Those of you who know me, know how much I love to travel, and be in the world. My natural curiosity makes me eager to experience new places. You probably also know how devoted I am to my psychotherapy practice and the Hold Me Tight® Couples Workshops I lead. It is like leading couples on an adventurous journey, helping their relationships move from breakdowns to breakthroughs.
Step into a new chapter of your relationship
Unwind, play, and reconnect with your partner amidst the lush beauty of Costa Rica, a perfect setting for rediscovering your passion, the uniqueness of your relationship, and the love you wish to share.
Imagine waking up in the jungle, hearing toucans and macaws conversing in the canopy above you, having ample time to reconnect with yourself and your partner. Dive deep into your relationship while you also explore the jungle around you and the amazing coastal beaches just a 10-minute drive down the mountain.
In the past I have led these workshops in my home town of Nevada City, California, and in other locations such as New York, Idaho, Israel, and South Africa, but I have to admit I’m very excited about this unique location. Imiloa has a magic and transformative power of its own and I can’t think of a better setting for this powerful couples retreat!
All couples face periods of conflict and disconnection
It’s not uncommon for partners to feel stuck or unable to communicate effectively or resolve conflicts, sometimes even for years. These negative patterns can strain the relationship to its breaking point.
Research reveals that Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, can significantly improve distressed relationships.
I have written a lot on my website and in many of my blogs about the unique version of Hold Me Tight® Couples Workshops and Retreats led by Owen Marcus and myself. During this couples retreat you and your partner will benefit from over two decades of my work as a couples therapist utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to understand the patterns of attachment in the dance of relationship. You will also benefit from Owen Marcus’ decades of experience working with men’s emotional intelligence, as well as his understanding and unique lens which he details in his book Grow Up: A Man’s Guide to Masculine Emotional Intelligence and utilizes in his work as the co-founder of EVRYMAN.
Rekindle Your Connection!
The Hold Me Tight® 6-day (5-night) Couples Retreat at the Costa Rica Imiloa Institute offers a unique and intensive healing experience designed to move couples out of disconnection and into a place of love, understanding, and hope. It is also a time to celebrate your relationship and take time for play, joy, and intimacy.
The Hold Me Tight® Workshop is designed around seven conversations detailed in the Hold Me Tight book, all of which have been shown to be essential to successful relationships. You will learn how to understand and improve your relationship with presentations by the workshop leaders, private exercises and conversations with your partner, and by watching video demonstrations of other couples.
Although the format encourages questions and comments, you do not need to speak in the group if you do not wish to. All of the dialogues with your partner will be done in private, as privacy, confidentiality and comfort are of upmost importance.
At our Hold Me Tight® Couples Retreat, you will learn how to:
- Move out of negative cycles that keep you feeling stuck and alone
- Make sense of your own, as well as your partner’s, emotions
- Forgive injuries that keep you from really opening up to your partner
- Communicate your emotional needs for connection where there has been abandonment and betrayal
During and after our retreat you will be able to:
- Establish a secure and intimate bond with one another
- Restore commitment and hope
- Decrease isolation, distance, and loneliness
- Learn to manage intense and negative emotion
- Rebuild safety and trust
- Find a way back to the passion, sexual connection, and intimacy you once shared
Participants from our last Hold Me Tight® Couples Workshop shared the following:
Though I love my husband dearly, I’d given up trying to repair and restore our relationship and marriage. I’d filed for divorce. As a last ditch effort, I agreed to attend Dalia’s and Owen’s Hold Me Tight workshop. I was skeptical that this would work. But, it did!
Without publicly airing our dirty laundry, we learned to listen to each other. Where I’d felt my emotional pain was unheard and unvalidated, I now felt the longed-for connections begin to establish themselves.
We have a lot of work ahead, but the workshop has provided a solid foundation and framework to continue the hard work required to heal and restore our commitment to each other. The results of our work during those two days were enough for me to decide to dismiss my divorce proceedings.
If you have any desire to save your relationship, I highly recommend Dalia’s and Owen’s Hold Me Tight workshop!
~ Ramona H
My spouse and I had the opportunity to participate in a recent “Hold Me Tight” retreat with Dalia. I was apprehensive at first as we were referred to the program by a therapist. I am so glad we went.
Dalia and her co-facilitators instantly made us feel comfortable. Being with 9 other couples helped me realize that my marriage isn’t broken and we aren’t doing this all wrong. It helped me realize that there are other people also wondering how to be better; how to communicate in a way that is healthy and sustainable for both of us.
My spouse and I plan to revisit and attend another retreat in a couple of years because we got so much out of it. I am confident that moving forward he and I will have an easier time communicating our needs to one another, listening to the underlying messages, and ultimately caring for and loving each other for many years to come.
Thank you Dalia, Owen, and Stephanie for being real, honest, and experts in the field of love and marriage. We are so thankful.
~ Darby G
The retreat includes:
- Luxury accommodations for 6 days, 5 nights
- Roundtrip private plane transfer from SJO airport to Imiloa’s landing strip, and all ground transportation
- Gourmet, organic, plant-based meals
- Fresh organic juice, coffee, and tea
- Pool and beach experiences
- Morning yoga
- Time for you to reconnect, restore, and reignite your relationship
- A workbook based on the Hold Me Tight® platform, which will be a resource during the workshop, and is full of information, guidance and helpful exercises
- Engaging presentations, experiential exercises, video demonstrations of other real-life couples, and the opportunity for many private conversations with your partner
- Owen and Dalia, two master therapists, will be there to teach and assist, and give you and your relationship counseling and guidance as need
- Post-workshop complimentary follow-up support
What is not included:
- Flights to SJO airport in Costa Rica
- Travel insurance (optional, but recommended)
- Spa services
- Extra day trips and excursions
If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, Imiloa has partnered with a Global Rescue, a comprehensive travel insurance program which offers “cancel for any reason” plans to maximize coverage.
For more information, we are happy to offer a free 30-minute consultation!
We are thrilled that you are considering our Hold Me Tight® Couples Retreat and would be happy to answer any questions you might have during a free consultation. Please fill out our brief questionnaire to ensure we tailor this consultation to your needs and help us make the most out of our 30-minute session together.
Please do not hesitate to contact me privately by email at email@example.com, or call or text my cell: 530.218.2721.
In gratitude and love to all of you,
Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark of Sue Johnson, founder and originator of Emotionally Focused Therapy.