Our Faculty

Haven faculty members are highly skilled and bring their diverse qualifications, backgrounds and life experience into their work in support of the participants in their programs. They embody and model what they teach in a very personal way. Find out more about them below.

Al Chambers B. Comm, M.Ed, DipC has worked for 25 years in therapy and psychology, has taught at universities and colleges, and leads programs throughout Asia and Canada.

Annika has been assisting and facilitating group workshops for over a decade. 

She has a Diploma in Child and Youth Care and is in the process of completing a Diploma in Counselling through The Haven.

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

Betty Gene McCallum DipC brings creativity and a sense of humour to her passion for working with people. She leads a Staying Alive group in East Vancouver, assists programs in China and has worked with First Nations groups in Northern Canada. She has been involved with The Haven for over 20 years.

Brad Cassidy is a certified Sacred Centres practitioner who has trained and practised widely. He has a passion for the raising of consciousness and the awakening of hearts.

Carole Ames BES (Honours), DipC supports people, couples and groups in meaningful reflection, creative exploration, and effective integration.

Catherine Fallis RCC, DipC, PhD has more than 25 years' experience using movement and the expressive arts in her work with individuals and groups.

Cathy McNally BSc, DipC is passionate about people and possibility. Growing up in a mix of cultures, with a background in business and teams, Cathy is curious about the gift of differences, and is committed to connection and understanding. 

Cathy Wilder, Haven Core Faculty, MEd, RCC, Dip-C, is a creative and compassionate group leader, counsellor and coach, who leads Come Alive, and Deep Listening: Core Skills for Coaching, and other workshops in both Canada and China.

CrisMarie Campbell BS, MBA, DipC, Master Certified Martha Beck Coach, Mind-Body Coach, leads Come Alive and Couples Alive with Susan Clarke, with whom she founded Thrive! Inc.

David Hatfield M.A., M.Ed. is a consultant and process facilitator specializing in masculinity, conflict and vocal improvisation.  His work has been contracted nationally and

David Raithby, DipC MEd RSW, seeks to encourage transformational presence in all aspects of one’s personal and professional life. He has worked locally and internationally with individuals, groups and businesses for over 45 years, and is a senior faculty member of The Haven on Gabriola Island.

Denise Goldbeck MA, PhD cand., DipC, RCC is a developmental psychologist specializing in social and moral development in children. She is the founder of Kids in the Spotlight and The Haven's Youth Leadership Program.

Derek LaCroix QC, DipC is the Executive Director of the Lawyers Assistance Program of BC. Since 1987, Derek has made personal development, spiritual growth, and working with others his life focus.

Elfi Dillon-Shaw DipC is a massage practitioner, bodyworker and educator who teaches programs on sexuality, body practices and stress management.  She created and leads Sexual Intelligence.

Ellery Littleton BEd is a true Haven “elder” whose Spirit Journal programs utilize the intensive journal-writing process, a uniquely effective approach to psychological self-care.

Eric Bibb has been singing, song-writing, and performing since a young age, surrounded by greats like Pete Seeger, Odetta, Paul Robeson, and his father Leon Bibb. At The Haven, he leads Spirit in the Song.

Gary Dillon MA has studied psychology, theology, and movement therapy, with an emphasis on Esalen massage, Hawaiian shamanic bodywork, and Taoist and Western esoteric transformations of Eros. He co-leads with his wife Elfi Dillon-Shaw and teaches internationally.

Geoffrey Carr PhD, R.Psych, CPT-S has been a professor of psychology at UBC and SFU. A Registered Psychologist in BC for 25 years, he has both published research and taught on psychological assessment.

Gillian Enright RMT, BA, DipC, Cert Gerontology is an accomplished teacher in holistic health body dynamics. With a loving spirit, honesty and humour, she leads Come Alive and Living Alive II.

Graemme Brown DipC has been associated with The Haven since 1985. He is dedicated to compassionate and gentle inquiry,  focused on his experience with the philosophy of Virginia Satir, Jungian shadow work and Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing system.

Greg Gurel   MPCC-S RPC ACC is a “people person” with a ravenous curiosity about life, love, and the human psyche. His personal journey started early in his twenties and since then he’s been continually challenging himself to grow mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Ian Curtin BComm, DipC is a founding member of The Inner Activist. He leads Come Alive and Couples in Conflict at The Haven.

Ismay Macklin has been at The Haven for as long as she can remember. Having been a participant in KITS and a youth leader in Teens and KITs for 7 years, she brings a rich understanding of fun to her work with young people.

Jane Geesman MFA has well over 30 years’ experience as an actor (onstage and television), director and teacher. She has trained and taught extensively at The Haven, and leads Act Natural with Sarah Lucht.

Jane Kilthei RM(Hon), DipC brings an open heart and a desire to create a more compassionate world to the programs she leads and assists in.

Jane Olynyk BA, DiplomaTCM, DipC is a seasoned counsellor, licensed acupuncturist, and group facilitator and is The Haven's Director of Intern Training. Blending Eastern and Western medicine and psychology, she offers a truly holistic view of working with body, mind, emotions and spirit. She leads Come Alive, New Horizons: Phase III, Five Elements Practicum, and Dynamic Empathy.

