Events

Find out where our next meetup, workshop or event is and join us.

Postponed - new date pending. London - Professionals CPD - £80
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:00

This will be a one-day training CPD event for therapists and other professionals who would like to understand more about Sensory Processing Sensitivity and how you can be more effective and supportive with highly sensitive clients. Suitable for therapists, coaches, teachers, social workers and health/mental health workers. Venue to be confirmed soon. If you would be interested, please RSVP and pay here by Paypal, or contact Barbara for direct banking details.

As professionals, we owe it to our sensitive clients to understand their trait and to work with them appropriately in the context of their sensory processing sensitivity (SPS). Referring to the renowned work of Dr Elaine N Aron and Barbara's extensive experience in the area of SPS, this workshop will explore, through information and discussion, how we identify and work with sensitive people, plus common myths, misdiagnoses and assumptions that can cause professionals to focus on sensitivity as an 'issue' rather than asset.

We will look at the importance of awareness and how we as professionals can give our full support to a group who make up the majority of our clients. We will also take time to consider self-care for Professionals who are also highly sensitive, and the joys and challenges of this work for both HSP and non-HSP professionals. Barbara Allen-Williams is the founder of Growing Unlimited Therapeutic Consultancy (2002) and the fledgling National Centre for High Sensitivity (2010). She retired from private practice after 20 years as a therapist and supervisor in April 2013 and uses her experience and observations to promote training, awareness and best practice with highly sensitive adults and children. Training is aimed therapists, parents, social workers, employers, teachers, nursery workers and other professionals. She has a practice in Andover, Hampshire where she runs Meetups and personal development events for sensitive people. She has also co-hosted HSP Gathering Retreats and HSP Workshops and Weekends in UK, Europe and USA.

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**Postponed to April - London Professionals CPD - £80
Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:00

This will be a one-day training CPD event for therapists and other professionals who would like to understand more about Sensory Processing Sensitivity and how you can be more effective and supportive with highly sensitive clients. Suitable for therapists, coaches, teachers, social workers and health/mental health workers. Venue to be confirmed soon. If you would be interested, please RSVP and pay here by Paypal, or contact Barbara for direct banking details.

As professionals, we owe it to our sensitive clients to understand their trait and to work with them appropriately in the context of their sensory processing sensitivity (SPS). Referring to the renowned work of Dr Elaine N Aron and Barbara's extensive experience in the area of SPS, this workshop will explore, through information and discussion, how we identify and work with sensitive people, plus common myths, misdiagnoses and assumptions that can cause professionals to focus on sensitivity as an 'issue' rather than asset.

We will look at the importance of awareness and how we as professionals can give our full support to a group who make up the majority of our clients. We will also take time to consider self-care for Professionals who are also highly sensitive, and the joys and challenges of this work for both HSP and non-HSP professionals. Barbara Allen-Williams is the founder of Growing Unlimited Therapeutic Consultancy (2002) and the fledgling National Centre for High Sensitivity (2010). She retired from private practice after 20 years as a therapist and supervisor in April 2013 and uses her experience and observations to promote training, awareness and best practice with highly sensitive adults and children. Training is aimed therapists, parents, social workers, employers, teachers, nursery workers and other professionals. She has a practice in Andover, Hampshire where she runs Meetups and personal development events for sensitive people. She has also co-hosted HSP Gathering Retreats and HSP Workshops and Weekends in UK, Europe and USA.

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HSP Meetup MARCH -£5 on the day
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 10:30

Welcome to our HSP meetup in Hampshire. We look forward to welcoming new and old members who would like information on the Highly Sensitive Nervous System and to meet others like themselves!

The meetup lasts for a couple of hours with a break in the middle for tea/coffee and cake etc. Facilitated gently so that you can relax as much as possible and enjoy the time together with other HSPs. This is an information meeting, with opportunity to share ideas and tips on living life to the full as an HSP, run in a supportive atmosphere but not a therapy group. If you would like to come along, do call Barbara on[masked] for more information and to get directions. 

£5 per person on the day.  Please RSVP so I know how much cake will be needed :)

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HSP Parlour 😊 - online - 1st Monday Monthly
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:30

Welcome to our HSP Parlour, a monthly online meeting of Highly Sensitive people. Bring a warm drink, cake and a smile and join Barbara for an hour by video link exploring aspects of HSP living. Ponder questions, find out some facts, discuss what it means to be highly sensitive and get to know others at various places along the path towards thriving and enjoying the sensitive life. A friendly, facilitated, gentle and informative atmosphere will be created so that it's easy to be present. Join in discussions if you like, or just listen and ponder, it's up to you.

