Couples WorkShop


Available In-Person 


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

This class combines teaching & demonstrations with one-on-one breakout sessions where you & your partner focus on your relationship with each other. Confidentiality is maintained unless permission is provided to release information. Although we encourage questions & comments, you do not need to speak in the workshop if you do not want.



  • Foster respect, affection & closeness
  • Build & share a deeper connection with each other’s inner world
  • Keep conflict discussions calm
  • Breakthrough & resolve conflict gridlock
  • Strengthen & maintain the gains in your relationship


This program is based upon the New York Times best seller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman, Ph.D.

Straightforward in its approach yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in Dr. Gottman’s groundbreaking book teach partners new & groundbreaking strategies for making their relationships work.

For over 30 years Dr. Gottman scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples & established a method of correcting the behaviors that put thousands of marriages on the rocks. He helps couples focus on each other & the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.

This class is designed to strengthen your marriage or committed relationship. If you already have a strong relationship, this class will provide you with insights & tools to make it even better. If your relationship is distressed, this class will provide a road map for repair.

Research shows that on average, couples wait 6 years from the first sign of problems before they seek help. That’s like waiting 6 years with cancer before seeking medical care. Please don’t wait until your relationship is falling apart to get help. Be proactive & learn what decades of research teach us about healthy relationships.


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

·        Pre-engaged couples (those considering marriage)

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

·        Married couples

·        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 formal therapy yet

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


Expand Your Roots office : 8230 105 Street, Edmonton AB

We have changed the layout of the workshop to be more accessible

Couples workshop will now be held in two sessions and participants do not need to sign up for both sessions. A workbook is required for each session, but if you already have one, you do not need one for the second session.

Session 1 : Conflict Management and Resolution 

April 29th 9am – 4pm

  • Teaching skills for couples to recognize and navigate conflict more effectively.
  • Steps to resolve conflict where both parties are respected in the process
  • Teaching methods for compromising



This fee must be paid in advance in order to register for the workshop. Once registered an invoice will be sent to you via email. There is free parking and it is wheelchair accessible.

Session 2 : Friendship, Romance, and Intimacy

May 6th 9am – 4pm

  • We will be teaching skills to re-develop the couples friendship and romance.
  • Helping couples reconnect on a deeper meaningful level.
  • Utilizing strategies to talk about intimacy and difficult couple dynamics 



This fee must be paid in advance in order to register for the workshop. Once registered an invoice will be sent to you via email. There is free parking and it is wheelchair accessible.


  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work book
    The Seven Principles Companion Workbook allows you to privately record answers & journal thoughtfully about the concepts in the book as they apply to your relationship. It takes users step-by-step through the interactive exercises in each chapter of The Seven Principles Book.
    • Materials are included in the price along with beverages (coffee, tea, water) and snacks.
    • Engaging presentation & the opportunity for many exercises & conversations with your partner (if you go together).

*Lunch is not provided


Space in each workshop is limited, so register now. Your space will be guaranteed upon the receipt of payment. Registration ends two weeks prior to workshop date to give time for all materials to be ordered.


What is the cancellation policy?

Your registration fee is non-refundable, but transferable. Once registered, if unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending The Seven Principles Workshop, you will have the opportunity to transfer your fee to any other service provided through Couple Connection including other workshops, intensives, groups, or retreats within 12 months of the registration date instead. However, there will be a $75 transfer fee applied. All classes are enrolled on a first come, first serve basis. If the workshop is cancelled by the presenters, the option will be given for a full refund or a complimentary transfer will be provided.

Will I have to share private details of our relationship?

No, you will not be required to share personal details of yourself or your relationship. This is an educational workshop only, no therapy will occur. As such, we do not encourage the sharing of personal details. 

Who are We?

Wanda Chevrette is a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Director for ReDiscover Psychological Services. She is certified 7 Priniciples Program Educators, & Levels I & II trained in the Gottman Method and instructs Couples and Family Counselling at City University. She is married with two step-children and two fur babies and lives in Edmonton, AB.

Do I have to attend the workshop with my partner?

Yes, we require couples to attend the workshop. There will be many opportunities to practice the skills we discuss in the workshop; as such, it is important that you have your partner to practice with. In addition, in order to make lasting change it is important that both partners learn these techniques. 

Do I have to talk in this class?

It is completely up to you whether you want to or not! Although we will ask questions & interact with our audience encouraging active participation, you are not required to! If you just want to sit back, learn, & participate in the private exercises with your partner, you are more than welcome to do so.

Do I have to read The Seven Principles book?

No, The Seven Principles book is a wonderful resource and it is recommended that you and your partner read it; however, there is no requirement to do so. 

Should we do the exercises in class or at home?

Both, to get the most out of the workshop, and to make lasting change in your relationship, it is recommended that you practice these skills both in the workshop and at home daily.