Opening To Grace

Opening to Grace welcomes you

Opening to Grace is an independent Gestalt, training, and healing centre based on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

Our professional, personal and spiritual development programs have been crafted to provide you with compassion and support throughout your learning and healing experience.

Grounded in the Gestalt approach and contemplative practice, our Opening to Grace healing and retreat programs, individual and group sessions, flow naturally from a synthesis of transpersonal healing practice underpinned with heart-centred Gestalt practice.

PLEASE NOTE: Opening to Grace was formerly known as the Terrigal Gestalt Institute. Originally focused on academic Gestalt training, TGI has transitioned to become a healing and Retreat Centre, offering individual Gestalt Therapy, Spiritual Direction, Clinical Supervision, Professional Development Gestalt training, Workshops, Seminars and Retreats.

dinah eades buchanan

Dinah Eades Buchanan

OTG Founder & Retreat Facilitator

Our Aim

The aim of Opening to Grace is to inspire our clients and participants to access and develop their own unique creativity, healing and wisdom, enriched by an unfolding growth journey of depth and compassion.

Our services include:

Opening To Grace Healing Retreat

Our Opening to Grace healing Retreat is an opportunity to come together to create a sacred space for healing, transformation and growth.

This Retreat combines the  Gestalt approach with contemplative spiritual practice, as a way of entering  a sacred healing space, where we acknowledge that we are already moving toward healing and wholeness. As facilitators, we have experienced  and witnessed profound physical and emotional healing and change when the sacred is consciously acknowledged at the heart of the healing process, and the framework of Gestalt offers a vital and compelling backdrop to this healing work.

The Retreat offers participants a supportive space to experience profound healing and change, within a spiritual framework. We will also be exploring process from a practitioner perspective.

NOTE: Our next Healing Retreat is scheduled for July 26th – 28th 2024

Facilitators: Dinah Eades Buchanan & Naomi Sirio

To Register contact Dinah at

Venue: St Joseph’s Spirituality Centre – Kincumber, Central Coast, NSW

*All meals and accommodation included.

Contact: Dinah on 0439 752 710 or

Our Offerings

opening to grace

Gestalt for Healing

Our Opening to Grace healing Retreats provide an opportunity to come together to create a sacred space for healing, transformation and growth. You will experience the Transformational Gestalt approach which combines Gestalt Therapy & contemplative spirituality. Retreats are open to those in professional helping roles and anyone interested in healing and growth work through a spiritual lens. All spiritual faiths and beliefs are welcome and honoured in a spirit of deep community.

opening to grace

Individual Sessions

Individual Gestalt therapy, Gestalt Spiritual Direction, and Clinical Supervision sessions with Dinah are available Tuesday to Saturday.

Sessions are conducted within the foundational framework of Gestalt practice, with a focus on creativity and experimentation to help bring awareness and insight. Dinah’s practice has a relational focus and the work is grounded in compassion. Essentially, Dinah has a passion to share this life’s journey with others and build community in a deep and profound way.

opening to grace

Professional Development

OTG currently offers personalised online training in Transformational Gestalt Practice. This is a personally tailored individual program designed to introduce practicing clinicians to the Gestalt modality through a spiritual framework, so that it can be integrated into existing practice and ministry. The program consists of individual teaching and mentoring online sessions with PDF study material (Unit Guides / Readings / Handouts) delivered in six modules. You will be able to tailor this course to your own needs, and journey at your own pace, over a 6-12 month period.

Join our Community

Your areas of interest:


opening to grace

This Prospectus outlines the online training in Transformational Gestalt Practice currently offered by Opening To Grace. This program has been developed to introduce practicing clinicians, and those in ministry, to an overview of the Gestalt modality through a spiritual framework, so that it can be integrated into existing practice and ministry. The program is personally tailored for each participant and delivered as a combination of online teaching and mentoring sessions, PDF teaching units, Readings and Handouts, and experiential tasks, over the duration of an individually tailored program (within a 6-12 month period).

Opening To Grace Blog

Our Constant Companion …

It could be said that we 'die' many times before our actual death ... We are growing and expanding emotionally and spiritually throughout our lives and at each incremental transition we have to say goodbye [...]

Born To Judge …

Really we were born to 'judge'. Humans like certainty and structure and order, and to have that we must weigh up everyone and everything that comes across our path. And decide where they fit in [...]


It's true ... standing at your back are a legion of ancestors who have paved the way for you to be here on this earth for such a time as this! They look down through [...]


Martin Luther King understood a fundamental spiritual principle .... that what is inside us is reflected in our lives ... we live out of the thoughts and energies that circle deep within our psyche, our [...]