professional, experienced facilitation
For over 20 years, Shannon Moroney has been leading transformative workshops, training and retreats for professionals and communities on the topics of mental health, trauma recovery, restorative justice, trauma-informed legal practice, trauma-informed media, and forgiveness.
Every program is customized to the needs and goals of the group, and can be facilitated in-person at hotel conferences, community centres, boardrooms and camps, or online.
Most popular: “The F Word—Exploring Forgiveness”
In this hands-on, experiential workshop or retreat, group activities, story-telling and personal reflection exercises are designed to connect each person to his/her/their own story. Participants are invited to delve into some common misconceptions about forgiveness, define for themselves what it means and doesn't mean, understand the role of apology, explore self-forgiveness, and learn what to do in situations where there is no remorse or potential for dialogue. Shannon also shares her personal story. A circle format (in person and online) and psychological safety guidelines enable all participants to share equally and within their comfort zone.
This workshop is facilitated with respect for all gender, racial, spiritual and socio-economic identities. In addition to building an understanding of how forgiveness can contribute to the healing process, participants learn about self-care, the 4 Ms of Mental Health and the 6 Rs of Resilience. It can run from two hours to seven days, in person or online, at a city conference, a country retreat centre, a rehab facility, a community recreation centre, a school gym, the basement of a place of worship, your office boardroom or online.
Who should plan or attend a forgiveness workshop or retreat?
- Anyone who would like to explore forgiveness to learn how it can dissolve anger and
resentment to make space for peace and joy. This includes people healing from harm, overcoming trauma, going through separation & divorce, grieving the death of a loved one, rebuilding life after a natural disaster, coping with past abuse, and moving past conflict in the home or workplace.
- Caring professionals who help clients with the concept and practice of forgiveness.
- Communities, corporations, organizations, schools, or any group of people that have been victimized or traumatized, or are rebuilding post-pandemic.
- People who witness trauma in their jobs.
“Exploring forgiveness with Shannon opened my mind and heart, and gave me the skills to transform past hurt into a positive future. I now have a relationship with my father that
I never thought I would have. My whole life is different, and I’m grateful.”
—Miriam Sambe, youth participant, LOVE (Leave Out Violence) Leadership Camp
"I am forever changed at the way I will handle situations with my children, forever changed with the way I choose to look at others. It was a truly valuable experience for us all.”
—Christa Nesbitt, elementary school parent
“It was so precious for me to see people really change their mindset about the problems they face. That’s what I want for my people.”
—Sarah Rogers, Inuit Elder and Cultural Support Worker, Inuvik, Northwest Territories
“Shannon wanted to know and understand our people in order to meet our goals. They didn’t arrive with their own agenda, but with skills, tools and the right attitude to tailor to our clients’ needs.”
—Meghan Etter, Counselling Services Manager, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, NWT
“We threw her in like a dirty shirt and they didn’t miss a beat. Shannon fit in seamlessly and delivered a program that was meaningful, transformative and culturally appropriate—exactly what I hoped for.”
—Jimmy Ruttan, After-Care and On-the-Land Program Coordinator, Inuvialuit Regional
“Saying the "F" Word opened my mind and heart. It gave me the skills to transform past hurt. My whole life is different, and I’m grateful.”
—Workshop participant, Age 42
“I like the fact Shannon has an experiential workshop where people actually get to start to work on some of their trauma. So many times we hear speakers that we just listen to but she is actually is bringing in the experiential piece in where we can actually start to
do some work.”
-—Mary Dawn Eggleton, Victim Services Program Manager
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"I was on the team that brought Shannon to speak in Belfast and we were all moved. I'd never before experienced such a powerful and inspiring personal story, and Shannon was as delightful to talk with in person as she was to listen to on stage."
What stands out is Shannon's ability to connect with people. From justice professionals to prison inmates to the general public, Shannon brought people to tears and then to hope as they connected with her story. She is a great catalyst for people and organizations overcoming violence and working for personal and systemic change."
"Shannon has the biggest wings of any angel on earth. I don't know what I would have done without her support, guidance, compassion and advocacy. My life finally feels like my own again."