Friday, August 12, 2016

Celebrancy Studies 2016 - 2017 Become a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant™


CF&I Programs in Celebrancy Studies 2016 - 2017
Become a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant
Celebrancy Studies 2016 - 2017
Become a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant™!

The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to training Celebrants worldwide and promoting the use of ceremony to mark the milestones and transitions in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and organizations. Celebrants are professional modern-day officiants who create personalized ceremonies to meet their clients’ needs. The ideal of Celebrancy is that the client's beliefs and values are paramount, and that the beliefs of the Celebrant are immaterial in the process of ceremony creation. As a Celebrant, you will collaborate with your clients to help them realize their vision for their ceremony, giving them final approval over the ceremony script. No two Celebrant ceremonies are alike.

Celebrants officiate at ceremonies for all types of life events…for babies and adoptions, coming of age, weddings, commitment ceremonies, funerals, and memorials. Celebrants also develop ceremonies to enrich daily life, and for seasonal, community, corporate, and civic events. The opportunities to use ceremony to create connections among families, communities, and couples, whether for healing or celebration, are as varied as our Celebrants and the individuals we work with.

Celebrants serve an essential need in today's society, and the expansion of Celebrant movement here in the United State and Canada is a testament to their growing popularity.  Just this year, New Jersey became the first state in the US to include civil wedding celebrants in its Marriage Act and the CF&I is advocating for other states to follow. It makes sense. Recent Pew Studies reveal that an increasing number of people aren’t connected to a specific religion and many are not religious at all, but still may consider themselves spiritual. And interfaith and multicultural families are now the very fabric of our society.  Life-Cycle Celebrants® offer an alternative. They give people of all backgrounds, traditions, cultures and faiths the opportunity to create ceremonies that best reflect the array of trials, tribulations and triumphs that we all experience as humans throughout our lives.

Being a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant is a viable and satisfying profession. Our alumni enjoy their part-time or fulltime practice, along with the freedom to be their own boss and set their own schedule as a Celebrant.  Celebrants earn anywhere from $500 - $1500 per ceremony and many officiate between 20 and 140 ceremonies a year. Our education program includes a robust and relevant marketing component to assist students to launch and establish themselves as successful Life-Cycle Celebrants®. Parade Magazine, Money Magazine and CNN have also reported Celebrants to be a great career for job changers and encore career baby boomers when they consider retirement. 

In this informational pamphlet, you will find an overview of our Life-Cycle Celebrant® training program, and the application process. Please contact me if you would like further information about our programs in Celebrancy Studies. We look forward to taking this life-changing journey together toward your new viable career as a Life-Cycle Celebrant®. Course are taught in English and in French.

Sincerely, Charlotte Eulette,
International Director, Celebrant Foundation & Institute

Program Contacts
Charlotte Eulette, International Director, Academics Manager
Tel:  973.746.1792
Kathy Croghan, Admissions
Tel:  973.746.1792
Mark Attalla, Technical Manager
Tel: 888-643-9464

Mila Martin, Academic Liaison

Solange Strougmayer,  French Academic Director:

What is a Life-Cycle Celebrant®?

Life-Cycle Celebrants certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute are trained professionals who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to guide us through life’s changes and milestone moments. The Life-Cycle Celebrant’s mission is to create a ceremony that reflects a client’s beliefs, philosophy of life, and personality. The Celebrant comes to the table with no agenda; no preconceived notion of what the ceremony should or must look like. Instead, through careful interviewing and a thoughtful process, the Celebrant elicits what is meaningful for each client. After a thorough client interview, we write, rewrite, rehearse, and perform ceremonies.

Life-Cycle Celebrants come from all walks of life and a college degree is not a prerequisite. We are looking for highly-motivated individuals who have an interest in ceremony and ritual, public speaking experience, excellent writing abilities, organizational skills, computer proficiency, and a love of the arts and working with people. Foreign languages are a plus. Above all, the Celebrant candidate must be committed to the Life-Cycle Celebrant® philosophy: Creating personalized ceremonies for people of all beliefs and value systems.

Why Become a Life-Cycle Celebrant Certified by the Celebrant Institute?

