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The Seven Pillars of Forgiveness

May 15 @ 5:00 pm - May 17 @ 4:00 pm


“Where there is no forgiveness, wounds cannot heal.”

The pervasiveness of the lack of forgiveness of self and others is one of the biggest secrets of the human race.  We walk around looking like we have it together and yet, almost every human being struggles with forgiveness issues during the course of their lives.  For example, a mother who cannot forgive herself for mistreating her child; a person suffering from a painful divorce and inability to forgive one’s ex-partner; someone unable to resolve a  grinding resentment toward a friend or co-worker; or groups that continually recycle historical conflicts.

Some can find it hard to understand the extraordinary gift of forgiveness.  And yet, when a person is approaching their deathbed, often their greatest fear is not the physical pain, but the emotional pain of what they have not been able to resolve, forgive, let go of.

But our purpose as humans is not just too forever replay our ancestors’ levels of consciousness and response, but to walk a path of refinement – a path that leads towards kindness, understanding, forbearance…  But it is not easy sometimes to leave history behind; to let go of wounds from the past. This work on forgiveness is to help us humans walk that path of finding a better way; to bring deep healing and spiritual uplift.  Forgiveness is not the end in itself – but it is the necessary work needed to walk through a door that liberates us into being truly human and being able to be agents of something higher; of the future; of refinement

People often ask “How do I actually start the process of forgiveness?  Are there any practical things I can do?”

This weekend retreat offers profound access into our ability to forgive, through a depth of content and experiential processes – connected with

The Seven Pillars of Forgiveness:  Understanding, Freedom, Remedy, Warmth, Enhancement, Hope and Continuance.                         

Dates & Time:  Fri, May 15, at 5:00 pm through Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Presenter:  Eileen McGowan, Elizabeth Lyell and Carla Ascoytia from Feminenza North America http://www.feminenza.org

Fee: $275 (all inclusive weekend)


About the Presenter: 

Eileen McGowan is a Co-Founder of Feminenza North America and is passionate about humanity and its future. she has facilitated 9-day forgiveness seminars and trauma healing workshops in the US, Kenya, Israel and Ireland, along with facilitating a young women’s leadership program at Peekskill High School in New York.

Elizabeth Lyell is a Co-Founder of Feminenza North America. She served on FNA’s board as Education Director from its inception in 2008 until 2013. She has conducted Forgiveness workshops in the US, Canada, and England, and has helped to facilitate 9-day training workshops in the US and Kenya.  Earlier in her career, she taught Philosophy at college level (12 years), and also worked with K-12 students and teachers in the area of reasoning skills. Presently, in addition to promoting Feminenza’s programs, she is a Washington state certified counselor, in private practice since 2013. She has an MA in Philosophy, an MA in Teaching Philosophy at K-12 level, and a PhD in Mythological & Religious Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology.

Carla Ascoytia is currently the president and chairperson for Feminenza North America.  She is a published contributor to peer reviewed articles on medical qualitative research in the areas of Quality of Life and Behavioral Health, and has conducted focus groups, individual interviews and panel discussions internationally. Her advocacy work has included behavioral health, suicide prevention, hospice, inmate visitations and domestic violence in addition to training in the Feminenza Understanding and Managing Fear and Forgiveness programs.   For the past 15 years, Carla was employed as a Senior Research Manager for Patient Reported Outcomes.


May 15 @ 5:00 pm
May 17 @ 4:00 pm
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The Center at Mariandale
299 N. Highland Avenue
Ossining, NY 10561 United States

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