Sandy presented three retreats at St. Benedict Center. One of the retreats was a one-day program, the other two involved an overnight stay. Sandy’s retreats have been received very positively. Here are some of the comments of the participants on their evaluation forms: “Sandy is beyond expectations”; “Very knowledgeable presenter… it was a tough topic; she made it comfortable”; “Enjoyed — very fulfilling”. I appreciate that Sandy presents on the challenging but very important topic of forgiveness and engages the participants in a way that they can make real progress on their own journeys toward forgiveness and inner freedom.

Fr. Thomas Leitner, OSB
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska

“The Joy of Forgiveness” exhibited a rare level of commitment and caring supported by your true expertise on the subject. Personally, I found it a rich and rewarding experience that helped me move along in my journey. It was evident that others felt the same positive results.

Stephaney Jones-Vo
Urbandale, Iowa

I am so grateful for the “Joy of Forgiveness” class. I felt peace, acceptance, and love going from me to my family, and I was able to deal with my dad’s death due to forgiving him and myself. Thank you for guiding me through the forgiveness process.

Lynn Pavel
West Des Moines, Iowa

Sandy did a beautiful job facilitating our “Joy of Forgiveness” retreat during Lent! It was a real blessing to the people of our parish. The participants were highly complimentary of Sandy and eager for her to return.

Karen Curtis
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Orangeburg, SC

When I asked Sandy to do a retreat at our parish, it was in response to an RCIA candidate struggle with forgiveness. Little did I know that I had issues I had buried that needed to be brought to the surface and dealt with. I love Sandy’s realistic and accepting approach.  Because of her background and expertise, she is able to help on both a psychological and spiritual level. I feel blessed by the experience.

Marilyn Hughes
Webster City, Iowa

Being able to forgive can sometimes be a very difficult thing for people to do, but Sandy’s approach gives people the tools and encouragement to take these steps that lead to reconciliation. In the seminar she did at the Crystal Cathedral for the Care and Kindness Conference, one gentleman had not spoken to his brother for many years. Using the techniques Sandy employs, he and his brother have renewed their relationship and are enjoying their reconnection.

Deb Bourne
Crystal Cathedral, Orange County, CA

Attending a Joy of Forgiveness workshop helped me see forgiveness in a new light. Through activities and sharing I saw how much energy I was wasting if I held onto grudges and bad feelings. Forgiveness relieves not only emotional pain, but physical pains too!

The atmosphere created by Sandy at the workshop was very conducive to being comfortable talking with others. Because whatever we said was held in confidentiality, I didn’t need to hide my feelings. I knew “what was said at the workshop, stayed at the workshop.”  Sandy was very encouraging in her approach to forgiveness and I felt I could trust that she had my interests at heart.
Forgiveness is not easy, but this workshop gave me insights and tools to use to get past old hurts and move on to look more positively at life.