We are proud that our enriching curriculum is considered the “Gold Standard of Study in Celebrancy.” But don’t take it from us…hear what our graduates have to say about our program:

“Last night I finished reading the last of the documents for my Weddings course, and when I got to the end, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. All I could think was, “Wow! These people sure are generous!”  I can't believe how much all the celebrants who've gone before me have shared—not only scripts of their ceremonies, but their organizing tips, their brochures and marketing tips, and their fashion advice! It would take me YEARS to accumulate this much wisdom. I feel very loved and supported – you so want me to succeed! Deciding to become certified through the Celebrant Foundation and Institute is decidedly one of the best investments I've ever made!” ~ Class of 2015 graduate

“It exceeded my expectations and I am grateful for the experience. It has expanded my understanding of ritual and ceremony and the role they can play in our individual, family and community lives to enhance our relationships and connections to one another, as well as increase our self-awareness.” - Class of 2009 graduate

“I’m not only extremely excited to now be a practicing Celebrant, but incredibly CONFIDENT in my vocation – and it’s because of the support of my classmates, instructor and the Celebrant Foundation.  I honestly cannot thank you enough. I’m incredibly pleased with my investment.” - Class of 2008 graduate

Our Innovative and Convenient Online Learning Program.

Classes are taught in an innovative online program via real-time participatory web conferencing classes, supplemented by a multimedia online classroom and message board forums. The curriculum is delivered by in-depth class briefs and readings, podcast, video-cast, slideshows, and webinar presentations. Our varied modes of curriculum delivery appeal to all sorts of learners and allow students to form close bonds with their classmates and instructors. Our faculty members are all experienced Life-Cycle Celebrants, eager to share their real-world experiences with their students and their passion for Celebrancy. Classes are offered and taught in English and in French.  

*Students will need to purchase a USB headset to participate in the webinars. For additional computer requirements, please see page 13 of this packet.

CF&I Certificate Courses

To become a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant™, students must complete two courses (Note: both courses are included in the tuition):

1.         Fundamentals of Celebrancy – a required foundation course.
All students are required to take our prerequisite course called Fundamentals of Celebrancy.  It is a three-month, eight-module class that covers all the elements you need to create effective ceremony no matter which specialty course you select. Week by week, you’ll learn Celebrant philosophy and history, ceremony structure, rites of passage theory, symbolism, storytelling, ceremonial public speaking, and introductory client relations.

Students will study and analyze the works of authors who provide the foundation of ritual theory, such as Rites of Passage by Arnold van Gennep, Deeply Into the Bone by Ronald Grimes, The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, Rites of Passage: Celebrating Life's Changes by Kathleen Wall & Gary Ferguson, and The Art of Ritual by Renee Beck & Sydney Metrick. 

Fundamentals of Celebrancy
Prerequisites:  None
Topics Covered:
•                History and Ideals of Celebrancy
•                Ceremony Structure
•                Rites of Passage Theory
•                Arnold Van Gennep and Rites of Passage
•                Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey
•                Ronald Grimes and Ceremony Creation
•                Symbolism
•                Storytelling
•                Ceremonial Public Speaking
•                Client Relationships and Interviewing
•                Ceremony Observation Report

2.         Certificate Courses.
You’ll finish up your course of study by choosing a certificate program of your choice (detailed below).  Each “Certificate Course” is eight modules long and is taught through a combination of real-time weekly web conferencing classes, message board discussion, practical exercises, and culminates in a course-long assignment of writing an original ceremony.

The Celebrant Foundation & Institute offers six certificate tracks:

·      Wedding Celebrancy
·      Funeral Celebrancy
·      Ceremonies Across the Life-Cycle Celebrancy
·      Healing and Transition Celebrancy (advanced course)
·      LGBTQ Life-Cycle Celebrancy (advanced course)
·      Master Life-Cycle Celebrant Certificate (advanced course)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Reshaping Society by Being a Celebrant and a Writer

  By Elaine Voci, Ph.D.

  By Elaine Voci, Ph.D.                                                                        

I am a writer and a celebrant.  Recently I read a dedication page in a book for writers that named “Anne Frank and Nelson Mandela and those writers from all over the world who, in all times and places, have written to make things better” and I thought to myself, ‘that’s a good description of the common interest of many writers today in our fractured world.’ I believe that same ambition also helps to explain why many of us become celebrants – to make a difference, to make things better, and to support positive changes emerging in the world.    Here are some of the ways that writers and celebrants share roles and responsibilities as they strive to deliver on that ambition:

1.     A writer’s job is to tell stories that connect readers to all the other people on the earth, showing them as the complicated human beings they are with emotions, needs, hopes and aspirations.  Writers engage in empathy training through their work – and empathy is a powerful emotion for changing the world.  A celebrant’s job is to tell stories of specific people who are getting married, or being memorialized after death, or celebrating a milestone in life, for example,  and they do it through ritual and ceremony, bringing people together in shared human experiences that engender empathy and compassion.

