Ceremonies

I choose to dedicate my life to ceremony, as ceremony is a deeply sacred act.

Ceremonies offer us a structure to understand and then integrate the ways our lives change: when we leave adolescence, marry, have children, reach eldership, and die. Every life transition presents us with an opportunity to see our live in a different way, and to make changes from that new point-of-view.

Intentional ceremonies are all about people celebrating: celebrating their life events; celebrating the community they live within, and even celebrating the earth they live upon.

And everybody is welcome in ceremony.

I envision a future where a young person marks their 18th birthday in a special and unique way that is empowering, with their community around them; where a woman enters menopause with joy and her community marks this movement to eldership with honour; where another woman is preparing to give birth in the days ahead, and her whole family is gathered around her to offer their strength and hope for the journey she is about the finish.

Without ceremony, these poignant moments in our life are forgotten, and all we have left behind are days and days of “work” and years of grey tedium. But when we take a step fully into those life experiences, when we actively seek to gain insights & understandings, we gain essential awareness’s about ourselves.

I offer a vision of a world where people’s uniqueness is celebrated. Where a couple of the LGBTIQ community are as blissfully wed as a couple who are celebrating their pagan beliefs; where women drum for hours during the birth of their friend, and another woman sits quietly in trance while she gives birth; where a community remember one who has died in a way that is passionate, powerful & sacred.

Where we celebrate our sacred lives through ceremony.

With over 10 years experience, to each unique ceremony I bring:

  • A passion for ceremony & a wealth of ceremony experience
  • Authenticity, honesty, patience, respect & understanding
  • A creative heart & an organised mind
  • A sacred outlook to life & openness to spiritual expression in ceremony

 

Contact me today to discuss your Ceremony.

 

          

          

         

         

         

 

Contact me today to book your Ceremony.

 

Handfastings & Weddings

Imagine your wedding day - your Handfasting - founded in heritage & spiritual traditions.

Imagine that the rings have been exchanged, and as you family & friends watch, your celebrant brings forth a beautiful length of cloth. She explains that she hand-wove it in the weeks leading up to the wedding, using seaweed and natural fibres. She says that as she wove it, she would sit on the shoreline and ask for the blessing of her gods, listening to the ebb and flow of the tide. Imagine, that as she places the cloth around the couple’s clasped hands, she speaks clearly: “May the gods bless you. May the great sea bless you. And may the ebb and flow of the waves show you that life also ebbs and flows, like emotions and love, and that the secret is to trust that after the ebb, the flow will come again. Blessed be.”

A Handfasting Ceremony is a wedding ceremony that incorporates either your Celtic or Norse heritage, or your spiritual beliefs, or both.

This style of ceremony was initially understood to have started hundreds of years ago in the British Isles, though there are links found to similar rites in the Northlands. Like the way a couple exchange rings in our times, traditionally, the tying of the hands together – Handfasting – was practised as the way of “legally” marrying a couple. In Scotland in particular, a strip of your clan’s tartan was used as the cloth in the Handfasting Ceremony, though these days, people may use many different things: a strip of cloth from a relatives older wedding dress; a piece of cloth specially woven for the couple; a length of ribbon, or even a few different coloured ribbons. When included as part of a modern ceremony, a handfasting offers a memory of heritage and tradition.

Alternatively, a Handfasting Ceremony can be a spiritual ceremony. For Druids, Pagans and Wiccans, a Handfasting is still a remembrance of Celtic & Norse heritage, but also a way for a couple to be wed by their spiritual beliefs. The joining of the couple’s hands with cloth or ribbon, with the blessing of the celebrant (and priestess) and the blessing of the gods, offers the couple a spiritual addition on their special day. As a priestess, this style of Handfasting is especially powerful for me, and one I offer with the deepest respect for each couple.

To a Handfasting Ceremony I bring:

 

$800 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$1,000 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$1,500 – Australia-wide

 

Funerals & Farewells

Imagine a Funeral Ceremony that truly expressed the life & loss of your beloved.

Imagine your family gathering to farewell a dearly loved member. Imagine that the sorrow is very deep within everyone’s heart, and many eyes are bright with tears this day. See a ceremony that acknowledges this sorry, that doesn’t resist the loss that everyone is feeling, but offers a place for it to be held, gently & compassionately. Imagine the ceremony truly reflecting the life of that family member, the celebrant offering genuine words of grief and comfort. Imagine that at the end, there is space for people to be together, to talk and cry and maybe chuckle at antics and old stories.  Envision a ceremony that isn’t stuffy or too formal or disconnected, but a ceremony that is heartfelt and authentically supported by your celebrant.

A Funeral Ceremony is a commemoration of death & and a celebration of life. It is a gentle balance between grief to be expressed, and a holding of the possibility of moving forward with life. A Funeral Ceremony should celebrate the life that was lived, and the joys that that person brought to the lives of everyone else; it should mark the great loss that is also being felt by those left behind; and it should offer a tender promise of life moving forward from this place, somehow.

To a Funeral Ceremony I bring:

 

$500 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$600 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$800 – Australia-wide

 

Motherhood Blessingways

Imagine a ceremony where a woman, weeks before she gives birth, begins her birthing journey with her beloved friends & family surrounding her.

