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. 23-25 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
Frequently Asked Questions
Who attends your workshops?
Couples of every kind come. Young and old. Straight, gay, and trans. Married and not. With kids and without. Living together, living apart, on the verge of divorce. All different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Young couples have come as a pre-wedding gift to each other or from their families. Couples with 40+ years under their belts come to get closer and restore deeper connection.
Remarkably, everyone relates because relationship struggles are universal. And the group connects by showing support for each other, laughing together, and helping each other put words to the challenges and joys of nurturing our most precious relationships.
LGBTQ couples often ask us if it’s safe to join the workshop. Yes, it is. Contact me to discuss your concerns.
When and where do you hold the workshops?
Currently, I offer two workshops each year, and will expand as demand increases. I’m always on the look-out for new spots. The workshops are held in hotels, retreat centers, inns, and spa locations. If you are interested in a particular favorite destination, talk to me!
How are the workshops structured?
Educational presentations. Workshop facilitators give engaging presentations using pictures, music, and videos from both science and popular culture to explain a few core concepts of attachment theory — the science of adult love. Couples will understand how adult love works without jargon, then learn how to apply these concepts directly to their own relationships to bond and stay securely attached to loved ones. No group speaking is expected or required.
Couples exercises. Couples receive clear instructions and watch video demonstrations before breaking off to practice structured exercises together in private. These conversations allow the couple to explore and understand their unique relationship dynamic.
Is this group therapy? I don’t want to share private information with unfamiliar people.
The workshop is therapeutic and experiential, but not therapy – it is a blend of education with therapeutic experiences. The group learns new material and discusses it together, but you and your partner process your relationship in private. We provide you with the option to request guidance from our trained and experienced facilitators so you are not alone with the challenging work. Back in the group meeting, we will debrief anything you wish to share about new learning that happened for you, but there is no group sharing required. The group discussions often turn out to be one of the richest parts of the weekend.
Who are the workshop facilitators?
Wyn Fournier and June Kvamme, are the primary teachers and facilitators of this workshop. They are both licensed Master’s level clinical social workers in Ottawa with a combined total of over 20 years of experience helping couples, families, and individuals heal relationships. June is a certified EFT therapist and a supervisor-in-training. Wyn is working toward certifcation as an EFT therapist. We also have additional colleagues experienced in EFT who sometimes assist in our workshops so that every couple can get the support they need.
How much do the workshops cost?
The specific fees of upcoming workshops can be found under each workshop date listed above, and are per couple. Fees vary by the specific workshop, location, size of the group, and whether lodging is included. Your registration fee includes the weekend full of presentations for the both of you (not individual), assistance from facilitators during private exercises, snacks and beverages (sometimes meals are included), and a gift for you. In addition, couples receive a complete notebook of all of the exercises and some reference reading as take-home materials to review and re-engage with the exercises after the workshop is over.
How does the workshop cost compare to the cost of couples therapy?
The value of the workshop is extremely high considering that 14 hours of couples therapy with an experienced therapist would easily cost several thousand dollars. The weekend retreat often takes couples much further in one weekend than months of individual therapy can. This is due to the consistency and intensity of work a couple can do in a weekend format when away from the distractions of everyday life. Many couples also find that attending this workshop jump-starts a particularly productive couples therapy journey that follows.
I’m a mental health professional. Can my partner and I attend?
YES! This weekend is for everyone, and that includes mental health and allied health professionals! Healers need healing too! We will work with you to make sure it’s a confidential environment for you to be able to do your own relationship work.
How do I register?
Using the contact tab above, send your information and a registration form will be sent to you.
Testimonials from couples who have attended a weekend: