Who are we?
We are a growing group of Wholistic Health Professionals, working towards a better world for ourselves and our loved ones. We choose health and wellbeing as our top priorities in life, ensuring to take care of our neighbors and our environment in order to best take care of ourselves. We see problems, just like you do, that can be solved with innovative solutions, proper management and a little elbow grease. We are people just like you, willing to take our lives into our own hands and solve issues in our own communities.
Haven was founded by a family of wholistic health professionals who spent over 25 years working with clients and studying the various conditions that precipitate optimal health in human beings (natural hygiene). We learned that many of these conditions are simple diet and lifestyle prescriptions which can have dramatic impacts on the quality of life of people, all over the world. We wanted to create a clear path to wellbeing for ourselves and our loved ones, as well as our clients, to be able to follow, however, we were faced with two major obstacles. The first was the declining health of the people in our community and the second was the declining health of our environment as a whole. We learned that these three aspects of health - personal, community and environmental, cannot be seen as separate, but are in fact, intricately interconnected and interdependent. Therefore, in order for humanity to thrive, these three aspects of health must be seen as one.
If we were to work towards optimal health, peaceful community and natural harmony as individuals, we could not see our efforts going much farther than effecting those within our private circles. However, as a non-profit organization, our efforts could help to educate entire neighborhoods, uniting diverse populations against a common enemy - disease - and educating the youth of our world to care for our shared Earth and to become stewards and protectors of our natural resources, leaving abundance as their legacy. This is why we have created Haven for Humanity, as an organization we can all be a part of, united towards a common goal, to put our efforts towards the wellbeing of all. To turn the whole world into a Haven for Humanity.
What is our mission? What do we do?
Haven for Humanity provides education opportunities which demonstrate the interdependence of health, community and environment, while inspiring their continued exploration.
What are we?
Haven for Humanity is a federally registered, "grassroots" 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with headquarters in Livingston Manor, New York. Established February 2015. Tax ID# 472888600
What is our vision for the future?
Our vision for the future is simple: the whole world a Haven.
We believe that education which empowers us and allows us to be self-reliant, should not be a commodity that is bought and sold, but given freely, as a basic human need. Necessary aspects of basic human survival, such as, food systems, textile and clothing systems and shelter design and construction systems, when localized, create the bio-regional cultures and social support systems that help humans to naturally thrive. Global industrialization has fragmented most of humanity from its natural ways of life and in an effort for these industries to profit, they have compromised quality of these necessary survival systems in such a way that it negatively affects the health and wellbeing of consumers around the world.
Our vision is for Haven Centers in small communities around the world to be shelters from negative temptations and manipulative sales / marketing tactics. Haven Centers will provide easily accessible, practical, wholistic education opportunities, while supporting the basic needs of their local community through common commerce practices. Sustainable facilities built and operated by volunteers in these communities would be where the Haven Center would be established as a place for connection to the natural, bio-regional environment of that location (nature therapy). The people that come to learn at these centers become more independent and self-reliant in their health and wellbeing, become active peacemakers in their communities and become stewards of their local and global environment, all while simply utilizing products and services that are designed to improve our health and interacting with passionate and knowledgeable staff members. We want Haven Centers to be in every rural community, providing for the basic needs of people in their local communities and providing the education necessary to help people become more independent and self-reliant. Give a person a vegetable and you feed them for a day, but teach them how to garden and you feed them for a lifetime.
Where are we?
Haven for Humanity is a nationally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with headquarters in New York State in a small, rural town called Livingston Manor. This 40-acre property owned by Haven for Humanity and called, Camp Haven, is our first educational Haven Center which hosts an off-grid living complex (The Haven Complex) and minimalist housing units (Tiny Haven) as well as a large farm / garden (Haven's Grow Lab) and a village living internship program (Haven's Villagers). Over 20 different Haven Projects are active on-site at Camp Haven. We are opening a new Haven Center on Main Street in Livingston Manor soon.
Where do we get funding?
As a grassroots non-profit organization we do not receive funding from large conglomerate corporations, foundations or organizations. We rely on donations and gifts from people like you from all across the world. We believe in providing products and services that are worthy of your generosity. We are 100% volunteer operated and 100% of your donations go directly into Haven Projects. No one at Haven for Humanity is paid for their efforts in the company. We believe in being fully transparent in all aspects of business so please click below to see our financial history.
