Forgiveness: Gift of a Happy Heart
Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
We all seek happiness, and when we hold onto old pain, we block our own happiness—and, according to research in recent years, keep ourselves from optimal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Many people want to receive the benefits of forgiveness, but don’t know how to fully forgive. Others may not want to “let the person off the hook” so instead hold onto their own pain, punishing themselves with their own resentment for another—“like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
If you have felt at all stuck in resentment of a particular person or situation, or you are not experiencing your life to the fullest, we invite you to join us on a journey to clear your heart for the gifts of forgiveness!
We will briefly study and then fully experience the Enright Process Model of Forgiveness, a well-researched pathway that has helped many people over the world find freedom through deep forgiveness of another.
We will learn what true forgiveness is, and what it is not. We will de-bunk the myths of forgiveness (such as forgiveness condones bad behavior or excuses the person who did the harm from responsibility).
We will not only study the idea of forgiveness – we will take the journey together through the four phases of the Enright Model: uncovering the pain, change of heart, work, and outcome/deepening. Each of the sessions on the four phases will be comprised of guided meditation and journaling, as well as sacred circle sharing (small groups). The workshop is infused with creative expression such as drawing, singing, and movement to deeply integrate the experiences of each phase. The main point is that we will not just be discussing and reflecting on forgiveness, we will be actively moving through a process that brings us to the gifts forgiveness has to offer – freedom from pain, and a newfound sense of happiness, peace, and love.
What people have said about this workshop:
“I learned that forgiveness is possible…the way the workshop was conducted with guided meditation and journaling was especially helpful.”
“I learned a concrete way to approach forgiveness.”
“I gained a greater sense of unconditional love than I have ever known.”
“I was given definite tools to work with to achieve forgiveness.”
“I feel grateful, amazed, and am leaving with a newfound awareness and presence. Thank you.”
”It felt amazing to let it go…from the bottom of my heart, Thank you.”
“Fabulous!” “An active process that can be applied and done.”
“You truly have a gift, Cecilia, for bringing this theoretical work into full applicable expression in this world. Thank you so much!”
”The whole process was helpful and more so in this group environment.”
“The depth of your sincerity and wisdom about this broad topic was apparent. Thank you!”
“I thought it was great. I can’t think of anything I would have changed.”
About the Facilitator
Cecilia Buckley holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and has conducted forgiveness workshops for many years since being trained in the Enright Process Model in 1999. Developed by Dr. Enright and the Human Development Study Group at UW-Madison, the work continues throughout the United States and world-wide and is described in detail on the International Institute of Forgiveness website https://internationalforgiveness.com.
What to Bring Dress comfortably, bring a closed water bottle, your lunch if you don’t want to eat out; a snack if you think you’ll need one; a pen and journal if you like (we will also have writing materials available). You will receive a detailed booklet of workshop materials.
Who May Benefit Examples of those who have benefited from this work: those who have experienced abuse (physical, mental, emotional, sexual); those who have felt betrayed by a loved one; victims of robberies or other crimes; relatives of loved ones who have been a victim of a serious crime; anyone who is carrying a resentment that does not diminish or resolve over time (continual or cyclical anger at someone for harm that took place in the past).
*Early Bird Rate of $111 if registered by Feb 10th 2019*
Pre-registration is required to participate in this event.
Disclaimer The workshop is educational in nature and not a substitute for psychotherapy or medical treatment. We do not advise you to discontinue any medical or therapeutic treatment that you may be currently receiving.