The 38th HSP Gathering Retreat Registration Form - September 14-18, 2023 ~~ NOTE: THIS RETEAT IS NOW SOLD OUT !! ~

Light on the Hill Retreat Center is located on 268 acres of woods, streams, gorges, walking paths and panoramic views.

One could think of the word “rustic” when describing this retreat center: made in plain and simple fashion; relating to the rural countryside.

One can also think about total QUIET and opportunities to view the night sky.

The 39th HSP Gathering Retreat Registration Form - May 23-27, 2024 ~ Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California ~
"Coming Home to Ourselves and Reclaiming Our Wholeness as Highly Sensitive People ~ again and again and again." with Jacquelyn Strickland, and as always, our special guest, Dr. Elaine Aron, will join our group in person on Sunday, May 26, 2024. Walker Creek Ranch is located at 1700 Marshall-Petaluma Rd, Petaluma, California. It sits on 1700 acres of open space where Walker Creek flows year round through clusters of alder trees and bay laurel forest. There are over 20 miles of hiking trails featuring a panoramic view from the top Walker Peak.
Since 1990, Walker Creek Ranch has been a place for people to connect with each other, their communities, and nature. Walker Creek Ranch is a community that welcomes all people to experience the beauty of Wild West Marin. WiFi is available in the lodges and meeting space.

Directions -

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)  is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from WCR; however, heavy traffic along Hwy 101 often considerably adds to your driving time.
Oakland International Airport (OAK)  is approximately 1 hr 30 minutes from WCR and is much smaller and less congested than SFO and traffic is generally a bit better along the route to WCR.

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes, hiking pole if desired
  • Bathing suit for swimming or sunbathing if planning to join us on Saturday afternoon at Turtle Pond
  • Toiletries, including hair dryer
  • Journal
  • Your book for Elaine to sign
  • If possible, please bring your favorite tablecloth to add a personal touch to our meeting room.

What to leave at home

  • Valuables
  • Anxieties about fitting in

Ride Sharing
We strongly encourage ride-sharing whenever possible. Please indicate if you are interested in sharing a ride or sharing rental car costs by accessing this private ride-sharing site ( where you can work out details among yourselves. We cannot be responsible for ride-sharing connections nor any resulting issues that may arise. Thanks for understanding.   Turo Car Rental is available at both SFO and OAK and is an affordable alternative to the major car rental companies.

Public transportation options:
Groome Transportation
This bus service goes to and from the San Francisco and Oakland airports to the Petaluma, California drop-off station.  From there you would take a taxi to Walker Creek Ranch, 1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road, Petaluma, California.  Several taxis are  waiting at that station.

Cancellation Policy 

Before April 1, 2024 A full refund minus $50 administrative fee if cancellation is requested in writing.

After April 1, 2024 There can be no refunds unless your space can be filled by another participant. Since we anticipate this retreat selling out, hopefully your space can be filled, however, it cannot be guaranteed.

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Depth of Processing

Depth of processing is the most basic aspect of our SPS trait, and results in the deep, rich inner life most HSPs experience. Research has shown more brain activation in the prefrontal cortex and in a part of the brain called the insula which has sometimes been referred to as the ‘seat of consciousness.’ This creates the tendency to reflect more than others about the “way the world is going or “the meaning of life.” By integrating information and experiences, from both past and present, the HSP’s unique depth of processing can enable a sense and understanding of longer term consequences and may be able to influence future decisions with more creative and expansive thought.