We felt engaged every minute and wanted to take it all in without missing any important second. Here was this work that fascinated me, being held in my favorite city, being led by an incredible woman who had already helped me make lasting change in my relationships. Itâs as though we did a graduate level study on US. I felt the liberty to ask my husband, Louis for help and express my deepest, most vulnerable emotions. At the end of the workshop, David was overcome with the realization that he had never really acknowledged his stroke and that bit of insight, though painful to go through, was very cathartic for him. We have added some great âtoolsâ to our toolbox! All went well and I survived our ride! We look forward to coming back again, because it feels so good to regain that loving connection with each other! Figuring out what our "raw spots" are or triggers made a lot of sense. Also, having time to enjoy the Esalen experience (outside of the workshop) was important. Knowing what each other's raw spots are helps us to be more aware of how we talk to each other. This model has achieved a 75% success rate. We were laughing, sometimes crying, but most often, we were listening and communicating in better ways. I truly believe that our time in your workshop gave my beloved and I the thing we had almost lost..... hope. The Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples led by Michelle Gannon, PhD & Sam Jinich, PhD is a fantastic experience. This Hold Me Tight Workshop has opened up incredible new ways to deepen our love and life together.” We got so much out of the Hold Me Tight Workshop in San Francisco with Michelle and Sam. The two things that really stood out for me were that empathy requires us to stand next to the person hurting and reach down into ourselves to "re- experience" their feelings with them, without trying to make it better or offer solutions (very hard for a direct fixer like me), and that the extent of our willingness to be vulnerable determines the extent we can feel any emotions, good or bad. I can't recommend it highly enough to other couples. Mark became fully aware of the depth of Lindaâs pain. However, in the Hold Me Tight Workshop with Michelle & Sam, we gained a deeper understanding of what emotional connection really entails and how to do it on a daily basis. My fiancÃ© and I attended the Hold Me Tight Workshop a few months before our wedding and found it to be a great experience which benefitted our relationship. I also appreciated that even in a group setting, I was completely able to focus just on my partner and I, and how we deal with the challenges of coupledom. Details at RisingStrongWorkshop.com. For the individual exercises and conversations, I didn't even see anyone else in the room, other than my husband and the EFT Therapist assisting us. Before we participated in the Hold Me Tight Workshop, I did however, from time to time wonder whether there was a better way to connect even deeper through a communication style that would speak straight to the soul of my partner and feel an unearthly heavenly connection with each other? The EFT Resource Center offers transformative couples retreats for all couples (same-sex and opposite-sex couples) in every stage of their relationship -- newly dating, committed relationships, pre-marital and just… We had never seen a therapist before or been to any workshops. The Hold Me Tight Workshop is exactly what my girlfriend and I had been looking for without knowing it. It feels so good to have empathy for my partner and for us to share our feelings with the love and understanding we both have needed this so much. For the first time, we have hope for our relationship again. While we continue to have work to do as a couple I am experiencing a wonderful renaissance in our relationship. We are just a few months from our wedding date and in wedding planning crunch time. This workshop is truly HEART-based and CONNECTION-focused. To be able to share on a feeling level the things that have been the hardest for us to discuss was truly a gift. I thought the presentation style of media clips mixed with speaking and opportunities to share was wonderful. We wish we could tell couples at all different stages of relationships just how powerful, healing and connecting this workshop and the Hold Me Tight work can be. The Hold Me Tight Workshop is for couples of all ages and all stages of a relationship. Sam and Michelle are excellent leaders! Whether you attend a Private Retreat or Couples Intensive or a Hold Me Tight® Couples Workshop, you can expect to: Understand the science behind your disconnections. The Hold Me Tight® program for couples, developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, is an experiential, educational workshop designed to help you strengthen your emotional and physical connection with your romantic partner. We were stuck in some old patterns and wanted to have a fresh approach. The workshop built in a logical, organized way giving us new relationship skills at every step. I want everyone I know to learn these tools and conversations because I see how empowering being safe and vulnerable is. There was an intimacy between us and the leaders and therapists that I thought not possible. You both paid keen attention to the group needs and the balance of play and work helped to lighten the bumps. As a newly dating couple, we looked on the Internet to find a Couples Retreat like yours because we deeply want to form a secure relationship. It provided us with tools that will really