June 11, 2022. Virtual via Zoom
Registration deadline: May 11, 2022
July 30, 2022. In person, Young Harris, Georgia, USA
(unless the pandemic worsens)
Registration deadline: June 30, 2022
Deep Emotional Healing Retreat
October 8-9, 2022
Registration deadline: September 8, 2022
In person, Young Harris, GA, USA (unless the pandemic worsens)
Attend one or all retreats. They’re always different.
- Have you ever been told you are too sensitive, just get over it?
- Do you have intense emotions that fire rapidly and last longer than others?
- Are you an empath? Do you absorb other people’s emotions and after a while you feel drained? Or, maybe your body feels tension or pain when you are around people who are upset.
- Do you become overwhelmed by conflict and aggressive people?
- Do you become distressed when others don’t understand you?
- Do you feel anxious when you have too much to do in too little time?
- Do noisy crowds and meaningless social chit-chat irritate you?
You might be a highly sensitive introvert. Take the quiz.
Who Should Attend
The retreat process evolves organically according to the goals of each participant. It is not pre-scripted, and each retreat is different. Each participant will complete a form two weeks in advance stating their goal for the retreat.
We may create activities so everyone is involved in a particular healing activity. You might be coached individually while the rest of the group learns vicariously. We might role-play to build competency with assertiveness and conflict management skills. If you want hands-on healing, I will do that with you to promote deeper healing. We might hike through a forest along the lake and find a place to meet outdoors.
- I’ll help you understand the highly sensitive person trait so you can increase your self-awareness and self-worth.
- You’ll grow in your ability to know your true identity as a highly sensitive person and express your Authentic Self.
- You’ll receive expert guidance to do deep emotional healing to reduce anxiety, depression and eliminate self-defeating patterns.
- You’ll enjoy more fulfilling healthy personal and professional relationships.
- You’ll be able to create a more fulfilling career so that your work is an expression of your soul.
- You’ll receive encouragement to create a balance between taking good care of yourself and others. You are worth it.
- Learn to create win-win solutions so everyone has a sense of belonging.
Get to know your facilitator.
The teachers you choose can make a huge impact on your life. That’s why you should get to know them as much as possible before you enroll in their work. I want you to know more about me so you can determine if we are highly resonant.
Read my book — it’s a memoir and teaching stories about my trials and triumphs as an HSP. The Gifted Highly Sensitive Introvert: Wisdom for Emotional Healing and Expressing Your Radiant Authentic Self. It’s available as an ebook, a paperback, and an audiobook on Amazon. You can also visit Audible.com or your iTunes app for the audiobook.
Click here to watch my book video.
Research on Highly Sensitive People (HSP)
A new personality type emerged from Dr. Elaine Aron’s groundbreaking psychological research reported in her book, the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), 1997.
Only 20% of the population is highly sensitive. That means 80% of the population is wired differently than we are. No wonder we feel misunderstood.
Gifts of the Highly Sensitive Person
We’re conscientious and responsible. We are deeply moved by the beauty of Nature and the arts. We are touched by the feelings of those around us. Many of us are empaths. That means that we actually feel the emotions of others. That helps us be adept healers, friends, lovers and team members. We’re troubled by conflict, and we want to decrease the violence in the world. Our intuition tells us what needs to be done to help people feel comfortable, and we truly want what is best for everyone. Sometimes we can predict the future. We easily see outcomes that others can’t see. We love deeply and passionately. When emotional intimacy is combined with sexual intimacy in a loving healthy committed relationship, there’s nothing better. We are happy when our creative juices are set free. A world filled with harmony, mutual respect and creativity sounds just right to us.
Anxiety and depression are familiar, especially if our personal or professional relationships are not healthy, or if we grew up in a dysfunctional family.
Many of us are empaths. It’s easy to feel what other people feel, and we can understand people at depth. But, we may feel like we are losing ourselves in a relationship, especially if people don’t nurture us in return. We tend to give more than we receive. Some of us highly sensitive people take on the pain of others, which helps the other person heal, but leaves us exhausted. Before we understand this trait, we may not know that we are taking on emotions that belong to others. Our bodies may experience chronic fatigue and pain and we may not know why.
It may be challenging to assert ourselves and express our needs because we defer to people-pleasing. When we’re non-assertive, we withdraw and sometimes let others walk on us. That leaves us feeling depleted. We want harmony. We want to keep the peace. Ironically, we can also become harsh and aggressive if we have not yet mastered the art of setting boundaries tactfully. Sometimes we bottle up and then blow up.
We can feel like a ball tossed around on turbulent ocean waves, unable to find a stable base inside ourselves.
We might try to get family members to change so we can feel calm inside. But it rarely works, even though we may use that approach for years before we become exhausted.
We need to commit to cultivating inner peace no matter what is happening on the outside.
Too much stimulation from the environment stresses us. We’re like cats whose sensitive whiskers and ears sense tiny movements all around us.
We tend to be light sleepers and insomnia is common especially when traveling and sleeping in strange environments.
Because we are so sensitive, we need daily relaxation just to stay centered. We need to meditate to restore our inner peace and regain energy.
In a world that values high productivity and undervalues naps, HSPs can get burned out if we don’t take a stand for good self-care. That includes healthy food, 7.5-8 hours of good quality sleep, exercise, supportive relationships and fulfilling work.
