Hold Me Tight® Portland: Weekend Couples Retreat - October 13/14, 2023

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Hold Me Tight® Portland: Weekend Couples Retreat - October 13/14, 2023

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

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Portland Covenant Church 4046 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Portland, OR 97212

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About this event

  • 1 day 8 hours
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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 Noah Roost, Ph.D.

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

A 2-day, in-person, 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.

  • We will be following the Oregon state guidelines for indoor masks in public spaces. To ensure the safety of our participants, we are limiting the size of the workshop to 15 couples in a large well ventilated space that allows for safe distancing during the workshop.
  • 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 when in distress with your partner.
  • You'll be supported to have important conversations 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. This workshop is not appropriate for couples who are experiencing interpersonal violence, or substance abuse.

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.

More information at our website - https://www.holdmetightportland.com

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 relax at home or in Portland if you are visiting. 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 Venue

The Portland Covenant Church is centrally located in Northeast Portland and is minutes from downtown Portland or the airport and right near the max stop. Hold Me Tight has no religious affiliation with the church.

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

Your Facilitators

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Laurel Marshall, MA, LMFT

Laurel Marshall is a certified EFT therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist with experience 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.

Noah Roost, Ph.D.

Dr. Noah Roost is a licensed clinical psychologist, who has been practicing Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for the last 8 years. During those years, it has been a tremendous privilege to witness couples learning to resolve conflicts through recognition of their cycle, braving the vulnerability of sharing fears with their partner, and growing closer as a result. He is grateful to spend his life helping couples love one another more deeply. Not only has EFT shaped him professionally, it was transformative in his own marriage and in his friendships.

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 is non-refundable on any cancellation.