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A mining company in the heart of the Rockies is not the first place you might think of as fertile ground for the Communication Model. For Terri Wolfe, however, bringing Haven learnings into the organization she co-leads is having very positive results. Terri first came to The Haven in 2000. She is...Read more
By Rachel Davey I always read the articles coming from The 99 Percent with interest. I was struck reading one recently that lists 8 Counter-Intuitive Ways to Improve your Well-Being and Creativity, because I think The Haven offers 7 out of the 8 ways! Eat breakfast – no problem at The Haven. Sit...Read more

By Peter Joyes. Peter's Harmonograph in The Haven's Games Room has entertained and fascinated children and adults for many years.
 Origins I built this double pendulum drawing machine from parts gleaned from the Haven maintenance shop. My wife was involved in a Living Alive Phase program and I was...Read more
Take a look at this wide-ranging interview with Dr Dan Siegel, talking about his new book The Whole Brain Child ... and much more. The second part of the interview is here . Daniel Siegel is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. Here he speaks with Studio 4 host Fanny Kiefer...Read more
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