Hold Me Tight® 
7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

November 9-11, 2018

Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa

Lake Arrowhead, CA

Starts Friday at 2 PM and ends Sunday by 1:30 PM*

*Exact times to be confirmed

Join us at the beautiful Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, where you will experience the Hold Me Tight® workshop while enjoying the beautiful lakeside setting nestled at an elevation of 5,200 feet and framed by majestic pines. Secluded and completely removed from civilization, yet just 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Orange County, the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, an Autograph Collection Hotel, offers a unique setting to nurture your most important relationship.

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

Registration Fees for this workshop (includes lodging):  

  • Very Early Bird Registration per couple is $1075.00 by 9/1/18.
  • Early Bird Registration per couple is $1150.00 between 9/2/18 and 10/8/18.
  • Regular Registration per couple is $1250.00 after 10/9/18.
  • A limited number of discounts are available for students. Please inquire for availability and rates.

Space is limited. We recommend that you book your retreat as soon as possible. Your registration is final when full payment is received.  

Cancellation Policy 

Cancellations prior to 10/8/18 at 12 pm will be eligible for a 100% refund, minus a $30.00 processing fee. Cancellations after 12 pm on 10/8/18 will be subject to a $550.00 cancellation fee, and the remainder of the registration fee will be refunded. HOWEVER, you will have a credit with us for the remaining registration amount to be used at a future workshop offered by the EFT Resource Center. This policy is the most generous that we can offer; the cancellation fee is necessary because of the commitments we make to the hotel or retreat center where we are holding the workshop.

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

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Lake Arrowhead!



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" by Dr. Sue Johnson. 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 2:00 pm and ends on Sunday by 2:00 pm, with a fairly full schedule. You may consider whether you and your partner are able to add an extra day either before or after the workshop so you can enjoy our beautiful destination at your leisure.  

  • Friday. 2:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday. 9:00 - 1:00 pm, 3:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Sunday. 9:30-1:30 pm

*The hours above are approximate for your planning convenience. 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 Friday and Saturday nights of the workshop in one of the warm, elegant rooms of the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. The hotel has a distinctive combination of rustic elegance, lodge-style warmth, and modern comfort. Wi-Fi and parking is included in your fees. 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 buffet 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 lovely restaurants the town of Lake Arrowhead has to offer or at the Bin 189 restaurant in the Resort. We strongly recommend making restaurant reservations in advance.   

Continuing Education (for mental health professionals)

We are pleased to be able to offer 14 hours of Continuing Education credits for mental health professionals through a partnership with Illuminated Education. 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 holder’s 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 additional questions or any special needs, do not hesitate to contact us at (323) 633-6138 or silvina.irwin@gmail.com  so that we can help to make your retreat experience with us most comfortable.