HSP Retreats

HayesvilleDam-33CLEAR 2012-09-24

Highly Sensitive Person Retreats 

for intermediate to advanced level students

We meet on Zoom during the pandemic. 

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June 11, 2022

July 30, 2022. Registration deadline June 30.

October 8-9, 2022. Registration deadline September 8.

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Attend one or all.

Enroll early to save your seat.

There are only 7 seats available in each retreat.

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Do you yearn to live up to your full potential and express your Authentic Self … being exactly who you are … a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?

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Do you want to receive expert coaching to eliminate roadblocks so you can achieve your most cherished goals … and stop being afraid to fully shine in the world?

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Are you ready to roll up your sleeves, look under the covers and transform the unconscious material that is thwarting your success?

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Do you long to deepen your spiritual intimacy with God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit … or whatever you call your spiritual connection?

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Benita Esposito, Facilitator

As a highly sensitive person myself, I struggled for years with feeling the sting of not being fully empowered to create my ideal life. I had big dreams, and it was so frustrating when I couldn’t achieve them. When success came, I was on cloud nine. But when I encountered stumbling blocks, anxiety swooped in … along with pain and fatigue and sometimes depression. .

I was especially sensitive to criticism … mine and others. My inner critic was a relentless task master. Stress took a big toll on me in my younger years.

I know how challenging life can be when you doubt yourself.

Or when there’s unresolved conflict in a relationship.

Or when you have a job that pays the bills, but doesn’t light up your soul.

Our bodies suffer from anxiety and stress under these conditions. Stress can lead to a host of problems including trouble sleeping, a compromised immune system, digestive difficulties, poor memory and concentration … just to name a few.

These challenges once loomed big in my life, but I am happy to tell you that I no longer experience these difficulties. I am living the life of my dreams. I live in a peaceful beautiful Nature sanctuary. I work with my ideal clients, following my spiritual calling. I meditate every day to restore energy and to stay grounded. I have healthy relationships.

I want these things for you, too.

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Have you ever felt like there was something different about you? 

Non-highly sensitive people comprise 80% of the world. They don’t get as exhausted and need downtime like we do. They don’t need deep emotional intimacy like we do. They don’t get emotionally triggered like we do. They don’t need to spend so much time processing emotions and making sense of things like we do. They aren’t as perfectionistic and idealistic. They’re not as sensitive to criticism. They’re not as allergic to chemicals, odors, and medicines. They don’t search for deep meaning in their life like highly sensitive people (HSPs) do.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not judging you or non-highly sensitive people. HSPs have tons of gifts, so keep reading.

The truth is: 

If you are a highly sensitive person, you are part of 20% of the population who has a nervous system wired differently than the majority. You ARE different, but you don’t need to feel ashamed or guilty.

If you didn’t grow up in a home where you felt loved and cherished by both parents, you probably have an underlying sense of emotional insecurity. That’s normal for a highly sensitive person who didn’t feel securely attached in their family of origin.

That’s an awful feeling. I know. I’ve felt it plenty of times. I can help you with this.

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HSP GIFTS

You have precious gifts that non-highly sensitive people don’t come by so easily. You are generally kind, compassionate, intuitive, empathic, and conscientious. We can count on you. You feel things deeply. You have the ability to love deeply when you feel safe. You’re creative and you are a visionary. You want to help people and animals, and you can sense what will make them feel more comfortable without them telling you. Those are lovely qualities … just to name a few.

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HSP CHALLENGES

You probably need help to manage emotional reactivity when you get triggered. Your emotions fire more rapidly and more intensely, and you stay distressed longer than non-highly sensitive people. You can’t just let things roll off your back and “get over it” like non-HSPs want you to.

You probably also need help to stay centered instead of getting caught up in everyone else’s emotions. Empaths feel the emotions of everyone around them. Without good energetic boundaries, you won’t have a solid sense of your Authentic Self.

You need to practice good self-care so you don’t get so exhausted and have trouble sleeping.

And, you probably need some help with managing conflict.

I am not judging you. I had to learn all these things, too. Hopefully, I can help you learn them a lot faster than I did. That’s my desire for you.

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Helton Falls,              Blairsville, GA, USA

WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THESE HSP RETREATS?

These Retreats are held in a small group setting (maximum of 7 people) so it’s easy to bond with each other. 

As one of my teachers says, “We heal in tribe.” We were wounded in relationships, and we heal in relationships. 

Everyone gets plenty of attention. You will have time to do at least one piece of personal work. And, you’ll learn vicariously as I coach other people. You’ll be empowered to soar to greater heights because of the power of the group consciousness.

Each participant chooses the issue that they want help with so that their specific needs are met.

