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A Couples Retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area


The Art & SCIENCE of Love


Weekend Couples Workshops


Mill Valley, Marin County, California

Next SF Bay Area Workshop: September 20th - 21st, 2014

Additional Date: December 6th - 7th, 2014

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Created by Drs. John and Julie Gottman

Presented by Senior Certified Gottman Therapists

Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT & Bob Navarra, Psy.D, MFT


If you’re a Professional, CEU’s may be available.

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ALSO - Next LA-Orange County Workshop: July 19th & 20th, 2014

New Southern California Workshop Dates - Learn More!


The Art & SCIENCE of Love workshop was designed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. It is based on Dr. John Gottman’s leading edge research involving over 3,000 couples spanning the past three decades.  Gottman is the author of 190 published academic articles, and author or co-author of over 40 books including the best sellers “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” and “What Makes Love Last”; as well as “The Relationship Cure”, “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail”, and “Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child”, among many others. 


Your presenters are Certified Gottman Therapists and Workshop Leaders directly trained by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT and Bob Navarra, Psy.D, MFT.  Lisa and Bob are both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists with over 30 years combined counseling experience treating couples.  Lisa sees clients in her private practice in Sebastopol, California.  Bob sees clients in his private practice in San Carlos, CA.


You will learn how to...

•  Foster respect, affection and closeness

•  Keep conflict discussions calm

•  Build and share a deeper connection

•  Break through and resolve conflict gridlock

•  Strengthen and maintain success in your relationship


What to expect...

The Art and Science of Love Workshop is designed to strengthen your relationship through engaging presentations and skill building exercises that are grounded in research.  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 understanding 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. The workshop is 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 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.


Workshop Topics


1. The Five Basic Questions:

• How is your marriage / relationship doing?

• What makes relationships change, for better or for worse?

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

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

• 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

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

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

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


3. Building a "Sound Relationship House":

• Learn how Love Maps provide a solid foundation for intimacy

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

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

  1. Develop your problem-solving skills and learn effective conflict resolution

  2. 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.




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Video! - Review FAQs about the Couples Workshop...


For further information, please contact:

Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT:   (707) 547-0401


                                       Lisa@aCouplesWorkshop.com


“The Workshop was a

positive jolt to our

relationship that we really

needed... We had tried

couples counseling, but

hadn’t got what

we needed.”

“My partner and I

were able to create a

plan around a conflict

we’ve repeatedly

argued over

for over 10 years!”



“Highlights were

the Aftermath of a Fight

exercise and finding the

underlying dream

in a gridlocked problem.”



“Working thru exercises

knowing that 1 to 1

coaching was available

really made a difference.”

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“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.”



“I appreciate the package

and information. The space

is great and the format of

time away to discuss each

exercise was beneficial.

...presented with humor

to lighten up

a weighty subject.”

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Now offered in Northern California...

    for San Francisco Bay Area, Marin County, CA couples...

         in Mill Valley at the Acqua Hotel on the SF - Richardson Bay.


This comprehensive, science-based couple and marriage workshop & retreat  is 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 brought to you from the Gottman Relationship Institute. You will learn what actually works in relationships that are happy and stable.


~ No public discussion or disclosure is involved. All work is done as a couple. ~


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.


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, 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 as Northern California's Wine Country.



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