The Needs of the Highly Sensitive Person
Highly sensitive people need authentic, genuine emotional connections more than most people. We feel empty inside when we don’t get it.
There’s a deep ache. We need quiet time to go inside. Our spirituality is important to us. We need to learn how to regulate our emotions when we’re stressed. We need beauty. We need to meditate. We need to slow down. We need to be creative.
We need help to learn how to manage our highly sensitive qualities.
We have incredible gifts to help people an make the world a better place.
We are counselors, healers, artists, writers, philosophers, teachers, parents, IT geniuses and pastors. We facilitate healing for people, we’re creative team members, and we understand people at depth. We’re intuitive and spiritual.
We must take good care of ourselves, or we have a high price to pay, higher than most. When not balanced, we get irritable, sick, exhausted, anxious, depressed or feel physical pain.
Like Goldie Locks in the story of the three bears, we like our porridge not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
Bird’s Eye View …
If you would like to get an idea of what it would be like to do transformational healing with me, read these client anecdotes and articles.
Click on the titles below.
- Hero’s Journey to the Authentic Self ~ Overview
- How I Discovered I Am an Intuitive Empath
- Healing from an Abusive Marriage: Devon’s Story
- Spiritual Healing for the Inner Child: The Power of Inner Dialogue
- Empaths Feel the Weight of the World Crisis
- Healing for Lonely Abandoned Hearts
- How I Healed Chronic Pain Without Drugs
- My Journey Toward Wholeness, Remaining a Square in a Triangle World
- Healing Trauma with Breathwork: Abortion and Open Heart Surgery
- Healing Grief: Breathwork Opens the Heart and Mends Relationships
- Attachment Styles and Highly Sensitive People. What predicts healthy romance?
- Healing Hurtful Relationship Patterns with Breathwork
- Turning Fear into a Friend: A Breathwork Story
- You’ll find other useful information on my blog.
Retreat Activities for Highly Sensitive People (HSP)
This is a psycho-spiritual healing format nested in a grace-filled inclusive Christian theology. There’s no judgmental piousness here.
There will probably be some seasoned clients in your retreat, so they will help you learn the ropes.
- The first step is to help the group bond so everyone feels safe and supported. We’ll do some ice-breaker get-acquainted activities.
- We’ll do guided meditations with soothing music.
- There will be one-to-one coaching while the group learns vicariously followed by Q&A. Some people feel safer by watching others before they feel comfortable being coached in front of the group.
- Group activities to accelerate healing and growth of the collective.
Breathwork is one of the primary transformational healing processes used in this retreat when we meet in person for two days.
Breathwork accesses the deep inner recesses of your unconscious mind and your spirit so you’re likely to experience impressive results.
We work directly with the body-mind-spirit to access unconscious emotional memory, sometimes as far back as in-utero and infancy. We want to heal the very beginning of life-long patterns to get you freed up to be who you really are: your Authentic Self.
As I said before, this retreat is not for beginners. Participants must be willing to feel deep emotions so they can heal the root of unconscious material.
Most participants have prior counseling, life coaching or group work. You may be currently working with another therapist and use this retreat as an adjunct to your therapy.
Required: please read these articles before applying for an in-person two-day retreat. This is my most intense healing setting and it produces amazing results.
Please read at least 5 of the healing stories above.
If you are a new client, you must attend a minimum of three private sessions so we can get to know each other and build trust. This is an intensive retreat.
I recommend that you schedule your private sessions as soon as possible. My schedule is very full. The private session fee is in addition to the retreat tuition. You will receive expert counseling in these preliminary sessions. We will be able to make a more informed decision as to whether this retreat is the best place for you.
Please complete the questionnaire on the Contact Page so we can begin to get to know each other.
Venue for in-person retreats: Young Harris, Georgia, USA
Overlooking Lake Chatuge and the Blue Ridge Mountains
Two hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga and Asheville.
Schedule for HSP Retreats
Group session 9:30am – 11:30pm (Eastern)
Lunch Break 11:30 – 12:30pm
Group session 12:30 – 2:30pm
Group session 3:30-5:30pm
Please be flexible on the ending time to accommodate the needs of the group.
Tuition for the one day retreats: $320.00
Tuition for the two day retreat: $640.00
Contact me for payment instructions. Your application must be pre-approved.
Click here for a list of lodging and restaurants for when we meet in person.
Complete the contact form to request a complimentary 10-minute Discovery Call. You’ll complete a questionnaire so we can determine if these retreats are the best fit for you. I’m happy to help.
About Your Facilitator
Click here to read Benita Esposito’s credentials and story.
All refund requests must be made via email. Complete the contact form.
• 30 or more days before the retreat, there will be a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.
• No refunds 0 – 29 days before the retreat, but you may apply your fee to private sessions or another retreat within one year, minus a $50 fee.
Enjoy this blessing from my dear friend, Father John Rice.
I bless you and your family with Abba’s peace and joy and love. I bless you and your family with a shield of God’s light and love that protects you from all harm. And I bless you and all members of your family with the mighty words of Psalms 91:10, “that no plague shall come near your dwelling place.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Photo credits other than Alysia Harris: Benita A. Esposito
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