Welcome to How to Forgive.

An eight-week online course from April 24 - June 26, 2016.

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 an eight-week experience that includes bi-weekly instructional videos, email accountability prompts, and full email support and guidance from yours truly.

The bi-weekly videos will journey you through the following content:

  • April 24th: Intro audio + Pre-course materials + Pre-course assignment

  • May 1st/Sesssion 1: The #1 obstacle to forgiveness + The key to freedom + Session 1 assignment

  • May 15th/Session 2: What emotions really are + How to access your emotional power + Session 2 assignment

  • May 29th/Session 3: Betrayal's source + One profound step to restoring trust + Session 3 assignment

  • June 12th/Session 4: Revealing regret and guilt's true meaning + Course review and wrap up + Session 4 assignment

The accountability 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 eight 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 keep up with course videos and assignments

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 Howto4give@gmail.com.

Learning how to forgive is one of the most profound things you will ever do in this lifetime. It is the true meaning of "heaven on earth" and the embodiment of "spiritual warrior".  It is my honor to guide you to the freedomland of forgiveness. 

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

Registration closes April 23th, 2016


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