Guest Faculty

I am an adult educator, spiritual spelunker, and program 'midwife,' with over forty years’ experience helping to breathe life into budding opportunities. Gabriola has provided a sweet home base for our family for the past two decades.

Jayn Steele BA (IDST), Cert HCS has a background in business and corporate technology sales. She credits participating in the Haven’s “Come Alive” program for winning her company’s “Pinnacle Award” and achieving 314% of her performance target in 2016.

Kathryn moved to Gabriola in 2006.  She has travelled extensively in Indian, Sri Lanka and Bali…all homes of Ayurveda. 

Ken Ouendag invites people to explore new ways of connecting with nature, while opening the door to the healing properties of forests and other natural environments.

Jay Wade is a facilitator who leads transformative programs with youth and adults exploring masculinity, sexuality, gender, sustainable living and nature connection. He is a Youth & Family Worker, Certified Sexual Health Educator and an Intern at the Haven.

Leah Hokanson is a a life-long adventurer of sound and listening—as a classical pianist, vocalist, choral director, improviser, singer/songwriter; and now as a facilitator of programs exploring vocal sounding and listening as vibrational portals to healing and Wholeness.

Pandit Tejomaya was called to a spiritual life from early on. He holds a bachelors of arts in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a masters of science in Health from the University of Wisconsin.

Josee Velsen lives on beautiful Gabriola Island, and is the creater of  La Belle Vie wellness and Bed & Breakfast which offers Ayurvedic aspects.  “Ayurveda came into my life twenty years ago while recovering from breast cancer, since then I continue to learn, practice and share the great teachings of Ayurveda.”   Ayurveda is a way of living that is over 5000 years old, known as the Science of Life.


I love hats, and I wear many in my life. But no matter which hat, my passion is for bringing people together for connection, transformation, and magic. I'm a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication, an independent event producer, and an artist. I live with my partner and two teenaged sons on 5 acres on Gabriola Island.

Bettina Rothe is passionate about bringing community together to co-create sacred space in which she invites conscious embodiment and heart centred intimacy. As a somatic coach and licensed 5Rhythms® dance teacher, she draws from a variety of healing movement arts, psychology, meditation, and shamanic practices. She has been teaching workshops internationally since 1998 and lives in Vancouver, BC