Events

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

Nurturing the Numinous - Mentoring and Support Day
Sat, 11 May 2019 09:00

This is a support day for those who are, or are well on the way to being, HSP role-models and who already have responsibilities or an interest in the development of highly sensitive people. If you have known about the trait of high sensitivity for some time, have read about it and are on a conscious path to authentic HSP living, then this day is about you. It is about support for you as an individual, through group discussion and experience.

Topics that will likely surface over the series of day-events will include:

• What it means to be a role-model, ethics of learning while leading at the same time.

• The relationship between self-care and your work. Maintaining compassion for self in a non-HSP dominated world.

• Balancing earning in vocational work with the messages we receive about success.

• Examining your support network of like-minded colleagues, friends or family.

• The role of empowered HSPs in society.

• Other topics that may arise from your pre-event comments or as the day goes on.

There will be two or three of these events each year to join if you wish, so that you can progress your development as a role-model, hopefully with known others who are with you on the same path.

I look forward to spending a whole day with you, exploring what matters to you, supporting your dreams and intentions and above all, enjoying that special energy that surrounds us in a room full of sensitive people :)

Please bring a packed lunch :)

NB: Please do not attend if you want to receive a stack of documents, a certificate, or are thinking of this as a substitute for academic training. Whilst there is a lot to learn here, this day is about you. You need to attend with your personal head in the foreground and professional head in the background, even though the day will likely have a very positive effect on your professional path. You will find out why this is important by the end of the day.

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Online HSP Meetup 😊
Thu, 16 May 2019 18:00

Welcome to our Online HSP Meetup, a bi-monthly online meeting of Highly Sensitive people. Join Ildiko for an open conversation via 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.

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://zoom.us/download). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. You can get directions about how to join a Zoom online meeting at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting . If you have any questions, email Ildiko through this site.

See you in our HSP Meetup 😊

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Online HSP Meetup 😊
Thu, 16 May 2019 18:00

This Meetup has moved to our other Meetup group for Highly Sensitive People. You can sign up for it at: https://www.meetup.com/Growing-Unlimited-Hampshire-HSPs/events/259534965/?isFirstPublish=true

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HSP Meetup MAY -£5 on the day
Thu, 23 May 2019 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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Updated Training CPD for Professionals working with highly sensitive clients
Sat, 25 May 2019 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, the facts and science around Sensory Processing Sensitivity and how you can be more effective and supportive with this specific group. Following Barbara's recent advanced training with Dr Elaine Aron last year, this training is updated with summaries of recent research that is influencing our understanding of this trait. If you have attended the professionals training before and would like to update with some extra information, do come along for the reduced fee.

The training workshop is quality-checked by the National Counselling Society. Suitable for therapists, coaches, teachers, social workers and health/mental health workers.

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 adults and children, 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 presenting for support. 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.

A certificate of CPD attendance will be provided after the training.

Barbara Allen is the founder of Growing Unlimited Therapeutic Consultancy (2002) and Director of the National Centre for High Sensitivity CIC (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 at therapists, parents, coaches, 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.

• What to bring
Bring your packed lunch and a notepad and pen, although you will be provided with comprehensive handouts. We will provide drinks and snacks in the morning and afternoon break, but if you have special dietary requirements please tell us in plenty of time or bring something with you.

• Important to know
We have some parking available, but you can also park in the local Garden Centre and either walk or car-share down to the venue. The workshop space will be available from 9.15am onwards, come in and make yourself a drink. We are 1.5 miles from Andover train station, one hour by train from London. There are taxis at the station (approx £6 each way).
[NB: A limited amount of overnight accommodation, room, use of bathroom and kitchen, available on site in this pleasant venue, please ask (£20 per person per night)]. Please note there are animals on site. There are also B&Bs locally and in surrounding villages.]

Payments can be made on our booking system by Paypal or you can pay direct to Paypal at [masked], or ask Barbara for online banking details.

Fee for the day: £70
Professionals who have attended before and wish to update: £30
Concessions in some circumstances, please enquire

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Workplace know-how for HSPs - Info, support, networking and ideas day
Sun, 26 May 2019 09:00

This four hour workshop is an opportunity to look at your work and how you go about it, discuss common challenges and dilemmas, your goals and needs at work, whilst also meeting others who may prove to be all-important HSP friends and colleagues of the future. Our time will consist of information and discussion with the aim of increasing your sense of choice, providing meaningful HSP insight and support on the day, a chance to discuss or test ideas and sign-posting to resources from within the group and in the larger HSP support network out there.

