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Hold Me Tight® Portland: Weekend Couples Retreat - February 8-9, 2020

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Historic Overlook House

3839 North Melrose Drive

Portland, OR 97227

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Rekindle your connection in our deeply experiential Hold Me Tight couples retreat and the "science of love" proven to rebuild love bonds.

About this Event

Based on the work of Dr. Sue Johnson, the creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and author of Hold Me Tight. With decades of research behind these proven methods.

Hold Me Tight® Portland is facilitated by EFT therapists Laurel Marshall, MA, LMFT and Carla Canfield, MA, LCSW

Each event provides you safe spaces to experience it for yourself with your partner throughout the retreat and personal attention.

A 2-day, non-residential weekend couples retreat in Portland, OR. Designed to give you the tools and experience to break free of the old cycles of fighting, retreating, feeling alone and unheard, healing old wounds, and more.

  • You'll find and nurture a safe place with each other to rekindle that spark, the old feelings of love, and a deep sense of connection.
  • You'll identify and begin repairing old patterns and attachment wounds.
  • You'll see how you're not alone in what you are feeling and experiencing.
  • You'll experience it for yourself with the guidance of trained EFT therapists.

It's not enough to physically be there in the same space or doing things together. Yes, that even goes for "date nights."

Mere presence and familiarity doesn't build love bonds.

But the subtle experience of safe connection does.

We've seen it happen time and time again with our couples, some even expressing surprise when they find out they're not alone in how they had felt before they learned how to connect in this way.

As one couple put it:

“I have spent years ignoring or stuffing my feelings. This workshop opened me and my partner to a whole new way of connecting with each other, that actually felt real!”

We have limited space. That's so that each workshop is deeply experiential so you can actually practice it in a safe and supportive atmosphere with trained EFT therapists.

Join us and experience it for yourself, while bringing home the tools to continue these results in your daily life.

And if you are a Therapist - earn 14.75 CEU's for attending if you also register for the continuing education units. Register for $50 after you purchase your ticket. Bring your partner and go through the same deeply felt experience to bring the tools and practices of Hold Me Tight to your work with your clients as well as your own relationship.

All orders subject to cancellation fees. See Below

1 Ticket Per Couple

* Hold Me Tight® Portland is an educational workshop not meant to replace couples or individual therapy. Participants not in a relationship crisis and free of mood or addictive disorders will benefit most.

If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of this workshop for your partnership please feel free to contact Laurel Marshall @ 503-298-9219 for a consultation.

Workshop Details:

Each workshop is held over two days, and does not include lodging or meals. Includes beverage service and healthy snacks, including coffee and tea.


We’ll start at 8:45am and go until 5pm. You’ll have an hour lunch break at noon and have the evening to enjoy downtown Portland. Nearby restaurants are available for lunch and dinner.


We’ll start at 9 AM and go until 5pm. You’ll have an hour lunch break at noon.

Lodging and Food Options:

For those who live out of the city, this may be a good opportunity to spend a little time away and enjoy Portland’s food, nightlife, and neighborhoods. Portland has a wealth of options to explore!

About the Historic Overlook House

The Historic Overlook House is a handsome brick and stucco Tudor residence built in 1927; the house sits on more than an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds with views of the Willamette River and Portland’s West Hills. Inside, the charm of the original woodwork, beveled glass, tile fireplace, plentiful windows and access to a deck overlooking the grounds offer an intimate environment. Mature trees and lovely perennials frame the garden.

The Historic Overlook House is minutes from downtown Portland or the airport and right near the max stop.

Your Facilitators

Laurel Marshall, MA, LMFT

A licensed marriage and family therapist with experience and training working with couples using Emotion Focused Therapy since 2010. Laurel has a private practice in Portland, Oregon where she works with couples to identify and heal relationship dynamics that cause them distress, deepen vulnerability, intimacy and foster a secure and sacred connection with each other.

Carla Canfield, MA, LCSW

Carla Canfield is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience helping couples find their way back to closeness. She is led by her belief that healing occurs in relationship, and that we all long for loving connection. In her clinical practice, Carla supports couples and individuals to rediscover their human need for deep connection, and to dismantle blocks that get in the way. She is inspired every day by people who take emotional risks in order to create deeper, richer relationships with their loved ones.

Purchase Terms

*Cancellations will be subject to the following fees

$150 Non-Refundable fee on any cancellation

$250 Non-Refundable fee on any cancellation made between 27 & 14 days before the workshop date

All workshop fees become non-refundable if made 13 days or less before the workshop date

* Event Processing Fee of $30.92 ($9.95 Event Brite Fee + $20.97 Credit Card Processing Fee) is non-refundable on any cancellation.

"Hold Me Tight®" is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson.

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