The Latest News and Updates from The Haven

We've always got something interesting going on and this page is where you'll hear about it. Links to the latest Haven E-news, and any new and exciting personal development programs and seminars from us and our leaders will be here. You can link to our Facebook page, and find out what else is new.



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Satir Family Therapy in Action
by Maria Gomori




Order Satir Family Therapy in Action from The Haven for $19.95

1 800 222 9211 extension 0 (zero) or


Since Maria Gomori first met and studied with Virginia Satir in 1968, she has worked tirelessly around the world to fulfill Satir’s dream of changing the world “one family at a time.”



In Satir Family Therapy in Action, Maria presents five varied and impactful cases from a family therapy teaching project conducted in China in 2011 and 2012. Testament to the universality of underlying issues in cultures across the globe, the sessions will be inspirational both to parents and families and to practitioners and students. They are masterclasses in the art of family therapy, demonstrating Maria’s firm belief that change in families is always possible.


Satir Family Therapy in Action also contains two personal essays, one on the life and pioneering work of Virginia Satir, another on Maria’s own involvement in the development of Satir’s work in North America, Asia, and around the world.


Maria Gomori MSW, DipC, PhD is the world's foremost practitioner and teacher of Satir processes. She is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and a retired Associate Professor of the University of Manitoba. She studied and worked with Virginia Satir for over 20 years and has been an advanced trainer in the Satir Global Network since 1981. Now in her 95th year, she continues to teach around the world.


Order Satir Family Therapy in Action from The Haven for $19.95

1 800 222 9211 extension 0 (zero) or


Or, order on-line at



The Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) Program




When: Oct 30th to Nov 2nd, 2015


Where: The Haven, Gabriola Island


REGISTER on-line at Eventbrite


Schedule for workshop sessions:

Friday, October 30th - 1:30pm to 9pm

Saturday, October 31st - 9am to 9pm

Sunday, November 1st - 9am to 9pm

Monday, November 2nd - 9am to 4pm



The Sexual Attitude Reassessment program (SAR) is a cutting edge intense learning event designed for people who wish to better understand their own sexuality and that of others. It is a program dedicated to fulfilling the need for advanced training in human sexuality. Didactic and experiential, SAR offers each person the information and experience necessary for more competent, sensitive, professional and personal functioning.


Over the years, more than 2,500 persons have experienced the Sexual Attitude Reassessment program. Among those who have found SAR of great value both personally and professionally are physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, sexologists, therapists, counselors, teachers, college professors, nurses, clergy, researchers, social workers, health educators, persons working in family planning centers, and paraprofessionals and students in all of the above areas. This training is also for people who wish to expand their own possibilities around sex in their own lives.


The Sexual Attitude Restructuring program will present information on a broad range of sexual topics through small and large group discussions, visual media and exercises and the process of self reflection. This training is not hands-on.


If questions, please contact Elfi at 1 877 247 9504 or



REGISTER on-line at Eventbrite



Elfi (Emaya) Dillon-Shaw is a Bodyworker and Somatic Sexuality Educator with many years’ experience. She leads sexuality education retreats for women and mixed gender, for single and partnered individuals. Her work includes body, mind and heart and is a “hands on” approach to teaching. Her goal is to help each person to open to their own erotic nature, to enrich their bodily life and enliven their relationship to self and others and life itself. She welcomes clients in her private practise in her community and also teaches internationally. She has been with the Bodyelectric School since 1998 and is a faculty member of the Haven Institute on Gabriola Island.

Contact Elfi at 1 877 247 9504 or For more information visit


Dr. Liam “captain” Snowdon is a Sexologist, Counsellor and Somatic Sex Educator/ Bodyworker in practice in Victoria, BC and Portland Oregon. He specializes in working with folks around gender, sex and sexuality. He facilitates workshops in schools, parents groups, universities, community organizations, on many topics including embodying our desires, supporting gender variant youth in schools, personal sexual enrichment, sexual anatomy for pleasure and alternative relationships. Captain runs SPARC the Sex Positive Art and Resource Center in Victoria, is on the faculty for The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and The Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment. He is a performance poet and avid sidewalk chalker.


Rates for meals and accommodation (booked through The Haven):

Daily meal package: $45 plus tax, plus 5% gratuity, per person per day

Rooms: (plus tax, plus 5% gratuity, per night per person)

  • $45 for shared basic
  • $60 for shared forest or ocean
  • $90 for private basic
  • $120 for private forest


Meals and accommodation are booked separately through The Haven by contacting Louise Amuir at or 800 222 9211 x236.


This stunning oceanfront retreat center on a small island on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada enables us to go deep into the learning AND do exquisite self-care at the same time.



The Next Step: Integrating Power
and Strength in Your Daily Life


Be more effective, fulfilled, and true to yourself at work and at home.


With: Susan Clarke and Toby Macklin.

Susan and Toby


When: May 13th at Noon (Pacific)


Where: on-line webinar


Cost: Free!   REGISTER


The first webinar in this series with Susan Clarke and Toby Macklin was a great success with lots of people taking part in a thought-provoking discussion. Part II is Wednesday May 13th at Noon Pacific Time. The session will include a panel discussion with people who have taken many of the core Haven programs and are integrating their learning into their lives at home and at work.


Be More Effective, Fulfilled and True to Yourself at Home and at Work

  • Do you wonder how doing your own personal growth is really going to help you at work or in other important aspects of your life?
  • Do you find yourself thinking it’s great to be vulnerable and open at The Haven or in a group of like-minded people, but that is NOT what it’s like in the ‘real world’?
  • Do you want to bring more of who you really are to everything you do, so your life isn’t so compartmentalized and you don’t feel like a fraud?


If you said ‘yes’ to any of these questions, this webinar is for you!


Join us for Part II of our Integrating Power and Strength webinar series at Noon Pacific Time on May 13th. Registration for this webinar is limited so act now to ensure you can attend!


REGISTER for the webinar.



The Development of the Self
through Life Stages


Program: Using Family Reconstruction, Internal Resources,
and the Iceberg Metaphor.



With: Maria Gomori, MSW, Ph.D., RMFT
and John Banmen, R.Psych., RMFT.


When: 9 am – 5 pm on June 13th and 14th, 2015


Where: Executive Airport Plaza Hotel
and Conference Center
7311 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC V6X 1A3


Cost: Satir Institute of the Pacific (SIP) Members $250 Non Members $300 or $200 if booked with either the Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST) Level I or Level II 2015 Summer Intensive. Payment accepted via PayPal, Credit Card or Cheque.



About The Program:


Since Virginia Satir left us in 1988, Maria Gomori and John Banmen have continued to develop her model in their own unique creative ways. For the last 10 years of Virginia’s life Maria and John were senior faculty with Virginia Satir at her month long Process Community in Crested Butte, Colorado. As colleagues and friends of Virginia Satir they were privy to her more private musings and thoughts about human growth and change. With their experiential connection to Satir’s Human Growth Model, since her death they have deepened the process of how people change from their spiritual essence.


Before Maria Gomori will work with a star, John Banmen will cover some of the basics of the Satir Model and put into perspective the work ahead. He will cover the intrapsychic and interactive aspects of the process to assist people with limited Satir Model background to understand and appreciate the transformational depth of Maria Gomoris work. Afterwards, he will explain and conceptualize the therapeutic process of the demonstration.


Since 1970 Maria Gomori and John Banmen have worked together in many contexts and in many countries around the world. They are co-authors with Virginia Satir and Jane Gerber of the award winning book “The Satir Model: Family Therapy and Beyond” (1991). In 2015 Maria Gomori will celebrate her 95th birthday and John Banmen will celebrate his 80th birthday. We are excited to provide this opportunity to witness these two master therapists working together in what will probably be their last workshop as a team in North America.


