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Bettina Rothe is leading Body, Breath and Beat: A 5Rhythms® Workshop at The Haven, July 5–8. Your body is a “library of your stories”. It keeps score of the myriad of your life experiences. It holds your truths – nothing is forgotten in your tissues, muscles and bones. Your personal stories and the...Read more
Within hours of her arrival on Gabriola Island earlier this month, Ayala Reznik warmed our hearts and captivated us with her range of talents and stunning creativity.Read more
By Jennifer Hilton. Jennifer is one of the leaders presenting Dynamic Dialogue: Communicating and connecting when it really matters April 26-29 and Nov 1-4, 2018. I like words. I like knowing the meaning of words. That doesn’t surprise me: my family has always been vocal and in the past, when they...Read more
By Cathy McNally Early this morning I heard – yet again – the passionate plea from my new partner: “I want you to be with me!” … and my patience broke. “What more do you want?!” I threw back at him in grumpy despair. The silence between us was deafening. In the stillness, I reached out again and...Read more
By Emily G This article was first published on Shen in 2016 After twelve years of being in school, I've realized that very few things we are taught are actually relevant in my life. I've spent countless nights studying for a Biology test, memorizing hundreds of key terms, only to forget them all by...Read more
Kristina Campbell, January 2018 Wow, did I ever just go on a long trip down a rabbit hole. This afternoon I decided to do some intentional writing, as opposed to the accidental, stream of consciousness writing that I usually do. I wasn’t sure what to write about until I noticed a lot of people...Read more
The Haven and The Gabriola Arts Council are pleased to announce that Ayala Reznik has been chosen as their Artist in Residence, 3-30 April, 2018. Ayala is a Toronto-based sculptor and multi-media artist whose recent work has explored representation of the female body, particularly through the...Read more
"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing-wax – Of cabbages – and kings – And why the sea is boiling hot – And whether pigs have wings." (from Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter in Through the Looking-Glass) Wondering whether pigs...Read more
By c michael goodwin Cézanne … Picasso and Matisse called him "the Father of us all". Painting in the time of Impressionism he went beyond, Cézanne’s passion to find the truth in perception. Cézanne was after what he called “the lived perspective.” He wanted to capture all the complexities that an...Read more
Kristina Campbell is a multimedia artist and an intern at The Haven. She is collaborating with Jennifer Hilton on the Haven Video Portraits. “Your muse needs to know where to find you.” I had always attributed this quote to Pablo Picasso. Like a game of telephone I have filtered the quote through...Read more