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This article first appeared in the Learning For Life section of the Times Colonist, Feburary 2 2016. Go to to read it online. Living Well Together: Come Alive at The Haven Here at The Haven on Gabriola Island, we get some remarkable feedback from participants in our flagship...Read more
By Cindy O'Dell. Cindy is a registrar at The Haven. Skills 3: Gestalt Plus is coming up soon, Feb 11–14, with Jane Olynyk and Wayne Dodge. The idea came up in a program recently of doing a daily session of gestalt. I decided to take up the challenge and for a year, see its effect...Read more
The February eNews is here! Read about our new web site, Haven Q&A, a new free teleconference, what's coming up and much more. Sign up using the box below to receive the newsletter by email and never miss another one!Read more
By Cathy McNally As I continue learning to live alone, life is good. Just returned from a wonderful family reunion in an area with abundant sun, white sand, and ‘not-too-cold’ water to swim in … a particular pleasure of mine. Picked up my life companion and night-time-cuddler, my 9-year-old Bichon...Read more
Rachel Davey writes: It's here! The 2015 Video Annual Report for The Haven. Thanks to everyone who took part in the video and to all Haven friends out there who were part of our year. Special thanks to Jules Molloy of Close to the Sun productions for putting this all together. I have no idea how we...Read more
By Cathy McNally For some weeks now I have been following a personal commitment to ‘do something new’ each day. It got more personal recently. More about being true to myself. I like what is happening. I tried something very new, taking a risk I have avoided for years. It was delightful – and I was...Read more
By Cathy McNally. Person: “I love you” Ben: “I am happy for you” These were the words of a wise teacher of mine, Ben Wong. I heard them many years ago. I have understood the premise: if you say you love me, it is your loving, you are feeling it, so I am happy for you. It is not until recently that...Read more
Ellery Littleton’s poems about the “Haven Experience” By Ian Curtin The 126 poems in Ellery Littleton’s new book are, he says, “truly Haven haiku in that they were all in some way inspired by The Haven and the experiences it offers.” And as I read through them the first time, I am surprised and...Read more
Chesterman Beach – photo by Ellery Littleton By Ellery Littleton. Ellery is leading The Spirit Journal and The Spirit Journal Intensive in 2016 . This year, I heard Christmas rattling and clanging just over the horizon in mid-November. And as usual, I had mixed reactions to the premature onset of...Read more
Skills 3: Gestalt Plus February 11-14 with Wayne Dodge and Jane Olynyk The term Gestalt refers to three different things: a practice or exercise sometimes referred to as ‘two chair work’; a school of psychotherapy; and the concept of the ‘wholeness’ of a picture or situation. This program examines...Read more