2014: The Year of The Rhizome!

2014: The Year of The Rhizome!

By Toby Macklin and Rachel Davey The Haven’s word for 2014 is Let’s start with the obvious question: What is a rhizome? A rhizome is a root-like stem that grows horizontally on or just under the surface of the ground, and is capable of producing shoots and roots from its nodes. Irises, ginger, and potatoes [...]

The Relationship Project

The Relationship Project

By Jock McKeen and Bennet Wong First published in 1996 and now in Joining: The Relationship Garden, available from The Haven, on Amazon, and for most e-Readers. Over the years, we have been involved in a project of self-exploration together. In the spirit of the investigative seventies, we made an agreement with each other to explore intimacy [...]

Oh Sh*t! What Now!?

Oh Sh*t! What Now!?

By Susan Clarke. With her partner CrisMarie Campbell, Susan leads Come Alive, Living Alive Phase I, and Couples Alive at The Haven. This article first appeared on Susan’s own website, susanbclarke.com ******** I have been giving lots of thought and effort to defining what is my skill set, my niche. Basically, I keep coming back [...]

What is Giving Tuesday?

What is Giving Tuesday?

GIVING TUESDAY BLOW OUT DEALS! HAPPINESS ON SALE December 3 – Buy one, get one FREE! By Louise Amuir, Development Manager for The Haven The Friday after American Thanksgiving is the opening of the holiday shopping season.  Retailers call it Black Friday and have huge sales with fabulous deals so people can give their loved [...]

Robin Kelley: My Haven Experience

Robin Kelley: My Haven Experience

By Robin Kelley With thanks to Ben and Jock After recently surviving a very nasty bout of depression, I was thinking about The Haven and what it means to me, and of course, the passing of Ben Wong. I’ve been thinking about how Ben (and how can we say Ben without “and Jock”?) has helped [...]

Cathy Wilder: Compassionate Listening As An Art Form

Cathy Wilder: Compassionate Listening As An Art Form

  By Ellery Littleton  “I do this work because I love it. I love what happens for others and I love what happens for me. I am always learning and experiencing the profound value of being truly curious … about others, about myself.” Cathy Wilder – August, 2013 “In the group I did with Cathy [...]

Haven Happenings (from Heartwood) 1983 and '84

Haven Happenings (from Heartwood) 1983 and ’84

Before there was Shen, there was Heartwood. The following are some of the earliest Haven Happenings articles from Heartwood, documenting the challenges and joys of the early days at Haven-By-The-Sea. AT HOME AT LAST Autumn 1983 Author unknown Haven-By-The-Sea is the name of PD Seminars’ new home on Gabriola Island. During the visit and interview [...]

Loving is My Pleasure: Remembering Ben

Loving is My Pleasure: Remembering Ben

By Ellery Littleton In the days following Bennet Wong’s death on September 25, 2013, hundreds of e-mails poured into the Shen blog, expressing sorrow, loss, grief, gratitude, profound appreciation, and most of all, love. The vast majority of these e-mails contained the word “love” – sometimes several times in one note. Many thanked Ben for [...]

Brooke Leifso: The Value of Performance

Brooke Leifso: The Value of Performance

In my time at The Haven, I have furthered my belief in the value of performance. I decided to use my time at The Haven and on Gabriola to use my art to process my personal relationship with my disability. For most of my life I have tried to ignore, or deny my disability. At [...]

The Corn Re-members: Hopi Corn from the Kelley Poole Garden

The Corn Re-members: Hopi Corn from the Kelley Poole Garden

Gary Dillon writes: Aloha . . . Thanks for sending this picture to me; I’m pleased that I had the impulse to bring it by that day to share the immediacy of the aesthetic & cultural impact of the beauty of corn-children such as these are. I am aware that this reply about the corn [...]