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By Talia Peckel​ “Being is not passive; it takes focused awareness.” ― Maureen Murdock, The Heroine's Journey: Woman's Quest for Wholeness I have a spider tattoo. It represents fear and creepy things. Just kidding. Those are qualities that many humans project onto spiders. Here's my projection: a...Read more
By Jennifer Hilton. Jennifer is one of a group of Haven faculty members who offer talks and presentations away from The Haven. Find out more about Haven Speakers here. “People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there.” – Robert D. Putnam This quote rings...Read more
By Elfi Dillon-Shaw I arrived in Haida Gwaii on the sunny afternoon of March 17th. The following two days I was to present the Haven Toolkits in a place called Skidegate. Flying toward Haida Gwaii, I saw that the landing strip at Sandspit airport appeared impossibly short, with a beach on either...Read more
By Don Mattson It is with a heavy heart that I must say farewell to the wonderful Haven garden which I have loved for so many years. And to the many coworkers past and present, to the leaders, many of you have become close friends and mentors to me, and to the hundreds of participants I have had...Read more
By Talia Peckel . Talia begins her residency at The Haven at the end of March. Last time I mentioned that I am currently in Colombia, partly to see family and partly to travel by engaging with projects of personal interest, such as the Eco Hostel in Medellin. I just finished working with in the...Read more
Talia Peckel is The Haven / Gabriola Arts Council Artist in Residence for 2017, This is the first in a series of blog posts from her. *************** Hello, Haven and Gabriola community! My first blog post, where should I begin? I suppose I’ll start by introducing myself a little bit. I’m currently...Read more
By Laurel Aasen, a recent participant in Transforming Anxiety and Stress (coming up again March 2-5, 2017) and Teens Alive Assistant. Anxiety is a fantastic dancing partner … if you’re willing to extend your hand. If you’re willing to momentarily surrender the lead, its energy will remind you of...Read more
We love The Haven's word for 2017. It's inspiring! Here are some of the word's roots and other meanings, in English and Chinese. Inspire Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Breathe in (air); inhale. Origin 啓發 啓 is pronounced Chi with...Read more
Louise Amuir recently shared this appreciation and information with Haven donors. To find out more about giving back to The Haven, go to: As we begin the new year, I am reflecting on how very fortunate I am. In my job, I get to hang out with YOU! My work is often the happy...Read more
Ellery Littleton and Jock McKeen remember Leslie Alexander, a long-time friend of The Haven, who passed away on December 30, 2016. Ellery Littleton writes: Leslie Alexander and I were friends for over 60 years. We first met in September of 1954, each of us 13 years old, in our grade seven home room...Read more