September 25-29. Whidbey Island, WA. HSP Gathering Retreat with Jacquelyn Strickland. Started in 2001, these are a unique opportunity to gather with other HSPs to discover, explore, and celebrate your HS trait. You will leave with greater scientific understanding of it, new tools for empowerment, and a deep sense of being seen, heard, and validated as an HSP These Gathering Retreats may not be available forever, and I highly, highly recommend them to all HSPs. Many have said attending was a life changer. I will be present through live video. Learn more and register here.
Sept 29 – Oct 2: Menla Retreat Center, Upstate NY. Highly Sensitive Therapist Retreat. An educational and restorative experience to learn more about yourself as an HSP, discover tools to support your clients and join in a supportive community. (Menla is on 325 acres of tranquil mountain forests and streams in the Catskills.) Hosted by April Snow, AMFT. Alane Freund will be the main speaker, on “The Science and Self-Care of High Sensitivity.” 10 CEUs available. For more information and to register visit here.
October 19: Ghent, Belgium. Dag van het Gevoel/ Day of the Feeling. This is the third edition of this congress for and about HSPs, taking place in Artevelde Hogeschool in Ghent, Belgium. The two themes of the day will be “high sensitivity at work” and “high sensitivity in children and young people,” with two panel discussions with professionals in the field. I will be there via video-conference, answering questions from the audience, and later that afternoon I will talk to professional caregivers in a special session. During the day, in between sessions, you can visit the exhibition stands of the sponsors and partners, meet up with other HSPs, and celebrate high sensitivity. It will be an inspirational, hopeful, and positive day. For more information and to register here.
October 26: Q Center, St. Charles, IL. Best Practices for Parents of Highly Sensitive Children/Teens. Candy Crawford MSW, LCSW (with whom I have taught before on this topic); Mary Beth Nickolaou, BA, MA, School Intervention Specialist; and myself by video conference. The course will review the research that supports the reality of the trait, identify your needs as parents of highly sensitive children and teens, teach you some practical interventions for everyday challenges, and offer unique community with other parents. Please spread the word beyond the HSP community, as it is always difficult reaching parents who are not highly sensitive but are raising HSCs. For more information and to register visit here.
November 3-8: Santa Cruz, CA, 1440 Multiversity, HSP Self Care Immersion: A Deeper Exploration of your Hidden Advantage. Myself and Alane Freund. Topics to include: Families and Relationships, including; HSPs at Work and as Entrepreneurs; Parenting–and Re-parenting Yourself; Anxiety and Spirituality (I will spend most of a day on this); Boundaries; Communication; Radical Self Care. Also classes specifically for family members who are not sensitive. Partners of HSPs and teenagers with parents are very welcome. To register visit here.
January 18-19, Centrum de Linde, Bilthoven (near Utrecht), Netherlands. Empowerment and Self Care for the Highly Sensitive Person. With Annet de Zwart and Tom Falkenstein, both of whom I trained a bit in 2018. Annet is a coach with years of experience with HSPs, and remember, Tom is the author of the new book on highly sensitive men, so this is a great time to meet him in person. The first day they will explore “the challenges and joys” of being an HSP. “In an intimate small-group setting, participants will learn about overstimulation and dealing with the strong feelings that accompany it.” The second day focuses on empowerment and self-care. Goal? Provide you with concrete tools and techniques to better deal with the challenges” and “provide a safe space for sharing.” To register contact Annet de Zwart: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Falkenstein: email@example.com. Space is very limited so contact them soon.
March 13-15, 2020: 1440 University near Santa Cruz, CA. The First Highly Sensitive Men’s Conference. For highly sensitive men only. (Except I will speak Saturday afternoon.) Organized by Tracy Cooper, Ted Zeff, and John Hughes–all three were in Sensitive: The Untold Story. Short but important talks, plenty of time for small groups so that you can meet other HSMs. Please, please get the word out. EVERY HSM needs to know about it. It may be too early to register at 1440 for that program, but if you want to volunteer to help spread the word or just let us know you are definitely coming so that we can announce the growing numbers, email Tracy Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org