Retreat for Couples --
Have you lost that "loving feeling"? Does your relationship
need a lift? Re-connect heart to heart and bring down the walls.
Couples new and old, in crisis or in love, married or unmarried, gay or straight
are invited to join this workshop; it is open to all couples interested
in enhancing an intimate partnership.
Upcoming Couples Retreat
AGENDA: Fri. 8pm-11pm; Sat. 9am-6pm; Sun. 9am-6pm
Come early on Friday and take advantage of hotel facilities, nature walks and all that Niagara has to offer.
What to Expect:
This is a unique therapeutic weekend workshop for couples. It is not one-on-one counselling though there will be ample opportunity to receive private counsel from Grace. Once you register, you will be asked to send Grace a detailed questionnaire outlining your relationship issues and what you are looking for from the retreat. Your answers will be kept in strict confidence. From this place, Grace will study your relationship needs and dynamics and will be able to direct you during the interactive exercises. Grace has an amazing ability to get to the core issues in any relationship and can make both parties feel understood and emotionally safe so that maximum healing can take place.
Grace accepts a maximum of 10 couples. The workshop is held in a beautiful large room of the hotel, usually with a fireplace and wooden bookshelves (Pillar & Post) or huge walk-out patio doors to the gardens (White Oaks). During the workshop, Grace will teach you many things about your emotions, male/female needs and communication techniques and then invite you to engage and practice with your partner one-on-one. The room is large enough and couples will be asked to spread out for maximum privacy. No one can hear you. These exercises are designed to open the heart and increase intimacy, compassion and understanding between you. This is when the greatest healing shifts occur. Should hot issues arise during this time, Grace is there to coach and navigate between you. Even though your issues will be kept private, most couples report feeling a source of strength and kinship from the other couples present knowing that they are not alone in their relationship struggles.
The Relationship Renewal Retreat is not a religious retreat. It is however, intense, experiential and the equivalent of 12 months of weekly traditional couples counselling. This program is recommended by many marriage counsellors and therapists. Grace has worked with over 600 couples and has a stunning 90% success rate. Please be aware that couples attending are all at different stages from "happily-married-just-needing-a-tune-up" to "separated-and-going-through-relationship-hell" and everything in between. Grace offers a 100% money back guarantee on tuition portion only. See below for Terms & Conditions.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions about how the retreat is structured please feel free to give us a call at 905-688-0868.
About Grace & Her Approach
Grace is a gifted speaker, intuitive healer, relationship coach and the author of the bestselling book, Take the Step, the Bridge will be There. She is a master at relationship intervention, conflict resolution and understanding people's emotional and psychological needs. Grace is blessed with a compassionate heart which allows her to navigate through your personal issues with sensitivity and empathy. She has the unique ability to create a safe space between you and your partner so that maximum truth telling and healing can happen. Grace is an expert in an emotional healing process that she has pioneered (Emotional Brain Therapy, EBT™) and over the years perfected, which allows negative feelings caused by betrayal, deception, infidelity, abandonment, abuse, or any other conflict to become unblocked in the emotional brain and be healed. Her approach has been proven to be extremely effective in helping couples forgive and restore love, trust and respect, (just scroll down and read some of her amazing testimonials!), and her methods are now being supported by research! In what is being called "the new science of love" in major universities around the world, it has been found that relationship therapy centered around expressing and healing emotions is five times more effective for creating long lasting love than traditional cognitive or "talk" therapy. Grace will also share her knowledge and wisdom and lessons she's learned from her 30 year marriage as well as from working with hundreds of couples like you. To learn more about Grace Cirocco visit her bio at Grace Cirocco.com
Dear Grace: "Your timing, sensitivity, knowledge, skills, and passion were amazing gifts to us all and to Glen and me personally. I thank God that you have had the strength and self-knowledge to offer to the world what you were truly meant to do. What greater gift is there than your ability to love, to reflect love, to give love, to teach what love looks like, it’s language...Your great big compassionate heart is nursing the world’s handicapped hearts. You are my heart hero.... " Anne & Glen Peace, Oakville, ON
What You Will Learn at our Couples Retreat Weekend:
*Gain clarity about who you are and what you want in your relationship
*Heal the emotional pain from the past that is locked in your emotional brain
*Restore trust, learn to forgive and experience true reconciliation
*Learn to give and receive the love, encouragement and support you
*Learn how men and women differ psychologically and what you can do to communicate better
*Learn how to deal with anger, conflict and other intense emotions
in a healthy way
*Learn how to identify and avoid the toxic patterns in your "relationship dance"
*Understand the secret for physical intimacy
*Get to the real issues and create a plan for moving forward
*Learn the 7 stages of intimate relationships & diagnose where you are
*Get the tools you need to create lasting harmony, passion and
Dear Grace: "I am so empty of the anger that once consumed every piece of me in this relationship. THANK YOU! We are so much better together--better then we have ever been in our 18 years together!! We are touching and hugging... it is wonderful! We came to your retreat feeling like we were both on the last leg of our marriage and we have come home feeling like now we finally have a marriage..." Angela & Marc, Winnipeg
Do You Feel It's Too Late for You?
In the book, Tug of War: A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court, Harvey Brownstone says many couples cause extreme hardship for their children and spend thousands of dollars in legal bills unnecessarily because they cannot handle their intense emotions towards each other. Emotions like anger, vindictiveness, rage, greed, and anxiety produce toxic results not only for the couple but for the children caught in the middle. He says, marriages may end, but couples with children need to learn how to co-parent and continue talking to one another even through difficult emotions and not in the courtroom!
If divorce is your decision, or if you are not sure this is the best course of action, Grace can help you both find your inner peace regarding this relationship. If the marriage must end, do it from a higher vibration, i.e. more understanding and compassion, and less anger and name-calling, especially if you intend to co-parent your children. Significant research shows that it's not divorce that hurts kids, but the way both parents deal with divorce. Investing in the RRR program, you will not only save yourself huge legal bills, you will be the positive role models your kids need you to be during this difficult time. Another benefit is that you'll understand yourself and what went wrong in the relationship at a higher level so that you don't end up attracting the same "dance" with a new partner.
What if You're Not in Crisis?
You don't have to be on divorce's doorstep to enjoy and benefit from this relationship retreat. 60% of our couples are not in crisis but realize that if they don't deal with their hot issues, they could very well be. Every relationship has "issues". Rather than sweep problems under the rug, it's important that you learn how to navigate through the negative emotions and solve problems as they come up. Take a preventative and proactive approach and sign up now. You'll learn and practice communication tools that will help you navigate through your feelings and reconnect heart to heart like you've never done before. Many parents have gifted this weekend retreat to children as a wedding gift.
Our 5 Star Retreat Properties in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
1. White Oaks Spa & Resort, 253 Taylor Road, SS4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Canada 1-905-688-2550 or toll free 1-800-263-5766
To see photos: White Oaks Spa & Resort To get directions visit: White Oaks Spa & Resort
2. Pillar and Post Inn, 48 John St. W., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Canada
1-905-468-2123 or toll free 1-888-669-5566
To see photos & get directions visit: Pillar and Post Inn
Our Niagara venues are ideal for a couples weekend retreat and have been hand-picked because of their ideal setting, luxurious decor and old world charm. The 5 star, award winning, 4 diamond, White Oaks Spa & Resort has a reputation for its gourmet meals, quality service, health club and spa and attention to detail. The Pillar n' Post is a 5 star, 4 diamond Vintage Inn of Distinction and along with its awarding winning Spa and Dining Room, the library, where the retreat is held is exquisitely beautiful and one-of-a-kind. Both properties are located in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake voted the "prettiest town in North America" by travel editors. Niagara-on-the-Lake is located 1.5 hrs from the Toronto airport and 45 minutes from Buffalo airport and 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, Canada, the #1 honeymoon destination in the world.
"Grace, you are spectacular! ...the government should mandate that all couples have to take your weekend retreat. There would be a lot less divorce." Paul F., Mississauga
Your Investment $999 CDN per person.
What your Couples Weekend Package Includes:
- Tuition: 28 therapeutic workshop hours with Grace Cirocco
- An in depth questionnaire study about your relationship issues before you arrive
- Individual couple's coaching as needed throughout
- All course materials including a Relationship Renewal Manual written by Grace Cirocco
- 2 Spectacular Buffet Breakfasts Saturday and Sunday
- 2 Gourmet lunches with beverages Saturday and Sunday
- Coffee breaks with gourmet snacks, fruit and
refreshments throughout weekend
- Free copy of Grace's bestselling book & CD
- Free e-mail and telephone support with Grace following the retreat for two weeks
Does not include Dinner Saturday night as this
is the "Date Night" Assignment and couples are encouraged to create
and design a date in either Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Please Note: Payment plans are available.
Money Back Guarantee on tuition portion only. Note: We can only guarantee that you will receive personal value from the course, not that your marriage will necessarily survive.
Booking Your Room
Accommodations are extra if you're coming in from out of town however we have negotiated extra special rates for our guests coming to the Relationship Renewal Retreat. PLEASE MAKE YOUR OWN HOTEL RESERVATIONS, HOWEVER WE SUGGEST YOU WAIT UNTIL WE CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION BEFORE BOOKING YOUR ROOM. Rooms are held for us up until 2 weeks before. If you're booking at the last minute, there may not be any rooms left and you may have to find another hotel nearby. If you're staying at another hotel, please note that both breakfast and lunch is included at either the Pillar and Post or the White Oaks Resort for you.
- June 21-23, 2013 Couples Retreat, White Oaks Resort & Spa, Room rate $170 for Superior Room. The first couple to register will be given an upgrade! Please book your room on your own but only after your registration has been confirmed by our office.
- Aug 9-11, 2013 Couples Retreat, White Oaks Resort & Spa, Room rate $170 for Superior Room. The first couple to register will be given an upgrade! Please book your room on your own but only after your registration has been confirmed by our office.
- Sept 6-8, 2013 Couples Retreat, White Oaks Resort & Spa, Room rate $170 for Superior Room. The first couple to register will be given an upgrade! Please book your room on your own but only after your registration has been confirmed by our office.
How to Register for the Couples Retreat Weekend:
Registration Form and a $500 (Cdn) deposit per person is required
to reserve your spot.
