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 
Contact: Janice DeMuth,  PH: 608-748-4411
Date: March 14, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat
2664 145th Ave., Wheatland, IA
Friday, May 20 (5:00 pm) to Sunday, May 22 (2:00 pm)
Contact: Lori Freudenberg, 563-323-9466

St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, NE
Contact Fr. Thomas Leitner, PH: 402-362-8819
Date: Friday, June 17 – Saturday, June 18 
(Fri. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Sat. 9:00AM – 4:00 PM)  

Recent Retreats

St. Peter Catholic Community, Grenada, MS
Contact: Arokia Savio,  PH: 662-226-2490 
Advent Retreat: November 10, 11 & 12, 2019                                                      

Holy Family of the Bluffs, Lansing, IA
Contact: Rita Mooney, PH: 563-419 4852                                                  
Date: October 5, 2019 

St. John Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, IA 
Contact: Debbie Plugge
Date: October 27, 2018, 9 AM – 5 PM