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facilitation/consulting

Carole Ames did an excellent job working with our management team around communication and team-work. Our learning was enriched through her insightful and compassionate facilitation. As a team, we have embraced a new understanding of communication and this has enriched our connections and effectiveness. Carole has also been available for follow-up coaching and it has been invaluable in integrating the learning. We would definitely recommend Carole as a facilitator and coach.

CLARE YAZGANOGLU, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
VICTORIA WOMEN IN NEED (WIN) COOPERATIVE


Our board and staff are always re-inspired and re-energized after a session working with Carole.

Carole brings a broad perspective and a great deal of creativity to her work, which is also grounded in her pragmatism and solid knowledge of organizational leadership in both the not-for-profit and business sectors. She is clear, direct and comes across as genuinely interested in the work and the people of the organization she is working with. She also has strong and effective conflict resolution skills that help people pause, listen and move forward together with respect out of those occasional stuck places we can all encounter.

Carole works in a flexible, respectful and collaborative manner, assisting group members to bring forward their own thinking, clarify what is important and connect it to the next steps of an action plan.

JANE KILTHEI, REGISTRAR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES OF BC



individual/couple sessions

I'm pleased to say that (we) are getting along well again. We're laughing together a lot more and we're back to more of the ease of being with each other that we were used to before we got into this power struggle. It helped so much to have you shine a light into our shadows so we could see how we were getting into conflict.

We're doing SO much better than we were! Thanks again SOOOO much for your help!

D & S, CLIENTS
VICTORIA BC



international management work

The Haven owes a debt of gratitude to Carole for her hard work over the 8 years she has been Director of International Relations. There are many factors that have contributed to the success of our programs in China, and a key one has been the skill, dedication and passion that Carole has brought to her role. Thank you Carole for your part in establishing and maintaining this important part of our international work.

RACHEL DAVEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
THE HAVEN INSTITUTE


Haiwen owes you so much for [our] growing place in China. You have demonstrated much grace and great leadership in working with us through many challenges and difficulties. Without your generous support, understanding for and empathy with Haiwen as a growing company...we would not have been where we are at today. Together with The Haven in Canada, Haiwen stands for one the best quality programs in China in the field of the personal growth training. We owe you much for this success.

SEAN FENG (Feng Zheng), GENERAL MANAGER
HAIWEN NEW CENTURY CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, CHINA



workshops

Carole is a gifted facilitator who has room for any emotion that may arise and she uses her experience and diverse range to guide participants through their personal work.

LESLIE SANDERSON - SOUL CARTOGRAPHER

I want you to know how deeply I have experienced the gift of your caring and keen perceptions. I have found an ability to create and state my boundaries. I am willing to be more authentic. I have a greater sense of self and purpose. My Phase 1 experience has contributed to a more peaceful internal world and a more natural external world. What I am enjoying the most since returning home is my sense of such personal progress with so little 'striving' - such a simple concept in the teaching, yet so profound in the 'being'.

PETER MATHESON - ARTIST, DESIGNER, BUILDER
"LIVING ALIVE PHASE 1"


It was wonderful being at the Haven, getting to know you and benefiting from your extensive knowledge and skill. Plus, I love your sense of humour! Thank you for everything!

MARY ELLEN BOND - NURSING FACULTY, COLLEGE OF THE ROCKIES
"COME ALIVE"



humour workshops

I really think this was one of the best short programs I have ever done at the Haven. The continued dialogue long after the program is a great testament to how valuable and impactful your program is.

Carole uses humour as an approach to personal growth and exploration, which provides an excellent tunnel to view your emotional landscape. As a result, participants experience a fast and easy connection with each other through humour. Using humour as the jumping off point creates a comfortable padding to start exploring the deeper emotions or current issues/circumstances that you may avoid in your day to day life.

LESLIE SANDERSON - SOUL CARTOGRAPHER
"THE QUANTUM LAUGH - SHIFTING WITH HUMOUR"


Wonderful!!! I have been feeling so much 'lighter' in my life since doing the workshop with you. Thanks for the chuckles and memories.

KIM FELTHAM - LIBRARIAN
"THE QUANTUM LAUGH - SHIFTING WITH HUMOUR"


I've been laughing out loud much more theses days; at myself mostly and the hilarity that seems to be showing up in my life with much higher frequency.

JUDY WALKER - STUDENT
"THE QUANTUM LAUGH - SHIFTING WITH HUMOUR"


(Another) thing I found most useful about this terrific course was the challenge put forth to see how I use humour in my life along with learning how to use it as the remarkable healing force it can be. It gave me a new, unexpected tool for dissipating my anxiety and grounding myself. Thank you so much.

PATRICIA HENDERSON - COUNSELLOR & SOCIAL WORKER
"THE QUANTUM LAUGH - SHIFTING WITH HUMOUR"