By Internet: Click here
to fill out the two step registration
form and pay your deposit using the very secure system of
By Mail: Fill out step one
of the registration form and mail it along with a certified cheque or money order (total
$1000 Cdn) payable to GRACE CIROCCO INC. Mail it to GRACE CIROCCO INC. 179 King St., St. Catharines, ON., L2R 3J5, Canada.
Please Note: Your spot is not reserved until we receive your cheque.
By Telephone: Call our office 905-688-0868 Monday - Friday 9:00 am-5.00 pm and Retreat Co-ordinator, Paris Birch will register you over the phone. If you're calling after hours, it's best to fill out the online registration form and pay your deposit by paypal which is the safest internet payment system in the world.
REGISTER EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! Registration Deadline: 5 days before start of program however if we have space and you can get your homework questions to Grace, we will make every effort to accommodate you at the last minute!
QUESTIONS? Content or Relationship issues contact Grace firstname.lastname@example.org
Logistics or registration contact Paris email@example.com or call our office at 905-688-0868
to speak to us in person.
Welcome Letter: Once your registration form and deposit is received, you will each be emailed a Welcome Letter from Grace which will outline all the information you will need regarding the weekend, including what to bring with you and the background questions you need to answer before you arrive to get the most out of your Couples Retreat Weekend.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your couple's registration two weeks or more prior to the start date of the workshop, you will be refunded all monies less $100 admin fee. Cancellation of 13 days or less, you will be refunded all monies except $500. Cancelling 7 days or less, there is no refund. We realize that sometimes in life there are emergency situations with kids/family members and only in such circumstances and based on the sole discretion of Grace Cirocco will consideration be given for a one time opportunity to transfer your registration to a future retreat date within 12 months. Please note, you must communicate with Grace in advance in these cases. In these situations, we will do our very best to convince the hotel not to charge us on your behalf, but there are no guarantees on what hotel management decides especially with cancellations made less than 48 hrs. GRACE CIROCCO INC. is not responsible for prepaid, non refundable travel arrangements.
What People Say About Our Couples Retreat Weekends
Your Couples Retreat met my expectations and then some! I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the work that we did, the ground that we covered, and the gentle nature that we were able to do it in. Grace, you are exceptional at what you do. I felt that my psychological, emotional and spiritual vibrations were explored and heightened. One of my favourite exercises was the Peel the Onion. The staff at The Pillar and Post was so helpful and dedicated, the attention to detail was noticeable. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Merav Richter, Toronto
On behalf of my wife and I, we are truly thankful and grateful not only for having attended your Couples Retreat , but meeting you. As a former corporate guy, I have been to a lot of training sessions and various workshops, including Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and in my humble opinion you are truly world class. You are very direct and candid ; qualities I love in a teacher , more importantly you have an amazing gift of compassion and true understanding of the importance of love and being loved in our lives. You have brought joy and positive emotion back in our lives! I cannot thank you enough! God bless you and keep up the cause. You are one of Love's greatest cheerleaders. Sal and Jo-Anne, Mississauga, ON
Dear Grace: Since your Couples Retreat, we have honestly had real peace between us. Even recently when a hot topic came up, your methods disarmed the situation in seconds. Life is different for us now. This is due to your work. Your program and your philosophy on relationships was right on the mark for us. You are awesome and a role model. and I fully intend on learning as much as I can from you, God bless you for your investment in our family. Louis and Margie Dupuis
Dear Grace: It's been three weeks since your Couples Retreat and we continue to do "our homework" and learning more about each other every day. We couldn’t believe how a weekend could transform our relationship, but even though my husband was skeptical, I had trust in you because of the testimonials that I had read. You successfully convinced my husband to do the work, and it was truly a gift to be authentic with him and to hear his feelings. I trusted you could help us have a richer, deeper connection in our marriage of 30 years and you did it. You have such a gift for the work that you do. I could not believe the transformation of all the couples from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, it was almost unbelievable. Anne & Allister, Buffalo, NY
"We came to your Couples Retreat broken, our marriage beyond repair. How a complete 180 degree transformation happened in just one weekend is a true miracle. I have been an avid seeker, an avid reader and looking for answers for so long and in so many places. Though I had heard about some of the concepts you shared, what is different about your program is that it is systematically experiential. I am still blown away by what we experienced together in one weekend! I am telling everyone that I know who is struggling in their relationship that they need to come to you. I saw miracles not only in our relationship but in the other 10 couples present. You are an angel. You saved our marriage. You gave me back my husband. He is more loving, generous, caring, compassionate and softer than I have EVER seen him before. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you." Kathy & Andre Macinanti, Kincardine, ON
I highly recommend your Couples Retreat. Grace, thank you for learning so much about us prior to your Couples Course. You either work a lot or are psychic! I think you are under-charging people. If you review Queen’s University Executive courses for business, or Banff Centre of Excellence, you will see that transformational experiences of this calibre are worth $1000/person per day. Greg Yuel, Saskatoon
"As good as our marriage was, Grace's Couple's Retreat opened our eyes to a part of us that often goes unseen for years if not a lifetime. What we learned about each other moved our relationship to an entirely new level with still more room to grow. We perceive our union in a different light and continue to explore ourselves and our partnership for the benefit of our happiness and our families happiness. As good as things may be, they can always be better...." Ilmar & Tiana Simanovskis, Uxbridge, ON
Your Couples Retreat was a fantastic experience. We are so happy we came! We learned so much about ourselves and each other. I feel like we are finally on the same page and that we now have a new way of looking at issues which will allow us to avoid the pitfalls of the past. Our marriage is stronger. We have a clarity and a sense of 'team' that we've never had before. I've already recommended the retreat to several of my friends. My best friend and I are also considering attending your women's retreat next year. We feel that letting go of our past issues would make the best gift for our 40th birthdays. Thanks again! Teresa & Gary, Windsor
"Your Couples Retreat EXCEEDED my expectations. I had been wanting to come to the retreat for a long time but my husband was skeptical. He felt it was a lot of money and not sure it would be helpful. When he finally said he would go, I was excited but also cynical by this time. I thought it was getting to the point of no return, too late. Even at some points in the retreat I thought "but I have told him this before- what is the point". But the atmosphere, the support, the guidance, the exercises all led to us actually HEARING things for the first time and actually listening and understanding each other in a deeper more meaningful way. Things have shifted in our marriage. After two months we are still on the right track. Grace, I adore you. My husband adores you. He is even recommending your Couples Retreat to his friends!" J. Wilson, Toronto, ON
"Dear Grace: I am so grateful to you and to myself that I had permission to spend 3 whole days just feeling at your Couples Retreat. I realized that I had bottled up my feelings for so long... My position in life has always been to parent everyone else. Although I always appeared strong as an ox and I thought I was" fine", you taught me that FINE is not an emotion! And now I know how I REALLY feel. And yes, it's not always pretty, but it's real. Turns out, that's who Eddie wanted all along. The REAL ME. Thank you Angel Grace. I loved you the moment we met. Your eyes sparkled with enthusiasm and your embrace warmed me to my core. You cannot clone your workshops because without you and your insatiable spirit, they would be just another workshop. There will be an invitation for you to attend our second marriage. All my love and support for all that you are and all that you do." Amber Spencer, Brampton, ON
"Thank you Grace for the most amazing weekend of our lives. I was a doubting Thomas going into your couples weekend retreat, but a true believer now! You are truly gifted and an amazing woman!!! My marriage was in tatters, irreparable in my eyes. After almost 32 years of marriage, I no longer had any strength or fight in me to go on. I had no intention of returning to it ever again. But return I did, after the most emotional and rewarding weekend of my life! We left with key lifetime tools and support to keep our marriage on track." Vicky Cooper, Kincardine, ON
"Our relationship was hanging by a thread but I am happy to say that Vicky and I left your Couples Retreat with tools to repair our marriage and tie it together with braided stainless steel cable. We are stronger and healthier than we ever were. After 30 years of marriage, I had become complacent and took my wife for granted. I did not treat her with the love and respect she deserved. I could go on and on about how much I learned in one short weekend with you. The bottom line is this: Your Relationship Renewal Retreat was the best money I have ever spent because it saved our marriage. Grace, your ability to read and diagnose character traits is simply amazing. I only wish we had done this years ago. Your enthusiasm and passion, love and understanding leaks into every single person who is lucky enough to attend your amazing weekend for couples. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Terry Cooper, Kincardine, ON
"Dear Grace: Thank you so much for all your help...I can’t begin to explain how much easier it made it for me to heal my relationship, feeling your support and encouragement. Amber and I have made giant leaps forward at your Couples Retreat. I feel as though I have found the friend that I had lost so many years ago. I can feel the music in my heart again when I dance with her! WE have had numerous discussions about getting married again and renewing our love and commitment with the vows we wrote at your retreat. We'll make sure that the date works with your schedule. With all my heart thank you...."Ed Pinto, Brampton, ON
"Your couples retreat was amazing. It actually allowed me to look more at myself to see what I was doing to affect our relationship. We love you! You are so inspirational....a pleasure and joy to listen to. You really hit home on a lot of points and your honesty and vulnerability made it real. The positive energy you bring to the table is amazing and awe inspiring." Steve & Debbie Heus, Welland, ON
Grace, you are a relationship miracle worker! I never imagined that Tony and I could possibly make the progress we made in just one weekend. I was deeply afraid that after 21 years, Tony and I had reached the end of our road together but your compassion, natural talent and the work you do has managed to help us find our way back together! Your couples retreat was everything I hoped it would be and more. On your website I read that your Couples retreat is equivalent to a year's worth of once/week counseling. I initially thought that just couldn't be possible but now I believe that is an understatement! How can we ever thank you?! Mary-Lynne & Tony Vrhovnik, Ashton, ON
Grace, thank you for putting your heart and soul into the Couples Retreat. You are incredible. Your energy , love and enthusiasm were contagious. I have already told many people about your Couples Retreat including my family doctor. Grace, you are the "Love Goddess" and I love you for the work that you are doing. So very powerful! You are a gift from God and I am so blessed to have known you. Kathleen, Oakville, ON
I found your Couples Retreat a life changing experience. Grace you are so intuitive, you know exactly what people need to hear at the right time. I know at times some of our issues seemed petty but you were able to put these into perspective and get us back on track. I just couldn't say enough good things about this retreat to my friends. I just ran into an old neighbour of mine and she told me that her and her husband had split up and that she had moved out. I was very surprised and my first thought was if only they had attended "Grace's Relationship Retreat they might have made it". I think of you as a miracle worker. Grace I feel fortunate to have met you and to know that you can "coach" us as needed in the future. Julia & Jeremy, Barrie, ON
