Hold Me Tight Workshop

Thank you for your interest in our workshop!
As of 9/23/17, registration is closed. But please read on…

We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to this retreat and have reached the maximum number of couples earlier than expected. As a result, registration is now closed. 
However, as there is a possibility that some registrants may cancel, we have started a cancellation waitlist. To be put on this waitlist, please click here to complete the workshop registration form. If there are any cancellations, we will contact those waitlisted in the order they submitted the registration form, so please register now to be added to the list.
Whether you join the waitlist or not, if you would like to be contacted regarding similar couples retreats in the future, please click here to email June Shigeno to be added to our Workshop Announcement List. Please include both of your names and email addresses in the email.


(Below is the original ad for the workshop, with an updated "Waitlist" button.)


Creating Lasting Connection: A Hold Me Tight®Weekend Retreat Tailored for Asian American & Cross-Cultural Couples

Saturday & Sunday, 10/28 –10/29 • 9am –5pm


Workshop Overview and Background

We are a group comprised of five couples therapists with diverse Pacific and Central Asian experiences and backgrounds. We represent a wide variety of Asian cultures from China, Japan, and Korea to the Philippines.

Over the past year, we came together to collaborate around our common interest and passion: the integration of culture into the clinical work we do with couples. We shared our attachment stories, our relationship experiences, and our processes of healing and growth. We laughed, we cried, and we connected. Through it all, we developed a deeper understanding and dialogue around how our cultural heritage shapes and affects our intimate relationships, as well as our work with Asian and cross-cultural couples.

We are delighted to invite you to a two-day weekend retreat tailored for Asian American and cross-cultural couples based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT is an empirically-based therapy developed by Dr. Susan Johnson, which approaches couples from an attachment theory base, and provides corrective emotional bonding experiences in group or couples sessions.

This weekend retreat is the first of its kind — it is the first Hold Me Tight Weekend Retreat tailored to Asian American and cross-cultural couples in Los Angeles. We are excited to share our stories and insights with you!


Over this weekend retreat,  you will learn:

  • The positive strengths in your relationship 

  • How our cultural lens can impact our relationships
  • How to identify and defeat your primary negative cycle
  • Structured skill-building exercises for you and your partner with the help from expert couples therapists
  • How to rebuild trust through effective communication and secure bonding
  • How to be more accessible, responsive, and emotionally engaged with each other 

  • How to deepen emotional connection and heal from relationship injuries
  • What helps cultivate romance and intimacy 

To read a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers, click here

Sierra Madre Woman’s Club, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Please park on the south side of the building, or on the streets (free unlimited parking). 

Attire Please dress comfortably and in layers, as we are not able to accommodate each individual’s needs regarding the room's temperature. 

Overall Schedule and Lunch
We will provide you with water, coffee, tea, and light snacks throughout the day, but if you have any dietary restrictions, feel free to bring your own snacks or drinks. We will have several short breaks throughout the day, and will take a longer break for lunch. (We plan to lock the building as we break for lunch.) Lunch is on your own. In Sierra Madre there are many restaurants accessible by walking several blocks, or a few minutes away by car from the workshop location. We will provide you with a restaurant list for the city of Sierra Madre. 

Workshop Pricing
Per couple, Early Bird Registration by 10/1 is $350, and the regular fee is $395. 

Cancellation Policy and Releases
Please click here for these details on the registration form page.



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