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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
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