Forgiveness & Healing

A Way to Lighten Your Life

Sunday, September 9th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Light on the Hill Retreat Center

Van Etten, New York

Leader: Mara Alper

Cost: $85 (includes lunch)

In our culture, we often hear the phrase, “Forgive and forget.” But it isn’t about forgetting. It is about regaining the energy tied up in anger and hurt, and using it for far better purposes.


Forgiveness is a choice that allows us to heal on our own, without the offender apologizing or even acknowledging their part.  We can also choose to forgive ourselves; sometimes this is even harder than forgiving another. We forgive not because we ought to, but because it will help us feel better.


During this workshop, you will experience a forgiveness process through a blend of discussion, meditation, journaling, and gentle movement to guide you toward a softened heart and healing. Mara’s documentary Forgiveness will be screened. This thought-provoking workshop is for anyone who has been hurt, but has not yet healed.




MARA ALPER is a teacher, media artist and writer. Her documentaries Stories No One Wants To Hear (1993) and Forgiveness (2006) have reached world-wide audiences about healing past pain. She inadvertently became an expert in forgiveness because of her life circumstances and her unwillingness to let the past deflate her life energy any longer. Mara is an Associate Professor at Ithaca College, where she teaches media arts and leads workshops on forgiveness.



Comments about the Forgiveness Workshop:

“This experience was so moving. It brought me to a more loving approach toward myself.”

“Excellent — so much food for thought.”

“What a wonderful workshop! I brought hurt, fear, and loss, and leave with clearer perspectives, compassion, and hope.”

“Thank you so much for leading this workshop. I always feel amazed at how much more there is to learn about forgiveness. I appreciated your honesty about your own experience. It helped me feel less alone.”



Please register by September 1st (after this date, contact Mara by e-mail), by sending a check for $85 to Mara Alper at this address:

Mara Alper
Ithaca College
953 Danby Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

For more information and any questions, contact Mara at