Just Moved in Together?  Planning Marriage? Newlywed?

Build a Lasting Connection – a strong foundation –  for long term relationship success.

Next Lasting Connection™
Online Spring, 2021
Thursdays 7-9 pm

Build A Lasting Connection
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You’ve chosen your significant other. There’s lots of excitement  involved in beginning life together with your sweetheart.  You furnish your place together, make decisions about paying the bills and sharing closet space. Perhaps you plan a wedding.

And you want it to be forever!

This Lasting Connection™ Retreat moves beyond the tangibles of furniture and finances and takes you on a deep dive into communication and sex, bonding and connection, conflict and repair. Best of all — you’ll learn a reliable process you can take with you into your forever future.

You WILL leave this retreat with a deeper emotional connection. Guaranteed!

Next Lasting Connection™
Online Spring, 2021
Thursdays 7-9 pm

The Lasting Connection™ Mat (or LC Twister)

You’ll use the Lasting Connection™  mat to deepen communication between you and your partner and to facilitate emotional depth while exploring possibilities. The Lasting Connection™  mat gives you a safe way to stay connected even when you have different perspectives and opinions.  The mat keeps the process transparent so you remain clear about what you want to explore, decide or heal together.

Build A Lasting Connection Mat
The Mat--Building A Lasting Connection

Engaging presentations.
Relevant story telling.
Experiential exercises.

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Build on your initial felt attraction and connection.
Spend quality time with your partner.

About the Lasting Connection™ Retreat

Based on the latest education research the Lasting Connection™ retreat 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.

The Lasting Connection™ retreat is built on John Gottman’s research on couples and is infused with attachment theory. The experience is structured around a relationship pyramid that has five sections including attachment, communication, managing conflict, physical intimacy, and shared dreams. Each section builds upon the last, so the couple is able to conceptualize their relationship as a process of building, growing, evolving, developing and rising up in a collaborative manner. In the retreat, couples will first be given an overview of the nature of love, and the core concepts of attachment. As the retreat proceeds, attachment remains interlaced with each concept to reinforce the foundational principle of attachment throughout the life of the couple relationship.

The Lasting Connection™ retreat must be led by a trained facilitator and is either presented in a 2-day format or in a weekly format for 5 weeks. Irene Oudyk-Suk, the facilitator for this retreat, has been personally trained by Dr. Debi Gilmore and Dr. Rebecca Jorgensenthe developers of the Building a Lasting Connection™ program.

Online Details

  • Spring 2021, Thursdays 7 – 9 pm

  • You’ll each need to be in the same location

  • You’ll each receive a zoom invite to your email prior to the scheduled start time. Please sign into zoom on one device (laptop works best!)

  • Further information related to technical requirements

  • Plan on having empty floor space behind you on which you can lay down your 8×4’Lasting Connection™ mat

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In-Person Details

  • postponed for now, Friday 6 – 10 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

  • Lunch on Saturday: bring your own or delivered via Uber Eats at your expense

  • Location: Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview, Toronto (just south of Lawrence, across from Sunnybrook Hospital). Though this is a church there is not a religious focus at this retreat.

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Upcoming Retreats


Hold Me Tight®

Online October 30 & 31; November 6 & 7, 2020

Friday 6-9:30pm, Saturday 10am-1:30pm


Lasting Connection™

Online, Spring, 2021

5 Thursdays, 7-9pm


Touch & Physical Intimacy

Online, 2 weekends, Spring, 2021

Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 10am-1pm


Hold Me Tight®

In-Person, Toronto, postponed for now


Lasting Connection™

In-Person, Toronto, postponed for now


Touch & Physical Intimacy

In-Person, Caledon, postponed for now

Online Spring 2021

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Materials* Total
Before ___, 2021 349 200  549* Per Couple
 ___-___, 2021 358 200 558* Per Couple
___-___, 2021 375 200 575* Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday, ____ , 2021 at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost is refunded with the return of the Lasting Connection™  mat (in good condition) to Couples In Step

Registration Deadlines   

Before ___ – Retreat Fee – $349 – Materials* – $200 – Total – $549* Per Couple

___-___  – Retreat Fee – $358 – Materials* – $200 – Total – $558* Per Couple

___-___  – Retreat Fee – $375 – Materials* – $200 – Total – $575* Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday ____, 2020 at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost is refunded with the return of the Lasting Connection™ mat (in good condition) to Couples In Step.

Discounts

Please note that there are no available discounts for the Lasting Connection™ retreats.

This retreat is a workshop; it is not therapeutic in the same way that the Hold Me Tight® and the Physical Intimacy retreats are, so no medical receipt will be distributed at the conclusion of the retreat.

Times and Other Details

Times: Thursdays, 7 – 9 pm

Internet: You’ll need to be in the same location. You will need access to a laptop or a desktop, an internet connection with good bandwidth and a private location. You’ll each receive a zoom invite to your email prior to the scheduled start time. Please sign into zoom on one device (laptop or desktop is best). Check out additional technical requirements

In addition to the technical considerations plan on having empty floor space behind you on which you can lay down your 8×4’Lasting Connection™ mat

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In-Person 2021, Toronto, ON fees

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Materials* Total
Before__, 2020  Per Couple
__-__, 2020  Per Couple
__- __, 2020  Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday,__, 2020 at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost includes workbooks, snacks, beverages. Does not include overnight accommodation.

Registration Deadlines   

Before __  – Retreat Fee – $__– Materials* – $__ – Total – $__ Per Couple

__ – __ – Retreat Fee – $__ – Materials* – $__ – Total – $__ Per Couple

__ – __Retreat Fee – $__ – Materials* – $__ – Total – $__ Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday,__, 2020 at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost includes the workbooks, snacks, beverages. Does not include overnight accommodation.

Discounts

Please note that there are no available discounts for the Build A Lasting Connection™ retreats.

This retreat is a workshop; it is not therapeutic in the same way that the Hold Me Tight® and the Physical Intimacy retreats are, so no medical receipt will be distributed at the conclusion of the retreat.

Times and location

Times: Friday 6pm – 10pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm.

Location:

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Nearly Every Couple Faces Challenges

Sometimes the difficulties can get so over whelming they can make both of you feel helpless. In our stress-filled, anxiety-driven lives it helps to talk with a professional about your relationship. Couples In Step offers a variety of services to help couples repair and revive their relationship: in-person counselling, on-line counselling, 3-day intensive couples counselling for couples in crisis, couples retreats, discernment counselling for couples where one, or both of you, are uncertain about continuing the relationship.

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