About Us


Haven International, is a liberal Unitarian Universalist (UU) spiritual coalition, actively seeking to connect with individuals and organizations, in order to facilitate personal and global transformation by means of spirituality, education, and service-oriented projects. We are a sanctuary for all who share the philosophy and practice of peaceful co-existence with the Earth and each other.

Company Overview

Currently a registered non-profit spiritual organization with the State of Texas. We are a Sanctuary in it’s strictest sense. Words like church, and temple limit our understanding of our global nature. We are all sisters and brothers of the world able to extend our hands out through science and spirituality to help, nurture and make a difference.

We are based in Austin, TX and primarily serve Travis and Williamson County as well as provide long distance spiritual services to the United States, and Internationally through online education, online media, conferences, and spiritually related events. We hold sacred the ideal that every pathway, all religions lead to inner-knowing even the “no-path way”.  We honor that all spiritual expression is part of an emerging tapestry of core truths meant to bring us closer together as a global community. Our programs promote education and community by encouraging partnerships and recognition of our shared connection with each other, the Earth and beyond.

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Our Unitarian Universalist Principals

 “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”  - Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove

  • 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Programs and Services

Haven Spiritual Sanctuary

Spiritual Sanctuary's for Haven are the physical locations of our interfaith ministries and programs as well as a spiritual community center for local communities. These locations in the future will offer a place for like-minded organizations to gather for projects, interfaith services and spiritually-based interfaith events. We are currently looking for our first physical location in the Austin, TX area.

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Emergent Studies Institute

Emergent Studies Institute is currently the largest active program at Haven International. This completely online institute offers educational programs in eco-sustainability, women’s and men’s spirituality, creativity and innovation, and spiritual ministry within communities. Our educational courses are designed to be in touch with the needs of students’, as well as recognizing our connection to a greater global society.

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Haven-ESI Press

Haven-ESI Press is an author co-operative publishing company based online and featuring dynamic e-book and online publications. This company is currently under development and will be working in cooperation with independent authors, spiritual nonprofit Haven International and spiritually-based school and research institute Emergent Studies Institute (ESI).

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ESI Transpersonal Film Division

ESI’s Transpersonal Film Division is an aspect of the school that is focused on the development of creative projects using the artistic medium of filmmaking to inspire reflection, motivate others and encourage spiritual activism/social justice. Film can be a powerful medium that can cross borders of understanding and be inclusive of all walks of life. Through a Transdisciplinary approach this division often uses symbolism and metaphor as the vehicle for communicating our message beyond the typical constraints of culture and/or language.

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Haven Community Gardens

Haven gardens are a way for local communities to come together and grow together. Using methods that have stood the test of time as well as the use of new methods we strive to build community through our connection with the Earth and the people around us. We are currently working on a project to grow organic vegetables and herbs with the volunteer support of our local community to grow foods that can sustain a small neighborhood of people or small garden membership.

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Food Trucks, Feed Hope!

Have you ever thought about the most effective way to feed people without cars, with out money, maybe even without a home? At Haven Int. we are currently in development with other partners to create a cost effective way way to feed the homeless through community and business involvement. From refurbishing old food trucks specifically with the task to feed the hungry, to partnering with existing food truck businesses, we hope to be able to feed the homeless of an area around North Austin. This program is in the development stage, we are looking for partners and funding for this project. Please contact us if you are interested in lending a hand!

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Our Team

Rev. Lisa Evert

Rev. Lisa Evert, MATP

Lisa Evert was born in Saratoga, California to a family of artists, writers, and business professionals. She grew up in Santa Cruz, and the San Francisco Bay Area and moved later to Nevada City and then to Austin, Texas. Her travels have taken her to places like Maui, Hawaii and Sedona, where she felt an amazing personal and spiritual connection to Nohaa (Mother/Grandmother Earth) and the local communities. Lisa is currently the CEO and Head Minister of Haven Int.



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Trace Whitley

Trace Whitley, MATP

Trace Whitley was raised by a family of educators who have inspired her lifelong passion for education. She grew up in the small suburban town of Duncanville, just south of Dallas, lived in and around the San Bernadino Mountains in California, and has traveled all over the Southwest and the East Coast — Asheville, Salem, Sedona, Santa Cruz and New Orleans. Trace currently assists with operations, events and technology at Haven Int and it's programs.



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Jessica Bowman

Jessica Bowman, M.A.

Jessica Bowman has worked in K – 12 public education for many years with both urban and rural programs. Having the privilege to work with so many students of different nationality, heritage, religions, perspective and values has provided a tremendous worldview reinforcing the importance of tolerance and acceptance of others. Diversity truly is the spice of life. Jessica Bowman is currently uses her educational administrative abilities to serve as the President of Emergent Studies Institute a spiritually-based education program of Haven Int. and as a Board Member of Haven Int.



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Martha Brumbaugh

Dr. Martha Brumbaugh, PhD

Martha Brumbaugh is an educator, writing coach, artist, and ceremonialist. She has mentored women and men on academic and spiritual paths since 1988 and received her doctorate in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2006. Martha lives on the California coast with two cats, two ravens, and her sister. She has two adult sons, and recently became a grandmother. She loves cooking, reading, and film. She also loves to travel and experience other cultures through history, architecture, and mythology. She leads visionary quests throughout the western United States and facilitates workshops on the Tarot and Sacred Arts and Crafts. Martha currently serves as Academic Dean of Emergent Studies Institute a program of Haven Int. as well as a board member of ESI.



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Amber Balk

Dr. Amber Balk, PhD

Amber Balk was born to the lush forests of the Tennessee River Valley, the homeland region of her Native American motherline ancestors. Her fatherline contributes English-Irish-German ancestry, and she honor s all ancestral bloodlines as indigenous peoples of Mother Earth. She holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and a MA in Women’s Spirituality from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. This unique combination imparted a sense of rootedness in the world as an agent of social change and a questioner of consensus consciousness. She works as a transpersonal educator, researcher, creative consultant, writer, and activist. Dedicated to movement towards wholeness in all endeavors, she considers it a sacred honor and responsibility to serve in this capacity. At ESI, she acts as Director of Admissions and Research and faculty member. 



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