2.     Good writing facilitates and inspires openheartedness, illustrates certain truths, and encourages readers’ knowledge of the world, often empowering them to act for the common good.  In a similar way, celebrants elevate human experiences to inspire gratitude for life, to give expression to love, and to satisfy the human need for meaningfulness and purpose.

3.     Effective writers allow readers to see the world from a new perspective; they do it by continually asking people “What is your experience?” and then listening, observing, and sharing with readers what they have learned through stories, ideas and actions.  Celebrants use similar skills in order to understand their client’s values, goals, and stories which they then integrate into ceremonies, rites of passage and rituals that celebrate the milestones and acknowledge memorable life transitions.  Clients often come to see their own lives in a new light.

4.     Writers are by definition people who care enough to try and share ideas with others that can create an environment in which people can be transformed; the goal is not to generate a certain kind of thinking, or feelings, but to foster greater self-awareness and personal growth.  Celebrants are built the same way – they are wired to care about people, to honor each person’s process, and to help deepen self-understanding and growth through highly personalized ceremonies.

5.     Writers and celebrants are both “cultural change agents” who use words that can and do change the world for the better.   The next time you go to a wedding or a funeral that is celebrant-led, or read a book that is written with passion and well-articulated ideas, you will have a direct experience of how deeply words can touch your heart, change your mind, inspire you to be your best self, and bring dignity and honor to the human life cycle. 

Writer Barbara Kingsolver noted that “The difference between happy people and unhappy ones is that happy people have found a use for themselves, like a good tool.”  Writers and celebrants are happy people with generous hearts and bold spirits because they tell stories that have the power to heal, to give people hope, to teach empathy and encourage positive interaction in our human community.  We are weavers spinning a new kind of worldwide web, one book at a time, or one person at a time. 

Elaine Voci is a life coach, specializing in end of life services, in private practice in Carmel, IN and a graduate of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute class of 2014.  The published author of five books, Elaine is the Editor of the Celebrant Blog for the Celebrant Foundation & Institute.

Photo courtesy of:  Celebrant Foundation and Institute and Marcia Almeida 

Please direct all request, comment or concerns about our CF&I Blog to our Social Media Manager ~ Marcia Almeida, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant. at    

Or to the Celebrant Foundation & Institute’s director, Charlotte Eulette call us at (973)746-1792.  

Visit us at

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Reaching for the Moon (Again)

by Tulis McCall, Life-Cycle Celebrant

After July 20, 1969, when human beings first set foot on the moon, we never looked up at her again in quite the same way. Our journey to the moon also changed the way we looked at Earth. This first human sighting of Earth—the “fragile blue marble” surrounded by black space—changed our understanding of the planet from something invincible to something fragile that needs our attention, commitment, and care. What elements of your life might benefit from the same kind of change in perspective?

• Paper • Pen or pencil

RITUAL FOR CHANGING PERSPECTIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
• Lie on the ground, on the floor, or on a bed or couch. Slowly look up and from side to side. Take special note of two or three objects or locations you can see.
• Sit up and look around slowly. Note what you can see that was previously out of sight. Gaze at the objects or areas you previously noted. How are they different?
• Stand up and slowly look around. Once again, examine those objects or locations you chose. What is different now? What were you sitting on that you could not see before?
• Rise up on your toes three times. As you lift yourself, notice the change in your perspective. It is small but mighty.
• Finally, write down three areas of your life where you feel stuck.

Closet need clearing out? Client pool shrinking? Relationship not going so well? Write it down.

• Then flip your statements. Instead of saying “My closet needs cleaning out,” try “I need cleaning out.” Instead of, “I need more clients,” try “More clients need me.” Instead of “My partner is getting on my nerves,” try “I might be getting on my partner’s nerves.” Write down these new perspectives. Say them out loud. How do they feel and how do you feel saying them?
With every moonrise, there is an earthrise. When you bring a new perspective to a problem, there is a shift. With that shift comes new possibilities. We just need to change our perspective in order to see them, just as we did when we stepped upon the moon.

