Hold Me Tight – Yes, In Person Again…

Warming up to Valentine’s!

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Hold Me Tight (book cover)A Workshop of Connection for your Relationship

Saturday, February 11, 2023  9:00-6:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 12, 2023  9:00-6:00 p.m.

based on

Hold Me Tight:  Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

by Dr. Sue Johnson


 “This weekend can start you on a journey of healing.  So awesome.  Do this for yourself, do this for your partner, do this for both of you….Our relationship has been strengthened and there is a deeper connection. What an amazing way to spend a weekend.”

Hold Me Tight is like CPR.  It has brought my husband and me and our relationship back to life (in heart).  And like CPR this is something that we will need to renew on a yearly basis to stay current and fresh to help keep us alive and well and in tune to each other.  I highly recommend this to all couples struggling in their marriage.  It is a game changer! Thank you Mary so much!

“We realized that it’s okay to be emotionally dependent on each other. We grew up being told that you have to be independent and self sufficient before you can have a successful relationship. We felt guilty because we are very dependent on each other. I have often put up walls to protect myself for fear of loss but this course has helped us realize that we need to be vulnerable and love without limits.”

Happy Affectionate Couple at Rustic Fireplace in Log Cabin.


Unity College (formerly St. Paul’s College)
University of Waterloo
190 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G5

Who Should Participate?

  • young, middle aged and older couples
  • couples early in relationship
  • couples in long term relationship
  • couples in second marriages/blended families
  • same-sex couples
  • couples in therapy or never in therapy
  • a single person who wants relationship education!

What Will Happen?

  • Presentations to the group and DVD’s of three Canadian couples with Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of EFT,  alternating with Seven Private “Conversations” with your partner (therapists available as needed)
  • Discover the “dance” that keeps you locked in unhappiness and distress
  • Experience new conversations and the ability to repair and reconnect, repair hurt feelings, take down the walls of self-protection
  • You’ll discover the art and science of staying in love is quite simple once you have a reliable road map
  • learn how to stay available, responsible and emotionally engaged, the A.R.E. of safe and lasting connection
  • Contribution to the group sessions welcome but not required
  • Go to Podcast about a “Hold Me Tight” couples retreat  (Click to peek into what happens at a retreat!) …Dr. Michelle Gannon and Dr. Sam Jinich, California EFT therapists)
  • A cost effective and focused way of working on your relationship as thousands of others are doing throughout North America and abroad (a gift to your relationship!)


  • $750.00 CDN per couple – (pay $100 deposit to hold your spot (e-transfer to freshbeginningsforcouples@gmail.com)
  • Early bird $700.00 before December 15
  • Covered by most insurance benefit plans

Full payment due at this point upon registration unless other arrangements have been requested.

  • (16 hours of Relationship Nurturing!)
  • all workshop materials/professional support
  • Please note: Cancellation more than 3 weeks prior 50% refund/Cancellation less than 3 weeks prior $100 refund/Cancellation less than 1 week prior no refund

Older Couple Embracing 


Mary Luard   MSW,  RSW,  RP

ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor


To read comments from couples who experienced HMT Retreats 2015-2022:



Why EFT?

The effectiveness of Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) has been demonstrated in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. Its outstanding success has been heralded in many scientific journals, professional magazines and media such as the New York Times and Psychology Today.

The focus of EFT is to help partners to understand more clearly each other’s deepest emotions. Feelings are often hidden, unexpressed or misunderstood. Our relationships can be a cause of stress and pain or a source of comfort and joy.  In EFT, we help couples learn how to deal with their feelings together, reach towards each other, and be responsive in more loving and positive ways.  

The GREAT news is that we are now bringing the EFT model to you in our Hold Me Tight Couples Weekend Workshop that will be Effective, Safe, Supportive, and Validating. Most importantly, the weekend will be Positive, Proactive and FUN!  The tools you learn will continue to serve your relationship long after this weekend.

“Romantic love is all about attachment and emotional bonding. It is all about our wired-in need to have someone to depend on, a loved one who can offer reliable emotional connection and comfort. Love is not the icing on the cake of life.It is a basic primary need,      like oxygen or water. Once we understand and accept this, we  can more easily get to the heart of relationship problems.”  (Sue Johnson, Hold Me Tight)

(Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson)

Couple sleeping


Fresh Beginnings for Couples © 2014

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