Hold Me Tight® Couples Weekend February 9-10, 2019 (Valentine’s!)

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

February 9-10, 2019 

based on

Hold Me Tight:
Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

by Dr. Sue Johnson


    “It’s the best couples counselling format I’ve ever experienced.  The group format is value-added as a support system: we see others in the room with struggles in the areas presented;  breakout conversations remain more controlled because we can’t fall back so quickly to escalating dance routines…help is there immediately when we are in a challenging situation.  Conversations are much more productive in a “supported” environment.  More gains made overall in this format than independent counselling sessions.  EFT gets down to the real issues behind the dance!!!
     “I would recommend the weekend without reservation.  We have both made more progress in 2 days than we did in months of couple and individual counselling.  We feel closer, more empathetic and able to reach out to one another through the curtain of pain and fear.  Thank you!”

   “I highly recommend this workshop.  Mary is amazing!  It is a life saver, something every couple needs to survive and have a thriving marriage.  This workshop has given us the tools that are necessary in our marriage.  It has given us hope.  We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It allowed us to share our deepest fears.  Thank you!”

   “I would tell [others] that it was amazing.  It has allowed me to truly “see” my partner for who they are for the first time after being together over 13 years.  And just as importantly for her to see me and for me to open up to her in ways we never had.  It’s given me the hope to find happiness and fulfillment in all my relationships but most importantly the fulfillment of a loving marriage.”


When:  Sat./Sun. February 9-10, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

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


Happy Affectionate Couple at Rustic Fireplace in Log Cabin.

Who Should Come?

  • 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!)


  • $625 per couple (inc. HST)  (early bird until December 15, 2018 – pay $100 deposit to hold your spot and balance due January 15, 2019 by email transfer to freshbeginningsforcouples@gmail.com)
  • ($650 inc. HST after December 15)
  • (16 hours of Relationship Nurturing!)
  • two lunches and all refreshments
  • all workshop materials/professional support
  • Please note: Cancellation more than 3 weeks prior $100 refund/Cancellation less than 3 weeks prior 50% refund/Cancellation less than 1 week prior no refund

Couple sleeping

  • On your own at home
  • Consider making it a weekend away (ask for recommendations upon registration)


Mary Luard   MSW,  RSW,  RP

Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor-C


To read comments from couples who experienced HMT Retreats 2015-2018):



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)

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Fresh Beginnings for Couples © 2014


One thought on “Hold Me Tight® Couples Weekend February 9-10, 2019 (Valentine’s!)

  1. Hi, your upcoming Autumn 2019 workshop won’t work for us. Will you be running similar workshops in 2019? Please include me on your distribution list. Many thanks, Hazel

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