The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work

1-Day Marriage Prep Workshop 

Get the practical tools and insights you need for a strong marriage that's built to last.

The Gottman 7 Principles Workshop is a fun, must-have class for seriously dating,

engaged, and newly married couples based on 40+ years of groundbreaking relationship


  • Engaged couples receive a certificate for $60 off their TX marriage license!
  • All workshop materials (and lunch) are included in the registration fee.
  • Workshop is interactive and skills-based, featuring best practices presentations                                                                                                                                 and private couples exercises. 
  • This is NOT group therapy! The workshop is educational, based on decades of                                                                                                                                     research by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, two of the nation’s most acclaimed                                                                                                                                   relationship experts!
  • Only 3 early bird spots available per class ($50 savings)

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

Selected Testimonials (read more on The Knot!):

"Kara Shade's workshop on Gottman's 7 principles to making marriage work was educational, entertaining and eye opening. She applied the information to all types of couples and made sure to provide each couple with individual attention and support. The Gottman method teaches the key principles to creating and maintaining a strong and healthy relationship. The workshop had many breakout sessions and activities and was much more engaging than sitting through a lecture. The facility was nice and Kara definitely won't let you go hungry! She provides her couples with the knowledge and confidence to apply the principles when you leave her class. Kara is a wonderful teacher, she makes everyone feel safe and comfortable and you can easily see she is passionate about what she does. We will definitely recommend Kara Shade's course to family and friends!"


“Definitely recommend. It’s a lifetime investment!"

"[The workshop] renewed a feeling of teamwork and the idea/reality that we're on each other's side."

“We are in a good place and wanted to ensure we have the tools to fix any conflicts in the future...The tools are really helpful and you present them in a meaningful way.”

"My fiance and I thoroughly enjoyed this day of fun, education and activities. We started on time and got out a little early even, but while we were there it was spent productively working on being more present about your partners needs and growth for the two of us. He was unsure about premarital education in general, but it was perfect for the both of us and we would recommend it to anyone!"

“I enjoyed discussing different styles we might have as a couple and conflict resolution. I also really enjoyed the frequent activities we did as a couple. It kept things engaging and made them feel more relevant.”

"…[the workshop] illuminated areas we need to work on while giving us practical tools for solving them. Helped solidify my comfort that I’m ready to start a life with my partner.” 

"We have been married for two years and were interested in strengthening our marriage. We absolutely loved Kara's workshop! The material is very interesting and applicable to every day. Kara is phenomenal as a presenter. She is honest, professional, and informed. The workshop is the perfect mix of presentation and time to work alone with your partner. This workshop gave us tools to use in our marriage for years to come. We recommend her workshop - you won't be disappointed!"

"Kara's workshop was excellent for us! We've had a lot of friends who have done pre-marital classes at their church and said how valuable it was. We wanted this, but we wanted a training outside of the church to focus on other issues that were important to us. Kara's class was engaging, thought-provoking, and a great experience overall. Kara really wants to get to know you and help you succeed! My fiance and I are both so happy we took her class and have continued to use the materials we used and learned there."

"This is a great class that methodically goes through how to communicate and how not to. It shows you the things that you can easily avoid that statistically lead to divorce."