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By Ellery Littleton “Poetry doesn’t matter to most people,” writes Jay Parini, poet, novelist and professor of English at Middlebury College, Vermont. “Most people don’t write it, don’t read it, and don’t have any idea why anybody would spend valuable time doing such a thing.” There are people who...Read more
Updated December, 2018. Jane Geesman and Sarah Lucht created Act Natural at The Haven in 2001. This is their story... Jane Geesman writes: Some years ago, I had a lively conversation over dinner with Ben and Jock about the impact Haven seminars were having on my work in theatre. Their concepts of...Read more
Thanks to Peter Joyes for this lovely drawing of the lodge.Read more
Susan Clarke and Carole Ames are leading the next Living Alive Phase I, July 7 – August 1 When I came to The Haven I was facing a health crisis and Come Alive woke me up and turned my world around. I loved the aliveness I got in touch with; however, I really had no idea how to sustain what I had...Read more
I was a successful 34-year-old single professional on disability leave for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when I participated in Phase I in 1992. I knew I was at a potential crossroads emotionally, physically, spiritually and professionally. However, I had no idea how to go about making changes, what...Read more
This article is taken from the Ideas in Action booklet, which also contains summaries of the Communication Model, the Selves Model and the Resonance Model, plus a piece about breathing. Power and strength are important themes in Living Alive Phase I. The concepts of power and strength run through...Read more
Face the Music and Dance By Sylvia Edlund Shen 1997 One year ago I came to The Haven hoping to learn better ways of coping with severe short-term memory loss, which resulted from a ruptured appendix and peritonitis over two years earlier. Although I was glad to be alive, this disability was...Read more