To sum up the weekend "WOW"! I can not believe the change in our relationship since we came home. The transformation is incredible! I can't believe how different I feel - the clarity and insight that I have gained into our marriage and relationship is remarkable. As you put it, we "flat lined" years ago. Your Couples Retreat brought new life to our marriage. I feel incredible love for Dan after all of these years and despite the challenges we have gone through. Those toxic emotions - the pain that was buried for both of us but neither one acknowledged for the other - are finally gone! I understand now why there were years of insecurity, doubt and traces of mistrust for me - because the pain was still there and the healing hadn't taken place until your weekend! Grace, my heart is so light and joyful now. I feel very close and intimate with Dan - and we have had more sex in the past week and a half that we have had in a year! I finally have my best friend, lover and soulmate! You really do perform miracles! Brenda Kir, Kingsville, ON
I couldn’t believe that one person (Grace) could bring out so many emotions and feelings in me that I didn’t even know existed. This is the closest that Brenda and I have felt in all of our 35 years of marriage. All the exercises were incredible. The “hand conversation” was an “out of body” experience for me. I was on that deserted island and found my true love. I was amazed at how I felt after that exercise. Grace, keep doing what you are doing. I believe you are an angel and you were sent to put Brenda and I back on the track of really loving and taking care of each other. I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for the both of us. Dan Kir, Kingsville, ON
Grace, you are such a wonderful person. Every time I talk to you I feel I can move mountains. Even though you are so far away, you inspire me to do better in my life and in my marriage. I know I can plow through this struggle with the techniques you have taught me. I thank God for leading Lindi and me to you. Your Couples Retreat was a magical weekend and I would do it every weekend if I could. I love Lindi with all my heart, mind, and soul. I am doing things that I thought I would never have been able to do for example, show my wife that I have a soft side, dance with her spontaneously, communicate sweetly and just love her for her. May God give you the wisdom and the burning desire to keep doing what you are doing because you have lit a fire in me that will never go out. John Katras, Monaco, PA
I am absolutely amazed how your Relationship course was able to penetrate Tom! He is a changed man. The night we arrived home, he went to all the kids separately and apologized for his behaviour, crying at the same time. The kids were so happy. The energy in our house is healthy again. What's even more amazing is that my youngest, who will be 3 in July, has been very picky with food and has not eaten well in months. Miraculously, since the day after the course, he has developed an amazing appetite. I told Tom that I believe that Kyle is really in tune to energy and because our family's energy has been sick for a while, he has been picking up on this sick energy. Tom finally understands and agrees with what I am talking about thanks to you! Katy and Tom, Aurora, ON
"We were in the CHAOS stage and the weekend transformed us to the SURRENDER stage for new beginnings…the future is bright. I am in absolute “awe” of how 10 couples transformed their complete energy in 2.5 days. You are a master and living your true gift. I look so forward to continue my learning from you on my spiritual balance quest. Heartfelt gratitude for taking the time to get to know us prior to workshop, it was deeply noted and allowed a safe environment to occur. " Lisa Philp, Burlington, ON
I am in awe of how you do what you do. I observed you on 2 separate occasions from a 5,000 foot view (meaning I was not thinking about how your information related to me and Lisa) but how you delivered the course. And what I saw was a beautiful person (you Grace) who is definitely doing what she is supposed to be doing on this earth, helping people/couples and making miracles. You are genuine and authentic. You definitely have a gift and please keep sharing it. Rod Philp, Burlington, ON
Your Couples Retreat exceeded our expectations. The course was right up my alley as your spiritual beliefs and research are exactly what I believe and read about. I didn't know that when I registered for the course but fell upon your site via Google and I just had a great feeling about you. In short, the course was transformational! I loved all the activities. There was nothing I didn't feel worked for us. EVERYTHING was effective! My favourite activity was the ceremony at the end. It was so nice to see all the couples so happy. I am hopeful for all of us. I also really felt the hand exercise was very effective. That really hit home for me-- the act of saying goodbye was the turnaround point for me during the entire time at the course. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your intuitive gift with us. You are truly a godsend and I wish you an abundance of blessings. Aneela & Eric, Georgetown, ON
Dear Grace, I cannot say enough good things about your Couples Retreat! We went home feeling so good about our marriage and our committment to each other. What seemed insurmountable before, now seems like normal 'stuff' that we just have to deal with. At least now we can deal with it knowing that we both want what is best for our relationship. Dave came with me to the retreat because I asked him to. He was skeptical, shy and annoyed at how much time this was taking up. And this was on Friday night. I would say that by mid Saturday morning he was beginning to have faith in the process. I love your no nonsense way about you. I loved all the wisdom you shared and the exercises during the weekend. I also like how you handled questions, especially if the questioner couldn't quite get the question out. You gracefully, guided him (or her) back to himself to sort it out and then follow up later. I could feel your devotion to all the couples. Your passion for us was palpable. I felt you knew we would be okay, but we had to see it for ourselves. We both embraced your insight and got soooooo much out of it. We are looking forward to a refresher course next year and perhaps Italy in 2013. Roberta & Dave, Brockville, ON
We would not be together today if we had not come to your retreat. We had no idea how to resolve any conflict that came up in our marriage. We had pretty much given up. Today we are back together and working hard to be better for each other. Grace, we could feel how positive and hopeful you and the whole space at your Couples Retreat felt. When someone believes in you the way you do in all of the couples, it makes you believe too. Dave and I really needed to listen to each other and to heal. Your exercises allowed each of us to say what we needed to say without anger or interruptions. It worked!! Thank you! Dave and Pat Dickson, Beamsville, ON
Hi Grace, I want to thank you for providing such an incredible experience at your Couples Retreat. I am absolutely exhausted still from the experience, but then as I reflect on the weekend, that's perfectly natural. After all, over the course of the weekend, I experienced open heart surgery, had the cataracts removed from my eyes and thirty years of wax build up flushed from my ears. It's amazing how much of a transformation is possible in such a short time. Emotional intimacy is what has always been missing from our relationship and, of course, it is the very thing that I have always craved. I believe that our marriage can not only survive, but flourish, with the tools and techniques you equipped us with. Linda G. Toronto
Grace you saved us. I had given up on my marriage and was headed for divorce. Your RRR program was the most significant life changing experience that I have ever experienced. The content and your style Grace far surpassed any outcome that I expected. You made a believer of me. We can now set the example for our children. Settling our differences was easy once we both saw each other not as the enemy but as the person we were meant to spend our lives with. All blame, shame and mistrust were left in the blue box on Sunday. Our vows that we wrote meant more than our vows 22 years ago. We urge all couples to experience the magic of your Relationship Renewal Retreat. Ted Wilson, New York, NY
We never imagined we would find that kind of love again or that we would ever find each other again. Your couples retreat was truly a magical experience. It brought feelings and emotions out we had suppressed and denied. Grace, you told one couple that this weekend was about making their hearts so connected that wild horses couldn't pull them apart. That was a comment I will never forget you saying. It really summed up the weekend I thought. This was a truly life altering experience. Truly the most powerful time we will ever spend together. Thank you. Paul T. & Lori K. Red Deer, AB
Grace, your couples retreat exceeded our expectations! We never dreamed that our love could run so deep. Even though we have been through months of therapy, this one weekend with you Grace made all the difference. With your guidance, we have made great gains in our communication skills and the sharing of our feelings. We are definitely at a higher vibration now! We loved your program, the sharing of feelings, the journaling that followed many of the activities. We found that writing to each other was such an effective tool to express our feelings and thoughts. The Heart Hug is amazing and we continue to do this every day. We have chosen a great song for our HUG Dance. Grace, your skills and compassion allowed us to reach a new level in our marriage. With your help we have begun our healing individually and as a couple. We are excited to learn and grow together and continue our love story. We never thought one weekend could make such a significant difference in our marriage! We are grateful to you Grace for all your love and support! You are an Angel from above! Dave and Linda Adams, Orangeville, ON
Grace, unlike other relationship focused events that I've done in the past, where you walk away on cloud 9, and stay floating for maybe a week or so, it looks like the RRR has stuck. I see change in me, and change in Sandy, and it seems permanent. I can't quite explain it, but I feel a deeper love for Sandy. Maybe the retreat reinforced all the good in our life, or maybe it's just that I better understand who Sandy is and why she is who she is and what she needs (even though I can't always be there for her). I read Sandy my Vows every day, usually in the morning so that it reminds me of my pledge to her and to myself. I can tell by her eyes that this is the right thing to do, the right words, and she knows "I get it". Thank you Grace. Keep doing what you are doing. Scott Mannering, Redbridge, ON
Grace, I wish I had heard about this retreat earlier. I've known for years that there was something missing/wrong in my marriage, but I was trying to fix it myself and it just wasn't working. When we left the retreat Sunday night, I felt such a flood of emotions, like I was floating on a cloud. I know this will be an ongoing process, but you've given us a huge head start and taught us how to open our hearts again. You definitely have a gift for healing hearts. Please continue the great work you do. You are helping couples and families stay together. Thank you!!! Rita F. Toronto, ON
Grace, as we were driving to your retreat on Friday, I was so afraid and skeptical about how much my marriage could actually improve in one short weekend. We were disconnected for so many years and I really believed that we were headed for divorce. Grace, your gift of being able to reach both inside our hearts is one I will never forget and can never thank you enough for! Since your retreat, we have been hugging multiple times a day and I've done some research on heart memory like you taught us and it's pretty amazing! Our 5 year old son watches us hug and I feel so proud that he sees his Mommy & Daddy finally loving eachother! You helped me release so much pain and unforgiveness from my heart Grace. I will love you forever because of this experience. I so look forward to doing your women's retreat this fall. Ever since your couples retreat some amazing things have been happening in my life, and I can't thank you enough! Brigette & Todd, London, ON
Grace's Couple's Retreat allowed us to safely air our hurts and fears and to enter into a healing faze in our family life and our personal relationship. The love and support that we felt from our fellow couples throughout the weekend was inspirational and absolutely essential to the success of the weekend. The speed at which our progress was made was truly amazing and a gift to us. Every exercise was so well designed and supported by Grace that we were able to move forward in our healing journey. Grace’s passion for what she does was evident in everything that she did. It infused the whole retreat from the moment she welcomed us with open arms (literally) to her loving send off at the conclusion. Her thorough preparation was evident from the moment we walked into the retreat and she greeted us by name, to when she provided helpful personalized prompts throughout our healing work. Grace lives her life as a gift to others and provides the “Grace” that is necessary for healing. She is our “ Graceland " Grateful in Graceland”, Ottawa, ON
