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by May (subscribe)
Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
Published January 31st 2019
Where there is just so much more than buying chocolates
On a recent drive north of Maitland along the Clarencetown Road, in an area densely populated by kangaroos lazing under the shade of towering gums, my eyes glazed over after spotting a sign on the gate of a country property announcing Belgium chocolates for sale. Now honestly, I ask you, wouldn't that pique your interest too?

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Entrance to Destiny Haven

Investigation required a drive up to the homestead where another sign welcomed us to Destiny Haven, which we were to learn was "a residential life skills training program for women to find freedom from controlling issues, such as addictions, self-harm, abuse and childhood trauma".

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Welcome to Destiny Haven

Part of this process includes providing the tools to make these women employment ready by way of a social enterprise program in conjunction with the rehabilitation process.

Yes, these women living at Destiny Haven for up to 12 months receiving counselling and other therapies, whilst learning the skills to make delicious chocolates, Christmas puddings, jams and honey from fruits grown on the property, as well as jewellery
and tote bags.

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Belgian Callebaut Chocolate covering a Pitted Date

How does learning how to make chocolates or marmalade make a person more job ready? By learning the skills to follow a process; of following instructions, of reading requirements, and being disciplined to finish the task. They also gain self-esteem from the successful completion of a project, organisational skills and seeing the results of commitment to the task. All good stuff.

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Puddings, Candles and Jewellrey available

We were shown around the showroom with a full explanation of the services that these brave women facing their demons receive and their enjoyment in producing such beautiful products for sale. We even sampled a selection the Belgian chocolates. Aggggghhhh - I was in heaven.

The Destiny Haven retail outlet, at 3931 Clarencetown Road, Brookfield, is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sometimes, these products are also available at local markets and at other times service organisations organise bus trips to this nurturing facility.

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Successful shopping and a powerful personal experience

Destiny Haven is a not for profit organisation with no Government funding with all funds raised from products going back to assist women in need.

The chocolates were just delicious as was the Mawberry Jam, a mixture of mulberries and strawberries. I'm already planning a Christmas In July Party with the pudding as the main event.

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Beautifull presented Pudding

If you want to satisfy your taste buds whilst supporting a really worthwhile cause, visit Destiny Haven and be totally blown away by the behind-the-scenes activity at this beautiful rural property.

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When: Monday to Saturday : 9am to 6pm
Phone: 02 4996 5558.
Where: 3931 Clarencetown Road, Brookfield
Cost: Free Entry
Your Comment
What a great place. Nice article May.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2533) 1084 days ago
Mouth is officially watering. YUM!
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1396) 1083 days ago
Thank you, Irenke. Yes, a special place. Isnít it just wonderful when you stumble upon places like this ?
Thanks for dropping by:)
by May (score: 2|842) 1084 days ago
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