Hold Me Tight® Couples Weekend February 8-9, 2020 – Warming up to Valentine’s!

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

February 8-9, 2020

based on

Hold Me Tight:
Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

by Dr. Sue Johnson


“This is one of the best decisions we’ve made/best things we’ve done for our marriage.  It can be scary to take the leap and sign up, you feel unsure of what will happen and if others will learn your secrets in the group, but it was nothing like that, and so supportive.  We learned a tremendous amount and it was a safe place for us.  Being amongst so many other struggling with the same issues felt supportive.  If I could do one thing for my dear friends in relationship, it would be to “gift” them attendance to this workshop.”

“My husband and I came into this weekend in crisis with the threat of separation hanging over our heads.  Over the course of the weekend I discovered that we were both experiencing similar distress and that together as a team we were strong enough to overcome them.  I have a new appreciation for my spouse and his feelings and wounds.  We both had an ‘AHA’ moment when we realized that our cycle was the enemy of love, rather than each other.”

“Beware – you will change and grow at an advanced speed!  Helped me to see my part in the chaos.”

“Do it! Just do it!”

“Mary’s approach to facilitating made me feel safe, comfortable and calm.  Her knowledge and command of the topics is outstanding.”

(Re: Facilitator): “Excellent.  I loved listening to your voice.  I found you to be so soothing with such incredible insight.”

“I was able to address some of the ways that I have hurt my partner and I can continue to soothe him emotionally.  I will need to really focus on being able to call out our “loop” when it is happening and to not withdraw and be present in the A.R.E. exchanges.  I feel so hopeful.  Thank you, Mary and all the ‘Roving’ therapists.  Thank you!!”

When:  Sat./Sun. Feb. 8-9, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

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


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!)


  • $650 per couple (inc. HST)  ($625 early bird until Dec. 15, 2019 – pay $100 deposit to hold your spot (e-transfer to freshbeginningsforcouples@gmail.com).  Balance due January 10, 2020 by email transfer to freshbeginningsforcouples@gmail.com)
  • (16 hours of Relationship Nurturing!)
  • two lunches and all refreshments
  • 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

  • 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 2015-2019):



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



1 thought on “Hold Me Tight® Couples Weekend February 8-9, 2020 – Warming up to 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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