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THE CEREMONIALIST
creating ceremonies for life events & transitions

A ceremony is a reverent and intentional act that brings us closer to our innermost sense of knowing, always with the aim of honoring our own humanity as well as the humanity of all people. 

 

As a Ceremonialist, I work in the medium of transitions & time, ceremony & composition. 

 

I am commissioned by individuals, groups & communities to create ceremonies with and for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People throughout time and across the world have lived by ceremonies as a way to honor, celebrate, mourn, and process. As a Ceremonialist, I feel, hear, and know the need for ceremony, poetic meaning making, and collective acknowledgment. This work is especially essential in today’s world in which white supremacy and capitalism have caused many people to live disconnected from one another, the land, and themselves.

As a Ceremonialist, I seek to uncover the specific inner ceremony that an individual or a group carries within them -- the ceremony that is necessary and arising for the given moment, born from lived experience. Because I am not working within a specific practice or lineage, I carry no predetermined notions of what a ceremony looks or feels like. The ceremonies I co-create, with the people I am privileged enough to work with, are born out of an emergent process of deep conversation, listening, reflecting and imagining.

Guiding Principles: 

Honor what is taking up space in one’s heart & mind

Listen to the subtle messages

Celebrate with intention

Cultivate a relationship with intuition

Hold pain with tenderness and beauty

Being witnessed is a transformative experience

Let that which can not be named remain unnamed

Meaning making can offer new ways of being

Our imaginations can create internal & external change

Transitions offer fertile ground for renewal

The healing we do is not linear

The healing we do is collective

We can use our past & future selves as guides

We are all Ceremonialists.

I, like many of us, am the summation of numerous experiences— the passions I have pursued, the losses I have grieved, the energy I have expended, the teachings I have studied, the care I have offered. I have formal training as a visual artist, performer, yoga instructor, death doula, art educator and mindfulness teacher. These codified roles reside in me alongside my lived experiences— sitting in silent meditation, walking the Camino de Santiago, left hand drawing, wearing the same hand sewn outfit for 3 months, mothering twins, slow motion moving to the floor every day for years as a practice to “rehearse my own death”… All that I have been privileged to experience and create is woven together within me, informing the way I think, imagine and listen. All that I have been privileged to experience and create is within me when I step into my role as a Ceremonialist.

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"I felt held through the entire process, sharing deep feelings that I knew would be handled with care. The ceremony was weighted but not heavy, serious but not dire, and held moments of joy, connection, and laughter and felt guided by deep intuition."

-Emma, NY

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