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    The Haven - A Transformational Learning Centre on Gabriola Island

    Vancouver Island & Southern Gulf Islands Listing No. 22142

    6.77 acres with 426± ft of low bank walk-on oceanfront. The 16 buildings accommodate up to 120 guests. Long established not-for-profit centre for transformational learning can be enriched & expanded or transformed into a resort, private residence, or your vision.


    Price
    $6,000,000

    Size
    6.77 acres ~ 426± ft oceanfront

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    Description

    The Haven on Gabriola Island is more than just a spectacular oceanfront property, it is a special place with a long history of helping people.

    Established in 1983, and after almost 40 years, the Board of this not-for-profit Centre for Transformational Learning has decided it is time to pass the torch and are offering it for sale for the first time.

    The offering provides an opportunity for a new owner to develop a wellness center, health facility, resort, private residence, or their own personal vision. The opportunity may exist to work with The Haven, to carry on the tradition and inject new energy into the transformative programs being offered.

    The 6.77 acre property with 426± ft of low bank walk on oceanfront on Taylor Bay on the northwest corner of Gabriola Island was chosen because it is one of those special places that are worthy of this type of project. The lodge and its amazing oceanfront are surrounded by a beautiful, forested park like setting of mature coastal Douglas fir and cedar.

    Buildings include the main lodge, which houses various office spaces, dining room, outdoor eating deck, kitchen, and retail store. There are numerous meeting rooms including the Phoenix Auditorium, a 3,000+ square foot event space with stage and lighting features. Amenities include a fitness center, hot tub and sun deck, pool, library, and meditation room. The property is improved with 16 buildings totalling 37,779 ft2 with guest rooms that can accommodate up to 120 people.

    Click Here for a description of each building and see the site map under Maps and Plans.

    In addition to the lodge property, there are 4 adjacent residential properties that are not included in the purchase price, but will be available to add to any offer of purchase until The Haven property is sold.

    Why People Come to The Haven

    The Haven property currently provides three types of revenue-generating opportunities: program participants, group and event rentals, and resort/Airbnb guests. The unique transformational programming has been our main business since its founding in 1983. The guest experience is enhanced by our beautiful location on a scenic oceanfront property with a view of sprawling beaches and vibrant sunsets.

    Generally, people attend programs because they are experiencing a life transition, crisis or they are looking for more fulfillment in their lives. The Haven provides an opportunity for people to examine their patterns and tendencies as they learn to be in relationship with themselves and others. The Haven takes a practical approach to solving problems, teaching tools and techniques to work through these difficult transitions that participants find highly effective.

    After attending as participants, many people return to attend leadership programs where they can learn and practice the Haven methods of working with people. They may go on to use this training in their own professions and as interns and assistants to support the Haven programs.

    The strongest marketing has always been word of mouth and once introduced to the Haven, many people stay involved for years, and even decades. This long-term involvement is attributed to the rich relationships they form with fellow participants, their interest in the unique ideas and programs and their appreciation for the experienced and knowledgeable program leaders.

    Primarily, however, people return because they begin to feel more alive, aware, and creative. Whether it be how they communicate, relate, or manage difficult life situations, participants often lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives after coming to The Haven, whatever that may look like for each person.

    That many of the participants continue to make donations for years after being at The Haven is a testimony to how well the programs work and how important this place has been.

    The people at The Haven would love to find a new owner who would continue to collaborate with them to preserve, build on, and enrich these valuable programs and facility.

    Location

    240 Davis Road on the northwest corner of Gabriola Island.

    Access

    Contact Listing Agent to arrange viewing.

    Area Data

    Gabriola Island, population 5,500 (4,200 as at 2021 per website), one of the closest and most easily accessed Gulf Islands to Vancouver, is known as “The Queen of the Gulf Islands” and “The Isle of the Arts” with a very high number of professional musicians and Artists. Their work is enjoyed by many art collectors coming to the island to visit the annual Thanksgiving-Studio tour and the local art galleries.

    Gabriola offers all the amenities for well balanced, healthy, and safe living in a caring community created by people from all walks of life. You will feel right at home here with other business professionals, musicians, artists, writers, farmers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, dentists, retailers, retirees, boaters . . . the list goes on.

    Gabriola Island has become the destination of choice for many people from all over the world that want to experience a more stress-free lifestyle. Here you’ll enjoy a temperate West Coast climate with clean air and half the rainfall of Vancouver. The island offers a unique blend of semi-rural living, with an urban influence.

    Enjoy this island lifestyle with virtually every modern shopping and service convenience, including health clinic, veterinarian clinic and high-speed Internet.

    Vegetation

    Beautifully forested with mature fir and cedar surrounding the lodge and beach.

    Recreation

    Here you’ll find some of the most beautiful and protected cruising waters, an abundance of wildlife and sea mammals, fabulous fishing, a challenging golf course, 3 gorgeous oceanfront Provincial Parks, a museum, art galleries, organic farms, countless hieroglyphs, and hiking trails. Sheltered moorage is available in Silva Bay and Degnen Bay. Gabriola’s proximity to Tofino and world class surfing (and probably the finest salmon and fly fishing on the planet) make it a natural for those who enjoy attending fun events and tournaments. In winter, great skiing at Mount Washington is only an hour away on the Island Highway.

    History

    Since 1983, The Haven has been at the forefront of personal and professional development.

    Founded by psychiatrist Bennet Wong, and Jock McKeen, a western physician trained in Chinese medicine, The Haven continues to educate participants from all over the world through transformative programs based upon the central ideas, themes and models originally developed by Ben and Jock, embodied and taught by our renowned faculty. Read more about Ben and Jock, the founders.

    In 2004, ownership of The Haven was transferred to a charitable organization, Haven Foundation. The Foundation’s principal focus is the raising and allocation of funds in order to enhance the quality of the programs and facilities, and to provide financial assistance to participants who might otherwise be unable to attend.

    Boundaries

    Please see mapping section (all boundaries are approximate).

    Investment Features

    Transformational learning centre with revenue streams from program participants, group and event rentals, and resort/Airbnb guests. Great starting point with huge potential to expand all aspects.

    Services

    • 3-phase power
    • Drilled wells
    • Engineered septic system

    Improvements

    16 buildings, Click Here for descriptions.

    Tax Details

    $24,411.07 (2022)

    Zoning

    TC1 (Tourist Commercial 1)
    Gabriola Island Land Use Bylaw No. 177, 1999

    Additional zoning information can be found on the Islands Trust/Gabriola website.

    Legal

    Lot 2, Section 21, Gabriola Island, Nanaimo District, Plan 8542, Except Parcel A (DD 389553I) and Except Part in Plans 15394, 16227, 16496, and 24297
    PID 000-010-936

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.

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