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Gottman 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work

Couples Retreat Weekend

Come join us for a Couples Weekend Retreat

 hosted at the Avanti International Resort in Orlando Florida!

8:30 am Aug 24 - 6:00 pm Aug 25 - 2019

Register for the workshop here!


  • Have you been feeling that your partner is just a roommate?

  • Do you fight about the same thing repeatedly?

  • Can you remember the last time you went out on a date or just had fun with one another?

  • Were you thinking about therapy but not ready for the time or financial commitment?

  • Do you have a good relationship that is going through some changes like the birth of a child or children going off to college?

  • Is your relationship going well but could use a tune-up?

Then This Couples Workshop is For You!

Research shows that on average, couples wait six years from the first sign of problems before they seek help. That's like waiting six years with cancer before seeking medical care. Please don't wait until your relationship is falling apart to get help.

The Seven Principles Workshop for couples is a two-day marriage workshop 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. It's specifically designed to help couples improve their friendship and learn powerful communication and conflict management skills.

The workshop includes lectures, demonstrations, and the opportunity for couples to practice the 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.

What You Will Learn In This Workshop:

The Seven Principles Program will give you new insights and research-based relationship skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you resolve conflict in a healthy, productive way.

This class combines teaching and demonstrations with one-on-one work sessions where you and your partner focus on your relationship with each other. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. Although we encourage questions and comments, you do not need to speak in the workshop if you do not want.

Couples will learn and practice research-proven tools:

  • Make conflict work for your relationship

  • Deepen intimacy and build trust

  • Identify your solvable vs. perpetual issues

  • Strengthen your foundation of friendship

  • Collaborate more effectively to solve problems

  • Communicate clearly and effectively (...and get more of what you want and need as a result!)


Registration per couple includes:

  • The book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

  • Two Seven Principles workbooks

  • Love Maps Card Deck

  • Open-Ended Questions Card Deck

  • 12 hours of presentations, psycho-educational skills training and presenter roleplays demonstrating the use of Gottman Skills

  • Opportunity to practice skills with your partner in a safe and private environment

  • Mid-morning and afternoon break with snacks and beverages provided. Lunch is on your own with available on-site and nearby restaurants.

  • Discounted group room rates. BOOK NOW! See below.

  • Arriving early? Enjoy a Friday night meet and greet social at the pool bar.

  • Relaxed atmosphere to enjoy quality time with your partner.

  • Free 3-month refresher session online via webinar.

  • Price per couple: $275

  • Seating limited on a first come first serve basis.

    Cancellation Policy:

    If you are unable to attend the series you registered for, we are more than happy to roll your registration over to the next series or any upcoming series within a year of your purchase date. We do not issue refunds but will gladly assist in finding a seat in an upcoming event that works better with your schedule.


The Gottman Seven Principles Program is designed for all couples in a committed relationship, including:

  • Married couples

  • Pre-engaged couples (those considering marriage)

  • Engaged or Premarital couples (those taking steps towards marriage)

  • Every phase of relationships, from newlyweds to senior couples

  • Those who wish to enhance an already “good” marriage or relationship

  • Those needing better conflict management tools

  • Those considering couples therapy but who are not "ready" for weekly therapy yet

  • People of all backgrounds, ages, Faiths and sexual orientations

*If you are dealing with emotional abuse, domestic violence, unwanted touch, or substance abuse, this class is not appropriate, and you should instead seek individual or couples therapy.

Register for the workshop here!


Workshop Leaders

Maria Giuliana is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor for Registered Interns of Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy in the State of Florida. She is Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Matter Counseling and Consulting Services LLC located in Jacksonville, FL offering individual, couples, and family counseling services. Her professional affiliations include: American Counseling Association (ACA), Florida Counseling Association (FCA), American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), North East Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (NEFLMHCA), Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), Florida Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (FACES), Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC). Maria is a second-year Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) Program Doctoral scholar attending National Louis University and a member of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Professional and Academic Honor Society International. She's an authorized Seven Principles Program Educator who will lead the workshop and teach you what successful couples specifically do to create long-lasting loving relationships, as well as the benefits of a stable, committed relationship.


