Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Is the Month For Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

 

August Is the Month For Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

By Elaine Voci



“Our history is our strength” is the slogan for the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), and it underscores that history teaches us who we are, and when we don’t know our history, our power and our potential are lessened or lost.  The Project has been a consistent force for ensuring that girls and women know the role women have played in American history.  So when Congress passed a resolution in 1971 that every year on August 26th the country would commemorate Women’s Equality Day, the Project has been a catalyst, organizer, promoter and advocate for that event.
The date was selected to memorialize the 1920 certfication of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which granted women the right to vote.  That significant milestone followed a massive civil rights movement by women that had it beginnings in 1848 at the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York.  

What are some ways to celebrate and mark this special day with the help of Celebrants in your area of the country?  Here are two examples of events that can be offered in your community with the help of a local celebrant, local artists and low cost materials available at NWHP:



(1)  Performance Art Story-telling Event - Costumed performance actresses portray some of the historic, strong women, famous and infamous, from related periods of history such as Laura Ingalls Wilder and Mary Todd Lincoln. These historical presentations take history off the page, and allow the audience to interact with characters.  On the site of the Women’s History project is a drop down menu that lists the names of local women actors per state who are trained in historical presentations and have spent years of research and writing about a specific woman or  women’s history topic.

Each informative, educational presentation is about 40 minutes in length (not including time allotted for a Q&A session afterwards), and can be tailored to meet specific needs of audiences. For example, the popular Laura Ingalls Wilder presentation teaches children what daily life was like out on the prairie in the late 19th century.  Dressed in period costumes, history comes alive!

Celebrants can help organizers of the event by creating a special opening ceremony to set the tone for the event, and facilitate a closing ritual to integrate key learnings of the presentation and personalize the history of women’s struggles for equality.

(2)  Women’s Equality Day Program for a Women’s Book Club  - Celebrants can support the host’s intentions for the book club event, helping to craft both an opening and closing ritual to surround the main event – a luncheon during which the host can provide the Power Point presentation to book club members, and lead a group discussion of related topics.  Celebrants can suggest music and poetry for various parts of the gathering, and coordinate a central theme which can be reflected in
the menu, the invitations, and the process.

Hosts can purchase a $50 kit from the National Women’s History Project and find everything needed for an educational, entertaining, and successful Women's Equality Day Program. The kit makes it easy to present an informative program and includes an exclusive Women's Equality Day poster; placemats; bookmarks; red and blue balloons; and 25 copies of the How Women Won the Vote Gazette newspapers.  There is also a “How Women Won the Vote” Power Point, a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation, with script, that emphasizes the grit and determination of American suffragists trying to win state elections over a 50-year period.

The services of a celebrant can make any “packaged” program into a more meaningful and personalized event for participants.  Their expertise in the art of ceremony makes them a natural fit for adding rites, rituals and ceremonies into community events that will long be remembered by participants.  Since many celebrants are women, they can also naturally add a “woman’s touch” to celebrations of women’s equality events.







Elaine Voci is a life coach in private practice in Carmel, IN and a graduate of the Celebrant  Foundation & Institute .   Elaine is the Editor of the Celebrant Blog for the Celebrant Foundation & Institute.








Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole Life 


How do you commemorate momentous events? Memorialize people who have shaped you? Draw support from those you hold dear? This primer offers methods for honoring the special occasions in your life with humor and grace. Its ceremonies help ground each day in the wholeness that supports our entire lives. Each ceremony has been vetted by a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® affiliated with the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, which offers training and support for celebrants worldwide. Visit us at www.celebrantInstitute.org.







Please direct all request, comment or concerns about our CF&I Blog to our 
Social Media Manager ~ Marcia Almeida, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant. at  celebrantsocialmedia@gmail.com    
Or to the Celebrant Foundation & Institute’s director, Charlotte Eulette at: charlotteeulette@celebrantinstitute.org 
call us at (973)746-1792.  
Visit us at http://www.celebrantinstitute.org/?p=business






















Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Celebrant Troubadour: Celebrant Troubadour

The Celebrant Troubadour: Celebrant Troubadour:   By Jennie Landau Yoga instructors interested in incorporating elements of ritual and mindfulness into their practice may l...

