The site provides self-help, support, inspirational, and informational pages.  It is here to provide help
for whatever it is that brought you here, whether you're working on improving, re-visioning, or
re-purposing your life: or to understand a person in your life who is in emotional, spiritual or mental
Counselling, mentoring and guidance are also available.

Thoughts, feelings and emotions are the food we feed our mind and spirit with. Good food produces
wholesome wellness: this site is full of
"good food" - mind and spirit food.
This is my eBook:
"One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman MA © 2007-2019

It is not  for sale; it is Free.

It's my way of
Paying It Forward;
and is an ongoing work in progress,
like a
"Never-Ending Story" book.

Dawn Cove Abbey
Roadside Assistance for your Journey through Life
- Dedicated to helping people return (and maintain) sanity and decency to life -
Comments and Questions are welcome
Welcome to Dawn Cove Abbey:
Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Wellness Teaching, Information and Support Site

Helping people regain and maintain mental, emotional and spiritual wellness
supplemented by workshops, seminars, retreats and

"Roadside Assistance on Life's Healing Journeys" Online since 1992
Detoxifying the Conditioned Mind
Hello, I'm Klaas, also known as Opa, or OpaKlaas.
HERE for more detail on me.
   How may I be of service to you?

Where do I come in, on your journey? Simply put, mine is a
quite minor role, compared to yours. I provide   the "space" -a
safe, comfortable place - for you to engage in creating your
own healing "space" - this is a rest stop along the way; and
there are also resources and support of many kinds for you to
peruse at your leisure.
And I'm here, as a fellow traveller, one who has walked many
trails. I am not a "counsellor" in the common usage of that
word. I am not you - I do not know the answer to what you
need. But I may be of assistance in helping you find it.

My role is to provide with new tools (the information and
support items on the site), and to listen, and perhaps suggest
some things for you consider; perhaps ask that if what you've
been doing isn't working for you, to try something else;
something "new". I am a Healing

I cannot, and will not, TELL you what to do - I am not you;
my "job" is I helping people to believe in,and heal themselves.

We can brainstorm about it, together; if you so desire. And     
I can accompany you for a bit, on the trail - or perhaps walk
alongside on the entire journey. Once again, that is YOUR
choice to make - not mine.

One of my main roles in these journeys people are on, besides
providing them with new tools and insights provided by the
articles and information, is that of Guide - I am familiar with
much of the terrain and can help avoid pitfalls, and perhaps
suggest new options. More about my approach is in the page
called "
About Healing".
We live in a magnificent world teeming with natural beauty, with thousands of vibrant cultures, and  billions of
decent people, all of whom simply wish to live a happy, decent life. But among that great diversity are two   
small sub-cultures: the "shaming-blaming" one, and the "fear-based" one.

They have achieved prominence totally out of all proportion to the actual reality, because of the way media, and
mental health professionals who should  know better have jumped on their negative band-wagon and portray
them as powerful. They really are not dominant, they are SUB-cultures. When we see and treat them for what
they are; '
SUBcultures', we take that power away from them. This site is engaged in doing that. I have nothing to
sell: I simply provide "
Roadside Assistance";  you'll find many encouraging examples of many, many exceptions
to these cultures here.

Life is meant to be celebrated, see the full meaning of celebration
HERE and Celebrate-Life. Let's see if we can
(together) bring the joy back to your life, and help you be able to celebrate again.
Among other things, you will rediscover an essential truth as you browse the site:
  • that People (Others and YOU) are not their "Label", their "Disorder", "Complex", "Syndrome", or  their   
    "Disease", and etc.
  • and You are not beginning, or going on a journey; you are already on one, and have been since you were
    born. It's been a constant learning one - see more here.
  • And oh yes, You are Normal! See "About Healing" and "Culture".

The Help and Information here are not "Psychological", "Philosophical", nor "Theological": rather it is acquired
from the wisdom garnered by humans over the ages - and added-to by my former clients and  students; and
through observing people in many places and situations during a long time-frame; as well of course, through
"formal" and   self-directed study. They are based on
Life in all its wondrous vastness, intricacies and "mysteries",
as I have come to understand it: and now share that with you. I fully believe in people's
Human Potential, and
their ability to achieve
Peak Experiences.

                       Introduction and comments continue after the site information below.

                                                  General Site Content Listing: Navigation Menus
                         The respective site "section maps" below will lead you to more detail.
< An introduction to the healing
  and the approach taken
here;   as well as the nature of the
healing journey itself.

< Comprehensive Healing
and support section.

< Various articles and information
on Relationships, including
"Fear of

< This section that looks at
healthy, functional families
(not perfect ones), including
Blended Families.

< Information & discussion on
Behavioural &  Emotional
Issues and Challenges
Management, Depression, Stress,
Phobias, etc) Assertiveness, Love
VS Obsession, and more . . .

< Many positive, inspiring, and
helpful poems, essays and stories
from hundreds of people: survivors.
It's called Positive GOOD READS.

< This is the Main positive
support  Directory home page.

<  Workshops & Retreats:
Healing Circle
"Everything in your life is there as a
vehicle for your transformation.
We're all walking each other home".
~Ram Dass

Every Journey begins with a single step.
Yours too; your
First step . . .
No one can walk with you
till you take   
that first step,
beautiful person.
Children: (Reminiscences >
& memories (uplifting)   about
and from childhood

Awakening: About  >
New beginnings - when you
realize it is time for
meaningful, positive change:
stories from others to inspire

Friendship: Stories    >
about friendship and the joy
and enrichment it brings to
our lives

And a special page:
"Normal" 101  
About what "normal"

Jealousy                >

Multiple Personality    >
Dissociative Identity

Dissociation: Zoning Out.
Meditation or Disconnection?

The Culture of
Dysfunction        >
Description of services that are  >
available, besides the free
information of the site itself.

Insightful information and        
discussion about
Alcoholism and
it's devastating effects on the
individual, family and community.

A comprehensive section of      
Dysfunctional families
a result of addictions).

Adult Children from  >  
- and the effect it had on
them: including the "
Lost Child"

Stress & Stress Management >

ANXIETY Spectrum              >

Depression                          >
You may find the following selections from the Information/Support Libraries helpful    
as well.

CLICK/TAP on the Icon beside the titles
More being added regularly
Fear: informative, helpful
articles on and about Fear.

the ultimate  
Soul Detoxifier             

Life Transitions: there  are
many "transitions in life - as
from childhood, into  teens,
adulthood and  passing, etc.
All need to be celebrated.
Here are some stories.

Lost Child (role):     >
the most severe "casualty"
from dysfunctional family life.

Defeating Behaviours    

Growng Old and Suddenly
Senior: Maturing with Dignity
and Grace   

Education - Socialization
Our life-long learning process

The role of Culture in our lives

Services Assistance         > >
Dawn Cove Abbey Online provides a "setting" that is conducive to healing journeys: an online retreat
centre, so to speak, because to experience a positive healing journey requires at least two things:
"Set" and "Setting": it has this in common with other situations where intense experiences may
occur, or which are hoped for; that includes
"Peak Experiences". See the introduction to "About
here on the site.