Imagine a woman with a bared, very pregnant belly, sitting surrounded by her closest friends and family. See that one by one, each person comes to her, and while adding a painted symbol to her belly, offer her blessings for a safe birth. Hear the words they speak to her: “May you find deep breaths within you,” – “May the child’s head point downwards at all times” – “May the birth be quick!” And as they finish painting, each one offers her a soft kiss on her cheek and a loving smile, which she will remember weeks later, as she goes into labour.

A Blessingway ceremony is the sacred & intentional alternative to the baby shower.

It offers a woman a chance to be pampered and loved by her closest friends and family. Sometimes a Blessingway can include the painting of a belly with organic paint or henna designs; the creation of a natural mobile to go over the child’s crib; a creation of a special “cup” that she will drink from during the labour; or even the creation of a vision board for her to take with her to the birthing. A Blessingway Ceremony is a means by which a soon-to-be-mother is honoured by her community.

To a Blessingways Ceremony I bring:

  • A passion for motherhood ceremony & a wealth of ceremony experience
  • Authenticity, honesty, patience, respect & understanding
  • A creative heart & an organised mind
  • An understanding of the need to mark the pre-birth of a child in a spiritual manner

$300 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$400 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$700 – Australia-wide

 

Baby Namings & Blessings

Imagine a ceremony where a child is welcomed into the family of community, in a way that has profound meaning for the parents of the child.

Imagine that a woman holds her week-old child to her breast, with her partner beside her. See that all around her, in a circle, sit her family & friends – her community. And one-by-one, someone from the circle comes forward and with a gently touch to the cloth wrapping the child, offers the child a blessing. And then the next person comes forward, and the next after them, and beautiful words of blessing spill forth: “May you always have food and drink” – “May you be blessed with joy & laughter” – “May you always know how loved you are.”

A Baby Blessing Ceremony is a sacred & intentional way for a baby to be blessed as they begin their life.

Many people feel they want to do something “spiritual” but other than the traditional Christening, don’t know what else is possible. A Baby Blessings Ceremony can be as spiritual and sacred as needed, as it is all about welcoming this new soul to our world.

To a Baby Blessing Ceremony I bring:

 

$300 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$400 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$700 – Australia-wide

 

Maidenhood & Menarche

I believe it is of great importance for our young women to know from an early age how sacred their bodies are.

Imagine that as a girl approaches her First Bleeding, there is a sense of anticipation & an understanding of what is ahead of her. See her surrounded by the woman who love her, who support her with stories, blessings, gifts & ritual. See that young girl gaining the strength of these gathered women, learning of the wonders of her body & her Womanhood.

Imagine a young woman stepping into Womanhood with pride.

A Maidenhood Ceremony is about supporting the young woman in our communities - our daughters, granddaughters, nieces & friends - so that they understand the innate power & responsibility of being a Woman. Of the potential for them to give birth to new life.

To a Maidenhood Ceremony I bring:

 

$300 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$400 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$700 – Australia-wide

 

Motherhood

Entering Motherhood - that time in our lives when we are responsible for creation - is a profound time in a woman's life.

Imagine a woman seated with another by a river under a Full Moon. See the photographs of her children lovingly placed alongside a statue of the Mother Goddess. Know that in this ceremony, she is acknowledging the great responsibility she accepted with the birth of her children - a responsibility that she can now see as Sacred Guardianship. See her understand that for the rest of their lives, they will need sustenance, nuturance, guidance & love from her, to varying degrees. And this ceremony is her declaring a willingness to fulfil that intention.

Imagine another woman preparing for a birth - the birth of a project, creativity. This woman may have been unable to, or made a choice not to, have children of her own body. Instead she focuses her energy on nuturing and growing others around her through her planning & labours. This woman claims the responsibility of Motherhood as much as any other woman.

Imagine a woman stepping into Motherhood with a deep understanding of the responsibility she both guides and guards.

A Motherhood Ceremony is about supporting woman who are preparing for children, or who may already have a family around them. It is about acknowledging & holding that sacred responsibility we have for that which we create.

To a Motherhood Ceremony I bring:

A passion for women’s ceremony & a wealth of ceremony experience
Authenticity, honesty, patience, respect & understanding
A creative heart & an organised mind
An understanding of the need for women together together to mark the changes in their life
An awareness of the power of women gathering together in sacredness

 

$300 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$400 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$700 – Australia-wide

 

Queenhood & Menopause

In our modern times we live out longer lives, which has given rise to the creation of the the Women's Rite, Queenhood.

Imagine a woman seated with those she considers ‘daughters’ in the forest as the sun sets. See the Motherhood girdle that she created by hand - the beautiful twistings of cotton fabric & twine - see her hold it lovingly to her chest as she offers the stories of her Motherhood. Then see her gently bury it in the earth, returning those energies back to the Mother Goddess.

These days, menopause is now seen as being a time of power for women. No longer is the “end of your life”, or a thrusting of a woman straight into eldership. Unlike Cronehood - which is concerned with stillness, passing on wisdom, and enjoying the final fruits of your harvest - Queenhood is all about owning her strong body & her influence within her community & her growing family. It is that time when you children may have left the nest; you may have a change of career; you may go back to school; you may experience divorce; all those things we used to consider "midlife crisis", but are really a woman entering a powerful time of her life.

