Forgiveness Day Event

Oct 7, 2018
Starts @ 7pm PST
645 Tamalpais Drive, Suite A, Corte Madera, CA 94925 Register for Event



Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign is dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities.

Our 23st Forgiveness Day will be on Sunday October 7th 2018

Honoring 2018 Heroes and Champions of Forgiveness
and Forgiveness Forum
Location: 645 Tamalpais Drive, Suite A, Corte Madera, CA 94925
Date/Time: Oct 7th, 7pm.
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Heroes, Champions and Speaker Forgiveness Day 2018

Hero of Forgiveness
Carmen Tarleton - Lye attack victim says forgiveness was 'easy,' loves her life
Champion of Forgiveness
Ana Holub - teaches forgiveness and recovery from addiction
Hero of Forgiveness
Dan Craig-Morse, MFT
Organizer of a group of Sacred Masculine men to share from their heart.

Forgivness Forum - Why Forgive?

Michael Gelbart LCSW - Clinical Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
Eileen Barker a San Francisco Bay Area attorney, has added a new twist to the practice of law - forgiveness.
Andrew Bozeman a distinguished speaker, coach, writer and trainer
Jane Jennings Has been teaching forgiveness since the 80's
The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is observing the Moment of Calm on Aug 2nd, 2018

Forgiveness Alliance 2017 News

2017 Forgiveness Day Heroes and Champions

Her Murder Stirred A Nation, Inspired A President and Moved Her Parents to Forgive!

Her Murder Stirred A Nation, Inspired A President and Moved Her Parents to Forgive! Amy Biehl was a woman who dedicated her life to service and giving voice to the voiceless. She was 26-years old and working on her dream of helping to end Apartheid in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar attending the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa when she met her violent death. On August 25, 1993, while driving a friend home on a road outside Cape Town, a mob of angry anti-Apartheid black youth pulled her from her car to stab and stone her to death. [ read more ]

She Died "Fighting For What She Believed In." Her Father Forgave Her Killer!

Heather Heyer was 32 years old when a car driven by a white nationalist plowed into a crowd of counter protesters gathered to oppose a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups in Charlottesville, VA. Heather was killed and 19 others were injured. In an interview, her father, Mark Heyer, said that his daughter had strong convictions and was passionate about helping people. "She died trying to bring about that purpose. She was always passionate about the beliefs she held. She had a bigger backbone than I did,"[ read more ]

Lester Chambers of Chambers Brothers to Get Forgiveness Award

Lester Chambers, lead singer of the Chamber Brothers, whose hit song "Time Has Come Today" has been replayed in movies, TV and commercials, was assaulted on-stage by a woman at the 2013 Russell City Hayward Blues Festival. He was assaulted after he asked the audience to pray and dedicated the "People Get Ready" to the Trayvon Martin family, whose was killed in Florida by a neighborhood watch enforcer. "[ read more ]

Ed Dudkowski, a videographer, producer, director, editor and narrator, also will be honored posthumously as a Champion of Forgiveness

Ed Dudkowski, a videographer, producer, director, editor and narrator, will be posthumously honored as a Champion of Forgiveness. Unfortunately, Ed passed away on Tuesday, September 26. He was responsible for organizing and directing the crews and equipment for creating unforgettable video images of the many events of the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance over the years. He has produced and directed the video production of every Forgiveness Day event since the very first International Forgiveness Day event in 1996. Ed was truly a Champion at bringing the awareness of forgiveness to the world.[ read more ]

Rev Andrew Bozeman Final Appearance as Host

This Will Be Rev Andrew Bozeman's Final Appearance After 10 years as a fixture in the work of the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance and perennial host of the Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony, Andrew Bozeman is moving across the country to his family compound in Copehagen NY. There he will continue his spiritual practice and forgiveness teaching in a new region. So, this 21st Annual Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony will be his final appearance as our host. His presence will be missed. Please join us in bidding farewell to Andrew.