Grace, I would like to thank you for all you did for us on the RRR weekend. Your enthusiasm, passion and dedication to what you do is truly a gift, and one that we have greatly benefitted from. As I mentioned, I was skeptical about counseling, I did not think it would have the impact that I experienced with you, as our guide and inspirational/emotional leader. I can't believe that I started crying from the first night, and ended the weekend on a similar note. For me that was transformational. I have never stopped loving my partner, I just lost the ability to express my love through actions, words and feelings. That alone was more than enough to create invisible walls in our marriage. Your program opened me up again and allowed me to dismantle those invisible barriers, one piece at a time. I love my wife, she is an incredible woman. I thank you sincerely for you and your gift to us--that of renewed love, passion and hope. John F. Toronto, ON
Hi Grace: I just want to thank you so much for helping to lift the black cloud of anger and frustration that was hanging over my marriage. I feel like we finally have the clarity we need to move forward and be happy in our marriage. It was really amazing how you helped me to move out of my comfort zone and leave the ‘Executive’ role behind and just be the soft woman looking to love and be loved. Between last weekend and this weekend, I think I have cried more than I have in the past 20 years, but now I realize that those were my "emotions in motion" that were taking me to a higher place of health and happiness. Thanks again for helping me find in my marriage that was there all along!! Sharon R. Oakville, ON
Your couples retreat opened up feelings that I didn't even know I had bottled up inside. It allowed us to be open and honest with each other. Being able to share and hear the other couples made me feel that we are not alone. Thank you so much for your help Grace in helping me get reconnected to my wife. I have a slogan for you. "COME WITH AN OPEN MIND. AND LEAVE WITH AN OPEN HEART." Nick Ciarlariello, Lasalle, ON
Your retreat exceeded our expectations! We left there with a new found love and respect for each other that we didn’t think existed anymore in our relationship. When we came on Friday I couldn’t stand to be in the same room with him or look at him and I was so uncertain and nervous as to how the weekend would end. Now I miss him when I’m not with him and can’t get enough of him! Your retreat has made such a positive impact on our relationship as partners but also as parents. We have adopted the heart hug with our children and every morning leave the house with a family hug and the girls love it and look forward to it. Grace, you’re an amazing woman with a very special gift to help heal individuals in pain. I feel blessed to have met you and to have experienced the miracles of love that you made happen that weekend. You have such compassion and love that it just overflows from you. Remember the sign that I gave you on the last day of our retreat that stated “Where Love Is, Miracles Happen”. I think you should have another sign that reads “Where Grace Is, Love Happens!” Lisa & Cory Newton, Ancaster, ON
Your Couple's retreat was life-changing for us. I feel like I am walking around with little wings on my shoes! I have joked that maybe there was some type of love-drug in the drinks or the air! But, I know that it really was your skill Grace. I also know that it is was our commitment to our relationship. The pre-retreat homework is key, gathering photos, and thinking about a favorite gift; the retreat really started then. We went through so many photo albums side-by-side, sitting on the floor laughing...and kinda crying (inside). The heart to heart hug on the Friday night was unbelievable. It saved us. I loved being there with the other couples, and it really does help to be in a group setting. I would describe the weekend as being the best time we've ever had together. I will never forget our retreat, Grace, and we will never forget you. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Jane Carson, Beamsville, ON
I can't thank you enough for our amazing Couples weekend. I was extremely anxious on Friday night and had no idea what to expect. You quickly put us at ease. The peel the onion exercise worked well for me and I will continue to use this great tool in the future rather than just throw my arms up in surrender and walk away. I loved how you pointed out the differences between men and women in a positive light so that we can be conscious of that and understand where each other are coming from. Writing our letters to each other was the best thing I have ever done for our relationship. I felt safe enough to say the things I needed to say and to listen to the things that Jane had to say. On Sunday night driving home, my heart was lighter. The weight had been lifted from my back. In fact, I told Jane that I felt like I could carry the car home rather than drive it. We will be grateful for your teachings for the rest of our lives. Scott Carson, Beamsville, ON
Grace, your Relationship Renewal Retreat was a life altering experience--truly the most powerful time we will ever spend together. We never imagined we would find that kind of love again. We thought we were going to an ordinary (corporate) workshop-- never in a million years did we imagine we would be given such a safe place to renew our relationship. It was truly magical. It brought feelings and emotions out that we didn't know existed. Grace, I overheard you tell one couple that this weekend was about making their hearts so connected that wild horses couldn't pull them apart. I will never forget that because it sums up perfectly what the experience was for us. We came home and felt forever changed not only as partners but as individuals..... Paul & Lori, Edmonton, AB
It's been four months since our Couples retreat and we are closer than ever. We are spending a lot of quality time with each other, talking about our feelings, giving heart hugs, looking into each other eyes, making love, and always, every second of the day, feeling so thankful for the decision we made not to give up on our marriage and instead register for your program. Even on the days when circumstances have challenged us, we sit down and talk right away and share the real emotions, rather than just fight like our old pattern would have dictated. The awakening we had at your retreat allows us to recognize when that is happening and we make the effort to correct it right away. You are a wonderful teacher...but even more than that...a true healer. Since we've been back from our weekend with you, our kids seem happier too. No more moody outbursts, no hiding in their rooms (even our teenager), lots of family nights and each day is a blessing rather than something we all feel we need to survive. Our home is harmonious... I am tearing up just typing this. God bless you for all that you have done for us and our boys. They don't even know you, yet they have benefited from everything you taught us. We love each other...and we love you. Andrew and Darci Burgess, Rockwood, ON
OMG Grace! Your Couples Retreat was the best experience ever! George and I are so happy we found you and your program. We are telling all our friends and family about you! We learned so much about each other and now we have the tools to make it through the stressful times. Now we are ready to make it to stage 7--true love! We haven't cried and laughed so much in a long time, letting everything out was so amazing. I feel like the old Gina is back. I have my smile back on. And George is happier. Our house is so much calmer and it has had a positive effect on our boys. You will have a special place in our hearts forever. Gina & George T. Matawan, NJ
The retreat exceeded my expectations which were quite low coming into the weekend. It was really not my idea to be there but decided as a 40th anniversary present to Bonnie to attend and participate. The whole weekend was great and very useful. Grace did an outstanding job facilitating the weekend. She quickly was able to gain everyone’s trust and was very flexible in her approach. She was able to personalise couples particular issues and could come to our aide if we were stuck or having a crisis. Well done! Terry A. Jackson, Oakville, ON
Your Couples retreat surpassed all of my expectations. I was at the point of ending our relationship but had read your book and felt that you could help us Grace. Before the retreat I was positive that I was with the wrong person. Now I know I was wrong and am so happy to fall in love with my husband all over again but on a more intimate level. Thank you Grace! We are now working on the relationship that we always wanted and deserved. A friend of mine asked me how our weekend went. I told her and she said that it was a miracle and she is right. Miracles do happen. You are incredible. Patricia Langley, Montreal, QC
Grace, words really do fail me when it comes to expressing how wonderful your couples weekend retreat was for us. It was truly one of the highlights of our lives together. You are a gifted leader, a strong woman and a talented facilitator. How wonderful that you use your gifts in such a positive way--to heal couples and, by extension, to heal their families. I was thinking when you were taking our pictures that you must have collected a great wall of photos by now of people whose lives you have touched and helped heal in such a profound way. What a legacy you will have at the end of your life, knowing that you have helped people to grow and strengthen their marriages and thus increase the chances for their children and their children's children to lead happier lives. The work you do has far reaching effects and that is something to be so proud of!" Thank you, Grace. Anne Bokma & Jeff Mahoney, Hamilton, ON (Read Anne's article on her Retreat experience in April's (2010) issue of Canadian Living Magazine)
Your couples retreat went above and beyond expectations. Because our marriage was in such turmoil and at the point of divorce, it was difficult to believe that one weekend can have such impact. I am happy to say that we are very impressed with the results and are no longer considering divorce. Grace you truly have a unique gift for bringing people together. Don't ever stop giving that gift.Your energy and enthusiasm is contagious. If not for your workshop I truly believe my husband and I would be getting a divorce right now. You allowed us to see the good in each other again and for the first time my husband really opened up to express his true self. We continue to build on our relationship every day with what we learned from you. We can not thank you enough for the amazing experience and still find it difficult to believe how one weekend can have such a lasting impact on our marriage, but it did!! Thank you for bringing us together again. Greg and Christina Biernacki, Detroit, MI
Grace, your compassion and 'Passion' are contagious. You are truly committed to the attendees in your workshops and you understand and are able to remember specific issues for each couple. You have put together an excellent weekend renewal retreat that encompasses all ranges of concerns for different couples. I thought completing the questionnaire ahead of time was an excellent way to put our concerns into focus, and to realize what issues needed to be addressed. Your couples retreat went beyond my expectations. Bonnie Jackson, Oakville, ON
The past three days have simply been the most intense days of my life. There are very few individuals on this earth who could do what you do Grace. Many people think their vocations have an impact on people’s lives, but you truly change lives, and it must be extremely rewarding to see the results of your efforts. I was very impressed with the design of your program. You possess a certain genius that understands perfectly how to coax the most out of people. It is amazing how much “emotional distance” you are able to get people to travel in such a short period of time. I am truly hopeful that our marriage and family will survive. I also thank you for guiding me through a process that has given me a clear understanding of how to be a better man. I owe you a great deal. The world is better thanks to you, and the results of your work will live on for generations in many saved families. Trevor & Lynn, Toronto, ON
Words are not enough to explain what a truly wonderful human being you are. You level of knowledge on relationships is astonishing and creditable. Everything that came out of your mouth was meaningful and genuine. Grace what you have chosen as your life’s work is truly is what you were meant to do. At the beginning of the retreat they were a lot of people who were crying tears of sorrow but by the end they were all tears of joy and hope. The weekend is truly a life altering experience and one that will change the course of my life in a positive way. Your sense of humor and your manner of teaching kept me engaged 100% of the time not once did I go off on a mental holiday because you are a dynamic speaker. Don’t ever stop what you are doing because if you do the divorce rate will go up dramatically. I truly regard you as a friend and a lifesaver. Connie & Carl, Sudbury, ON
At first I was very sceptical of the group format but the way you have organised it works beautifully. I was very impressed with the whole weekend. Grace you are amazing. I am a better person for having met you. You were able to see what we needed to do and your presence allowed Shannon and I to reconnect and better understand each other. After leaving your workshop I feel hopeful for our future together. I will recommend you highly to anyone who finds themselves in darkness in hopes that you can help them see the light as you did for us. Thank you. Josh & Shannon Cook, Deep River, ON
Hi Grace! We wanted to share our news that we had another beautiful little girl in November. Her name is Thea Grace and her middle name was inspired by our connection to you. You helped us reconnect and heal and as a result we have very loving and positive feelings when we hear the name "Grace". What better reminder of a couple's love than seeing their child!
