Elaine N. Aron|Alane Freund: A Weekend for Highly Sensitive People at 1440 Multiversity

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A Weekend for Highly Sensitive People

Appreciate Your Hidden Advantage

June 7 - 9, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

9.5 CE Credits Available

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

Do you have a keen imagination, rich inner life, and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential as air? Do others call you too shy or overly sensitive? Are you a clinician who works with HSPs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be a highly sensitive person, or HSP—twenty percent of us are. It is a valuable trait: many great artists and thinkers are HSPs, and HSPs are generally highly conscientious and intuitive. There are also drawbacks: an HSP is easily overstimulated and more affected by a troubled past and present stressors.

Elaine N. Aron, PhD, author of five books, including The Highly Sensitive Person, has been conducting and publishing scientific research on this subject for more than 20 years and will be our Keynote Speaker for the weekend. Alane Freund, LMFT, our workshop leader has been teaching workshops alongside Elaine Aron for over 6 years and is an expert on high sensitivity. During this very popular workshop, you will learn:

  • Discuss the trait and its relation to major personality variables.
  • Identify the evolutionary reason for the persistence of the trait and why it is always found in a minority
  • List the four identifying characteristics
  • Analyze a variety of patient/client questions about the trait
  • Summarize research on high sensitivity
  • Define over-arousal, specify strategies for patients/clients feeling over-aroused or overstimulated
  • Specify a variety of issues impacted by high sensitivity including close relationships (with another HSP or with a non-HSP), career choice and workplace issues, parenting, special lifestyle and health needs, dealing effectively with non-HSPs, plus knowing how and when to identify one’s self as highly sensitive
  • State symptoms and possible causes of depression and anxiety (including genetic vulnerability) that may be unique to HSPs
  • Distinguish the trait of sensory processing sensitivity from other characteristics (e.g. high and low functioning, gender, trauma, life experience, and other traits such as high sensation seeking or extraversion coexisting with sensitivity)
  • Contrast false positives (seems to have trait but does not) and false negatives (seems not to but does) in assessment
  • Review and identify the impact of temperament differences in close relationships between HSPs and others.

Structured exclusively with HSPs in mind, this rich environment is uniquely designed to foster a restful, informative, nurturing, and celebratory community. Appreciate your gifts as a highly sensitive person and deepen your understanding of who you most naturally are.

Clinicians will also expand their clinical competencies in working with HSPs.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Elaine N. Aron, PhD

    Pioneer in the field of high sensitivity

    Elaine N. Aron is a clinical and research psychologist, author, and pioneer in the field of high sensitivity.

    She has published several books, including The Highly Sensitive Person, which has been translated into more than 17 languages, and The Highly Sensitive Child, as well as numerous scientific articles in leading journals. She also created The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook and shares extensive resources on her website to help people identify the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) trait in themselves and nurture the new, positive self-image they deserve for a fuller, richer life.

    Elaine leads workshops for professionals and the public, practices psychotherapy in Marin County, California, and collaborates with her husband Arthur Aron in studies on the psychology of love and close relationships. Her degrees are from University of California Berkeley, York University, and Pacifica Graduate Institute.

    A documentary, Sensitive, the Untold Story, featuring Elaine and her work was released in 2015.

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    Alane Freund, MS, MA, LMFT

    Psychotherapist, horse whisperer, advocate for the highly sensitive

    Alane Freund has been a therapist for over two and a half decades, working with families and youth to find solutions to their relational, social, and behavioral challenges. For 14 years she has been studying equine-assisted growth and learning. Her California therapy and team-building practice, Heart and Mind Equine, combines her passion for horses with her love of psychotherapy. Located in a sunny clearing in the forests of bucolic Woodacre, California, Alane describes Heart and Mind Equine as a place “where all ideas are welcome and no answers are wrong.”

    Working closely with Dr. Elaine N. Aron, pioneer author and researcher in the study of highly sensitive people, Alane has developed and implemented programs for highly sensitive people, children, families, and the clinicians who serve them. A skilled facilitator and therapist and the parent of a highly sensitive teenage son, she teaches workshops, leads groups, and does ongoing work with her herd of equine colleagues—the highly sensitive horses she has rescued, rehabilitated, and, in many instances, gentled from the wild. With a focus on inclusion, Alane welcomes all types of family makeups, sizes, and structures into her practice including the full LGBTQ+ community.

    Alane Freund, MS, MA, LMFT, holds License Number LMFT36077.

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  • Why Attend
    • Experience the deep comfort and acceptance in retreat with other highly sensitive people.

    • Utilize high sensitivity as an asset in finding the right career and enjoying close intimate and professional relationships.

    • Join a community of experts and peers to garner understanding and gain outstanding support to carry you forward.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Friday, June 7
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Dinner
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Program session, Definition of trait; 4 identifying characteristics; relation to gender, introversion, neuroticism; Questions.

    Saturday, June 8
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
    7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Part I: Review of the research on high sensitivity, using PowerPoints. Questions.
    Part II: Coping with overstimulation (includes one 15-minute break)
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch
    1:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Part I. Continue with issues listed, plus discussion of possible depression and anxiety, impact of childhood experiences, reframing some of these in terms of their sensitivity. Discussion of sorting out when sensitivity coexists with a true disorder, is mistaken for one, or both are present. Part II. Break out groups (6-8) according to interests.  (includes one 15-minute break)
    5:00 PM- 6:15 PM:Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Dinner
    7:30 PM – 9 PM: (optional) Sensitive movie, based on Elaine’s work

    Sunday, June 9
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
    7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 11AM: Part I. Unfinished topics from day before. Part II. More on close relationships when partner, relative, or friend is not HS.
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch
    12PM: Check out


    This program is for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) and partners of HSPs. Take the complete self-test at hsperson.com/test.

    Experience Level 

    None Required.

    Suggested reading:

    The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, PhD

    Continuing Education Credits

    CE Hours Available
    This course has been approved for 9.5 CE hours for qualified participants. To purchase ($30), click HERE.

    New Payment and Cancellation Policy

    A deposit of 50% of your total stay package (tuition plus accommodations and applicable taxes) is due at time of reservation and can be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
    The remaining 50% of your total stay package (tuition plus accommodations and applicable taxes) is due upon arrival and can be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
    Cancellations and Refunds
    The following policies apply to all standard programs. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions.

    If You Cancel
    If you cancel 30 or more days prior to your arrival date, your 50% deposit will be refunded.
    If you cancel between 21 days and 29 days prior to your arrival date, your 50% deposit will be held on account for one year from the date of issue for a future visit.
    No credit or refund is available if you cancel fewer than 21 days prior to your arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
    No credit or refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

    If 1440 Multiversity Cancels
    On rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, 1440 Multiversity may need to cancel a program. We will notify registrants of cancellation a minimum of 7 days in advance of the program start date and will offer a full refund for housing and tuition or the option to rebook in an available course or our R&R program offered at the same time period of the original reservation. If you are purchasing airfare to visit 1440, we recommend investigating travel insurance with appropriate coverage for ultimate flexibility, since 1440 will not reimburse for travel expenses.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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