Hold Me Tight® Couples Weekend June 9-10, 2018 – Getting ready for Summer…

Hold Me Tight (book cover)

A Workshop of Connection for your Relationship

June 9-10, 2018

based on

Hold Me Tight:
Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

by Dr. Sue Johnson

ICEEFT – International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy


“We have tried traditional couple’s counselling and did not find it worked for us.  We were considering separation and this weekend has given us a lot of hope.”

“Mary, you are a blessing and the miracle we needed.  Thank x 1000.  Life changing, emotional in a brilliant way.  I hope and feel it may have saved our family.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

    “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!”


When:  Sat./Sun. June 9-10, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Conrad Grebel College Great Hall

Waterloo, Ontario

Couple on grass

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 April 15, 2018 – pay $50 deposit to hold your spot and balance due May 1  by email transfer to freshbeginningsforcouples@gmail.com)
  • ($650 inc. HST after May 1)
  • (16 hours of Relationship Nurturing!)
  • two lunches and all refreshments
  • all workshop materials
  • 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  Accommodations

  • 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/Psychotherapist


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)

Older Couple Embracing


Fresh Beginnings for Couples © 2014


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