Gottman Couples Workshops Sky

A Couples Retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Art & SCIENCE of Love

Weekend Couples Workshops

Marin County, California

Next SF Bay Area Workshop:

August 26th-27th, 2017

Add’l 2017 Workshop:

December 2nd-3rd, 2017

Created by Drs. John and Julie Gottman

Presented by Master Certified Gottman Therapists

Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT & Bob Navarra, PsyD, MFT

13.5 CE Credits available, see registration for details...

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Dr. John Gottman, author of Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, and The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, designed this workshop with his wife, Dr. Julie Gottman.

The Art & SCIENCE of Love Couples Workshop™ is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research and Dr. Julie Gottman’s clinical experience involving over 3,000 couples spanning the past three decades.  During this weekend workshop, you will learn what the Gottmans have discovered about how successful couples keep their marriage or relationships strong and what you can do to strengthen yours.

Your presenters are Certified Gottman Therapists and Workshop Leaders, Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT and Bob Navarra, PsyD, MFT.  Lisa and Bob are both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists with over 30 years combined experience treating couples.  Lisa sees clients in her private practice in Kentfield, CA. Bob sees clients in his private practice in San Carlos, California.

“The best part of the workshop was the

section on fondness and admiration.

I feel those things for my wife,

but don’t always tell her.”

Couples will learn how to...

  1. Foster respect, affection and closeness

  2. Keep conflict discussions calm

  3. Build and share a deeper connection

  4. Break through and resolve conflict gridlock

  5. Strengthen and maintain successes in their relationships

What to expect...

The Art and Science of Love Workshops are designed to strengthen your relationship through engaging presentations and skill building exercises.  Lisa and Bob will share many humorous stories, film clips and role plays.  During the first day, you will learn how to build and maintain fondness, admiration, and closeness in your relationship or marriage.  On the second day, you will work on conflict management while learning new and important communication skills.  All of the exercises are designed to address your real-life challenges and you will work only with your partner.  During the exercises, Lisa and Bob remain available to consult with those couples who desire help.  There is no group work or public disclosure. This is an experiential, psycho-educational workshop for couples, and is not therapy.  At the end of the workshop you will leave with a greater under-standing of your relationship and the skills to repair or enhance it.

Who Should Attend...

Research shows that on average, couples wait six years from the first signs of problems before they seek help. These workshops are designed to strengthen your marriage and/or relationship. If you have a strong relationship, this workshop will provide you with insights and tools to make it a great one. If your relationship is distressed, this two-day workshop will provide a road map for repair.  If you are dealing with physical abuse, this workshop may not be appropriate. In these cases, please consult with Lisa.

“I enjoyed getting to understand

my husband’s point of view, while we

learned to process a regrettable incident.”

Workshop Topics

1. The Five Basic Questions:

  1. How is your marriage / relationship doing?

  2. What makes relationships change, for better or for worse?

  3. If your relationship is in trouble, how can you turn it around?

  4. If your relationship is doing well, how can you ensure that it will continue to grow?

  5. As your relationship improves, how can you make changes last?

2. Assessing Your Relationship:

  1. Learn to recognize the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and what to do if they are attacking your relationship / marriage

  2. Identify your relationship's specific strengths and how to build on these

  3. Learn about the effects of physiological flooding and how it may impede conflict resolution

  4. Learn the small, easy steps that increase romance in your relationship

3. Building a "Sound Relationship House":

  1. Learn how Love Maps provide a solid foundation for intimacy

  2. Use the Fondness and Admiration System to renew respect and care for one another

  3. Create an Emotional Bank Account that you can draw upon in times of stress

  4. Develop your problem-solving skills, including the four techniques of effective conflict resolution: Softened Start-up, Accepting Influence, Repair Work, and De-escalation

  5. Find out how you can make your dreams and aspirations come true for you, your partner, and your relationship

Make the Gottman Couples Workshop...

   A Couples Retreat!

Coming to Marin County, California from out of the region or even out-of-state? If your schedule permits, why not add a couple of days and transform the Couples Workshop into a Couples Retreat! Check out our “Retreats” page for a short listing of Places of Interest & Attractions in and around Mill Valley, Sausalito, and Tiburon, CA.

Learn More.

Now offered in Mill Valley, Marin County

at the Acqua Hotel on the Richardson Bay...

these comprehensive science-based couples & marriage workshops and retreat are appropriate for premarital, engaged, married, cohabiting, gay, straight, happy or struggling couples.  All of the ideas presented to you will be grounded in sound and extensive research. You’ll learn what actually works in relationships that are happy and stable.

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For further information, please contact:

Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT:                     (415) 721-4310

Thinking about Relationship Counseling, a Marriage Counselor or Couples Therapy? These Weekend Couples and Marriage Workshops and Retreat, designed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, are offered in the Northern California - SF Bay Area and in the Southern California - LA - Orange County Area. The perfect Weekend Couple Getaways.

In the NorCal - San Francisco Bay Area the workshop serves the counties of Marin County, Sonoma County, Napa County, Lake County, Mendocino County, Solano County, Contra Costa County, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, Monterey County, and San Francisco County; including the cities of Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Windsor, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Sausalito, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Union City, Milpitas, Walnut Creek, Pittsburgh, Pleasant Hill, Benicia, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Richmond, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Pinole, San Leandro, Castro Valley, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Vallejo, San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Woodside, Los Altos, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Daly City, Pacifica, Monterey, Sacramento, and Fairfield CA.

Outside of these regions, through-out California and out of state, the Couples Workshop and Retreat serves the Central Valley of California including the cities of Redding, Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, and Bakersfield. Often couples arriving from out of state including Portland, Oregon; Las Vegas or Reno, Nevada; Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; Boise, Idaho; Denver, Colorado; or Albuquerque, New Mexico add a couple extra days to their stay so that they can enjoy the Golden Gate National Recreational Area - GGNRA, Muir Woods, Mount Tamalpais, as well the Northern California's Wine Country.

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