Operations and Employee Care
Haven for Humanity has a very unique way of functioning. We have learned that when our volunteers are cared for and supported as individuals, they are more productive and creative throughout their lives and their work. Thus, we have given up on the idea of deadlines and strict adhesion to arbitrary timelines, in favor of providing as much support and love as possible to the volunteers who make Haven possible. Haven for Humanity is about an active pursuit towards a better future for all. This pursuit has no start date or end date, and we will never "arrive" and be finished with our work. Haven for Humanity is about dedicating our lives to actively working towards a healthy, peaceful and sustainable life for all. We are not fighting against the many injustices happening in our world today, but rather, we are trying to create a new model of living where health, justice and sustainability are built-in as top priorities. People who feel the same way as we do, don't need deadlines to force them to work, instead, they are driven by their passion and dedication to the creation of a better world. Therefore, treating each other as human beings with bio-individual needs, is of utmost importance and aids in the health and happiness of Haven's volunteers, which then spreads throughout our Haven Projects and the world around us.
All programs offered by Haven for Humanity are offered on a gift-economics model. We do so, with two intentions. First, we want to ensure that all of our programs are accessible to all, regardless of economic status. Money will never be the reason that somebody cannot participate in a Haven Project.Secondly, we see part of our work as changing the paradigm of how we view money, wealth, value and relationships in our society. Our goal is not to build a large non-profit with an enormous budget. Our work is to change hearts and minds, value-systems and cultural norms, to challenge injustice and a sense of separation between people, communities and Nature, and to work towards beloved community. (Adapted from East Point Peace Academy)
Partnerships & Collaborations
Haven for Humanity is a social support non-profit, meaning we are here to provide support to the human body, mind, heart and soul in order to allow people to heal and grow towards healthier and more sustainable lives. We are here to limit the idea of competition and grow the idea of cooperation. Haven recognizes that it cannot survive nor grow, without partnerships with enthusiastic and passionate individuals and businesses alike. Thus Haven directs all of its effort and energies to supporting partnerships and collaborations, so that we can work together with passionate community members to provide needed infrastructure and assistance towards healthy, community-based, sustainable initiatives.
Transparency is key in any growing grassroots organization. We want you to know where our money comes from and what its spent on. Every penny that Haven receives in contributions is cherished and spent wisely, only on Haven Projects. We are 100% volunteer operated and every penny we get, makes an impact in people's lives. You can view our financial documents below. Please contact us with any questions about our organization. We believe in being completely open-source and want people to utilize our ideas and designs if it helps them to live healthier and more sustainable lives.
Haven for Humanity - The Company
Who, What, Where, When? - Haven for Humanity is a federally registered, "grassroots" 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with headquarters in Livingston Manor, New York. Established February 2015. Tax ID# 472888600
Mission - Haven for Humanity provides education opportunities which demonstrate the interdependence of health, community and environment, while inspiring their continued exploration.
How? - In order to provide an immersive wholistic experience, our education opportunities are embedded within microenterprises which mimic commercial operations that consumers utilize every day. This means that your local healthy cafe, community campground or sustainable arts studio, might actually be a Haven education center in disguise! We call them, Haven Projects.
Haven Projects - Haven Projects are our educational business endeavors which mimic consumer businesses that people normally use every day, in order to provide immersive educational experiences for all demographics. Haven projects provide the ability for people to follow their passions in a healthy, ethical and sustainable way, while teaching others how to do the same and letting Haven Staff handle as much of the back-end of the business as is necessary. Our main focus areas of education are wholistic and integrative wellbeing, beloved community development and global sustainability efforts. While our main focus is on providing the education for people to choose healthier, more ethical and more sustainable options, we also aim to provide these high-quality options, at a fraction of the cost of competitors, giving educated consumers easy access to the most wholistic product and service offerings available today. Haven Projects are operated by passionate community members who care for their customers and clients as if family, always supporting their health and wellbeing above all else. To read more about Haven Projects, click "Projects" at the top of this page.
Where does Haven get funding from? - We do not rely on funding from large corporations who seek to control what we do. Instead, we rely on the generosity and compassion of the people we serve and the passion of our dedicated staff. Our aim is to create educated consumers who understand wholism and to give these consumers easy access to the highest-quality products and services, at the most affordable prices. A Haven Project can generate revenue in many ways. Camp Haven, for example, hosts donation-based, educational guided-tours of The Haven Complex, The Livingston Manor Community Food Forest, Tiny Haven and more, while also offering camping services, consulting services, home-grown produce for sale and rentals of tiny homes at affordable rates. All of these revenue streams are then reinvested back into Haven Projects.
