It is Possible to be Safe, Satisfied & Sexual

Deepen your attachment through conversation and touch. Limited to 7 couples.

Next Touch & Intimacy Retreat

In-Person April 1-3, 2022
Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 9am-3pm & Sunday 10am-3pm

Privacy and confidentiality is prioritized over group sharing

Who: Married or unmarried,  gay or straight — all welcome. Great for rekindling romance and deepening sexual connection. Also works wonders for couples where one or both partners are challenged by sexual pain, little-or-no desire, sexual functioning challenges.

Facilitator: Irene Oudyk-Suk, MSW, RSW, RP
BESTCO certified sex therapist.

conversation and touch
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In Irene’s many years of providing couples and sex therapy she has witnessed how hard it is for couples to talk honestly and openly about their physical and/or sexual bond.

Some people aren’t able to talk about it at all.

Other people are filled with anxiety, shame, embarrassment, and they fear hurting their partner when the topic of touch comes up, so their conversations are unsatisfying and conflicted.

Irene  designed this workshop to give couples the space, the time, the safety and the guidance to embark on these conversations.

There’s more to touch and physical intimacy than conversation. It’s also hard for couples to actually begin to touch and engage in physical intimacy again when touch and physical intimacy has been difficult or non-existent for a time.

This retreat offers couples safe, secure, and playful ways to experiment with conversation and touch so that they can deepen, re-vive or restore physical intimacy.

Retreat FAQ’s

Upcoming Retreats

Hold Me Tight® Online

February 11, 12, 18, 19, 2022

Fridays 6-9:30pm, Saturdays 10:00am-1:30pm

Lasting Connection™ Online

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2022

5 Thursdays, 7-9pm

Touch & Physical Intimacy In-person

April 1-3, 2022 Caledon, ON

Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 10am-3pm

Hold Me Tight® In-person

May 13-15, 2022 Toronto

Friday 2-6pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:00pm, Sunday 1-5pm

What to Expect

  • You’ll start from where you’re at currently in your relationship and move forward with conversation and touch from there.

  • You’ll be encouraged to expand your capacity for physical pleasure, play and expression to the degree that works best for you both.

  • You’ll integrate emotional and physical intimacy.

  • You’ll increase your experience and understanding of sexual connection within your relationship.

  • Together you’ll create a fuller sexual and emotional intimacy that pleases both of you.

What Will We Do?

  • In the group room you’ll have guided conversations with only your partner. These private conversations will be interspersed with instruction & video clips for all couples. Active participation in group not required.

  • You’ll have the time you need to bring up challenging topics in a safe environment and with support of skilled couple and sex therapists.

  • In the group room you’ll also be guided through some experiential exercises with only your partner  involving light touch (such as hand massage). No nudity or sexual touching.

  • The room is large enough so that you will not be crowded up close to another couple when you speak together. There will also be music playing in the background.

  • In the privacy of your own room you’ll have a choice of  a number of conversation and touch suggestions and/or exercises.

  • The conversations and exercises for you in your room are designed to stretch, but not overwhelm you. You’ll have choices that range from less intense to more intense.


Fee:  approx $2350. Extended health coverage possible for counselling portion of fee.

  • Lodging for Friday & Saturday night

  • Friday evening light refreshments

  • Saturday & Sunday breakfast & lunch

  • Workbooks and other incidentals designed for both retreat and at home follow-up

  • Complimentary wifi access. No parking costs

  • A country setting with beautiful grounds and walking trails

  • Extended health coverage possible for portion of fee

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Retreat FAQ’s


  • Friday, 4 – 7pm

  • Saturday, 9am – 3pm

  • Sunday, 10am – 3pm


  • Proof of full covid dose vaccination

  • Physical distancing

  • Mask wearing

  • Frequent hand sanitization

Why a Group Instead of Private Therapy?

Since 2012 Irene has offered more than 20 retreat weekends to groups of couples who want to focus on strengthening or repairing their emotional closeness. There’s never been the time at these weekends to help couples explore their physical bond. In the feedback many couples have asked for a weekend with a focus on touch and physical intimacy.

Couples tell Irene (frequently) about the power of the group context! This, even though Irene continually reminds couples not to share the details of their relationship challenges.

Venue: Millcroft Inn and Spa, Caledon ON

Millcroft Inn and Spa,
55 John Street,
ON, L7K 0C4, Canada

Approximately an hours drive from Toronto, the Millcroft Inn  is nestled in the rolling hills and spectacular landscape of Caledon Township.

The Millcroft Inn & Spa, built in 1881, originally housed a knitting mill . The Inn has been carefully renovated to preserve its original architectural beauty and to complement its woodland and country setting.

Millcroft Inn and Spa
Millcroft Inn

April 1-3 , 2022, Caledon, ON Fees to be refunded if covid interferes.

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Venue & Materials* Total
Before February 21, 2022 1024 1295 2319 Per Couple
February 21 – March 6, 2022 1049 1295  2344 Per Couple
March 7 – March 13, 2022 1074 1295   2369 Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday March 13, 2022 at 11:55 pm

*Venue & Materials cost includes Friday and Saturday night accommodations, Friday evening light refreshments, Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch, refreshments and beverages, workbooks and more.

Registration Deadlines   

Before Feb.21 , 2022 – Retreat Fee – 1024 – Materials* – 1295 – Total – $2319 Per Couple

Feb. 21 – Mar. 6, 2022 – Retreat Fee – 1049 – Materials* – 1295 – Total – $2344 Per Couple

Mar. 7 – Mar. 13, 2022 – Retreat Fee – 1074 – Materials* – 1295 – Total – $2369 Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 11:55 pm

*Venue & Materials cost includes Friday and Saturday night accommodations, Friday evening light refreshments, Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch, refreshments and beverages, workbooks and more.


Please note that there are no available discounts for the touch and physical intimacy retreats.

A medical receipt will be distributed at the conclusion of the retreat and may be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement. Venue & materials cost is not included on the medical receipt.

Times and location

Friday 4 – 7pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm, Sunday 10am – 3pm.

Location: Millcroft Inn and Spa, Caledon ON About 1 hour’s drive from Toronto

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