Please know that we think of you often and we continue to be thankful for your influence in our life. Wishing you all the very best. Big hugs from us to you!! Julie & Dwayne, Guelph, ON
" I anticipated we would have had a positive experience at your Couples Retreat, but I could never have imagined how great it would be! I feel we are much stronger now as a couple. We both feel secure, understood and more loved than ever before. So glad we didn’t waste any time or money on traditional “therapy”. I feel smarter having met you! Your approach worked for us. Your retreat was like the best vacation we’ve had together, mostly because of the baggage we left behind. We are no longer wasting energy on fighting. We are now tackling life’s problems together and making time for family celebrations. Our big issues have been resolved, what else could we have asked for? I'm looking forward to reading your book!" Rich Williams, Oakville, ON
"The Relationship Renewal Retreat exceeded my expectations by a wide margin. The reason, I'm embarrassed to say, is that I had my doubts that someone from Niagara, Canada could be a world class thinker in relationship intervention. I mean how can a former CBC "Gal" be a great facilitator/couples coach? Boy, was I wrong! Grace Cirocco is real, dynamic, and discreet. She's enormously focused on the couples needs...she's beyond the expression of "awesome' in her work. Simply put, I have attended a lot of high powered seminars in my life...(I'm 60 years old). I've even taught some myself. But for me, Grace's Couples Retreat is easily ranked "top 5", maybe "top 3" in my life. Words can't describe my gratitude! I'm excited with the anticipation of freedom to be myself and know my wife as she really is. I'm open to a new kind of love. Thank you Amazing Grace! " Brian B., St. Catharines, ON
"The retreat was so much more than I expected. Not only did I re-ignite the love I felt for Arnie, I feel all my relationships have improved including the relationship with myself. I feel more mature, less critical of myself. I express my gratitude and joy on a regular basis. Grace, I loved your insights, i.e. “gems” about relationships. I felt like what I was learning was just the tip of the iceberg. Grace – I feel like you opened my eyes to so much – how fulfilling and beautiful a truly open and honest relationship with that special someone can be. My sons enjoyed hearing about the weekend.... now if I have a dilemma they ask me"what would Grace say?" They noticed a difference in me - and they were so happy for Arnie and I. The hotel was beautiful, the staff were great as well as the food – just amazing! And we loved meeting the other couples. What an incredible experience!!" Mary & Arnie, Sarnia, ON
"Grace is an Angel, I truly believe that. Her healing style provided us with so much relief from all the hurt we had caused each other. Grace has a deep understanding of people and I got so much from her, more than from any other therapist or counsellor. I would recommend a few minutes of Grace to everyone I know. People with her understanding are not common in this world. I am finding myself using her approach not only with my partner, but with all of my relationships.... " Jonathan Langford, Whitby, ON
"Dear Grace: Your couples retreat went far beyond my expectations. I feel a great weight and the veil of denial of what was wrong between us has been lifted. It has opened up compassion for each other. When we talk to one another it is more from the heart. It has been transformative for my wife as well. She now sees her past, present and future from completely different eyes. And I now see her completely differently too. I called many retreat organizers but none jibed with me as you did. From the first time we spoke on the phone I felt your passion for this work. I prayed that you would be genuine...and from the first moment you spoke on the Friday night, I felt you were the real deal. You are a true gift to couples everywhere. I pray that you can continue your great work and heal other broken hearts out there. I know I will be recommending you to my close friends. This world needs people like you to get us to talk more from the heart and less from the head. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the gift you've given us." Charles Sue-Wah-Sing, Mississauga, ON
"Your Relationship Retreat exceeded my expectations. I had hoped to be able to re-connect with my husband but instead was given the chance to build the foundation for the relationship of my dreams, one I had not expected to discover or thought was possible before attending. I feel like I can finally be true to myself after almost twenty years of putting up walls and pretending to be someone I am not. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, your energy, your passion and your spirit with us this weekend Grace. You claim that you just open the door for us and we are the ones who take the steps to walk through but I honestly do not think we would have experienced the re-birth we did in our relationship if it wasn't for you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your efforts in trying to make the world a better place, one couple at a time!" Tracy M, Edmonton, AB
"Relationships take hard work and "life" has a way of taking over our lives. But thanks to your retreat, we are now back on track. I feel great and I know our marriage is much improved since your RRR program. When I came across your web page I just knew it was the retreat for us.. Thank you for being our Light House to guide us through the storms in our marriage. We have been blessed to have met you." Namaste John & Esther, Windsor, ON
Grace, your couples retreat went beyond my expectations. I did not know what it was going to be like but I never figured it would have the power it did to bring out my emotions. It was a true eye opener. You are an amazing woman. Not only do you have passion for your work but you are so much fun to be around. Peter Boutilier, Barrington, NS
"I feel like we have a much greater sense of peace and understanding towards each other and we also know what steps we need to take in order to continue loving each other in a healthy, positive manner. Grace, your couples retreat exceeded my expectations as I was somewhat sceptical before I arrived. But I was incredibly impressed with your program and I now look forward to attending your women's retreat as well. Grace, your understanding, patience, genuine caring and true empathy are amazing. We truly thank you for everything and are so glad "google" enabled us to find you!" Jackie Bennett, Caledon, ON
"I feel that we have reached a whole new level of intimacy together as a couple and I also feel that I have a greater sense of my "true self". Thank you Grace for having such wonderful spirit and open heart. I truly appreciated how you focused on the root of our problems. Thank you for being so devoted to what you do and for inspiring and sharing your positive energy. I never believed in any form of help before, no counselling or therapy or anything but this experience at your Couples Retreat has given me a whole new perspective on how someone can make a difference in the way you view your spouse and life itself. Thank you Grace, you're an angel." Jeffery D. Mississauga, ON
"Dear Grace: We were ready to call it quits, our marriage was over but now we see a light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to you. After completing your Relationship Renewal weekend we both realized we love each other very much. I know that our journey together will not always be easy but that is what marriage is all about. My biggest learning experience was "peeling the onion", getting to the core of the problem and actually listening to each other's feelings--letting all the barriers down, really communicating heart to heart. Grace, I was so impressed with the whole weekend. It was deeply moving for us. I felt the love and the acceptance in the room which made me feel so comfortable. Grace you are a wonderful human being and your gift is from God. Thank you for all your words of wisdom." Cindy & Robert, Alliston, ON
"What happened with us this past weekend was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I fell in love with my wife and we feel as happy as when we first met but at a much deeper level. We also have this deep knowing now that we can and will work on anything that should come up between us in the future. I can't tell you the weight that has been lifted from our backs. How you made that happen is still baffling to us and we both appreciate you very much. You are an extremely valuable person to this world and I hope those who really need you, will find you like we did. I feel incredibly free. I am a happy person at home as well as at work now. Little things just don't get to me like they used to and our boys took notice how we are with each other. Your Relationship Retreat exceeded our expectations. Thank you Grace. You are an incredible person. " Perry & Christine, Windsor, ON
"I was my typical skeptical self at first but I want you to know that your Couples Retreat exceeded my expectations! I was very happy with the outcome. Grace, you have absolutely changed my outlook on life (I still have a loooong way to go) but I feel hopeful about my relationship with my wife. Although I was initially horrified at the concept of being in a workshop with others, I now realize that your approach in a group setting was truly helpful. Not only did I learn a lot about my wife and our relationship, I learned a lot about myself. I have a new outlook on life and how I perceive other people and their actions. I am now more sensitive to all those around me personally and professionally. You have renewed my once powerful energy. You have renewed my faith in “therapy”. I appreciate your open, honest truly caring style. The “love” you show people is fantastic. Dan Blackman, New York, NY
"I'm so glad we came back a year later to repeat the RRR experience....what a gift to our marriage! We were able to delve into some of our issues at a deeper level...Something shifted energetically this time and we found a new found appreciation for each other. On the drive back home we both felt serenity and calmness. We loved everything-- the five star hotel, Niagara, the other couples, and most of all, you Grace. Your couples weekend retreat is one that you FEEL….deep inside of your heart and soul. Grace, you have been a life-line for our marriage. Bless you, your husband and your family as you continue to help the couples who come to you…..I am sure that many marriages have been saved because of the work you do with couples!! You are truly an “ANGEL”. We thank you from the deepest part of our hearts " Filomena & Joseph Costa, Mississauga, ON
"The RRR weekend was the jump start back to life that our relationship was yearning for. I feel a huge sense of “relief”.... I also feel a sense of freedom and a belief that I really CAN release the ball and chain (my anger) that has been weighing me down so terribly. Your Couples Retreat surpassed anything I could have expected! You managed in 2 ½ days to get us both to dig deep, draw out and express things that we have spent months (and thousands of dollars) TRYING to identify with other approaches. Grace, I honestly do not know how to describe to others what you do, but believe me when I say that it is truly a calling and a gift! Had I not experienced it myself, I would not have believed that you could have taken us, and the other couples to where we all ended on Sunday evening. I believe that every single couple NEEDS to experience your RRR weekend. It needs to be given to young people too as a wedding gift. Without question---it was the best expenditure of time and money we have made since Brian & I met!" Maria B. Toronto, ON
"Dear Grace: I have been meaning to write you for ages. Thank you for saving our marriage! When Adrian and I joined you over eight months ago at your Couples Retreat, we were in relationship crisis. By Sunday afternoon we felt closer than ever and we had a renewed energy for one another after experiencing the exercises that we completed with your support. It was like being newlyweds. The vows we wrote to each other at the end were so much more heartfelt and intense then when we recited our traditional vows on our wedding day seven years earlier. Since your Couples Retreat, we have had our moments when we have slipped into old relationship habits, but then we use the handbook you provided to help us get through our challenges. The tools you gave us during the retreat are helping us keep our hearts open to one another and be the kind of partners we deserve. I can't thank you enough." Tanya Hodges-Rau, Goderich, ON
