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 that 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, overstimulation, relationships, depression, work issues, loneliness, and the list goes on.
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
Here are a few memories from some of my favorite HSP Gathering Retreats, but that would be like saying: “I prefer one child over another” and that’s just impossible to do.
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 34th HSP Gathering Retreat
June 14-18, 2018, – Gaunts House, Dorset. England – This was the 2nd HSP Gathering Retreat we held at Gaunts House.
Part of the magic of the 34th HSP Gathering was Gaunts House — a 15th Century mansion in the middle of many acres of land. This was the 2nd HSP Gathering Retreat we held at Gaunts, and will most likely return there at some time in the future.
My first trip abroad was to England in April 2006 to Croydon Hall in Somerset, England for the 9th HSP Gathering Retreat. My informal interview with Elaine Aron was a highlight, as was Croydon Hall … a charming, residential retreat center.
So, so many memories …. for which I will be eternally grateful !!
For pictures of all the 36th previous HSP Gathering Retreats go here: