Forgiveness Empowerment: ‘Absent Father, Angry Father’ – 14th July, 29th July

Forgiveness Empowerment is a one day course, focused around specific issues. ‘Absent Father, Angry Father’ focuses on boys who were raised without fathers and healing the psychological issues it can create.

Vast amounts of research and many horrific statistics tell us that boys raised without fathers are more likely to drop out of school, more likely to develop addiction problems, more likely to be incarcerated and to have altered brain structure. Much of the psycho-analytic literature implies that the quality of the attachment is linked to maladaptive patterns or disturbances.

In this workshop we will have a rare opportunity to explore the legacy of ‘absent father, angry father’ on our psyche, and ways in which a better understanding and processing can illuminate both our internal process and raise hope and awareness through the forgiveness model.

We will use this confidential space to bring a deeper understanding of our fatherless childhood; whether it is through abuse, rejection, or anger. We will explore how we embody violence, addiction, fault, toxic shame and anger. And how this keeps us from fully functioning and being fully integrated and intimate in our lives. Most importantly we will develop a compassionate way forward around this important issue.


  1. Learn about the forgiveness model and research into the impact of fatherlessness.

  2. Hear about and learn from real case studies.

  3. Gain better resilience, coping skills and support.

  4. Learn to practice the quality of forgiveness meditation for your father and ancestral lineage.

  5. Obtain a deeper understanding of the impact and effects of a fatherless upbringing.

  6. An opportunity to take part in a research questionnaire and a post interview.


William Fley

William has developed, the mindfulness network for people of color, ‘Project MBBT’ and ‘Forgiveness Empowerment’ retreats, and has an MA in race, culture and ethnicity from Birkbeck College, where his dissertation researched ‘Higher Education and the Equality Act 2010’. This looked at the attainment gap in higher education. William has also taught at the University of Brighton and the University of London.

Qualified as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist from Roehampton University, William initially worked in the NHS treating bereavement and trauma and working with victims of crime, before setting up a private practice. He moved to the New Forest in 2010, and is continuing his development at Breathworks and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.


10:00 Doors open. Coffee

10:15 Welcome, introductions, aims and objectives

10:45 Latest research

11:45 Coffee break

12:00 Forgiveness model and approach

12:30 ‘Facilitation of our narratives ’ (group process)

1:00 Lunch break

2:15 Silent meditation

2:30 Mindful movement & energy shifting.

3:00 Group discussion (1)

3:45 Coffee break

4:00 Group discussion (2)

4:30 Forgiveness meditation

5:00 Dedication & close.

5.00-5.30 Please stay for coffee

Please bring food to share, personal cushions/mats etc

We welcome people from diverse backgrounds who want to learn and share the benefits of the forgiveness model & working with fatherlessness. Please note this is a non-political, non-religious organization and we apply the forgiveness model as a better response to trauma.

We also honour the space for dealing with issues relevant to the BAME communities, but welcome any members of the LGBT, disability, race and ethnicity communities. If you are struggling financially and would like to benefit from attending the workshop please inform us.

Please note some of our workshops will be closed to men only for the purpose of working with a deeper understating of the issues at hand.

This workshop gives you 6 hours of CPD, or 16 for the weekend retreat.

Upcoming event information

Venue: Top Floor, St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, London SW15 2JQ

Dates: July 14th(Putney), July 29th(New Forest).

Time: 10:30 am- 5pm

Price:  £90(non-members), £60(members).

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