help us deal with the difficulties of being a couple. On Monday morning, I got the idea of riding the big roller coaster there as I had always been afraid of it and have never done it before. In a nutshell, the Hold Me Tight Workshop helped us uncover that we both keep churning around feeling unsafe and insecure because for each of us to take the *true risk* of leaping forward towards each other and towards safety is something frankly that each of us has never really done in a relationship before. However, someone I trust told me the Hold Me Tight Workshop with Michelle and Sam was more about new ways of communicating with each other. We were co-managing roommates with three children-not lovers or devoted friends even. Thank you for an amazing weekend. You’ll learn from lectures, video examples of other couples & YouTube clips. The weekend was my last attempt before filing for divorce. The Five Day Hold Me Tight Workshop at Esalen, Big Sur led by Michelle and Sam was excellent. Thanks again for the wonderful experience. We just got back from this workshop this past weekend, and though we still have a lot of practicing to do, I am so impressed with how many things I learned from 'Hold me tight'. Hold Me Tight® in the Heartland. He shared deep emotions with me. Upcoming Workshops / The Backdrop / Testimonials / Attend a Workshop / Hold Me Tight® Workshops Featured Workshop . From the very start, we both could tell the Hold Me Tight Workshop was going to be extremely enriching for our marriage. We both LOVED the Hold Me Tight Workshop and Esalen Institute, Big Sur. Thank You! As a same-sex couple, we had some concerns about a âmixed-groupâ but felt perfectly welcome and safe. If you are seeking to reignite your connection, need to work through injuries or simply keep your secure connection trending upward and are seeking tools to help you live a better, more loving life together, this is a safe and sensible seminar that can truly help you transform! They really are a great team, well organized and excellent presenters. Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples in San Francisco. I first met Dr. Michelle Gannon when my husband and I took Hold Me Tight Workshop with her and Dr. Sam Jinich about 2 years ago. Thank you for the transformation and hope that love is alive again! We had a profound and beautiful experience at Esalen Hold Me Tight Workshop and words can not express our gratitude. We actually see and feel each other trying to show the love weâve had in our hearts all these years. The Hold Me Tight Workshop weekend was a huge success for us! Your knowledge, skill, sincerity and caring clearly come through in how you present EFT and how you work together. I am so glad I attended the San Francisco Hold Me Tight Workshop led by Michelle Gannon, PhD and Sam Jinich, PhD with my husband, We had been feeling disconnected and out of touch, and this workshop helped re-establish our connection and provided invaluable tools to ensure we stay connected into the future. Well, that just broke my heart and I felt like my brain synopses were being rewired and rerouted. We both agreed and blindly signed up for the workshop not knowing in advance what kind of experience it would be. You have all changed and shaped and touched our lives. We used to say to each other, âI donât understand.â Now we cannot stop telling each other how much we empathize! Honestly, we have taken every possible Couples Workshop here at Esalen and your Hold Me Tight Workshop is by far the BEST! The Workshop gave us a common language, the opportunity to overcome the hurdles in our relationship, and has brought us closer together. Thank you!!! The workbook that we used separately and together, the examples from other couples, the enlightening video clips, and the personalized 1:1 time was invaluable. My husband was completely unfamiliar with therapy and had no idea what to expect, so he attended really to support me, not because he thought he would get a lot out of it. Thank you so much Michelle & Sam for bringing to us all your professional expertise and help. We have been married for 14 years and have been together for a total of 23 years. I learned so much that I was really surprised. This saves lots and lots of apologies and heartaches. I cannot say enough about our experiences. We then had a crisis in our relationship which led to a breakdown in trust and much pain. The materials and examples were inclusive of all types of relationships including gay couples like us. “Hold Me Tight” workshops are a two-day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekend couples workshop based on emotionally focused couples therapy. We highly recommend you attend the Hold Me Tight Workshop to invest in your relationship â Find out what it means to be A.R.E. Thank You!