“What takes place here is not ordinary or commonplace unless my preconceptions make it so. What takes place here is extraordinary.”

—Dr. Karen Meyer 

 

The *Gates of Loving Inquiry invite us to write, connect and open our hearts into relationship with ourselves, each other, nature and spirit. 

*Tap on the arrow on either side of the image above to become acquainted with some of the Gates.

 

Through exploring these qualities of attention and engagement, we nourish ourselves, deepen our connections, practice new ways of writing and sharing our experience.

 

Praise for Walking with Ahava through the Gates:

 

I am so in wonder of Ahava and the Gates of Loving Inquiry. She helped me to create an entirely different relationship with my creativity and released me from a lot of inner turmoil and torment. In this space with no pressure, a lot of love, acceptance, support and most importantly recognition, I have been able to find a lost part of myself that I thought I would never reclaim. I have the deepest gratitude for this time & space. I learned that I can completely trust my creative process, that I can stop questioning my creative choices.  

Thank you Ahava for the finding of buried treasures at long last discovered.

Jane Mackenzie

 

 

Walking with Ahava through the Gates of Loving Inquiry opened the doorway to possibilities that were untapped, stored away deep within. It was good to enjoy creating again, returning to quilting and fiddling with fabric, trying new things, and writing. I never kept a journal so this was an interesting insightful process for me, how a question could often produce so many more questions. Learning to touch my heart and say “stop” when I am having unkind thoughts about myself: I will take this with me for the rest of my life. 

Always welcoming, warm and kind, encouraging and skillfully guiding everyone to explore their creativity, Ahava, because of your generous spirit, you have created the opportunity for women to explore their lives with curiosity, openness and compassion.

Judith Barnett 

 

 

 

Every two weeks when I received a gate, it was like a present, written just for me! Your poems, your own experience as a learner in life, and the questions you asked were always thought-provoking. I often didn’t know what I was going to say as I started writing, and then ended up being surprised about what had happened. My journal became a companion who would always listen to me without judgement. And it became a vehicle for my meanderings about the art exhibitions I saw and my photographic projects. 

Thank you, Ahava, for your gentle attention and guidance.

Denise Okan

 

 

Thank you for creating this space of Loving Inquiry in which I can be open-hearted and playful, explore who I am and what I want to be doing with my life. The periods of transition are the hardest times in my life. I grasp for the things that give me security, like the past. Ahava offers a tangible tool that’s giving me a way to move through this challenging time. Instead of beating myself up or falling into despair, I am learning to use this time of transition to learn new ways of being. 

When I walk through a gate, it’s like a transformation!

Ariana Salvo

 

 

Working with Ahava has been both joyful and transformational. She is compassionate and listens deeply. She always knows the exact right question to have you ask yourself! She is well resourced and knowledgeable, and has a well of experience and insight on which to draw. Facing some of my biggest fears was scary and challenging but it was time. I learned how to “walk with my fear” rather than try to rid myself of it, which is not really possible! I also discovered that resisting the fear is far worse than walking with it. Thank you so much Ahava for guiding me in this last 6 months.

Having the framework of the Gates of Loving Inquiry with which to work through different aspects of myself was invaluable. 

Gail Muise