Love Made Simple Premarital Counseling Workshop2019-12-12T19:08:57+00:00

Love Made Simple Premarital Counseling Workshop

Secure your future with a love that lasts.

Build a strong foundation by learning the secrets to more passion, intimacy, and playfulness!

As you and your partner approach marriage or long-term commitment, the best way to prepare for your future together is by learning the tools and skills that form the foundation of a successful long-term relationship. A premarital counseling workshop can help you build that foundation by creating a safe space for you and your partner to attune to each others needs and align on your future together.

All couples start with a strong commitment to make their relationship successful, yet between 41%–50% of them will end up in a divorce. Without realizing it, most couples have unrealistic expectations about their marriage, fueled by myths and popular media. Moreover, most people don’t have good relationship role models, so despite their best intentions, they end up repeating unproductive patterns.

If you have found yourselves thinking about your future together, new conflicts and struggles may have surfaced. This might bring more anxiety and even doubt, but they are all normal parts of planning this big commitment.

You really love each other, and with the right skills and tools, you can have a successful relationship filled with passion, intimacy, spontaneity, and support.

Prepare for your future together.

Safeguard your relationship from breakup or divorce.

Learn how to confront certain hot-button topics that keep and how to resolve arguments.

Understand family values and how to align with future goals.

Learn how to create lasting passion.

Learn how to grow strong emotional and intimate connection that only deepens with time.

Understand what it takes to make sure your sex life only gets better!

Be able to tell your partner what you really want.

Already good? Learn how to be great!

Do you rarely fight, but argue more than you would like to?

Do you feel happy, but feel like there should be a bit more?

Are you seeking more fire?

Sign Up for Our Premarital Workshop

Do you see a future with your partner and want to make sure you’re on the right path? This premarital counseling workshop is for good for all serious couples or engaged couples, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The advice and tools shared can be applied to committed relationships of all kinds.

A premarital counseling workshop led by a real couple.

We (Gal Szekely & Liron Cohen) are a married couple, parents, and business partners. It doesn’t get more real than that! We are experienced couples counselors, and together we founded The Couples Center, with the vision of helping couples create relationships that are deep, passionate and lasting. We invite you to join a new way of being – a conscious one.

Gal has dedicated his work to helping couples create thriving relationships. He is a teacher in the Hakomi experiential therapy method and he teaches therapists in the bay area and nationally how to use experiential methods that create effective change. He is also an adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he teaches marriage counseling from a body-mind perspective. He holds a masters in Counseling Psychology from CIIS University and a masters in Social Psychology from Tel-Aviv University.

Liron has a gift for teaching couples how to overcome barriers to connection and create a deeper, more exciting love between them. With a background in design, as a doula and priestess, and a gifted chef, she brings creativity and beauty to everything she does! Liron is known for her warmth and engaging style, as well as her ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly and effectively. She is trained in Hakomi experiential method and has served as an assistant teacher in therapy trainings. She holds a master’s in counseling psychology from CIIS University.

Prepare for you future, together.

Now’s the time to build a Love that Lasts.

In Love Made Simple Premarital Counseling Workshop, you’ll receive a map for creating a successful relationship, especially how to bring passion, intimacy, and ease to your love life. This is a hands-on workshop in which you’ll do practical exercises with your partner that are both fun and educational. Our approach is unique in that it brings the latest tools and methods in an experiential, enlivening, and engaging way. And, the workshop is private—you’ll never be asked to share anything you don’t want to.

In our premarital counseling workshop, you’ll learn the essential secrets of a successful relationship:

  • How to set powerful intentions that will help your relationship grow
  • What your partner really needs to feel loved—and how to give it to them
  • Ways to align around a common vision and values (money, kids, goals and more)
  • Practical communication tools for talking about the hard stuff
  • How to talk about in-laws and other touchy-subjects
  • The hidden needs beneath your fights
  • Real ways to maintain the spark (in just few minutes a day)
  • How to build (and sustain) passion and playfulness in your relationship!

Here’s What We’ll Cover in our Love Made Simple Premarital Counseling Workshop:

Create a new paradigm of relationship.

Most of us learned about relationships from our parents, friends, and the media. But our thoughts and myths around relationship don’t serve us in creating a long-term, happy connection. In this premarital counseling workshop, we’ll show you what really works.

