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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
By Cathy McNally In the second half of this year I have made new friends. Three particular new male friends in this mix. My wise friend Maria Gomori, aged 96, advised me in August to reach out and explore relationships with these people, and others. “Be villing to make compromise, Caty!” she...Read more
By Cathy McNally Approaching the new year, I find myself thinking about the next stage of my life journey. The word I am choosing is: ‘reach’, the noun, for which there is a definition: an individual part of a progression or journey . What will be my ‘reach’ in 2017? Reflecting on 2016, I notice...Read more
Jock McKeen writes: Ken Faris, a long-time friend and supporter of The Haven passed away this fall. He was a fine artist, and a gentle man.His daughter sent me this information which she asked me to share with the Haven community. Ken passed away peacefully on September 8, 2016 at the age of 84. He...Read more
It's that time of year, the 2017 Haven program catalogue is here! The online catalogue is presented in a beautiful magazine-like format that automatically adjusts to match your viewing device, from mobile to desktop. We are expecting delivery of the printed catalogue during the week of December 5...Read more