Each month, the meeting will begin with some information around High Sensitivity, followed by discussion, questions and conversation. Topics open for exploration through the year might include:

Facts about Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Acting and reacting
Boundaries
The difference between avoidance and protection
Friends, family and partners
Challenges and joys of work
Healing past wounds
Sensitivity as an asset
Self worth and confidence
Anxiety, stress, relaxation
Creativity, balance and process
Nutrition, sleep and environment
Everyday spirituality or connectedness

If you would like to attend online, simply RSVP here. Nearer the time you will receive access information for the video meeting by email via this meetup site (make sure email messages are switched on in your profile). You can prepare ahead of time by creating a free account at Zoom (https://www.zoom.us/?zcid=1378&gclid=CjwKEAjwh_bLBRDehaSMyJSCj1gSJAB-GWBDdfuj-5wbzhvjcSCeGlboziwiO6EKI2NA8In8638LcBoCxi3w_wcB). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. If you have any questions, email Barbara through this site.

See you in the Parlour 😊

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HSP Parlour 😊 - online - 1st Monday Monthly
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:30

Welcome to our HSP Parlour, a monthly online meeting of Highly Sensitive people. Bring a warm drink, cake and a smile and join Barbara for an hour by video link exploring aspects of HSP living. Ponder questions, find out some facts, discuss what it means to be highly sensitive and get to know others at various places along the path towards thriving and enjoying the sensitive life. A friendly, facilitated, gentle and informative atmosphere will be created so that it's easy to be present. Join in discussions if you like, or just listen and ponder, it's up to you.

Each month, the meeting will begin with some information around High Sensitivity, followed by discussion, questions and conversation. Topics open for exploration through the year might include:

Facts about Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Acting and reacting
Boundaries
The difference between avoidance and protection
Friends, family and partners
Challenges and joys of work
Healing past wounds
Sensitivity as an asset
Self worth and confidence
Anxiety, stress, relaxation
Creativity, balance and process
Nutrition, sleep and environment
Everyday spirituality or connectedness

If you would like to attend online, simply RSVP here. Nearer the time you will receive access information for the video meeting by email via this meetup site (make sure email messages are switched on in your profile). You can prepare ahead of time by creating a free account at Zoom (https://www.zoom.us/?zcid=1378&gclid=CjwKEAjwh_bLBRDehaSMyJSCj1gSJAB-GWBDdfuj-5wbzhvjcSCeGlboziwiO6EKI2NA8In8638LcBoCxi3w_wcB). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. If you have any questions, email Barbara through this site.

See you in the Parlour 😊

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HSP Meetup APRIL -£5 on the day
Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:30

Welcome to our HSP meetup in Hampshire. We look forward to welcoming new and old members who would like information on the Highly Sensitive Nervous System and to meet others like themselves!

The meetup lasts for a couple of hours with a break in the middle for tea/coffee and cake etc. Facilitated gently so that you can relax as much as possible and enjoy the time together with other HSPs. This is an information meeting, with opportunity to share ideas and tips on living life to the full as an HSP, run in a supportive atmosphere but not a therapy group. If you would like to come along, do call Barbara on[masked] for more information and to get directions. 

£5 per person on the day.  Please RSVP so I know how much cake will be needed :)

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LONDON Professionals CPD - Introduction to Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:00

This will be a one-day training CPD event for therapists and other professionals who would like to understand more about Highly Sensitive Clients, Sensory Processing Sensitivity and how you can be more effective and supportive with this specific group. Suitable for therapists, coaches, teachers, social workers and health/mental health workers. Venue to be confirmed soon. If you would be interested, please RSVP and pay here by Paypal, or contact Barbara for direct banking details.

As professionals, we owe it to our sensitive clients to understand their trait and to work with them appropriately in the context of their sensory processing sensitivity (SPS). Referring to the renowned work of Dr Elaine N Aron and Barbara's extensive experience in the area of SPS, this workshop will explore, through information and discussion, how we identify and work with sensitive people, plus common myths, misdiagnoses and assumptions that can cause professionals to focus on sensitivity as an 'issue' or diagnosis rather than asset.

