The Haven is dedicated to helping people build richer relationships with others and themselves. Our not-for-profit educational organization offers transformational learning experiences in group settings. For over 30 years, The Haven has developed innovative approaches to teaching and learning, challenging thousands to define and shape their lives.
The Haven is dedicated to helping people build richer relationships with others and themselves. With a centre on Gabriola Island, BC Canada our not-for-profit educational organization offers transformational learning experiences in group settings. We believe in creating a relational world where each of us is whole and responsible for ourselves and our environment. For over 30 years, The Haven has developed innovative approaches to teaching and learning, challenging thousands to define and shape their lives. healthy relationships and communicate effectively.
Warren Fraleigh, Executive Director, finds the Holistic Centers Network to be a rich source of inspiration, with exceptional opportunities for networking, sharing and collaboration. “I’m relatively new to The Haven and have found HCN to be an invaluable resource. Guided by the wisdom and experience of my HCN colleagues, I hope to contribute my years of leadership, relationship building and organizational management to not only better The Haven, but also to continue the supportive culture within this gathering of like-minded centers.”
Rachel Davey, who served as Executive Director of The Haven from 2007 to 2017, has attended a number of Centers Gatherings. She believes it is a unique opportunity for centers to come together and also an important part of a collaborative business model which sustains like-minded organisations. Rachel is now living on Vancouver Island to support her daughter through her final years of school and is happy to serve on the Board of HCN to continue her connection with holistic centers by offering her rich experience in service to them.
The Haven is dedicated to helping people build richer relationships with others and themselves. At The Haven we see ourselves as an ‘engage center’ rather than a ‘retreat center’. By meeting face-to-face, people explore their desire for deeper connection in all relationships: with friends, partners, colleagues, neighbors, family members, and themselves.
Through our facilitated group process, participants begin a journey of relational discovery through direct experience. By experimenting with new ways of being and stepping forward with curiosity for themselves and others, people learn to shape their own lives and have richer relationships.
Our innovative curriculum was created by The Haven’s co-founders Dr Bennet Wong and Dr Jock McKeen. It has been developed and practiced for over 30 years, integrating multiple east/west disciplines which include wisdom from medical science, psychotherapy, existential thought, and eastern philosophy. Our diversity of offerings reflects the people that come to learn—individuals, couples, business leaders, elders, teens, and children. Common to all of them is a willingness to risk being vulnerable and curious, and a desire for richer connections.
Our highly skilled faculty embody and model what they teach in a very personal way. They are the first to be open, vulnerable and honest. Most have been long-time students of The Haven curriculum and integrate a wide range of life experiences and professional expertise into their teaching.
The Haven is a registered not-for-profit, charitable organization. Located on beautiful Gabriola Island, BC Canada, our vibrant centre offers both ocean-side serenity and living forest—a natural environment that supports the exploration of our innermost emotions. After a transformational learning experience, people leave The Haven with the skills to live self-responsibly and relationally.
Haven faculty members are gifted educators, leaders and group facilitators. They are highly qualified and widely experienced, and are committed to living the principles they teach.
The leaders of The Haven’s core programs – Come Alive, the Living Alive Phases I and II, and Couples Alive – have all trained rigorously at The Haven. As part of our commitment to maintaining the highest of standards and ensuring that The Haven continues in perpetuity, we are actively training new leaders for these key programs. We are excited at the vitality and range of experience these leaders-in-training are already bringing to our programs.