We will discuss your own self-care at work, how you place yourself within your workplace, factors in choosing a career and work environment, positive ways to manage HSPs, the unique gifts that HSPs bring to the workplace, different ways of working, learning and training, subtle ways in which you or your employer may influence the development and wellbeing of HSPs and influencing the workplace in the bigger picture. The possibility of creating a regular, facilitated support day two or three times a year will be discussed as well as shorter support options online.

NB: The venue will remain open until 5pm if anyone wishes to continue discussions or network after 2pm.

Suitable for any professional person at any level and for those who have as yet not quite found the right fit either in terms of career or work environment or have ideas they want to test around future projects or employment matters.

Barbara Allen: Barbara is the Founder of the National Centre for High Sensitivity CIC (since 2010). She is a retired therapist, supervisor and group worker and currently works as an HSP Mentor, trainer and spokesperson on matters related to high sensitivity as described by Dr Elaine Aron. Barbara has attended advanced training with Dr Aron and is listed on Dr Aron's website page of HSP consultants at www.hsperson.com.

NB: Bring a packed lunch - drinks and snacks provided for grazing.

There is some parking at the venue, you may also find it helpful to park at the local Garden Centre and car-share or walk down to the venue. There are taxis at Andover railway station (1.5 miles), the taxi fare averages at £6 each way. Andover is 1 hour from London Waterloo by train. There is some limited informal accommodation at the venue: bedroom, use of bathroom and kitchen in pleasant surroundings at £20 per person per night, please enquire. There are also a number of B&Bs in local villages that can be found online, as well as on Airbnb. NB: there are animals on the premises.

There are no fee concessions for this event.

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Pay your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE here 🌻 2018 🌻 REMINDER
Sun, 09 Jun 2019 18:00

We have merged our Meetup Groups for highly sensitive people to a single Meetup Group at: https://www.meetup.com/Growing-Unlimited-Hampshire-HSPs/

If you have paid to be a member of this meetup we will transfer your membership payment to that HSP meetup group now at: https://www.meetup.com/Growing-Unlimited-Hampshire-HSPs/events/kddftlyzjbnb/ )

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PAY your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE here 😊 - 🌻June 2019 🌻
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 18:00

Hello everyone 😊. Thank you so much for your support this last year.

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 2019. 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 2019, please remove yourself from the membership list by 10th June. Don't worry, you can re-join any time :)

**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.

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.

IMPORTANT: The cut off date for payment for current members is 10th of June 2019. After that, the next payment will be in June 2020. 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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Online Meetup for HSP Support Professionals
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:00

Details
Welcome :). If you are a highly sensitive person and a therapist, psychologist, or professional in a related support field and would like information on Sensory Processing Sensitivity and to meet professionals like yourself, join this gently facilitated Meetup supported by the National Centre for High Sensitivity. Those in training or working as volunteers are also welcome if you have experience or self-awareness that will enable you to be a full participant. If you are a client of a group member, please check with them if it's appropriate for you to join them here. You can evaluate whether you are highly sensitive by taking the self-test on Dr Elaine Aron's website at hsperson.com and you will find it helpful to read her book 'The Highly Sensitive Person' before attending so that you can make the most of the opportunity for discussion with your peers.

Ildiko will facilitate exploration of topics related to this trait and professional aspects relevant to your practice and sensitivity, as a person and therapist. This is an information sharing and peer support group rather than a therapy, training or peer supervision group, however, you may find the discussions have poignant moments. You are welcome to join in discussions, or just to listen in if you prefer.

Over time, we are hoping that you will be able to form closer relationships with some of your Highly Sensitive peers through these meetups and would be able to expand your referal network for your clients. You would be also welcome to initiate forming peer support or supervision groups with your fellow HSP professionals.

If you have any questions about this Meetup, please contact Ildiko by email through this site. This Meetup is sponsored by Growing Unlimited on behalf of the National Centre for High Sensitivity (NCHS) and participants of this Meetup would get 10% off the Professional Training about Sensory Processing Sensitivity organised by the NCHS. (Valid for a year after this Meetup for any of the professional trainings organised in the UK by the NCHS). If you have any enquiries about other events and training for professionals, please call Barbara Allen on[masked] or message her through this site.

