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/:



Pam Packard Life-Cycle Celebrant,


"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

Photo: @jarotbocanegraphotography




Monday, June 5, 2017

Conversation with Ronald Hunt / Blessings Ceremony Space

Blessings Ceremony Space 

Congratulations to our dear colleague and faculty member, Ronald Hunt! Ron has started a new wonderful venture called “Blessing Ceremony Space." It is a very interesting concept, and this is what he's shared with us.

Tell us a little bit more about Blessings Ceremony Space.Blessings Space is 800 square feet, in several rooms. There is room for Weddings and Memorial Services for up to 25 people. The goal; of course is to do Ceremonies across the life Cycle, and allow other community related functions to use the space. I have been approached by a drum circle, and they are going to use the space once a month. There are going to be Reiki courses, once I am certified as a Reiki Master, in September.
What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture?
I started doing elopements, at my house, about two years ago. I have a lovely wedding site there, but being the greater North East (NY), weather gets unpredictable come late fall. Last November, I booked an elopement for 6, and 16 showed up, and Bride and Groom did not tell their relatives that it was outside, even though we were walking around the fire pit...They were still thrilled, but it felt bad, to be criticized for the weather! I also wanted a dedicated place, for interviews, where I had all my tools handy, and could demonstrate a ritual or two.
Why is your business located at this site?
I picked my location, based on the following factors: it is across the street from City Hall, where I get tons of referrals. There are several parking lots within a city block. A brand new casino was scheduled to open nearby, with 800,000 unique visitors projected..
How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?
I have had several business' over the years, so I was not concerned with starting a new one. I would advice everyone, to have an awesome partner, lawyer and accountant. I actually enjoy reading contracts and leases, and crossing out paragraphs. Don't ever sign anything that you do not read and agree to.
What three pieces of advice would you give a Celebrant who might like to start this type of business?
If I could offer some advice to other Celebrant's who might like to start this type of business? Have a plan and a budget, but be ready to have flexibility with it. Write everything down, in a journal or post-its. Many times you will have to follow up with someone who promised you supplies, or a referral, but has not followed through. Walk up and down the block, introducing yourself to other business owners, and talk joint ventures. If nothing else, they will take your advertising, and you have gotten some word out. Send out a press release, and try to post to social media on a regular basis.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful Celebrant?
I think that the skills we have developed as Life Cycle Celebrants' serve us well. The ability to tell our story, quickly and professionally. Showing up to meetings several minutes early...
What motivates you?
I set goals for myself, in life and in business. My initial goal was to pay the rent, and I did that the first month. so, I expanded, to the empty suite next office over. My goal is to build the business incrementally, until I am ready to retire, and then have an opportunity to cut back, by taking on a partner.
Who or what has been your greatest inspiration?
That I count two of the original CF&I graduates as friends, mentors, and inspiration, with so many Celebrants, with so many awesome ideas; there is no limit to the possibilities that I can test, in my space.
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
I maintain and renovate real estate, which has helped me design and build my office. I enjoy going to the gym regularly, and try to meditate on a daily basis. I wish I spent more time on my bright red motorcycle, and now that the weather is nice, there are always peonies and iris' to transplant.
What makes you happy?
My work brings me a lot of joy, but I have gotten old enough, and wise enough, that I get a lot of satisfaction by helping friends, relatives, and students, become their best selves.
I think, in a parallel universe, I am a Life Coach...
If you were conducting this interview, what other question might you ask that could help shed some light on you, celebrancy, and/or Blessings Ceremony Space?
This is really quite the adventure, and I have not mastered my marketing plan just yet. #twitterilliterate...
Thanks so much, Ron. And way to go! You are an inspiration.
BLESSINGS CEREMONIAL SPACE 
34 JAY ST.
SCHENECTADY NY 12305 
Contact: Ronald Hunt  518-587-1468
CapitalRegionCeremonies.net Ronald J Hunt, Life-Cycle Celebrant, 
and teacher for: Celebrant Foundation & Institute. Studied Weddings 
Funerals at Celebrant Foundation & InstituteOwner-operator at Blessings Ceremony Space and Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant at Hand Written Weddings              HTTP://www.CapitalRegionCeremonies.net/







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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time to Honor Courage this Memorial Day





Change and renewal are themes in life. We keep growing, the Earth keeps changing, and life itself
constantly challenges us to adapt to what is new and different.  We need renewal to remain vital, alive and healthy. We need to be active in change and conscious of the world and all of its inhabitants living together harmoniously and - to taking care of our mother Earth.

Mother’s Day is one of the best known renewal events that happens in May.  Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®  in Pennsylvania, Alisa Tongg created a unique ceremony to unite a birth mother and son in ceremony, titled: “Birth Mother Found, Embraces Second Chance to be a Mother, Family Gathers for a Ceremony.” If ever there was a mother’s day ceremony that will remain in our memory and makes huge impression on our lives, it would be this one. With a happy heart we invite you to read this great story with its poignant photos and video of this loving, courageous and uplifting real life ceremony (share-a-mony): Birth Mother Found, Embraces Second Chance To Be A Mother, Family Gathers For Ceremony   , by CF&I Celebrant Alisa Tongg in PA

“Memorial Day started as a holiday in the US to remember the fallen during the Civil War. It was enacted as an honorable day of remembrance; time Civil War was the bloodiest and most deadly war experienced on our soil. Our new and fragile country was at war with itself,” remarks writer Marianne Bickel for Forbes Magazine.

Expanding the definition of Memorial Day, think about the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman put their lives on the line to make advancements for human rights. Also think of our Indigenous people and supporters from all over the world, including our military, who have taken a stand at Standing Rock  as water protectors

We honor persons on Memorial Day who:
·         died in the line of duty,
·         are willing to fight to make theUS and the world better


The world needs nurturing and people to keep our liberties strong. We, all of us, should never take for granted our liberties and rights.

With renewal in nature all around us as well as  holidays to make us remember the present, past and future, we color the month of May bright with love, intention, action and  remembrances. As the poet, Edwin Way Teale, so aptly wrote, “The world’s favorite season is the spring.  All things seem possible in May.”   And they are!   - The Celebrant Troubadour 








The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is dedicated to promoting personalized ceremonies for people of all beliefs and educating the highest quality Life-Cycle Celebrant® officiants through its innovative training programs.









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.


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The Celebrant Troubadour: Time to Honor Courage this Memorial Day