"Dear Grace: Your Relationship Renewal Retreat has met and exceeded our expectations. I thought Dave and I were at a point in our relationship that we could not recover from, but YOU brought us to new places Grace. I don’t think a simple 'thank you' is enough. The therapy and exercises you gave us at the retreat took our relationship to levels I never thought possible. I feel for the first time that he has heard me. My biggest learning was that he actually feels pain, shame, and guilt for what he has done. He has never expressed any of that to me before in all our years of marriage. I love him more now that he has, with your help, showed me his true feelings. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Forever in our Hearts, Dave and Kim – Sarnia, ON
"Dear Grace, I loved the intensity and the passion that you put into your couples weekend retreat and your teaching style. While I came into this weekend with an open mind there was still a part of me that thought I wouldn't get much out of it. (After all, I have been to so many of these things). Boy was I wrong!!! The process from the introduction – to peeling the onion exercises– to communication--to rebuilding completely made sense and helped me view myself and Melissa in a different light. This would not have happened without the atmosphere you created from the moment we walked in the door. When 6:00 on Sunday rolled around I was so disappointed to be leaving. Grace I thank you more than I could ever express in words. Your retreat not only helped my marriage, but it helped me regain a piece of myself that had been missing for way too long.... I feel alive again, cleansed! You are blessed with a gift of healing and we were truly blessed to have found you...thank God for the internet!" Robert Brinkman, Rochester, MN
"Grace, thank you for your guidance and your encouragement as Robert and I worked through many issues that had been eating away at our marriage. As you know I didn't have a lot of expectations going into your couples weekend, but I found as Robert opened up and really embraced the whole experience, I found myself able to hope too that this could be the beginning of something new for us. He experienced a shift like I have never seen before and am thrilled to see him still committing to the changes. He is like a new man. To be able to talk to Robert and have him listen and not judge is immeasurable. Thanks to you, we are talking now like we never before. We have also been hugging and kissing a lot.... You have given us something I didn't think we could ever have and that is a happy, healthy marriage. I have shared my experience with my friends and family as they are the ones that I have vented to about the bad, so I wanted to share the good. Robert has been recommending your retreat to everyone he meets. You may see an influx of people from Minnesota attending your retreats..." Melissa Brinkman, Rochester, MN
"I just saw one of the ladies who attended your Couples Retreat here in Inuvik. She knew that I had done it in Ontario and wanted to talk to me. She had such a glow about her!! Wow what a transformation! Amazing! I am glad that you were able to come to the arctic and share your wisdom with couples here in our own environment. There are so many people that could benefit from your couples workshop. I want to tell you that Hans and I celebrated our 20th anniversary recently! I know that if we had not attended your Relationship Retreat earlier this year, we would not be together today. You helped us so much. I thank God that we were able to find you! Billie & Hans Lennie, Inuvik, NWT
"I could never have imagined a more dramatic change in our relationship. I feel completely different. I feel like I'm in a brand new relationship. It is a miracle. I never imagined it possible to communicate with each other more in a few days, than we have in the last 10 years. I felt empty inside before this weekend. I no longer had hope and I was simply just going through the motions. I had given up on "us".. Without your help Grace, I am sure we would not have survived. Grace, you are so wise, so compassionate and you understood Bruno and I so well. You have helped us so much. I didn't want the weekend to end." Jenny Tye, Newlowell, ON
"I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted from my shoulders and that I can now conquer my past issues. I am beginning to look at my life in a new light as well see my husband in a different light. Grace, your Retreat for Couples was wonderful! I expected that you would give us communication tools but this was so much more!! I have read various self help books as well as books about strengthening relationships but this was so much more!! I found it fascinating how you were able to keep all our stories in your mind and lead us to where we needed to go. We were able to trust you and let go. You truly understand people! I loved it that you are so down to earth and that you tell it as you see it. I like your non-lecture approach and that you always spoke your mind. I am so grateful that we found you. I only wish I would have found you 15 years ago." Cindy & Derrick Toronto, ON
"Dear Grace: I feel so good about our relationship right now; I haven't felt this close in years! I loved the journaling and sharing and all the physical contact and date night! Grace thank you so much - you truly are an angel - you helped me to see my husband through different eyes. Eyes of the girl who married him 35+ years ago. And I think I can say the same for him. God Bless You. You have a wonderful gift!!" Carol Olack, Pittsburg, PA
"Hi Grace, Just wanted to let you know that our relationship has never been better!! Your RRR was the best thing that ever happened to us. You helped us reconnect and realize how good we are together and how much we love each other; we will never lose sight of that again The heart hug is a huge part of our relationship even by text throughout the day, i.e. "HH" !" Carol Olack, Pittsburg, PA (sent in one year later)
"Grace, we are forever grateful to you. You are truly an angel that was sent to us. We learned so much from you and we hope to put it into practise. We love you. May all your days be filled with gratitude, peace and happiness. You are our "miracle". Thanks for being our "Saving Grace". " Laura & Gerry, Brampton, ON
"Grace – Overall the experience was more than I could have hoped for – I feel so much better – I gained a better understanding of myself, Karen and our relationship. The exercises helped me get in touch with the emotional side of myself – something that has not happened in years. I love your teaching style – there is a care and compassion in your voice that is palpable – your style screams “I want to help you, I want you to get this”. After many hours with marriage counsellors, someone helping you see the positive side of things and helping to actually work through the garbage was absolutely great. Both of us being in touch openly and honestly with our emotions in a safe environment is something that has been lacking in our relationship for years." John & Karen P. Thunder Bay, ON
"Grace, Your Relationship Retreat went beyond my expectations. I loved your approach, the program content, and your teaching style. I learned so much about my husband that I didn’t know before the retreat. Your retreat was an eye-opening experience that I will never forget. I am very grateful for the love and care and knowledge you shared with us and the other couples. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Karen R. Calgary, AB
"I have never really communicated my true feelings to my spouse in the past. I know that sounds crazy, but I am not someone that easily expresses emotions. I am not exactly sure how you did it, but I was able to feel safe and comfortable in the setting and process you provided. I was able to really open up and I felt I was heard for the first time. I believe our relationship is in a new, wonderful place that I never really imagined we could get to in the past. We have a new lease on life and are unbelievably stronger as a couple. If you would have told me how your couples retreat could transform our relationship, I would not have believed it. Grace, your approach is so unique. I felt like you really understood us and you were able to push us along when we needed help. I am so happy that we found your program. I can’t thank you enough." Christine P. Sarnia, ON
"The day my niece, Grace came into this world, Roger and I met. This weekend, you, Grace were witness to and the facilitator of the re-birth of our relationship. Thank you Grace....Thank you so very much. Your ways gave me back my wonderful husband and put us back on the path we once intended to walk....Roger looks different to me...I'm the flower to his sun, just starting to open on a spring day." Stephanie Ross-Alouche, Ajax, ON
"I feel so much more aware, even enlightened, about my behaviours and their impact on my relationship with Stephanie. My biggest learning was knowing more about me. By identifying who I am, especially in certain situations with Stephanie and the value of being authentic. I now know what to adjust so I can get what I truly want - happiness, fulfillment and respect as a father, husband and friend. I liked the accommodations, the venue, the food, the exercises we did but most of all, I loved your approach Grace, your knowledge, your energy and your authenticity. I am truly blessed to have experienced your Relationship Renewal Retreat. There just aren't enough words to express my gratitude." Roger Alouche, Ajax, ON
"Grace: I already had confidence in your ability but you proved me right. You are a natural at bringing out emotions in couples -especially men like "myself"! That's because you are a very emotional person yourself ... You also obviously care and take a great interest in each couple which is very, very commendable and the reason why your sessions are a great success. After 41 years of marriage and living apart for the last ten years, I am amazed at the progress we've made at your retreat. Although we have not spent much time together since the retreat, we are talking every day and she definitely is making an effort to get things back on track as am I. Tonight we are going out to a concert. I will definitely recommend you to our "neighbours" and anyone else that could use your help. A suggestion - why not make it mandatory for all married couples to take your session every 5 or 10 years - know any politicians that need help and can pass a bill on this?? Just kidding of course but we all need this!" Bob Louth, Peterborough, ON
"After completing your weekend retreat for couples, I am feeling calmer, happier, hopeful and much more positive.Just like the song says "I FEEL GOOD!". I also feel more compassion for my spouse. This weekend has helped me remove the anger, the bitterness and "the edge" that used to show up when we'd speak. The sarcasm is also gone from my tone of voice. I hope this feeling will last forever. It gives me joy to FEEL that we are both FINALLY (after all these years) on the same page , working towards the same emotional goal. Hurray!!!!!! Grace, you were absolutely fabulous! I believe you are definitely doing what you were meant to do on this earth. Please don't ever lose your passion! We both thank you so much!" Lory & Mike Mencarelli, Woodbridge, ON
"I just read the divorce rate is 50%! If only we could bottle the magic that is you, Grace, I know that number would significantly reduce! Thank you for giving us a the foundation for a healthier relationship. I feel hopeful about my relationship now. My biggest "a ha" moment came when I discovered the role I played in adding to the dysfunctional dynamic of our relationship. I look forward to having conflicts with Norm because I want to show our children how MATURE adults disagree and resolve conflicts. Grace there are no words to describe what a wonderful gift you are..." Carol & Norm, Toronto, ON
"Our marriage was stuck in a rut and we were in desperate need of a tune-up. Your couples retreat gave us solid, practical ways to reframe our lives in order to create a healthy, strong and loving relationship. By the end of the retreat, we had re-kindled our love, renewed our commitment to each other and came away with a sense of peace and security. Grace, you are a dynamic coach, nurturing, positive, passionate and powerful. Grace - It is hard to express in words what your retreat (and your book) has done for me. You are kind, warm, generous and unassuming. You showed this uncanny ability of making us feel like we alone mattered and what we had to share was important. You taught us how to navigate through our “stuff” in a safe environment. The hotel, the food, the camaraderie of other couples and the program content all exceeded our expectations. Grace, you exude enough warmth to melt the most skeptical heart. God has blessed you with a special gift and a compassionate heart. Thank you for everything." Rose & Bert, Toronto, ON
