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.
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.
Eric Bibb is returning to The Haven’s Phoenix Auditorium Wednesday October 2 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 September 29 to October 3 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.
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.
a Great Way to Spend a Few Summer Weekends!
This program will help you:
With sharing, music, movement, creativity and experiential exercises we will co-create a fun and safe place to Continue our journey of growth!
Please come at 9:30~17:00 on the following summer weekends:
The cost for this 5-day inner journey is $400.
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 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.
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.
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.
With 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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
or call us 250-716-6695.
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.
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 $25
including tax and are available from The Haven (1 800 222 9211 ext. 0, firstname.lastname@example.org) or from Artworks
on Gabriola Island. The presentation will begin at 7pm in the Wong and McKeen Phoenix Auditorium at
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.
On 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.
Staying Alive Intensive – an experiential workshop to refresh, deepen, and expand on your Haven experience.
Gisela Sartori, MA, DipC RCC, and
Friday, December 7, 7pm to 10pm
Saturday, December 8, 9am to 5pm
Sunday December 9, 9am to 5pm
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
or call 250-325-1215 or 917-434-1430
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.
how to prepare your children for a future that we cannot predict
Instructor 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.
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
On Sunday, September 23rd, 5pm-6pm(ish) at the Phoenix Auditorium, Gabriolans have a wonderful opportunity to meet a pioneer in the
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.
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: www.citizenscounselling.com
Please contact Valerie Watterson firstname.lastname@example.org 250-519-1018 for further information. Payment by cheque or cash only.
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:
A New Video for Come Alive
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.
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.
Date and Time:
Cost: $325.00, meals and accommodation not included
Andrew 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!
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,email@example.com 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!
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.
Visit the Artist in Residence page for more information about the program.
A 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."
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.
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...
The 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
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 about...it'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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
Embracing 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 www.wellnessinstitutehawaii.org/programs.
With warmest wishes for an outstanding Year of the Water Dragon,
The 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.
For 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:
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
On 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.
VIU Honorary Doctorates for Wong and 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 email@example.com 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
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.
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