Celebrant Troubadour

 

By Jennie Landau


Yoga instructors interested in incorporating elements of ritual and mindfulness into their practice may look to a certified Life-Cycle Celebrants® in their community for ideas. 
Here are five possibilities to get your creativity flowing:

·         SOUND -  Use a chime to enhance the sound vibrations in your studio. There are many frequencies to choose from, each having unique qualities and benefits. 528Hz is the called the “Love Frequency” as declared by Dr. Leonard Horowitz, and is a great choice for overall well-being. Students can ring the chime as they enter the room; instructors can ring the chime before, during, or after class. A good idea is to get a chime large enough to create the sound reverberations that are so pleasing to hear. A plant stand purchased at a gardening store provides a good stand for your chime.

·         CREATE A SACRED YOGA MAT RITUAL – Try starting class in a standing position off the mat. Take the opportunity to acknowledge what your mat looks like at that moment.  At the same time acknowledge how you are showing up to your mat. Now take a step on to the mat and begin to move. Typically, instructors enter the practice room to find most everyone on their mat, getting started with stretches, chatting to friends, or being silent before class. A variation on the opening of class may be a welcomed change. 

·         CANDLES – “Remember your intention.” Important words we hear in nearly every class. Give each yogi a small round LED candle to light as a symbol of their intention. The room will also look very pretty.


·         SEAL YOUR PRACTICE WITH A CONNECTING RITUAL –  If your class is small and you have extra time, try a “Red Thread” circle. The “Red Thread” is found in traditions worldwide, and is rooted in the ideas of connection. You’ll need a scissors and ball of red string or yarn long enough to be passed around the circle. Each participant in your class will leave with a strand of red thread or yarn as a symbol of the connections made during that circle. There are YouTube demonstrations of the “Red Thread” or contact the Celebrant Foundation & Institute to connect with a Celebrant near you.  

·         FOOD – How about handing out a treat as your yogis leave the studio.? Choose something in a chakra color or tie it to the theme of your class. Oranges are a bright and refreshing treat on any day. You may also point out to your yogis that an orange is made up of segments that are bonded together to make a whole, much like society.

Pick one element to try at a time. Have fun creating rituals that resonate with your teaching style and your students. Open a dialog with your students and find out which rituals they love and why.



Long before I had any idea of what a celebrant does, I found joy and comfort in creating ceremonies for my family.   Today, I am honored to be a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant; creating ceremonies by working closely with you - tuning in to your vision, researching customs and rituals as appropriate, finding readings that resonate with you, interviewing key participants should you desire, and infusing my natural ability to weave a most meaningful story in order to create a celebration that will be remembered and cherished for years to come. - Jennie Landau


Jennie Landau is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®  and yoga instructor living in Orlando, Florida. She can be reached at FreeBirdCeremonies.com



Celebrant Foundation & Institute – fall courses begin 9/25 and free open house webinars at celebrantinstitute.org


Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole Life 


How do you commemorate momentous events? Memorialize people who have shaped you? Draw support from those you hold dear? This primer offers methods for honoring the special occasions in your life with humor and grace. Its ceremonies help ground each day in the wholeness that supports our entire lives. Each ceremony has been vetted by a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® affiliated with the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, which offers training and support for celebrants worldwide. Visit us at www.celebrantInstitute.org.






Please direct all request, comment or concerns about our CF&I Blog to our Social Media Manager ~ Marcia Almeida, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant. at  celebrantsocialmedia@gmail.com    Or to the Celebrant Foundation & Institute’s director, Charlotte Eulette at: charlotteeulette@celebrantinstitute.org 
call us at (973)746-1792.  
Visit us at http://www.celebrantinstitute.org/?p=business



Celebrant Rituals Enrich your Yoga Practice
By Jennie Landau





Monday, July 3, 2017

Generous imaginative events inspire community

         By Char Eulette and Pam Packard





Pam tells us, “My friend Candace is a yoga and meditation instructor in our local jail (so cool!) and has also been playing the crystal singing bowls and gongs for quite some time. Almost two years ago she had the idea that we partner up to do full moon ceremony and sound baths at our favorite yoga studio in downtown Flagstaff. Our first one was the full Wolf moon of January 2016. We also did the full Flower moon last May and we just did the Strawberry moon this June.”

