Hold Me Tight® retreats are cost effective, time efficient.

Great for rekindling romance. Works wonders for distressed relationships too.

Join others to tune up, or repair your relationship.

Wait, Don’t Click Away From This Page Yet!

I know. You can’t! imagine! working on your relationship in a group setting. The feedback we get, again and again, is “This was so worth it for us.” Often this is from a partner who wasn’t keen on going.

Will We Talk to Others About Our Relationship?

No.

Imagine a large auditorium sized room. In one part of the auditorium there is a gathering area. There you and your partner together with 9-15 other couples, will watch video clips of real couples and hear about the latest research on adult love relationships. (Yes adult love is the subject of scientific research!) You will not be required to be an active participant in the larger group times.

Around the perimeter of the auditorium there are private couple stations. There is space between the couple stations. There will be quiet background music throughout the auditorium. You’ll take the material presented to the larger group to your private couple station and with only your partner you’ll apply what you’ve heard in the larger group to your specific relationship. There will be ample private couple time.

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Upcoming Retreats

Toronto, September 27-29, 2019
Hold Me Tight®

Caledon, November 15 – 17, 2019
Touch & Physical Intimacy

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

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

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.

Who Attends Hold Me Tight® Retreats?

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.

September 27-29, 2019, Toronto, ON fees

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Materials* Total
Before September 2 675 197 872 Per Couple
September 2 – 8 725 197 922 Per Couple
September 9 – 22 775 197 972 Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday September 22, 2019 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 September 2Retreat Fee – $675 – Materials* – $197 – Total – $872 Per Couple

September 2 – 8Retreat Fee – $725 – Materials* – $197 – Total – $922 Per Couple

September 9 – 22Retreat Fee – $775 – Materials* – $197 – Total – $972 Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday September 22, 2019 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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February 28 – March 1, 2020, Toronto, ON fees

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Materials* Total
Before February 3 700 197 897 Per Couple
February 3 – 9 730 197 927 Per Couple
February 10 – 23 775 197 972 Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday February 23, 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 February 3Retreat Fee – $700 – Materials* – $197 – Total – $897 Per Couple

February 3 – 9Retreat Fee – $730 – Materials* – $197 – Total – $927 Per Couple

February 10 – 23Retreat Fee – $775 – Materials* – $197 – Total – $972 Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday February 23, 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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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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