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Drs. John and Julie Gottman

In response to the needs of couples 14 years ago, we created couples workshops that integrated John's scientific findings with storytelling, role-playing, teaching and exercises to help sustain couples' relationships.


A Private Couples' Retreat on Orcas Island

For the first time, we invite you to a very special 2-day private retreat in our home on lovely Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington. Seated before a stone fireplace and next to the serene sea of Puget Sound...

  Orcas Island

Scientific Basis

Our couples' retreat is based on 36 years of consistent programmatic research on relationships. We have studied couples at every point in the life cycle, from newlyweds to octogenarians.

  Research-Based Gottman Method Therapy

Orcas Island Vacation Opportunities

Our experienced and knowledgeable event planner, Veronica San Martin, can help you to plan the details of your visit to Orcas Island, including lodging, travel on the island, dining, and recreational opportunities.

  Vacation Opportunities

Private Marathon Couples' Therapy

We are now offering Marathon Couples' Therapy at our home on Orcas Island, with either one of us or with both of us together. Because of our remote location, this treatment serves the needs of those clients who desire complete privacy.

  Couples Therapy and Counseling with the Gottmans

In the comfort of the Gottmans' own island home, learn research-based tools for building and maintaining relationship intimacy.

Have you ever planned a wonderful romantic vacation, complete with a lovely room, candle-lit dinners, and white sand beaches, only to have your dream become a nightmare when tense quarrels and silence spoil the sunset? We have been listening to painful stories like these for nearly 35 years.

Now you can restore your relationship while having a world-class romantic holiday. In an exclusive, small group two-day couples retreat (there will be no more than 7 couples in each retreat), we offer you research-based skills for deepening intimacy, managing conflicts, and enhancing your sense of shared meaning in a private, comfortable, and beautiful setting.

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Upcoming Couples' Retreats

Private couples' retreats with John Gottman, Ph.D. and Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D. on Orcas Island, Washington.

March 3-4, 2018
April 28-29, 2018 
June 23-24, 2018 
August 18-19, 2018 
September 8-9, 2018 
October 6-7, 2018 
November 10-11, 2018


Relationship Self-Tests

Learn more about your relationship and yourself!

Find out how well you know your partner, current strengths in your relationship and how you handle disagreements with our Relationship Quiz.

Take the Relationship Self Quiz

Welcome from the Gottmans

Marathon Couples' Therapy

Drs. John and Julie Gottman are now scheduling appointments for Marathon Therapy at their home office on Orcas Island. Marathon Therapy was developed at the Gottman Institute. In this powerful new therapy format, one couple meets with either Dr. John Gottman, Dr. Julie Gottman, or both doctors together for 5 hours a day and for 2-4 consecutive days while staying overnight at a nearby Hotel or Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Marathon Therapy can thus accommodate clients traveling from other locales who cannot attend weekly therapy sessions. It provides an intensive, condensed and highly focused approach to relationship issues that can help couples move quickly through specific issues and learn important new skills in a short period of time. To learn more or to schedule an appointment for Marathon Therapy, please call (206) 313-0471 for Dr. John Gottman or (206) 381-8456 for Kathryn Schwartz, assistant to Dr. Julie Gottman.

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