Download the flyer (PDF) for this event.


For Registration Contact:

Cindi Mueller, Administrator
Satir Institute of the Pacific





Claire Uhlick: Gabriola Artist in Residence 2014


Picture of Claire Painting Welcome to Claire Uhlick, The Haven/Gabriola Arts Council Artist in Residence for 2014. Uhlick was selected to be artist in residence with Brooke Leifso in 2013 but was unfortunately not able to come as her mother passed away at that time. As part of The Haven’s 30th Anniversary year in 2013, the residency was offered to emerging artists aged 30 and under.


Uhlick is a visual artist from Edmonton, Alberta. She studied fine arts at MacEwan University, before finishing a BFA at the University of Alberta in 2009. Since then, she has continued a working studio practice in Edmonton, where she has completing two permanent public art commissions, Kinein (2008), for the University of Alberta and Through the Tides (2011), for the City of St. Albert. Claire has had the opportunity to exhibit her paintings, installations and jewelry, nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows.


In a post on The Haven’s Shen blog, Uhlick writes: “I’m very excited to have focused studio time and a chance to break free from my day-to-day routines. I’m also looking forward to immersing myself in the vibrant island community … I am thrilled to be coming to The Haven, and anticipating a productive time in such an inspiring place!” Go to to read the article in full and visit Uhlick’s web site at


Since 1983, The Haven has offered experiential programs for personal and professional growth and development, emphasizing self-responsibility, effective communication, healthy relationships, creative expression and integration of body-mind-spirit. Haven programs help people live their lives more fully and with deeper awareness of themselves and others. A not for profit charitable organization, The Haven is located on Gabriola Island, BC, Canada.



Dr. Gabor Maté at The Haven


We are very excited to announce that renowned speaker and bestselling author Dr Gabor Maté will be offering an evening talk and day workshop at The Haven the weekend of November 8 and 9, 2014. The title of both the talk and the workshop is 'The Hungry Ghost: A Biospsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism', and both are based on his most recent book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. We fully expect this event to sell out quickly, so register now to avoid disappointment! This news is so new it's not even on our web site yet!

To register for the talk and workshop, contact The Haven's registration office by phone (1 800 222 9211 ext 1) or by email ( The package price for the talk and workshop is $285. Tickets will be available for the talk nearer the event.

Dr. Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, from addiction to mind-body wellness. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.  As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages. Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. You can find out more about Dr. Maté's work on his web site



Remembering Ben


Bennet Wong, known as Ben to his family and countless friends, colleagues, students and admirers, passed away in the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo General Hospital in the evening of Wednesday 25 September 2013. He died from complications brought on by Parkinson’s disease. Ben and Jock McKeen co-founded The Haven in 1983, thirty years ago.

Ben’s life and work touched the lives of thousands of people and will continue to do so for generations to come.

Jock would like everyone to know that Ben’s death was a graceful celebration of his life: he was peaceful, pain free and surrounded by love. Jock and the family are deeply grateful for the care and consideration they have received at this time. The support has meant the world to them and they are very aware of being cradled in the loving of so many people. At this time Jock is not able to respond to every phone call or email, and he knows and is grateful for all the ways that so many have kept Ben, Jock and the family in their thoughts and hearts.

There will be no funeral. There will be a celebration of Ben’s life at The Haven and as soon as the date is set, it will be announced in an email newsletter and plenty of notice will be given.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Haven Foundation or the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. A special fund has been created at Haven Foundation in Ben’s honour. For more information on how to give, go to the Giving Page of the Haven’s web site or contact Louise Amuir ( 1 800 222 9211 x 222). To donate to the Palliative Care Unit, visit the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation web site and select Palliative Care Unit in the designation.

Please post your thoughts, feelings and wishes for Ben, Jock and their families on the Shen blog . There may be a short delay before your comment appears.




Eric Bibb is Back!


Eric Bibb is returning to The Haven’s Phoenix Auditorium Wednesday September 24 for the kind of sit back and sit up evening of blues from the soul that have made his concerts legendary. This is a rare opportunity to see this internationally acclaimed performer in an intimate venue. If you have attended one of Eric’s concerts in the past you know the treat that’s coming your way. If this is a first for you, come prepared for an evening of great music, a smile on your face, and a tap in your toe.


This year Eric returns with a soon-to-be-released new album, following on the heels of being recognized as Acoustic Artist of the Year at the Blues Foundation Awards in Memphis, Tennessee.


Eric’s renowned smile is even brighter these days with the birth of his son Oscar with wife Sari. He sent along a proud papa’s family photo to share with you!


Eric is at The Haven Sep 21-25 offering his ‘Spirit in the Song’ workshop. He will be joined for one song on stage at the concert by some of the participants. Tickets available now at Gabriola Artworks (250 247 7412) and The Haven (250 247 9211 x0), $20 including tax.



Brooke Leifso: Gabriola Artist in Residence 2013


Welcome to Brooke Leifso, The Haven/Gabriola Arts Council Artist in Residence for 2013. This year, to celebrate The Haven’s 30th Anniversary, the residency was offered to artists aged 30 and under. Claire Uhlick, who was also chosen as an artist in residence, is unfortunately not able to attend due to a family emergency.

Leifso has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from the University of Alberta, and is a founder of the Mindhive Collective. She is an emerging experiential workshop facilitator, who has worked in consensus decision making workshops, theatre of the oppressed sessions, conflict resolution and devised theatre workshops. She also identifies as an activist with values in anti-oppression and a woman with mild cerebral palsy. Leifso says: ‘This Artist in Residence at The Haven enables me to commit time to personal and artistic growth. I am excited to work with The Haven, and see it as the opportune place to grow my artistic process. I'm hoping it will allow me the space to hone my skills, and sharpen my knowledge.’

Look out for more information on workshops and performances that Leifso will be offering during her three week residency at The Haven.

Since 1983, The Haven has offered experiential programs for personal and professional growth and development, emphasizing self-responsibility, effective communication, healthy relationships, creative expression and integration of body-mind-spirit. Haven programs help people live their lives more fully and with deeper awareness of themselves and others. A not for profit charitable organization, The Haven is located on Gabriola Island, BC, Canada.



Staying Alive in Errington


a Great Way to Spend a Few Summer Weekends!
Rich and Wenshwu invite you to join them!
~ Continue to integrate your Haven experiences in your daily life ~

This is a 5 day exploration Weekends from 7/20~8/4, 2013

Welcome to our beautiful property nearby Parksville


This program will help you:

  • Review and renew your Haven experiences
  • Extend your learning in living and loving
  • Join us on this rich inner adventure
  • Discover more about you and about aliveness!


With sharing, music, movement, creativity and experiential exercises we will co-create a fun and safe place to Continue our journey of growth!

Welcome your participation if you have been in programs at The Haven, and
You are interested in expanding your learning and growing.


Please come at 9:30~17:00 on the following summer weekends:
7/20 (Sat), 7/21 (Sun), 7/27 (Sat), 7/28 (Sun), 8/4 (Sun)

We are at 1260 Grafton Avenue, Errington,
Nearby Parksville, Coombs, or Qualicum Beach (Find us on Google maps)

The cost for this 5-day inner journey is $400.

Please contact us at … and,
Or phone 250-716-6695 !




