Shen blog

If you’ve been to The Haven, chances are you’re familiar with our salad bar – and our famous nutritional yeast dressing. You may have asked for the recipe during your last visit or maybe you’ve been wishing you had. Lucky for you, we’re starting a new series – Haven at Home – to bring some of your...Read more
By Haven Core Faculty, Carole Ames You may question my timing on an article about humour. You might be thinking “life is clearly too serious, what with a global pandemic, social distancing (something we never heard of before, let alone practiced), mysterious shortages of certain paper products”...Read more
Our current collective reality is on tilt. Together we are facing the unknown and the demand to live with unprecedented challenges. How each of us is handling this could be shifting from day to day, hour to hour, minute by minute. It may be that you are feeling fear, loss, helplessness. Maybe...Read more
This Somatic Experiencing (SE) meditation by Susa Holt is intended to help us find quiet in challenging times. She says: "My inspiration for using the blanket, was from a friend and SE mentor who teaches “Living in the Wilderness” skills, and teaches a “Warmth Management" course! May you all stay...Read more
Linda is a senior member of Haven core faculty and is internationally renowned for her expertise in the field of body, breath and energy work. In this new series, 'From the Forest', Linda brings us into her favourite natural environments on Gabriola Island to share her practice of conscious deep...Read more
By Wayne T. Dodge MD, MPH, DipC If you've been to Come Alive at The Haven, there's a good chance you've participated in or witnessed some Gestalt-type work or more specifically what is called a "2-chair process." Many participants have found profound healing and transformation with this modality...Read more
By Gillian Enright This visualization was created out of a deep desire within me to stay connected with everyone through loving and inner strength at this time when physical and social distancing is being required of all of us. I wish to deeply stay connected and my heart has felt such loving for...Read more
If you find yourself with unexpected time on your hands, you're not alone. In a recent article, long-time Haven Faculty member, Wayne Dodge shared some suggestions of how you might embrace this uncertain time - or at least respond to it in a choice-full way. One action we can take is to listen - to...Read more
By Toby Macklin, Haven Faculty member, MA, RCC, DipHCS A curious thing about human breathing is that we can do it automatically (we must, in order to live!) and also consciously. It can be both a reaction and a response. We need both. Sometimes we instinctively hold our breath to protect ourselves...Read more
By Dr Wayne Dodge MD, MPH, DipC In these unsettling times, we have choice as to how we react and/or respond to our unsettlement. There are the usual recommendations – which I heartily endorse: Practice your grounding . Whatever you do to invite yourself to ground – breath, yoga, running, prayer,...Read more