We will look at the importance of awareness and how we as professionals can give our full support to a group who make up the majority of our clients. We will also take time to consider self-care for Professionals who are also highly sensitive, and the joys and challenges of this work for both HSP and non-HSP professionals.

Barbara Allen-Williams is the founder of Growing Unlimited Therapeutic Consultancy (2002) and Director of the fledgling National Centre for High Sensitivity (2010). She retired from private practice after 20 years as a therapist and supervisor in April 2013 and uses her experience and observations to promote training, awareness and best practice with highly sensitive adults and children. Training is aimed therapists, parents, social workers, employers, teachers, nursery workers and other professionals. She has a practice in Andover, Hampshire where she runs Meetups and personal development events for sensitive people. She also co-hosts HSP Gathering Retreats and presents HSP Workshops and Weekends in UK, Europe and USA.

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HSP Rest and Recovery Retreat - £225 (£60 deposit)
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:00

Two gentle nights for HSPs seeking to be actively encouraged to sleep, rest, relax, laugh, recover and enjoy quiet time with other sensitive people.  Breakfast and Lunch as and when you please, then Dinner all together each evening, taking turns to cook. Minimum four people, maximum six, plus Barbara.

Two nights in total. Arrive on Friday[masked]pm, leave by 4pm on Sunday. 

THE ACCOMMODATION


Our rest space is located as far as possible in natural surroundings.  The area will be near to places for walking, wildlife watching or simply relaxing.  Do feel free to travel further afield if there is something you want to do.  Go on your own or ask someone if they want to go with you.

THE SUPPORT

• Reminders and full permission to sleep/nap, walk, meditate, snack and generally meet your restful needs as and when you want to.


• Opportunity to book 1-1 time with Barbara to deepen your understanding of your rest, relaxation and other needs as an HSP (included in cost of weekend).


• Encouragement to engage with other HSPs where appropriate on topics or activities that will enhance your stay, visits to local beaches and places of interest if available.


• Relaxation group and meditation time if requested.


• Full permission to 'do nothing and rest afterwards'.


• Small dog provided for cuddles or walks.

GUIDELINES

• You must be in a good enough emotional place to be able to offer as well as receive support and to be a good companion (even if you are a quiet companion).

• You should at the very least have read Dr Elaine Aron's book 'The Highly Sensitive Person' and attended HSP Meetups or something similar before attending.

• You need to be able to meet your own needs and organise your own activities where appropriate.

• Be prepared to share a bedroom with one other person and follow the rule that there is no talking in bedrooms unless the person sharing with you makes it clear they would like this.  Some people will be in bed during the daytime to get some quiet time, to read, sleep or to calm themselves - do respect this.  If someone is asleep, try not to wake them.

• Bring earphones so that you can enjoy music etc quietly in the same room.  Bring ear plugs or eye covers if you are sensitive to noise or light, also bring anything with you that makes you more comfortable (hot water bottle, special blanket or pillow, guitar, art supplies, books).

Price of £225 includes shared accommodation for two nights and Barbara's special mentoring support and guidance in the background throughout the weekend.

Re food, each person will be paired up with another HSP and asked either to shop and provide an evening meal or light buffet lunch for the group, or to be the cleaner-uppers after meals  - Barbara will shop and prepare the meal for 7pm on the first evening and bring some basic breakfast foods for the weekend.  (If you have complex dietary needs, let Barbara know on booking but do bring your special ingredients with you and liaise with the group so that we can still enjoy eating all together simply and easily in the evenings).  Breakfast and lunch will be as and when you like, just help yourself from what is provided or bring your own. Lift-sharing is encouraged (use the comments box to link up).  Please pay a non-refundable deposit of £60 to book your place.  The remainder of the fee is due a month before the retreat. 

Please contact Barbara if you have any queries[masked] or [masked].

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HSP Meetup MAY -£5 on the day
Sat, 12 May 2018 09:30

Welcome to our HSP meetup in Hampshire. We look forward to welcoming new and old members who would like information on the Highly Sensitive Nervous System and to meet others like themselves!

The meetup lasts for a couple of hours with a break in the middle for tea/coffee and cake etc. Facilitated gently so that you can relax as much as possible and enjoy the time together with other HSPs. This is an information meeting, with opportunity to share ideas and tips on living life to the full as an HSP, run in a supportive atmosphere but not a therapy group. If you would like to come along, do call Barbara on[masked] for more information and to get directions. 