2013 Youth Leader Scholarship Awarded


Congratulations to Tess Raithby, this year’s very deserving and first ever recipient of the Mackenzie Dickson Annika Raithby Youth Leader Scholarship. This annual scholarship, endowed by Laurie Kelley and Scott Poole, to provides Kids in the Spotlight and Teens Alive with a capable Youth Leader who demonstrates highly developed team and leadership skills. The endowment will support Tess through nine programs: the Youth Intern Training Workshop, Kids in the Spotlight Programs and Teens Alive.

The recipient of the Mackenzie Dickson Annika Raithby Youth Leader Scholarship is chosen by the faculty members who lead youth programs at The Haven: Denise Goldbeck, Linda Nicholls and David Raithby. It is awarded to a young leader who is as exemplary in their own way as Mackenzie and Annika. For more than half of their young lives, they each brought themselves fully to the youth programs and contributed hugely to young participants exploring compassion, confidence, self awareness and self responsibility embedded in lots of fun and connection. Together they have done more than 100 programs! We thank Laurie and Scott for making this possible.

Tess writes: “The Haven has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I am so appreciative of the experiences and opportunities that I have been given. I'm honoured to be the first recipient of the Mackenzie Dickson Annika Raithby scholarship and to have a chance to influence the experiences of the other interns just as Annika and Mackenzie did and continue to do. I have loved watching the youth intern program grow and I look forward to being a part of this expansion in the future.”

Tess (second from left) with fellow youth leaders (l-r) Celeste, Mackenzie, Josh and Seija.



Meet the 2013 Young Artists in Residence at The Haven on Gabriola Island


The 2013 Haven/Gabriola Arts Council Artists in Residence are visual artist and jewellery designer Claire Uhlick and Brooke Leifso, a multi-disciplinary artist with an emphasis on devised performance facilitation and direction. Since 2013 is The Haven’s 30th anniversary year, with an emphasis on looking with excitement to the future, the residency was offered to emerging artists aged 30 and under.

Claire Uhlick studied Fine Arts at MacEwan University, before finishing a BFA at the University of Alberta in 2009. Since then, she has continued a working studio practice in Edmonton, where she has completed two permanent public art installations for the University of Alberta, and the City of St. Albert. In 2011, she developed a line of paper and parchment jewelry which is now for sale across Alberta. She has recently completed an Artist in Residence program at the Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS) in Edmonton. Uhlick says: ‘I am very excited about this opportunity to be the next Haven Artist in Residence. I am really looking forward to three weeks of concentrated studio work on beautiful Gabriola Island and the possibilities for growth and interdisciplinary communication The Haven provides.’

Brooke Leifso has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from the University of Alberta, and is a founder of the MIndhive Collective. She is an emerging experiential workshop facilitator, who has worked in consensus decision making workshops, theatre of the oppressed sessions, conflict resolution and devised theatre workshops. She also identifies as an activist with values in anti-oppression and a woman with mild cerebral palsy. Leifso says: ‘This Artist in Residence at The Haven enables me to commit time to personal and artistic growth. I am excited to work with The Haven, and see it as the opportune place to grow my artistic process. I'm hoping it will allow me the space to hone my skills, and sharpen my knowledge.’

The artists were chosen by a selection panel consisting of writer Anne Fleming, poet Jeremy Loveday, hip hop artist and MC Colin McCue and textile artist and Haven faculty member Mary Holdgrafer.

Since 1983, The Haven has offered experiential programs for personal and professional growth and development, emphasizing self-responsibility, effective communication, healthy relationships, creative expression and integration of body-mind-spirit. Haven programs help people live their lives more fully and with deeper awareness of themselves and others. A not-for-profit charitable organization, The Haven is located on Gabriola Island, BC, Canada.



Youth Exchange with Kitezh in Russia in 2013 and 2014


Interns and graduates of the Youth Leadership Program at The Haven have a fantastic opportunity for a youth exchange with Kitezh in Russia. Kitezh is a non-profit community of foster families whose aim is simple: to give abandoned or orphaned children a real chance in life. It is located in rural Kaluga region, south of Moscow. We hope to send a group of Haven Youth Leaders to Kitezh in August 2013, and welcome a group from Kitezh to Canada in the summer of 2014.

The youth who participate will not only have an opportunity to share their leadership training, but gain confidence and expand their perspectives on themselves and the world. It will provide an exceptional chance to try out a range of new skills and share who we are.

Kitezh is one of the projects of the Ecologia Youth Trust, an international charity based in Scotland that promotes the welfare of disadvantaged young people by providing safe secure learning environments where they can discover and develop their potential to make a contribution to their communities while protecting the environment. The Ecologia Youth Trust supports Kitezh in many ways, including making a connection with young people in other countries through their very well established Youth Exchanges and Volunteers program.

Denise Goldbeck is organizing the exchange and will accompany the group when they travel to Kitezh at the end of August 2013.

Youth who are chosen will commit to raising $500 through personal fundraising towards the trip. The remainder of the funds through fundraising events and support from other organizations. Denise is organizing an International Buffet with entertainment at the Old Mill Boathouse Hall near the Boathouse restaurant in Port Moody as a fundraiser in mid April. We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening and support this great opportunity.

If you know of any organizations or grant funding agencies who might support this wonderful opportunity, please contact Rachel Davey by email ( We will not only be fundraising for the 2013 exchange, but also to offer the youth of Kitezh the chance to come to The Haven in 2014.

You can find out more about Kitezh on the Ecologia web site here: There are also two videos on Youtube you can watch:

The first video was filmed in 2009 for Russia Today. The second was made by the leader of a group from  Bainbridge Island who regularly do exchanges with Kitezh.



A Walk in My Dream – documentary showing


Monday March 18 in the Wong & McKeen Phoenix Auditorium, 7.30pm

A Walk in My Dream tells the incredible and inspiring story of Sarnia, Ontario harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens, who's played the Grand Ol' Opry more than 300 times, given himself eight hernias because of the way he plays and been named Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky for his outstanding contribution to bluegrass music. Ten years ago, at the top of his game, Mike’s career took a sudden and drastic detour when an encounter with a group of Labrador First Nations youth living in unimaginable conditions changed the entire reason he plays music. His life would never be the same; neither would theirs. The film traces Mike's journey from that first fateful meeting to Mike founding the ArtsCan Circle program linking creative artists with youth and providing workshops in the arts for Indigenous youth in isolated communities in the North.

Equal parts honest and heart-warming, unbelievable and uplifting, A Walk in My Dream is proof that one person CAN make a difference.

A Walk in My Dream is produced by TORRentertainment and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.

All proceeds from the showing of A Walk in My Dream will go to the registered charity ArtsCan Circle, founded in 2002 and inspired by the work of Mike Stevens. ArtsCan Circle now sends teams of musicians and artists to engage children and youth in remote Northern communities in workshops in the arts. Through music and other creative arts, we hope to teach new skills, promote self-esteem and creative self-expression.

Tickets by donation on the door. $10 suggested minimum donation. All proceeds go to the ArtsCan Circle




Selection Panel Announced for Gabriola Artists Residency


The Aritst's HavenWith just over a month to go to the submission deadline, The Haven and the Gabriola Arts Council have announced the selection panel members for the second Artist in Residence program. In 2013 the residency is for artists aged 30 and under, as part of The Haven’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The four person selection panel is made up of poet and visual artist Jeremy Loveday; musician Colin McCue; writer Anne Fleming and textile artist Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer.

Jeremy Loveday is the two-time Victoria Individual Poetry Slam Champion and the 2012 Victoria Grand Slam Champion. Through his role as Director of Youth Outreach for the Victoria Poetry Project he has worked tirelessly to spread the power of spoken word to the youth of Victoria and is the official mentor for Victoria's first Youth Poet Laureate.


