Hold Me Tight Couples Weekend Workshop – Online – October 16/17 and October 23/24

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

Friday, October 16  6:00-9:30 p.m./Saturday, October 17 10:00-1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 23  6:00-9:30 p.m./Saturday, October 24 10:00-1:30 p.m.



based on

Hold Me Tight:
Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

by Dr. Sue Johnson

“Beyond the rating “Excellent” (on the survey) I would add “Life changing”.  We are still adjusting to our post-workshop re-entry into a New World.  Everything is different and everything is the same. Our hearts are SO FULL, we actually feel reborn!”

 “This weekend can start you on a journey of healing.  Oh my god, it is hard and oh my god, it is amazing. 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.”

“Conversation 5 – Forgiving Injuries – was the Best Part, also the hardest part but opened up a lot of dialogue.”

 “There are a few couples in my life who absolutely need to come!  I have new hope in my marriage and in myself.  I too have gone to years and years of therapy but wish I could have done EFT sooner.  I absolutely believe in EFT and will continue my journey with these principles.”


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!)


  • $500 per couple – pay $100 deposit to hold your spot (e-transfer to freshbeginningsforcouples@gmail.com).
  • (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

Couple sleeping 


Mary Luard   MSW,  RSW,  RP

ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor


To read comments from couples who experienced HMT Retreats 2015-2020:



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)

Older Couple Embracing


Fresh Beginnings for Couples © 2014


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