ONLINE: Communication Basics

Connecting in tough times

The Haven’s Communication Model offers a doorway into communicating and connecting when it really matters. As we navigate these uncertain times—at home, in our work, and in our communities—tension and anxiety may be front and center for us or nibbling at our edges. 

Do you live alone and suddenly need to use new technology to communicate across distance? Are you finding you’re a little too “up close and personal” with your partner, kids or housemates? Is there an edge creeping into your voice? Do you imagine you hear that edge in others?

Maybe you’ve just done a shift at the hospital or another essential service and come home to a partner who’s been working at a computer in isolation all day. You’re both tired. You’re each seeing the world more and more differently these days. It’s hard to know where to begin. 

Are you juggling supporting your kids doing school online with meeting your own work deadlines? In a moment of lost patience you’ve lost your connection and can’t imagine talking to anyone right now. 

The need to make space for respectful dialogue is both important and urgent in our lives. Our health and well-being depend on it. 

The Haven’s Communication Model offers an accessible map and set of tools to improve your communication skills - a path to recover your curiosity and generosity of spirit, bring increased clarity to your relationships, and support finding your way out of misunderstandings.

This 3-hour interactive online program,“Communication Basics – connecting in tough times”, is a great introduction to working with the Model. It’s also a good refresher for those who’ve learned the Communication Model in other Haven programs and want to apply it to what you are facing today.

You’ll be invited to connect with others, practice your skills in pairs and trios, and consider how you want to take what you learn back into your lives. If you're attending this workshop with someone else, you'll be invited to let us know during registration - there may be opportunities to practice or dialogue with specific people. 

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This program is especially for you if you want to...

  • share more clearly what is really up for you in these challenging times,
  • communicate more directly and improve your relationships with friends, family, loved ones, or work colleagues,
  • discover ways to stay more present in difficult conversations, conflict and other challenging situations,
  • expand your self-awareness, think more clearly and communicate with more empathy and clarity, and
  • slow down, get curious and be a better listener.


Program Highlights:

  • Experiential learning with experienced leaders and online technical support;
  • A mid-program break for reflection and integration; 
  • Opportunities to connect with others and practice skills in pairs or trios; and
  • Time to identify how you want to take what you’ve learned back into your life.



A 3-hour workshop (with a break) on Zoom. This session is limited to 24 participants.



Pay-what-you-can. There is a registration fee of $35 and beyond that, you decide what you're able to invest. This limited-enrollment program is valued at $150. 


Technical requirements:

This online program will be hosted on Zoom, a video conferencing software that is free for participants and easy to use on a variety of devices. You will need to have a device (desktop computer or laptop recommended; tablet or smartphone can work too), reliable internet connection, and sound capabilities (headset recommended; built in or external microphone or speaker systems can work too). You will be invited to join the call up to 15 minutes early to receive technical support. Please do not join on multiple devices. Registration is individual - sharing a screen is not permitted. 

Note: The link to join the call and Haven Online How-to guide will be emailed to participants the day before the program, and again on the day of the program.