£5 per person on the day.  Please RSVP so I know how much cake will be needed :)

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HSP Parlour 😊 - online - 1st Monday Monthly
Mon, 14 May 2018 17:30

Welcome to our HSP Parlour, a monthly online meeting of Highly Sensitive people. Bring a warm drink, cake and a smile and join Barbara for an hour by video link exploring aspects of HSP living. Ponder questions, find out some facts, discuss what it means to be highly sensitive and get to know others at various places along the path towards thriving and enjoying the sensitive life. A friendly, facilitated, gentle and informative atmosphere will be created so that it's easy to be present. Join in discussions if you like, or just listen and ponder, it's up to you.

Each month, the meeting will begin with some information around High Sensitivity, followed by discussion, questions and conversation. Topics open for exploration through the year might include:

Facts about Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Acting and reacting
Boundaries
The difference between avoidance and protection
Friends, family and partners
Challenges and joys of work
Healing past wounds
Sensitivity as an asset
Self worth and confidence
Anxiety, stress, relaxation
Creativity, balance and process
Nutrition, sleep and environment
Everyday spirituality or connectedness

If you would like to attend online, simply RSVP here. Nearer the time you will receive access information for the video meeting by email via this meetup site (make sure email messages are switched on in your profile). You can prepare ahead of time by creating a free account at Zoom (https://www.zoom.us/?zcid=1378&gclid=CjwKEAjwh_bLBRDehaSMyJSCj1gSJAB-GWBDdfuj-5wbzhvjcSCeGlboziwiO6EKI2NA8In8638LcBoCxi3w_wcB). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. If you have any questions, email Barbara through this site.

See you in the Parlour 😊

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Pay your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE here 🌻 2018 🌻 REMINDER
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:00

Hello everyone 😊

Following on from my email recently about creating a membership fee to help with putting on services and events through the National Centre for High Sensitivity, here is a place to pay your annual membership fee of £10 per year :).  To pay, simply click 'RSVP' here on this event and the site will take you through the payment process automatically.

See below for the exceptions to needing to pay your fee this year - if you are in any of these categories, please email me so that I can update you as paid and keep you on the Membership list.  Use this site to pay - no problem if you don't have a PayPal account, you can also use your card at PayPal too :)

EXCEPTIONS
Some of you may belong to more than one of the three Meetup.com sites I organize, (Growing a unlimited Hampshire; Positively Sensitive Reading; National Centre for High Sensitivity) if so, you only need to pay once, that will mean your membership to any of the others remains free of charge.
If you have recently made a donation of £10 or more to the 'Plans and Can You Help' event, you also do not have to pay the membership for this year 2015 :)
If your financial circumstances are exceptionally dire and cannot afford the £10 annual charge, please email me and I will see what I can do - I don't want anyone to miss out if they really can't afford this, however I am guessing the fee will be affordable for the vast majority.

IMPORTANT: The cut off date for payment for current members is 12th of June 2015. After that, the next payment will be 12th June 2016. Members who haven't subscribed by[masked] will be removed from the list or you can remove yourself beforehand. But don't worry, you can join again later if you would like to. I do hope that you will stay with us and enjoy the events and discussions board coming up over the next few months :)

If you have any questions, please email me and I will do my best to help 😊

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Pay your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT 🌻 June 2017 to June 2018 🌻 "
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:00

Hello everyone 😊

Your Annual Membership Fees help support admin, events and our Newsletter (www.hspsensitive.com/contact-us/) through the National Centre for High Sensitivity, here is a place to pay your annual membership fee of £10 per year :). If you have recently joined and paid a £10 joining fee in the last few months, please subtract 84p for every full month already paid for and pay what's left. Next year (2017), simply pay the full fee as per normal. To pay, simply click 'RSVP' here on this event and the site will take you through the PayPal payment process automatically. If you would like to pay by direct banking, please email Barbara for details. If you won't be subscribing to our Meetup this year from June 2017, please remove yourself from the membership list by 10th June. Don't worry, you can re-join any time :)

See below for the exceptions to needing to pay your fee this year - if you are in any of these categories, please email me so that I can update you as paid and keep you on the Membership list.