â. We hope you come back to Esalen and lead a five-day workshop in addition to a weekend one. 3.2K likes. After four years in a relationship, I knew we needed to learn more and go deeper in our understanding of both what was working and what wasnât. It was a very positive experience and a very safe environment. To us, this was a great jump start to a deeper more emotionally connected relationship. I need her to accept me and accept all of my faults (real or perceived). If I was upset about something I would rationalize that I shouldn't be that sensitive and usually I wouldn't bring it up unless I reached a boiling point and would explode over something and then apologize for my tantrum and let it all happen again. After encouragement from my partner and truly realizing that our relationship needs some guidance, I reluctantly attended. We are now both committed to everything we learned at the Hold Me Tight Workshop and both of us feel our future is brighter than ever. These people were very warm, knowledgeable, and very committed so that the participants were able to go through the steps and experience at a surprisingly deep level the ideas being presented. We found it incredibly useful, as well as being a powerful weekend for us generally. In the past 10 years "Hold Me Tight", Dr. Sue Johnson's book about romantic love, attachment and relationships, has sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into 22 languages. The weekend has been a game changer! Even with other couples all around us, we were able to be deeply engaged with one another and work through the different conversations. I can't thank you enough! So I truly can't say enough and highly recommend this workshop for all couples, at whatever stage in your relationship you might be! We were impressed with the content, the flow and the overall delivery throughout the weekend with Michelle and Sam. There is such a crossover between Sue Johnson's and BrenÃ© Brown's work. As a psychologist myself I was struck by the effectiveness of the leaders, Dr Michelle Gannon and Dr Sam Jinich and the other therapists that assisted them. The Hold Me Tight Workshop was transformative. Having a child and busy work schedules can get in the way of being close with your partner, and for us, that was certainly the case. We both feel that we transformed in a weekend. Hold Me Tight, the workshop, is now offered all over the world, helping couples to heal their relationship, rekindle their love, and deepen their emotional bond. Thank you Michelle and Sam for a wonderful week! We just started working with an EFT therapist and this workshop helped to lay out a framework to work within and a strong foundation on which to start our work. My husband actually thanked me that I didn't give up on getting us to the Hold Me Tight Workshop. The private practice sessions you gave us made it feel safe to discuss very personal issues. It is based around Seven Transforming Conversations that include: Recognizing Demon Dialogues I didn't want to just read about it, I wanted to "work on itâ! We have tools to avoid the difficult times and more tools to navigate when we find ourselves stuck. It provided a scientific basis of the concepts and a way to acknowledge the importance of feeling connected while heeding the land mines that are all too common in relationships. The Hold Me Tight Workshop really did allow him to access a deeper side of himself and in turn taught us how to connect with each other from that deeper, more vulnerable place. BUT this was far from what I thought it would be. Now we have hope, faith and excitement about our relationship and our future! They also presented very valuable information about the science of love and attachment and the results of various studies that really allowed it to hit home how important human connection is for our survival. We never expected that Michelleâs walk with us through the Forgiveness Conversation would help us to begin to profoundly heal. The Hold me Tight Workshop was unquestionably the single most helpful weekend my wife and I have spent together since getting married! With the guidance of Michelle, Sam and the team of psychologists present, we were reminded of our deep love for each other, and we felt safe to practice new ways of talking to get to the heart of things. With gratitude. We highly recommend the Hold Me Tight Workshop to any couple wishing to enrich their relationship. I learned a great deal and have much work to do, but now have a way to move forward together with my spouse â with a theory based in science, a common language and some positive experiences from the workshop (hard as they were) that we can do this! Your Hold Me Tight Workshop was a godsend and really did help. All of the therapists who assisted us this weekend were so kind and non-judgmental, and along with the entire Hold Me Tight Workshop experience, we were both able to heal and forgive each other. I laughed and I opened my heart to a new way of relating to my wife. Online Session ~ September 28th, 2020 through November 16th, 2020. At the very start of the workshop, Michelle and Sam made me feel comfortable and validated. We traveled across the country (from Massachusetts) after recommendation from friends about how this workshop positively affected their marriage. I would not hesitate to recommend this Hold Me Tight Workshop with Michelle & Sam to others who are interested in growing their connection with one another. Weâre so glad we went! We learned about how to cut through negative patterns of communication and better understand each others needs. For my 70th birthday, we decided to celebrate with a Hold Me Tight Workshop at Esalen. We both appreciate everyoneâs help with these conversations. With the help of Sam and the other volunteer therapists, we were able to actually go through the entire process of forgiveness and heal some of our deepest wounds. Hold Me Tight® Couple's Workshops "Having a positive sense of connection with others is the best, and perhaps the only, viable way of helping human beings find a place called safe and sound ". Not only were other LGBT couples in attendance, but it was apparent to me that Michelle and Sam designed the workshop to be very inclusive. 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