|Dawn Cove Abbey Online: A Different Healing Place
|Life Guide - Facilitator - Teacher, Guide-Mentor Klaas Tuinman M.A.
|Deerfield, NS. 2010: (Rev 2017) - Ontario
|Established in 1995, in commemoration of Abbey Dawn in Kingston, Ontario, Canada
|Dawn Cove Abbey commemorates, and reflects, the Abbey Dawn tradition, and honours it by incorporating
its name, by altering the word sequence of its name and adding "Cove" (because of my original Maritime
locality), and reflecting Abbey Dawn's spirit, while having added my own flavour.
I continue the tradition of focusing on blending body, mind and spirit in that reverential, holistic manner.
Towards that goal, I provide resources for human growth here: mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Because it now mobile and online, it is no longer a typical abbey of the traditional style; yet Dawn Cove
Abbey is very much a community still; one with members around the world. In fact, there are hundreds of
them, and they actively participated, and continue to do so through the stories, insights, and experiences they
Dawn Cove Abbey also has a mobile chapel (I am an itinerant priest). This is the reason for the Abbey's
shift to electronic "distance services": because they can be offered wherever they may be needed. In the
"mobile" chapel, full services such as Baptisms, Marriages, etc are offered.
Dawn Cove Abbey is made possible, in part, through generous gifts, help and donations of members past
and present. There are no charges for personal healing assistance - no one has ever been turned away, or
refused services or help because of financial difficulty: only workshops and seminars etc have a fee. It is my
way of paying forward all the things people, and life, have given me. I shall always be grateful to all of
those who have contributed. I sincerely hope that Dawn Cove Abbey may be of benefit to you.
I believe in the "Pay It Forward" principle (where you pass along to others any good deeds that have been
done to you), because throughout life I have been the recipient of many people's kindnesses, and the Abbey
is my way of paying it forward.
Dawn Cove Abbey provides the information and resources on the site freely: it is available to all. If you
found this page, and the information on the site helpful, and know someone else who could benefit from it,
please tell them: that will be your way of paying it forward.
I sincerely hope that you take the Less Travelled Road and that it brings awakening and healing to you.
Dawn Cove Abbey's history and connections - are in transition and unfolding: Humanistic: because I believe
that people are the agents, and our human cultures and institutions are the agencies. Spiritual
(connectedness): because I believe everything (and everyone) is inter-connected - the web of life.
Spiritual: extra-personal connectedness: (our connectedness with others, and the "Universe" however you
imagine it to be): recognizing the unity of all things, being connected, and inter-connected, with something
larger than self, harmony with the universe, having authentic relationships with others, and helping others to
self-actualize, developing more responsible interpersonal relationships. Everything (and everyone) is
inter-connected - the web of life.
We live in a world where kindness, decency, concern and consideration are viewed with suspicion, and are
often mistaken for weakness.
In our current socio-cultural world, these qualities appear to be more and more an exception, than a rule. My
desire is to help promote understanding to change that through knowledge, understanding, personal growth
and healing. For more on my approach, see the introduction on the Alcoholism main page, as well as About
And one of the important things that makes it somewhat unique, is that they can mingle here, in a manner
of speaking, with others who have walked the same path, and hear their insights and tales of their
experiences; both of which may provide keys to their further progress - we move forward on the basis of
our new insights gained from reflecting on all we've experienced, seen, heard and felt, etc.
Dawn Cove Abbey originally began as an online Computer Bulletin Board System (BBS) in the early 1990's.
It provided electronic informational outreach, and supportive dialogue: primarily focused on alcoholism
and dysfunctional families and the ramifications of those, as well as spiritual forums. From 1998 to 2007,
it became an actual place: with 11+ acres of nature trails and gardens as a retreat centre, and included a
chapel. It offered Healing Circle Workshops, Seminars, Retreats, and Lectures in its initial original venue.
It continues to do so still, but it does so both online, and in person, because it is now mobile, too. I will
travel anywhere to facilitate workshops, and conduct seminars; and also direct personal assistance, online.
Kind of providing "healing in your own home", so to speak.
Dawn Cove Abbey was originally headquartered in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, Canada, but has since
moved to western Ontario, Canada. Its electronic reach is international. The focus is on Human Healing,
Growth & Potential through Empowerment. It does so though providing various outreach services and
programs: workshops and seminars.
My name is Klaas Tuinman and in 1995 I established Dawn Cove Abbey, as a healing/learning
centre/sanctuary, in memoriam and tribute to Abbey Dawn of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and in honour of
it’s founder: Wallace Havelock Robb.
Wallace was a poet, historian, naturalist, and most important, a friend. Abbey Dawn was a gathering place
for scholars artists, poets, writers & religious folk of all kinds: creative & spiritual people. The entire focus
was on the inherent good of people, and the true history of how we came to be, rather than the one
promoted normally in schools, etc.
Abbey Dawn embodied a reverence for all life, including nature, and it was also a sanctuary for birds:
Wallace was the first to begin the nesting boxes for Eastern Bluebirds (Canada) program.
Dawn Cove Abbey is very much modelled on that format and philosophy. It is a humanistic - spiritual (not
religious) community devoted to helping men, women, anywhere overcome their challenges and barriers
to regain inner balance and harmony (recovery and healing), actualize their potential.
|The healing tradition is continued here by offering services for spiritual
and emotional wellbeing.
Dawn Cove Abbey provides personal guidance for growth, healing and empowerment
through personal life coaching/counselling, as well as the many information files that
exist on this website - the information is free and available to all.
Dawn Cove Abbey Online provides a "setting" that is conducive to healing journeys: it's an
online retreat centre, so to speak.
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 Healing" here on the site.
Historically and traditionally, Abbeys have been retreats: places people went to for a respite; and inner
healing and growth. In earlier times, they were huge centres where the members spent most of their lives.
This online part of Dawn Cove Abbey is an online refuge - with it's resources and graphic designs, it is a
restful learning and healing place.
Dawn Cove Abbey is a contemporary version of those, one that has metamorphosed into an online mode;
one that is more congruent with the time we live in; a "cyber" oasis, so to speak, where weary travellers can
sojourn to reorient themselves and absorb what they have learned so far, and the experiences they
encountered on the way, and kind of all let it settle in place before beginning the next stage of their