Understand the science of love: what we are (really) looking for and why.

Cutting-edge research on attachment—the science of love—is teaching us that there are simple yet powerful needs that we all bring to a relationship. These needs are the cause of our happiness, and also of our distress. Partners tend to have different styles of connection, and that leads to a lot of misunderstandings. At the workshop, you’ll discover your own style and gain insights that give you a map for successful relationships.

Align around common vision and values.

For a successful future, couples need to discuss and align around your most important life values and a shared vision of the future. Through guided discussions and helpful tips, you’ll clarify and connect around issues like money, kids, sex, life goals, and spirituality. Plus, because we know these topics are tough, our premarital counseling workshop will have assistants and therapists to help you when you get stuck!

Make your partner feel your love.

We’re all different. At times, we try to give love in the way that we want to receive it. The result: you find yourself in an “ok” relationship, rather than a ”butterflies in the stomach” relationship. In Love Made Simple, you’ll learn how to read (and respond to) your partner’s love language and preferences.

Find the key to communicating with ease.

The cause of your communication challenges isn’t what you think. While you might argue over many different things, when you get right down to it, there are only a few things that matter for each person. Once you discover what they are, you’ll know how to communicate with your partner and address the real issues.

Cultivate passion and sensuality.

Open your senses and discover more pleasure! Touch is a form of communication. Done with intention, presence, and playfulness, you’ll deepen your erotic connection and leave your partner begging for more! At our premarital counseling workshop, you’ll learn deceptively simple exercises to tap into the juice that nourishes your relationship!

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We’ve created a uniquely transformative experience.

In the last few decades, there has been an explosion of information about how the brain and our nervous system works and how to apply that to human growth and romantic relationships. The scientific findings validate what we have been doing all along, for example our focus on mindfulness and non-verbal communication, our emphasis of putting security and connection first in relationship, the tools we use for emotional regulation, and more. We also keep ourselves informed with the latest findings and update our workshops materials and tools accordingly.

Dozens of scientific studies have measured the far reaching effects of mindfulness on life satisfaction, reduced stress and overall well being. Mindfulness is the capacity to observe our inner experience from a place of neutrality. In our workshop you will learn how to harness the power of mindfulness for learning about yourself and for improving your connection with your partner.

Learning is enhanced through direct experience. Experiential learning is about more than just learning a concept or getting insight, it’s about feeling things directly in the body, and it’s about doing things differently. Our workshop includes experiential exercises that help you bring ideas and concepts into live experiences and create more powerful change.

If you truly want a great relationship, one that is emotionally, spiritually and sexually satisfying, you have to keep learning. While other methods and workshops stop at the first level of helping you resolve problems and get closer, we’ve created a greater vision of the full potential of relationships. In the upcoming months, we’ll launch a more comprehensive learning path for couples and this workshop is the first step towards that. So if you want to keep growing, and if you want to learn what’s possible for you and your partner, stay tuned.

We communicate with our body language much more than with our words. Love is transmitted through eye contact, facial expression, body gestures, proximity and distance and more. Many times couples miss each other because they misinterpret each other’s body language. Becoming mindful of the body is also a shortcut that bypasses the complicated tangle of mind and helps us get directly to the root of our experience. We bring decades of experience in using the body wisdom for growth and transformation.

Our Premarital Counseling Workshop is #1 on Yelp!

Read some of our reviews from Love Made Simple Premarital Counseling Workshop participants!

My partner and I have been dating for seven years and are engaged to be married. We wanted to go on a couples retreat to learn more about each other before this next step in our lives. After a bit of googling we stumbled upon the Love Made Simple Retreat.

We came into the retreat a little unsure of what to expect, but left leaving more connected than ever before.

There were couples from all sorts of backgrounds, different ages, and at different stages in their relationship. There were couples who never argue, couples who argue a lot, couples who have been together for decades, couples only together for a few years. Funnily enough through the topics Gal and Liron talked to us about, we found a surprising amount of things in common with most of the couples in the room. Some topics that we felt were somewhat unique to our relationship would get brought up in discussion and we’d look around seeing several if not most people nodding their heads in agreement.

