About the Seven Principles...

Successful relationships are a result of intentional and proactive work by committed partners over the course of the relationship.  Couples workshops and retreats are a great way to learn more about each other, have fun, and strengthen the relationship.


The Seven Principles Workshop for couples is based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman as presented in his New York Times bestselling book—The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.


For over 40 years Dr. Gottman scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behaviors that put thousands of marriages at risk for failure. He helps couples understand the importance of friendship, focusing on the small day-to-day moments, and building trust.

Research shows that on average, couples wait six years from the first sign of problems before they seek help. Be proactive and learn what decades of research teach us about healthy relationships.

This educational workshop has been offered across the US and internationally, and has strengthened the relationships of tens of thousands of couples. It's specifically designed to help couples improve their friendship and learn powerful communication and conflict management skills.

The workshop includes lectures, demonstrations, videos, and private couples exercises. The activities are fun, insightful and informative. There is no need to worry about sharing your personal problems in front of others...we don't do any group sharing at this workshop.

This class is designed to strengthen your marriage or committed relationship. If you already have a strong relationship, this class will provide you with insights and tools to make it even better. If your relationship is distressed, this class will provide a road map for repair.

Studies show that the Seven Principles program improves relationship satisfaction among the majority of attendees at a fraction of the cost of traditional couples coaching and counseling. 

Goal of the Seven Principles...

The main goal of this workshop is 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.


Couples will have the opportunity to build supportive relationships with other couples attending the workshop, aiding in normalizing couples issues and breaking down the feeling of isolation. 

Couples will learn how to...

  • Deepen your knowledge of one another

  • Build friendship and trust

  • Recognize and respond to bids for emotional connection

  • Be open to influence

  • Understand and work with both solvable and difficult problems

  • Get through gridlock conflict

  • Create a special "Story of Us"

  • Maintain your relationship gains


Registration includes...   

  • 3-hour training!!! 

  • 120+ page printable PDF manual with the content, assessments, interventions, and references discussed in training

  • *Optional The Seven Principles Couples Set" which includes two Couples Guides, one copy of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, and Love Maps and Open-Ended Questions card decks. - additional $55.00

Cost: $200/couple

3-Hour Couples Workshop

About the Presenters...


John E. Heaton, IMFT, accompanied by his wife, Jennifer, are authorized Seven Principles Program Educators. They'll teach you what successful couples specifically do to create long-lasting loving relationships, as well as the benefits of a stable, committed relationship.  For additional information about the presenters or the field of marriage and family therapy, click here.

Is this Workshop for Us?​

Couples that would benefit from this workshop:

  • Pre-Engaged

  • Pre-Marital

  • Everyone from newlyweds to seniors

  • Those who wish to enhance a good marriage

  • Those needing better conflict management tools


Couples for whom this workshop is NOT suited:

  • Severe relationship distress

  • Emotional abuse

  • Domestic abuse

  • People not in recovery for their addiction

  • Untreated mental health problems in one or both partners


Registration Details​

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Cancelation Policy:

Attendees can cancel up to two weeks before the class date. A full refund minus a $100.00 processing fee will be given. No shows will forfeit their fee. To cancel, email 7principles@heatonmft.com

Note - we reserve the right to cancel this workshop in the event we don't have minimum attendance. Paid registrations will have the option of receiving a full refund or credit towards a future Seven Principles workshop. 

Have questions?

Email us at 7principles@heatonmft.com or fill out of the form below and let us know how we can help you.

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