Employee Benefits - For the wholistic health professionals who volunteer to run Haven for Humanity as employees, our "profit" isn't measured in dollars, but rather, we benefit from the ability to pursue our own optimal wellbeing, while participating in Haven Projects that benefit our community and our environment. Basically, our main priority is not financial gain. After all, we've all heard that money can't buy happiness, but it turns out it can't buy health either, so we choose to dedicate ourselves to achieving a healthy state of being, over large amounts of money.
Board members do not receive financial compensation for their efforts with Haven for Humanity and every penny Haven receives in donations, is reinvested back into Haven Projects. Managers of Haven Projects receive up to 90% of the profits a Haven Project creates, based on participation. If the manager is committed to the Haven Project as their full-time position, then they can receive maximum benefits. However, if the manager is unable to commit to the position full time, then a fair and reasonable split of profits can be negotiated.
Why are we doing this?
Haven for Humanity recognizes the great injustices of our time as symptoms of desperation and lack, created by our modern, yet unreliable and insecure means to achieve basic survival and happiness. We believe that the path to change comes through us and we are here to support that change. This means that in order to make significant impacts in the injustices in the world around us, we must first take care of our body, mind, heart and soul before trying to help others, or the world at large. Gandhi referred to this as self-purification. Only through self-purification can a person clearly see the need for change and can develop the path to achieve it. Only through self-purification can a nonviolent activist be fully supported in their duty as peacemaker. This was Gandhi’s position and we agree. Lack, it turns out, is not an issue of not having enough resources, but rather, is a perception that there are not enough resources to go around. This means it is a change of mindset and perspective that is required to alleviate this sense of lack. In essence, the ancient proverb rings true here - we must teach people how to garden and not simply provide them with more vegetables.
Haven aims to provide the resources, education and space necessary to allow for people to remember how to properly recharge, take control over their health and wellbeing, become stewards of the planet and cultivate our peaceful beloved community. We do this selfishly as much as we do it for all, because we know that we are all integral parts of the global community of people and we are only as strong as our weakest links. A human can only be healthy and happy if it has all of its needs fulfilled. Medical doctors and scientists now agree that our unnatural dietary and lifestyle habits are the number one cause of almost all physical ailments. Therefore, we would like to show people how to utilize our modern comforts yet still live in a way that supports their wellbeing. Social support systems are also a health necessity for all individuals, and they are currently desperately lacking in modern societies. So we are here to build beloved community by creating social support systems within our communities, without making people feel like they're "less" because they need them. We also recognize that we are only as healthy as our environment, so we are here to learn to provide for our environment so that it may provide for us. We are doing this to be better, more responsible humans, not only for ourselves, but for all future generations to come.
What are our guiding principles?
1 - The wholistic wellbeing of the individual is paramount.
Principle 1 is derived from the combined experience of the founders of Haven for Humanity as Wholistic Health Professionals, each with over 20 years of experience. They agree that self-care must be each individual's top priority in order to maintain balance.
Read more about principle 1 below, "Wholistic Wellbeing".
2 - The beloved community is the framework of the future.
Principle 2 comes from the principles taught in Kingian Nonviolence philosophy, a program created by the disciples of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and which has now been taught across the globe for over a decade.
Read more about principle 2 below, "Beloved Community".
3 - To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model, obsolete.
Principle 3 is a direct quote from Buckminster Fuller, one of the greatest minds the world has ever known and a pioneer in sustainable design concepts such as the geodesic dome.
Read more about principle 3 below, "Global Sustainability".
Principle 1 - The wholistic wellbeing of the individual is paramount.
We are striving to build a community that cares about the health and wellbeing of the individual above all else. This means that when one of us is in need, we all turn to a position of support for that individual. We recognize that we are only as strong as the weakest one of us in our community, and when we feel loved by our community we want to ensure that every member feels loved as well. We also recognize that healing of body, mind, heart and soul are very bio-individual and that the pursuit of health is the responsibility of each individual. We all have different backgrounds and baggage that we carry with us that molds and shapes everything about our lives, including our health and wellbeing. We respect this and aim to provide the space and education necessary to perform self-care practices in a supportive environment, so that we may reverse and prevent disease, without burdening those we love.