The joining of these wise women to create an array of successful, yoga-centered, life-awakening, healing and empowering earth-based ceremonies are much loved by their community and regularly attended. They are attracting not only Yoginis but turning the community on to the higher purpose of Yoga (that teaches us to tune in and respect life), and for some - maybe for the first time. This combination of Yoga, Meditation  and Ceremony is a great match that resonates well on many levels. Their attendees pay up to $25.00 a person for each special event that they have now come to value and depend on.
I say - “Hail to insightfulness and wisdom of Pam, Candace and Malissa who are making Flagstaff, AZ a flagship creating noble and successful Yoga to community inspired events.”
Reading about their story in this article may just be what you need to get you thinking about viable ways to create a buzz and offer relevant events like this in your  community and engaging like-minded organizations.
What’s amazing that’s coming from this dynamic team?  Pam tells us, “We are very proud that this fall 2017, we will be holding a free to the public, world-wide “Peace ceremony” at an outdoor venue in historic downtown Flagstaff--sponsored through the City.”
Here are some excerpts of events written on their Facebook event invitations to give you a feel of the warm and fresh way they market their offerings:

June 9, 2017:  Join the pack as we gather once again to howl at the moon--the full, ripe Strawberry moon of June. What are you ready to harvest? To bring to fruition? Come energize and solidify your intentions with ceremony and sound bath led by Celebrant Pam Packard and "Gongster" Candace Ryan.

December 31, 2016: Good Riddance Ceremony! No matter what kind of year you’ve had, it’s time to put it to rest. Join us in ritual ceremony to empty ourselves and make room for the hopes and promise of the new year. No hindrances, nothing to hold us back, just a fresh start and a pure heart for 2017! This brief ceremony will prepare you for a guided meditation and sound bath immediately to follow, where you will be bathed with crystal singing bowls and gongs. (Not a full moon ceremony).

May 21, 2016: Come howl with us at the Full Flower Moon May 21 as Candace Ryan and Pam Packard once again come together in a healing ceremony and sound bath. We will focus on gratitude and a sense of community. Please bring a single flower for a sharing ritual.

January 23, 2016: January was dubbed the month of the Wolf Moon for amid the deep, dark cold of midwinter, wolves could be heard howling in hunger outside the villages. Through ceremony, we will honor the “hunger” that grows within each of us—our dreams and desires for betterment, peace and prosperity. Come howl with us, giving voice to your intentions, strengthening your resolve to endure this period of seemingly-endless darkness, and reaffirming your belief in the rightness of your place in our pack and the turning of the seasons.

The women’s personal bios appear on their FB event page at: https://www.facebook.com/soulsticelife/

Pam Packard is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® dedicated to the belief that ceremony can have long-lasting, life-enhancing effects in our lives. “In ceremony,” she says, “past, present and future meet and all take their proper seat.” Seasonally minded and spiritually open, she loves using relevant and meaningful words, symbols and rituals to honor and help order the human experience. She holds three certificates from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute (Ceremonies for Couples & Ceremonies across the Life-Cycle, 2010, and Ceremonies for Healing, 2015), as well as a M.A. in English from NAU (1994).
Celebrant Foundation & Institute website to become a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® www.celebrantinstitute.org.

Candace Ryan is a Yoga and meditation Instructor, Reiki Master and Holistic Coach. She is the Founder and Facilitator of The Peaceful Revolution Project offering yoga and meditation to underserved and at-risk populations since 2013 specifically to the inmates in the Reentry and Exodus pods at the Coconino County Detention Center for the last 4.5 years, as well as the Facilitator at Soulstice. Her passion is working with under empowered, at risk and underserved populations by providing an inclusive approach to yoga and mindfulness geared towards individuals struggling with addiction, generational trauma.

Malissa Bobbitt , Studio owner, Northern Arizona Yoga Center, Flagstaff, AZ.  Master of Education since 1999, Malisa has taught many disciplines to many ages.  In 2006, she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Tom and Trisha Kelly in Encinitas, California.  Since then, she has taught 1000s of hours and continued her education with Master Teachers Rod Stryker, Tim Miller, Leslie Kaminoff, and many others.  In February of 2011, she completed a Yoga Alliance, 500 Yoga Teacher Training that mainly focused on Yoga Therapy; Many of her teachers have studied directly with Desikachar himself.  She founded Vertical Soul Yoga in 2011 and is the Director of the Yoga Teacher Training.  Her passion is to make yoga accessible to all and to create a loving space to practice the art of yoga. From studio website: http://northernarizonayogacenter.com/:



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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!" -Henry David Thoreau These are two of my favorite quotes as they really inform my belief in the importance of ceremony and ritual. We are each of us always moving forward, crossing thresholds, marking passages, and we should do so with ceremonies unique and meaningful to us as individuals, not some old-tired-one-size-fits-all sort of thing. Everything you want and nothing you don't is what you'll get from me as we work together to usher you into your beautiful future.