Forgiveness Alliance 2016 News

2016 Forgiveness Day Heroes and Champions

Desmond Tutu to Be Presented Champion of Forgiveness Award

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be honored as a Champion of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance and be presented to Desmond Tutu on October 7 in South Africa. A video of the presentation will be viewed at the Forgiveness Day celebration on Friday October 7, 2016 at the Mill Valley Community Center. October 7th is also Tutu’s 85th birthday.[ read more ]

Nelson Mandela Gets Posthumous Champion of Forgiveness Award

In 1990, Nelson Mandela was given his freedom after serving 27 years in prison for leading protests against the apartheid government of South Africa. Four years later, he was elected President of South Africa. He kept his country from slipping into a bloody war of revenge and retribution by Mandela emphasizing forgiveness and reconciliation between the country’s racial groups. He created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and appointed as its head, his friend, Bishop Desmond Tutu, to investigate past human rights abuses. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”), and described as the “Father of the Nation.” Nelson Mandela died in 1999.[ read more ]

Eileen Barker to Receive Champion of Forgiveness Award

Eileen Barker, a San Francisco Bay Area attorney, has added a new twist to the practice of law forgiveness.

Eileen is a practicing mediator attorney who specializes in the contentious world of mediation. She has learned through experience that even when a settlement is reached, there can still be resentment and mistrust between the parties involved. So, Eileen now takes the process one step further. She coaches her clients to integrate emotional healing and forgiveness in the conflict resolution process.[ read more ]

He Teaches Forgiveness and 18 Million People Agree With Him

Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani to Receive Champion of Forgiveness Award

"Forgiveness creates peace in the mind, which in turn ensures a wellbalanced body." Those are the words of Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani spiritual leader of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in India. He is the creator of the Moment of Calm which attracted over 18 million people to join his Wave of Forgiveness around the world. For his influential work in promoting global forgiveness, Dada Vaswani will be honored as a Champion of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance. The award will be presented on Forgiveness Day, Friday October 7, 2016 at the Mill Valley Community Center from 7:00 9:00 PM on Friday October 7, 2016. [ read more ]

Physician Heals with Power of Love and Forgiveness. Dr. Leonard Laskow to Receive Champion of Forgiveness Award

For his innovative work in the field of forgiveness, Dr. Leonard Laskow will be honored as a Champion of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance.

Leonard Laskow is a Stanford trained physician, who has studied the healing power of love for the past 33 years. He created the process known Holoenergetic Healing, the basis of the breakthrough book, Healing with Love.[ read more ]

Instead of Revenge, He Works for Peace and Forgiveness "Uncle Bobby" to Receive Hero of Forgiveness Award

When the young African American, Oscar Grant, was shot and killed while handcuffed by a police officer, his uncle, Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson, went through an emotional roller coaster, He felt rage, pain, shock, grief and revenge, but most all the need to do something. That need led him to become a much beloved presence and invaluable resource for families suffering from police violence around the globe.

For his vital work in bringing peace and forgiveness to traumatic and tragic situations involving police violence, Cephus Johnson will be honored as a Hero of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance. [ read more ]

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Previous Heroes and Champions

We are very saddened to announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader Robert W. Plath.

Bob's Celebration of Life is the 20th of December 2015 at Corte Madera Recreation Center - 498 Tamalpais Drive - Corte Madera, CA 94925 from 3pm to 5pm with a potluck to follow.

On Friday 13th of November at 1.52 pm our founder, leader and creator of International Forgiveness Day, Bob Plath surrounded by loving family and friends passed away.

We will miss this amazing man and the incredible passion he brought to his mission. "To bring the healing power of forgiveness to this planet".

People all over the world held him in their hearts as he made his transition.

Bob is loved by all who knew him and he touched so many of us with his compassion and forgiveness.

Bob above all was optimistic that forgiveness can change the world. He would want us to carry the torch and we will!