"Grace we have tried many things and have never come across anyone like you who truly helped us. We felt like you understood us and believed in us. I feel so much closer to Josh. We dug so deep and shared our deepest fears and dreams. I am amazed at how open he was and how much hope we both have. I was so happy to learn the differences between men and women and that there isn't anything wrong with us. I thank you for that. Everything about your couples retreat was exceptional, even the venue, the White Oaks resort is fabulous and we felt so well taken care of.... " Nikki Johnson, St. Paul, MN
"This was a fantastic workshop. I feel that our marriage is back on the right track and I feel connected back to my wife and family again. I now have a whole new understanding on how my wife is wired to accept love and I will use what I have learned this weekend to show her the love that she needs and deserves. I also have all the "Grace tools" in the future should problems arise again. Thank you so much. " Joe Roberts, Markham, ON
"We feel really positive about our marriage and emotionally reconnected. We found a way through all the hurts thanks to you. We know that we can move beyond our differences now. Grace, you are so wonderful and real. You are not judgemental as some therapists often are....everything about this couples retreat weekend exceeded our expectations." Denise & Jim Darlington, Ottawa, ON
"Dear Amazing Grace: I wanted to thank you personally for what turned out to be one of the most rewarding weekends of my life. Going into the couples retreat, I must say that I entered with optimistic skepticism. Like many other couples, Joanne and I had our issues, some more serious than others but nevertheless definitely threatening our marriage. After we left, we both felt a sense of awakening, inner peace, hope and new found love for each other. Life has no guarantees, but we both feel strongly that if we apply what we've learned from you we can have a better relationship than ever. It will also help us to deal with life on lifes terms in a much more positive way. For this, I can't thank you enough. As I told you at our departure, you have touched my soul and I am giving a part of it back to you to say thanks. Never stop what you're doing... From the top and bottom of my heart, thank you. " Larry Le Gal, Cambridge, ON
"Dear Grace: After your “RRR” weekend , we couldn’t wait to get home and start applying our new insight to our everyday lives. You provided a safe place for us to communicate all of our needs and sort thru it without getting lost in the hurt and pain. We both feel that the retreat was a very special gift for both of us. We loved everything--the other couples, the beautiful hotel, the homework you gave us, and above else, all your teachings. We have a new awareness, a new respect and love which is exciting...we are best friends again and our marriage feels new and refreshed. God answered our prayers and a real Angel showed us the way. Thank you Grace for your compassion, wisdom and sensitivity. We feel so blessed to have met you . We read a few pages from your book each night. Your heavenly insight is inspirational for us." God Bless. Maria & William, Toronto, ON
"Dearest Grace: For the first time in a very long time, I feel that my husband and I will be around to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary (our 25th is coming up in a few months!). The closeness and compassion I feel for my husband after your relationship renewal retreat is so different than how I have been feeling for almost a year now. I have been able to see our relationship through his eyes, and feel the hurt and heartache he has been experiencing. This workshop taught me how to step out of my own way and see things from a totally different perspective. This weekend gave us a chance to really voice and show what has been bottled up inside us. Grace, you provided a safe and loving environment for both of us so we could share and experience “the peeling of the onion” as a couple.....your humour and wonderful style of teaching helped to keep us intrigued and totally captivated.... Thank you for opening your heart and honouring us with your love and knowledge." Mandi Neiser, Stoney Creek, ON
"I just wanted to thank you, honestly and truly, for what you have helped us accomplish during the couple's weekend. I was waiting for a few weeks to pass, cause I really wanted to see if it made a real and true difference, and not just, you know, have the "high" for a few days and then "back to nomal". Well, it made a true difference. What a feeling to have those POSITIVE emotions restored! I personally feel much happier, and passionate! The intimacy issue that we both brought up to you has been, well, let's just say there are NO ISSUES with that anymore. I am so happy to have my husband back, and to be able to feel the passion for him I knew was locked deep inside. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted, I feel free to express myself and it's just so nice to have those butterflies again. I need you to know what a true difference you have made. You are an angel. I know you get that often, but it's true. I wanted to let you know that I had chosen a baby's name but wasn't 100 % sure. I knew I loved it but I was just going to wait and see.Well the name I had picked was "Grace"! After the couple's weekend, because things happen for a reason, there is no doubt in my mind that if this baby is a girl, she will be called Grace." Kim & Andrew, Kingston, ON (Postscript: It was a girl and her name is "Grace").
"Thank you so much for all you have done for us..... It was an honor to be a part of your couples weekend retreat. We left with a peace of spirit and hope for our marriage and future. The weekend was very powerful for us. We have changed and we are celebrating the changes. Jeff and I used to fight every single night because we had so many unresolved issues. I am happy to say that the fighting has come to a stop and it is all because of you. It is so nice to not have the boxing gloves on anymore. Last night at dinner we held hands and said a gratitude prayer. We have so much to be grateful for. You are a blessing Grace. We are so thankful to know you." Much love, Jeff & Lorraine, Maryland, USA
"I feel very hopeful that we have regained a focus to our marriage, and our lives. So much of what's been happening in the last two years, has been centered around activities for the kids, domestic chores, and work/careers. We kind of left our marriage behind somewhere, but now thanks to you, Grace and your retreat, there is a new center, and that is the couple that 19 years ago started this adventure called "marriage". The restored communication has refocused our energies and priorities to include us as a couple and invigorated my love for my wife...The weekend definitely got us to really face each other and the REAL issues.....all was very well organized and conducive to open discussion without feeling self-conscious.....great balance of group activity and instruction to give me confidence to share my feelings openly. I felt very relaxed...." Chris Koroknay, Markham, ON
"Dear Grace: I am so empty of the anger that once consumed every piece of me in this relationship. THANK YOU! We are soooooo much better together--better then we have ever been in our 18 years together!! We are touching and hugging and just looking at each other, it is wonderful! We came to your retreat feeling like we were both on the last leg of our marriage and we have come home feeling like now we finally have a marriage. We have even made it through our first disagreement which was just a disagreement, not a full-fledged argument like before and Marc actually talked about it FIRST! We are communicating in a totally new way... He even told me the other night that he was going into his “cave” for a bit and we both laughed. We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts." Angela & Marc, Winnipeg, MB
"Dear Grace: You performed surgery for us….I see in your eyes the love you hold for people. You Grace, walk your talk. The biggest awareness that I received this weekend was to step outside of my own pain, and begin to see my partner’s pain. The knowledge of how women and men differ in their communicating skills was also an eye opener for me.... My wish is that all couples can experience this retreat (married and unmarried).... I feel a sense of hope and gratitude, deep love and understanding for my partner....I know we still have work to do, but we'll be okay." Filomena & Joseph Costa, Mississauga, ON
"Dearest Grace: Your couples retreat met and exceeded my expectations! You have a true gift and those lucky enough to find you are truly blessed by your warmth, understanding and guidance. Words cannot express my gratitude for what you have done for us. You showed us how to take our love that had been left to die and give it the light and nourishment it needed to grow and flourish once again. I am forever in your debt." Heidi, Burlington, ON
"Grace, I loved your warmth and your courage. I could feel it instantly, and I felt I could partner up with it and trust you to take us on the journey. Your content was excellent and the exercises amazing... I'll never forget peeling that onion. I found the basis of my fear in our relationship and it has changed everything for me. Reminding me of the value of my emotions gave me back a lot of backbone - I had become so used to feeling they were a shameful problem. I loved the one-on-one coaching throughout the weekend. I loved that if we stumbled on a problem or issue, you were right there for us." Susan & Bob, Cambridge, ON
"Dearest Grace: We had a great time at your retreat! The program was emotional and intense, and it totally worked for us - we were 'lost' but have found our way back to each other. You are a very special person to say the least. You have bestowed upon me the wisdom and ability to understand the needs and wants of my partner, Jeff.... Thank you for helping me to open the door in my heart that allows me to forgive and love again. I now possess the tools to crave Jeff's love, not to reject his love. You are truly an angel sent to me for which my gratitude and appreciation can never be fully expressed in words. I am enlightened and looking forward to our new future together." April Sheldon, San Jose, CA
"Dear Grace: On August 13, 1971, I fell in love with April Sheldon. On September 16, 2007, I fell in love with her all over again at your Couples Retreat. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. " Jeff Halper, San Jose, CA
"The weekend was an unbelievable help! We had an amazing time!!! We have reconnected. We have passion again. We truly miss each other when we're not together. We are best friends again. Our relationship has matured. We are more honest with our feelings and we are respectful and aware of each other's needs. We liked the set up of your program, the atmoshere was wonderful. We enjoyed meeting the other couples. We loved how you inspired us all!!! Grace, you helped us break down little walls that could've really grown over time. We don't have the words to express our gratitude for how you have enriched our lives and our relationship. Your perspective on life is empowering. You inspire us to be better people. We think of you often and we miss you!" Scott & Michelle, Waterloo, ON
"I feel hopeful and excited about our marriage and future. I feel more light hearted and happier. I feel like my husband's eyes have been opened and that he finally "sees" me. I feel a new accountability towards the success of our marriage. Thank you Grace." Erin Katzman, St. Catharines, ON
"I just wanted to let you know how much Michelle and I enjoyed our weekend at the couples retreat. It was wonderful to have met you, being around you was powerful and uplifting because of the positive vibes you give off. Michelle and I were working hard on our relationship prior to our weekend with you but I can truly say we were able to come away with so much more of an understanding of each other. Michelle and I are now reading your book TOGETHER and we also listened to your cd on the way home...I am glad there are people like you in this mixed up world trying to bring peace to peoples lives. Thank you Grace." Ben Barile, Rhinebeck, NY
