Workshop Number: 39
Leaders: Jose Maria Gonzalez, Maria del Carmen Gomez
Who May Register?: Couples Only
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 10%
Lecture: 15%
Discussion: 20%
Experiential Activities: 55%

Who May Attend?
only full time attenders (participants should attend all week)

Friends Couple Enrichment workshops enable couples in committed relationships to deepen their intimacy, spiritual connection, communication, love, and playfulness. Exploring vulnerability and connection within a supportive community enables couples to have the courage to reach a deeper level of intimacy. Advanced communication skills build on testimonies and practices.

Workshop Description

This workshop is for couples in a committed relationship who wish to dedicate time to deepening their capacity for intimacy, communication, and connecting to the Spirit that has brought them together.

The workshop offers a balance of activities and communication opportunities to exercise discerning, listening and speaking skills so that couples can enhance the quality of their relationship through dialogue, constructive engagement of conflict and open-hearted intimacy. The workshop is a safe space to share and learn from each other, rather than a therapeutical space.

Parents with children of all ages and couples with aging parents under their care are encouraged to attend, as we know how often our committed relationships are left unattended while we care for others in our families.

Held in a warm and welcoming manner each couple will have time to take stock of their relationship in a safe and strengths-based manner. The couples will identify how they wish to grow and build their skills based on their strengths, hopes and “growing edges”.  This journey is taken both in private and in the confidential embrace of other couples.

The workshop is offered under the care of Friends Couple Enrichment, an organization that has its roots in Friends General Conference. For more information about Friends Couple Enrichment, visit On the home page you will find a QuakerSpeak video: “Friends Couple Enrichment: Peacemaking Begins at Home.”

Leader Experience

Maria & Jose Maria have been married for 29 years and have lived the last 18 years in Ottawa, Canada. They have two young adult daughters who are independent. They trained in Couple Enrichment in 2015 during the FGC summer gathering in North Carolina. Since 2014, Maria and Jose M. have participated in an ongoing CE growth group in Ottawa. They have led workshops in New York state, USA and Colombia. Maria is a professionally trained visual artist and elementary Montessori teacher and Jose. M. is a chemical engineer who works on water treatment and renewable energy systems.

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