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Creating Ceremonies

I attended the training described below to become a celebrant so I am able to offer:

 

Personal Ceremonies ~ both out on the land and indoors.

 

Informal Community Celebrations ~  such as the Wheel of the Year and the Earth festivals and commemorations (community gardens; trees; benches etc).

 

More Formal Public Ceremonies ~ such as blessingways, births, baby namings, marriages/handfastings, funerals, memorials, blessings.

 

Creating Ceremonies - A Celebrant Training Course - Information

with Glennie Kindred & Annie Keeling

 

This is a certificated but non-accredited course offering a good foundation for those who are wishing to learn how to create a variety of ceremonies indoors and outdoors, and to cover a wide range of possibilities and situations.

 

As well as learning how to create ceremony in all its many forms, I enjoyed nurturing, expansive weekends, which unlocked my creativity, imagination and ability to be open to new experiences. It enabled me to craft deeply personal ceremonies that mark moments of significance or major life transitions, both for myself and for others.

 

The course encouraged self-development, personal reflection and self-assessment. It focused on good practice, integrity, authenticity and personal responsibility throughout.

 

I can offer and have facilitated different types of ceremonies including:

  • Menarche Ceremonies for young girls starting menstruation or women who missed out on a celebration of their first menstruation

  • Baby Blessing Ceremonies

  • Handfastings

Helen with garland

Handfasting

 

This is the symbolic binding of the hands that inspired the term to "Tie the knot".

 

A traditional handfasting is a pagan ritual from Celtic times. I work with the couple to adapt the

original tradition to create a unique ceremony which reflects the couple's own spirituality or

religious beliefs.

 

Cords or ribbons are used for the symbolic binding and the couple choose the colours which

have significance or particular meaning for them. The cords symbolise their life, their love, and

the eternal connection that the two of them have found with one another. The ties of the

handfasting are not formed by the ribbons, or even by the knots connecting them. They are

formed instead by the couple's vows, by their pledge, their souls, and their two hearts together

as one.

 

 

Binding their hands