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Services Overview

1-Day Marriage Prep Workshop

The Gottman 7 Principles Workshop is ideal for seriously dating, engaged, and newly married couples based on 40+ years of groundbreaking relationship research! In just one Saturday, you will laugh together, rekindle your spark, learn to navigate your differences like a pro, and walk away with practical skills and insights to start your marriage strong.

Marriage prep workshop

Virtual Coaching

Want to take things from good to great? I offer 8 hours of marriage prep in a convenient online format for couples across the country. For returning couples, book a quick virtual check-up around your anniversary, or as you prepare for a big transition, to help you keep your relationship on track and thriving! Consider this your routine maintenance for love.

On The Verge Conference

Put your relationship in the driver’s seat for a 1-day relationship enrichment conference. Hear from dynamic keynote speakers and curate your own schedule with your pick of breakout sessions. You can expect presentations on the transitions to marriage and parenthood, personality styles, and so much more.

Presentations + Trainings

Need a high-energy speaker or facilitator for an upcoming conference, meeting, or training? I strive to pack every presentation with research-based content, tangible tools, and amusing anecdotes, and I’ve had the pleasure of training hundreds of local participants in a variety of settings. Reach out to see if my content expertise and style would be a good fit for your next event!

Testimonials

“Kara’s class was engaging, thought-provoking, and a great experience overall. Kara really wants to get to know you and help you succeed! My fiance and I are both so happy we took her class and have continued to use the materials we used and learned there.”

“Signing up for premarital counseling was one of the best decisions we have made before getting married. People often sign up for classes and workshops that positively impact their career, a hobby, etc. Why wouldn’t we take a course, completely tailored to us, that would so positively impact our relationship? We learned more about each other and have taken away several great tools and strategies for communicating and maintaining our relationship. We loved Kara’s style and would highly recommend her!

“Definitely recommend. It’s a lifetime investment!” 

“Kara taught us different communication techniques and ways to understand each other better. We came out of this experience feeling stronger and closer to one another and find ourselves using these techniques on a daily basis…Kara was wonderful – nonjudgemental and truly just a third party source to learn from and bounce ideas off of. We never felt like she was taking sides and guys, my fiancé actually enjoyed our time here. His mind was blown during several topics and is recommending this to others, even the non-believers! We both give her two-thumbs up and look forward to returning to her when we are expecting our first child! :)”

“Kara Shade’s workshop on Gottman’s 7 principles to making marriage work was educational, entertaining and eye opening…The workshop had many breakout sessions and activities and was much more engaging than sitting through a lecture…She provides her couples with the knowledge and confidence to apply the principles when you leave her class. Kara is a wonderful teacher, she makes everyone feel safe and comfortable and you can easily see she is passionate about what she does. We will definitely recommend Kara Shade’s course to family and friends!”

“[The workshop] renewed a feeling of teamwork and the idea/reality that we’re on each other’s side.”