Hold Me Tight® Relationship Enhancement Workshop – An educational experience which allows a couple to focus on their relationship in a private setting.

Upcoming Retreats in Ottawa, ON:   Email via the Contact tab to register.  A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to save your spot.

1.      17-19 November 2017  Hampton Inn, Coventry Road

$550/couple if registered before 15 Oct 2017; $600/couple after 15 Oct 2017

Breaks and Lunch on Sat and Sun and all training materials are included.

2.     16-18 February 2018 Location TBC; Cost will depend on the venue.


Day 1: 6:00pm to 9:00pm        Day 2: 8:30am to 6:00pm         Day 3: 8:30am to 4:00pm


What is involved in the weekend?

You don’t build or even repair a marriage with a bunch of techniques.  To have a fulfilling, enduring marriage, you must replace what is often missing at the core:  true emotional connectedness.  Much of how we live our lives today wars against true connectedness.  The result?  We think we are “connected” with others, even our spouse, but deep down we are terribly lonely.

This 2 & 1/2-day workshop can help repair, enhance, and continually grow your love relationship by deepening your connection and closeness with your partner. The retreat uses core concepts from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), the most successful couple therapy model substantiated by research. In this empowering and energizing retreat you will learn to understand your needs in your love relationship and how to respond to those of your partner while creating a positive, loving, and lasting bond.

  • The retreat is designed for all couples in a committed relationship who are looking to deepen their connection.
  • Hear engaging, brief presentations and watch video clips of couples to learn the tools for creating and maintaining a life-long loving connection.
  • In private you and your partner will use the provided guide to practice the conversations designed to bring you closer together.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of one another’s needs so that you can stay engaged and not get derailed.
  • Strengthen and Deepen your loving connection.
  • On request, receive help from a trained therapist.

The retreat does not require anyone to share anything in a large group setting as the “work” is done by each couple with privacy. Participants are welcome to share insights in the larger group during video and teaching presentations, but it is not required.

The retreat is NOT therapy. If you think your relationship is in serious trouble, you should discuss this with me before registering.



Testimonials from couples who have attended a weekend:

“WOW! I never would have guessed that a weekend could make such a change in a marriage. THANK YOU!!!!”
“Simply put, our marriage was fine but now it is great!!”
“If you would have asked us on Friday what we thought we might get out of a weekend, I would have answered – we’ll spend some quality together, but nothing will really be different come Monday morning.  Instead, driving home Sunday afternoon we both felt like we had changed the course of our relationship.  We didn’t leave with a laundry list of things to try, and check-lists to follow, instead we left feeling connected and like a team.”
“The ideas may be simple, but spending a weekend with your spouse working through the conversations really allows you to cut through the noise of the day-to-day grind and to revitalize your marriage.”
“This 2.5 day workshop was a great way to re-connect as a couple by working through the conversations in Hold me Tight. We had lots of couple time to practice what we learned with no distractions.  Having a therapist on hand to guide us when we got stuck was extremely helpful.”
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