Haven 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 here.

Al Chambers has a PhD in Therapeutic Counselling, a Masters in Counselling Psychology, a Diploma in Counselling, and a degree in Business. He has worked for 25 years in therapy and psychology, has taught at universities and colleges, and leads programs throughout Asia and Canada.

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

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.

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.

Carole Ames MTC, BES, DipC, and Usui Reiki Master, is the founder of Creative Pursuits and leads Come Alive, Living Alive Phase I and Getting Unstuck: The Alchemy of Humour at The Haven.

Catherine Fallis PhD, RCC, DipC 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. 

PhD, MEd, RCC, Dip-C, is a creative and compassionate facilitator and a skilled clinical counsellor specializing in addictions. She has worked with Fraser Health MHSU for eighteen years and leads Come Alive and other programs at The Haven and in 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, PhD, 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, MTC, BA, DipC, Cert Gerentology is an accomplished teacher in holistic health body dynamics. With a loving spirit, honesty and humour, she leads Come Alive, Living Alive Phase II, Sensational Contact, and Connective Touch.

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 RPC uses his fun nature and passionate enthusiasm for anger exploration to lead Anger, Boundaries, and Safety at The Haven. He has a private counselling practice in Vancouver.

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

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 DTCM, BA, DipC is a counsellor, acupuncturist, and group facilitator and The Haven's Director of Intern Training. She leads Come Alive, New Horizons: Phase III, Five Elements Practicum, Sensational Contact, Connective Touch, 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.

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.

Jim Edwards BSW, RSW, CCAC has been helping people with Addictions and Mental Health issues for over thirty-five years.  As a gifted facilitator, Jim demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for helping people change.

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., MTC, has been connected with The Haven since 1993. She combines a Masters Degree in Therapeutic 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.


Judi Oakes MA, CCPA has facilitated workshops for over 35 years in the areas of family of origin, addictions, grief, and trauma.

Judith and Gerry Fewster PhD are senior psychotherapists and educators who direct one of 12 international IBP institutes dedicated to the advancement of human potential through relationships.

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.

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.

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.

Kristina Wray Baerg MA, Cert ConRes enjoys facilitating work that enables people to learn and grow together and to realize personal and/or organizational goals.

Leah Hokanson is a vocalist, pianist, conductor, music educator, facilitator, and vocal sound healer based on Gabriola Island, BC.

Leslie Whyte MTC, 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 Phase I & II.

Linda Nicholls DipC, MTC, PhD is an adventuresome and masterful group facilitator, counsellor, and teacher of experiential educational programs. Linda is a Haven Elder and Core Faculty.  During The Haven’s formative years she worked extensively with founders Ben Wong and Jock McKeen.

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..

Maria Gomori MSW, DipC, PhD 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.

Mitch, MFA, Cert NVC , believes in the promise of more interdependent relationships and cultures. He is passionate about creating "liberation projects", and supporting creative, subtle, and long-term expressions of freedom and "undominance" in individuals and communities.  He is known for his inclusive, questioning, and non-directive approach to leadership and group development.

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.

Philip Winkelmans MA, PhD has been writing, teaching and studying systems for enhancing intuition, inspiration, and creativity through psychospiritual technologies for over 30 years.

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.

Sue Muirhead, Dip C, MEd, RCC is a lover of deep connection, the wild, windy world, and passionate, soulful creating of all kinds. In her practice as a counsellor she shares with individuals, couples, families and groups. She has been coming to The Haven since 1993, and works now as an assistant in a variety of courses.

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 MA-ABS, 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, DipHCS leads Come Alive, Living Alive Phase I, New Horizons: Phase III and the online Come Alive Integration program. Having lived and worked in Egypt, Cyprus, and the Czech Republic, he now has a private practice in Victoria, BC, and works at the Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees.

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.

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