We will miss you Bob and will hold you forever in our hearts.

We love you Bob!

Bless you all,

Jacinta Martin
Executive Director of Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance

We had a very successful Forgiveness Day on Aug 2, 2015

... and from around the World

Moment of Calm reports over 13,000,000 Pledge to Forgive Around the World

2015 Heroes and Champion of Forgiveness

2015 Champion of Forgiveness

Rev. Sheila Gautreaux

Facing The Painful Challenges Of The Year Of Forgiveness!

Once the power of forgiveness is introduced every hidden upset shows up

When Rev. Sheila Gautreaux and her church congregation declared the year 2015 as The Year of Forgiveness, she was amazed at the suppressed anger and resentments that rose to the surface.
Rev. Sheila is the assistant pastor of the Unity Church of Walnut Creek, CA. She serves under the leadership of the pastor, Rev. David McArthur, who was honored as a 2012 Hero of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance. Their Year of Forgiveness goal is to build a powerful foundation of forgiveness within their church. Instead of the rosy celebration they expected, their effort has brought them face-to-face with long seething resentments, slights and insults. Such negative emotions can, and often do, live beneath the surface of any organized group of people. According to Rev. Sheila, the challenge of achieving a state of deep forgiveness is both a blessing and curse. The emotional energy demands in dealing with long dormant issues are significant. There is also the pain of confronting her own errors and missteps that have contributed to the underlying discontent. On the other hand, the final achievement of the forgiveness state is joyous and incredibly satisfying.
Rev. Sheila Gautreaux will be honored as a Champion of Forgiveness at the 19th Annual International Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony on Sunday August 2, 2015 where she will share her experiences and her vision for the future of forgiveness.
Rev. Sheila is an inspirational speaker, author, coach & teacher of the Radical Forgiveness discipline, retired opera singer, mother and grandmother. For the past 16 years, she has been presenting the esoteric teachings of the Bible in classes and workshops throughout the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. She is the founder of Spiritual DIVAS: Divinely Inspired Visionaries . . . Awakened, a motivational and empowerment process and program for women.

2015 Hero of Forgiveness

Amikaeyla Gaston

She Forgave the Hate-Driven Men Who Almost Killed Her

Now Her Music Has Made Her a Healing Angel to the World.

In 1982, one week before entering medical school, Amikaelya Gaston was sitting in a field preparing for a musical performance in a festival when hate struck! A group of young white men spotted her in the field, turned and drove their truck across the grass to run over her. She was dragged 86 feet under the truck. Her body was jammed between the hot exhaust pipe and the rear wheel inflicting third degree burns on her severely injured body. In her near-death state she became aware of three highly motivated women who lifted the truck to get to her. Then they dislodged and pulled her from under the truck.
Amikaelya, who is a multi-talented musician and vocalist, spent the next two years in hospitals enduring multiple surgeries and painful treatments for her severe burns. She said that the pain was so great that powerful pain killers couldnt mask it. The only thing that would alleviate the pain was music. Music was played in her room 24-hours/day and only certain types of music would work.
Since then, Amikaelya has won numerous awards for her music and now shares her music around the world to help heal others and spread love. She bears no hate and has forgiven the men who tried to kill her. They were convicted of a hate-crime.
Amikaelya Gaston will be honored as a Hero of Forgiveness at the 19th Annual International Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony on Sunday August 2, 2015 where she will share her experiences and her vision of love, healing, music and forgiveness.

2015 Hero of Forgiveness

Linda Woods

Victim of Child Sexual Abuse Finds Her Voice at 50 and Forgives

Father Molested Her from 8 years old to 12 years old.

Linda Woods grew up as a member of the Odawa (Ottawa) tribe in Michigan. Her early years were spent with her grandmother until she was 6-years old. Then she went to live with her mother and step-father after they married. When she was 8, her step-father began molesting her and telling her not to tell her mother or anyone because no one would believe her. His sexual assaults continued until she reached the age of 12 when she somehow found the strength to tell him No. He stopped.

