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A Gaian Soul Chat with Bev Haskins

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This is the first in a series of interviews with interesting people I know whose life work is intrinsically involved with Nature, Creativity and Spirituality. And quite often, the Tarot!

Joanna and Bev

Joanna and Bev at the Readers Studio 2010. Bev dressed up for the costume banquet as the Gaian Empress card!

My first guest is Bev Haskins. I met Bev when she visited my island home with our mutual friend James Wells a few years ago. Bev offers workshops, classes and retreats at Bev’s Lakeside Retreats, her home on beautiful Lake Ontario, Canada. She will be a guest teacher tomorrow night (Tuesday October 5th) on a teleseminar for the Gaian Tarot Circle. Read more about Bev at the end of the interview.

Bev and James will be the hosts of a “Gaian Tarot Weekend Retreat” in October 2011 at a beautiful retreat centre in Ontario. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this event! More details coming soon.

Tarot . . . . . . .

What do you love most about the Tarot?

What I love most about Tarot in general is its capacity for richness and depth of response when asking for important guidance about our lives.  What I love most about the Gaian Tarot is the contemporary artwork that clients relate to instantly (as do I), its beauty, its connection to nature, its (sometimes) alternative and expanding way of looking at the traditional meaning of a card.

Tell us a story about one of your experiences with the Gaian Tarot.

I find that a lot of people relate to something in their life instantly with the Gaian cards. Before I can get a question or a word out, they tell me what the card means in relation to their question. I was working with a young woman who was on maternity leave. The company she worked for was in the process of moving many employees to another country, although a few would be left here to “hold the fort.” She was concerned that there would be no job for her when she returned, as she wasn’t prepared to move. One of her cards was the Elder of Water.  She took one look and said “oh my goodness, as I move forward I’m looking backward and the boat (job) is out there waiting for me. But I’m ignoring it and I better go and be proactive with the company and tell them exactly what I want and not wait for my leave to be over.”  It’s not really what this card is about, but it was what she needed to see in it that mattered.

Creativity. . . . . . .

How do you best love to express your creativity?

I think my creativity comes out a lot in how I teach, how I relate to people, and the activities I plan for my classes. I am also involved in a community historic walking drama tour where I am the artistic director. For many years, my area of expertise was as a teacher using drama to teach in the classroom.

What kind of creative projects are you working on now?

The theatre project I mentioned above is in full swing right now. I’m also looking at creative ways to “marry” the many processes and techniques that I know together, to offer private retreats to people.

Nature. . . . . . .

How does Nature inspire, impact or heal you?

I am fortunate to have lakefront property in Ontario. As I write this I need only turn my head slightly and I look out on vast Lake Ontario with all its changing moods. Water has long been a healer for me. Even though I live on a lake, I still crave the ocean every few years. I live in the country and I love it. My property is used for workshops. When I visibly see people relax and breathe deep and commune with nature when they come here, I know I’m in the right place.

Spirituality. . . . . . .

How do you define your spirituality or religion?

I am a spiritual being having a physical experience. All experiences I draw to me in this lifetime are there to help me ‘re-member’ who I really am.

How is Tarot part of your spiritual practice (if it is)?

Tarot is one of the primary tools that help me remember who I really am. It always works for me on a soul/spiritual level immediately. I often describe Tarot to people who know nothing about it this way: “It helps you stop the busyness of your story details (he said/she said), and goes instantly beneath those details to help you discover why those details are happening in the way they are.”

Please tell us a little bit about what you’re going to share when you teach your teleseminar on “Animal Medicine in the Gaian World Card” for the Gaian Tarot Circle.

Everyone is going to do a reading for themselves using as a foundation one of the non-human beings in the Gaian World Card. After choosing the being that best describes the journey you are on right now in your life, we will do a reading with one card from the majors and one from each of the element suits, each focusing on a different question about your journey. People will have the chance to share parts of their reading and ask for input if they choose to. I “test drove” this with my Tarot Play monthly group last week and they loved it. We got some very rich material from it.

Thanks Bev! I’m looking forward to the teleseminar tomorrow night.


Bev Haskins is a teacher and healer. For 35 years Bev used her talents and abilities to build a successful career in elementary education. She taught for 20 year in a small, rural alternative school setting where she learned to teach holistically, including creative and global awareness in all aspects of learning. Before her retirement Bev also worked as an Arts consultant and a principal.

Throughout her adult life Bev has been on a journey to discover her own creative expression of her spirituality. She has studied a wide variety of holistic, esoteric and metaphysical topics as well as doing hands-on practical self/spiritual development and healing techniques.

Bev’s love of and work with storytelling and archetypal images and symbols brought her to the Tarot- a visual tool that helps Bev access her inner intuitive/psychic energies.

Through the Tarot and other modalities such as Reiki, Bev has been providing food for thought, insight and healing to friends and clients for over 25 years. Bev has now embarked upon another teaching journey with the opening of her centre Bev’s Lakeside Retreats. Here she facilitates an eclectic array of courses and workshops and provides opportunity and space for other presenters to share their expertise. Teaching to Bev is about being a vehicle for you on your journey to knowing who you really are and how to achieve your highest and best every day.

Bev also loves to spend time with her family, especially her three wonderful grandchildren. She is a trustee on the local library board and the artistic director of a local fund- raising historic drama project.

Bev always brakes for unicorns.

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