Colin McCue a Gabriolan, is one half of Sweatshop Union's ‘Pigeon Hole’. He is an MC, producer and describes himself as a ‘music addict who uses the MPC like a machine gun and splits firewood on the daily’.

Anne Fleming is the award-winning author of three books, Pool-Hopping & Other Stories, the novel, Anomaly, and the story collection Gay Dwarves of America. She teaches Creative Writing at UBC’s Okanagan campus.


Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer is an accomplished textile artist, teacher/mentor and group facilitator. She is interested in how the creative process can be used to enhance personal growth and healing. Her work is held in public and private collections and has been exhibited in Canada and the United States. She lives in Edmonton and is a member of The Haven’s faculty.

Click here for more information about the Residency



World’s Greatest Bass Player Returns to Gabriola Island


Musician, author and teacher Victor Wooten will be at The Haven on Gabriola Island to share his remarkable gifts in a workshop for musicians and non-musicians March 19–21, to speak at TEDxGabriolaIsland on March 18, and play a concert on March 20.

Wooten’s previous workshops at The Haven have been rapturously received. “To have been immersed in the magic that has occurred,” wrote one participant, “I feel blessed, honoured and spiritually renewed.”

Victor Wooten, widely recognized as the world’s greatest bass player, is an innovator, composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy winning supergroup, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. He has won most every major award given to a bass guitarist. He was voted Bassist of the year by Bass Player Magazine three times and is the only person to have won the award more than once. Victor’s uncanny skills and popularity have lead to recordings and performances with artists such as Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Bruce Hornsby, Chick Corea, Dave Matthews, Prince, Keb Mo, Gov’t Mule, Susan Tedeschi, Vital Tech Tones (with Scott Henderson and Steve Smith), the Jaco Pastorius Word Of Mouth Big Band, and the soundtrack of the Disney film Country Bears.

Continually growing as a person, artist, and teacher, Victor Wooten is an accomplished workshop leader, who delights in working with musicians and non-musicians alike. He is the author of the ground-breaking novel The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth through Music. His lectures include a recent TED-Ed talk, Music as Language. After hearing Wooten speak on the CBC radio program Tapestry, Executive Director of The Haven Rachel Davey knew that he would be a dynamic addition to The Haven’s workshop schedule.

For more information and to register for the workshop,
call 1 800 222 9211 x 1, email or visit The Haven’s web site This may be Victor’s last workshop at The Haven for some years, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.

Since 1983, The Haven has offered experiential programs for personal and professional growth and development, emphasizing self-responsibility, effective communication, healthy relationships, creative expression and integration of body-mind-spirit. Haven programs help people live their lives more fully and with deeper awareness of themselves and others. A not for profit charitable organization, The Haven is located on Gabriola Island, BC, Canada.



Staying Alive in Errington/Parksville


Wenshwu Lee and Rich Wilmer invite you to join them for Staying Alive, a wonderful way to continue to integrate your Haven experiences into your daily life. It will run on Saturdays from 23 March to 20 April 2013 from 9am to 4pm.

Staying Alive will help you review and renew your Haven experiences, extend your learning in living and loving and discover more about You and about Aliveness!

Location: 1260 Grafton Avenue, Errington, between Parksville and Coombs
View on Google Map

Cost: $400

For more information please contact us:

or call us 250-716-6695.


See the flyer for more details.



Window to Your Child with Denise Goldbeck in 2013


If you are a parent, grandparent or caregiver living in Vancouver, Prince George, Seattle, Chicago or Portland, check out Denise’s program A Window to Your Child which is coming in 2013. In this workshop, she will provide you with the tools and understanding of what your child is experiencing cognitively, emotionally, and developmentally. Follow the link for dates, venues and more information, as well as online registration.



The Haven Welcomes Oprah Author, Mark Nepo for Presentation and Workshop


Gabriola Island, British Columbia – Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Awakening, one of Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Ultimate Favorite Things’, is coming to The Haven on Gabriola Island, February 5–7, 2013 for an evening presentation and two-day workshop based on the #1New York Times Bestseller.

Tickets are now available for the evening presentation on February 5, which will be a reading based on the themes of The Book of Awakening, followed by a question and answer session. Nepo will be joined for the presentation and the workshop by Victoria-based storyteller Margo McLoughlin.

Tickets are $25 including tax and are available from The Haven (1 800 222 9211 ext. 0, or from Artworks on Gabriola Island. The presentation will begin at 7pm in the Wong and McKeen Phoenix Auditorium at The Haven.

Registration for the two-day workshop opened last September and there are only a very few spots left. It runs from February 5-7 and includes the evening presentation. For more information and to register for the workshop, visit The Haven’s web site or contact the registration office by phone (1 800 222 9211 ext. 1) or by email

A poet and philosopher, Nepo has spent the last 35 years teaching poetry and spirituality all over the world. He has published 13 books and recorded eight audio projects, and his work has been translated into twenty languages. Nepo’s understanding of the journey of inner transformation and a life of relationship is a natural fit for The Haven, a center for personal growth where for 30 years people have learned to live their lives more fully and with deeper awareness of themselves and others.



TEDx Comes to Gabriola Island


TEDxGabriolaOn March 18 2013, the very first TEDxGabriolaIsland will take place at The Haven, Gabriola Island. Although many thousand TEDx events are held around the globe every year, TEDxGabriolaIsland is one of very few representing a small, rural island community.

The theme of TEDxGabriolaIsland is Unity in Diversity: Beyond Objectification into Empathy. Speakers include internationally renowned speakers like Mary Gordon, creator of the Roots of Empathy schools program and Shelagh Rogers. Musicians Victor Wooten and Mike Stevens will play as well as speak, and will be joined by performance artist Megan Daalder (creator of the Mirrorbox), workshop leader and author Maria Gomori. Also presenting will be Gabriola artist Sheila Norgate, community activist Shelagh Huston and author and lecturer Jock McKeen.

TEDxGabriolaIsland will be a public event and applications for tickets will go online on January 1 2013. Full details of the event can be found at including links to the event’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For further information contact Rachel Davey, TEDxGabriolaIsland organizer by email or phone (1 800 222 9211 x 235).

About TEDx
In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGabriolaIsland, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxGabriolaIsland, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at, and on Facebook at For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit Sponsors and Partners TEDxGabriolaIsland is sponsored by Vancouver Island University (co-funded by the President’s Office and the office of the Vice-President Academic & Provost) and The Haven.



Staying Alive in Whitehorse


Staying Alive Intensive – an experiential workshop to refresh, deepen, and expand on your Haven experience.

Join others who have done Come Alive and other Haven programs in a weekend of deepening your learning, practicing skills, and immersing yourself in bodywork, gestalt, breathing, sharing, and connecting.

There will be ample opportunity for personal focus time, for getting in touch with your inner experience, and for connecting with like‐minded people. This workshop will help you refresh and build on your learnings from your time at the Haven and support you in integrating your learning into everyday life.

Facilitated by:

Gisela Sartori, MA, DipC RCC, and
Dave Paquet, an experienced Haven intern.


Friday, December 7, 7pm to 10pm

Saturday, December 8, 9am to 5pm

 Sunday December 9, 9am to 5pm

Location: TBA – Fee $250.00

For more information or to register call Gisela at 867-456-4338 or email

Note: There will be another Staying Alive Intensive on the weekend of January 4,5, and 6


New to Whitehorse – weekly Staying Alive group


Facilitated by Gisela Sartori, MA, Dip.C, RCC, and Dave Paquet, an experienced Haven intern. Gisela has returned to Whitehorse after seven years on Gabriola Island and will share her learnings with you. Starting the first week in January, we will meet one evening a week from 7:00 to 10:00pm for dialogue, processing, breathing, bodywork, experiential practice, and connecting with others.


