Hello and Welcome!
I’m Astra, and I’ve created this site because I’ve benefitted enormously from Voice Dialogue and am passionate about sharing it with as many people as possible.
I’ve been using this work in my own life for a few decades now – since my early 20s. I started out being facilitated by other Voice Dialogue facilitators and attending workshops and trainings – including with Voice Dialogue’s creators Drs Hal and Sidra Stone, both in the United States and in Australia.
I practised facilitating with my partner, who became my husband, and we still use this work in our relationship with each other and to help with raising our children.
I worked as a Voice Dialogue facilitator and presented workshops until I had my first child and started to work part time. Over those years, I’ve written newsletters, articles, blogs and books on personal growth with Voice Dialogue.
Voice Dialogue helps with everyday living (decision-making, becoming ‘unstuck’, finding a balance between opposite energies such as doing and being, communication, relationships, parenting issues, and so on) and with finding deeper meaning and purpose in life.
As a facilitator I’ve used Voice Dialogue to help clients with all kinds of personal and relationship issues, and for general personal growth and consciousness development.
My background also includes working in book and magazine publishing as an editor, and I’ve been the Editor of Australia’s leading natural health and living magazine WellBeing. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Education; I’ve studied a number of personal growth and development systems; and I’ve trained in the Japanese healing art Rei-ki I and II.
Voice Dialogue in Daily Life is the successor to my first website and the Daily Voice Dialogue newsletter and blog, as well as the Baby Dialogue blog. My first Voice Dialogue site went live in 1998.
What You’ll Find Here
You’ll find help here with relationships, decision-making, parenting, mastering your energy field to set healthy boundaries and have more choice in how you connect with others, dealing with perfectionism and stress, accessing creativity, communicating better.
You’ll find ideas on the difference between spirituality, spiritual rules, awareness and consciousness.
Each post includes explanatory material and many include techniques and exercises you can use every day.
So far the articles here are my own but there’ll be guest posts from other Voice Dialogue teachers coming soon.
If you’d like to try a Voice Dialogue session, check out the page with links to facilitators worldwide. I’ll also be posting an article soon on how a Voice Dialogue session works and how to try it yourself. So sign up for my newsletter to make sure you’re notified about it.
If you’d like me to email you when I publish new material, you can sign up for my newsletter below. After you fill in the form and submit it, you’ll receive an email with a code to download a complimentary copy of my ebook Me! Me! Me! Which Inner Self is Running Your Life?. This ebook introduces you to 20 inner selves and gives you a simple exercise to discover which selves are influencing you the most.
“We consider Astra Niedra to be an outstanding teacher, trainer and facilitator of the Voice Dialogue process and its attendant theoretical structure relating to the Psychology of the Aware Ego… You are fortunate to have her with you in Sydney.”Hal Stone PhD and Sidra Stone PhD
A Slightly More Formal Bio
Astra Niedra is a Voice Dialogue facilitator and teacher who writes about Voice Dialogue, the Psychology of Selves and the Aware Ego Process, and how to use Voice Dialogue in relationships, parenting and personal growth. Astra trained in Voice Dialogue with its creators Drs Hal and Sidra Stone and with other teachers, and has been facilitating and teaching since 1996.
Astra Niedra is author of the books The Perfect Relationship, Enlightenment Through Motherhood and Which Self Are You?. She has written articles for magazines and web sites, and she wrote the Daily Voice Dialogue newsletter and blog and the Baby Dialogue blog. She has edited the books of other personal growth teachers, she has worked as an editor in health, legal and education publishing, she has been Editor of WellBeing magazine (when she published the magazine’s first feature on Voice Dialogue), and she edited and project managed the beyondblue Research Summaries 2007-2010 book. (beyondblue is an Australian non-profit organisation which promotes awareness of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and related mental health disorders.)
Astra Niedra’s tertiary qualifications are in Philosophy and Education, and she has also studied meditation and various types of yoga for almost three decades. She is working on two new books, one on the nature of identity inspired by her grandmother’s secret WWII love letters, and the other on the adventures of a little-known musical cat named Catarotti who moonlights as a detective.
She lives on the Gold Coast, Australia, with her husband, their three children, and their cheeky and adorable dog Puck.
(For more photos of Puck and of scenery around the Gold Coast, Northern NSW, Sydney and other favourite places, follow me on Instagram.)