Because he told her not to tell, Linda went into a shell of silence for decades before she told anyone what destroyed her spirit. She grew up and went into the Air Force and went from one disastrous relationship with men to another. She tried to hide in alcohol addiction but that only made it worse. After her discharge from the AF, she and her husband moved to California where she found sobriety at 26. She still experienced years of emotional pain, failed relationships and spiritual starvation. Then at ten years of sobriety Linda had a spiritual awakening with a dream of Jesus and thus, began a long needed healing process. It wasnt until the age of 47, that Linda returned to Michigan to face the childhood trauma and she endured now that her parents were sober. Finally, in her 50s, she had another spiritual experience in which she says that Jesus guided to forgive her step-father. Out of the forgiveness and compassion she was able to tell that she loved him right before he passed on in 2006. Now Linda is living a full life happy and free of the emotional pain she knew for so long. She is a proud mother of two sons and grandmother of five grandchildren and a great-grandmother of one. She is an enrolled tribal citizen of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians in Michigan. She is respected in her community as a veteran and tribal elder.


Our Heroes and Champions

Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge and Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance Invite You to Join the Movement!

Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and international statesman for reconciliation and forgiveness has announced the launching of his global Forgiveness Challenge starting on May 4, 2014.

Click on our Forgiveness Challenge link below and sign up to become an activist for forgiveness. On his website youll find answers to your questions about forgiveness and even learn how to forgive! Remember, the act of forgiving can bring more love and peace to your life.

When enough of us forgivewe can change the world!

We are excited as our name World Wide Forgiveness Alliance becomes our mission. This year people all over the world will be synchronized in our celebration of Forgiveness Day.We have made some amazing global allies with the most recent being an organization called: The Moment of Calm

On the 2nd of August 2015 The Moment of Calm are asking that you take a moment to forgive. Last year 1.7 Million people took that moment. So on the 2nd Of August at 2 pm wherever you are you are invited to take 2 minutes to Forgive someone!

This year on Forgiveness Day a wave of Forgiveness will roll over the planet! More then 2 million people practicing Forgiveness! As the earth turns!

The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to evoke the healing spirit of Forgiveness worldwide.

We declare that "Forgiveness Is the Greatest Healer of Them All" and that "Without Forgiveness There Is No Future".

Mission Statement

The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-deductible organization whose mission is to evoke the healing spirit of Forgiveness worldwide. We declare that Forgiveness Is the Greatest Healer of Them All (1) and that Without Forgiveness There Is No Future(2)
To accomplish this far-reaching mission we have set the following goals:
  • To establish an International Forgiveness Day in every village and hamlet across the world by the year 2025.
  • To bring the curative powers of forgiveness to the elderly, to youth, to chemically dependent and/or abused women, men and children through classes, workshops and seminars.
  • To promote the practice of forgiveness as a Life Skill and to develop curriculum, classes and workshops for children, youth and adults of all ages.
  • To develop training programs to certify counselors as Forgiveness Life Skill Teachers.
  • To create forgiveness workshops and seminars in corporations to effectuate breakthroughs and help increase net profits. The benefits of forgiveness training breakthroughs make possible more creative, stress-free and happy job relationships which can increase net profits.
  • To promote and publicize the research findings that Forgiveness creates better health, abundance and ease, more joy, greater optimism and hope and lessens depression, stress, illness, disease. Forgiveness also opens one to more lasting, happy, supportive relationships.
  • To help develop and conduct further research to quantify and codify the powerful effects of the applied practice of forgiveness in a multiplicity of settings.
  • To create entertainment/learning events (Forgiveness Film Festivals, Forgiveness Concerts, etc) in communities around the world.
1 Dr. Gerald Jampolsky
2 Archbishop Desmond Tutu