New Horizons Phase III Part A

New Horizons Phase III is designed as the integrative, conceptual complement to Living Alive Phases I and II. 

This exciting program is an invitation to complement and integrate your learning in Come Alive, the Living Alive Phase programs, or other adventures in personal growth. In this program you will dig deeply into the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings of The Haven's work. At the same time you will closely examine your own patterns of thought and behaviour and consider the implications and challenges of self-responsible, relational living in the contemporary world.

The program is intended both for people wanting to further their own personal growth and for health professionals, teachers and other “people helpers” wanting to broaden and deepen their theoretical framework and skills.

Some of the areas we will cover are:

  • The Haven: our history and the fundamentals of our approach to growth and experiential education.
  • Highlights of Western Psychology, especially the psychodynamic and humanistic / existential traditions reflected in Haven approaches.
  • Classical Chinese (Five Elements) Medicine. The philosophy of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, including its emotional and spiritual aspects, offers a different perspective on life and the application of healing practices to one’s self and to others.
  • The Body and its Energy. The theory and practice of various body-oriented therapies, including Haven-style body and breath work, introduces participants to concepts and experiences of energy blockage and release.
  • Other Methods for Change. The theory and practice of gestalt, psychodrama, communication skills and group dynamics. This will be useful both to those who work with people as helpers and in participants’ own growth process.
  • Living in the Contemporary World. Readings, presentations, film and experiences will provide material for discussions. Participants can use one another as “sounding boards” to help clarify and share their ideas and assumptions and make choices about how to live. 

The program consists of daily presentation and discussion sessions, skills practice, smaller group time, plus reading and films. Learning is both conceptual and experiential. 


If you have have already taken New Horizons, you're invited to drop in for sections of the program! The schedule is organized so that you can concentrate for several days on topics such as Haven-style bodywork or the Chinese Five Elements. Talk to the registrars ( 1 800 222 9211 x1) for timing and cost.


Although it is highly recommended to take this program following the Living Alive Phases, it can be taken at any time, bearing in mind individual needs, requirements and capabilities.

We recommend taking the complete 25-day program at one time. If this is not possible, participants can take the program in two parts, Parts A and B. Part A must be taken before Part B. 

Any participant who has already completed Living Alive Phase I, Living Alive Phase II or New Horizons Phase III can repeat the same program for the full 25 days, and receive an $1000 discount. Contact the registrars for more information (1 800 222 9211 x 1).


This reading list is intended to help you to start the process before you reach the session room. The books have been chosen to give you a wide invitation to explore the big questions, to stretch your thinking, to bump into your own limitations as you learn new ideas. We strongly encourage reading as many as you can, even if it means browsing through them to get a ‘feeling’ of what we are going to explore. You won’t be sorry.



This program is approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.