Couples Weekend

Couples Weekend: Couples Connecting
January 18-20, 2019

Location: Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster, Evanston, IL
Begins: January 18 at 6pm (dinner not provided), Ends January 20 by 4pm

This weekend is open to ALL couples in a committed relationship.

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The sense of wholeness we all seek as individuals takes place best within a loving and conscious relationship. The Couples Connecting weekend will help couples observe and practice specific skills and processes to help them connect more honestly and lovingly with each other. Participants will learn about the natural “life cycle” of a relationship and how­­ to ­­­nurture and maintain healthy intimacy within the ebb and flow of their relationship. Couples will also be guided in how to keep the “sacred fire” of their connection flourishing after they leave the workshop (and even have some fun along the way!).

Helping men realize and appreciate their natural ability to be sensitive participants in the primary relationships of their lives has always been a fundamental purpose of the Victories program. This weekend workshop will provide essential understanding of relationship dynamics. It will also demonstrate and give time to practice foundational and crucial skills for engendering and maintaining a truly nourishing and loving relationship.

The workshop experience will contain some lecture, educational exercises, process demonstration, time for couples to practice skills on their own, group discussion, and time for Q & A. Leo and Peggy Dhont, the workshop leaders, alongside other Victories leaders and staff will provide supervision and guidance during private work sessions.

Who are the Leaders?
Leo Dhont, LCSW and Peggy Dhont, IFS, LUT, who have led weekend couples workshops together for twenty-five years, and their staff:  Liz Garvey, MA, AMFT; Jacques Gourguechon, LPC; Ellen Rieger, MA, LCPC, CADC; George Rieger, Victories Weekend Leader; Biff Bannon, LCSW; Karen Bannon, RN; and Gail Canning, LCPC, CAADC.

Who Can Attend?
This weekend is open to all couples in a committed relationship. You need not be a Victories Alumni to attend. This weekend is not marital therapy and is not appropriate for couples in crisis or with serious marital discord. This weekend is appropriate for couples wanting to deepen their connection and communication.

Cost: $895 per couple, includes most meals (Friday evening snack; Saturday snacks, lunch, and dinner; Sunday snack and lunch). Accommodation not included. To reserve space on the weekend, a $250 nonrefundable deposit per couple is required.

Register for the Weekend by choosing one of these options (do not click the red "register now" button at the top of the page or the "continue" button at the bottom of the page):

Register and Pay $250 Non-Refundable Deposit

Register and Pay $895 Full Weekend Fee

Registration Form with Payment Plan Options & Financial Assistance

Payment Options

Victories understands that participants may need flexibility to pay the program fee. We offer payment plan options for all participants. Victories is also happy to offer additional financial assistance to those who need it. We understand that it can be difficult to ask for help, but we encourage you not to let financial concerns stand in the way of attendance. The Payment Options and Financial Assistance Form can be downloaded above. Please contact Victories to discuss how we can help you attend a weekend on a payment plan that works for you. 312.604.5013 or


Accommodation is not provided for the weekend, but we encourage couples to consider staying in a local hotel for the weekend. Evanston has several hotels and bed & breakfasts convenient to downtown Evanston and Heartwood. More details here.

Individuals with LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, and licensed Psycholo­gists are eligible to receive 15 CEU’s for this weekend. Please indicate your interest in receiving CEU’s when registering. There is a $25 fee for a CEU certificate.


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