About Dinah

Dinah is the founder of the Opening To Grace Centre. She is an experienced Counsellor, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Spiritual Director, Educator & Trainer, and Retreat Facilitator. She has a private practice based on the Central Coast NSW, Australia, and works with clients and groups worldwide.

The Place of Unknowing

Sometimes the spiritual journey is about UNLEARNING all that we thought we knew about God, the universe, and everything. The ways of Love are written deep in our hearts but we are so afraid to trust that inner voice of Love. It beckons to us always, and often invites us to go to places in [...]

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Vulnerability is Strength

So many of us have learnt that to be vulnerable is a 'weakness' ... but that is a lie ... it is a strength. It is a great spiritual truth that in my weakness lies my strength. Everything that seems powerful is temporary ... everything on this earth that has held power has eventually crumbled [...]

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Interview with Dinah Buchanan and Naomi Sirio

This is a snippet of an interview I did in 2020 with Naomi Sirio who is a dear friend and colleague. We spent a delightful hour in conversation talking about spirituality, grief, personal growth & transformation, making decisions, coping with covid and much more. There are more snippets on Naomi's YouTube channel under 'Conversations with [...]

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The Attachment Dilemma …

Reclaiming Lost Parts of Self ... We are all born with an innate desire to form an attachment to our primary caregivers ... it's a survival thing! As children, we learn that the more we bend ourselves to fit in and do what others expect of us, the more likely it is that we will [...]

By |2021-04-29T20:34:47+10:00April 29th, 2021|Gestalt Spiritual Direction, Gestalt Therapy|Comments Off on The Attachment Dilemma …

The Eternity of Grief

We lift our faces .... we feel the tears ... we feel our grief And it's because of our hearts so full of love that we feel such grief now Some say grief is a portal into the deep well of love It is our love wearing a different mask, for a time Love is [...]

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FAITH … sensing the dawn even when it’s still dark …

I've always loved this idea that all of nature somehow has an innate sense of the approach of light, the dawn ... even in the dark! When we're not feeling good, when we're feeling flat or depressed, sick with grief or lost in any kind of loneliness or despair, it can feel like the darkness [...]

By |2021-04-24T14:40:18+10:00April 18th, 2021|Gestalt Spiritual Direction, Gestalt Therapy|Comments Off on FAITH … sensing the dawn even when it’s still dark …

Compassion

Compassion and Gestalt Therapy There is much written about growth and change that speaks to our desire to be different to how we are - to be better than we are, to be more than we are; because deep down we feel 'damaged', unworthy, left wanting somehow. But this is what I've learnt over many [...]

By |2017-09-06T22:44:25+10:00August 31st, 2017|Gestalt Spiritual Direction, Gestalt Therapy|0 Comments

The Story Behind the ‘Opening to Grace’ Healing Retreats

Why an "Opening to Grace" Healing Retreat? As an experienced Gestalt Therapist I have long held a desire to integrate Gestalt therapy with contemplative spirituality and to offer a new style of spiritual / healing Retreat.   We call this new synthesis Transformational Gestalt and the main thrust of this contemplative perspective is working with embodied [...]

By |2021-04-29T20:29:43+10:00May 8th, 2017|Gestalt Spiritual Direction, Gestalt Therapy|0 Comments

Equine Assisted Experiences Peakgrove Solutions

Mindfulness and the wise horse In equine assisted experiences (equine therapy), certain characteristics of horses are used to facilitate changes in perceptions of self and others, as well as the formation of new skills and approaches that can be taken into daily life. Horses are intensely social beings and exhibit a range of behaviours including those related [...]

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