Shen blog

I am sure you know the feeling when at times your thoughts get too loud and overwhelming and your head is spinning. For me that often happens when a person or a situation triggers me. My reaction and related thoughts take over the present moment and send me for a spin. I have done years of sitting...Read more
Cathy McNally, reporting on the 2017 Surrey Teachers Convention On Friday May 5, I had the privilege of joining a remarkable teacher and three of her students (past and present) to present our combined explorations of the gift of using the communication model in our lives. Wow! Teacher Lizanne...Read more
We are making progress! The search for a new Executive Director of The Haven as been proceeding according to the original plan of being thorough and inclusive and also being on schedule. The past months have been very busy and intense for the Search Committee as we attend to the many details of the...Read more
Depression and the journal By Ellery Littleton. I’m reluctant to write about my ongoing experience with depression. It feels hard and heavy. And I have already written about it at great length, ad nauseam, it sometimes feels like, in my journal, where I first named it “my ugly old friend.” But I...Read more
By Talia Peckel Some of you Haven-comers and goers may have noticed a bright and colourful burst of cloud-like formations on the fence near the front entrance to the property. Some of you have even taken a closer look and asked yourself what these painted images are all about. And now that it has...Read more
By Don Mattson Thank you to Rachel for organizing for the wonderful retirement luncheon. It was a great honour to see so many familiar faces of Haven family come to see Viv and me off. I am still receiving emails and letters from folks with heartwarming messages about connection we have had in the...Read more
By Bettina Rothe. Bettina is teaching Body, Breath and Beat at the Haven July 6-9, 2017. I am a body advocate… I listen to the nonverbal, the movement, the breath, the stories held in our bones, flesh and hearts. I value the intelligence of the body, its wisdom expressed in a myriad of shapes,...Read more
By Brad Cassidy. Follow the link to find out more and register for Brad's next offering of Psychology of the Chakras . coming April 21-24, 2017. Relationship is fundamental to a healthy, balanced and successful life, and a key feature of a wholesome relational life is compassion. Though compassion...Read more
By Talia Peckel I won’t say I have a deep message to write about this week, but I do have a video update! As many of you know, I’m working on a mural at the Haven. One of the largest I’ve ever painted. It started off as what looks like a foggy cloud of uncertainty, but in recent days it has begun...Read more
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

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