Understanding proper self-care can be difficult, with capitalist marketing and advertising strategies desperately trying to convince us that every product being sold is good for us and will make us happy. The big capitalist assumption, is that it is the consumer's responsibility to be informed about the impacts of the product or service they are purchasing, as well as the company behind the product or service. But who has time for that? This is why we offer free or low-cost educational resources throughout all of our programs, to help people develop self-care strategies for themselves and their families that cut through the marketing and advertising cloud of misinformation. No other animal on the planet needs someone to tell them how to eat and live naturally, and neither do we.
Self-care is not only about physical health but is completely wholistic, in that it affects our body, mind, heart and soul. Some who are very adamant about eating a proper diet, might be lacking in areas of social connection and interaction. Some who are very social, might be too lethargic on a daily basis. We are all different and all need to balance various aspects of our lives to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. The art of self-care is the delicate balancing of every aspect of what makes us who and what we are. Natural hygienists have identified over 30 different areas of lifestyle that need to be in perfect balance in order to create optimal health in ourselves, and Integrative Nutrition has boiled it down to eight. Learning to balance all of these areas of our lives brings us to a state of health and inner-peace that we can then spread to the world around us.
We do this because we cannot be successful or happy as individuals if we are not healthy. The most financially successful people in the world that we idolize, are still dropping dead and getting sick at young ages because of the same easily preventable lifestyle-related illnesses that everyone else in the world are suffering from. This means that money does not buy health, and we need to ensure that we are educated in the ways of preventing and reversing the most common killers of man today, as soon as possible. Capitalism assumes that all consumers, are educated consumers. This means that if you are inadvertently supporting a business that is poisoning people, capitalism says this is your fault for not being more informed about their products or services. We work to provide free or low-cost educational opportunities throughout all of our projects, for this very reason.
Beyond this, if we are passionate about making change in our society and standing up for what we believe in, this change starts with us. There is no one more adamant about this concept than the most famous nonviolent activist in the world, Mahatma Gandhi, who says that a nonviolent activist can only be successful through first dedicating their life to the art of self-purification. It is this self-care or self-purification as Gandhi puts it, that clears our minds enough to be able to solve problems that seem much greater than ourselves.
"Non-violence implies as complete self-purification as is humanly possible." - "The Greatest Force," Harijan, 12 Oct. 1935 (from The Essential Writings of Mahatma Gandhi edited by Raghavan Iyer)
Principle 2 - The beloved community is the framework of the future.
The beloved community is a concept that was championed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but in reality, is a concept as old as time itself. In Kingian Nonviolence philosophy, the beloved community is the simple idea of an all-inclusive, all-encompassing, multi-racial, multi-cultural community, based in agape love. (see Agape below) This idea allows for all of humanity to be cared for and supported in their basic needs. It celebrates regional cultures and allows them to grow and flourish. This is why Haven supports cultural arts such as music, dance, spoken word and arts of all types. A concept also taught in Kingian Nonviolence is "active peace", where we do not turn a blind eye to the injustices happening around us because we are privileged to not be a direct participant, but instead, we work to publicize and dramatize injustice, in order to educate - so that the beloved community as a whole, is not only aware, but is actively working together towards justice for all.
Principles of Kingian Nonviolence:
Principle 1: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
Principle 2: The Beloved Community is the framework for the future.
Principle 3: Attack forces of evil not persons doing evil.
Principle 4: Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve a goal.
Principle 5: Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence.
Principle 6: The Universe is on the side of justice.
Principle 3 - To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model, obsolete.
Agape means, "love" in Ancient Greek -
The essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. Unlike our English word "love", agape is not used to refer to romantic or sexual love, for which the Greek word eros is used. Nor does it refer to close friendship or brotherly love, for which the Greek word philia is used. Agape love involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character. Agape is used to describe the love that is of and from the universe, whose very nature is love itself.