This is a great opportunity to expand on your learnings and engage in ongoing practice.


Location: TBA – Fee $30 per session, or $240 for eight sessions.


For more information call Gisela at 867-456-4338 or e‐mail

Looking Ahead to The Haven’s 30th Anniversary


The Haven was founded by Bennet Wong and Jock McKeen in 1983, making 2013 its 30th anniversary. It will be a year to celebrate the past, be alive in the present and co-create the future.

The celebrations start with a special anniversary program catalogue, which is now available online and in print. It features all of the programs available at The Haven in 2013 as well as the events planned to mark this very special year.

The catalogue cover, with its distinctive ‘30’ showcases Gabriola talent,
with a photo by Nick Halpin and design by Toby Macklin. Contact The Haven (250 247 9211 x 0, for copies or check out the online flipbook here.



The Haven Harvest Auction is back!



Join us again this year for another fun and fabulous Haven Harvest On-Line Auction! There are lots of return favourites from last year as well as lots of new interesting stuff this year. Holiday destinations, Haven programs, bodywork, a bike, a turkey, lots of art, some great wine, collectables, sports equipment. To check it out click here.


Jane Siberry in Concert at The Haven


Jane Siberry is the latest in a series of great musicians and performers to play at The Haven (on Gabriola Island). She follows such talented artists as Victor Wooten, Eric and Leon Bibb, Laurie Anderson, Shari Ulrich and many others who have graced the stage of the Wong & McKeen Phoenix Auditorium. She performs Sunday November 11, show starts at 7.30pm.

More than twenty years after her first musical release, Jane Siberry has become renowned both for her hauntingly beautiful music and for her strength as a creative, innovative artist. With eleven major recordings, three poem books, her own independent label, and the acclaim of fans and peers alike, Siberry continues to redefine and challenge herself as one of contemporary music's most original creative voices.

In 2006, Jane sold her house, most possessions and changed her name to 'issa'. After three years of spartan discipline, 'issa' is officially using the name 'Jane Siberry' again and is moving forward into an international tour which will take her to North America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Europe including Germany, Norway, France, Belgium and Finland. She has just released her second CD of 'a story told in three parts'. The first is 'Dragon Dreams' and the new release is 'With What Shall I Keep Warm?'.

Tickets are $28 (including HST) and are on sale at The Haven (250 247 9211 x 0, and from Artworks on Gabriola. Don’t delay, as this show is expected to sell out.

Breakthough Intensive: Your Life Purpose Activation



Are you looking for a breakthrough that will support you in making the next big shift in your life? Are you wanting to connect deeply to your most essential sense of purpose? And beyond that--to actively begin to embody that sense of deep meaning and relevance in your daily life and work? Are you tired of limiting patterns that repeatedly sabotage your ability to experience joy and success? If you are ready to experience a new kind of core awareness and inner freedom that will allow you to fully inhabit your life with new vitality, openness and connectedness, right from where you are now, our Breakthrough Intensive is for you.

This is a TRULY integral experience. By the end of our time together, you will have a deep, revolutionary experience and understanding of your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical self that will support you to unlock and heal the blockages you have been experiencing to true inner freedom and joy. You will learn an array of very powerful and effective tools that you can take home with you and put to use right away to make real and measureable changes in your life.

The Breakthrough Intensive is a profound integration of cutting edge trauma healing, core spiritual inquiry & deepening practices, & the discovery and embodiment of one's highest expression and actualization of their life purpose.

Each participant will experience a major healing breakthrough & shift in consciousness through an exclusive new integration of trauma healing techniques that rapidly uncovers & profoundly heals the blockages to joy, fulfillment and success caused by deep traumas—many of which we are often not even aware of.

The Intensive includes periods of great joy, laughter & inspired play. Who would guess that core level healing & transformation could be so much fun!? Belly laughter & sacred tears, deepening friendships & heartfelt connections, and a burden-releasing fire ceremony—are only some of the highlights that past participants have raved about.

Brett and Iyeshka have spent many years developing wide-ranging skill and mastery in leading edge techniques of psychotherapy, trauma healing, high learning environments, embodied spiritual awakening, and deep inner healing.

Date: October 18-21, 2012

Cost: $997.00

To Register:

For more information

or call 250-325-1215 or 917-434-1430

Register early as group is limited to 15 people to ensure maximum personal attention.


Vancouver Launch of The Illuminated Heart




Window to Your Child with Denise Goldbeck


"How can we prepare our children for a future we cannot predict?"


Two 1-Day Workshops in Vancouver and Victoria


These full day workshops will cover some very interesting and important topics about challenges parents are currently facing. This workshop is good for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children in any age. The entire experience will impact your life and your parenting for the better. You can look forward to an improved understanding of your child, self-awareness of your own parenting style, and most importantly, having a positive impact on your child's growth.


Topics Covered:

how to prepare your children for a future that we cannot predict

  • how to manage the high rate of change in today's society
  • how to make children more self-reliant at the same time respectful and responsible
  • the difference between being a "socialized" child and an "obedient" child
  • how to recognize the different types of "compliance" from children
  • sources of parent and child conflict
  • differences in communication and development with children at various stages
  • how to communicate with your child, and being aware that each social interaction builds the identity of the child
  • understand your "real parenting self", away from the pressure of being the "ideal parent"
  • a look at your own past childhood and how that affects your parenting


Denise GoldbeckInstructor Denise Goldbeck, MA, PhD Cand, DipC, RCC, will use a combination of lecture, experiential learning, and visual components to deliver the material. Participants will be provided with material to take home.


Read about Window to Your Child on Denise's website.


Check out Denise’s bio here.


In Vancouver
When: Sept 22, 2012
Where: Holiday Inn, 1110 Howe Street, Vancouver
Time: 9.00am - 6.00pm 

Fee: $150 per person / $275 per couple. Refreshments is included for two break times, excluding lunch.


In Victoria
When: Nov 24, 2012
Where: Holiday Inn, Victoria
Time: 9.00am - 6.00pm

Fee: $150 per person / $275 per couple. Refreshments is included for two break times, excluding lunch.


Registration for this program is through Denise's own website, you can visit her site and register for the program here.



Lulu and The Haven present British Author and Innovator, Paul Newham


Paul Newham Picture On Sunday, September 23rd, 5pm-6pm(ish) at the Phoenix Auditorium, Gabriolans have a wonderful opportunity to meet a pioneer in the
field of expressive arts therapy, to hear his extraordinary life story, and to learn about a new approach to healing work. Lulu and the Haven are pleased to present British author, and founder of Voice Movement Therapy, Paul Newham, in a talk entitled ‘The Soul’s Instinct’.

With equal parts lecture and story, Paul’s lively, engaging, and often unpredictable talks hold the space where life, work, and art meet. He writes: “My talks focus on the nature of identity, self, soul, and psyche. I share my own journey from a bewildering childhood, to evolving an original body of therapeutic work, with sojourns that include post-Tsunami trauma, misdiagnosis of a serious illness, suicidal despair, and the psycho-spiritual transformation that followed. In sharing this voyage, I weave the stories of those who have influenced me deeply, including Alfred Wolfsohn, who cured his harrowing war trauma through singing.

I also discuss the impact of finding out, at age eighteen, that the man I called Dad was not my Father, and how the recent discovery of my true biological Father, and his ancestral routes, has re-shaped the way I view the world and myself.