Places are limited for this meeting so please RSVP early. In the meantime, if you have not already, please do read Dr Elaine Aron's book 'The Highly Sensitive Person'.

If you would like to attend online, simply RSVP and pay here via Paypal. 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://zoom.us/download). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. Please also make sure that your webcam and microphone is working sufficiently. You can get directions about how to join a Zoom online meeting at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting . If you have any questions, email Ildiko through this site.

See you online in our HSP Meetup for Support Professionals 😊

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Online Meetup for HSP Support Professionals
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:00

This Meetup has moved to our other Meetup group for Highly Sensitive People. You can sign up for it at: https://www.meetup.com/Growing-Unlimited-Hampshire-HSPs/events/259535248/?isFirstPublish=true

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Pay your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT 🌻 June 2017 to June 2018 🌻 "
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 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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Art for HSPs, led by HSP Bridget Woodward
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:00

I’m delighted to announce a new HSP-friendly art workshop presented by long-time Meetup member HSP Bridget Woodward. Here is her description: “In this workshop, we will practise some simple art journaling techniques using watercolour, drawing and collage. We will experience gentle movement, creative exercises, mindfulness and guided visualisation and then move into using art as a means of self-discovery. This workshop is about exploring the creative, intuitive parts of ourselves, celebrating our awareness of subtleties and diving into a visual world. As HSPs we can tend to get stuck on over-thinking and art offers us a chance to communicate in a more natural and organic way. We will be curious about the process and be open to making wonderfully imperfect art.

The event will be suitable for all, there will be a focus on creating a warm and welcoming environment with time for reflection, sharing of experiences and of course, tea and cake.

All materials are provided. Please wear old clothes or bring an apron.”

"In the creative process, as in falling in love, we contact our sweetness, longing and powerful intention, and profound thoughtfulness" Joseph
Zinker.

Bridget is kindly donating part of her fee to the National
Centre for High Sensitivity, CIC. Thank you so much Bridget :)

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‘HSP Insight Retreat’ Weekend - come and join us! UK & International
Sat, 29 Jun 2019 09:00

A supportive, empowering weekend for highly sensitive people wishing to explore the challenges and joys of the highly sensitive trait, led by Barbara Allen (UK) and Annet de Zwart (NL).

Both Barbara and Annet have worked nationally and internationally as HSP facilitators and received advanced training from Dr Elaine Aron. They have many years of training and experience in supporting individuals and groups to discover the magic in being born sensitive. Come along to enjoy both the company of other highly sensitive people and to learn more about your Self in a supportive, positive and enriching environment :)

DAY ONE - Over-stimulation - Understanding and meeting the challenge of over-stimulation and the effects on our sensitive system - how can we work with this in an authentic, effective and positive way?

Evening optional: return for a small campfire and HSP chit-chat 7-9pm
(Weather permitting, guitars or singing allowed 😊).

DAY TWO - Empowerment - looking at the strengths of HSPs and how we can grow, reframe and maintain our sensitivity as a positive force for ourselves and others :)

Both days will include a few minutes relaxation, meditation or gentle yoga to help us start our day at peace.

Who is this Retreat suitable for? In order to make the most of this Retreat, you will need to be an HSP who is in a good enough place to contribute to the group as a whole, either by sharing the process and your reflections on the topics we are covering, or by your quiet attention, support and solidarity if that is your style. You don’t need to know a lot about high sensitivity, but it will help you if you have read Dr Elaine Aron’s book ‘The Highly Sensitive Person’ and taken the self-test at www.hsperson.com.

This is not a place to be if you are in crisis, however, it will be a good place for you to be if you want to do some work that feels positive, warm, informative, has therapeutic moments and promotes personal growth and acceptance in the area of high sensitivity.

RETREAT FEE
£175 for the weekend workshops (two concessionary places of £125 offered, please ask) and light lunch of soup or salad, coffee/tea/snacks. Please inform us early if you have any special dietary requirements, feel free to also bring your own snacks.

We have compiled a list of information that may be useful for anyone travelling to this retreat by car, train or by air, staying or camping in the area and so on. Let us know if you would like us to email the list to you or if you have any questions that we can help with.