"Haven is our peaceful protest" - Abundance Culture
We believe that there are many injustices in the world today. These injustices have many surface symptoms, but many of them also stem from one root cause, the Culture of Desperation. The Culture of Desperation is passed down from parent to child, it is taught to us in schools and it is broadcasted to us in our media and entertainment. Its philosophy is simple and comes from a basic capitalist assumption - "There is not enough in the world for everyone and you must work hard for your fair share". This basic and seemingly harmless sentiment breeds hard workers, no doubt, but it also breeds minds that focus on lack instead of abundance. It is this desperate mindset, constantly lacking in money, love, affection, security, passion, purpose and so on, that becomes hateful and resentful, eventually expressing itself as violence.
At Haven, we strongly believe that what we invest our time, focus and energy in, is what creates the world around us. So, as long as we continue to invest in patterns of lack that are contrary to our own health, happiness and morals, we will continue reap the "rewards" of our investment. At Haven, we are working to bring about what we call, "Abundance Culture". Simply put, we are trying to demonstrate that we truly are living in the safest and most abundant time in the modern history of mankind. Never before has most of humanity had access to electricity and clean water, never before has most of mankind had access to grocery stores stocked full of fresh food year-round. These are modern phenomena and modern miracles! You would think all of us 1st world citizens would be happy to donate all of our extra time and money to those in need, but that is not what the Culture of Desperation teaches us to do. Because of the Culture of Desperation that we all live under, we do not appreciate these miracles and instead focus on all that we don't have and we work our butts off for all that we don't need.
Scientists have now shown that the more we focus on our acquisition of "stuff" the higher the rates of depression, anxiety and anti-social behavior. The more "stuff" we have, the less we appreciate the people and connections in our lives that matter to us and the more fog we have in our thoughts, blocking us from taking positive action in our lives. Not only this, but the "stuff" being peddled to us is now toxic because, in an effort to make more profit, companies have been cutting-corners for decades, making their products more and more harmful to us and the planet as a whole.
So at Haven we do our best to support only that which we deem ethical and sustainable. We vote with our dollar on a daily basis. We create shelters with the smallest carbon-footprint possible, we avoid the use of heating and air conditioning systems as much as possible, we eat local and organic produce as much as possible, we drive as little as possible and carpool whenever possible, we utilize composting toilets, biodegradable kitchen and bath products and conserve water whenever possible. At Haven, every decision we make, every product we purchase or service we use is consciously researched to ensure the support of the future we want to see in the world.
Our time is spent focused on self-care above all else, ensuring that we are healthy in body, mind, heart and soul so that we may give back to our beloved community from a place of abundance and love. We develop and nurture peaceful communities by addressing injustice from its root cause, desperation. We work to relieve desperation in our communities by providing support for microenterprises based in our three principles, to give people the tools they need to be more self-reliant in our world today. We provide free educational resources, low-cost classes and workshops, and immersive educational experiences in order to empower people to grow their own food and care for their health wholistically, to connect with neighbors and to be stewards of the planet. We also create programs to target specific areas of injustice which affect us all, such as food security and work to actively spotlight injustice in our communities.
How did we get here? Family Bio
I will start this section by talking about Alex Kovalyov, my father. He is a man that we call "the walking encyclopedia" because he remembers so much about history, so accurately, with proper names and dates and associated references. Especially being from the U.S.S.R., he has a vast knowledge of both U.S. and Russian history as well as politics. He, and my mother Maya, both moved here in their late teenage years and started school at Brooklyn College where they would soon meet and fall in love. They worked and studied in the same field in college and in the workplace after college - computer science. They became computer programmers and technicians just as the internet was invented. No one could see it at the time, but the advent of computers and the internet revolutionized every industry on the planet, and my parents were the one's capable of implementing this tech revolution in companies big and small across the globe. Maya got a job at a financial firm on Wall St. in NYC and Alex became a contractor working all around the country for various corporations.
As a child, I would come home from school and excitedly want to tell my parents about what I learned in school that day. My father would see my excitement and say "let me tell you about what you REALLY learned in school today" and then he would proceed to explain to me how history is not just a random chain of events, but is intricately linked to various people and organizations. Business is at the forefront of history and policy and legislation, at least in the USA, and it is business interests that write our history books. He wouldn't necessarily tell me that what I learned was wrong, but he would give me the whole story, as he knew it, showing me other perspectives that scientists had, that were not accepted by the mainstream scientific community, but whose science is sound nonetheless, allowing me to come to my own conclusions. The next day, little Sam would go into school armed with this new information. However, when I would talk to the teachers about it, I would get a response like "we are not allowed to talk about that, we have to stick to the curriculum". This answer really put my younger self into a state of dismay, as I struggled to understand the importance of a system of "education" that would not explore alternative sides of the situation or science being discussed. It became more and more difficult for me in school and after years of convincing, my parents finally let me home-school myself through the final three years of High School.
