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 








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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









Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Celebrant Troubadour: Planting for the Future

The Celebrant Troubadour: Planting for the Future:                         By Elaine Voci, Life Cycle Celebrant April is the month in which we celebrate Arbor Day, an annual o...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Planting for the Future


                        By Elaine Voci, Life Cycle Celebrant


April is the month in which we celebrate Arbor Day, an annual observance that recognizes the vital role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.  It was first observed as a holiday in 1872 in Nebraska, but tree planting is a ritual as old as humans have been alive.
The tree is seen throughout history and literature as the symbol of life itself.  In the words of J. Sterling Morton, a journalist and the founder of Arbor Day, ““The cultivation of flowers and trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful and the ennobling in man, and for one, I wish to see this culture become universal.”  He and his wife were settlers in Nebraska and both were lovers of nature; their yard was full of various trees, plants and flowers. 
When J. Sterling became the editor of the area’s first newspaper, he never missed a chance to spread his enthusiastic love for trees of all types.  His audience was receptive because fellow settlers missed trees and needed them to help provide a windbreak for their crops, building materials and shade for livestock and people. As we all know today, that without trees it would be hard for any living thing to breath; trees oxygenate our Earth.

In 1872, the Board of Agriculture accepted Morton’s proposal to set aside one specific day (Arbor Day) to plant trees; they created contests with prizes awarded to citizens who planted the most trees.  It was an overwhelming success and on April 10th over a million trees were planted in Nebraska!  There are now Arbor Day festivities observed across the United States, and in many other countries of the world.

Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day in Your Community

If you need inspiration, The Arbor Foundation has a great website (https://www.arborday.org/) with a list of ideas that include…
  • ·      Hold an Arbor Day ceremony and honor good stewards in your community.
  • ·      Organize a Big Tree or Oldest Tree search within your community.
  • ·      Plant a tree.
  • ·      Write a story, produce a play, or present a skit about trees.
  • ·      Choose a public park or downtown area to clean up.
  • ·      Read a book about trees, such as The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
  • ·      Schedule classes on tree pruning, tree selection, tree identification and tree planting.
  • ·      Sponsor a poster contest, poetry contest or tree trivia contest.
  • ·      Volunteer with a local tree-planting organization.

Celebrants Can Help

Celebrants love to celebrate life, including trees; at my graduation in 2014, a group of us enjoyed an afternoon ceremony in which trees were honored and hugged with great love and respect. 

One of the first things a celebrant can help you with is to create sacred space with care and intention; then you may be asked to think about your favorite tree and what it has meant to your life. And what you can do to ensure that this tree remains alive and healthy for generations to come? How can you hold and give it special recognition on Arbor Day this year?  Skilled in the art of ceremony, a celebrant can help you create a ceremonial ritual that will fill yo47ur heart with love, and your soul with hope. Visit www.celebrantinstitute.org to find a celebrant in your area.  Happy Spring!


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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.






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