The Haven founders share vision in book

Authors share theories and practices used at Gabriola Island retreat

A new book reflects the vision held by founders of a self-improvement retreat on Gabriola Island.

Jock McKeen and Bennet Wong, who founded The Haven in 1983, celebrate the launch of their book The Illuminated Heart: Perspectives on East-West Psychology and Thought at Diners Rendezvous June 28.

In The Illuminated Heart, McKeen and Wong distill a lifetime’s investigation of the theory and practice of Western psychology and classical Chinese philosophy and medicine.

They trace the personalities and ideas from east and west that have influenced their own lives and their work with people in North America, Asia and around the globe.

In so doing, they describe their vision of a world in which people can learn to appreciate diversity and experience the fullness of contact, understanding and empathy.

The authors said they felt “confirmed, fulfilled, at rest, and deeply, deeply satisfied with this culmination of our investigations and adventures.”

Wong and McKeen were awarded honorary doctorates by Vancouver Island University earlier this year.

The evening will include reading, discussion, a time for questions, and an opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with readings beginning at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The book is also available from The Haven by calling 1-877-247-9238 or visiting

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