Transforming Anxiety and Stress

About This Event

This program focuses on understanding, harnessing and transforming difficult life energies to foster courageous and productive living.

Most people do not recognize their anxiety for what it is, and instead think there is something "wrong" with them. They then use a variety of self-defeating and stress inducing behaviours such as isolating, becoming numb or shut-off, or getting overly busy in an attempt to manage their lives.

Some people are preoccupied with the physical symptoms of anxiety and stress, which can be distressing and sometimes debilitating (e.g. digestive problems, headaches, elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, insomnia, shortness of breath, etc.). Others think they are weak, don’t belong in social situations, or are even going crazy.

Unfortunately, these thoughts and behaviours only make people feel even more anxious and often result in greater dissatisfaction, dis-ease, and a denial of richness and growth that can be found in all life experience.

Transforming Anxiety and Stress covers a dynamic range of learning that creates the possibility for transformation and opening more fully to all that living has to offer. For many people, realizing that other people have similar experiences – that we are not alone – is in itself a transformative experience.

 Discover the roots of anxiety, stress and fear and how they manifest in your daily life

 Become aware and learn to recognize these energies at a body level

 Gain valuable insight into your coping patterns and expand beyond these limitations

 Experience making moment-to-moment choices that embrace the full depth and range of your feelings and experience

 Learn guidelines for moving from fear, anxiety and stress to courage, self-acceptance and compassion

 Experience your own strength for transforming fear, stress and anxiety

 Bring renewed energy and a sense of aliveness to your personal life, work and relationships

Transforming Anxiety and Stress is a highly effective program for anyone struggling with anxiety and stress, individuals in social service and health care professions, teachers, parents, managers/leaders and anyone working with people who struggle with anxiety and stress. This program offers practical skills and concepts, usable "take-home" tools, dialogue and feedback, body, breath and energy work, visualization, individual focus, and a mix of creative, cognitive and experiential exercises.

Read more about Transforming Anxiety and Stress on the Shen blog:

Living in My Guest House, by Jennifer Hilton

Scared to Life, by Toby Macklin

 

 

Venue Highlights

With rooms by quiet coastline waters and rustic cabins tucked away among the trees, you will feel far from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Our property and facilities are designed to support our program participants and facilitate the delivery of our educational programs. Although we may not be able to offer all of the luxuries that you may associate with a resort hotel, we do offer the basics and a wonderful natural environment where you can enjoy quiet comfort.

Accommodations

Thunderbird dormitory is our most economical option. Each dorm pod accommodates up to 6 people, and each pod has its own washroom. Bunks are single over single, with extra-long mattresses. Dorm pods are separated by gender. The Thunderbird dormitory is only available for participants registered in a program at The Haven. From July to mid-August, the dorms are reserved for our Youth Programs.

Basic rooms are simply furnished, comfortable and economical. They have two singles or one double bed, ensuite, no TV. Basic rooms are designed to be shared by two or three people, with beds in the same room and a shared bathroom. A Basic room may also be booked as a private room.

Forest View rooms are nestled in attractive forested areas of The Haven property. Larger than our Basic rooms, Forest View rooms are designed to be shared by two or three people, with beds in the same room, a TV and private bathroom. A Forest View room may also be booked as a private room.

Ocean View rooms offer spacious, well-equipped and comfortable accommodation looking out over the beach and waters of Taylor Bay. There is a TV in each room, a full kitchen or kitchenette, and private bathroom. Most Ocean view rooms have a deck. Although Ocean View rooms are usually booked as private accommodations, you may be able to share an Ocean View room if you and another program participant both request to be each other's roommate.

Many people find that having a roommate enhances The Haven experience. For some, it's the start of a long friendship.

If you choose Basic or Forest View shared accommodations and wish to stay with a particular person, please provide that person's name when you complete your on-line registration. Please ask your preferred roommate to do the same. Ocean View rooms may only be shared if both guests request each other by name as roommates when booking.

If you choose the Dormitory, or if you choose Basic or Forest View shared accommodations and would like us to find a roommate for you, we assign rooms as men only, women only, or gender neutral.

We make every effort to meet the needs of all our guests, but cannot guarantee specific rooms.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center

Menu/Cuisine

Our goal is to support you and your fellow program participants with delicious, nutritious meals - healthy, nutrient-packed options for your pleasure and well-being. We strive to feature whole, naturally-energizing foods; avoid the use of refined sugars and other highly-processed ingredients whenever possible; and, in line with both health and environmental recommendations, provide healthier cuts and portions, and reduce the amount of animal protein overall.

We serve three buffet-style meals a day in our ocean view dining room. Mealtimes: breakfast 8 - 9 AM; lunch 12 - 1 PM; and dinner 6 - 7 PM.

Directions

The Haven is on beautiful Gabriola Island, one of the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Gabriola Island is 20 minutes via BC Ferries from Nanaimo or 20 minutes by float plane from Vancouver.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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Reviews  
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  • Fv fv   October 02, 2019

      2nd time

    Experiential, universal, revelational about relational and self knowledge. Skilled experienced facilitators. Both times I’ve gone it has left me with deep connections in a short time and I continue to stay I. Touch with those co-participants. Food is hearty, delicious, and plentiful. Grounds are peaceful. I look forward to my next course and my next reunion with newfound friends.

  • Daisy Orser   August 20, 2019

      TEENS ALIVE I, II & III

    Our 15 year old son just completed Teens Alive (1-3) for the second time, and loved it. The environment is so nurturing and transformative - I really can't say enough about how grateful I am to have this program as a support during these years when parenting can be TOUGH. Our son is navigating high school with confidence, and making mature and thoughtful decisions - we definitely see him process his experiences in a new way and love what we are seeing. His communication with us is more open and productive, and we look forward to him navigating the rest of his teen years with his hands on the reigns. He is looking forward to next year's program and has plans to become an intern in the future as well.

  • Julian Young   May 04, 2019

      Giving Voice

    The Haven is beautifully set on the waterfront on Gabriola Island. I wasn't sure what to expect at this workshop. I was hoping I would find more confidence in using my voice as I have been confident in speaking in public but deathly afraid of singing in public! What I found was a very safe space to explore making all kinds of sound from humming and babble to overtone chanting and yes...singing. Leah was an excellent and gentle guide and the acoustics of our meeting space were amazing. I would recommend The Haven for anyone wanting to get away from their regular routine and explore their inner world. I will go back for more!

  • Peter Joyes   January 06, 2019

      Imagine 2019

    A wonderful opportunity to meet like minded people and to participate in goal setting activities for The |haven and for myself.

  • Louise Amuir   August 28, 2018

      Journey to Self

    Great Journey to the very centre of myself. I love all the Haven programs and this one was amazing, too.

  • Olivia Stille   August 15, 2018

      A deep, positive, transformational experience

    I hugely benefited from learning new communications models at the Haven. I feel received and empowered around myself and my emotions and can now communicate them effectively. You don't have to be a yogi or spiritual to come to the Haven. You just have to be a person ready to connect to their authentic self. I loved the scientific, evidence based, psych and counselling type approach of the retreat. The instructors and assistants leading our program were so knowledgeable and helpful. They were all fully present and gave amazing guidance. It was also amazing to do this challenging personal work in a group setting where everyone was themselves and ok being vulnerable. Every single person made authentic, meaningful connections during this retreat, including myself. Having opportunity to work in a larger group and smaller group setting was nice. Plus the grounds at the Haven are beautiful and it was so nice to be next to the ocean.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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