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Wow! What a great outcome from the inaugural SmartLoving BreakThrough workshop. Feedback from couples has been very positive and we are delighted to be able to add this to the SmartLoving suite of offerings. You can read about the event in the blog below.

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend in many parts of the world – a time to say ‘thanks’ to all the Mums – and Moms, Mamas, Madres, Ma, Mutter, Maman, Madr, etc. May God bless them abundantly!


Francine & Byron Pirola

Directors | Marriage Resource Centre



Break-Through Workshop | May 2013 | Overwhelming responses to this short 3 hour workshop! Read the results here.


SL Workshop: BreakThrough

All couples go through periods where their relationship is strained. Stress, sleep-deprivation, demands from family and work can starve your marriage of the positive energy it needs and deserves. The SmartLoving BreakThrough Workshop is a practical, solution-focussed event for all stages of marriage. Drawing on contemporary research and Catholic theology, this workshop will arm you with skills and insights to transform your relationship into the thriving, joy-filled encounter that it is meant to be.

Bookings and Information: here


From the blog

Meet Your Spouse’s Love Needs & Avoid Your Spouse’s Love Busters | Another great strategy to put in place in your marriage

Know Your Spouse’s Unique Love Profile | Learn the ways in which your spouse likes to be loved, for an effective way to love him/her!

Stop-Reflect-Connect | A practical strategy for couples with proven success

Is Cohabitation Different to Marriage? | An answer to the question: why get married?

What are Love Busters and Love Builders? | Learn how to effectively love your spouse by understanding their love busters and builders

When a Spouse Dies | Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies

Three Things I Wish I Knew Before We Got Married | Article written by Tyler Ward of Relevant Magazine

The Science of Pornography Addiction | A short video on a simple explanation of the effects of pornography on the brain

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Two of Us Series

Two of Us: Hurts | What are the hurts that keep me from flourishing?

Two of Us: Barriers to Belonging | How well do you give all of yourself to your spouse?

Two of Us: Attitudes About Sexuality | How do you use the gift of your
sexuality in your marriage?

Two of Us: Qualities of Spouse | Refocusing on your spouses qualities

Two of Us: Sexual Formation | How first learning about sex and sexuality affects you

Two of Us: Personality Type | In what way do our personalities impact our relationship?

Two of Us: Communication | How effective is your communication with your spouse?

Two of Us: Need to Love | What level of effort do you put in to loving and being loved by your spouse?

Two of Us: Sexual Awareness | Exploring the gift of your sexual relationship

Two of Us: Level of Sexuality | Recognising the sexual atmosphere you create

Two of Us: Criticism and Sex | Understanding how criticism can affect your relationship

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SmartLoving @ Home

A series of DIY sessions you can use at home or in a small group. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can download the file at the time of purchase and use the material on your computer, mobile device or make a print copy.

SL@Home Grateful

Grateful | When gratitude is present in a marriage, the couple’s good humour and welcoming generosity make their homes places of hospitality and warmth for all their visitors.

Responsible Honesty | It’s more than not telling lies; in marriage it requires an willingness to share deeply and vulnerably.

Sexuality as Gift | Learning to appreciate our sexuality and build the sexual atmosphere between us.

The Ambitious Couple | What is the role of ambition in marriage?

Hear Me Know Me | It is often said that we cannot love what we do not know.

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