Learning, insights and processes from the frontline of forgiveness.

Through the Trauma Healing Map, which illustrates processes and concepts of forgiveness through real stories, we will learn what it takes to recognise and reconcile with trauma. 

We will examine the power of Restorative Narratives to explore how stories can help to transform human destructiveness, and how narratives can be re-framed and re-drawn to facilitate a deeper and more engaged understanding of self and “other”. 

A Reflective Circle and creative processes will be facilitated to demonstrate effective ways to open our minds and shift perceptions and prejudice.

This workshop will address:

  • How can we find common ground when it’s so difficult to understand ‘the other’?
  • What does forgiveness mean? When does it transform harm and hurt, and when does it not?
  • How do we work with trauma?
  • How can we have difficult conversations safely?

This workshop is suitable for anyone working to resolve conflict in their own lives and for those working in criminal justice, peace-building, therapy, and the creative arts.

Please note, this workshop is not a therapy group and we ask participants to please take responsibility for what they share.

The workshop will be facilitated by Marina Cantacuzino, Founder of The Forgiveness Project, and Sandra Barefoot, Programme Manager of The Forgiveness Project's RESTORE programme

This is a two day course taking place on Saturday, 25th and Sunday, 26th April, 10am - 5pm.

The venue is Hill House Retreats, 10 mins by car/taxi from Stroud railway station. The full address will be given on booking. Tea, coffee, biscuits and a soup lunch on both Saturday and Sunday will be provided.

There are a number of local B&Bs and guesthouses nearby, as well as a limited amount of shared bedrooms in the venue for a small extra fee. Single and shared accommodation available at Hill House from £20 a night per person. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.

The cost is £225. Early bird offer of £199 for bookings made before 1st March 2020.  

For any queries, please email [email protected].  

CPD certificates are available on request issued by the NAOS Institute.


Sandra Barefoot has over 25 years' experience of facilitation, and programme management within many diverse contexts, and in particular within theatre and the arts. She is trained in process work and trauma and for ten years has been working with The Forgiveness Project’s RESTORE prison programme as lead facilitator.   

Marina Cantacuzino is the founder of The Forgiveness Project, a charity that uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and restorative justice can be used to impact positively on people’s lives. She is an award-winning journalist, and author of several books including The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age (2015) and Forgiveness is Really Strange (2018).