Couples Workshop – Michael Grinder & Associates

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Couples Workshop

Discover hidden nonverbal communication strategies
that deepen your friendship, help you feel seen, and easily manage conflicts

To Love, Honor… and Negotiate

February 17th – 19th, 2023

Reconnect with your partner. Renew your relationship.

Expect this unforgettable Couples Workshop to be the most significant and rewarding 3-day retreat you and your partner will ever experience. Leave daily stresses behind as you rejuvenate yourselves.

Imagine learning easy nonverbal communication skills that help you successfully manage conflict, deepen your friendship, and improve your intimacy.

This unique retreat isn’t “couples counseling.” You won’t be deep-diving into your childhood. Instead, you’ll learn actionable, practical ways to negotiate with your partner, work through long-standing issues, and ask for what you need.

These sessions are fun, insightful, and practical. You’ll laugh while you’ll learn — and return home with a tool chest of new skills you can use everywhere.

All participation is voluntary. You won’t be asked to share with the group or talk about your feelings or relationship.
All couples and orientations are welcome – married or unmarried, straight or gay.
You can enjoy a massage at the resort spa, have a romantic dinner at the restaurant, or book extra time to walk the golf course. This weekend is YOUR time. Our couples receive discounted hotel rates.

Nestled in Oregon’s high country, the workshop resort is a short drive from Portland, OR – but a world away from the normal day-to-day.

Join us for our post-Valentine’s Day weekend workshop. Spots are limited to 20 couples.

Quick Event Info

Date: February 17th- 19th, 2023

Location: Mt. Hood Oregon Resort (previously Resort at the Mountain)
Limited-time rates of $135 per night are available.

Workshop price: $425 (does not include lodging).
$95 non-refundable cancellation fee.

COVID notice: Attendees must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. Couples will be seated six feet apart.

Past attendees love our workshop with an average rating of


out of 5!

What You’ll Experience During This Couples Workshop

Prepare to communicate with your partner in an entirely new way. You’ll learn:

How knowing your partner’s Love Map can help you connect with them more deeply and easily.
Why taking a short break from conflict is a good thing.
How you can use the Chairs of Negotiation to talk about what you need, honor each other’s values, and find new solutions – together.
Whether you’re a Cat or a Dog in your relationship – and how that affects your relationship style.
Proven ways you can streamline your communication skills and lower your stress levels.
Why 69 percent of chronic problems are not fixable – and what to do instead.

Who Should Attend the Couples Workshop? 

  • Couples who value their relationship
  • Couples who want to gain and improve communication skills with one another
  • Couples who want to learn how to reduce and manage commmunication stress
  • Couples who have been together one day — or one hundred years
  • Couples who want a fun, relaxing weekend getaway
  • Couples who are searching for an unique and meaningful “together” experience

Michael Grinder, your workshop leader, is considered the father of nonverbal communication and has 40 years of experience coaching thousands of groups. 

Michael was personally trained by Carl Rogers, one of the founders of client-centered psychology – and he’s been married to Gail, the love of his life, for forty-two amazing years. After attending one of John Gottman’s workshops with Gail, Michael was inspired to create this workshop. Since 2000, he’s led over 100 couples through his To Love, To Honor, and To Negotiate workshop.

What Are People Saying About the Couples Workshop?

The Couple’s Workshop gave us invaluable tools and insights to work with the issues and challenges that inevitably arise in relationships. We also learned how to love and appreciate each other in new and deeper ways.
– Larry Dillenbeck, 2016 workshop participant

“I think everybody needs that [couples weekend]. It’s good for even healthy marriages- even healthy ones can use more input, fresh ideas on how to make a good thing even better.”
– Bradley Williams, 2016 workshop participant

Couples Workshop Schedule:

Time is built in so that you might enjoy an opportunity to be together in a pleasant setting away from daily demands. In fact, we want to support your decision to be in the seminar room as much or as little as you wish.

Friday Night, February 17th
5:30-6:00 PM (Registration)
6:00-9:00 PM

Saturday, February 18th
Noon-2:00 (Lunch and Relaxation)
2:00-5:00 PM

Sunday Morning, February 19th
9:00-12:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Acting fast will save you money! If you sign up 30 days before the class, you will receive $50 off the workshop. Returning students save $75 until January 18, 2022 — contact us for your exclusive coupon code.

Mt. Hood Oregon Resort is the name of the venue. It was previously known as Resort at the Mountain.

The resort is amazing. You’re nestled in 30 acres of lush, forested beauty. The air smells clean and crisp. The scenery is breathtaking. Plus, you’ll have everything you need for a luxurious, romantic getaway:

  • Comfy beds with premium bedding.
  • Seasonally crafted meals.
  • Special, couples-only spa packages.
  • The best 27 holes of golf in the Mt. Hood territory.

Want more information about the hotel? Check out their site.

Yes! For the best rates and rooms, we recommend booking early. Rooms are held at a discounted group rate of $135 plus tax per night plus a $25 resort fee until January 18th, 2022. Reservations made after this date will be booked based on availability at the best available rate. Please have your credit card ready when making reservations.

Guest check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am. To reserve your room call (503) 622-3101 and reference the group name Michael Grinder & Associates to receive the discount. For special room requests, please email or call (503) 622-3101.

Yes, this event is open to our vaccinated friends only. Please plan on sending a copy of your vaccination card after you register.

No! You can talk as much (or as little) as you’d like! Michael will never single you out or put you on the spot.

You can contact us via email or phone to cancel. Please also note there is a $95 nonrefundable cancellation fee that will be charged.

Yes. This workshop is intended for two people to attend together. A “partner” doesn’t have to be a romantic partner. It can also be a family member or co-worker.

Yes! You’ll receive:

  • Two Couple’s Workshop manuals
  • “Chairs of Negotiation – Couples” cards
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, by Dr. John Gottman. ($17 value)
  • Friday: Arrive by 5:30pm for registration and an evening session.
  • Saturday: Two 3-hour sessions with built-in time throughout the day to spend with your significant other.
  • Sunday: The final session finishes at noon so that you can enjoy the rest of your day with your partner.

Yes! If you’re in a relationship — whether you’ve been together one month or 40 years – this workshop is for you!

You don’t have to! Couples attend as a unit, and all activities/suggestions are intended to be optional. Each couple (as a unit) decide their level of participation and learning. Both members have to okay the activity for each member to participate.

Have a question we didn’t answer? Give us a call: 1 (360) 687-3238 or get in contact with us.

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