EXCEPTIONS
Some of you may belong to more than one of the three Meetup.com sites I organize, (Growing Unlimited Hampshire; Positively Sensitive Reading; National Centre for High Sensitivity) - if so, you only need to pay once - that will mean your annual membership to any of the others remains free of charge for the year.
If you voluntarily facilitate one of our NCHS Meetups.
If your financial circumstances are exceptionally dire and cannot afford the £10 annual charge, please email me and I will see what I can do - I don't want anyone to miss out if they really can't afford this, however I am guessing the fee will be affordable for the vast majority.

IMPORTANT: The cut off date for payment for current members is 10th of June 2017. After that, the next payment will be in June 2018. I do hope that you will stay with us and enjoy the events and discussions board coming up over the next few months :)

If you have any questions, please email me and I will do my best to help 😊

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HSP Parlour 😊 - online - 1st Monday Monthly
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:30

Welcome to our HSP Parlour, a monthly online meeting of Highly Sensitive people. Bring a warm drink, cake and a smile and join Barbara for an hour by video link exploring aspects of HSP living. Ponder questions, find out some facts, discuss what it means to be highly sensitive and get to know others at various places along the path towards thriving and enjoying the sensitive life. A friendly, facilitated, gentle and informative atmosphere will be created so that it's easy to be present. Join in discussions if you like, or just listen and ponder, it's up to you.

Each month, the meeting will begin with some information around High Sensitivity, followed by discussion, questions and conversation. Topics open for exploration through the year might include:

Facts about Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Acting and reacting
Boundaries
The difference between avoidance and protection
Friends, family and partners
Challenges and joys of work
Healing past wounds
Sensitivity as an asset
Self worth and confidence
Anxiety, stress, relaxation
Creativity, balance and process
Nutrition, sleep and environment
Everyday spirituality or connectedness

If you would like to attend online, simply RSVP here. Nearer the time you will receive access information for the video meeting by email via this meetup site (make sure email messages are switched on in your profile). You can prepare ahead of time by creating a free account at Zoom (https://www.zoom.us/?zcid=1378&gclid=CjwKEAjwh_bLBRDehaSMyJSCj1gSJAB-GWBDdfuj-5wbzhvjcSCeGlboziwiO6EKI2NA8In8638LcBoCxi3w_wcB). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. If you have any questions, email Barbara through this site.

See you in the Parlour 😊

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PAY your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE here 😊 - 🌻June 2017 🌻
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:00

Hello everyone 😊.  Thank you so much for your support this last year.</p> 

Your Annual Membership Fees help support admin, events and our Newsletter (www.hspsensitive.com/contact-us/) through the National Centre for High Sensitivity, here is a place to pay your annual membership fee of £10 per year :). If you have recently joined, you should by now have and paid 84p for each month up to May, and now, simply pay the full fee £10 as per normal - this will cover you for the next 12 months from June 2017.  Contact me if you have any queries about payments.  See below for exceptions **.

To pay, simply click 'RSVP' here on this event and the site will take you through the PayPal payment process automatically. If you would like to pay by direct banking, please email Barbara for details. If you won't be subscribing to our Meetup this year from June 2017, please remove yourself from the membership list by 10th June. Don't worry, you can re-join any time :)</p> 

**EXCEPTIONS<br>Some of you may belong to more than one of the three Meetup.com sites I organize, (Growing Unlimited Hampshire; Positively Sensitive Reading; National Centre for High Sensitivity) - if so, you only need to pay once - that will mean your annual membership to any of the others remains free of charge for the year.<br>If you voluntarily facilitate one of our NCHS Meetups.<br>If your financial circumstances are exceptionally dire and cannot afford the £10 annual charge, please email me and I will see what I can do - I don't want anyone to miss out if they really can't afford this, however I am guessing the fee will be affordable for the vast majority.</p> 

If you are in any of these categories, please email me so that I can update you as paid and keep you on the Membership list.</p>


IMPORTANT: The cut off date for payment for current members is 10th of June 2017. After that, the next payment will be in June 2018. I do hope that you will stay with us and enjoy the events and discussions board coming up over the next few months :)</p> 

If you have any questions, please email me and I will do my best to help 😊</p>

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International HSP Gathering Retreat - 4 days
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:00

I am excited to announce that the 34th (since 2001) HSP Gathering Retreat will be in the U.K, 14-18th June, at Gaunts House, Dorset. There are only 9 of these that have ever taken place outside of the USA. These gatherings were co-created by Jacquelyn Strickland (http://www.lifeworkshelp.com/hspgathering.htm­­) and Dr Elaine Aron (www.hsperson.com) for the benefit of HSPs. To learn more about Jacquelyn and her background, do listen to this 60 minute Interview.  I have co-hosted a number of HSP Gathering Retreats with Jacquelyn in USA, Cananda and Europe. They are residential for four days, in a natural and beautiful setting, and each Gathering has a special theme. It is a chance to learn more about your trait, to find your growing edges and to commune with HSPs in a very rare, HSP-friendly setting. Dr Elaine Aron often attends on one of the days to give a talk and answer questions.