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.

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.

Jennifer Hilton CEC, DipC, Owner, Take The Next Step Coaching, is an empathetic relationship focused coaching practitioner and facilitator. Her passion is building healthy relationships and enabling people from all walks of life to reach their maximum well-being and potential.

Jennifer Roger BAppSc(PT), MD, CCFP and Blair Stanley BSc, MD, FCFP are rural family physicians and clinical faculty with the University of British Columbia. They have each been through separation and divorce and lived as single people in their 40s before coming together as life partners. Together they lead Life after Separation and Relationships Skills for Singles.

Jo-Ann Kevala Dip HGF, BA is a results-oriented senior executive with over 25 years of progressive leadership experience in the high-tech and emerging technologies businesses. The Haven has been a catalyst in her journey to finding self-compassion, balance and a way to live a more congruent life.

Joann Byres, Dip. C. has been connected with The Haven since 1993. She combines her Diploma in Counselling with almost two decades of business leadership experience as owner of a successful software company and an executive for a Fortune 500 company.

Jock McKeen MD, LicAc(UK), DLitt, Haven Faculty Emeritus co-founded The Haven with Bennet Wong in 1983. 

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.

 

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

Kelly Price is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), and a Certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F). Her teaching integrates advanced training in the therapeutic, technical and spiritual applications of yoga with an in-depth knowledge of eastern/western anatomy, patho-physiology, movement rehabilitation and somatic and transpersonal psychology.

Kristina Campbell, DipHCS, is a multimedia artist who cares deeply about life and intimate connection. She delights in using creative processes to share her playful passion for living life fully.

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.

Leslie Whyte DipC, Certified Calling in "The One" Conscious Uncoupling and Feminine Power Coach, brings a natural curiosity and caring to her work at The Haven, leading Come Alive and Living Alive I & II.

Linda Nicholls DipC, is an Elder, serving as a guide in transformational circle work for more than thirty-five years internationally and in North America, including Haven and Esalen.

Louise Amuir, Dip Haven Counselling, is interested in creativity and expressive arts as a means to connect with self and others. Her varied life experiences in theatre, writing, art, dance, music, parenting, relationships and meditation bring humour, mindfulness, curiosity and play to her work with people..

Lynette is 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 her family for the past two decades.

Mackenzie is a facilitator, educator, and professional futurist that loves engaging with groups in exploring both personal and global issues. 

Maria Gomori MSW, DipC, is the world's foremost practitioner and teacher of Satir processes. Celebrating her 99th birthday in 2019, she has taught at The Haven since its foundation.

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.

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.

Sandey McCartney, MA, DipC, is a compassionate and skilled facilitator, educator and therapeutic counsellor who has worked locally and internationally for over 40 years.

Sarah Lucht is a professional actor, educator and coach with 35 years’ experience in theatre, film and television. With Jane Geesman she leads Act Natural, a program which combines actors' training techniques with Haven concepts and models.

Solanna (MA) is a workshop facilitator with a background in writing, embodiment and sex education. She manages the Anxiety Cafe on social media and has been assisting anxiety courses at the Haven for the last four years.  She is certified in Counseling Skills (Haven), Journalling Facilitation (

Susa Holt, ND, MA, LMHC, SEP, Dip C, is a Psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples, groups and organizations, seeking meaningful responses to change while deepening capacity for relationships.

Susan Clarke DipC is co-founder of Thrive! Inc. with CrisMarie Campbell. Susan's journey through a life-threatening illness informs her commitment to living life full out. She has led Come Alive for over 20 years, as well as Living Alive Phase I and Couples Alive.

Toby Macklin MA, RCC, DipHCS leads Come Alive, Living Alive Phase I, New Horizons Phase III and the online Come Alive Integration program. He has a private online practice (goodcounselling.ca) working especially with men around trauma, change and growth. He is also a counsellor with the Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees.

Vicky Frederiksen, Haven Assistant Faculty, Dip-C, Dip-HGF, is adaptive and creative when working with people in recovery, and has facilitated programs for women and families at Sagewood Recovery in Maple Ridge, and has coached and supported clients in treatment on Bowen Island.

Wayne Dodge MD, MPH, DipC has been associated with The Haven since 1981.  Over the years he led Come Alive, Living Alive Phase I, and New Horizons: Phase III. With Gwen Ewan, he co-created Self-Compassion and a series of programs on Haven skills.  He is a proud grandfather who is enjoying retirement and spending time in Seattle with his husband and partner of more than 30 years.

Wen-Shwu Lee, Haven Core Faculty, CEC, Dip-C, MBA, BFA, BA, is a passionate, personal and professional corporate trainer and coach. She leads Come Alive and other programs in Canada, Taiwan and China. Over the years her work has been focusing on issues of addictive behaviours and co-dependent relationships.

Wendy Huntington MA, LMFT, DipC is a family therapist, group facilitator, and teacher.