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                            The 39th HSP Gathering Retreat ~ May 23 ~ May 27, 2024

I am Celebrating!  It has been 22 years since the HSP Gathering Retreats were founded in 2001 and 27 years since Elaine Aron’s first book, The Highly Sensitive Person, How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You was first published.

The HSP Gathering Retreats have evolved and grown organically over the years. It has been an honor to observe them move through three stages of growth: What? So What? and Now What? This was actually a process I thought original to me, only to find out it is a reflective model created in 2002 by Rolfe

This model asks us to pause to check, look at the bigger picture
and ask ourselves three questions that I have adapted to being an HSP:

                                        1) What?             What do I know about being and HSP?
                                        2) So What?     What does this mean to me?
                                        3) Now What? Where do I go from here? What am I responsible for?                                                         Regardless of the year, these questions invariably get answered  both
                               individualy and collectively at an HSP Gathering Retreat.


The 39th HSP Gathering Retreat Since 2001    May 23-27, 2024
“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,  and my co-founder of these special gatherings, Dr. Elaine Aron, will join our group in person on Sunday, May 26, 2024.  My very special co-hosts are, once again, Lindsey Jarrell and Barbara Allen-Williams.

The Gathering Retreat will take place at Walker Creek Ranch (,  located at 1700 Marshall-Petaluma Rd, Petaluma, California.

Thursday, May 23 – Arrive at Walker Creek Ranch as early as 2:00 p.m.  Our first meal is dinner at 6:00 pm
Monday, May 27 – Depart after lunch at 1:00 p.m.  If desired, you are welcome to stay onsite at Walker Creek Ranch until 4:30 p.m.

Walker Creek Ranch sits on 1700 acres of open space where Walker Creek flows year-round through clusters of alder trees and bay laurel forest. Over 20 miles of hiking trails feature a panoramic view from the top of Walker Peak.  

The 39th HSP Gathering Retreat Registration Form ~ 

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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Here are two touching testimonials from sensitive men who attended the 37th HSP Gathering in 2022 in Colorado.

I am grateful that Lindsey Jarrell will be one of my co-hosts at the 39th HSP Gathering.  🙂

“I want to send you a heartfelt thank you for hosting the 37th HSP Gathering Retreat.  Words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for some of the amazing connections I made.  It was so inspiring to be surrounded by such caring and kind individuals with whom to share similar experiences and feelings with.   I miss being there already.
I hope to take the theme “coming home to ourselves as HSP’s” and “focus on needs, not approval,” as I continue on this journey.  You are an amazing person and such an inspiration as a leader for HSPs
.”  J.L.  Stillwater, MN

“…Over the years I have attended many conferences, workshops and seminars and inevitably I find myself bored and wanting to leave prior to the end of the conference.   However, I attended an HSP Gathering Retreat facilitated by Jacquelyn Strickland and it was phenomenal.  I actually had to leave a few hours early regretting a previous work commitment that overlapped with the 5-day retreat.  I can’t tell you how much it mean to me to spend time with like-minded HSPs, learning more about my trait, and understanding more about me.  As Jacquelyn & Elaine Aron say:  It is a new beginning to come home to our HSP self.   I can’t say enough good things about my truly special HSP Gathering experience: one I cannot wait to return to. ..”
L. Jarrell, St. Petersburg, FL

What to Know About the HSP Gathering Retreats

The HSP Gathering Retreats, were co-founded in the U.S. in 2001 after honoring a series synchronistic events which led Jacquelyn to connect with research psychologist, Dr. Elaine Aron. Elaine and Jacquelyn Strickland, a (now retired)  Licensed Professional Counselor, in Ft. Collins, Colorado held the first HSP Gathering in May 2001 in Northern California for 37 HSP1!

Since that time there have been 37  HSP Gathering Retreats both nationally and internationally. There have been 4 in the United Kingdom, 1 in Sweden, 2 in Germany, 3 in British Columbia, Canada, 4 in Colorado USA, 2 in North Carolina USA, 1 in Texas, and all others on the East and West Coasts of the U.S

It is interesting to note: This HSP Gathering Retreats are not a conference, a workshop, a seminar or a lecture. Yet, they can contain a combination of any of these, and most accurately, these retreats are loosely structured, non-hierarchal, and experiential in nature. Each one is different from the last based on the energies, temperaments and personalities shared by the participants. Jacquelyn is a seasoned facilitator honoring each individual’s experience while encouraging a safe, open environment to share one’s joys and challenges over the course of 5 days. I love what one participant shared: about her experience: 
 “It was the most comfortable, exciting, safe and beautiful experience for me to feel anxious in …while simultaneously coming out of my own isolated, comfort zone.

The purpose of the HSP Gathering Retreats has evolved over time.
An excerpt from The Artist’s Way (which I affectionately call the ‘HSP Way”) says it:

“HSPs like other HSPs. HSPs help each other. As HSPs, we must find those who believe in usand in whom we believe, and band together forsupport, encouragement, and protection.”

The HSP Gathering Retreats also serve to:

Gifts You Can Expect from attending
a HSP Gathering if you are open to them

Someone once said: “You get what you bring to a HSP Gathering and you take home what you are open to receiving.”
Here are some of the gifts you might receive from attending an HSP Gathering Retreat:

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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.