I decided to start Ritual & Ceremony after I semi-retired from my work as a mental health professional after 38yrs in the NHS; a role I was passionate about. However, I had been thinking about becoming a celebrant for some years after having the most wonderful wedding ceremony in the woods. People still talk about it and how beautiful it was. The planning with my husband and deciding what was important in terms of the symbolism we wished to include that expressed our love and commitment to each other was a part of our lives we frequently returned to and brings a smile and a warm glow. To be part of the excitement and share the joy of creating a ceremony that will remain an important part of peoples’ lives, or to help a family to say goodbye in a way that is personal and meaningful, is such a privilege.
I live in beautiful Somerset at the foot of the Quantocks in the South West of England; however, I love to travel so I would be happy to travel to wherever you need me to be.
Why choose Ritual & Ceremony?
Rituals are an important part of our day and help to ground us in the moment and connect us to the event or activity we are undertaking. They set the scene and set intention. They are symbolic acts, which help us to communicate our inner feelings and wishes. They remind us of what is important by marking key life events they give meaning, and help us to transition through important life events whether sad or joyous. Rituals can be loaded with much more than is spoken, be they traditional or modern. I have a strong respect for the value of rituals in ceremony; i could list popular rituals that people may use in ceremonies, but everyone has different needs and wishes and I would much prefer to discuss these with you to help you to decide what is right for you, and then plan how we weave them into the whole ceremony. We may well create new rituals just for you.
I understand how important it is to you to get it right, for your ceremony to be personal, unique and meaningful. I believe my ability to listen and draw people out, to help them to tell and shape their story enables me to create that special ceremony with and for you. I am approachable, flexible and inclusive. I am respectful of your beliefs and will seek to weave them through your ceremony.