What we're about

Welcome to our HSP UK Meetup :). You may be thinking of joining us because you feel you've always been a bit 'different'. Maybe things affect you more than they appear to affect others and you have a sensitive nervous system? Perhaps you'd like to meet up with some people who are like you, not different from you? Have a look at Dr Elaine Aron's website at HSPERSON.COM and see some of the traits that make up sensitivity. Highly Sensitive People tend to be careful of feeling too overwhelmed or overstimulated by the usual social chatter, noise and expectations of social interaction which is why we create the chance to meet others in a relaxed setting, it is for fun and info. Come along and stay for the whole time or leave early if you need to - we do understand. It's not a 'therapy group' but you may find it supportive being around others who are taking a positive approach to their sensitivity and meeting similar challenges to you. We hold quite a few Meetups in Hampshire, but also offer meetups from time to time in other parts of the UK. NB: During the restrictions of the pandemic, we are sticking to on-line meetings unless we can meet outdoors.

I look forward to meeting you and hope that you will enjoy meeting more people like yourself. We try to meet in locations that match our sensitive nature. We have now changed our membership requirement and removed the annual fee for membership and instead have increased the fee for each attendance at any event. Simply pay for what you attend. When you RSVP for events, you will be prompted to pay by Paypal to growingunlimited@hotmail.com. Alternatively you can pay by direct banking (email for details).

These meet-ups are sponsored and owned by Growing Unlimited Therapeutic Consultancy with the aim of supporting HSPs and to promote awareness of the trait. Thank you for joining us and I hope to meet you soon :)

Kind regards

Barbara

Founder, Growing Unlimited Therapeutic Consultancy (2002)

Upcoming events (5)

Sensitive company - commune with HSP friends (online) £6.50

Online event

£6.50

An hour to commune with other sensitive people, update us on how you are doing, look at the joys and challenges of recent times and share ideas and inspiration. Talk or just listen and take the opportunity to renew your sense of belonging to a community of sensitive friends :) Facilitated by Barbara, an experienced mentor for highly sensitive people. You will see the Zoom video conference details when you have RSVP'd. If you don't have a Zoom account yet, sign up for a free one here: https://zoom.us/meetings. Its free, and easy to set up.

Sensitive Community Christmas Get-together (hats and pets welcome) £7

Lets spend some time online together as HSPs, getting into the Christmas spirit in a gentle and upbeat way. Wear your Christmas hat, bring your sense of humour, bring a Christmassy drink and mince pie, and if you feel like it, bring a Christmas poem to share. You are also invited to introduce and show us your domestic pets. Sign up by 5th December if you would like to receive a small gift to open during our Christmas get-together. See you there :)

National HSP Gathering 2021 (ACTUAL DATE TO BE DECIDED)

DATE TO BE CONFIRMED: This is an initial announcement of our exciting Gathering for highly sensitive people here in the UK (please note the date indicated on Meet-up.com here is a guesstimate at this stage). It feels the right time to bring together a multitude of people in one place and one time in the UK, to bring awareness of SPS out from the background and into the foreground. Ideally it will be two days and will potentially include speakers from a variety of fields, 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 once we have a date. Please feel free also to comment here or email me with any ideas :)

HSP Mysteries [1] - (half-day) £20
Needs a date and time

Annadell, Clatford Lodge, Anna Valley,

£20.00

You are invited to come along to an HSP Mysteries workshop. This is the first in a series of half-day workshops that will cover a variety of issues of interest to HSPs. Each workshop works as a stand-alone, so you are welcome to sign up for any or all of them. The topic will be revealed at the workshop - 'not knowing' is something HSPs struggle with, so signing up to a workshop that is a 'mystery' to you is an interesting way to introduce yourself to taking a risk :) At each workshop we will cover a topic related to the authentic life and experience of highly sensitive people. The format will include some information, but mostly collaboration as the group explores. This is a gently facilitated workshop that will take place in a friendly atmosphere; it is not therapy, but you might find some of the content challenging or poignant, amusing at times and hopefully supportive in encouraging you to be the wonderfully authentic 'you' that you are! For the workshop to work for you, you need to be in a good enough place not only to benefit yourself, but to offer something of your self to the rest of the group, whether this is in your interaction, or in your quiet attention and solidarity. If you are not sure, do contact me to discuss it :) Refreshments will be provided, let me know in plenty of time if you have special dietary requirements, (even if you have done so before, just in case ...). Depending on the finalised time of the workshop, f you want to stay after the workshop for half an hour or arrive half an hour early so you can eat your packed lunch, that is fine. Fee: £20 payable in advance by PayPal on this site or by card via the 'Nochex' button on the bottom of the Growing Unlimited homepage www.growingunlimited.co.uk. Please note your place is not confirmed until payment is received, even if you have RSVPd. PETS: Most of you will be familiar with this venue, but for those who are not, we have pets around, so if you are allergic, you might want to consider this when you sign up :) If anyone is coming by train and needs a lift from Andover station, do put this in the 'comments' box attached to this event on the Meetup site, it may be that someone is passing and can give you a lift, or you could share a taxi.

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