Turning Toward Each Other: A Retreat for Couples
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The retreat is nearly at capacity, so please call the Grace office at 206.842.9997 to register or be added to the waitlist.
Join us at Grace for this couples workshop based on John Gottman and Nan Silver's The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Our day together will be facilitated by the Rev. Stephen Crippen.
When: Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 9 am to 4 pm.
Where: Grace Church, 8595 NE Day Rd. Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Who: Both partners must join in this retreat. Participation is limited to 16 couples.
Cost: $75 per couple covers materials, lunch, and facilitation. (Financial assistance is available.)
Morning: We'll discuss the model of relationship health designed by John and Julie Gottman, grounded on the forty years of couples research John conducted at the University of Washington. We will focus on how couples can deepen their happiness and health by nurturing the friendship at the heart of their life together.
Lunch will be provided.
Afternoon: We will learn how to to understand and work with conflict to help realize each other's dreams. There will be time to ask Stephen questions as well as opportunities for breaks and silence, and for couples to simply be together to reflect on their experience at the workshop.
About the facilitator
The Rev. Stephen Crippen is a licensed marriage and family therapist and member of the clergy of the Episcopal Church who from 2007-2017 operated a Seattle private practice specializing in couples therapy. Stephen is certified to present workshops designed by the Gottman Institute, an organization that draws on the research and practices of John and Julie Gottman to help couples build trust and commitment in their relationships. He has worked as a trainer and consultant in congregational development in the Diocese of Olympia and elsewhere.
Stephen currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, but is returning to Seattle this summer with his husband, Andrew. For more about Stephen, please visit www.stephencrippen.com.
Art by Jan Richardson, "Beloved is Where We Begin"