COUPLE’S WEEKEND RETREAT
Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, making grand romantic gestures, or experimenting with new sexual positions. Instead, recognize and admit that you are emotionally attached to and dependent on your partner in much the same way that a child is on a parent for nurturing, soothing, and protection. Hold Me Tight, weekend retreats focus on creating and strengthening this emotional bond by identifying and transforming the key moments that foster an adult loving relationship.
The “Hold Me Tight” group program walks participants through seven conversations that capture the defining moments in a love relationship and instructs how to shape these moments to create a secure and lasting bond.
HOLD ME TIGHT: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Based on the model developed by Dr. Susan Johnson
Facilitated by Irene Oudyk-Suk MSW RSW
Toronto, September 21-23, 2016
Toronto, May 5 – 7, 2017
Caledon, Ontario February 11 – 12, 2017
To Register Contact Irene at 416-459-0956
Facilitated by Wendy Bulthuis MSW RSW & Sabrina Fruci MSW RSW
St. Catharines October 21-23, 2016
St. Catharines May 5-7, 2017
Contact Wendy at 905-650-2057 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Seven Transforming Conversations:
1. Recognizing Demon Dialogues
In this first conversation, couples identify negative and destructive remarks in order to get to the root of the problem and figure out what each other is really trying to say.
2. Finding the Raw Spots
Here, each partner learns to look beyond immediate, impulsive reactions to figure out what raw spots are being hit.
3. Revisiting a Rocky Moment
This conversation provides a platform for de-escalating conflict and repairing rifts in a relationship and building emotional safety.
4. Hold Me Tight
The heart of the program: this conversation moves partners into being more accessible, emotionally responsive, and deeply engaged with each other.
5. Forgiving Injuries
Injuries may be forgiven but they never disappear. Instead, they need to become integrated into couples’ conversations as demonstrations of renewal and connection. Knowing how to find and offer forgiveness empowers couples to strengthen their bond.
6. Bonding Through Sex and Touch
Here, couples find how emotional connection creates great sex, and good sex creates deeper emotional connection.
7. Keeping Your Love Alive
This last conversation is built on the understanding that love is a continual process of losing and finding emotional connection; it asks couples to be deliberate and mindful about maintaining connection.
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