One of the beautiful things that I like about these gatherings is the way you can do what you need. None of the things on offer (talks, group discussions, creative opportunities, guidance opportunities) at the Gathering is compulsory, you are encouraged to sleep or rest when you like, and healthy, nourishing meals are provided for you. There is no special requirement in terms of prior knowledge, just be in a good enough place to be a positive companion in the group, whether that is by participating verbally or in action, or simply by your quiet and attentive presence. If you have known about your trait a long time, you will still learn and experience growth here. The gatherings are kept small, maximum is usually approximately 25 attendees, meaning that there is plenty of time to meet needs, learn at depth and make lasting friends.

Plan ahead financially if you want to attend. These gatherings are residential, in lovely settings and have internationally well-known and respected leaders. Overall, the gatherings are not only empowering, but life-changing and affirming of your trait. Do come if you can. Every effort is made to keep costs of the Gathering as low as possible.  However, for what it is and the fact that the fee includes accommodation, food and the wisdom and support of such HSPs as Dr Elaine Aron and Jacquelyn Strickland means that value for money is not in question. Do consider coming along, I am not sure how many more of these opportunities there will be.  Here is a link to the registration form with costs in dollars REGISTRATION.

Based on November 2017 currency rates, here is a rough guide to costs for the whole event.  Prices include food, the gathering content, use of Gaunts House facilities (swimming pool etc) and accommodation where relevant.  Bathrooms are separate but nearby to the room, unless marked ‘ensuite’:

Shared twin or triple room £604

Single room £664

Single room, ensuite £704

Shared twin or triple, ensuite £654

Commuter, no overnight accommodation required £474

Camping £490

Gaunts is in a beautiful setting, so a lot to enjoy both indoors and out, including outdoor swimming pool, acres and acres of grounds.  They also grow a lot of their own food, so there is a lovely selection of fresh meals  :).  Last time we were there, attendees could book massages etc, so worth enquiring at Gaunts House if you would like that.

If you have a private question, please message me through this site or to [masked] or email Jacquelyn HERE.

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International HSP Gathering Retreat - 4 days
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:00

I am excited to announce that the 34th (since 2001) HSP Gathering Retreat will be in the U.K, 14-18th June, at Gaunts House, Dorset. There are only 9 of these that have ever taken place outside of the USA. These gatherings were co-created by Jacquelyn Strickland (http://www.lifeworkshelp.com/hspgathering.htm­­) and Dr Elaine Aron (www.hsperson.com) for the benefit of HSPs. To learn more about Jacquelyn and her background, do listen to this 60 minute Interview.  I have co-hosted a number of HSP Gathering Retreats with Jacquelyn in USA, Cananda and Europe. They are residential for four days, in a natural and beautiful setting, and each Gathering has a special theme. It is a chance to learn more about your trait, to find your growing edges and to commune with HSPs in a very rare, HSP-friendly setting. Dr Elaine Aron often attends on one of the days to give a talk and answer questions.

One of the beautiful things that I like about these gatherings is the way you can do what you need. None of the things on offer (talks, group discussions, creative opportunities, guidance opportunities) at the Gathering is compulsory, you are encouraged to sleep or rest when you like, and healthy, nourishing meals are provided for you. There is no special requirement in terms of prior knowledge, just be in a good enough place to be a positive companion in the group, whether that is by participating verbally or in action, or simply by your quiet and attentive presence. If you have known about your trait a long time, you will still learn and experience growth here. The gatherings are kept small, maximum is usually approximately 25 attendees, meaning that there is plenty of time to meet needs, learn at depth and make lasting friends.

