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  • CAD $1,600.00 – Teens Alive

Date & Time Details:
Saturday August 19th - start with dinner at 6pm
Thursday August 24th - finish with lunch

Location: In person at The Haven

Address: 240 Davis Rd,Gabriola, BC

Email or phone to register
1-800-222-9211 ext 1

Email us about program

ONSITE: Teens Alive: Essentials

With Annika Raithby and Mackenzie Dickson

August 19 - 24, 2023

Email, or call 1-800-222-9211, ext 1 to register.  Online registration is not available for this program.

Teens Alive has been offered at The Haven for more than twenty years and is an extremely popular program, with many teens returning year after year. Linda Nicholls and David Raithby created Teens Alive to support people in their teens on their journey to develop a strong sense of ‘self’.

In our teen years, we have an important opportunity to learn about our ‘self’ and to learn to communicate clearly from this place of strength. We can improve and deepen friendships and relationships, and also learn to be emotionally self-supporting. Teens Alive is designed to encourage you in this process.  Over the last twenty years, David and Linda have gathered and supported a wonderful team of facilitators and youth assistants who have helped make the program what it is today. This year, Annika Raithby and Mackenzie Dickson will be facilitating Teens Alive: Essentials and are excited to lead the programs with a new updated structure co-designed with David and Linda.

Teens Alive is for people 14 to 19 years of age who want to:

  • Become comfortable speaking their own truth in a responsible way
  • Develop stronger self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Be less defensive and more curious and outgoing
  • Make relationships work
  • Deal with conflict
  • Discuss topics like friendship, school, sexuality, music, violence, drugs, families, authorities, social media, global issues, and career
  • Have fun and get to know other teens
  • Enjoy The Haven’s beautiful natural surroundings and its oceanside facilities – including swimming pool, hot tub, gym, and games room

  At The Haven, young people must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Teens must be supervised by an adult outside of program hours.  


Earlybird tuition and meal package $1867.50

A parent or guardian must accompany any youth attending programs.  Family accommodation costs vary, please contact the registrar directly to reserve the accommodation that best fits your needs. You can find our cancellation policy here


Your program begins with dinner at 6pm and your first session at 7:30pm

Daily schedule:

      • Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00am
      • Morning session 9:15am to noon
      • Lunch noon to 1:00pm
      • Afternoon session 3:00 – 6:00pm
      • Dinner 6:00 – 7:00pm
      • Evening session 7:30 – 9:30pm

Afternoon and evening sessions can vary.  Your program finishes with lunch on the last day


If you are travelling to Gabriola as a foot passenger on the Gabriola Ferry a shuttle to The Haven can be requested.  Information on this option will be included in your pre-arrival email.    

Covid 19 Protocols and Mask Mandates:

The Haven is currently following the BC Provincial health guidelines which means that proof of vaccination is no longer required to register for this program.  Masks will no longer be required to be worn inside session rooms, while those who wish to continue wearing masks may do so.

Participants are required to self-monitor for symptoms of illness, and are asked to isolate from others when showing symptoms.

Review our current Communicable Disease Safety Protocols to keep us all healthy on property.


Admission requirements: The student must have the desire and ability to learn.  Must demonstrate a capacity for responsible self care, responsible self organization and sound mental health.  The student must understand and speak English.

This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.  As such, the registrar did not review this program. What does this mean? Click here to learn more.


Annika Raithby
Annika Raithby is a group facilitator who is passionate about supporting and educating people to be more connected to themselves, their friends, and their family. She believes that this kind of personal development work is necessary to help people feel more of themselves, expand their passions and make an impact in their lives and the world around them. Annika studied Child and Youth Care at Vancouver Island University and trained extensively at The Haven, on Gabriola, from a young age. Her knowledge and experience greatly inspired her interest in working with young people and families.   She also loves hands-on creativity. …
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Mackenzie Dickson
Mackenzie Dickson is a facilitator, educator, and futurist who loves engaging with groups in exploring both personal and global issues. After completing his Master’s of Science in Strategic Foresight, Mackenzie took his curiosity to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization to further his learning about futures literacy and global systems. At UNESCO, he had the opportunity to facilitate international workshops for policymakers and government advisers. Drawing on his experience in group facilitation and personal development training locally and internationally, combined with his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Mackenzie designs and offers engaging…
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