Discover the Joy of Forgiveness

There’s never been a better time to remove the barriers to a healthy, productive life!

Even though people have hurt you and you cannot forget it, you can be free from grudges, resentment, self-defeating habits, and negative feelings. Forgiving is the only way to stop the pain and bring hope for the future.

Come on a “healing journey” through a practical, personal workshop or retreat. You’ll discover that forgiveness is a profound emotional strength. Together we’ll identify and process the stages of forgiveness and healing. Along the way, you’ll learn strategies you can use in your personal and/ or professional life to avoid or resolve hurtful situations.

If you want your non-profit organization to benefit from this, you also can arrange a one-hour PowerPoint presentation for professional development, providing an overall view of forgiveness — what it is and what it is not.

For more information or to be placed on a mailing list, contact Sandy.

Make peace with your past so you can go on with your life!

Forgiveness is a miracle of healing and personal empowerment that gives one emotional strength. The secret to a joyful life isn’t in what happens to you but with what you do as a result of what happens to you. The past might be a good place to visit but can be a lousy place to live. If you would like to organize or attend a retreat to bring closure to the hurts and issues in life, contact Sandy via e-mail ( or phone (515/231-5653) and she will help you navigate your journey to peace.

Meet the Author & Retreat Facilitator

Sandy Hoenig has been leading workshops, retreats, and presentations on the joy of forgiveness for more than fifteen years. She offers special insight from her personal experiences and her extensive background in teaching and school counseling. A nationally certified counselor and conflict resolution facilitator, she holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Drake University. Workshop and presentation fees vary with locations and facilities. She lives in Winterset, Iowa with her husband, Rick.

Upcoming Retreats

Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, WI 
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Contact: Janice DeMuth,  Ph: 608-748-4411

Benet House Retreat Center
Boundless Compassion
Rock Island, IL
Thursday, August 10, 2023

Immaculate Conception
106 Chapel Lane
Charles City, Iowa
ph: 641/330-9423
contact person: Wendy Wandro
Sunday, December 3, 2023  9:00-1:30

St. Mary Parish
614 Washington Street
Eldora, Iowa 50627
ph: 641/939-5545
contact person: Deacon Rob Claypool
Saturday, February 17, 2024
9:00 – 4:30

St. Patrick
507 S 3rd St.
Dunlap, Iowa 51529
ph: 712/643-5115
contact person: Rev. Joel Mc Neil
Saturday, March 2, 2024
9:00 – 3:00

St. Benedict Center
Schuyler, Nebraska
7:30 Friday, June 14, to 4:00 Saturday, June 15, 2024
Contact: Fr. Thomas Leitner
ph. 402/352-8819

Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat
2664 145th Ave., Wheatland, IA
Saturday, July 20, 2024, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Contact: Lori Freudenberg, Ph: 563-323-9466

Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish Retreat
510 East 1st Street, Ankeny, IA
Saturday, November 16, 2024, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Contact: Patty Meyer
Ph: 515/964-3038 x127

Samples of Past Retreats

Holy Family of the Bluffs
Lansing, IA

St. Bernard Catholic Church
Osceola, IA

St. John’s Lutheran Church
Council Bluffs, IA

Growing Connections
Knoxville, IA

Westminster Presbyterian
Des Moines, IA

1st Methodist Church
Story City, IA

Crystal Cathedral
Los Angeles, CA

Previous Missions

St. Peter Catholic Community
Grenada, MS

St. John Evangelist Church
Norwalk, IA 

St. Paul Church
Louisville, KY