About The Haven - Our Purpose, Mission and Values
Since 1983 The Haven has operated it's personal development seminars with the intention of creating a relational world where everyone is responsible for themselves and their environment. Our Vision and Mission are the guiding lights that keep us on a true course. Read about our history and why we do things the way we do at The Haven on Gabriola Island BC.
Our purpose is to provide programs in personal and professional development that embody the principles of responsibility, communication and relationship. The Haven is a place where people of all ages can grow and fulfill their potential, while developing rewarding and respectful relationships with others.
The Haven recently celebrated its 25th year at the forefront of personal and professional development. Founded in 1983 by Jock McKeen, a western physician trained in Chinese medicine, and psychiatrist Bennet Wong, The Haven attracts participants from all over North America, Europe and Asia. The central ideas and programs presented at The Haven were developed by Ben and Jock, and are now taught by our world-class faculty.
In 2004, ownership of The Haven was transferred to a charitable organization, Haven Foundation. The Foundation's principle focus is the raising and allocation of funds in order to enhance the quality of our programs and facilities and to provide financial assistance to participants who might otherwise be unable to attend. The day-to-day running of The Haven is the responsibility of our management team, headed by Executive Director Rachel Davey.
The Haven is an exceptional institution creating a relational world where every person is whole and responsible for themselves and their environment, and where all life is met with dignity and respect, open curiosity, and loving compassion.
The essence of The Haven is human connection and recognition, supported by our structure and spirit. We operate a residential training centre providing high-quality, transformational learning experiences in a group setting. We promote self-responsibility, effective communication, healthy relationships and integration of body-mind-spirit through experiential learning. We operate with love, integrity and respect for humanity and our environment and we manage our resources responsibly and effectively.
Through the activities of The Haven Institute, Haven Foundation embodies a philosophy dedicated to the enrichment and effectiveness of people's lives. Our education programs and leadership offer people opportunities to gain new awareness, meaning and perspective in their lives. We believe human beings can best realize their full potential by embracing the principles of self-responsibility and wholesome relationship with others and the world around them. We promote a society where human beings are fully present and alive and we promote a world where all life is treated with open curiosity, a generous spirit, goodwill, compassion, dignity and respect.
our statement of purpose
The Haven philosophy involves principles of individual responsibility, taking more charge of the self, with a freedom to grow and become more of who you were meant to be, while maintaining a care and sensitivity towards others.
There is a constant state of tension between the individual and society. Children are raised to 'fit in' to the stream of normalcy through the development and rewarding of roles, a necessary endeavour if society is to survive.
However, the cost to the individual may be high; frequently, it means the loss of the sense of the authentic self. The restraint placed upon the self results in a blunting of the emotions and a loss of spontaneity, interfering with the ability to fully experience meaningful relationships.
Through learning how to access these emotions, a person may return to a fuller feeling of the self, a greater sensitivity towards others, and a greater responsiveness to the demands of the environment. The net result is a richer sense of meaning in life.
our teaching principles
I would like to express my gratitude towards everyone who has donated to the financial aid program at the Haven. There are times in peoples' lives when they are ready to grow and move on to a better way of living and they just don't have the means to do so. For me...it was a life-changing experience.