The venue consists of a dedicated workspace for sensitive people and surrounding landscaped garden. There are two small dogs, a cat, ducks, geese and hens on the premises.

If anyone would like to volunteer to be a helping hand on either of the days, let myself or HSP Claire B know - thank you in advance :)

Barbara and Annet’s bios and further details about the Retreat to follow...

Venue postcode: SP11 7DH. Nearest railway station ‘Andover’ is 1.5 miles from Annadell House (approx 1 hour from London Waterloo, 2 hours from Bristol, 2 hours from Bournemouth). Local taxis from outside Andover station to the venue cost approx £6/6.50 each way.

Nearest airports: Southampton, London Heathrow. Train service from Southampton airport is excellent, one change. You can get a National Express coach from terminals at London Heathrow to Andover town centre (taxi from there).

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Online HSP Meetup 😊
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 18:00

This Meetup has moved to our other Meetup group for Highly Sensitive People. You can sign up for it at: https://www.meetup.com/Growing-Unlimited-Hampshire-HSPs/events/259535407/?isFirstPublish=true

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Online HSP Meetup 😊
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 18:00

Welcome to our Online HSP Meetup, a bi-monthly online meeting of Highly Sensitive people. Join Ildiko for an open conversation via 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.

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://zoom.us/download). Remember, we have no control over your internet connection, so do make sure it's up and working properly before we start. You can get directions about how to join a Zoom online meeting at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting . If you have any questions, email Barbara through this site.

See you in our HSP Meetup 😊

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Loss and Renewal session
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 18:00

There are times when many of us feel a sense of disconnect or a feeling that there is something ‘missing’, especially when the world feels very turbulent and chaotic. As highly sensitive people we have a deep sense of awareness around change and we feel personal and global losses more deeply. We may long for a simple life, where community and connection are valued and where we can experience ourselves as whole and complete, without the need to strive for more status, more money or more success.

Psychotherapist, Francis Weller explains that we live in a ‘flatline’ society where we don’t acknowledge our whole range of emotions. We tend to want to pursue happiness and positivity and if we feel any sense of loss or grief we hide these feelings for fear of being perceived as negative. These hidden feelings don’t simply disappear, ‘When our grief cannot be spoken, it falls into the shadow and re-arises in us as symptoms’. We can become exhausted or ill. We also mistakenly think that if we are feeling a sense of loss or sadness that we should hide away and wait till we feel better before facing the world. Weller states that in fact grief and loss needs to be processed within a community and that it is in sharing with others that we can move through painful feelings.

There are many levels of grief and loss; from the changes in season, the loss of a friendship, job or pet, the death of a loved one or the suffering across the world. This workshop gives us the opportunity to share our worries and to offer support to others. We find that through sharing our stories, we gain a sense of shared identity and that through acknowledging our pain we give ourselves the freedom to fully experience our joy. We can experience a more vivid and conscious life by being with our perceived negative feelings. Creativity and simple rituals are a key part of each session. Routines and structures keep us grounded and creativity offers us an alternative way to share in our full range of feelings.

How does it work?

- Each session will follow a format eg. a grounding/ connecting activity to begin, followed by sharing of losses and a simple ritual. One person speaks at a time. Followed by a gentle creative activity such as painting or movement which is optional
- Each person needs to be in safe place and able to contribute to the group eg. they have engaged in personal development of some kind whether through therapy, a spiritual path, coaching or other methods. The group is not a therapy group but there will be therapeutic elements. Everyone is responsible for their own wellbeing
- Everyone is welcome to these sessions whether you wish to take part in an active way or perhaps observe quietly. You may wish to share small losses or more significant ones, each person can take part in their own way
- Attention will be paid to keeping the group safe and creating a nurturing experience

Please email Bridget through Meetup if you have any questions or would like to know more.

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Art for HSPs, led by HSP Bridget Woodward
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:00

I’m delighted to announce a new HSP-friendly art workshop presented by long-time Meetup member HSP Bridget Woodward. Here is her description: “In this workshop, we will practise some simple art journaling techniques using watercolour, drawing and collage. We will experience gentle movement, creative exercises, mindfulness and guided visualisation and then move into using art as a means of self-discovery. This workshop is about exploring the creative, intuitive parts of ourselves, celebrating our awareness of subtleties and diving into a visual world. As HSPs we can tend to get stuck on over-thinking and art offers us a chance to communicate in a more natural and organic way. We will be curious about the process and be open to making wonderfully imperfect art.