My brother Fred, being 3-years older than me, was already finishing college at the time I was entering. He had gone to the best mechanical vocational school in the country. He had passed all of his classes with flying colors. He was going to custom build parts for super cars. An exciting endeavor no-doubt. However, when he entered the professional world, he was also dismayed. The senior technicians that he admired were telling him to get out of this industry ASAP, and that soon, all mechanics will be replaced with robots. That that they don't even fix car parts anymore, they just throw out the broken piece and replace it with the new part. The disposable, one-time-use culture had penetrated even the car industry. Professional mechanics that used to be able to build a vehicle from scrap metal are now reduced to factory workers, simply replacing parts and changing oil, all day long.
I, then went on to college at The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY studying design and found that college was very similar to High School in that most people involved are just "kicking rocks" so-to-speak, just going through the prescribed order of events that society tells them to go through - students and faculty alike - grade school to middle school to high school to college to job, not really knowing why. I left Pratt and continued to study design at the Art Institute Online when one day, a question entered my mind (an epiphany really). If the only reason I'm going to school, is to be able to get a better job, to make more money, to pay for my high living expenses, what if I could create and produce my needs and comforts myself and lower my expenses?
I had been learning about scientists working with renewable energy and sustainable design from my dad, my whole life. What if I could get my family on board and together, we could use these sustainable technologies to produce almost everything that we pay for now. So that, instead of looking for the highest paying jobs, we can look for jobs that give us great benefits like an abundance of free time to spend doing the things we love and enough money to pay for our extraneous expenses like cell phones and adventures we want to go on. So I discussed the idea with my brother first, and it seemed logical to him, after all he was not happy with his current career path anyway, and we grew up using the internet to do research, so we set out to do the research necessary to answer all of life’s basic questions. How do we get energy? How much energy do we need? What kind of systems should we use? How do we deal with our waste? How do we make things that we need? And many, many more questions like this. After many months of planning, we presented the plan to our parents who agreed to pursue this path together. After a full 2 years of research, planning and designing, we finally found land and set out to build our first structure.
However, we ran into a speed bump shortly after. We moved out into the woods hoping to learn to live minimalist lifestyles and reduce our carbon footprint while getting in-touch with Nature and building our new self-sustainable dream home. The crazy part is that it worked, before we even had the chance to build our house, we were learning from and enjoying the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle out in Nature. Suddenly the 46-foot diameter, 23-foot high geodesic dome we were building as a house felt massive and unnecessary. The 60-foot diameter greenhouse we had been experimenting with for 5 years felt like a colossal undertaking. It wasn’t until 5 years into building our self-sustainable dream home that we realized that we were living on 1/6th of our projected needs from our original house back in New Jersey.
We were building something big enough for many families to utilize, the greenhouse alone designed for producing enough food and energy for 25 people full-time (just in case), and the main dome meant to be a large communal area as an accessory to our own private tiny-homes out in the woods. We realized the property could likely support up to 25 people living on-site full-time, especially if most of their time is dedicated to growing food for everyone both indoors and out. But we wanted more. We wanted to turn this place into an education center, for people to come and experience and learn the benefits of minimalism and sustainability. To learn about health and wellbeing and peace and abundance. To learn about how all of this is interconnected and we must care for ourselves, our neighbors and our environment in order to thrive. So, in 2015, we created Haven for Humanity, and donated everything we had to the non-profit, believing that a connection with Nature really can change the world.
Many people throughout the ages have talked about the great diplomatic strategy of the win-win proposal. This is when one party learns how to rephrase their position so that the opposition feels like they are also being considered and their needs are also being met by pursuing the proposed path of action. We feel that this is a narrow and naive approach to decision making. There is always a third-party involved in our lives and that party is called Planet Earth.
If we propose win-win situations as "good for everyone involved" without considering the long-term effects on the planet and our environment, we are being short-sighted and the harm that our win-win proposals do to our environment will echo back through time and negatively affect all parties involved. The solution? Always consider Nature and the environment when making decisions. We call it win-win-win.
