Hold Me Tight®

May 19-21, 2017

Cambria Pines Lodge

Cambria, CA

Join us at the beautiful Cambria Pines Lodge, where you will experience the Hold Me Tight® workshop while enjoying the lush, relaxing grounds and gardens of the Lodge. Nestled in this this stunningly beautiful part of California, the Cambria Pines Lodge offers a unique setting to nurture your most important relationship. The town of Cambria is located on the California coast, about a 3 ½ hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The registration fee is all-inclusive. Registration includes your workshop fee for 2, all materials, guided assistance during the workshop from therapists and facilitators, lodging for 2 Friday through Sunday, breakfast both days, and snacks and beverages throughout the weekend. Lunches and dinners are on your own.

  • Early Bird Registration: $990.00 (until April 14, 2017)
  • Standard Registration: $1100.00 (after April 14. 2017)

Space is limited. We recommend that you book your retreat as soon as possible.  Your registration is not complete until full payment is received.  

Because of our arrangement with Cambria Pines Lodge to get the lowest rates possible for this experience, no additional discounts are available.

Cancellation Policy 

Cancellations prior to 05/05/2017 at 12 pm will be eligible for a 100% refund, minus a $30.00 processing fee. Cancellations after 12 pm on 05/05/2017 will be subject to a $500.00 cancellation fee, and the remainder will be refunded. This cancellation fee can be later applied as a credit towards a future EFT Resource Center workshop.

More information and logistical details about this workshop can be found below the registration button. 

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Cambria!


Workshop Description

Hold Me Tight® is a weekend retreat for nurturing emotional closeness with your partner. This workshop is based on the international best-selling book "Hold Me Tight: 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" by Dr. Sue Johnson.

The educational and experiential workshop introduces core concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, heralded as one of the most effective couples therapies. 

  • Get unstuck from repeating patterns of arguing or silent distancing that cause frustration and pain
  • Make sense of the strong emotions and needs that can surprise both of you in the relationship
  • Begin the process of repairing relationship injuries, even old ones, and understand how to move forward
  • Change how you communicate so you can really open up to each other with your true feelings and wishes
  • Increase feelings of trust and intimacy, playfulness, and fun
  • Learn how to take the great conversations you start at the workshop and keep them going at home

Recommended Reading

In preparation for the workshop, we recommend that you purchase and begin reading the book that the workshop is based upon: Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.  We have found that couples who have read at least part of the book (the first four chapters is a good start) feel like they are stepping into the workshop with some helpful background, and can dig into the material that much more readily.   


Workshop Logistics


The workshop begins on Friday at 3:00 pm and ends on Sunday at 1:30 pm, with a fairly full schedule throughout. Perhaps you may wish to consider whether you and your partner are able to add an extra day either before or after the workshop so you can enjoy beautiful Cambria at your leisure.  

  • Friday. 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday. 9:00 - 1:00 pm, 3:00-6:30 pm
  • Sunday. 9:30-1:30 pm

About two weeks prior to the workshop, we will send out an email providing you with important details such as the final schedule, parking info, how to prepare, weather and dress, etc.


Your workshop fee includes accommodations in one of the spacious rooms at the Cambria Pines Lodge Friday and Saturday nights of the workshop. Complimentary Wi-Fi and parking is available. Check out is at 11 am on Sunday. If you would like to attend the workshop, but do not need accommodations at the lodge, we have a “workshop only” fee. Please email us directly at info@drlisablum.com for the code to enter at registration for this option. 

Meals & Refreshments

Your workshop fee includes a plentiful breakfast in the Treetop Room located on at the Cambria Pines Lodge both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided during workshop hours.  Lunches and dinners are on your own to be enjoyed at one of the many lovely restaurants the town of Cambria has to offer or at the Cambria Pines Lodge. We strongly recommend making reservations in advance.  

Continuing Education (for mental health professionals)

Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Illuminated Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA approval for CE activities for MFTs, LCSWs, LPPCs and/or LEPs.

If you are licensed outside of California: Because each state’s licensing regulations differ and are subject to change, it is the license holders responsibility to determine if your licensing board accepts APA approval for continuing education activities. For additional information, please go to the Illuminated Education web page at illuminateded.com or contact Dr. Chris Cooper, proprietor of Illuminated Education at 626.744.9472 or cdcooperphd@earthlink.net.


Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions or needs, do not hesitate to contact us at (323) 633-6138 or info@drsilvinairwin.com.