The HSP Gathering Retreats,
a spiritual gift
Many people do not know that the HSP Gathering Retreats were given to me in a vision while I was hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park in 1999. I have been honored to watch the Gatherings dynamically and organically grow and evolve. I have been humbled with the realization that they were given to me as a spiritual gift – a gift to give away to you. My role has been to nurture and gently guide them ~ letting them have their full reign as our own HSP spirits have slowly awakened, grown and become empowered.
And did you know there is now an “HSP International Movement” ? The 26th HSP Gathering Retreat held in Enkoping, Sweden in May of 2013 was one of my favorites — we had 28 HSPs from 15 different countries !
Here is one of my favorite videos of that special time.
“…and now I have healed all the wounds …
and I feel whole…almost holy …..”
Of course, gratitude goes to Dr. Elaine Aron, whose work came my way on a rainy day in May 1996 while waiting for a bus in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. She was a co-creator of this “gathering” idea back in 2000, and I know neither of us ever thought that 16 years later, the HSP Gathering Retreats would still be alive and well. Without Elaine, her belief in me and in the beauty of the HSP Gathering Retreats they would have never evolved past that very first one in May 2001. So, as always, thank you dear Elaine…
The 33rd HSP Gathering Retreat – Santa Barbara, California , June 1-5, 2017
with co-hosts Bevin Neimann of Sensitive Journey http://sensitivejourney.com and Jennie Tilton from Fort Worth, Texas. Bevin and Jennie have been instrumental in the success of the Dallas / Fort Worth HSP Meet Up.
(Note: As of May 10, 2017, the Santa Barbara HSP Gathering is now sold out. )
The 34th HSP Gathering Retreat – the Netherlands, August 17-21, 2017
with co-hosts, Barbara Allen-Williams of the National Centre for High Sensitivity http://www.hspsensitive.com/ and
Annet DeZwart of http://www.annetdezwartlifecoaching.nl/
Barbara and Annet have attended several HSP Gathering Retreats and have been co-hosts at several including Germany in 2015; Sweden in 2013 .. and Barbara in England in 2011. How fortunate I am to have such lovely HSPs supporting not only me but also the vision of the HSP Gathering Retreats.
What can you expect from a HSP Gathering Retreat?
The purpose of the HSP Gathering Retreats has evolved over time. An excerpt from The Artist’s Way (which I affectionately call the ‘HSP Way”) says it best:
“HSPs like other HSPs. HSPs help each other.
As HSPs, we must find those who believe in us
and in whom we believe, and band together for
support, encouragement, and protection.”
The HSP Gathering Retreats also serve:
- To raise the self-esteem of HSPs by providing a safe atmosphere in which to be seen, heard, and validated
- To value the trait of high sensitivity and its contribution to the world
- To foster the exchange of wisdom based on personal experiences
- To educate, motivate, and inspire HSPs to create authentic lives that work for them so that they embrace their unique gifts and manifest those gifts in the world
- To help develop supportive communities for HSPs locally, nationally and internationally
Gifts You Can Expect from attending a HSP Gathering if you are open to them
Someone once said: “You get what you bring to a HSP Gathering,” and “You take home what you are open to receiving.” Here are some of the gifts you might receive from attending a HSP Gathering Retreat:
- The chance to know and be known; to be seen and heard
• Support, guidance, and a sense of belonging
• Determination and courage to live your authentic HSP life
• Understanding, and acceptance
• Relaxation and rejuvenation