In a win-win-win situation the first win is the planet. Both human parties must agree that the proposed action will not have long-term negative effects on the environment. Then, and only then, can we proceed to create win-win proposals that ensure that the humans are benefiting from the efforts to protect the environment.
For example, the population of feral cats in the rural areas surrounding Camp Haven is increasing exponentially. This is causing extreme and sudden changes in the natural eco-system because of the large influx of predatory animals, and a lack of predation of the cats themselves. As a way of mitigating this process, Haven has partnered with local animal rescue Rocky's Refuge. Rocky's is a no-kill shelter and animal rehab that works to reduce the number of feral cats in the area through humane means. They are understaffed and need volunteer help as well as more space for fostering animals while they wait to be adopted. We provide volunteer support and space, they continue doing the great work they are doing to help the cats, and the planet has a slower change to deal with which means that the animal populations will have more time to adapt and adjust. We educate the public about the work they are doing and bring rescue animals to them. The triple-bottom-line is met, win-win-win.
Cooperation Over Competition
Haven believes in the power of synergy. Synergy is defined as the interaction of elements that when combined, produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements. This is the power of cooperative human effort. By working together to achieve similar goals, humans create synergy that exponentially increases the power of each individual's effort. This is obvious in manufacturing industries where in the past, a cobbler would make one or two pairs of shoes per day, a team of factory workers produces hundreds of pairs per day. Scientists have also now proven that the happier people are, the more productive hours they have each day. This is true of humans in any environment, so at Haven, volunteer wellness in body, mind, heart and soul are our top priority. Instead of caring about the responsibilities and duties of the volunteers, we trust them to understand the importance of the work they do for Haven, while keeping the main focus on feeling their best so that they actually want to give back and help out. Haven puts its faith in people, trusting that underneath it all, humans are beings that are giving and caring.
Impact Area: Wholistic Wellbeing
Impact Area: Beloved Community
Impact Area: Global Sustainability
Global Sustainability - To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model, obsolete. This is really the pinnacle of Haven Project philosophy. We are tired of being told that what's good for us costs too much to produce, or that government regulations haven't allowed for a new technology to become mainstream, or that in order to become more "advanced" we must conquer Nature and destroy it. We can clearly see that the current relationship between government and economy is holding us back from the technological advancements that could have revolutionized every aspect of our lives decades ago. Now, it is up to each and every one of us to show the world what is possible through a symbiotic and synergistic collaboration with Nature. As small-scale renewable energy technologies become more accessible and sustainability efforts become more popular, there has never been a better time to share the tools, technology and information we have gained, with our fellow community members. We like to see all of our projects working to share information on how they reduce their carbon footprint. For more info, click "Philosophy" at the top of the page. Current Haven Projects with emphasis in this area include Camp Haven. For more global sustainability projects by Haven, click here.
As Haven for Humanity is first and foremost an educational organization, we make sure that education is embedded within all of our Haven Projects. In order to provide an immersive wholistic experience, where people can learn without feeling like they are in a classroom, our education opportunities are embedded within microenterprises which mimic commercial operations that consumers utilize every day. This means that your local healthy cafe, community campground or sustainable arts studio, might actually be one of Haven's education centers in disguise! We support social-support projects which have immersive, experiential education opportunities embedded within their structure, so average consumers can become educated consumers by utilizing our projects. We want to emphasize this point, in order to demonstrate that Have does not support the standard K-12 education model. When we talk about education in a Haven Project, we are talking about people sharing their passion with others, in order to create educated consumers who, vote for health, justice and sustainability, with every dollar they spend. We are talking about exposing people to innovative ideas and concepts that inspire them to do their own research and discover more about themselves and the world around them. We believe that Nature is our only true teacher and that each of us has the ability to connect to Nature for guidance. We recognize that true education comes from experiences which bring about inspiration, so while passing along information is good, passing along inspiration at the same time, works much more powerfully. We like to see programs that include immersive experiential education opportunities in the areas of wholistic wellbeing, beloved community development and global sustainability. For more info, click "Philosophy" at the top of the page. Current Haven Projects with emphasis in this area include Tour Haven. For more educational projects by Haven, click here.
