Online Couples workshop

This workshop will help you to strengthen your relationship and learn new skills to give each other support through these “challenging times.” And build stronger foundation for happy relationship in the long run!

I am offering this “fun and hands on” introduction into Couples Workshop Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. This is a limited offer during corona virus pandemic. The cost for each class is $100 per couple.

In this workshop you will learn how to improve your relationship and practice step-by-step strategies that creates warmth, connection, and passion. We will focus on the first 3 Principles – The foundation of healthy relationship.


1) Saturday, July 31st, 9-12 pm

Introduction, Inside the Love Lab, What Does Make Marriage Work, and Principle 1 – Enhance Your Love Maps

2) Saturday, August 7th, 9-12 pm Principle 2 and Principle 3 – Nurture Your Fondness and Admiration and Turn Toward Each Other Instead of Away

Workshop is limited to 10 couples. Registration at

“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 


About 7 Principles For Making Marriage Work


Presented by: Certified Gottman Educator Ivana Maclay, LPC

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!

Workshop Details:

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).

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

PROVEN, RESEARCH-BASED APPROACH: 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.

More about this workshop:
Dr. John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage. After four decades of research on all facets of relationships, the Gottman Institute has developed an approach that not only supports and repairs troubled marriage, but strengthens happy ones. You can watch video to learn more.



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Portland, OR
(503) 688-0935

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