What can I say now about how fortunate I am to be the co-founder, along with Dr. Elaine Aron, of these very unique HSP Gathering Retreats? As host, facilitator, and presenter I am honored to watch HSPs transform over the course of four days.
No, the HSP Gathering Retreats are not therapy; however, they are very therapeutic – as evidenced by the comments shared here by HSPs who attended April 1-5, 2009 in Somerset, England.
Thanks to each of you for attending, sharing and blessing me and others with your unique perspectives and presence. You are all beautiful !
From Tania, Wareham, Dorset, United Kingdom
"I would say that the 4 days in Somerset possibly rate as the most important days of my life. I came away feeling proud to be who I am for the first time since I can remember. My mum cannot believe I am the same girl since I’ve come back."
From Lone Horth, Virum, Denmark
"It was a wonderful experience and made a big impression on me, and my abilities to be an HSP and feeling good at the same time. It was also wonderful to se you and Elaine as role models, which gives me much courage to live as HSP."
From Mirabai Musgrave, Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
"I feel I understand my complex contradictory nature a lot more and I've stopped fighting with myself inside. It was so validating to meet other High Sensation Seeking extroverts (and introverts) and I felt a recognition that I’ve seldom had before. It has changed my life profoundly."
From Maria Jose Celemin Diez, Castronuevo, Spain
"There are no words to tell you how everything has grown and changed in my inner life to manage with all obstacles to my goals. I enjoyed every second, every corner. Every time we finished some activity I called my brother and I told him 'this is impressive!!!! I am happy!' He ask me to specify something but I just told him 'Esteban, this is the best experience in my life, just I can tell you, I am in heaven.'"
"It opened up a new dimension, like a sanctuary that is there and I don’t have to feel weird anymore. I saw empowered HSPs, so now I know which way to go and where to find help. I understand myself better and got many insights and tools to work on different issues. I feel I belong to a community. It helped immensely to reframe my past. I feel stronger to live my authentic me and an HSP-life. It helped to take better care of myself and make my HSP trait first priority. Like the first step on a long journey."
Carol Buckroyd: Bollington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
"I realise what an incredibly valuable experience the Gathering this was for me. I have been more conscious of how I am at work since then, and have realised that the real me is largely hidden and most people don't really know me at all. It's my survival/self preservation instinct. What the Gathering allowed me to do was be myself, and not worry about what people thought. It was a rare experience because it's one thing in abstract on your own knowing about being an HSP, but another altogether to meet people who, although have all their own diversity of personality, are the same as me in one key respect, and understand me automatically!"