Tune Up, Repair, Rekindle Your Relationship

Next Hold Me Tight®

Online February 11, 12, 18, 19, 2022
This retreat takes place over 2 weekends
Fridays 6-9:30pm, Saturdays 10-1:30pm

In-Person May 13-15, 2022
Toronto, ON
Friday 2-6pm, Saturday 9:30-4pm, Sunday 1-5pm

A Hold Me Tight® couples experience  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 practice new communication patterns that build 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.  You’ll learn alongside other couples, without sharing the specifics of your relationship with the other couples and no requirement to participate in group sharing!

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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. 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® retreat.

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

Details for Online Hold Me Tight®

  • Takes place over 2 weekends, Fridays 6–9:30pm and Saturdays 10am-1:30pm

  • 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

Next Hold Me Tight®

Online February 11, 12, 18, 19, 2022
This retreat takes place over 2 weekends
Fridays 6-9:30pm, Saturdays 10-1:30pm

In-Person May 13-15, 2022
Toronto, ON
Friday 2-6pm, Saturday 9:30-4pm, Sunday 1-5pm

Details for In-Person Hold Me Tight®

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  • Friday 2–6pm, Saturday 9:30–4pm, Sunday 1–5pm

  • Saturday lunch: onsite. Bring your own or delivered via Uber Eats at your expense. Lunch will be 30 minutes so no time to leave venue to pick up food.

  • 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.

  • Covid considerations:  Public health and provincial directives/guidelines in place at the time of event will guide proof of vaccination requirements, use of masks and other covid safety protocols. The venue for this retreat is large. Physical distancing is easily accommodated.

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.

Online,  February 11, 12, 18, 19, 2022

This event is limited to 6 couples.

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Materials* Total
Before January 17, 2022 $624 $0 $624 Per Couple
January 17 – January 30, 2022 $674 $0 $674 Per Couple
January 31 – February 6 , 2022 $724 $0 $724 Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday February 6, 2022  at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost includes the venue charges, workbooks, snacks, beverages. Does not include overnight accommodation. There is no material fee for this online retreat.

Registration Deadlines   

Before Jan. 17, 2022  – Retreat Fee – $624 – Materials* – $0 – Total – $624 Per Couple

Jan. 17 – Jan. 30, 2022  – Retreat Fee – $674 – Materials* – $0 – Total – $674 Per Couple

Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 2021  – Retreat Fee – $724 – Materials* – $0 – Total – $724 Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday Feb. 6, 2022 at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost includes the venue charges, workbooks, Saturday lunch, snacks, beverages. Does not include overnight accommodation. There is no materials fee for this online retreat.

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.

You are eligible for a $75 discount if you have been or are currently in couples therapy at Couples In Step. Discount code is CIS75

Couples currently in couples therapy with another therapist are eligible for a $50 discount/couple. Discount code is CTO50

Mental health professionals/health professionals are eligible for a $25 discount. Discount code is HP25

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 Other Details

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

Online: 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

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In-Person Toronto,  May 13-15, 2022

Due to covid this event is limited to 10 couples. If this event is moved online due to covid, fees will be adjusted downwards.

Registration Deadlines Retreat Fee Materials* Total
Before April 18, 2022 $749 $250 $999 Per Couple
April 18 – May 1, 2022 $774 $250 $1024 Per Couple
May 2 – May 8, 2022 $799 $250 $1049 Per Couple
Registration closes Sunday May 8, 2022  at 11:55 pm

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

Registration Deadlines   

Before April. 18, 2022  – Retreat Fee – $749 – Materials* – $250 – Total – $999 Per Couple

April. 18 – May 1, 2022  – Retreat Fee – $774 – Materials* – $250 – Total – $1024 Per Couple

May 2 – May 8, 2022  – Retreat Fee – $799 – Materials* – $250 – Total – $1049 Per Couple

Registration closes Sunday May 8, 2022 at 11:55 pm

*Materials cost includes the venue charges, workbooks, Saturday 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.

You are eligible for a $75 discount if you have been or are currently in couples therapy at Couples In Step. Discount code is CIS75

Couples currently in couples therapy with another therapist are eligible for a $50 discount/couple. Discount code is CTO50

Mental health professionals/health professionals are eligible for a $25 discount. Discount code is HP25

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

Times: Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-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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History of 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 in-person Hold Me Tight® retreats twice a year, in the spring and the