Ontario Couples Weekend Workshops 2017
Our Couples Weekend Workshops Create Emotional Connection & Intimacy
Is a couples weekend workshop right for the two of you?
If weekly marriage or couples therapy seems too time-consuming right now — or if a private couples retreat is beyond your immediate reach financially — what can you do to revitalize your relationship? What do you need to know? And is there something you can do about it right now?
Do you know all there is to know about your partner?
You most likely do what all couples do. You love each other but have somehow become a bit misattuned. At this couples weekend workshop, you will quickly identify patterns of behaviour, some fundamentals about biology and the human brain, and begin to understand how you and your partner are wired. You will learn how you can maintain closeness and intimacy, even when you are disagreeing or feeling misunderstood.
By the end of this couples weekend, you will have gained new tools and deeper understandings to help keep your love alive. You will have some new ideas about what it takes to create a safe, secure, and lasting relationship. And you will have practised talking more intimately as a couple, and will leave feeling more emotionally connected.
The workshop offers a balance of facilitator and video presentations, and one-to-one exercises that will focus on just the two of you. Attendance is limited to 10 couples, which allows space and time to have private conversations when you do the couple exercises. You will complete all couple activities together, and then will be invited to share with the other participants what you have learned. (Disclosure is always optional.)
(Please Note: The workshop is educational in nature, designed to present information in a fun and informative way. A workshop does not take the place of couples therapy. Please contact us if you feel you need a more private, one on-one therapeutic experience.)
Join marriage and couples co-therapists Louise Dorfman and David Rubinstein of Couple Enrichment as they present this 2-day couples weekend workshop in Orangeville, Ontario on Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12, 2017. Plan to attend now, and begin to envision your life together through a new lens.
Dates, Location, Cost
Know Your Partner: The Road to a Secure Functioning Relationship
Centre Fellowship Church (Lounge)
375 Hansen Blvd
Orangeville, ON L9W 0C2
DATES: Friday & Saturday, November 11-12, 2017
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch provided)
Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch provided)
COST: $800.00 CAD per couple + 13% HST
To Register: Call Louise at 1-877-897-2333 extension 2.
Registration Deadline: The registration deposit fee is due 1 week before the workshop begins. We will discuss payment options with you when you call.
If you cancel 8 or more days prior to the workshop, we will issue a refund less an administrative fee of $150.00; or, alternatively, you can defer your paid tuition towards another “Know Your Partner” workshop. If you cancel within 7 days or less of the workshop, we will not be able to issue a refund of your deposit, but will apply it towards the tuition of another “Know Your Partner” workshop, as long as you attend it within one year of your original workshop date.
If the Facilitators cancel the workshop for any reason, you will be given a full refund.
What Can You Expect from this Couples Weekend Workshop?
In the words of Stan Tatkin, Ph.D., author of Wired for Love and Wired for Dating: “There is nothing more difficult to deal with than another person… As individuals, we are complex. We don’t come with manuals to help our partners understand us.”
This couples weekend workshop will help you know your partner better and ease the process of communication between the two of you.
You will learn to:
- Understand what a secure functioning relationship looks like
- Identify your attachment and communication styles
- Read and regulate each other’s emotional states
- Appreciate how your brains impact your interactions as a couple
- Repair moments of hurt, injury, and disconnect
- Sustain and maintain love and intimacy over the long term
- Become experts on one another.
Meet the Facilitators…
Co-facilitators Louise Dorfman and David Rubinstein
As close partners for over 44 years, as parents, as individual therapists, and as a husband-and-wife marriage and couples co-therapy team, we have acquired a rich source of theoretical and practical knowledge that we draw upon to help couples develop emotionally-committed and loving relationships.
We began our work together in 2000 with the purpose of making Erich Fromm’s “The Art of Loving” come alive in everyday life. Incorporating his concept that love is an art, we focused on helping our clients learn how to be respectful, caring, aware, and responsive to each other’s needs. Within this context, we encouraged our couple clients to express their individuality (i.e. “to stand on their own two feet”) while maintaining a close connection to their partners.
We worked with couples to help them become more emotionally separate, or differentiated, even though this approach placed a greater emphasis on the self, rather than on the dyad (the couple) in the relationship. In time, we realized that people are more interdependent than we had believed, and this shifted our view of how couples function and create security for each other.
Our studies with Dr. Stan Tatkin have further clarified for us what holds couples together. His work integrates Attachment Theory and Neuroscience in his Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy® (PACT). We are now convinced that couples need each other to grow. Taking care of each other, they create safe, secure-functioning relationships where there is mutuality, empathy, and greater tolerance for each other’s differences.
Tolerance comes from an understanding and appreciation of each other’s individual attachment styles (response patterns based on early child/primary caregiver interactions). If couples know why their partners do what they do, and say what they say, they are more equipped to create a safe and secure landing place where they can each feel free to be themselves within the relationship.
Our Couple Enrichment Approach™ now integrates the concept of “love as an art”, with the understanding of early attachment patterns and brain science. As Level 11 PACT therapists, we have created a couples weekend workshop based in part on Dr. Stan Tatkin’s Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy® (PACT), and inspired by his book, Wired for Love.
We are members of O.A.C.C.P.P. (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists) and OAMFT (Ontario Division of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists). David is also a Member of NASAP (North American Society of Adlerian Psychology).
Tributes from Past Workshop Participants:
“Thank you both so much for your time, energy and shared wisdom this weekend! We were delighted to have you as our facilitators and appreciate your commitment to make this a great experience for our Banff Couples Conference Community! Warmest wishes & appreciations.” (The 2015 Banff Couples Conference Coordinating Committee) [Read about our experience as BCC facilitators here]
“The [couples weekend workshop] was a great balance of private and personal time vs group work. The material covered was simple and practical. We have broken down barriers to communication and closeness with this way of thinking about relationships.”
The facilitators “did an amazing job at providing insightful tips and techniques to create the loving and caring relationship we want for our future. There was a lot of opportunity to practice the lessons/material in private as well as ask questions one-on-one or via group discussions.”
“We were extremely pleased with this program and highly recommend it to anyone wanting a deep, meaningful, loving and respectful relationship.”
“The program is ideal for any couple, any age, whether dating, engaged or married.”