About 7 Principles For Making Marriage Work

Presented by:

Certified Gottman Educator Ivana Maclay, LPC

New upcoming workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, 2024 in the Day Hall, Tabor Space from 9:30 am till 3:30 pm.


5441 SE Belmont, Portland, OR, 97215


$280 per couple

Workshop is limited to 10 couples. Registration at

Registration also includes 2 copies of the Seven Principles workbooks.

Workshop Details:

Tired of having the same fight over and over? Did you forget how to have fun together?

Do you want to learn how to become a “master couple” and create a lifetime of love built on deep friendship, healthy conflict, and shared meaning?

Then, this half day workshop can help you!

The Seven Principles Workshop includes lectures and private couple exercises. Registration includes the book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman, two workbooks and light refreshments. Participants will not share their personal problems in front of others. Workshop duration is 5 hours (plus breaks).


Based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman, this workshop provides couples with practical tools to enhance and improve their relationship.


This educational and experiential workshop will help couples learn how to:

  • Improve friendship, fondness and admiration.
  • Enhance romance and intimacy.
  • Manage conflict constructively.
  • Gain skills to address perpetual and solvable problems.
  • Create shared meaning.

Benefits of Participation:

Provides structure, motivation, and accountability to work through materials found in the Seven Principles book.

  • It is lighthearted and less threatening than therapy, but may also be a bridge to therapy if needed.
  • Helps couples articulate goals, expectations, and time frames for working on their relationship in a positive way.
  • Encourages both partners to work on their relationship together rather than one partner reading the book alone.
  • A great resource for pre-marital couples to learn skills that will enrich their relationship through a lifetime. may also enrich current marriage counseling.

The Seven Principles Program is Appropriate for:

  • Pre-marital couples
  • Newlyweds
  • For all couples in a committed 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 half a day workshop will provide a road map for repair.

The Seven Principles Program is Inappropriate for couples with:

  • Significant emotional or physical abuse
  • Mental health problems
  • Relationships where one or both partners are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other compulsive behavior.

You will receive Two Couples Guide which allows each partner to journal and follow along during the workshop, as well as, use as a helpful reference at home.

Should I do anything to prepare?

There are no prerequisites to attending a couple’s workshop. The workshop is self-contained; no pre-reading is required. However, some couples report that reading The Seven Principles for Making Marriage. Work book enhanced their workshop experience by providing a foundation in the research concepts and applications.

Do I have to talk in this class?

Absolutely not. Although I will ask questions of the audience and encourage participation, speaking up is entirely up to you! If you just want to sit back, learn, and participate in the private exercises with your partner, you are welcome to do so.


Dress for the workshop is casual.

What people said about the last workshop (presented online)?

“My husband Bill and I attended a short Gottman Course online this past spring with psychologist Ivana Maclay. The course was over two Saturday mornings, three hours each. The intention was to introduce us to Gottman’s Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

Ivana is open, friendly and easy to work with. Her demeanor helped us quickly relax and participate with the other couple attending the class. Ivana is also very knowledgeable and skilled in the Gottman methods.

The “exercises” were fun and revealing, even for us, a couple married for 47 years. They made us smile, and happily laugh together. The assignments highlighted a few great things about our relationship that we’d forgotten. It was also interesting to watch (via Zoom) the other couple, who was much younger than we are, make similar connections.

I highly recommend Ivana’s workshops to other couples seeking to re-kindle their appreciation of each other. She is kind, attentive and listens thoughtfully”.

Sylvia and Bill, Portland, OR

4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 319
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 688-0935

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