TULIS MCCALLis a Life-Cycle Celebrant® certified in Weddings. She lives and works throughout the New York Metro Area. You can reach Tulis through her websites, or at

In our fast-paced lives, many of us don't "stop and smell the roses." When we do take the time, though, we honor that which makes us magnificently human. Stopping to smell the roses can offer you a bouquet that keeps on blooming, because of your full attention and reverence to life. Life-Cycle Ceremonies: A Handbook for Your Whole Life is a compilation of ceremonies and rituals written by experienced Certified Life-Cycle Celebrants® from all over the world, who share their wisdom along with some favorite rituals. It's an excellent resource for those who want to better practice mindfulness in their day-to-day lives, for wellness, healthcare, and death care professionals, and for all lovers of life. 

This book was created by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute. Contact us at: or give us a call at: (973) 746-1792.  

Sunday, July 3, 2016

“Who Uses the Services of A Celebrant?”
                                                By Elaine Voci, Ph.D.

When you think of the word “celebrant” what comes to mind?  Perhaps you see someone dressed ceremonially performing an outdoor wedding as I did last autumn for a young Hispanic couple who said their vows in a lovely state park with the golden leaves of fall on the ground under crisp blue skies.  Or maybe you see a formal looking officiant presiding over the funeral of someone whose family is mourning their loss and participating in a personalized service that includes a memory table, several heartfelt eulogies and poetic tributes that provide a fitting “soul sketch” of the deceased in an authentic, touching memorial service.

But did your vision also include a simply dressed officiant helping a couple celebrate the adoption of their first child in front of a group of close friends?  And did you see a casually dressed celebrant performing a house blessing for a midlife couple who have downsized into a smaller living space?  Did you envision an officiant presiding over the five year anniversary celebration of a successful company whose services have earned local recognition for excellence?

Each of these circumstances, so different from each 
other, put to good use the celebrant’s skills of storytelling, their training in the art of ritual, rites of passage and ceremony.  Each event required attention to the goals and motivational desires of their clients to make the experience highly personalized, tailored, and meaningful.  Celebrants collaborate with their clients to create and perform personalized ceremonies that reflect the client’s beliefs, philosophy of life, and personality, not the celebrant’s. Taken as a whole, these unique events demonstrate the wonderful diversity of people who choose to employ the services of a celebrant to perform ceremonies that help individuals, couples, and families mark life-changing events, milestones, and/or significant life decisions. 

Given the vastly growing segment of our society who describe themselves as “not religious, but spiritual” it’s no wonder that the number of celebrant-led weddings, baby blessings, funerals and healing ceremonies are growing.  In 2014, for example, 74% of Australian marriages and more than 80% of funerals/end of life celebrations were also co-created and performed by civil celebrants.  In the US, Canada and many other English-speaking countries around the world celebrants are increasingly performing weddings, funerals, coming of age and other rituals.  Recently laws have been passed in the US where Civil Celebrants are included in the marriage laws to reflect the need of people who desire their lives be celebrated and their stories be told – their way.

Celebrants themselves are a diverse group and come from many different backgrounds; they are represented among various age groups, and have all kinds of different personalities.  Celebrants may perform alternative and nontraditional ceremonies in places, and under circumstances, where mainstream religious clergy will not.  Celebrants often perform ceremonies in parks, on beaches, on mountains, on boats, on hiking trails, in hotels, in banquet halls, in private homes, and many other places.  As one wise and witty celebrant I know puts it, “I will go anywhere that couples want me to with just two exceptions: I don’t go nude, and I don’t do ceremonies that involve hot air balloons or parachutes!”

The celebrant profession is an occupation that began in Australia and New Zealand over 50 years ago and has now established itself in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is proud to be a member of the International Federation of Celebrants. If you are looking for a new career, come join us and be among the very first Certified Life-Cycle Celebrants in your community to offer personal, meaningful and memorable ceremonies for all life's womb-to-tomb occasions.

Celebrant Blog:  July, 2016

Elaine Voci is a life coach, specializing in end of life services, in private practice in Carmel, IN and a graduate of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute class of 2014.  The published author of five books, Elaine is the Editor of the Celebrant Blog for the Celebrant Foundation & Institute.

