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By Danielle Richey A group of students enrolled in the Royal Roads University’s MA in Intercultural and International Communication program visited Gabriola earlier this month and stayed at The Haven. They created a number of online Postcards from Gabriola Island . We're delighted to publish one of...Read more
By Don Mattson Hi, Don the gardener here. Well, another season in the Haven garden has come to an end and I am home catching up on some projects that have been put off for too long. The long cold wet spring turned out to be a blessing for the garden, with perennials, shrubs, and trees flourishing...Read more
We found two very interesting articles on the creativity of anger. If you're interested in the subject, check out Anger, Boundaries and Safety, a program created and taught for many years by the late Joann Peterson and now taught by Greg Gurel. Greg has recently added a follow-up program, Anger,...Read more
A very interesting article on Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a...Read more
By Bennet Wong Here's another story (both the text and Ben's recording of it) from In and Out of Our Own Way by The Haven’s founders, Bennet Wong and Jock McKeen. Both the book and the CD are available from the Haven store. When I was in the private practice of adolescent psychiatry, one patient...Read more
The intuitive mind, said Einstein, is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. But we have created a society that honours the servant, and has forgotten the gift. In this new RSAnimate, psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly...Read more
By Gary Holdgrafer. Along with Mary Holdgrafer and Wendy Huntington, Gary leads Creative Aging: Embracing the Second Half of Life. Being a person of a certain age, I notice that I am losing the mirror as my good friend. I glanced at myself one very cold winter morning after waking up. My hair was...Read more
By Bennet Wong, co-founder of The Haven and co-creator of Come Alive and other programs here. This entry is from In and Out of Our Own Way by The Haven’s founders, Bennet Wong and Jock McKeen. The stories in the book are also available, read by Ben and Jock, on an audio CD. Both the book and the CD...Read more
By Ellery Littleton & Wendy James Several years ago, Ian Curtin had a germ of an idea – one of those ideas that get hold of you and won’t let go. So he shared the idea with Brad Jarvis, Frank Quinby and Karen Stephens, and soon the idea became a vision – and thus the “Inner Activist” program...Read more
Following is an interview/article written by Ian Curtin, one of our talented ‘Come Alive’ leaders, with Ellery Littleton, poet and novelist, who has been offering intensive journal-writing programs at The Haven for 20 years. The Haven will be offering Ellery’s new workshop - The Spirit Journal – an...Read more