Throughout the two days Gal and Liron talked to us about several different topics for a period of time generally followed by an activity with our partner, there are a lot of opportunities to share your experience with the rest of the group which can be comforting and relieving but also you are never asked to share if you don’t want to. Even just listening to what others share can be an enlightening experience. Also, another thing that I really liked is that you get one-on-one time with relationship counselors throughout the weekend, which personally helped us delve deeper into some subjects than we have before.

Gal and Liron are fantastic and this retreat is something that you should definitely consider doing! If maybe you are a little on the fence about it or would like more information I would really recommend reaching out to them- I am sure they would be more than happy to provide you with whatever information you need. Overall, we genuinely think any couple could really benefit from this retreat.

We came into the retreat a little unsure of what to expect, but left leaving more connected than ever before., M.M.

I’ve known my husband for 16 years yet I still discovered so much about him during the couples workshop. I wish we discovered this workshop and the tools Gal and Liron provided to us sooner in our relationship. But I am forever grateful for discovering and participating in one recently.

First of all, my husband isn’t the type to ask or want to participate in therapy. So I was so glad they offered the 2 day weekend workshop format. I felt I could pitch the idea to him much easier than couples counseling. I called it “couples retreat” for a weekend!
Then, we got there and my husband was still thinking why was he there and going through this. But the format was comfortable, inviting, and allowed for everyone to be vulnerable. He opened up! I was shocked myself.

To be honest, I was timid in writing a public review because it will reveal we needed help. But I felt I owed it to Gal and Liron and to any couples needing a bit of help to really consider their “couples retreat.” It has been amazing! I can’t thank Gal and Liron enough for what they are teaching and providing to couples everywhere.

Gal and Liron’s idea of a “couples” school is definitely what all communities, societies, and cultures need. In school and many educational workshops, we are constantly trained on how to do a better job at work or enhance our careers. No where can you find help in building relationships and connections. As they all say it’s emotional intelligence that brings you far in life and not IQ. The idea of a couples school or emotional intelligence school is brilliant and much needed.

Life Changing!, Lily, V.

We just finished the class and I can’t even explain how much my husband and I have learned about one another. Going into this experience I had no idea what to expect or what our issue was but I knew we needed help. A little background… my husband and I met in rehab and to say the least we have been thru hell and back and against all odds stuck by each other’s side through the worst of times. We have an amazing connection but are awful at communicating.
The material provided along with the many hands on exercises really opened my eyes to where we were losing each other. Learning that how I express and receive love is different than how my husband, which made so much sense.

We got down to the real reason why we were arguing and what it was that the other needed.
The instructors were amazing and really took the time to guide us. Even though it was a group setting we got individual sessions with the instructors and professional therapists. It was crazy to think that we have been operating in this relationship without the manual!
I would highly recommend this workshop for new comers, old timers and everyone in between. Even if you are living your happily ever after there is no way you should wing this thing called love with out learning the language.

Thank you so much Gal and Liron we are looking forward to the next workshop in October!!!

To Explain My Experience in One Word: WOW!, Danielle, J.

My fiancé and I cannot say enough positive things about the premarital Love Made Simple retreat we participated in through the couples center.  I did a lot of research before we chose the retreat for us and the reviews of the retreat with the couples center and the information provided by staff I spoke to prior to us signing up made it an easy decision.  We obtained valuable information and skills from the retreat, which included solidifying we had the same vision and values prior to our upcoming wedding as well as conflict resolution skills and how to best communicate with one another through life’s up and downs.

Thank you Gal, Liron, and team for being a part of our journey to the altar!  Everyone present at the retreat was kind, professional, and helpful.  I anticipate we will be back again in the future for “tune-ups”.

My fiancé and I cannot say enough, K.D.

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Take one weekend to build a foundation for the rest of your lives.

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In our premarital counseling workshop, you will learn how to hear each other, discuss difficul topics, deepen intimacy and handle conflict respectfully with your partner. You will gain the tools you need to help your partner feel deeply loved by you while allowing them to learn the ways they can help you feel truly loved and valued.

