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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work:

Weekend Workshop for Couples in Asheville, NC…

…based on the New York Times Bestselling book by Dr. John Gottman: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. This workshop will offer proven, effective, practical, and research-based tools and techniques to enhance and improve your relationship.

Take Your Relationship To The Next Level

Would you like to have healthier communication in your relationship? Do you find that you are having the same arguments with your partner over and over again, and feel stuck? Maybe you have a good relationship, but want to make it even better. If so…


Don't Wait To Enrich Your Relationship

Research has shown that couples wait an average of 6 years from the time they begin having significant relationship problems to seek support.


You'll Be Learning How To...

-improve friendship, fondness, and admiration

-enhance romance and intimacy

-manage conflict constructively

-gain skills to address solvable and unsolvable problems

-create shared meaning

-maintain gains through out a lifetime

The Seven Principles Workshop includes lectures and private couple exercises. Couples will not share their personal problems in front of others.

What Couples Are Saying About This Workshop...

I highly recommend coming to this retreat as a way to recover, strengthen, and grow in your relationship. It has served us immensely!

We feel more confident moving forward thanks to this workshop!

The weekend was extremely helpful for our relationship. It outlined tools for navigating our marriage. The presenters were knowledgeable and available. Much recommended!

Interested In Attending This Workshop With Your Partner?

Let’s find out if this workshop will be appropriate for you and your partner. Read below for more details…

The Seven Principles Workshop is designed for ALL couples in a committed relationship, including:

-couples contemplating engagement, or engaged couples

-couples in all phases of relationship – from newlyweds to senior couples

-couples wishing to enhance an already good (or great) relationship

-couples needing better conflict management tools

-couples who have considered therapy, but are not yet ready for weekly couples therapy

-couples of all ages, backgrounds, faiths, and sexual orientations

The Seven Principles Workshop is NOT appropriate for the following couples...

couples dealing with severe relationship distress, emotional abuse or domestic violence, active addictions (alcohol, drug, sexual, gambling, etc.), or serious mental health problems in one or both partners.

If you or your partner are experiencing any of the above and would like support, please feel free to reach out and we will help you to find an appropriate individual or couples therapist.



Take Action To Improve Your Relationship Today!

We were not taught how to have successful relationships in school, but you can learn how to make your relationship work by attending this weekend workshop with research-based tools.

Register now to guarantee your spot. Space is limited.

Select a date below then register and pay online.

Workshop Postponed

Next Workshop

June 27th & 28th, 2020


Location TBD: Asheville Area within 30 mile radius

June In Full


Registration Closes Friday, June 26th at noon

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Future Workshops in the Asheville Area


Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Fall 2021 (4 day retreat)

The Seven Principles Couples Set

Each couple that registers and attends the workshop will receive The Seven Principles Couples Set, which includes:

-two Couples Guides

-one copy of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

-the Love Maps and Open-Ended Questions card decks

(a $50 value)

Seven Principles Notes

Brian Johnson from PhilosophersNotes shares his 5 favorite big ideas from the book. Check it out to see what you’ll be learning in the workshop!

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions...

Don’t see your questions answered below? Email cindy@avlcouplestherapy.com with your questions.

How often do you offer the Seven Principles workshops?

We began offering the workshops in Fall of 2019, with the hope of scheduling 2-4 workshops per year. As long as there continues to be interest, we will offer at least 2 workshops per year.

What is your cancellation policy?

All sales are final and no refunds will be issued. However, you may transfer your ticket to the next Seven Principles workshop, or to any Seven Principles workshop offered by Asheville Couples Workshops within one year. You may also gift your ticket to another appropriate couple.

Do you offer any reduced rates?

There are a couple options for you and your partner if you are unable to afford the regular cost of the workshop…

If you are a member of Open Path Psychotherapy Collective and receive reduced therapy rates, you can purchase a ticket at 50% off. To take advantage of this offer, email Cindy at avlcouples@gmail.com and provide your Open Path Member Number. Please note that there are a limited number of Open Path spots available.

One spot in each workshop will be reserved for a giveaway through Cindy’s newsletter: The Happy Couples Playbook. Get on the list and you may win a free ticket for you and your partner!

Will we have to share our personal problems and issues in front of others?

No. The workshop does not include sharing problems or issues publicly. Exercises are done privately.

Must both partners attend or can I come alone?

Since the workshop involves couples doing exercises together, both partners must participate.

My partner isn't a reader. Can we still come to the workshop if they won't read the book?

Yes, still come to the workshop. While the book provides very valuable information, the workshop lectures will summarize the content of the book.

What couples are best suited to attend the workshop?

The Seven Principles Couples Program is appropriate for couples contemplating engagement, for premarital couples, for couples living together, and for couples who have been together or married for decades.

What couples are NOT suited for this workshop?

Psychoeducational workshops are not appropriate for all couples, including those with severe relationship distress, significant emotional or physical abuse, serious emotional or mental health problems, relationships where one or both partners are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol, and relationships with serious compulsive behavior with gambling, sexual acting out, and other disruptive behaviors.

Should you or your partner fall into any of these categories, please reach out so that we can provide appropriate referrals to individual or couples therapy.

Asheville Couples Workshops

Fun, in-person couples workshops offered in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina

Get Your FREE Relationship Guide...

5 Evenings to a Better Relationship will walk you through easy proven and research-based actions to take in your relationship over the course of a week.

That's 7 days to do 5 small things!

Are you up for the challenge?... Actually, it's not that challenging 😉

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