Photo courtesy of: Celebrant Foundation & Institute, Celebrants Marcia Almeida and Cindie Wilding

Cindie Wilding
As a Celebrant I have the best job! It is my great pleasure to get to know couples: who they are, what they love, how they met, what makes them ...-Cindie Wilding 

Please direct all request, comment or concerns about our CF&I Blog to our Social Media Manager ~ Marcia Almeida, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant. at    

Or to the Celebrant Foundation & Institute’s director, Charlotte Eulette call us at (973)746-1792.  

Visit us at

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Celebrations of Love in the Month of June

By Elaine Voci, Life-Cycle Celebrant

"Whatever the special magic associated with the month of June, there are few among us who would deny that it is a favorite time of year – not just for weddings, but for love itself. " Elaine Voci

Celebrants offer an essential service in today's changing world.  Recent Pew Studies describe an increasing number of people who aren’t affiliated with any particular religion and many who are not religious at all, but consider themselves spiritual instead. Interfaith and multicultural families are increasingly an important and growing part of society’s diversity.  Life-Cycle Celebrants® offer a meaningful and significant alternative to people from all backgrounds, traditions, cultures and faiths. They provide the opportunity to create ceremonies that celebrate, honor, and recognize life events that are shared common human experiences, and among the most joyful are celebrations of love.

Many such celebrations take place in June.  It’s the most popular month for weddings and you may have wondered how that happened.   In the Roman Empire, many couples chose to wed in June because by then the weather had become warm and flowers were bountiful.  June was named for Juno, the goddess of marriage and childbirth; couples who chose to get married in June did so to honor her and because they hoped that she would look favorably on them, and grant them prosperity and good fortune.

As time went on, other equally practical reasons for marrying in June arose: the Celtics realized that babies born to couples who married in June were more likely to survive in mild weather, and with less infection and starvation than in cold winter months.  During medieval times a person’s annual bath (yes, you read that right) usually fell in late May or early June, meaning that June brides would still smell clean and fresh.  Just to be safe, brides carried a bouquet of fresh flowers to mask their body odor, creating the custom of carrying a bouquet when walking down the aisle!  And, brides who married in June were very likely to give birth the following spring, allowing them sufficient time to get strong enough to work during the fall harvest.

Another celebration of love that takes place in June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) that honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan which were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is an intentional perspective that characterizes most LCBT rights movements throughout the world. Pride represents a positive stand against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) that also bolsters their dignity, equal rights and increased visibility in society in order to help build community, and celebrate sexual diversity. 

In keeping with the times and in the spirit of inclusion, the Celebrant Foundation & Institute (CFI) is offering in the fall of 2016 the only certificate program like it in the U.S. titled “LGBTQ Life-Cycle Ceremony Workshop”.  The program is open to alumni with at least one year of celebrant experience and marks a significant milestone in the history of the school.

Whatever the special magic associated with the month of June, there are few among us who would deny that it is a favorite time of year – not just for weddings, but for love itself.  Perhaps it is because we associate June flowers with joy, June’s blue skies with our own inner sunshine, and June as the doorway to summertime delights.  We can relate to the sentiments of poet, Valerie Dohren, who praised June as if it were her lover in “My Lovely June”:

O June, dear June, for you I wait -
My longing ever shall abate
When you recur with all your grace
To lift my heart and light my face,
And thus my soul to full embrace.

Such pure delight, all heaven sent,
O June, my June, you bring content.
‘Tis you for whom I ever yearn,
Awaiting thus your prized return -
O June, my lovely June sojourn.

Please direct all request, comment or concerns about our CF&I Blog to our Social Media Manager ~ Marcia Almeida, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant. at    Or to the Celebrant Foundation & Institute’s director, Charlotte Eulette call us at (973)746-1792.  Visit us at

 Elaine Voci is a life coach, specializing in career coaching, in private practice in Carmel, IN and a graduate of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute class of 2014 where she concentrated her studies on funerals.  A published author of five books, she has loved rituals and ceremonies since she was a girl. This blog showcases – all the many ways meaning and purpose can be found through rituals, rites and ceremonies.  It’s written for fellow Celebrants and for all others who place a value on meaningfulness in daily life experiences, and who delight in marking those passages that bring us through our milestones and adventures of the spirit. - ElaineVociLifeSkillsCoaching, LLC.