Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Celebrant Manifesto

Let me introduce myself …my name is Elaine Voci and I am a life coach, specializing in career coaching, in private practice in Carmel, IN and I am a graduate of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute class of 2014.  I am a published author of five books, and I write a monthly newsletter and blog for my clients and other readers.  When invited to write a blog for the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, I gladly accepted.  Here is my blog for October 2015:

My Celebrant Manifesto
I was inspired to write a manifesto after reading a transcript of the most recent broadcast of “On Being” with Krista Tippett, featuring an article titled “The Monk Manifesto” by guest contributor Christine Valters Paintner (http://abbeyofthearts.com/) in which she spoke of living life with intention, and having a clear sense of purpose and personal mission.  These are topics that often come up with my clients in life and career coaching, and they are at the heart of my own career decisions, including the one to attend the Celebrant Foundation & Institute to be trained as a life cycle celebrant.  Here is what Christine’s article prompted in me:

Celebrant:  Someone trained in the art of ceremony

Manifesto: A public declaration of principles and intention, from the Latin for “clear”

My Celebrant Manifesto is, thus, a clear public expression of my commitment to live a compassionate, regenerative and creative life while working in the service of others.  Here are my commitment statements:

1.     I commit to finding time each day to be quiet and grateful for my gifts of creativity and compassion, and to resist the larger culture of constant noise, stimulation and emphasis on ‘doing’ rather than on being.

2.     I commit to offering hospitality by welcoming people who find me and seek my services to perform a ritual, rite of passage, memorial service, a wedding, a funeral and other celebrations of life that mark life cycles/milestones.
3.     I commit to kinship and fellowship with other celebrants to help create a community of soul friends with whom I can share my deepest feelings, longings, and aspirations, and with mentors who can offer wise guidance for my work.
4.     I commit to cultivating awareness of my kinship with creation and a healthy discernment of how I use my energy and creative gifts, letting go of what does not nurture me or others, in order to flourish in my life and in my practice.
5.     I commit to bringing my best self, my fullest presence, to the sacred work I do, holding a heart of gratitude to express my service to the world with purpose and meaning.
6.     I commit to the rhythms of my celebrant career to honor times of quiet and renewal that allow me to grow, to reflect, to contemplate and to honor my own internal process of being and discovery, resisting the culture of busyness that would define and measure my worth only by what I do/produce.
7.     I commit to ongoing acts of service through my work as a celebrant, knowing that I have chosen this path of transformative human experiences to connect with others supportively to honor life’s milestones.

If you were to write a manifesto for your own career/life path, what would you declare as your guiding principles and intention?  How might you frame them in the context of your life and your work as a certified Life Cycle Celebrant?

 *Photograph courtesy of Celebrant Michele Davidson of Vancouver British Columbia http://www.moderncelebrant.ca/

Celebrant Foundation & Institute Blog Editor ~ Elaine Voci, Ph.D.

Elaine is a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant and provides individuals and families in the greater Indianapolis area with personalized and unique ceremonies that mark life’s important transitions. She is also a Life Coach in private practice, specializing in career coaching, in Carmel, Indiana and the author of four inspirational and educational books.  She is proud and happy to be our CF&I Blog editor!  You can reach Elaine at elainevoci@gmail.com.

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 or call us at (973)746-1792.  
Don’t hesitate to visit our website at www.celebrantinstitute.org  

Monday, September 14, 2015

Why become a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant?

For a society to be healthy, people must significantly mark 
the milestones in life through ceremony and ritual.
- Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist                        

Dear Celebrant Student Enthusiast, 

Thank you for your keen interest in becoming a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®. Our next session of live, personal and expertly developed interactive webinar classes start Fall 2015, and you will graduate in the spring of 2016 as a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®!

I invite you to join us for one of our free, live, and informative CF&I Virtual Celebrant Open House Live Webinars on Wednesday, September 2nd, Wednesday, September 9th, or Wednesday, September 23rd, hosted live by International Director Charlotte Eulette and Tech Director Mark Attalla. Our vibrant webinar will quickly introduce you to our course of studies. All you have to do is click on the blue link below and sign up to attend the webinar. You will also receive a $25 tuition discount for attending. NICE!

Please register early -- our webinars fill up fast!

You can also go to our Institute's page on the CF&I website at
http://www.celebrantinstitute.org/ and refer to the drop down window topics. We are happy to create a tuition plan that works just for you so that you can fulfill your desire to become aCertified Life-Cycle Celebrant®!

How to register for the Fall 2015 program: Please complete the application cover sheet (click on link above to download) and send us your resume and an essay about why it is important for you to become a Celebrant at this time in your life. I will reply to you after receiving your application, get you started, and arrange your tuition payment plan. E-mail me at: charlotteeulette@celebrantinstitute.org

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact me - Charlotte Eulette, International Director - via phone at (973) 746-1792, via e-mail, or I'm also happy to set up a call or Skype time to talk with you about our Celebrant program. Let's make becoming a Celebrant a reality for you!
Did you know that CNN and Money Magazine report Celebrants as a Top 10 Career for Career Changers? 

Why become a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant? For over a decade, professional Celebrants have co-created and officiated at millions of personalized and meaningful ceremonies. Celebrants thoroughly enjoy their interesting, heart-warming, socially conscious and money-making practice. Celebrancy is not just a profession; it's a pro-passion!

Celebrant Foundation & Institute offers the following certifications. You can take one or more!
      • Wedding Celebrant
      • Funeral Celebrancy
      • Ceremonies for Healing & Transition
      • Ceremonies Across the Life Cycle
      • Masters in Celebrancy
The Celebrant Foundation & Institute (non-profit) is delighted to invite you to come and study with us to become a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® in your community, and be a part of our nurturing and dynamic international alumni community. Not only will you be enrolling in our exciting and enriching live, on-line, distance-learning study program, but you will be on your way to a new, viable profession. Scroll down for our organization's Mission, Vision and Dedication statements. 
Thank you!

Yours sincerely,
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Charlotte Eulette, International Director
Celebrant Foundation & Institute

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Celebrant Foundation & Institute's
The Celebrant Foundation & Institute's (nonprofit) mission is to pioneer the widespread use of relevant, customized ceremony to honor the fullness of the human experience across the lifecycle.

The Celebrant Foundation & Institute (CF&I) seeks to increase opportunities to affirm and celebrate milestones and transitions for all people through the training, certification, and ongoing support of professional Life-cycle Celebrants® and by providing public education, outreach, and advocacy.

The CF&I is dedicated to teaching the principles, history, and practice of Celebrancy in a rigorous seven-month program which educates and certifies Life-Cycle Celebrants® in the art of ritual, ceremony, world and faith traditions, ceremonial writing, and public speaking and presentation. Celebrants are ceremonial facilitators and ritual creators, trained to officiate and guide individuals, couples, and families through key life events. The CF&I is a non-profit educational institution.

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