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The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is proud to have Life-Cycle Celebrants® who are now practicing throughout the world. Our reach is growing for sure, but there is so much more work to do! We are committed to advancing this great Celebrant movement and giving people of all walks of life greater choice in how they want to mark the milestones in their lives.
 The CF&I support doesn't end when we hand our graduates their diplomas. Our Alumni Association provides additional educational and professional development via an extensive online ceremony library and business resource library including topically relevant webinars and presentation tools. CF&I graduates are also invited to join one of our 42 regional chapter for mentoring, networking, client referrals, and ceremonial idea sharing. These local resources are invaluable in nurturing the continued growth of our Celebrants in field.





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It’s June and time to get your Gay Pride going!




Hey everybody, It’s June and time to get your Gay Pride going!

By Celebrant Elaine Voci

 
At the very root, “Gay Pride” is a worldwide political stand for everyone to nobly support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender (LGBTQ) sisters and brothers against violence, inequality and discrimination.  Gay Pride is expressed in many celebrations and commemorative events in all parts of the world with parades, music festivals, rainbow lighting of public buildings and parks, and speeches made by prominent LGBTQ fans and leaders.  This special month welcomes everyone to be a part of this special important celebration from freedom and justice for all.

A little bit of history: June is the official month in which to remember the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village in New York City that took place following a brutal police raid on June 28, 1969.   The LGBTQ NYC community stood together against the forces of violence and oppression, little did they know they created one of the biggest human rights movements in history that continues to go strong. The iconic Stonewall bar where this revolution began was granted landmark status in 2015, the first time a New York City site was designated primarily for its significance to the LGBTQ community as a symbol of fighting against repression. And this year, after 48 years of marches, protests, boycotts and rainbow balls, the NYC Gay Pride parade and related activities will be televised for the first time. Take a look in your town for events taking place and join the festivities.  

Many Pride community events are held to recognize the impact that LGBTQ people have on the world and Gay Pride is associated with rainbow colors meant to recognize and celebrate the diversity of gay, lesbian, transgender and queer people.  The use of the rainbow colors for flags, clothing, signs and posters has become ubiquitous.  For example, in June this year, the US Soccer men’s and women’s teams will wear rainbow numbered jerseys in honor of Gay Pride Month when they compete. 
June is also, traditionally, a month for weddings, and in Canada, the US and many other countries where the courts have recognized marriage equality, there will be millions of LGBTQ marriage ceremonies performed – and many by certified Life-Cycle Wedding Celebrants.

LGBTQ weddings are extra special. Love is always a part of marriage ceremonies, and with LGBTQ weddings it’s even more so. The couple’s uniting in marriage goes deeper and extends beyond them, it touches the lives of their community who are witnesses to their newly legalized marriage. Their community of beloved friends and family recognize the pain and suffering LGBTQ couples have had to endure to finally achieve their goal: marriage equality! It’s everyone’s unique opportunity to support  LGBTQ couples so they can experience a prideful and happy married life together.

Having a world where diversity is respected and honored is penultimate. This lovely lyric by the Beatles, rings true now and into the future: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”   




Elaine Voci is a life coach in private practice in Carmel, IN and a graduate of the Celebrant  Foundation & Institute .   Elaine is the Editor of the Celebrant Blog for the Celebrant Foundation & Institute.



Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole Life 


How do you commemorate momentous events? Memorialize people who have shaped you? Draw support from those you hold dear? This primer offers methods for honoring the special occasions in your life with humor and grace. Its ceremonies help ground each day in the wholeness that supports our entire lives. Each ceremony has been vetted by a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® affiliated with the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, which offers training and support for celebrants worldwide. Visit us at www.celebrantInstitute.org.






Please direct all request, comment or concerns about our CF&I Blog to our Social Media Manager ~ Marcia Almeida, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant. at  celebrantsocialmedia@gmail.com    Or to the Celebrant Foundation & Institute’s director, Charlotte Eulette at: charlotteeulette@celebrantinstitute.org 
call us at (973)746-1792.  
Visit us at http://www.celebrantinstitute.org/?p=business

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