Consider a Couples Retreat: Online or Face-to-Face

“A Couples Retreat. Is that a group?” you ask.


“No thanks, I’m not interested in a group.”

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

Puzzled Older Couple
puzzled African American couple

Here’s what couples say at the end of a  Couples In Step retreat:

  • This was cost effective and time efficient
  • Great for rekindling romance
  • Worked wonders for our distressed relationship too
  • We should have come years ago
  • Please get couples at the beginning of their relationship to come

So join with others.  Tune up, repair, or rekindle your relationship.

What Kind of Retreats are Offered at Couples In Step?

Build a Lasting Relationship: Couples In Step

Build A Lasting Connection® 

An early commitment (less than 5 years) retreat. Communicate effectively. Navigate differences. Keep physical intimacy alive. Designed to give you the essential components for an enduring love.

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Hold Me Tight Retreat

Hold Me Tight®

Great for rekindling romance. Works wonders for distressed relationships too. Step out of downward spirals of distance and arguing. Heal conflict. Deepen connection. Cost effective. Time efficient.

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Marriage Counselling at Couples In Step is a safe environment for discussing sexual concerns

Touch & Physical Intimacy

Physical intimacy is a healthy, positive & rewarding part of couple life. Deepen your attachment through conversation and touch. Limited to 7 couples. Privacy prioritized.

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Will We Talk to Others About Our Relationship?


For the online retreats there is both a large group and a breakout room component. You will do your couple work in a private breakout room that is closed to the other couples attending. The meeting host (Irene) will toggle you back and forth between the large group and your private breakout room (and she’ll give you notice the toggle is about to happen, so no worries about being accidentally heard).

For the in person retreats – imagine a large auditorium sized room. In one part of the room there is a gathering area. There you and your partner together with 6-15 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 room there are private couple stations where you and your partner (and no others) will talk together about your relationship. There is space between the couple stations. There will be quiet background music throughout the room.

For online and in person retreats there is ample private couple time. You’ll take the material presented to the larger group to your private couple station/breakout room and with only your partner you’ll apply what you’ve heard in the larger group to the specifics of your relationship.

Upcoming Retreats

Hold Me Tight® In-person

May 13-15, 2022 Toronto

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

Lasting Connection™ Online

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2022

5 Thursdays, 7-9pm

Hold Me Tight® Online

Fall 2022, exact dates to be determined

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

Touch & Physical Intimacy In-person

Fall 2022, exact dates to be determined Caledon, ON

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

Hold Me Tight® In-person

Fall 2022, exact dates to be determined Toronto

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

Lasting Connection™ Online

Fall 2022 or Spring 2023, exact dates to be determined

5 Thursdays, 7-9pm

Are Groups Effective?

Since 2012 Irene has offered more than 20 retreat weekends to groups of couples who want to focus on strengthening or repairing their relationship.  Couples tell Irene (frequently) about the power of the group context! This, even though Irene