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

It is Possible to be Safe, Satisfied & Sexual

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.

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Background

In Irene’s many years of providing couples 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 different kinds of touch so that they can deepen, re-vive or restore physical intimacy.

Retreat FAQ’s

Upcoming Retreats

Toronto, February 28 – March 1, 2020
Hold Me Tight®

Caledon, April 17 – 19, 2020
Touch & Physical Intimacy

Toronto, Early Fall, 2020
Hold Me Tight®

Caledon, Late Fall, 2020
Touch & Physical Intimacy

What To Expect

  • 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 two 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.
  • In the privacy of your own room you’ll have a choice of  a number of conversation 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: $2195-$2295 depending on registration date

  • 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 access to indoor-outdoor warm and cold pools, steam room, sauna
  • A country setting with beautiful grounds and walking trails
  • Extended health coverage possible for portion of fee
Retreat FAQ’s

Times:

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

April 17 – 19, 2020, Millcroft Inn, Caledon, ON, fees

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Venue & Materials* Total
Before March 16, 2020 1000 1195  2195 Per Couple
March 16 – March 22, 2020 1050 1195 2245 Per Couple
March 23 – April 5, 2020 1100 1195  2295 Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday, April 5, 2020 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 March 16, 2020Retreat Fee – $1000 – Materials* – $1195 – Total – $2195 Per Couple

March 16 – March 22, 2020Retreat Fee – $1050 – Materials* – $1195 – Total – $2245 Per Couple

March 23 – April 5, 2020Retreat Fee – $1100– Materials* – $1195 – Total – $2295 Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday, April 5, 2020 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.

Discounts

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

Location: Millcroft Inn, Caledon, about 1 hour’s drive north of Toronto

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Fall, 2020, Millcroft Inn, Caledon, ON fees

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Venue & Materials* Total
Before  ____.2020   Per Couple
____ – ___, 2020   Per Couple
___ – ____, 2020  Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday _____, 2020 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 ____, 2020 – Retreat Fee – $ – Materials* – $ – Total – $ Per Couple

___ – ____, 2020 – Retreat Fee – $ – Materials* – $ – Total – $ Per Couple

____ – ___, 2020 – Retreat Fee – $ – Materials* – $– Total – $ Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday ____, 2020 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.

Discounts

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

Location: Millcroft Inn, Caledon, about 1 hour’s drive north of Toronto

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

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