I share my own story to highlight the themes that hold deep significance for us all – as a way of personalizing and echoing the trials and triumphs, strengths, and vulnerabilities that characterize all our lives.”

For more information on Paul Newham and his work, please visit his website at

Talk is from 5pm-6pm(ish); dinner at the Haven is from 6:30pm-7:30pm (please reserve by calling 250-247-9211); conversation and Q. and A. is from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Advance tickets are $15 and are available at the Village Liquor Store. Door tickets are $18. For more information please email ‘The Soul’s Instinct’ is co-presented by the Lulu Performing Arts Society and The Haven as part of the Semplice Speaker Series: what is Essential?



Deep Listening


Engaging Conversation with Heart – Enhancing Connection.


A 2-day experiential workshop in Victoria with Cathy Wilder and Jennifer Hilton.

Sat. Sept 22nd (9:00am – 5:00pm) & Sun. Sept 23rd (9:30 – 3:00pm).

Fee: $195.00 (Early registration by Sept 8th or $220.00 until Sept 22nd).

Bring your own lunch and snacks.


LOCATION: Citizen’s Counseling in Quadra, Village, Victoria, 941 Kings Road, Victoria, BC, V8T 1W7.


  • Learn how to listen with all your senses
  • Create more contactful and meaningful relationships
  • Deepen your capacity to be present with others
  • Learn more about who you are and how you are with others
  • Inspire transformations and change possibilities into reality

    Haven core faculty member Cathy Wilder and faculty member Jennifer Hilton, teach a form of deep listening that comes from a place of authentic curiosity and heart. This workshop is based on one of the key elements in the Coaching: Engaging Relationships workshop that is offered at The Haven with a specific focus on listening. In an experiential group setting, we explore how we can bring body, mind, spirit and emotion into listening and focused conversations in a way that engages the other in inspired, transformative connections and outcomes.


    Map and direction information:


    Please contact Valerie Watterson 250-519-1018 for further information. Payment by cheque or cash only.

    Deep Listening



    Plan Ahead for 2013


    Our provisional 2013 program schedule is here! You can check out the dates for all your favourite Haven programs and plan ahead.
    Download the schedule here and find out the dates and leaders so far in 2013. We will be launching 2013 registration on September 1 2012 when, for a limited time, you will be able to register for 2013 programs at 2012 prices.



    Tell Us Your Story


    Our new Come Alive video has been a great success. Now we want to hear your story about coming to The Haven. There’s information below about making your own testimonial video.


    About Recording Yourself:

    1. Don’t be too concerned with the content or do a million takes trying to get it perfect. Just be yourself and people will connect with it.
    2. You are the most important part of the video. The second most important part is your story, and that’s what people want to see. Your story in your own words, spoken to them like they were sitting next to you.
    3. Make sure there’s some light on your face. Sit next to a window if your computer or camera are portable, but make sure the window is not in the frame, that will make your face dark. No big lights behind you.
    4. Your camera or webcam should provide good sound, just make sure that there’s no music or loud noise in the background. Just do your video in a quiet place at a quiet time so that we can hear your story clearly.
    5. Use whatever resolution and file format works for you. Just get the best quality picture and sound you can with the equipment you have.


    If you have a webcam with a microphone, or if you have a laptop with the camera and microphone built in, it’s really very simple to record and send your video to us. There are many different types of software, and most will allow you to directly record your picture and voice to a file that you can either email to us, or put on a DVD to drop in the mail.


    Video Cameras:
    We can deal with just about any file format that your camera can produce. If you can burn the video directly to a DVD that’s fine too, we have the technology to take it from the DVD and use it, so don’t worry too much about that, just make sure that you tell us your story, in your own words, and let us fiddle with the technical stuff.

    Send your finished video to If you have any questions, contact Rachel Davey ( Thank you!



    A New Video for Come Alive


    Amity shared her Come Alive Experice in the new video from The Haven.We are very excited to share with you this new video about Come Alive. If you are thinking of coming to Come Alive, or you want to recommend the program to a friend, family member or co-worker, this 10 minute video is a perfect introduction.


    Come Alive can be hard to put into words... so we are letting the participants speak for themselves about their experience in the program and what they learned.


    Watch the video on Vimeo here.


    The Illuminated Heart Book Launch Invitation




    Journey to the Holy Well


    honouring your erotic body


    A Sexuality Workshop for Women


    A circle of women is a powerful cauldron for learning and exploring the healing potential of erotic energy. By creating a consensual, safe and playful container in time and space we can learn to let go into the pleasure of our body. We discover our deep innate wisdom when we commit to undergo the journey into the sensuous world of breath, movement and touch and liberate ourselves from messages of shame and guilt implanted in our flesh. Heart, genitals and mind want to dance together in the awakened body.


    This offering is intended to help ease women into the world of their erotic potential and to begin the journey toward the core, the holy well from where we all emerge from the mystery into this world of matter. We matter, every part of our body matters and deserves to be considered, felt and celebrated.


    Elfi Emaya Dillon, has led circles of erotic healing for many years and worked with many individuals. She is on the faculty of the Bodyelectric School and the Haven Institute, has been a Bodyworker for thirty years and in the last fourteen years has added Whole Sexuality Educator to her repertoire.


    by phone: Elfi 1 877 247 9504
    by email:


    Date and Time:
    June 28th 2012, 10am-6pm, 7:30pm-9:30pm
    June 29th 2012, 9am-6pm, 7:30pm -9:30pm
    June 30th 2012, 9am-4pm


    Cost: $325.00, meals and accommodation not included



    Double Your Monthly Donation


    Click here to make a recurring monthly donation in Canadian dollars    Click here to make a recurring monthly donation in US dollars


    Andrew BingAndrew Bing has pledged $5000 to jumpstart this year's Monthly Matching Campaign for Financial Aid. He will match new monthly donations or increases in current monthly donations over the next 6 months to a maximum of $5000.


    It couldn't be easier to double your donation for six months!
    • Become a monthly donor now. Give $25 per month and by October your total donation will be $300.
    • If you are already a monthly donor, increase your monthly giving level. $10 extra per month will result in $120 for Financial Aid.


    Join us: there's room for you in our donor circle. You can make a huge difference to someone's life. You can call or email Louise (1 800 222 9211 ext 222, or click the buttons above to give securely online. Whether you can give $100 or $5 a month, generosity is a fabulous way of loosening love in the world. Thank you Andrew for shaking some love loose! And thank you to those of you who have already responded with your own generous hearts!


    Not One But Two Artists in Residence at The Haven!


    New York Times Best Selling Author Mark Nepo Comes to The Haven


    Gabriola Island British Columbia - The first ever Artist in Residence program at The Haven is already producing innovative and creative results. The selection committee, representing The Haven and the Gabriola Arts Council, has chosen not one but two artists in residence for 2012: writer Shirley Serviss and visual artist Sande Waters.


    Read the full release here.


    Visit the Artist in Residence page for more information about the program.



    Mark Nepo Coming to The Haven in 2013


    New York Times Best Selling Author Mark Nepo Comes to The HavenA Workshop Guided by Mark Nepo

    "We travel so far only to land where we are. We imagine other lives, only to meet who we are. We seek out love in special ways, only to find everyone is special. Humbly, we can't avoid this journey. It is precisely through it that, if blessed, we wake to the life we want by being present to the life we have. In this timeless, common way, we venture out into the life of experience, only to rediscover more deeply what lives at the center. In this way, as our soul meets the days, we are always beginning. In this way, our very lives are a book of awakening, just waiting to read by our heart and lived on our path."

