Welcome to How to Forgive.

An four-week online course that guides participants to the freedom-land of forgiveness.  

You have likely found this site because you have something in your life that could benefit from forgiveness and you are seeking some guidance.

If so, you have come to the right place.

My name is Dara McKinley and I am the creator of, and guide for, How to Forgive.


Four years ago I was in that exact position. I suspected I could benefit from forgiveness but I had no clue how to do it. Thus began my quest.

Through research, trial and error, and my previous knowledge of Eastern spirituality, I came to synthesize a path that was not only effective, but proved radically beneficial to every aspect of my life.

Since realizing this path I've had numerous conversations with folks who feel stuck like I did. They all agree that forgiveness would be a good idea and they all feel lost with how to accomplish it.

After studying this theme deeply, I've come across dozens of thought leaders who praise the many benefits of true forgiveness, but guidance on HOW to forgive is often a foggy patchwork of varying suggestions, cognitive worksheets, "you simply just decide" directives, and religious teachings. 

Though all of these ideas work for some, I realized that a straight-up, practical, heart centered, dogma-free, forgiveness course that honors the individual and their unique journey, could be useful.


I possess an MA in Contemplative (Buddhist) Psychology from Naropa University and have spent my adult life in the field of human services and wellness. From counseling delinquent adolescents, to a private psychotherapy practice, to leading retreats and workshops; helping others restore their health is my passion.  


I talk more about forgiveness here:

How to Forgive is a four-week experience that includes weekly instructional videos, daily email prompts, and full email support and guidance from yours truly.

The weekly videos will journey you through the following content:

  • Sesssion 1: The #1 Obstacle to Forgiveness + The Key to Freedom 

  • Session 2: Fully Embodying Forgiveness 

  • Session 3: Betrayal's Source + Reinstating Trust 

  • Session 4: Restoring Health + Wholeness

The daily email prompt is a unique inspiration that will keep you on the forgiveness path and is delivered to your inbox every other day for the duration of the course.

Support and guidance: Forgiveness is ultimately an adventure with many potential twists, turns, stumbles, and leaps. Thus, I am available Monday thru Friday via email, for the full four weeks of the course, and will help guide you through any confusing spots.



How do I know if this course is for me?

This course is for you if:

  • There is something in your life that you would like to forgive

  • You are open to new ideas and perspectives

  • You have time and space in your schedule to participate

How much time does the course take?

Though everyone's forgiveness journey is unique, on average the course requires 2-4 hours/week. Ultimately the more time and space you allow yourself during the four weeks, the more effective the course will be.

Have another Q?

I am happy to answer it. Please email Dara@HowtoForgive.com

The next How to Forgive course is from October 22, 2016 - November 20, 2016

The cost for the "How to Forgive" four-week course is $250.

Registration closes October 14th, 2016


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