Will John Gottman personally be conducting the weekend couples workshop?

Drs. John and Julie Gottman are the presenters for the couples workshops in Seattle, WA. Carole Cullen and Shelly Hummel are the presenters for couplesworkshopsnc.com. Both are private Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who are trained and *certified Gottman therapist, bringing decades of experience to the workshop as presenters.

*Certified Gottman Couples Workshop Leaders are Certified Gottman Therapists who have been specifically trained by The Gottman Institute to present couples workshops. All workshop leaders use The Art and Science of Love curriculum designed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. These workshops are offered independent of The Gottman Institute.

What is your cancellation and inclement weather policy?
  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the workshop purchased, a full refund less a $75.00 processing fee will be given.  After the cut-off date, registration will be converted to a credit for a future workshop offered by Couples Workshops NC within the following twelve months.
  • Inclement Weather Policy: The Art & Science of Love Weekend Workshop will be cancelled due to inclement weather ONLY if the Hotel, where the event is being hosted, is closed, or if the presenters are prohibited by weather from being there. If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, your registration fee will be applied to the rescheduled date or to another Art & Science of Love weekend of your choosing within one year of the original workshop date. Any travel expenses that may have been incurred cannot be refunded. If the event is held, but weather conditions prohibit your safe travel so you are unable to attend, your registration fee will be applied to another date of your choosing within one year of the original workshop date. Whenever possible, cancellation announcements will be posted to the CouplesWorkshopsNC.com website homepage and participants will be notified by email or phone. Thank you for your understanding.
What is your refund policy?
  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the workshop purchased, a full refund less a $50.00 processing fee will be given.  After the cut-off date, registration will be converted to a credit for a future workshop within the following twelve months.
Can we attend the workshop even if we aren't married?

Yes! Couples workshops are open to ALL couples – married and unmarried.

Can I come to the workshop alone if I can’t convince my partner to attend?

Sorry, no. Our workshops are specifically designed to be interactive and experiential for couples only

How can I convince my partner to attend a workshop/go to counseling?

Each couple is different and we are unable to provide specific advice about how to convince your partner to attend a workshop or seek counseling. However, many individuals have found that a good place to start is by sharing Dr. Gottman’s book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, with their partners. Or even easier is to listen to the informative and entertaining 90-minute presentation Making Relationships Work

I’d love to come to your workshop, but my partner is a private person and is not comfortable sharing in a group setting.

Though the lecture part of the workshop is done in a large group, all workshop exercises are performed with your partner only, and at no time are you asked to interact with other couples . There is no small/large group work, and no mandatory sharing or public disclosure . We utilize several rooms in order to provide enough space for all couples to work privately on their relationship, implementing the new skills and techniques being taught. Our Certified Gottman Therapists are available to work one-on-one with couples who desire assistance

How many couples attend the workshop?

The number of couples at the workshop varies, depending on several factors. We average between 25-40 couples per workshop.

Are we appropriate for your workshop if we don’t have any really huge problems?

Yes! Couples who attend our workshop tend to fall into two categories: enhancement and repair. We applaud couples who are wise enough to attend the workshop for enhancement purposes. Feedback from both enhancement and repair couples indicates that the copules workshop is very beneficial

Would it make sense for us to attend your workshop if we are already separated or in the process of divorce?

While each situation is unique, we do have many couples attend the workshop who are separated or have begun divorce proceedings. These couples continue to report that the workshop was very helpful to them. Our staff will discuss the specifics of your situation with you during the registration process.

Should we read The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work before attending?

The workshop is self-contained; no pre-reading is required. Some couples report that reading The Seven Principles enhanced their workshop experience by providing a foundation in the research concepts and applications

Do you provide childcare?

No, we do not provide childcare options