Regular NCHS group walks for HSPs

Hello fellow HSPs 🙂

I am delighted to announce that the NCHS is now offering more regular group walks. HSP Caroline has done a sterling job facilitating these, so I have asked her to make it a regular monthly thing. The locations will vary and go further afield at times, but will still have that HSP-friendly energy that HSPs have loved. You will be able to see the walks on our Meetup calendar for events in Hampshire.

If anyone in other counties in the UK would like to run one of these for us, do contact me and I will see what we can do to support another regular walk opportunity.

barbara_allen-wPlease note that you will need to RSVP and pay in advance from now on our Meetup site (£3.50 currently). We have previously had a little difficulty collecting the small sum of cash on the day – some have forgotten to pay or come without cash on them. We really do depend on the contributions to help keep events running. If you cannot pay by PayPal, let me know and I will give you the online banking details. Alternatively, send a cheque and I will RSVP you from this end once a I receive it (payable to ‘Growing Unlimited’, Annadell House, Clatford Lodge, Andover, SP11 7DH).

Enjoy your walks, I hope to join you from time to time 🙂

Best wishes,

Barbara

Article written by Barbara Allen-Williams (e-mail: barbara@hspsensitive.com)
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International HSP Gathering Retreat in the U.K in 2018

Hello All,

Just a heads up that there will be an International HSP Gathering Retreat in the U.K. (most likely in June 2018). These gatherings were co-created by Jacquelyn Strickland (http://www.lifeworkshelp.com/hspgathering.htm­) and Dr Elaine Aron (http://www.hsperson.com) for the benefit of HSPs. I have co-hosted a number of them in USA 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. I have made a (very) rough calculation that it may cost in the region of £800 per person in total – it is a real commitment, I know, for most HSPs. 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.

barbara_allen-wMore details of the Gathering and venue will go up on our Meetup calendar as soon as I have them, but feel free to ask any questions in the meantime in the comments section below 🙂. NB: Replies to this will be seen by all – if you have a private question, please message me at barbara@hspsensitive.com or email Jacquelyn through her website.

Warmly,

Barbara

Article written by Barbara Allen-Williams (e-mail: barbara@hspsensitive.com)

Then, Now and the Future of NCHS

Hello to everyone, HSPs, HSP Professionals, HSP supporters, young and blossoming HSCs :).  Another year has flown by since the inception of this fledgling group here in the UK in 2010.  So much to do and so many ideas about how these things can become real and permanent.  One thing I do know, is how heart warming it is to see more and more highly sensitive people out there, doing their bit to increase awareness, discovering more about our trait and above all, truly valuing and enjoying what our trait is all about.  Our Meetups continue to be available to HSPs wishing to engage in person or online for a small annual subscription but as ever, we would love to increase the availability of these events to others in the UK by training and supporting volunteer NCHS Meetup facilitators in other parts of the UK.

My sincere thanks go out to those who have stepped forward to volunteer their time and energy to do a variety of supportive work around promoting awareness and supporting other HSPs to find themselves, in particular volunteers, Cindy, Helen, Shyron, Chris, Glenna, Luchi, Astrid, Tony, Alan, Caroline and anyone else who has helped in the background.  I am also so grateful to Ildiko for her continued support (from abroad during her sabbatical), maintaining a list of HSP Professionals who have attended our NCHS training days, writing and editing our Newsletter.  There are so many things I could never have pushed forward without Ildiko’s help, belief and encouragement.

New things that we have put in place this year include the ’Numinous’ days – set up to provide a place of engagement and support for those HSPs who have roles in supporting other HSPs, whether at work or at home.  This has been a pleasure to facilitate and I am grateful to all of them for what they do ‘out there’, often in isolation.  We have also launched a monthly ‘HSP Parlour Online’, where HSPs from any part of the UK or in fact the world, can join each other for a virtual tea and chat about HSP topics together.  This has been great fun and enlightening as people share their questions, answers and ideas around things that are of interest to highly sensitive people in a relaxed setting.  We have covered many topics, but the abiding thing that we have all got from this event is the feeling of solidarity, integrity and humour that lifts the spirits when one is engaged with others with that HSP energy.

It has also been a different kind of year for the National Centre for High Sensitivity.  Whilst so much is happening, and needs to happen in the world in respect to more awareness and acknowledgement of high sensitivity, it has also been somewhat challenging here at NCHS home due to continuing illness, changing domestic responsibilities and shortage once again of on-site admin support.  Hopefully this will improve in 2017, all things in their own good time I’m sure :).

Further meetups, events and opportunities will be added to our Meetup.com sites here in the UK soon, and you will see all of them together on the Events page at www.hspsensitive.com.

