Marriage Retreat

22 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019 | 07:00 pm - 12:00 pm

When: February 22-24th 2019
(Friday 7 pm through Sunday morning)  

Where: Maranatha Conference Center, 4759 Lake Harbor Road
Norton Shores, MI 49441 – Rooms are hotel style

First Presbyterian Church Marriage Retreat
We are so excited to offer a retreat focused on building strong relationships based on John Gottman’s Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.  People travel all over the country for these seminars and we get to offer one right here in Grand Haven!

About John Gottman and His Research…….

The Seven Principles Workshop for couples is a two-day marriage workshop based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman. This educational workshop has strengthened the relationships of tens of thousands of couples. It’s specifically designed to help couples improve their friendship and learn powerful communication and conflict management skills. We are offering this workshop in a retreat setting.  

Retreat Goals

The retreat goals are twofold:

1) To strengthen your relationship in a variety of ways including:

    • deepening your love maps
    • fostering fondness and admiration
    • facilitating turning towards each other
    • accepting influence, solving solvable problems
    • overcoming gridlock
    • creating shared meaning and
    • maintain your gains…………

2) To foster community support for relationships and grow together in this journey of marriage.

Seven Principals Program Description

The retreat will provide a safe space for couples to explore new concepts for enhancing their relationships. The program includes lectures and private couple exercises. Participants will not be required to share their personal problems in front of others.

The weekend will cover…….

    • The research foundation of the program
    • Proven tools to help couples
    • Ways to improve friendship, fondness and admiration
    • How to grow romance and intimacy
    • Constructive conflict management  
    • Skills needed to address perpetual and solvable problems
    • Creating a shared sense of meaning

Who The Retreat Is For and Not For?

Couples often wait an average of six years from the time they identify problems in their relationship until they seek help. By then problems deepen, opposing positions become more entrenched, feelings become deeply hurt and the task of recovery is much greater.

Appropriate For Couples: ~contemplating engagement ~ pre-marital ~ couples married for decades

Not Appropriate For Couples: ~ 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

About our Facilitator: Kristin Kuiper, MSW, LMSW

Kristin is West Michigan’s only Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist. She has completed this training at The Gottman Relationship Institute in Seattle, Washington. With over fifteen years of experience in clinical social work settings, Kristin now works exclusively with individuals and couples in her private practice serving the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

A graduate of Calvin College and Michigan State University, Kristin’s professional experiences include medical social work at Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids, Michigan, followed by six years as an outpatient therapist at Wellspring Counseling and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.  In addition to her therapy work, Kristin holds experience as an adjunct instructor of social work at Calvin College and has provided workshops and trainings to church, college, and community groups focused on relationship health.

Kristin’s passion for vibrant relationships begins at home. She enjoys spending time with her family, connecting with friends, is an avid runner, and loves the outdoors.

Fees & Registration,

  • Space is limited to 20 couples
  • Early Registration (before Jan 15)  $130 per couple
  • After Jan 15th – $170 per couple
  • Registration ends Feb 15th
  • Register Online, download a registration form, or pick one up in the First Pres Office.
  • Questions email jillv@fpgh.org