Plan ahead financially if you want to attend. These gatherings are residential, in lovely settings and have internationally well-known and respected leaders. Overall, the gatherings are not only empowering, but life-changing and affirming of your trait. Do come if you can. Every effort is made to keep costs of the Gathering as low as possible.  However, for what it is and the fact that the fee includes accommodation, food and the wisdom and support of such HSPs as Dr Elaine Aron and Jacquelyn Strickland means that value for money is not in question. Do consider coming along, I am not sure how many more of these opportunities there will be.  Here is a link to the registration form with costs in dollars REGISTRATION.

Based on November 2017 currency rates, here is a rough guide to costs for the whole event.  Prices include food, the gathering content, use of Gaunts House facilities (swimming pool etc) and accommodation where relevant.  Bathrooms are separate but nearby to the room, unless marked ‘ensuite’:

Shared twin or triple room £604

Single room £664

Single room, ensuite £704

Shared twin or triple, ensuite £654

Commuter, no overnight accommodation required £474

Camping £490

Gaunts is in a beautiful setting, so a lot to enjoy both indoors and out, including outdoor swimming pool, acres and acres of grounds.  They also grow a lot of their own food, so there is a lovely selection of fresh meals  :).  Last time we were there, attendees could book massages etc, so worth enquiring at Gaunts House if you would like that.

If you have a private question, please message me through this site or to [masked] or email Jacquelyn HERE.

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International HSP Gathering Retreat - 4 days
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:00

I am excited to announce that the 34th (since 2001) HSP Gathering Retreat will be in the U.K, 14-18th June, at Gaunts House, Dorset. There are only 9 of these that have ever taken place outside of the USA. These gatherings were co-created by Jacquelyn Strickland (http://www.lifeworkshelp.com/hspgathering.htm­­) and Dr Elaine Aron (www.hsperson.com) for the benefit of HSPs. To learn more about Jacquelyn and her background, do listen to this 60 minute Interview.  I have co-hosted a number of HSP Gathering Retreats with Jacquelyn in USA, Cananda and Europe. They are residential for four days, in a natural and beautiful setting, and each Gathering has a special theme. It is a chance to learn more about your trait, to find your growing edges and to commune with HSPs in a very rare, HSP-friendly setting. Dr Elaine Aron often attends on one of the days to give a talk and answer questions.

One of the beautiful things that I like about these gatherings is the way you can do what you need. None of the things on offer (talks, group discussions, creative opportunities, guidance opportunities) at the Gathering is compulsory, you are encouraged to sleep or rest when you like, and healthy, nourishing meals are provided for you. There is no special requirement in terms of prior knowledge, just be in a good enough place to be a positive companion in the group, whether that is by participating verbally or in action, or simply by your quiet and attentive presence. If you have known about your trait a long time, you will still learn and experience growth here. The gatherings are kept small, maximum is usually approximately 25 attendees, meaning that there is plenty of time to meet needs, learn at depth and make lasting friends.

Plan ahead financially if you want to attend. These gatherings are residential, in lovely settings and have internationally well-known and respected leaders. Overall, the gatherings are not only empowering, but life-changing and affirming of your trait. Do come if you can. Every effort is made to keep costs of the Gathering as low as possible.  However, for what it is and the fact that the fee includes accommodation, food and the wisdom and support of such HSPs as Dr Elaine Aron and Jacquelyn Strickland means that value for money is not in question. Do consider coming along, I am not sure how many more of these opportunities there will be.  Here is a link to the registration form with costs in dollars REGISTRATION.

Based on November 2017 currency rates, here is a rough guide to costs for the whole event.  Prices include food, the gathering content, use of Gaunts House facilities (swimming pool etc) and accommodation where relevant.  Bathrooms are separate but nearby to the room, unless marked ‘ensuite’:

Shared twin or triple room £604

Single room £664

Single room, ensuite £704

Shared twin or triple, ensuite £654

Commuter, no overnight accommodation required £474

Camper £490

Gaunts is in a beautiful setting, so a lot to enjoy both indoors and out, including outdoor swimming pool, acres and acres of grounds.  They also grow a lot of their own food, so there is a lovely selection of fresh meals  :).  Last time we were there, attendees could book massages etc, so worth enquiring at Gaunts House if you would like that.

If you have a private question, please message me through this site or to [masked] or email Jacquelyn HERE.

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HSP Parlour 😊 - online - 1st Monday Monthly
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:30

Welcome to our HSP Parlour, a monthly online meeting of Highly Sensitive people. Bring a warm drink, cake and a smile and join Barbara for an hour by video link exploring aspects of HSP living. Ponder questions, find out some facts, discuss what it means to be highly sensitive and get to know others at various places along the path towards thriving and enjoying the sensitive life. A friendly, facilitated, gentle and informative atmosphere will be created so that it's easy to be present. Join in discussions if you like, or just listen and ponder, it's up to you.