Dear Grace: "The couples retreat was very powerful. I learned a lot about myself and about my spouse, Ben. We are going to incorporate what we have discovered into our daily lives. We are reading your book together every night before bed. Much of what we learned parallels the spiritual work we are doing and it was just another reinforcement that our spirituality is so important in order to attain happiness. You are quite an individual; you are very very special. I felt almost lifted up in your presence and I could actually feel your presence for a while while we were driving home....I wish I could have spent more time with you so that I could be filled up with your goodness.You are so lucky to be able to help so many people." Michelle Barile, Rhinebeck, NY
"I have never felt so optimistic and hopeful about my marriage.... I feel a kinship, a friendship, a wonderful loving feeling in my heart for the man in my life. I did not think it was possible, but Grace, you never cease to amaze me with your ability to bring clarity and meaning to the most hopeless situations. You helped us breathe life back into our sacred union, you helped us to uncover the magic of seeing and appreciating all that we have and heal the open wounds that were hurting both of us. The most treasured moments came when we 'peeled our onions' and wrote our letters ... it was through these exercises that we were able to SEE each other and come to know our vulnerabilities and most importantly love and bless each other. I can now see our future together and I know that Doug and I were always destined to be together. So much could have been lost had we not attended your Couples Retreat. God bless you Grace! You are a gift, a magical wonderful angel! " Jenna L. Georgetown, ON
I moved back home last month and things are incredible. I am happy, loved and honoured. Grace, you had a huge part in our reconciliation. We learned so much at your relationship renewal retreat, and we were able to work out our big issues. We totally re-connected that weekend in Niagara - and the rest was just up to us to keep it all going, and practice everything we had learned. I feel so lucky to have an amazing husband who fought so hard for us, and be willing to put the time and energy into our relationship. We both worked hard. Things are good Grace. Still issues come up, of course, but we are dealing with them in such a different way. And huge shifts have occured in both of our thinking about situations and each other..." Tina, London, ON
"We feel we have let go of a lot of our baggage that was in the way. We have rekindled the flame of love both for ourselves and for each other. We are ready to continue in the new-found passion between us. This weekend was magic. Grace, you are amazing, brilliant and you have such beautiful energy. Thank you." Maureen & Peter Kolassa, Kitchener, ON
"I feel more hopeful now after your weekend. I know that we can still connect and that we will be able to adapt and prosper from the changes resulting from our move from the city and our children having left the nest. We have committed to hugging at least once a day and to spending some time each night discussing what we are grateful for. We are also going to take a line dancing class and trying to find an interest we can pursue together. I liked the way we could benefit from the group experience and dynamics yet still work independently and maintain a level of privacy. I really appreciated and benefited from the individual coaching and support that you gave to us as we did the exercises Grace. I loved everything about the weekend... Now I feel that we have the difficult task of maintaining momentum and commitment. I think it would be great if you could offer a week long workshop/vacation for graduates of the weekend who want a longer, perhaps less intense but more sustained learning opportunity." Susan & Pat, Buffalo, NY
"The weekend was amazing, it brought much needed comfort and clarity.We feel closer to one another, as well as more loving. We are committed to making this work. We loved everything even though at first we felt like we might be overwhelmed by some of the exercises. We quickly realized afterward how rewarding they were because we did not want it to end. Our marriage felt healed in that space. The location & hotel was excellent and Grace, what an amazing facilitator you are! We would totally recommend you and your couples retreat to anyone who is struggling in their marriage." Scott & Laura, Kingston, ON
"Grace, your couples weekend was priceless.... It is indeed the best thing that has happened to our relationship. You made me see a side to my husband that I never knew existed. Today I have a renewed love for him.....I don’t know how you turned that resentment and anger back to love in such a short time. You should know that we have had counseling by two marriage therapists in the past, however, we NEVER made the progress that we made at your workshop. Even our children sensed the changes when we got home....thank you!" Debbie, Guelph, ON
"Grace, your compassion for struggling couples is exceptional and throughout the weekend, I saw you perform miracles. Thank you for opening my heart and paving the way for forgiveness. I didn't think I could forgive him but I have thanks to you. Amazingly enough, after all these years, we now feel closer than ever before. I feel "renewed" and I'm filled with hope and goodwill towards my husband and my life." Kimberly, North Carolina
"Grace, I was a very tough sell--I didn't want to be with my husband. I didn't even want our marriage to improve. I just wanted out. You won me over with your enthusiasm & your humour. You established a goal to aspire to. Our marriage feels like a well aged cognac. We have definitely developed a higher level of appreciation and understanding for each other and our interactions. Instead of being jarring and tense, we are becoming warm and caring. I thank you for such an incredible experience." Connie, Newmarket, ON
"You have helped me so much to understand
that it's okay to let go. You are wonderful and I would highly
recommend you continue working with couples. I love what you have
done for us and will never forget you and this weekend..."
Gary, Barrie, ON
"Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou for being very good at what you do..I am not easily impressed and was entering the workshop with less than great expectations for the outcome. The workshop far exceeded my expectations on how we would be able to break through difficult issues and actulay come out closer as a couple. Your unique blend of energy, humour and proffesional insights made the long results focused days go by quickly. There is definitely a renewed energy that I have for making the marriage better than ever. I believe we can use some of the basic relationship principals and grow as a couple beyond what we would have had we not attended this workshop. I know we will have challenges that come up however I am optimistic that we will deal with them in a much more positive way." Tom, Newmarket, ON
"Dearest Grace: How can I begin to say thank you for the wonderful work you do, you are truly a blessing to us all. The weekend was more than I expected it to be and had such a significant impact on our relationship…..The experience has helped me to understand where my wife has been coming from and vice versa. We both are excited about the next chapter in our relationship and I believe we are both committed to making it work. So far yesterday and today have been filled with great communication and things are continuing on the path as when we left Riverbend on Sunday." Lui Pisano, Toronto, ON
"We are on our way to rekindling our beautiful friendship that has been tucked away for a while. I really feel that I have been given another chance to reconnect with my very best friend--my husband. Thank you again Grace for sharing, loving and making a beautiful difference in the lives you touch. You truly are an amazing spirit." Kelly, Orillia, ON
"I feel like I owe you my life, you saved us this
weekend. I needed a different perspective on my life and my marriage,
and you laid out the yellow brick road and showed me the way.
I will be forever indebted to you. I feel rejuvenated….
I feel like I can feel happy again and have faith in my self to
communicate my feelings and emotions to my wife." Kyle Foster,
"I feel relieved, excited, hopeful that we have
let go of some of the pain and negativity. I’m excited and
hopeful that with what I have learned we can have a wonderful
relationship. Thank you Grace! Tashi Deley. From both an individual
level and as a couple, you validatedme/us. Words cannot express
my gratitude for your guidance !!! " Allan & Daniella,
"We are in love more now that we were before,
and we didn’t honestly think that this was possible! Thank
you doesn’t seem to be enough – what an amazing concept
you have, the love you portray to individuals is so honest, so
pure, it’s very refreshing in a world like we have. I hope
your dreams of love reach further with each hour you give of yourself.
We are blessed to have met you. " Jeff & Leila Thompson, St.
"I feel renewed, excited, safe. I feel my marriage
is very strong and that we needed to get back down to each other
to see it again. We found each other again – we are a team
again. Thank you Grace – I did not expect to learn what
I did about myself. I know I would have spent and wasted more
time being angry if it was not for you. Thank you, thank you,
thank you." Tara, Pickering, ON
"I wish I had found your course ten years
ago! I've finally reached the level of emotional intimacy that
I've been aching for all these years. I see my partner with a
fresh pair of eyes and I now understand him at a whole different
level....making love has reached a whole new dimension."
Paula, Chicago, IL
"I knew that I would get a lot out of this
weekend, I just never dreamed my husband would... He has been
following your suggestions and tips everyday. The day after our
return he put on some of our favourite music and wrote me a letter.
He apologized for having had a closed heart all these years; for
abandoning me emotionally. He thanked me immensely for having
booked this retreat even though he wasnt keen at the beginning.
This letter was the icing on the cake after an already perfect
retreat. I thank God for having sent you to me. I love you for
your gentleness, sincerity and vigour for life. Your passion and
talent is overflowing with greatness. Thank you from the bottom
of my heart." Piera, Toronto, ON
"This weekend has allowed me to make him
understand how I have been feeling about our marriage in a long
time. You have helped me in making him aware of my needs, my desires;
what frustrates me; what makes me happy.... I finally was getting
his full attention-- something that I could never do in the past....You
are amazing Grace... Between Friday and Sunday I could feel and
see the huge impact this retreat, the tools given to us and your
help, support and love had on all of the couples that were there....
The renewed hope of a better and improved marriage and relationship
was written all over the faces and could be felt in the body language
of all the couples...." Amanda, Montreal, QC
"I am extremely hopeful and excited to take our
marriage forward. We have gone from shut down, resentful, angry
and mistrusting to responsive, honouring, willing to do the work,
and grateful beyond words for the experience, tools and wisdom
you shared with us. Thank you Grace. Your insight, heart and soul
healed all of us." Lisa, Barrie, ON
"Grace, you have given us the tools to dig
down and find the love we have for each other. You are the most
loving and giving person I have ever met. Your ability to show
people how to love really is a gift...." Dwayne, London, ON
"I have had my eyes opened about the mistakes
I have been making in my marriage but also had the opportunity
to reveal my deepest hurts and fears to my spouse. I am so hopeful
about our marriage now." A.J, Windsor, ON
"Thank you! Thank you! Your section on male
vs. female characteristics was not only hilarious but so telling
as I realized a lot of our conflicts are exactly around these
issues." Angela, Oakville, ON
Dear Grace: "I feel so much better about my marriage
now that I've been thinking in terms of what is best for us and
not in terms of "when am I going to split". We are very
close and I feel love again. We have totally changed our attitude
towards each other. Our marriage feels brand new. I just pinched
myself and it's real. I can't thank you enough Grace for what
you've done for us and all the couples there." Dave, Toronto, ON
"We have cleansed the negativity and the
poisons that were destroying us and holding us hostage. For the
first time, I feel true hope...." John T. Niagara Falls, ON