The group evolves organically in the moment so that everyone gets what they need. I don’t have a set teaching agenda. That’s why you can attend several retreats, and they’ll all be different.

Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. When you participate in a group, you learn things you didn’t even know you needed to learn.

Have some fun!

Add a play day to the beginning and/or end of your retreat. Relax at the Hiawassee beach. Pack a picnic. Rent a jet ski or a boat. Walk to our waterfalls through a forest. Or hike the Appalachian trail. Enjoy delicious food at our restaurants overlooking the lake and Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Highly Sensitive People will receive from this retreat …

  1. Expert coaching tailored to your specific needs. I have four decades of professional spiritual counseling and life coaching with individual adults, groups and retreats. 
  2. Awareness of and transformation of the unconscious causes of your distress so you heal more quickly.
  3. Self-assurance … even when people don’t understand you or criticize you. Wow! That’s huge.
  4. A deeper relationship with your spiritual connection, your eternal source of love, wisdom and power.
  5. Effective tools to manage the challenges of being a highly sensitive person such as:
    • self-doubt
    • emotional reactivity
    • fatigue
    • being an empath and picking up other people’s energy
    • discomfort with conflict
    • being a people-pleaser
    • trouble setting boundaries and saying “no” and expressing what you need.
    • stop being non-assertive or aggressive and start being assertive where the motto is “I count and you count.”

6. Practical skills for deep emotional healing while being held in the arms of God and by our safe community.

7. Inspiration and support to express your radiant Authentic Self and share your unique beautiful gifts with the world. Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) are happiest when we are helping the world become a better place.

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One of the most common complaints I hear from my HSP clients is that they don’t have enough friends who truly understand them. When we find people who truly get us, it’s like finding gold.

I remember a season of my life when I cried to God, “Where are my people?!”

I hold these retreats so you all can come together and feel the FULFILLMENT of being truly seen and loved.

You’ll feel safe … heard … and understood … so you can soar to new heights. That’s one of the most wonderful feelings in the world..

So, if you are looking for like-minded souls with whom you can feel comfortable and let your hair down … to explore, to excavate, and to express your Authentic Self … please apply for a seat in one of these retreats.

Come and join us!

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Prerequisites

If you have never been a client: (1) You must attend at least three private sessions before attending this retreat. You will pay for these meetings separately from the retreat. (2) You must read this website thoroughly. (3) Recommended: Please read my book (or listen to the audiobook that I narrated) to make sure that we are a good fit.

Search for The Gifted Highly Sensitive Introvert: Wisdom for Emotional Healing and Expressing Your Radiant Authentic Self on Amazon. It’s a memoir with teaching stories to help you on your Hero’s Journey to the Authentic Self.

*** If the retreat is meeting in person, tell me if you are allergic to cats before you apply so we can discuss if this retreat is appropriate for you. The retreat is usually held at my home when we are not in a pandemic.

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How to apply for a retreat:

  • If you are not a current client, I’d love to speak with you because coaching Highly Sensitive Introverts is my passion. To schedule a 10-minute complimentary discovery call, please complete the questionnaire on the contact page. I’ll do my best to respond within 48 hours Monday-Thursday.
  • If you are a current client, please email me and tell me that you want to participate in an upcoming retreat.

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Click here to read more details about the retreat. 

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Rev. Benita A. Esposito, MA. Facilitator

“Chief Trail Guide”  

Life and Spiritual Coaching for Sensitive Introverts on the Hero’s Journey to the Authentic Self.

I’m an ordained minister with AIWP. I earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and my bachelor’s degree is in psychology/sociology. I’ve studied with the Order of St. Luke with my dear friend Father John Rice where I learned how to combine Christian spiritual healing and psychological principles. I follow a grace-filled Christian path that honors all faiths that advocate loving God and each other.

Being a results-oriented person, I love retreats the best because so much transformation occurs in such a short time.

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Resources to prepare for your retreat:

  1. The Gifted Highly Sensitive Introvert, Wisdom for Emotional Healing and Expressing Your Radiant Authentic Self by Benita A. Esposito. It’s a memoir with teaching stories.
  2. The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Person in Love by Elaine Aron, PhD.
  3. Search for this TED talk on youtube: “The gentle power of highly sensitive people | Elena Herdieckerhoff | TEDxIHEParis”
  4. Search for this TED talk on youtube: “The Power of Introverts | Susan Cain.

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Esposito Institute

Refund Policy

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.

Facilitator’s Cancellation Policy

If an event must be cancelled due to unforeseen events (such as the weather or illness of the facilitator) the event will be rescheduled. Every attempt will be made to accommodate a new date that will suit your needs. If that is not possible, you may apply your tuition to another event of your choice within one year or apply your fee to private sessions.

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Photo credits: Benita A. Esposito

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