Gottman Couples Workshops have produced positive results for 94% of those who attend!

The Art & Science of Love Gottman Couples and Marriage Workshop



At The Art & Science of Love Gottman couples and marriage workshop you get 2 full days of real-world information and easy exercises/tools that will help to reinforce and restore your love. Counsellors Darren Wilk and Lawrence Stoyanowski of

Best Marriages bring an unparalleled level of insight to their Couples and Marriage Workshops in Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon

and Vancouver. Highly endorsed by the Gottman Institute, Darren and Lawrence have even traveled to Seattle to present their Couples Workshop.




Attend with confidence knowing that we have presented this Gottman couples workshop over 80 times with groups ranging in size between 30 to 50 couples. These workshops will sell out in some areas.   Read the Reviews



The Art & Science of Love is a workshop for every type of couple and has been shown to achieve results similar to 6 months of traditional marriage counselling. That’s because we equip you with a box of Gottman researched-based techniques, cards, tools and tips to help support a healthy relationship long after you return home from our retreats.


This workshop is guaranteed to not make you feel uncomfortable, be nerve-wracking or a waste of your time. Using humor and proven techniques we will help you strengthen your relationship regardless of where the two of you are at.


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Oct 19, 2024 - Oct 20, 2024
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

How Effective is it?

If your relationship is healthy, this workshop will give you insight and tools to make it even better. If your relationship is in distress, we can give you a road-map for repair.


That’s exactly why 94% of previous workshop attendees have reported positive results after attending this groundbreaking weekend session. Conflicts that once felt “gridlocked” are worked through successfully.


What Makes Us So Successful? Our methods are backed by science. Our work is grounded in over 40 years of research with more than 3000 couples by the Gottman Institute.


Why wait until further damage has been done? Register today and take the first step to having a positive, healthy and passionate relationship.


What You Will Learn

In this relationship and marriage workshop, couples will learn how to:


  • Foster respect, affection, and closeness
  • Build and share a deeper connection with each other’s inner world
  • Keep conflict discussions calm
  • Break through and manage conflict grid-lock
  • Strengthen and maintain the gains in your relationship

Register today to save your spot at our next exciting couples workshop and retreat!


Proven Methods, Gottman Certified

An extension of the counselling provided in our offices, guidance is based on the teachings of Dr. John Gottman who developed his methods through more than 40 years of research and experience in counselling. Dr. Gottman has scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behavior that puts thousands of marriages on the rocks. His method helps couples focus on each other, on paying attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.  These relationship-enhancing skills are the heart of our couples workshops.


About The Gottman Institute

The Gottman Institute, founded by Dr. John Gottman, applies leading-edge research on marriage stability in a practical, down-to-earth way. No other approach to couples education and therapy has relied on such intensive, detailed, and long-term scientific study of why marriages succeed or fail. Dr. John Gottman is a world renowned expert in relationships and marriages.




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Workshop Topics 


Five Basic Questions

  • How is your marriage/relationship doing?
  • What makes relationships change, for better or for worse?
  • If your marriage is in trouble, how can you turn it around?
  • If your marriage is doing well, how can you ensure that your relationship will continue to grow?
  • As your relationship improves, how can you make changes last?


Assess Your Marriage

  • Learn to recognize the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and what to do if they are attacking your marriage.
  • Identify your relationship’s specific strengths and how to build on these.
  • Learn about the effects of physiological flooding and how it may affect conflict resolution
  • Learn small easy steps that increase romance in your relationship


Build A Solid Marital House

  • Learn how Love Maps provide a solid foundation for your marital intimacy
  • Use the Fondness & Admiration System to renew respect and care for one another
  • Create an Emotional Bank Account that you can draw upon in times of stress
  • Develop your problem-solving skills, including the four techniques of effective conflict resolution: Softened Start-Up, Accepting Influence, Repair Work and De-escalation
  • Find out how you can make your dreams and aspirations come true for you, your partner, and your relationship


Register Today To Make Lasting Changes In Your Relationship!

Through our Couples Workshops, the dynamic team of counselors from helps couples learn to meet and overcome the numerous challenges they will face throughout their lives. In doing so, they enable them to create a strong basis on which to build a healthy and successful marriage, living up to their practice’s motto, “Make your marriage great without changing your mate.”




For more information about our workshops, call or email us today.

Or you can register below.

What To Expect

After you complete our marriage and relationship workshop you’ll know how to foster romance and harmony as a couple. On day one you learn how to build closeness in your relationship and feelings of respect and affection.












On day two you begin to learn about managing conflict while communicating effectively. Through the use of anecdotes and role-play couples work privately to address real-life challenge.


There is no group work or public disclosure – so you feel comfortable every step of the way. Most couples find they become better friends then before they came because of the fun they experience working together to build a stronger bond.


Our Gottman Certified Therapists are there every step of the way to support attending couples one-on-one with exercises.



Who Our Workshops Are For

Have you experienced an affair in your relationship recently? Our workshops can help you both recover from the experience and move forward in a positive way.


But our workshops are much more than that. Not just for couples looking to repair their relationships, these workshops are also for couples who would like to strengthen their existing relationship, grow much closer and kick start the romance and passion they are both seeking.


About The Presenters

Both Darren and Lawrence are Advanced Gottman Clinical Trainers for The Gottman Institute and regularly teach the Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1, 2 and 3 to mental health professionals across Canada. They are part of the Gottman “Big Five” master trainers and present Gottman Workshops throughout all of Canada.


This workshop has been presented over 80 times by Best Marriages. Each time participants have reviewed the workshop as one the greatest things they could have done for their marriage or relationship.



Different Personalities

Marriage workshops provided by Best Marriages address the personality differences affecting countless couples. People’s personalities change as they grow, which is often difficult for their partners to accept. Darren Wilk and Lawrence Stoyanowski help couples learn to cope with these changes. Methods of rekindling the intensity of spouses’ feelings for each other are also taught, to combat the loss of passion many couples experience.



Successfully conveying feelings is helpful. However, despite the most effective communication techniques, occasional arguments will arise. Our relationship workshops provide guidance in managing these conflicts as well as moving past the inevitable impasses on certain issues.


Couples also learn how to apologize to one another following their disputes while seeing each other through the various stages of forgiveness.


Fostering Healthy Relationships

Another unique aspect of these workshops revolves around making the small but vital connections necessary for a healthy relationship. Though most people are aware of such needs, they often do not understand how to reach out to their partner or what to make of those times when their needs are ignored. Wilk and Stoyanowski shed light on these issues. Lastly, attendees learn the importance of a shared system of values as well as how to create one.



Host Cities

Vancouver, BC
Calgary, AB
Edmonton, AB






Couples ASL Workshop Vancouver, BC Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, BC
Oct 19, 2024 - Oct 20, 2024
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Workshop Information


Weekend Schedule:

  • Saturday: 8:30AM–5:00PM (registration at 8:10 AM)
  • Sunday: 8:30AM–5:00PM

Cost Per Couple:

  • Early Registration $899.00 plus GST
  • Standard Registration: $975.00 plus GST
  • Therapist Registration: $775.00 plus GST
  • Excludes hotel booking

Cancellation Policy: If cancellation is made on or before the Early Registration Cutoff Date, a full refund less a $100.00 processing fee will be given. After the cut-off date, registration fees become a credit for a future workshops within one year.

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