Welcome to Bloomwork!

Successful relationships are the cornerstone of a thriving life. While most of us understand this, embodying the qualities and engaging in the practices that promote strong and respectful connections with life partners, co-workers, friends, and others is a formidable challenge for most of us. Yet the ability to create fulfilling relationships is a skill that can, given adequate knowledge, support, and practice, be developed and fully integrated into our lives. Even those of us who have had painful or difficult experiences in past family or romantic relationships, can, under the right conditions learn to master the art of relationship. At Bloomwork, we are dedicated to assisting individuals, couples and organizations to enhance their relationship-building skills by offering practices and tools that facilitate this process. We customize our offerings to the specific needs of our clients. The skills that we offer support in developing include:

  • The art of “conscious combat” -managing relationship differences effectively.
  • Getting “unstuck” from entrenched interactional patterns.
  • Creating networks of ongoing support.
  • Developing “enlightened self-interest”.
  • Fulfilling the need to simultaneously provide care and support to my partner and myself as well.
  • Becoming a life-long learner.
  • Managing moods effectively.
  • Living in gratitude.
  • Moving from breakdowns to breakthroughs.
  • Transforming a good relationship to a great one.

Married since 1972, Linda and Charlie Bloom have been working with groups, individuals, couples and organizations to enhance the quality of their relationships and communication skills since 1975. They both have Master’s degrees in Clinical Social Work and have lectured, led seminars and provided consultation at universities and learning institutes throughout the United States as well as internationally. They have written and published four books, Happily Ever After…and 39 Other Myths about Love: Breaking Through to the Relationship of Your Dreams, 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married: Simple Lessons to Make Love Last, Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Stories from Real Couples about Lasting Love, and That Which Doesn’t Kill Us: How One Couple Became Stronger in the Broken Places. Their organization, Bloomwork is dedicated to promoting healthy, fulfilling, and successful relationships for individuals, couples and organizations. They have served as psychotherapists, marriage counselors, consultants and seminar leaders since 1975. In addition to their academic and professional training, the Blooms’ expertise in the field of relationships stems from experience in the crucible of their own committed partnership of over 52 years. Their best-selling book, 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married: Simple Lessons to Make Love Last has been translated into several languages and distributed world-wide. Since its publication in 2004 it has sold over 100,000 copies.

Up Coming Events

Secrets of Great Relationships
Kripalu
January 20–22, 2023

Elevate Your Partnerships
A true partnership provides security, pleasure, intimacy, and fun. It is also a means through which our deepest longings are awakened and realized. Join internationally recognized relationship experts Linda and Charlie Bloom for a program focusing on your connections with life partners, co-workers, and friends.
In this interactive program, you will
• Examine the unique qualities of exceptional relationships
• Gain tools to promote enduring love and trust
• Learn how to manage the inevitable differences that arise in all committed partnerships.

                                 The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health 🔸 Stockbridge, Massachusetts 🔸 413 448 3152 🔸www.kripalu.org

An End to Arguing
Sui Yoga Center
January 27, 2023
SoHo Manhattan, New York City

We are drawn to others not because of our similarities, but because of our differences. They provide the means for growth and development. Differences are inevitable in relationships; conflict is optional. Differences become conflict when there is a power struggle to convert the other person to our way of seeing or doing things. While it is natural to want to have things go in accordance with our preferences and desires, getting caught in the grip of these impulses can lead to the destruction of a relationship. The most important factor in the development of healthy and fulfilling relationships is the ability to manage differences skillfully. Because most of us have seen few examples of effective conflict management, it’s likely that we are inexperienced in this arena.
You will learn some skills to apply not only to romantic partnerships but to our families, friendships, work, and community relationships as well.

The Secrets of Great Relationships
The Well Being Retreat Center
June 9  – 11, 2023
Tazwell, Tennessee

Having a great relationship means more than just staying together. Unless we enjoy trust, intimacy, caring, and love with our partner, we are sharing an arrangement and not a true partnership. We seek relationships hoping to bring greater fulfillment and meaning into our lives yet for many couples the dreams of infatuation soon dissolve into the disappointment of a cold and joyless relationship or end in divorce.

The biggest mistake that many people make is not in expecting too much from their relationships, but in desiring too little. A true partnership can not only provide security, pleasure, intimacy, and fun but can be a means through which our deepest longings are awakened and ultimately realized. It can be a vehicle not only for our own transformation but that of the world as well.

In this workshop, we will examine the unique qualities that exceptional relationships embody and identify various means through which it is possible to develop and integrate those qualities and experiences into our relationship. In addition, we will identify and engage in practices that can transform the quality of connection in ways that promote co-creativity, unconditional acceptance, and spiritual awakening.

African adventure in Kenya & Tanzania!
September 29 to October 18, 2023

We are once again partnering with OAT (Overseas Adventure Travel) in scheduling a private trip
to Kenya & Tanzania.

Our itinerary will include:
Game-viewing drives through the Masai Mara National Reserve, The Serengeti National Park, the Tarangire National Park,
• A home visit and meal sharing with a family in the Mto Wa Mbu Village,
• A visit to the Masai Mara Reserve, the Serengeti National Park, meetings with the Hadzabe and Datoga peoples,
• A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, and much more!

Our adventure will not only allow us to view and be in close (but safe) proximity to wild, exotic, creatures in their natural habitat, but will take us into the homes and families and general culture of the areas we’ll be visiting. There will also be opportunities for pre-and post-trip adventures to Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, to the Murchison Falls in Uganda, and to other locations.

“The work that Linda and Charlie Bloom offer is truly of the gold standard. Their authenticity and integrity as individuals is unparalleled.”

— James Bramson, Psy. D., Mindful Alliance Center, Director

“Linda and Charlie’s work is exceptional and valuable because everything they teach, they exemplify in their own lives.” — Gordon Wheeler, Ph.D. President of Esalen Institute.

“The Blooms are professional, experienced, heart-opening, and a delight to work with.” — Catherine S.

“With Secrets of Great Marriages the Blooms have captured the essence of true partnership and what it involves.” — Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher, author, and lecturer.

“After our couples’ counseling with Linda and Charlie, we are more in love than ever, like newlyweds!” — Gailene G.

“Take their work as golden. Linda and Charlie have walked the talk!” — Pat Love Ed.D. author of The Truth about Love.

“I learned more about relationships and myself in my five days in Linda and Charlie’s workshop than I learned in the previous fifty-six years of my life!” — Tom D.

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