The event will be suitable for all, there will be a focus on creating a warm and welcoming environment with time for reflection, sharing of experiences and of course, tea and cake.

All materials are provided. Please wear old clothes or bring an apron.”

"In the creative process, as in falling in love, we contact our sweetness, longing and powerful intention, and profound thoughtfulness" Joseph
Zinker.

Bridget is kindly donating part of her fee to the National
Centre for High Sensitivity, CIC. Thank you so much Bridget :)

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HSP Meetup LEEDS - NOVEMBER - £10
Sat, 09 Nov 2019 10:30

(Please note there will be a date assigned to this meet-up once we have a minimum of ten attendees.)
Welcome to our HSP meetup in Leeds. We look forward to welcoming new 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.

£10 per person. Please RSVP so I know how much cake will be needed :)

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Loss and Renewal session
Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:00

There are times when many of us feel a sense of disconnect or a feeling that there is something ‘missing’, especially when the world feels very turbulent and chaotic. As highly sensitive people we have a deep sense of awareness around change and we feel personal and global losses more deeply. We may long for a simple life, where community and connection are valued and where we can experience ourselves as whole and complete, without the need to strive for more status, more money or more success.

Psychotherapist, Francis Weller explains that we live in a ‘flatline’ society where we don’t acknowledge our whole range of emotions. We tend to want to pursue happiness and positivity and if we feel any sense of loss or grief we hide these feelings for fear of being perceived as negative. These hidden feelings don’t simply disappear, ‘When our grief cannot be spoken, it falls into the shadow and re-arises in us as symptoms’. We can become exhausted or ill. We also mistakenly think that if we are feeling a sense of loss or sadness that we should hide away and wait till we feel better before facing the world. Weller states that in fact grief and loss needs to be processed within a community and that it is in sharing with others that we can move through painful feelings.

There are many levels of grief and loss; from the changes in season, the loss of a friendship, job or pet, the death of a loved one or the suffering across the world. This workshop gives us the opportunity to share our worries and to offer support to others. We find that through sharing our stories, we gain a sense of shared identity and that through acknowledging our pain we give ourselves the freedom to fully experience our joy. We can experience a more vivid and conscious life by being with our perceived negative feelings. Creativity and simple rituals are a key part of each session. Routines and structures keep us grounded and creativity offers us an alternative way to share in our full range of feelings.

How does it work?

- Each session will follow a format eg. a grounding/ connecting activity to begin, followed by sharing of losses and a simple ritual. One person speaks at a time. Followed by a gentle creative activity such as painting or movement which is optional
- Each person needs to be in safe place and able to contribute to the group eg. they have engaged in personal development of some kind whether through therapy, a spiritual path, coaching or other methods. The group is not a therapy group but there will be therapeutic elements. Everyone is responsible for their own wellbeing
- Everyone is welcome to these sessions whether you wish to take part in an active way or perhaps observe quietly. You may wish to share small losses or more significant ones, each person can take part in their own way
- Attention will be paid to keeping the group safe and creating a nurturing experience

Please email Bridget through Meetup if you have any questions or would like to know more.

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National HSP Conference Spring 2020
Sat, 04 Apr 2020 08:00

This is an initial announcement of our exciting two day National Conference on high sensitivity (SPS) here in the UK, (hopefully spring 2020 if all goes well - please note the date indicated on Meet-up.com here is a guesstimate at this stage). It feels the right time for the National Centre for High Sensitivity to bring together a multitude of people in one place and one time in the UK, to bring awareness of SPS well and truly out from the background and into the foreground. Ideally it will be two days and will include speakers from the scientific and research community, the fields of education, health and well-being, workplace psychology and also speakers on the topic of parenting highly sensitive children. I would also like to have some creative people there who work within the arts to explore how we can bring more awareness about sensitivity through the arts, whether that is painting, film/TV, music or writing. I’m envisioning lectures, talks, a hub to explore current and future projects, discussion and training groups on various topics related to support, research, plus opportunities for HSPs or parents of HSPs to talk about empowerment and education of the sensitive population. Please RSVP to show interest, signing up to attend the conference will be via a different website. Please feel free also to comment here or email me with any ideas :)

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