If you find yourself wondering what is next for your relationship, or you are getting ready to tie the knot, a Love Made Simple premarital counseling workshop can help you both align. With a safe, inviting environment, and a handful of assistants and therapists to guide you, you and your partner will be able to create a roadmap for the rest of your lives. Take a weekend, in the beautiful location of Mill Valley, Marin, California, to build a foundation for forver together.

The total cost for the workshop is $750 per couple.

LOCATION

Aqua Hotel, Mill Valley

Choose to stay at the hotel – LMS Participants get 11% off!

DAYS + HOURS

Saturday and Sunday

10 am – 7 pm

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Common FAQs

We are kind of private. Do we have to share things with everyone?2019-05-30T22:17:00+00:00

The workshop is completely private. You only share what you want with your assigned therapy assistant.

Will this workshop help us with our communication problems?2019-05-30T22:18:53+00:00

Yes! Communication problems is the number one challenge couples face, and the workshop is focused on helping you get perspectives and tools to improve it.

What if we don’t have any major problems? Is this workshop still for us?2019-05-30T22:19:34+00:00

Absolutely! You don’t have to have problems to work on your relationship. In fact, it’s better to do that when you’re not having problems. We are focused on you connecting with your partner, having fun, and building skills.

What’s the difference between this workshop and your premarital workshop?2019-05-30T22:48:28+00:00

Whether you’re dating, recently married, or have been together for years, you need to learn these fun and effective tools. So, during the first day and a half of this workshop, you’ll all be together. During the last half day, we split the group. With premarital couples, we’ll explore specifics such as planning your future together, talking about money, and other related topics. With married couples or couples who have been together for a while, we’ll review and deepen your skills around communication, sensuality, and play.

How can I convince my partner to attend this workshop? Ask your partner what would they like to have “more of” or “less of” in your relationship. Don’t argue with them, just invite them to consider that this workshop might help them in achieving that. You can also check in about their concerns or questions, and have them contact us so we can address them directly. Finally, you can show them this web page!2019-05-30T22:51:59+00:00

Ask your partner what would they like to have “more of” or “less of” in your relationship. Don’t argue with them, just invite them to consider that this workshop might help them in achieving that. You can also check in about their concerns or questions, and have them contact us so we can address them directly. Finally, you can show them this web page!

How many couples attend your workshops?2019-05-30T22:52:48+00:00

Our workshops vary in size, but we make sure that every couple feels that they have individual attention and support. Your positive experience is important to us!

We do not live in San Francisco but would like to attend. Where can we stay?2019-05-30T22:54:38+00:00

You can stay at the event site – The Acqua Hotel – or in any hotel in the Greater Marin County area. Marin has lots to offer – from coastal beaches to hiking – no matter where you stay, you will enjoy your experience together.

What form of payments do you take?2019-05-31T01:46:49+00:00

We only accept Credit Card, Debit Card or HSA via debit card. We are able to send you an invoice if you are unable to pay in person under certain circumstances.

Can I come to the workshop alone if I can’t convince my partner to attend?2019-05-30T20:17:10+00:00

The workshop is focused on doing exercises with your partner – so, unfortunately, coming by yourself will not work. However, if you have a good friend that would like to come with you and you can see yourselves practicing some exercises together, that could be possible.

Is this workshop LGBTQIA+ friendly? Or just for straight couples?2019-05-30T20:16:22+00:00

Absolutely. This workshop is intended to all couples—heterosexual, gay, lesbian, queer, or others. It also addresses both monogamous and nonmonogamous couples!

Can we attend the workshop if we are already separated or in the process of divorce?2019-05-30T20:15:13+00:00

If you can come with an intention to learn about yourself and your relationship patterns, then the answer is yes. The tools you learn might serve you in this relationship or in a future one.

Is there an “appropriate” age-range for the workshop?2019-05-30T20:14:16+00:00

We welcome adult couples of all ages to our events. Our past events have had couples ranging from 25 to 70. Love can be celebrated at any age!

Can we attend if we aren’t married?2019-05-30T20:13:32+00:00

Yes. Our workshop is appropriate for people in committed long-term relationships, married or not.

What is the cancellation policy?2019-05-30T20:11:06+00:00

Once you reserve a spot the payment is final. However, if you can’t make it to the workshop you can transfer your registration to a future workshop or receive a 25% refund.

Still unsure? Contact us today.