    —Mark Nepo


    We are delighted to welcome Mark Nepo to The Haven to offer a workshop in February 2013. The workshop is based on Mark's New York Times #1 bestseller The Book of Awakening, which Oprah Winfrey chose as one of her "Ultimate Favorite Things." The book has been translated into more than twenty languages. Beloved as a teacher, poet, and storyteller, Mark is a gentle guide on our journey to discover our personal truths.


    The workshop will explore our ongoing need to stay vital and in love with this life, no matter the hardships we encounter. It is an invitation to personalize the common and unrepeatable journey we all encounter in being human. Topics will include "Being Kind," "Meeting the World," "The Stones in the Way," "The Need to Continue," "To Know Someone Deeply," "The Pain of Becoming," "The Magic of Peace," and "Facing Sacred Moments." Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling, and dialogue, Mark will invite participants to befriend their own stories and listen for their own wisdom in this reflective and transformational gathering. This workshop is an invitation to engage with profound and life-giving material that will deepen the way you perceive and relate to the world.



    Keynote Address Tuesday Feb 5, 2013 at 7:00pm.

    Workshop runs from Wed Feb 6 to Thursday Feb 7 Noon.


    Cost: $385 includes Keynote address (Accommodation and meals extra.)


    Registration for the workshop opens June 1, 2012 so mark your calendar and don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to see Mark.


    Tickets for the keynote only will be released later in 2012.



    The Aritst's Haven

    Haven Announces Selection Committee for Artist in Residence Program


    Gabriola Island, British Columbia – For the first time, The Haven on Gabriola Island, in partnership with the Gabriola Arts Council, is offering a formal Artist in Residence program. Now that all the applications are in, the Selection Committee has started its work.


    Mary Holdgrafer, George Szanto and Jeff Molloy will be poring over the 29 applications that came in from a wide variety of artists from all over BC, Alberta and Washington State.


    Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer is an accomplished textile artist, teacher and mentor who has led programs on creativity at The Haven for over 10 years. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States, and is held in public and private collections. Her experience as a teacher and artist gives her particular skill in mentoring artists and developing creativity through self-discovery.


    George Szanto is an award winning author of novels, essays, plays and short stories, whose works have been translated into French and Italian. He has taught at Harvard University (where he received his doctorate), as well as the University of California San Diego and for the last 26 years at McGill University where, in 2000, he was named professor emeritus.


    Jeff Molloy, a self described "farmer of art," creates multi-dimensional, multi-sensory art in his studio on Gabriola Island and currently is serving as a Director of the Gabriola Arts Council. His works have shown solo and in group exhibitions and he has also worked with other artists to produce award winning collaborations. He has mentored countless artists while serving as the curator of the Gallery at the Mac in Victoria from 2000 to 2009, and it's this experience he'll contribute to the Artist in Residence program.



    Congratulations Vivien on your 25th Anniversary...

    Congratulations Vivien on your 25th Anniversary, here she is coming out of the Kitchen at The HavenThe people who work at The Haven are a vital part of what we do. Many of our staff have been with The Haven for a number of years and on April 1 we mark a very special milestone. Many of you will know Vivien Quinn who serves up delicious Haven breakfasts and lunches. April 1 marks 25 years since Vivien first started at The Haven. Thank you Vivien for all that you have done and continue to do. You are an important part of The Haven for many people, and we all celebrate your 25th anniversary with you.


    ...and to our Latest Diploma Graduate

    From Jane Olynyk, Director of Intern Training


    Congratulations to Alan Brown DipHGF


    It is with great pleasure that I presented Alan with his Diploma in Haven Group Facilitation on March 29th at his home. Alan has been struggling with his cancer process, which he is in the last stages of. A group of close friends from Gabriola gathered at Sharon and his' home Thursday night to grant him this honour. He was deeply moved.


    I think Cathy and Ernie McNally's words encapsulate all our experiences of Alan: For us, you are what the Diploma is all's not an accomplishment, or a qualification, it is recognition of how you are choosing to live...with courage, fragility, bravado, fear, determination, connection, passion, hind-sight wisdom and unbridled humanity...mixed with large dollops of warped irreverence ... it's also about not being and doing life alone; about being blessed with the loving and care of those around you, and most of all, embracing the depth and breadth of loving you have with Sharon. You are all of this and more for us Alan, it is an honour to love you.


    Alan would love to hear from anyone who wants to make contact and asked that you either email him or call him at 250-247-8581. He would also like you to know that he may not always have energy to engage as he would like. Face to face contact is very difficult for him and telephone or email is more manageable.



    Bennet Wong and Jock McKeen Receive Honourary Doctorates - Video

    Thank you to Vancouver Island University for letting us re-post this video of Ben and Jock receiving their honourary doctorates at the convocation ceremonies February 9, 2012.




    Big Island Wellness Bootcamp with Linda Nicholls


    Big Island Wellness Bootcamp

    From Linda Nicholls


    Have you ever happened upon a place where you feel an immediate zing of "I gotta be here" chemistry?  Well, that's what happened for me with Puna, on the Big Island of Hawaii about three years ago.  On the one hand I want it to remain unspoiled, my special treasure, and on the other hand I want as many people as possible to share in the richness.  This is literally a hot-bed of creation, with primordial lava continually oozing forth building new earth.  Simply showing up, being there, is growthful.  Abundant jungle vegetation, natural foods, cleanest air, join stunning visuals of vast ocean, white surf, black sand beaches, and the unique community of healers, visionaries, movers, shakers, all-round fascinating people who gravitate there.  The alchemy supporting well-being is irresistible.  


    pic-linda-nicholls.gifEmbracing my senior years, with a history of pushing limits and taking my health and resilience for granted, I recognize my responsibility to strengthen, upgrade and refine my immune system for the challenges that lie ahead.  I am one of the multitudinous baby-boomers who is not in a position to retire comfortably, even if I wanted to.  Wherever I turn, the resounding message is that for individual as well as planetary survival it is imperative to harmonize our lifestyle with nature – and quickly.  I imagine I am not alone in feeling some urgency to realign with a healthier lifestyle, which of course includes vitality, creativity, and all sorts of pleasures!


    Robert, Lawrence, Doug and I have co-created the Wellness Institute Hawaii and are brimming with a longer-term vision offering a range of wellness alternatives.  I am excited to start 2012 with our Big Island Wellness Bootcamp! Read the flyer here.


    Hoping that you will join us – see


    With warmest wishes for an outstanding Year of the Water Dragon,

    Linda Nicholls



    The Artist's HavenThe Artist's Haven


    We are excited to announce the launch of our first ever artist in residence program at The Haven.


    Throughout its history The Haven has offered programs that nurture and cultivate creativity. The Haven has also been a place where artists have found inspiration and a welcoming place to practice their craft. Now for the first time there will also be an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to apply for a residency program. The Artist's Haven residency program provides accommodation for a two-week period in September 2012 in the beautiful setting of Gabriola Island. The Haven is delighted to be offering this opportunity in partnership with the Gabriola Arts Council.


    The Gabriola Arts CouncilFor more details and to download the application form, visit our The Artist's Haven page.


    Read more about the Artist's Haven on the Shen blog in a piece by Mary Holdgrafer. It was Mary who first dreamed up the idea of the artist in residence program.



    A New Way to Give in 2012


    We are now members of Think Recycle and are delighted to have found a new way for you to donate to Haven Foundation and be green at the same time. You can bring your unwanted electronics (including laptops, tablets, cell phones, digital cameras, inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges) to The Haven, we send them to Think Recycle for recycling. In return we receive money to support our Financial Aid program.