Each month, the meeting will begin with some information around High Sensitivity, followed by discussion, questions and conversation. Topics open for exploration through the year might include:

Facts about Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Acting and reacting
Boundaries
The difference between avoidance and protection
Friends, family and partners
Challenges and joys of work
Healing past wounds
Sensitivity as an asset
Self worth and confidence
Anxiety, stress, relaxation
Creativity, balance and process
Nutrition, sleep and environment
Everyday spirituality or connectedness

If you would like to attend online, simply RSVP here. Nearer the time you will receive access information for the video meeting by email via this meetup site (make sure email messages are switched on in your profile). You can prepare ahead of time by creating a free account at Zoom (https://www.zoom.us/?zcid=1378&gclid=CjwKEAjwh_bLBRDehaSMyJSCj1gSJAB-GWBDdfuj-5wbzhvjcSCeGlboziwiO6EKI2NA8In8638LcBoCxi3w_wcB). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. If you have any questions, email Barbara through this site.

See you in the Parlour 😊

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HSP Parlour 😊 - online - 1st Monday Monthly
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:30

Welcome to our HSP Parlour, a monthly online meeting of Highly Sensitive people. Bring a warm drink, cake and a smile and join Barbara for an hour by video link exploring aspects of HSP living. Ponder questions, find out some facts, discuss what it means to be highly sensitive and get to know others at various places along the path towards thriving and enjoying the sensitive life. A friendly, facilitated, gentle and informative atmosphere will be created so that it's easy to be present. Join in discussions if you like, or just listen and ponder, it's up to you.

Each month, the meeting will begin with some information around High Sensitivity, followed by discussion, questions and conversation. Topics open for exploration through the year might include:

Facts about Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Acting and reacting
Boundaries
The difference between avoidance and protection
Friends, family and partners
Challenges and joys of work
Healing past wounds
Sensitivity as an asset
Self worth and confidence
Anxiety, stress, relaxation
Creativity, balance and process
Nutrition, sleep and environment
Everyday spirituality or connectedness

If you would like to attend online, simply RSVP here. Nearer the time you will receive access information for the video meeting by email via this meetup site (make sure email messages are switched on in your profile). You can prepare ahead of time by creating a free account at Zoom (https://www.zoom.us/?zcid=1378&gclid=CjwKEAjwh_bLBRDehaSMyJSCj1gSJAB-GWBDdfuj-5wbzhvjcSCeGlboziwiO6EKI2NA8In8638LcBoCxi3w_wcB). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. If you have any questions, email Barbara through this site.

See you in the Parlour 😊

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HSP Parlour 😊 - online - 1st Monday Monthly
Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:30

Welcome to our HSP Parlour, a monthly online meeting of Highly Sensitive people. Bring a warm drink, cake and a smile and join Barbara for an hour by video link exploring aspects of HSP living. Ponder questions, find out some facts, discuss what it means to be highly sensitive and get to know others at various places along the path towards thriving and enjoying the sensitive life. A friendly, facilitated, gentle and informative atmosphere will be created so that it's easy to be present. Join in discussions if you like, or just listen and ponder, it's up to you.

Each month, the meeting will begin with some information around High Sensitivity, followed by discussion, questions and conversation. Topics open for exploration through the year might include:

Facts about Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Acting and reacting
Boundaries
The difference between avoidance and protection
Friends, family and partners
Challenges and joys of work
Healing past wounds
Sensitivity as an asset
Self worth and confidence
Anxiety, stress, relaxation
Creativity, balance and process
Nutrition, sleep and environment
Everyday spirituality or connectedness

If you would like to attend online, simply RSVP here. Nearer the time you will receive access information for the video meeting by email via this meetup site (make sure email messages are switched on in your profile). You can prepare ahead of time by creating a free account at Zoom (https://www.zoom.us/?zcid=1378&gclid=CjwKEAjwh_bLBRDehaSMyJSCj1gSJAB-GWBDdfuj-5wbzhvjcSCeGlboziwiO6EKI2NA8In8638LcBoCxi3w_wcB). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. If you have any questions, email Barbara through this site.

See you in the Parlour 😊

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