Conversations for Connection: Marriage Retreat in San Diego


Based on Sue Johnson's best selling book, "Hold Me Tight:Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love"

Hold Me Tight Weekend Retreat

Based on the best selling book by Sue Johnson, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love."

We all need acceptance, belonging, comfort and safety with our spouse or life-long partner. We want a positive answer to the key questions in love relationships: Are you there for me?” “Do I matter to you?” “Am I enough?”

Now, thanks to cutting-edge science, we know what goes wrong in love—and how to put it right! In this groundbreaking marriage retreat, your Facilitators: Dr. Diana Weiss-Wisdom Licensed Clinical Psychologist (psy#12476) and Dr. Jessica Buss, will take the mystery out of love and help you secure life-long love through introducing breakthrough conversations for couples from Sue Johnson’s best-selling book, Hold Me Tight.

In a beautiful setting, you can enjoy renewing and strengthening your relationship with breakthrough strategies that can help you stop arguing, learn how to problem solve and really communicate even about the issues that often set you off track with each other.

You can improve, strengthen, heal and transform your relationship from where ever it is right now, using the tools and information that you will gain.

Practical Tools and Steps – you will put right into practice the strategies and techniques you learn on the spot.

Time Away to Focus – making your relationship a priority and having time to just focus on what your relationship needs. Having dedicated time allows you to immerse in the new ways of thinking and doing things as they are introduced to you. When you leave you can take with you the clarity you need to make these changes last.

Effective Approach – having worked with hundreds of couples and trained thousands of therapists you will be working with a team that has the inside information on what really works to turn marriages around. Creating lasting resolution to problems and issues is at your fingertips with this effective approach to marriage happiness you will learn.

You will learn to

Break the cycles of frustration and loneliness in your relationship
Make sense of your own emotions and your partner’s
Create lasting trust and intimacy
Forgive injuries that destroy trust and safety
Deepen your erotic connection.

Format and Schedule:
Lecture, video presentations,
and couples exercises (in private not in front of group).
Cost includes all materials (book, hand outs, lunch, snacks).

Friday February 1, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 3,, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm.

Register or contact at (858) 259-0146 or email

In addition to practice with your partner, you will see how other couples in the Hold Me Tight: Conversations for Connection DVD learned to step out of negative cycles and create a lifetime of love.

This marriage retreat uses the book Hold Me Tight as this marriage retreat manual by Susan Johnson

Hear what recent participants said about this workshop:
“This was incredibly wonderful for our relationship. This has helped my partner and I begin to learn a new way to connect with each other.” New Zealand participant

“You created an incredibly safe and sacred space for this workshop. Thanks so much for the very helpful workshop. I feel deep respect and gratitude.” CA participant

“Extraordinarily helpful and well organized, both practical and thought provoking. Well worth the time and money. I leave the experience enriched.” AZ participant
“This workshop has given me great hope for a lasting, loving relationship with my husband because of a major break through we had this weekend.” Canada participant


“At last, a road map through Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with its creator. Dr. Johnson’s superb science, humor, and clinical wisdom are finally accessible to all of us. I couldn’t pick a smarter, warmer, and more real guide for this journey.”
John Gottman, Ph.D.

“A truly revolutionary, breakthrough book… the most important, valuable book for couples published in the 21st century.”
Barry McCarthy, Ph.D.

“Sue Johnson [is] the most original contributor to couples therapy to come along in the last 30 years. This book will touch your heart, stimulate your mind, and give you practical strategies for improving your marriage.”

William J. Doherty, Ph.D.

“Wonderful!…Hold Me Tight blends the best in research findings with practical suggestions from a caring and compassionate clinician. This fabulous book will be of great benefit…to couples trying to find their way to better communication and deeper, more fulfilling ways of being with each other. Bravo!”
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.       

Format: Lecture, Film clips, group discussion (voluntary participation) and many break out exercises in private with your partner. Several therapist are available as you do your couples exercises if you need assistance.


Book, all materials, lunch, and snacks are all provided.

Retreat is for all couples (lay and professional). 14 Ceu's are available.

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