Shen blog

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
Jack Choules is a member of The Haven staff, working in the maintenance department. Here he writes about his experience of Joanna Macy's recent workshop at The Haven. Lecture (Friday October 9th 2009) She's smaller than I expected ­ maybe five feet tall and small-boned and yet her enormous spirit...Read more
By Ernie and Cathy McNally. Ernie and Cathy are leading Living Alive Phase I October 2-27. Do you have 15 minutes to invest in your relationship? Over time we can find ourselves busy, slowly drifting apart, wishing it were different, and believing “We just don’t have the time”. When we do have the...Read more
Recently I had the privilege of working with a group of women in the Primal Nudgings program. Some of them agreed to have their poems published in the Shen. These poems were written in a period of about 15 minutes, following an exercise with their masks. As you can see from the words, although the...Read more
Following up on the Carl Rogers passage below (Acceptance and Change), here is The Haven's Selves Model, which develops some of the ideas Rogers discusses. BAAAAA is an acronym for a process of self-compassion described in the model. All The Haven models can be downloaded in our Ideas in Action...Read more
Rachel Davey became The Haven's new Executive Director on August 1. She takes on the position from John Shields, whose work in the last two years has laid a sound foundation for the future success of The Haven. Rachel first came to The Haven in 2001 and then traveled to Canada from Cyprus every...Read more
As my tenure as The Haven’s Executive Director comes to a close, I want to acknowledge and appreciate the two Boards that I have served, as well as the staff and faculty who are so dedicated to the goals and aims of this wonderful place. When I began my contract as ED in 2007, the Board had asked...Read more
Our friends Dodo Lee and Cora Tao have been working with earthquake victims in the Duchainyian area of China, helping people deal with emotional trauma. Dodo and Cora worked with teachers from schools affected by the earthquake. These photographs are from the closing ceremony of one of their...Read more