Building a Lasting Connection® A Workshop for Early Relationships and Committed Couples

Start your marriage off with a solid foundation: make sure yours is not one of the 50% of marriages that ends in divorce.  Our research-backed process teaches you the principles, skills, and tools you need to truly build a lasting connection. 

  • Upcoming Dates

    May 7-8, 2021

    1pm-6pm MT Friday
    9am-5pm MT Saturday

  • Cost

    $150 per couple

  • Location

    Boise, ID -or- Online

Lasting Love for a Lifetime Helping Couples Build and Keep a Strong Foundation

Based on the latest attachment and education research the Building a Lasting Connection® Program is designed to provide couples with the essential components their relationships need to build a lasting love that will stay strong to weather the storms of life.

Whether you are looking for a workshop, tools or information you will find our program provides interactive and experiential education, systems and exercises that unify relation research and educational pedagogy to provide you with personalized, fun and enriched learning experiences. If you attend one of our workshops you will get both results and tools you can take home with you to keep your relationship growing strong long past the 7-year itch, post baby blues and across all relationship developmental stages.   

Interactive and experiential exercises unify the latest research to provide you a personalized, fun and enriched learning structure.

There is nothing more rewarding in life than to love. We want to help you safeguard and secure your love. We believe love is meant to be strong enough to last so we can build our lives with each other. For most of us, having relationships that grow with us and across time we need to invest time and resources to learn how to keep it strong and growing the way we dream of when we first decide to build our lives together. 

Simply put, Building A Lasting Connection® is here to help you do marriage better.  

What will you learn?

  • How to secure your loving bond, so it’s strong, safe and grows throughout your life.

  • The secrets of communication that creates connection. It’s not about talking and listening as much as it is knowing how to share and what to listen for.

  • How to deal with differences. Having differences of opinion and points of view is normal and healthy but all too often leads to unresolved hurts that results in conflict. You will learn how to use sensitive topics to bring you closer together, and tune in to each other heart to heart.

  • The essentials of touch and intimacy. Both affectionate touch and intimate touch are supportive aspects of your romantic relationship. You will learn how to know each other intimately, emotionally and sexually so your contact can be a comfort and journey of discovery.

  • How to develop goals, traditions and rituals so your marriage supports who you each are as well as your shared and individual dreams.

Who is this Workshop For?

  • Pre-Marital couples

  • Newlywed couples

  • Committed couples who want to strengthen and beautify their relationship

  • Couples interested in growing their relationship within the context of research-based methods and a Christian Worldview

This Workshop is Not Appropriate for:

  • Couples with recent infidelity trauma

  • Couples in dire distress

  • Couples where one or both partners have significant unregulated/untreated mental health distress or addiction

What to Expect When Attending this Workshop

This "retreat" is for couples looking for the education, tools, and resources they need to make sure their relationship endures the test of time.  It is positive, practical, and powerfully founded on proven methods and true principles.  We help you clarify the essential components of close relationships and strengthen your authentic connection. 

This workshop will include:

  • Ten hours of live group instruction, either in-person or via zoom. The class will be presented in hybrid format.

  • Presentations and demonstrations of the principles of EFT designed by Sue Johnson and experiential practice and feedback with our Lasting Connection System ®

  • Exercises to help you have real and important conversations with your partner that enhance your awareness of each other's emotional experience and create intimate connection

  • Support from trained EFT therapists and Building a Lasting Connection ® facilitators during practice exercises

  • Digital Building a Lasting Connection ® workbooks with information and homework exercises to take with you and practice later

Frequently Asked Questions About the Build A Lasting Connection® Marriage Workshop

Not sure whether this is right for you? Have more questions about what to expect? Read our FAQs and reach out to us if you have additional questions.

If my partner and I are already in couples counseling, will this retreat be helpful?

Absolutely! Building a Lasting Connection® is VERY helpful to couples already in counseling, whether its EFT couples counseling or not. The work you will do in a BLC workshop will certainly enhance and move you along in your couples counseling. Other couples find it helpful and want to go to therapy after attending a Building a Lasting Connection© retreat. We can help you with a referral.

Does everyone talk together about their intimate relationships with the group?

The program is psycho-educational and no one is required, nor encouraged to share private information about themselves. The sharing is encouraged to be real and authentic but appropriate for the setting and not extremely detailed. It's not group therapy. Detailed information may be shared during the couple exercises (alone with your partner). It's not a "kumbaya" experience, it's meant to help you grow closer with your partner, not with the group!  The powerful part of this workshop is to learn a concept, then work on it with your partner, then come back and discuss the experience with the facilitators and the group!

How are the partner exercises facilitated?

When couples talk to each other during the exercises, they will be placed in their own private breakout room.  There will also be breakout sessions where two couples take turns practicing the connection system.   If the couple gets stuck and wants help, they can raise their hand through zoom and one the facilitator or her assistant will come and help the couple move through the exercise. Many have remarked that this is the most helpful part of the entire program.  This is the experiential part!

What if my partner is reluctant to come to the retreat, but I want to go?

If your partner is at least WILLING to come, we will do the rest! There is often a hesitancy or a fear for one or both partners coming into the workshop. Most often, once the couple gets there and begins to participate and see others participating, the fears dissipate and they will really enjoy and engage in the retreat.

Will there be a lot of lecture?

We try to balance content, practice, examples, humor, and discussion to keep it lively and engaging. No boring lectures! ​You'll alternate between instruction, active practice with your partner, and then group feedback discussions about the practice.  

How will this retreat work online?

You and your partner, ideally, will login to one device and be in person with each other while accessing the group online.  The facilitator will share a zoom link with participants upon registration.  We highly recommend couples treat this the same as an in-person retreat.  Make arrangements for the kids to be taken care of, clear a space with intention in your home, and make sure you have solid Wi-Fi!

The instructor is comfortable with hybrid learning formats, so there will be in-person and online couples attending simultaneously.

How do I participate without the Connection System floor mat?

You can purchase your own floor mat for an additional cost or you can use the 8X11 version of the Connection System and "walk" it through with your fingers.  

Tell Me More Who Developed the Build A Lasting Connection® Marriage Workshop?

Dr. Debi Gilmore and Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen are the developers of Building a Lasting Connection®.  Your facilitator, Megan Landen, has been personally trained and certified to implement their program.  Rest assured that sound practices and qualified experts have crafted this experience for you.


  • Upcoming Dates:

    May 7-8, 2021

    1pm-6pm MT Friday
    9am-5pm MT Saturday

  • Cost

    $150 per couple


  • Location

    Hybrid format

    Boise, ID -or- Online