Fernette Hoag is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addiction Professional in the state of Florida. She obtained her undergraduate degree from SUNY Empire State College and completed graduate studies at Webster University. Her professional affiliations include: American Counseling Association (ACA), Florida Counseling Association (FCA), Northeast Florida Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction (NEFCADA) and Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. Fernette has worked in community mental health, crisis stabilization, private practice, criminal justice, and social services. Work in these settings has been with individuals, couples, and families. She is an experienced group leader who has facilitated groups such as trauma treatment, communication skills, dialectical behavior therapy skills, parenting skills, and various support groups. Fernette has also led many workshops and spoken on radio and television in the past.

Register for the workshop here!


Enjoy the resort and book your room now!

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Making Reservations Over the Phone

  • Call our local reservations team at 855-828-2684

  • Monday thru Friday, 9am – 5pm ES

About Avanti Resort

Avanti Resort’s Chic, Avant-garde décor, offers a variety of room types all with open-air corridors & all wood flooring (NO CARPET). All 652 rooms include Wi-Fi, Coffee maker, Compact refrigerator, 37” Flat Screen TV’s, a kid- friendly pool with splash pad, and shuttles to Universal Orlando Resort™ and Disney Parks make this hotel ideal for families and business travelers seeking the fullest Orlando, Florida experience.

The Avanti International Resort is centrally located in the heart of Orlando’s world-famous International Drive, within walking distance of the Orange County Convention Center.

Orange County Convention Center: 0.5 Miles

Walt Disney World: 6.5 Miles

Universal Studios, Island of Adventure: 2.5 Miles

Sea World, Aquatica: 3.0 Miles

Airport: 10 Miles

Shopping all walking distance and less than 5 Miles (8 Kilometers) away:

Pointe Orlando, Premium Outlets, Mall at Millenia

Restaurants all walking distance and less than 0.5 Miles away:

Charlies, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Tony Roma’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, TGI Fridays, Itta Bena, Chuy’s

Local Attractions all walking distance and less than 0.5 Miles away:

ICON Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Upside Down House, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, Skeletons Museum & Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.

***Resort Fee Includes:

  • Universal Partner Hotel -Universal Partner Hotel Vacation Planning Center
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the resort
  • Oversized pool and recreation area
  • Interactive game room with arcade-style, single- and multi-player games
  • Fitness center with cardio equipment and weight/cable machines (overlooks the pool)
  • On-site dining –
    • Lobby Barista serving Starbucks® coffee
    • Pool Bar – serves drinks and food
    • Café & Marketplace – breakfast, lunch and dinner; gluten-free options
    • Room service
  • Scheduled shuttle service to Universal Studios, CityWalk and Epcot® at Walk Disney World® Resort
  • Guests can get to SeaWorld via the Universal Studios connection
  • Concierge Services
  • 3,080 square feet of versatile, stylish function space
  • Free self-parking
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Ice and vending machines
  • Open-air corridors



No. The class does not include sharing problems and issues publicly. Couple’s exercises are done privately.


This psycho-educational workshop, developed by the Gottman Institute, is based on the four decades of acclaimed research by Dr. John Gottman and Nan Silver, which was published in their New York Times Bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. If you haven’t yet heard of him, Dr. John Gottman, is a world-renowned researcher and therapist in relationship stability.

Having been awarded many accolades for his research, including being recognised as “one of the top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century”, Dr. Gottman also lays claim to the ability to be able to detect with 91% accuracy, which couples will divorce and which will stay together. He describes himself as not being very popular at dinner parties!


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


Yes, still come to class. While the book provides valuable information, the class lectures will summarise the content of the book. Each person will need the companion workbook however, to do the couple’s exercises efficiently.


Either works! We will do some of the exercises from the book during the workshop and some additional adapted exercises that differ from the book. The Workshop Leader will also roleplay what to do and what not to do and there will be other exercises you and your partner will be encouraged to try for yourselves at home.


We are currently running the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work workshop at at the Avanti International Resort in Orlando, FL July 20 - Jul 21, 2019.

Register for the workshop here!


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