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 suc- cessful couples keep their marriage or relationships strong and what you can do to strengthen yours.
Your presenters are Certified Gottman Therapists and Work- shop 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...
Foster respect, affection and closeness
Keep conflict discussions calm
Build and share a deeper connection
Break through and resolve conflict gridlock
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, ad- miration, 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 exer- cises, 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 work- shop for couples, and is not therapy. At the end of the work- shop 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.”
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:
• 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
• 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
• Develop your problem-solving skills, including the four
techniques of effective conflict resolution:
Softened Start-up, Accepting Influence,
Repair Work, and De-escalation
• 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.
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. They are 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.
In the SoCal - Los Angeles County - Orange County Area “The Art & SCIENCE of Love” Gottman Weekend Couples Workshop and Retreat serves the communities of LA County, OC, San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Kern County, Inland Empire, and Imperial County; including the cities of Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Corona, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Oxnard, San Diego, Chula Vista, La Jolla, La Mesa, El Cajon, Escondido, Carlsbad, San Clemente, Temecula, Laguna Niguel, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Westminster, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, La Habra, Norwalk, Lakewood, Palos Verdes, Azusa, Torrance, Chino, Hawthorne, Santa Monica, West LA, Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona, Ontario, West Covina, Pasadena, Glendale, Hollywood, Van Nuys, Burbank, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Palmdale, Lancaster, Victorville, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and San Luis Obispo 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 as Northern California's Wine Country.
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These comprehensive science-based couples & marriage workshops and retreat are appropriate for pre- marital, 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 relation ships that are happy and stable.