Queenhood is about aligning your life to your passions & purpose.

A Queenhood Ceremony is about remembering the strength of Maidenhood - freedom, exploration, new beginnings - and combining it with the wisdom of Motherhood - responsibility, creation, organisation - to become a woman who melds the powers of Fire & Water….wherever it may lead her.

 To a Queenhood Ceremony I bring:

A passion for women’s ceremony & a wealth of ceremony experience
Authenticity, honesty, patience, respect & understanding
A creative heart & an organised mind
An understanding of the need for women together together to mark the changes in their life
An awareness of the power of women gathering together in sacredness

 

$300 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$400 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$700 – Australia-wide

 

Cronehood & Eldership

In our modern times, we reach our Cronehood - our wisdomful Eldership - when we feel we have left behind the outer focuses of Maiden, Mother & Queenhood.

Imagine a woman in her 70s, still fit of mind & body, gathered under a great Eucaluptus tree with the women in her family & her friends. For months before-hand, she has been dwelling on, and crafting, her Great Wisdom to pass on during this ceremony - these words she wishes to be remembered for. By the light of the fire, see her beloveds listening to her - honouring her.

Cronehood is about entering the last phases of the Wheel - the time when we can see what we have accomplished & understand how to pass on our wisdoms. It is not the shucking of responsibility, but the choosing of that which we now be responsible for, with these last energies of our life.

Cronehood is about lighting your load by making different choices & passing on your wisdom.

A Cronehood Ceremony is about accepting the beautiful downward spiral you are now walking in your life - though it may take decades to complete the walk! It is about leaving behind the passions of Maidenhood - the responsibilities of Motherhood - the rebalancing of Queenhood - and moving into the unique stillness that is Eldership.

 To a Cronehood Ceremony I bring:

A passion for women’s ceremony & a wealth of ceremony experience
Authenticity, honesty, patience, respect & understanding
A creative heart & an organised mind
An understanding of the need for women together together to mark the changes in their life
An awareness of the power of women gathering together in sacredness

 

$300 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$400 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$700 – Australia-wide

 

Reclaiming Womanhood

Imagine a ceremony where you can give voice to all the lies & sadness about your womanhood that you've dragged with you every day of your life, so that you may let them go & flourish into Womanhood.

Imagine a woman who was abused & hurt in her adolescent years, and who grew to fear & feel shame about her body. Imagine this woman considering becoming pregnant, and wondering how she will help her daughter to grow into a woman, if her own experience was so traumatic? Now imagine that this woman is sitting surrounded by candle light, under a dark moon, with five other women just outside the candles. Imagine them offering sacred witnessing to that woman, as she explores in words and gestures and tears her experiences. Imagine that in being heard, she finds a way forward into healing.

Reclaiming Womanhood is about exploring what you currently feel about your femininity - your Divine Womanhood - and what you want it to feel like.

A Reclaiming Womanhood Ceremony is about acknowledging the feelings of angst, anger, rage, loathing & grief that may be tied up with how you see being a ‘woman.’ It is about using the power of ceremony - a place where the sacred is honoured - to wash away what was, and prepare a place within your for what you are ready for it to be.

To a Reclaiming Womanhood Ceremony I bring:

A passion for women’s ceremony & a wealth of ceremony experience
Authenticity, honesty, patience, respect & understanding
A creative heart & an organised mind
An understanding of the need for women together together to mark the changes in their life
An awareness of the power of women gathering together in sacredness

 

$300 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$400 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$700 – Australia-wide

 

Healing Ceremony

When we experience challenges & traumas, we take on harmful beliefs into our minds, bodies & spirits. Healing Ceremonies are about recognising those beliefs & changing them, and thus our experience of life.

Imagine being held within sacred space - a place that is both serene & empowered, created just for you, just for this healing purpose. See yourself being lead through a journey to seek that which is lost, forgotten or taken. Through the seeking & the discovering, the realising & the reclaiming, feel yourself become whole & renewed. And know that this journey, and the wisdom and healing you receive, is all by your own power & will - for no other can do this for you, but you.

A Healing Ceremony is about seeking healing within us through understanding of the situation , acceptance of self & a willingness to change.

A Healing Ceremony is about therapeutically discovering what lies at the heart of your ‘harm’, and what is required of you to find your ‘healing.’ Through ceremony, journeying, creation & expression I support you to empower yourself & change your beliefs. Whether those beliefs were set in childhood, adolescence, adulthood or last year! Acknowledging the role those beliefs play in our lives - and the fact that we cannot move forward, change, grow or flourish - is part of the important process that is a Healing Ceremony.

To a Healing Ceremony I bring:

A passion for ceremony & a wealth of ceremony experience
Authenticity, honesty, patience, respect & understanding
A creative heart & an organised mind
A spiritual understanding & experience of healings
Qualifications & experience as a therapist

 

$300 – Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle only
$400 – NSW (including Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, North Coast)
$700 – Australia-wide