About the HSP Gathering Retreats

 The History of the HSP Gathering Retreats
There may have been an HSP Gathering near you….
and they may be one near you in the future?
http://lifeworkshelp.com/Retreat_History.pdf

The HSP Gathering Retreats™ were co-created in 2001 by Jacquelyn and Dr. Elaine Aron. Since that time there have been 28 national or international HSP Gatherings: 2 in British Columbia, Canada; 3 in England; 3 in Colorado; 2 in North Carolina; one in Texas, and the others on the West and East Coasts of the U.S.    There are two mottos at the HSP Gatherings represented in these images:

You get to practice this at the HSP Gathering Retreats

You get to practice this at the HSP Gathering Retreats

The HSP Gathering Retreats™ allow for the collective creation of a gentle, nurturing space where through education, reflection, inquiry and sharing we create a sense of self-acceptance and empowerment about who we are as HSPs. Within this compassionate community, comes the opportunity to discover and step into the beauty of your unique HSP self, while we enjoy the splendor of nature, nourishing food, and HSP soul friends.

You get to practice this at the HSP Gathering Retreats

You get to practice this at the HSP Gathering Retreats

Jacquelyn & Elaine Santa Barbara, California 2011

Jacquelyn & Elaine
Santa Barbara, California 2011

Most of us have done much reading about what it means to be an HSP.    However, few have had the opportunity to experience what it is like to BE an HSP within the context of “being with other HSPs.”  This, in itself, is a unique and rewarding learning experience for each of us, and perhaps there is no better place to do this than the HSP Gathering Retreats.  Here you will have a chance to immerse yourself into a group of HSPs for four days in a nature-oriented retreat setting where we will focus on our HSP selves from an individual, holistic, community, and cultural perspective.  This, in itself, is an amazing experiential learning opportunity, and one that hopefully empowers us as we return to our daily routines and lives back home.

The specific content of the information you receive at the Gatherings, although important, is not the main focus … because after all, there are now thousands of websites, articles, courses and social media pages which answer all kinds of questions such as:  Just What IS an HSP?  How do I know if I am one? ? What is An HSS?  There is information on empaths, coping with stress, anxiety, over stimulation, relationships, depression, work issues, loneliness, and the list goes on.

Certainly, informing and grounding ourselves with knowledge about the HSP trait is crucial, yet the HSP Gatherings offer us a uniquely different experience.   Be sure to bring your journal, and your favorite pen to capture your own highlights and “a’ha moments.”

In 2015 there are 3 HSP Gathering Retreats planned as follows:

29th HSP Gathering Retreat  – 7 – 11 May in  Goehrde Duebbekold Germany with Elaine Aron joining us in person on 10 May.

*30th HSP Gathering Retreat – August 8 – 12 in Abbottsford, British Columbia, Canada.    Save $50 US — Early Registration deadline:   May 8, 2015

*31st HSP Gathering Retreat – September 30-October 4 in New Brunswick, Canada
Save $50 US —  Early Registration deadline:   June 30, 2015

* Opportunity to take the statistically valid & reliable Myers Briggs Personality Assessment
Elaine Aron will join us via teleconference at the 30th and 31st HSP Gatherings.

For detailed information please go here:  http://www.lifeworkshelp.com/hspgathering.htm  or to Elaine Aron’s newsletter, The Comfort Zone, here:  http://www.hsperson.com/pages/events.htm

26th HSP Gathering, Enkoping, Sweden May 2013

26th HSP Gathering, Enkoping, Sweden May 2013

In May 2013, the 26th  HSP Gathering Retreat was  held near Stockholm, Sweden.  There were 28 HSPs from 15 different countries !  I could easily say this was the best and my favorite of all the HSP Gatherings — but that would be like saying: “I prefer one child over another” and that’s just impossible to do.

The 27th HSP Gathering Retreat , Colorado, September 2013

The 27th HSP Gathering Retreat , Colorado, September 2013

The 27th HSP Gathering was held here in Colorado September 26-30, 2013, and finally, the  28th HSP

28th HSP Gathering Retreat ~ April 27-May 1, 2014 - Wimberley, Texas

28th HSP Gathering Retreat ~ April 27-May 1, 2014 – Wimberley, Texas

Gathering Retreat was held in the Hill Country of  Texas from Sunday, April 30 – May 4, 2014.  

For detailed information please go here: ww.lifeworkshelp.com/hspgathering.htm  or to Elaine Aron’s newsletter, The Comfort Zone, here:  http://www.hsperson.com/pages/events.htm

 

 

4 Responses to About the HSP Gathering Retreats

  1. Jasmin Guisao says:

    So, after all these years it is now that I realize that I am an HSP, or at least I believe I am. And despite therapy and pushing people away, I need to resolve this within myself. Is there medication, supplementation that can suppress this sensitivity within me. I am tired of crying, feeling depressed, and limiting myself of my highest potential.

    • Jacquelyn says:

      Dear Jasmin,
      First, welcome to the world of highly sensitive people ! I’m so glad you found us ! There is much to know about this inherited trait in order to discover personal coping mechanisms that work best for each individual. I am glad you have started this learning process. Elaine Aron’s website: http://www.hsperson.com is a comprehensive resource which offers us so much education. Also, here is a short 6 minute video which may help explain our complex trait while also knowing there are thousands of variables which influence the ways in which each HSP manifests their trait in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puvPwLmf4gw
      Secondly, it is important to know that HSPs, just like the other 80% who are not HSP, can be subject to experiencing low energy, lack of motivation, and feelings of depression, isolation, or crying spells. And we HSPs are not the only ones who may be frustrated with limits imposed on us by external factors. What are these external factors? Is this true depression? Dysthymia? Lack of self care? Lack of adequate nutrition? It is different for each of us.
      There are no supplements or medication which can “cure” our SPS trait, because it is not a diagnosis, so there is nothing to cure. As shared before, there is only information which, when discovered and applied to our daily lives, can make living as a highly sensitive people easier and more enjoyable. Not an easy thing to do, but definitely possible and definitely worth the work and journey.
      There are many sources of information may help everyone, HSPs and the other 80%, live with more energy, clearer thinking and optimism. The book, The Edge Effect, by Eric Braverman, is on my night stand . Here is a link to his assessment which helps assess if you may be low on serotonin, dopamine or other chemical imbalances in the brain. http://www.healthilluminationproducts.com/page/neurotransmitters
      I hope this is helpful.
      With HSP connection,
      Jacquelyn

  2. jana gallagher says:

    so its a bit disheartning that im in the u.s. and unable to go because finding out whats wrong with me is so exciting

    • Jacquelyn says:

      Your next opportunity to join in a HSP Gathering Retreat will June 1-4, 2017 … in beautiful Santa Barbara, Californnia !
      I hope you can start saving and planning your time off…. Sincerely, Jacquelyn

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