As Wholistic Health Professionals, we know that self-care is the most important aspect to healing. What self-care is to healing, social-support is to community health. Social-support is the perception and actuality that one is cared for, has assistance available from other people and, most popularly, that one is part of a supportive social network. All Haven Projects incorporate some aspect of social-support into their business structure. This means that while our focus is on educating consumers about healthy, ethical and sustainable products and services, we also want to provide those products and services at a fraction of the price of competitors and with the best customer care possible. We never want lack of finances to be the reason someone cannot participate in the life-changing education they can receive at our Haven Project Centers. Besides providing easy access through affordability, our customer care efforts go even deeper, treating each member of the community as if family, developing strong and lasting relationships which add to the wellbeing of the community. Projects demonstrate their care for their local community by providing loving customer care, products or services that fill a need in the community, the highest-quality products and services at discounted rates and by providing free educational resources.
Who comes up with them?
Anybody can come up with an idea for a non-profit project and Haven Staff helps turn those ideas into sustainable, educational business ventures. In other words, we help people all over the world start and run their very own educational non-profit microenterprises under Haven's umbrella. The Haven Project Manager is usually whoever has the most drive and motivation to see the project through, this person does not have to be Haven Staff.
How do I benefit?
What does Haven provide?
What are the features of a Haven Project?
How does Haven turn an idea into a Haven Project?
At Haven for Humanity, we make sure that our projects are win-win-win initiatives, helping ourselves, our community and our environment. Our goal is not to create scalable businesses that can monopolize markets and dominate industries. Our goal is to create non-profit educational microenterprises that mimic commercial operations that consumers use every day and that are operated by caring community members, whose efforts and compassion far exceed customer service standards across the globe.
We want each of our Haven Project Managers to care about their customers and clients, as if part of their family. We want to give passionate community members the opportunity to do what they love, in a way that provides for them and their family's needs.
We never want anyone to feel that it is a lack of finances that prevents them from gaining access to our services. We strongly believe that wholistic education can be both inspirational and life-changing. Because of this, Haven believes that Wholistic education is not a commodity to be bought and sold, but rather, is to be treated as a basic human right. Our main areas of impact are health, community and sustainability.
Haven Project Managers
We want each of our Haven Project Managers to care about their customers and clients, as if part of their family. We want to give passionate community members the opportunity to do what they love, in a way that provides for them and their family's needs. Have an idea for a Haven Project in your neighborhood? Do you want to spearhead your own non-profit project and start a small business that helps those in your community? Contact us today!
What is a Haven Project?
Haven for Humanity provides education opportunities which demonstrate the interdependence of health, community and environment, while inspiring their continued exploration. Haven Projects are our educational business endeavors which mimic consumer businesses that people normally use every day, in order to provide immersive educational experiences for all demographics. Haven projects provide the ability for people to follow their passions in a healthy, ethical and sustainable way, while teaching others how to do the same and letting Haven Staff handle as much of the back-end of the business as is necessary. Our main focus areas of education are wholistic and integrative wellbeing, beloved community development and global sustainability efforts. While our main focus is on providing the education for people to choose healthier, more ethical and more sustainable options, we also aim to provide these high-quality options, at a fraction of the cost of competitors, giving educated consumers the most wholistic product and service offerings, at the lowest possible cost. Haven Projects are operated by passionate community members who care for their customers and clients as if family, always supporting their health and wellbeing above all else.
See Past and Current Projects
Please visit: www.havenforhumanity.org/projects
What's behind the name "Haven for Humanity"?
There are so many organizations out there that are trying to create havens for wildlife or havens for nature, or even havens for marginalized groups of people, but with a capitalist engine that runs on competition, the end goal of all for-profit businesses, is inevitably, to take advantage of as many people as possible. This means that as we get more and more money and acquire more and more stuff, the quality of that stuff begins to decline rapidly. Proponents of capitalism claim that, ideally, constant competition would give us the best quality products in the shortest amount of time, however, with niche marketing on global scales, there becomes little incentive for big businesses who control entire industries, to produce the best quality products. Instead, they produce products that are only slightly better than last year's model, or slightly more niche. They drip feed us technology upgrades that were many times developed decades ago as if it were brand new innovation. They build in obsolescence into everyday items for no other reason than to make them disposable so we have to buy more. The rare Earth elements that are used in these everyday, disposable items, are mined in third world countries often by slaves, born into bondage, or desperate families, who work day and night just to provide barely enough food for themselves to survive. Meanwhile the entire planet is being overwhelmed by plastic and pollution that is strangling life as we know it in all forms.