What’s a Hold Me Tight® Retreat?

A Hold Me Tight® couples weekend  is designed to deepen your engagement and connection with each other. You’ll learn from lectures, video examples of other couples & YouTube clips. Private conversations with your partner will help you to gently and safely explore your unique destructive relationship patterns and you’ll move on to build new patterns of trust, love, and intimacy.

This retreat is based on the science of love (yes love and science go hand in hand) and Emotionally Focused Therapy.  Participants learn alongside other couples, but no group sharing is necessary! Participants learn alongside other couples, but do share the specifics of their relationship with other couples.

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Upcoming Retreats

On-Line, 10am-12pm May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020
Lasting Connection®

On-Line, 7-9pm June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 2020
Lasting Connection®

On-Line, September 25 & 26; October 2 & 3, 2020
Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 10am-1pm

Hold Me Tight®

In-Person, North York, October 16 & 17, 2020
Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 9am-4pm

Lasting Connection®

In-Person, Toronto, November 13 – 15, 2020
Hold Me Tight®

Caledon, December, 2020 Touch & Physical Intimacy

North York, Winter, 2021 Lasting Connection®

Toronto, Spring, 2021 Hold Me Tight®

Caledon, Spring, 2021 Touch & Physical Intimacy

Who Attends Hold Me Tight® Retreats?

This Retreat is For You If:

  • You want to take a deep dive into the workings of your relationship.

  • You want to spend quality & focused time with your partner.

  • You find yourself in the same disagreement over and over again.

  • You feel like you spend more time in conflict than in good times.

  • You are worried your relationship is slipping away.

  • You want to have a stronger relationship.

Most couples are committed and looking to deepen, rekindle or heal their relationship. Some are at the beginning of their relationship, some ten years in, some many more years in.

A few couples come uncertain about the future of their relationship. Some come wondering if their relationship could benefit from the deeper work of couple’s therapy.

Same sex couples come, dating couples come, couples in their second or third relationship come, married or un-married couples come, therapists wondering about couples counselling come… get the picture?

Hold Me Tight® retreats help couples with virtually every concern, and whatever place they are at in their relationship. Amazing, and certainly not what Irene expected when she started doing these retreats, but that’s what she (and her colleagues across the world) have found!

And yes, the group nature of Hold Me Tight®couples retreats is anxiety provoking for many. Rest assured, there is a lot of private couple time at a Hold Me Tight® retreat and you will not be required to be an active participant in the larger group times. You can learn more about the structure of a Hold Me Tight® on the retreats FAQ’s page.

Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what others have said about their experience at a Couples In Step Hold Me Tight® retreats.

What a Hold Me Tight® Retreat Meant to this  Couple

Here’s what others have said about their experience at a Couples In Step retreat.

November 13 – 15, 2020, Toronto, ON fees (likely to be reduced in a covid environment with reduced food & beverage service)

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Materials* Total
Before October 19, 2020 $715 $204 $919 Per Couple
October 19-25, 2020 $745 $204 $949 Per Couple
October 26-November 8, 2020 $785 $204 $989 Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday November 8, 2020  at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost includes the venue charges, workbooks, Saturday and Sunday lunch, snacks, beverages. Does not include overnight accommodation.

Registration Deadlines   

Before October 19, 2020  – Retreat Fee – $715 – Materials* – $204 – Total – $919 Per Couple

October 19-25, 2020  – Retreat Fee – $745 – Materials* – $204 – Total – $949 Per Couple

October 26-November 8, 2020  – Retreat Fee – $785 – Materials* – $204 – Total – $989 Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday November 8, 2020 at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost includes the venue charges, workbooks, Saturday and Sunday lunch, snacks, beverages. Does not include overnight accommodation.

Discounts

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. You will have an opportunity to add in the discount code as you conclude the registration process. The discount amount will be subtracted from your final amount due.

Couples currently in couples therapy with another therapist are eligible for a $75 discount/couple. Discount code is MHP75

Mental health professionals/health professionals are eligible for a $50 discount. Discount code is HP50

You are eligible for a $125 discount if you have been or are currently in couples therapy at Couples In Step. Discount code is CP125

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. You will have an opportunity to add in the discount code as you conclude the registration process. The discount amount will be subtracted from your final amount due.

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

Times and location

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

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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Spring 2021, Toronto, ON fees

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Materials* Total
Before  Per Couple
February  Per Couple
February  Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday February  2021 at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost includes the venue charges, workbooks, Saturday and Sunday lunch, snacks, beverages. Does not include overnight accommodation.

Registration Deadlines   

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

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

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

Registration closes Sunday February , 2021 at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost includes the venue charges, workbooks, Saturday and Sunday lunch, snacks, beverages. Does not include overnight accommodation.

Discounts

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. You will have an opportunity to add in the discount code as you conclude the registration process. The discount amount will be subtracted from your final amount due.

Couples currently in couples therapy with another therapist are eligible for a $75 discount/couple. Discount code is MHP75

Mental health professionals/health professionals are eligible for a $50 discount. Discount code is HP50

You are eligible for a $125 discount if you have been or are currently in couples therapy at Couples In Step. Discount code is CP125

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. You will have an opportunity to add in the discount code as you conclude the registration process. The discount amount will be subtracted from your final amount due.

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

Times and location

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

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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Hold Me Tight® Retreats at Couples In Step

Since 2012 Couples In Step has hosted more than 250 couples in more than 20 Hold Me Tight® retreats in the Toronto area.

Couples In Step offers  Hold Me Tight® retreats twice a year, in the spring and the fall. They begin on Friday afternoon at 2 pm and conclude late Sunday afternoon. You’ll stay in a nearby hotel or bed and breakfast (accommodation costs are not included in the retreat fee).

Irene Oudyk-Suk, MSW, RSW RP, is the facilitator of this weekend retreat for couples. Irene and her husband first experienced a Hold Me Tight® retreat as participants in early 2012. A few months later Irene facilitated her first Hold Me Tight®.

Hold Me Tight® registrants have come from all over the United States and Canada. In Ontario couples come from places such as Toronto, GTA, Hamilton, Windsor, London, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Kingston, Ottawa, Waterloo, Mississauga, Brampton, New Market and other places in between. Couples have also come from other provinces such as Quebec, Alberta, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Hold Me Tight® retreats are held at many other locations in North America.

Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson.  The Hold Me Tight® retreat is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Dr. Johnson’s bestseller book, Hold Me Tight®, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

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, weekend couples retreats, discernment counselling for couples where one, or both of you, are uncertain about continuing the relationship.

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