommend that you and your partner see a therapist for some repair work so that you will both be able to make the most of the information you will receive, and the skills you will learn, during this valuable couples’ workshop. If either of you has been court ordered to attend anger management classes or if the police department has been recently dispatched to your residence for a domestic violence disturbance, then you and your partner would be best served by seeing a therapist for couple’s work prior to attending this workshop. If after speaking with you and your partner, we agree that, this workshop will not be a good fit for you, we will offer some alternative suggestions that may better meet your needs; your money will be refunded, also.

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Coming Soon…

We will be announcing the dates for 2019 The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work workshop in October.  If you would like to be notified once our 2019 dates are announced, please submit your email address.  We will send a link which will allow you to get a jump start on registering for the 2019 workshops.

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work has been used around the world by thousands of couples to strengthen their relationships. It has been translated into over 20 languages and is used in a variety of settings.

Packed with practical questionnaires and exercises, the book is a definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential. It aids couples in deepening the friendship foundation of their relationship, managing conflict successfully, honoring each other’s dreams and creating shared meaning.