Building a union with another person and committing to each other is one of the most tremendous decisions we make in our whole life. Very often we start planning the wedding day, without a chance to discuss or sometimes even think about our future married lives, values, beliefs and obstacles we might come across. We wanted to create an alternative offer to existing, very often religious courses. We pride ourselves in the fact that our programme is developed from everyday experience of working therapeutically with various couples, which makes it practical and engaging. Our intention was to create a space for couples to stop for a second in often very stressful times of wedding preparation and connect with one another while reflecting on their journey together and creating plans for the future.
By attending our course you will have a chance to:
Gain evidence-based knowledge about what a good marriage means and what might influence your relationship satisfaction in the years to come
Take a part in engaging presentations and practical exercises, enhancing your friendship, closeness and building intimacy
Our one-to-two approach guarantees that all your questions will be answered and suggestions given will be suited to your individual needs
Our course is flexible – we can adjust the content so you can address topics that are interesting to you and reflect your relationship’s journey best
WHO IS IT FOR?
We believe that every couple can benefit from a marriage preparation course. Our programme is a great opportunity for you to grow even closer to one another while discussing your values, expectations and dreams for your future together. Our programme is impartial and non-religious and directed to couples of every age, ability and sexual orientation. Our goal was to create an inclusive and equal access to support and information that can go such a long way to making lives and relationships better.
The content is organised in three – 100 minutes modules. We can arrange to meet on three separate days, each covering one module. We can also agree on a whole-day workshop – a day fully dedicated to your relationship! During the course, you will be given plenty of handouts so that you can practice at home.
First session: In the first module, we will be looking at expectations and needs that partners have in the relationship and how to express them in a helpful and non-threatening way. Then we will be moving to a very important aspect of every relationship, the foundation really – friendship.
Second session: In the second module, we will be looking at managing conflict, specifically improving clear and assertive communication as well as expressing needs and techniques helpful during conflict. We will also investigate different strategies that help couples in difficult times and make them resilient should any problems arise.
Third session: The third module consists of two parts. First one focues on the subject of intimacy and manataing healthy and satisfactionary sex life. The second part is devoted to the subject of parenting, fertility and kids. Here we will also discuss the subject of families of origin exploring potential difficulties, if any.
Important: The second part of this module is optional as we recognize that not all of the couples would share a dream of having children.
Feedback from the couples
“We found it very enjoyable and helpful and look forward to reading back over all the material and applying it to our relationship and everyday life so we have a very happy marriage!!”
“We are so happy that we found this course! We value it’s practical side and the fact that we can use the knowledge we gained straight away. We would recommend it to anyone who would like to do something nice for themselves in the stressful time of wedding preparations’’
Check out our Interview with The Image Magazine: Should you bother with a non-religious marriage course? Hint: yes.
I would like to sign up for the course. How can I organise it?
Just simply send us an email and we will contact you to arrange it! When booking an appointment we will ask you if you prefer to meet three separate times to work on each module or arrange a whole day workshop.
Is this course a group course?
No, it’s not. Our approach is one-to-two, which means that you meet us individually. This promotes an atmosphere of confidentiality, creates an opportunity for you to ask any questions or cover topics that interest you the most.
Is it possible to attend this course online?
Of course. As a matter of fact all our meetings take place online at the moment. If you would like to schedule a face-to-face meeting, please contact us to discuss options.
What does it mean that the content can be added or removed?
We are aware that every couple is different. That is why we are trying to adjust our content to your unique needs and story. The modules are based on our own experience of working with couples, as well as current research but we are happy to develop on topics you find are the most important or leave out the areas that are not relevant to you.
We are not planning to get married (or we are already married) and we would like to attend. Is it possible?
Of course, you are very welcome to! Even thought we are directing our programme to couples getting ready to marry, every relationship can benefit from enhancing friendship, looking at conflict styles or taking care of their sex life. It is important to remember that this is a course, where we focus on strengths and development rather than issues and therapeutic interventions.
How soon before getting married should a couple attend this course? (Right after getting engaged? In the run-up to the wedding itself
Couples can attend our course whenever they feel ready, really. What you can consider when making a decision would be time, availability and mental space for two partners, so the relationship can benefit the most out of the meetings. If you are still unsure, contact us and we will be happy to help you with your decision.
Is this course available in Polish?
We are currently working on Polish version of the course. At the moment presentations and handouts are only available in English but we are happy to talk you through the topics in polish during our sessions.