    It couldn't be simpler. Check out the Think Recycle web site for a list of qualifying products, and don't forget to bring them with you the next time you come to The Haven.


    Recycling in this way helps people like Cléo Burke come to Come Alive. Here's her thank you to donors:
    I wish to express deep gratitude to all of the donors who have given financial support to The Haven. Through your donations I was able to attend Come Alive this January 2012. My experience there was profound.My spirit was immensely nurtured and transformed through my own explorations and by being witness to the journeys of so many others. I look forward to having the opportunity to pay your kindness and generosity forward in supporting other people to attend The Haven in the future. With an open heart, I thank you.


    The Haven's Word of the Year for 2012 - Energy



    The Haven Word for 2012 


    It's a long tradition at The Haven to pick a word for the upcoming year. The Haven's word for 2012 is ENERGY


    It's a word which contains life-force and growth. Energy connects us all and is what human beings resonate with. It's something that is always accessible; it is indestructible and undergoes change and transformation. Energy has edge, excitement and movement. It's a call to action; a call to Come Alive. 


    The Haven's programs and the people in them are our energy source. You are invited to be part of this by coming to a program in 2012 and recommending others to do the same.



    Congratulations to Mike Gobbi, DipC


    Ben congratulates Mike on Acheiving his DipCOn December 31 we celebrated with Mike Gobbi, his partner Judy and baby daughter Sophie when Mike was presented with his Diploma in Counselling by Jane Olynyk, Jock McKeen and Bennet Wong. Congratulations Mike, from everyone at The Haven.


    Jane Olynyk with Mike, his partner Judy and baby daughter Sophie



    VIU Honorary Doctorates for Wong and McKeen


    Dr. Bennet Wong Dr. Jock McKeen


    We are delighted to announce that The Haven's founders, Jock McKeen and Bennet Wong, will receive honorary doctorate degrees from Vancouver Island University at a convocation ceremony on February 9, 2012.


    "Jock McKeen and Bennet Wong are very deserving of this special honor," said VIU President Dr Ralph Nilson in a press release. "Their work as consultants, leaders, educators and authors has been recognized as an outstanding distinction and achievement, and a shining example of excellence and innovation to society in general."


    "We feel deeply honored to be receiving honorary doctorate degrees from Vancouver Island University," said Jock McKeen. "To be recognized for our life work is extremely gratifying."


    We at The Haven would like to congratulate Ben and Jock on this richly deserved honor!


    Read the News Release from Vancouver Island University on Ben and Jock's Honorary doctorates.



    The 2012 Program Catalogue is Here!

    The new 2012 Program Catalogue is full of information about programs at The Haven and the faculty who teach them. It's available in an easy to read Flipbook, which allows you to bookmark, scan the thumbnails, zoom in and out, watch it as a slideshow, print it out and click the interactive links. You can also email it and share it on your Facebook and Twitter pages.


    If you have been to a program at The Haven in the last ten years, you will be receiving a copy in the mail by the end of November. We are always happy to send you extra copies. Just contact our front desk staff or 1 800 222 9211 ext 0.



    The Haven Harvest Auction

    WOW, what a great response, and thanks to everyone who bid on items, and to everyone who donated items to bid on. Together we were able to raise over $6,700.00 for the Financial Aid Program in 2012.


    Your enthusiasm and support make it possible for The Haven to reach people who really need it, and who would not otherwise get the chance.



    The Haven's 5 Year Strategic Plan

    Read the summary of the 5-year Strategic Plan here.  If you have a bit more time, why not read the whole thing?



    Second Time Around Discount for the 25-day Phase Programs

    For the first time in 2009, we offered a discount for participants who had already completed the full 25-day Living Alive Phase I, who wanted to take the program again. This was so well received that we have decided to extend the offer to all of our 25-day programs in 2012. So, any participant who has already completed Living Alive Phase I, Living Alive Phase II or (in 2013) New Horizons Phase III can repeat the same program for the full 25 days, and receive an $800 discount. 


    Programs Offered at The Haven
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    Latest News Releases from The Haven

    Sep 2, 2014 - Claire Uhlick: Gabriola Artist in Residence 2014. [read more]

    Jan 14, 2014 - Dr. Gabor Mate Coming to The Haven [read more]

    Sep 28, 2013 - Bennet Wong Obituary [read more]

    Sep 28, 2013 - ‘A Giant Has Fallen’ Wong, Bennet Randall. July 16, 1930-September 25, 2013. [read more]

    Sep 17, 2013 - Eric Bibb is Back at The Haven! Eric Bibb is returning to The Haven’s Wong & McKeen Phoenix Auditorium... [read more]

    Sep 14, 2013 - Brooke Leifso: Gabriola Artist in Residence 2013 Welcome to Brooke Leifso... [read more]

    Jun 4, 2013 - TEDxGabriolaIsland Talks Now Available... [read more]

    Apr 11, 2013 - Meet the 2013 Young Artists in Residence at The Haven on Gab... [read more]

    Feb 28, 2013 - Selection Panel Announced for Gabriola Artists’ Residency... [read more]

    Feb 18, 2013 - Musician, author and teacher Victor Wooten will be at The Haven on Gabriola Island to share his remarkable gifts in a workshop ... [read more]

    Feb 1, 2013 - The Haven Welcomes Oprah Author, Mark Nepo for Presentation and Workshop ... [read more]

    Jan 18, 2013 - TEDx Comes to Gabriola Island On March 18 2013 ... [read more]

    Nov 22, 2012 - Looking Ahead to The Haven’s 30th Anniversary ... [read more]

    Oct 3, 2012 - Jane Siberry is the latest in a series of great musicians and performers to play at The Haven ... [read more]

    Oct 1, 2012 - Artists in Residence at The Haven, Gabriola Island... [read more]

    July 3, 2012 - Come Alive Video Speaks for Itself. A new video launched by The Haven which can be found on the homepage of their website features people speaking very personally ... [read more]

    Apr 25, 2012 - Not One But Two Artists in Residence at The Haven... [read more]

    Apr 18, 2012 - Haven Founders Launch Sixth Book - The Illuminated Heart... [read more]

    Apr 11, 2012 - The Artist's Haven Selection Committee Announced... [read more]

    Feb 7, 2012 - The Artist's Haven...[read more]

    Dec 19, 2011 - Bright Things Happening at The Haven...[read more]

    Dec 14, 2011 - Teaching and Learning in Canada and China...[read more]

    Aug 22, 2011 - Eric Bibb returns to The Haven for a workshop, concert, and CD launch... [read more]

    Aug 19, 2011 - The Haven Toolkits Come to Vancouver And Victoria... [read more]

    June 8, 2011 - The Haven Announces New Director of Operations... [read more]

    Nov 8, 2010 - Learning a different way to communicate.  Communicating should be simple... [read more]

    Sept 15, 2010 - Artists Paint Gabriola. You may not have thought it possible, but the artistic density of Gabriola Island just went up significantly... [read more]

    Sept 9, 2010 - Halfway Around the World to Find Their Hearts. A group of 14 people from China visited The Haven on Gabriola Island to participate in the first ever 25 day program to be translated into Mandarin... [read more]

    August 4, 2010 - Haven Appoints New Board Member... [read more]

    July 29, 2010 - Taking the Stress Out of "The Talk".  It's the talk that parents and caregivers dread. "Where do babies come from?"... [read more]

    June 12, 2010 - Youth Leaders Recognized.  23 young people were awarded Youth Leadership Diplomas and Volunteer Certificates at a ceremony held at The Haven... [read more]

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