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MarriageWorks

Explore Key Life Questions Together and Learn to Communicate More Deeply & Effectively BEFORE You Say "I Do"

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...and you don't have to.

With statistics of divorce at 42-50% of all marriages, why not invest in your relationship in an intentional way NOW, before your wedding, to help keep your marriage out of that list of statistics?

Some couples never talk about the real things. Some talk about them too late.

MarriageWorks is an online communication and marriage preparation workshop designed to give you as a couple some guided quality time together to talk about some big questions …questions you might not have had time or the chance to address yet in your relationship...and to do this from the comfort of your own space.

The course focuses on topics such as communication skills, conflict styles, expectations (yours and those of others), and how to live into the “we” you become once you formalize and legalize your relationship. We talk about how and whether faith plays a role in your life, we have guest expert interviews in the areas of finance and parenting, and we explore ideas about marriage and relationship and what it means to you. We offer lots of opportunity for you to "dive deep" through individual exercises and couple activities. You are encouraged to leave questions and comments for me - your instructor - as you go along, and the more you engage in the material provided, the more rich an experience it will be.

My aim is to provide a safe container in which to hold these conversations…to offer challenging questions for you as a couple to consider, and to look at ways in which you can invest in and look after your relationship as it grows and deepens with time.

Any couple is welcome to register.



“I would definitely recommend this course, to any couples that are planning to be married. It allowed us to discuss values, what was important to us, and our current and future goals. Some of the topics that were covered are areas that we didn’t think about yet. The one topic that we both appreciated was the importance of self-care. We both have such busy lives that this tends to be forgotten. We are now planning to make time for this throughout our lives.”
 ~ Justin and Carol

 

"I wanted to say that we really enjoyed your workshop, it was fun. Jeff and I found the time together during your workshop, very relaxing, and a great opportunity to connect and re-connect on different topics of discussion. I think you have a wonderful program and will refer people to you when I get the chance. Thank you.”~ Emily & Jeffrey

"Several of the couples I have married have attended Jennifer's live course and really appreciated it. She's created on online version and it sounds like it has even more great stuff!" ~ Rev. Kimiko Karpoff, UCC Minister (seen here with Karin and Marco who completed one of the live workshops.)

"The course has a range of questions designed to promote communication and conversation between partners. It has been great to reflect with my partner and reaffirm what we already knew about one another. " ~Karin & Marco

“The Marriageworks course was a great experience for both of us. Jenn isa great facilitator and we appreciated the diversity of topics discussed and that we could delve as deeply as needed into certain issues that were relevant to us. The topics discussed gave us a lot to talk and think about as we begin our life together and some neat key points and ideas that will stick with us. The course would be relevant for couples from all backgrounds and stages of life, we highly recommend it!”

~ Leslie & Josh

"I'm enjoying this so much I'm getting lost in the videos! I'm thinking so far that this would be great for married people too. I'm constantly being asked what resources are available for couples to use or do. I would so recommend this to them." ~ Rev. Sue Rodgers, UCC Minister

"A lot of self-exploration followed by partner discussion. We learned a lot. It was a great workshop".

~ Joanne & Kevin

“Jenn’s marriage workshop was great at helping us to identify the important components of marriage. We were able to learn how to effectively communicate through topics such as finance, families, etc. while understanding where our partner stands on each topic. This was a great workshop. I highly recommend this workshop to couples!” ~ Cindi & Christoph

Your Instructor


Jenn Swanson
Jenn Swanson

Jenn spent 23 years teaching communication skills to college students, helping them to transition from student to employee in the healthcare field. She is a writer and the author of "What They See: How to Stand Out and Shine in Your New Job", and speaks to audiences all over North America.

She is a workshop leader, creator/host of a podcast on communication and employment topics, coach & consultant, and more. Jenn has a BC Provincial Instructor's Diploma, a Master's Degree in Public and Pastoral Leadership, is certified as a conflict coach, and (when not online) is an ordained United Church of Canada minister serving part-time.

On Sundays, she can be found preaching in a tiny heritage church on the shores of Burrard Inlet in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

And she loves dogs. A lot.

And chips. And chocolate.

Just sayin'.


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is this course religious?
Not unless you make it so. I happen to be a UCC minister who does a lot of weddings, and I am not here to convert anyone or to talk about particular types of theology. This course is about YOU! There is one section of the course on faith and spirituality that is made up of questions for YOU to ask one another and ideas to discuss, and if you are not comfortable, you can skip the section. (I hope you check it out anyway, as you might enjoy hearing each others' answers!)
We are madly in love and aren't having any problems, why do we need this course?
Ahhh love. It's wonderful! And marriage is meant to be forever, which is a long time. Learning to communicate effectively and to listen to each other deeply are skills that everyone can benefit from. This is special COUPLE time in intentional conversation about you and your unique version of love and marriage. We think it's worth investing the time for.
We are a same-sex couple. Is this course for us?
Absolutely. We've used gender-neutral language and have made every effort to be inclusive of all couples in the course material and content.
 

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