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Victor Wooten is the author of The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth through Music and is described by many as the finest bass player alive. We're very excited to announce that Victor is coming for a second time to The Haven, February 7–11 to lead a workshop for both musicians and non-...Read more
LeighAnn Vaughan first came to The Haven in 2005 for Shadow Play with Linda Nicholls. She describes it as a 'life-altering' experience. Mostly, she realized in those few days a potential for connection and relationship she had never thought possible. From then on, she says, there was no turning...Read more
We recently welcomed a group of helpers on the second Haven Unplugged. They did a huge amount of work around the property and enjoyed some great evening sessions led by members of Haven faculty. Many thanks to all, and enjoy the slideshow. [kml_flashembed publishmethod="static" fversion="8.0.0"...Read more
Shirley Cameron attended a recent Singing Soul: Improvisational Acapella led by David Hatfield at The Haven. We participants were a diverse group with different levels of experience and musical skills and all voices were heard, welcomed and appreciated, all experiences and growth supported. Some of...Read more
In the last few years we have featured one of the Haven Models in each of our annual program catalogues. The 2010 catalogue is now available and this year it's the turn of the Resonance Model. If you're on our mailing list, you will receive a copy of the catalogue soon; if not, please get in touch...Read more
by Ellery Littleton After writing many haiku in recent years, I decided to have a go at crafting a little book of erotic romantic love haiku. I had been attracted to the idea for a long time, and the short form of the haiku suited me perfectly (three or four lines; 10 to 17 syllables, subtle and...Read more
By Gwen Ewan and Cathy Wilder Gwen and Cathy are members of Haven core faculty and recently volunteered at Sanyu Babies Home in Kampala, Uganda The jail break happened before our eyes as we entered the compound. They came streaming out of the unlocked side door of the main building, Stuart at the...Read more
By Wayne Dodge and Gwen Ewan. Gwen and Wayne's program Self-Compassion: Making Friends with Yourself runs in November. The model of Self Compassion that we teach at The Haven specifically describes the steps towards encouraging and nourishing a process that supports self acceptance and compassion...Read more
By Marlyn Farrell Creativity isn’t just for artists. We express ourselves in the way we move through the world, create meals, play with children, or express our ideas at work. We also express our creativity through the arts. In my workshops at The Haven, I use the arts (music, painting, etc.) to...Read more
By Elfi Dillon-Shaw Touch lives in the skin, which truly is the outside surface of the brain, through which we gather information and interpret it. Caring touch relaxes, unkind touch leads to unhappiness. The absence of touch, “skin hunger”, is a feeling of being alone in the world. This isolation...Read more