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?
I’ve seen the inspiration, motivation, insight, and confidence that comes from being in a safe environment with other highly sensitive people. Differential Susceptibility tells us we thrive in positive environments and struggle in negative ones. Since 2001, the HSP Gathering Retreats have offered this unique in-person experience and now, thanks to social media, there are many more opportunities for HSP to find a sense of community.
The HSP Gathering Retreats™ were co-created in 2001 by Jacquelyn and Dr. Elaine Aron. Since that time there have been 36 national or international HSP Gatherings: 3 in British Columbia, Canada; 4 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 the images below: Focus on Needs, Not Approval and Trust the Process, even if feeling vulnerable or confused, always asking: “What is there for me to learn in this moment?” and perhaps, most importantly, “What do I need in this moment?”
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.
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.”
For detailed information AND to see pictures from ALL past HSP Gathering Retreats, 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
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 was held here in Colorado September 26-30, 2013, and finally, the 28th HSP
Gathering Retreat was held in the Hill Country of Texas from Sunday, April 30 – May 4, 2014.