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‘Growing Closer’

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+10


These relationship workshops are designed to give you as a couple, an enjoyable experience of growing closer to each other. Our experience has been that it’s much easier to be disciplined about intentionally working on our  relationship, when we have the support of a group of couples who are doing the same thing.

Couples have said that they love these workshops, because it isn’t just listening and watching, but actually doing something right there and then for your own relationship.

The workshops are skill-based; so, they’re open to couples of any faith or no faith.
They are suitable for couples of any age or any stage of relationship. De facto couples, those exploring marriage, engaged couple or married couples

You can choose to join us every month or decide which workshops you will join, month by month.

The workshops will be led by: Cassius & Marian Soares, who are trained ‘Marriage Coaches’.

The rhythm of learning in each workshop will be: Listen, Watch, Do, Discuss.
We will begin with a brief explanation of key concepts /principles, related to the exercise.
This will be followed by us modelling the exercise, before you as a group.
You will then be invited as couples to do the exercise and practice the skill privately. Each session will have 20 mins set aside for couples to privately work on exercises and engage in conversations around the particular topic for that session. If you have a question or need help with part of the exercise, you can always ask us to join you for a few minutes.
Finally, each session will conclude with a group debrief focused on the process of using the skill and any concepts /principles that you found helpful (not the content of your conversation), as a couple.

Each month, we’ll have a focus on a different topic, which impacts our relationship as a couple.
You don’t have to commit to come every month. Try one and let us know if you’d like to be put on the mailing list to get informed about future workshops.
Some examples of topics would be:

  • Effective Listening – Holding your partner’s heart
  • Effective Asking – Opening your partner’s heart
  • Discovering Desires & a process for Setting Goals together
  • Becoming one another’s cheerleaders in  achieving goals – both personal & for the marriage relationship
  • Having enjoyable & meaningful dates
  • Growing in speaking each other’s love language
  • Working through conflict well
  • Handling stress in your marriage relationship
  • Having fun together
  • Money Talk etc.

Details of our next workshops in April:

Topic: Expressing Appreciation – Making Deposits in Your Relationship
In this workshop you’ll be empowered to privately work on expressing appreciation to your partner – perhaps in ways you haven’t done before. This is an important way to keep depositing into our relationship. And a great first step in resolving conflicts, as well.

In-person option:

Date: Monday, Apr.3rd,’23 
7.30 – 9 pm
Venue: St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 301 Warrigal Road, Burwood VIC 3125

Cost: AUD 20 per couple
Includes the cost of a light supper

To register:  Click here

We can look into the possibility of hiring someone from the St. Ben’s community to care for your kids during the meeting, if that’s something which would be helpful. Could you please let us know here  in that case?

Online option over Zoom: 

Date: Monday, Aprr.17th,’23 
7.30 – 9 pm

Cost: AUD 20 per couple

To register:  Click here


Could you please let us know if you would like to  be informed about future workshops
If you are interested in joining some of these workshops in future, kindly let us know here and whether you would prefer in-person or online workshops.
Feel free to give us any other related feedback or ask any questions you might have as well. We’re happy to have a chat over the phone, if you wish.

Marian & Cassius


April 3
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+10
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