  •  We have plans to increase the number of ‘Walk and Talk’ opportunities that we offer.  Some of you have taken advantage of these already and from feedback provided, we know it is helpful and that more of you would like to use it.  Do contact myself, Alan or Caroline if you would like to do a ‘Walk and Talk’, we will assess your need, explain what it entails and there is a fee, but it’s well worth it.  We would also welcome you to apply, if you would like to offer this service to other HSPs (assessment, training and support provided to volunteers) – just contact me at the NCHS.
  • We are thinking about some short residential events, where you will gain information, awareness and support, and others where you will simply be encouraged to relax and spend time in HSP-friendly pursuits or rest and recovery.  One or two of these events may need practitioners there to offer various support or relaxation activities.  [If you would like to attend and also offer something useful to others (something short or small is fine), a discount will be available for the event.  Please talk to me about it.]
  • I am planning on doing more talks for organisations, schools and interest groups this year, so if you know any organisations that would benefit from understanding more about highly sensitive people, do put them in touch.  They will be asked to give a donation to support NCHS work, but there is no specific fee.  Please bear in mind that if the venue is far away from Andover, my travel/accommodation costs will need to be taken into consideration :).
  • I really want to do an event for Parents of highly sensitive children this year.  Ideally a whole day.  I haven’t decided yet, if it will be just for the parents, or whether there will be an opportunity for HSCs to attend and do other activities while the parents are learning about high sensitivity.  Anyone who would like to help, let me know.  Please make sure you are willing to commit, once the event is scheduled it has to go ahead :).
  • As mentioned above, we have plans to increase the number of counties within which we offer HSP Meetups.  Do help us identify where there are: enough interested HSPs to attend a Meetup;  a suitable venue; someone local who would be happy to liaise or even attend training to get a Meetup started and running regularly.

barbara_allen-wDo let us know if you have any ideas of something the NCHS could be doing and if you would like to volunteer some support or funding.  I hope you will enjoy what is on offer next year and I look forward to seeing those of you who will attend our future events :).

Article written by Barbara Allen-Williams (e-mail: hspsensitive@hotmail.com)

What is happening at the NCHS

It’s been a year of challenges and achievements in the face of struggles here at the National Centre for High Sensitivity (NCHS). The topic of high sensitivity is becoming more talked about, especially when we take information into schools and there is such a lot to do ‘out there’. Health issues, both of myself and a close friend have made it necessary for me to step back somewhat for a few months and this has been very frustrating, knowing what needs to be done and having to rest nevertheless.

Fortunately for me, Ildiko (Newsletter Editor and much more!) has kept her finger on the pulse and filled in some of the gaps on my behalf (thank you so much Ildiko). She has also been a great support to me and kept me motivated throughout some tough times.

The National Centre for High Sensitivity has been very lucky in that some of the people who have attended Workshops and other events in the last couple of years have been inspired to begin working on projects aimed at children, parents and young people. It may be a while before we see the fruits of this, but its good for you to know there is some work going on around this.

In the meantime, it has become clearer that Mentoring for HSPs is a vital service and we are happy to offer that and to continue to support others to do so. We offer Professional Training to anyone wishing to learn more about how to adapt their support work with sensitive individuals. Mentoring is different from counseling because it involves sharing ideas, skills and support in a way that gives more freedom in terms of time and the type of help that can be offered. It is not ‘therapy’ but often feels ‘therapeutic’.

Some of the HSPs who attend our Meetups and Events have a lot of experience in finding ways forward, meeting challenges, living authentically and healthily in a world where we are often put under pressure to live differently than is natural to us. One of our popular types of Mentoring is the ‘Walk and Talk’ mentoring that takes place on a peaceful walk. We need more Mentors, Counsellors and ‘Walk and Talk’ practitioners in our directory so that we can put people in touch with other supportive HSPs in their locality. HSPs pay for these services and if you are suitable, self-aware, reliable and would like to train with us, do let us know.

My next task is to re-start the NCHS calendar and begin adding things into the diary again. I receive numerous requests from HSPs for various events in their locality, but often find that we don’t have enough people to be able to create an event for them – an example of this is Manchester where we would love to provide a Meetup, a Workshop and a training event, but where we don’t have enough people to be able to cover our costs for a venue and travel as yet. That being said, we are still looking at ways to spread the support and facilities we offer at the NCHS as wide as possible – my dream is to have a regular monthly HSP Meetup happening in every county in the UK – maybe this will happen one day.Barbara_Allen-W

In the meantime, I keep putting one foot in front of the other and am so grateful to be meeting lovely HSPs from all walks of life as I go about this important work. I am looking forward to another year pushing this project forward and will update you when we have any further news of interest .

Article written by Barbara Allen-Williams (e-mail: hspsensitive@hotmail.com)