BACKGROUND NOTES TO SPLASH -
SPIRIT LED APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE HOLISM:
A MONTH-LONG HOLISTIC PEER GROUP PROGRAMME
Holistic living involves the whole self and therefore includes the following parts of the person:
Relationships between people and groups (Social)
If there is a hierarchy in holistic learning, the process should be led by the higher self or the spiritual self. A helpful analogy is that the whole person can be likened to a carriage and driver pulled by a horse. The owner is inside the carriage, the driver is high at the front with the reins of the horse in his hands. The owner represents the higher self (spirit); the carriage (body); the driver (mind) and the horse (emotions). The direction should be set by the owner, (the spirit) and not by the driver (the mind). Each part then has a clear function in making the carriage move to its destination.
So the idea is to gather a group of people together and do a month-long journey together, making goals and logging results. As individuals this enables us to look at our current ways of living holistically and expand on them or identify areas where we are weaker and need to improve. We can especially look and share at the ways we already let our spiritual or higher self lead out lives. I use meditation as a spiritual practice and can only work as a creative person if I listen to my higher self and wait for ideas to emerge. Creative work is a spiritual practice for me. Other people may use Taize or devotional singing or walks in nature or gardening. There are many, many ways to access the spirit.
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6-11 April, 2014
The Haven, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada
I am delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 2014 International Holistic Centers Gathering. On behalf of all of us at The Haven, we look forward to welcoming participants from all over the world to our beautiful island.
To register for the Gathering, please contact the Haven registration office by phone (1 800 222 9211 x 1) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our registration staff are available seven days a week from 9am to 6pm Pacific time (PST).
The Gathering will begin at 7.30pm on Sunday April 6 and end at noon on Friday April 11 to allow for travel time on both days. Check in is at 4pm, check out at noon. We can accommodate early check in or late check out on request.
The registration fee includes the Gathering, accommodation and meals from Sunday April 6 to Friday April 11. Taxes are not included.
Shared accommodation: $700 plus taxes.
Private accommodation: $900 plus taxes.
We have a very limited number of subsidized places for those in financial difficulty. Please contact Rachel Davey, Executive Director of The Haven (email@example.com) if you wish to be considered. Continue Reading »
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We are delighted to announce the new programme for 2014. Click here to view full details. Courses are currently being added to the website and this will soon be complete, but we wanted to share an advance preview right away.
As well as some completely new courses for next year, we also have a change to the programme style: during the busy holiday periods we are offering an additional option: to arrive or depart on a Wednesday, as this often means you can get cheaper flights. It also means you can choose to do one and a half weeks, should you wish. Please see the programme on the link above, and contact us with any queries. Continue Reading »
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Wong, Bennet Randall. July 16, 1930-September 25, 2013.
Pioneer humanist and human potential advocate Bennet (‘Ben’) Wong died Wednesday September 25 in Nanaimo British Columbia, at the age of 83, from complications of a fall and Parkinson’s disease. Nanaimo is twenty minutes by ferry from Gabriola Island, home to the The Haven, co-founded by Wong in 1983 with his business and life partner Jock McKeen.
Bennet Wong knew from childhood that he wanted to become a psychiatrist and to help people. His life as a specialist in Adolescent Psychiatry and as an early advocate of holistic health and unencumbered authentic living makes him an important part of the theories and practices that have helped to define an entire generation. Continue Reading »
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An open position for a Human Resources Manager is available at Esalen. The office is on campus in Big Sur. Can you think of anyone who would have the skills and be a cultural fit for Esalen?
If you are interested or can think of anyone who might be, please call Tatyana Sanikovich HR Generalist at 831-667-3059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details please click here HR Manager Esalen
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I’m grateful and happy the Gathering is so strong and dynamic. It’s here and it’s here to stay and that is very fulfilling. I have a huge appreciation for Esalen, they did a magnificent job with the space, the schedule, the community. I feel personally renewed by the natural beauty, the heart connections and new friends.
There is a planetary transformation of consciousness and these centers give people hope. It’s possible to be together in a new way, a meeting in the heart, all coming together in a beautiful ambience. I feel very happy about the future of the Gathering.
New York Open Center
I have only sixteen pages of notes worth taking! A reflection of the richness of the Gathering. I’ve valued the open space, the number of optional sessions and appreciate the heartfelt connections.
Mount Madonna Center
It’s been a wonderful week, I’ve enjoyed every second and couldn’t be happier its at The Haven next year. I will do my best to make sure it’s as wonderful as this year at Esalen!
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The Haven is honoured to be the host centre for the International Holistic Centers Gathering 2014.
We are a not-for-profit charitable educational institution on beautiful Gabriola Island, BC, Canada. In 2013 The Haven is celebrating 30 years of offering programs for personal and professional development and growth.
The Haven has participated in many Centers Gatherings over the years. I went to the Gatherings at Findhorn in 2012 and Esalen in 2013 and came away fully convinced that the opportunities for learning and collaboration offered by the Gatherings are extremely valuable to my organization. In the months leading up to the next Gathering, I will be posting every couple of months with some information about The Haven which I hope will tempt you to join us, April 6-11 2014.
The Haven was founded in 1983 by Jock McKeen and Bennet Wong. They developed a set of models which underpin some foundational programs which have become The Haven’s core curriculum. One of those programs is Come Alive, which is offered at least once a month. Many hundreds of circles of thousands of Come Alives have happened at The Haven since the first in September 1983.
Come Alive is an opportunity for revitalizing your life, discovering and activating your resources and realizing your full potential in your personal and professional life. To find out more about the program, watch this video of participants talking about their experience of Come Alive.
There will be a Come Alive running directly before and after the Centres Gathering, March 30-April 4 and April 21-26. Centers Gathering participants will be offered a special discount to attend either of the two April Come Alives. This will be announced at before the end of the year, when we open registration for the Gathering.
For more information about Come Alive at The Haven, please visit our web site http://www.haven.ca/programs/come-alive.html If you have any questions about the 2014 Centers Gathering, please contact me by email (email@example.com)
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