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Sandy Spring Museum Library

17901 Bentley Road

Sandy Spring, MD 20860

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Your Happily Ever After Starts Here!

Pair, Dreams, Luck, Together, Friendship

The Seven Principles Program for Couples is a one day couples retreat workshop, based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman as presented in his New York Times bestselling book—The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. This educational workshop is offered across the US and internationally, and has reached thousands of couples wishing to strengthen their relationship. Designed to help couples improve their friendship and conflict management skills, this program is offered throughout the year by the Sequence Institute for Learning and Education.

The Seven Principles Program includes lectures, demonstrations, videos and private couples exercises. The activities are fun, insightful and informative. And there is no need to worry, participants will not share their personal problems in front of others, but will get the opportunity to share as they are comfortable.

Presented by the Sequence Institute, the Gottman leader and assistants are skilled couples therapists who are experienced in incorporating these practices into their work with couples and individuals.

Registration is $395.00 per couple for this day long event, and includes:

  • The book - The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

  • Two workbooks

  • Morning coffee, catered lite lunch on site

Couples will learn and practice proven tools to:

  • Make conflict work for your relationship

  • Deepen intimacy and build trust

  • Identify your solvable vs. perpetual issues

  • Strengthen your foundation of friendship

  • Collaborate more effectively to solve problems

  • Communicate clearly and effectively (...and get more of what you want and need as a result!)​​

Love, People, Happy, Happiness, Family


Leader: Kathleen Landers, LCSW-C Certified Gottman Seven Principles Leader

Presentation Managers: Anchal Khanna, LCMFT Level 3 Gottman Couples Therapist, Certified Gottman Educator, and/or Gabriel Chernoff LCSW-C, Level 2 Gottman Couples Therapist, Certified Gottman Educator

Time of Program: 9:00 to 4:15 with a 75 minute break for lunch


info@sequenceservices.com, 240-200-5401 ext 3

Frequently Asked Questions

How often is this program offered?

This daylong retreat is offered 2-3 times per year, so please select a date that works for you, or send us an email to be added to our mailing list for upcoming programs at: info@sequenceservices.com. The material can also be offered through a series of private sessions; please contact us directly to explore those options.

Can I purchase tickets as a gift?

Participation in this program is a wonderful wedding or anniversary present. Simply purchase the tickets to reserve space and then contact our offices by email: info@sequenceservices.com with your contact information and that of the couple attending, and we will send a gift certificate via email to let them know they are enrolled as a gift from you.

What time should we arrive?

Couples are encouraged to arrive by 8:45 a.m. to park, locate the workshop, check-in, etc. We'll get started promptly at 9:00 a.m. The location is a lovely museum and arts venue located in the scenic Sandy Spring community of Montgomery County Maryland, accessible from New Hampshire Ave and Route 108.

What is provided, and what should we bring?

We will have all the materials you will need. Come eager to explore tools and strategies to enrich your relationship and have some quality time with your partner! Dress comfortably as suited to the weather. A box lunch will be provided or a gift card and directions to local off-site venues will be offered. The location is also a center for visual and cultural arts, and during the lunch break you are welcome to tour the local history exhibits and current arts exhibits.

What should we expect?

This is an interactive class for seriously-dating, engaged, and married couples. It is not a group therapy session! The workshop facilitator will share and demo best practices based on Dr. Gottman's Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. There will be opportunities to interact with the facilitator and other couples, but you will also have plenty of time to engage in the activities and discussions privately with your partner. If you are a couple experiencing high conflict, a recent crisis or issues of substance abuse, please see the contact information below to speak with the presenter about the appropriateness of this program for you.

Does the information presented in this workshop apply to same-sex couples as well?

Yes! This workshop is based on 40+ years of relationship research by Dr. John Gottman and his colleagues (primarily with heterosexual couples). Therefore, the presentation of this program will skew toward heterosexual examples and dynamics. That said, Gottman conducted a 12-year study with a small sample of gay and lesbian couples which revealed these principles and techniques are largely effective and relevant for same-sex couples too. All couples interested in strengthening their relationships are welcome and can benefit from the information presented in this workshop, and all Sequence practitioners involved with this workshop are experienced in working with same-sex couples. To learn more about the work of the Gottman Institute please visit www.gottman.com.

What is the cancellation policy?

All cancellations made at least one week in advance will receive refunds. If you prefer to transfer to another 2018 workshop date, you may do so up to 7 days in advance with no penalty. No refunds will be issued within seven days of the workshop. If the facilitator has to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather, couples will receive full refunds or the option to reschedule

What If we are not sure if this event is for us?

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the presenter directly at klanders@sequenceservices.com with your questions and contact information and she will get back to you promptly.

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