pre-linguistic, somatic, loving, presence
This ceremony acknowledged a moment of great transition for me, between decades, cities, and partnerships. Georgia developed a ceremony and daily ritual with and for me that created a loving layer of support in my process of transition. Together we realized that the nurturing that I needed most was languageless presence, so the ceremony and ritual occurred mostly in silence and included touch and movement in place of words. In the work I became empowered to "fill in the gaps" with self-love and was able to express gratitude for all of the people and love that I have received in my life. Objects that I have made and collected over the years were given new meaning in an altar space.
I am going to continue engaging with the daily ritual because it has been so grounding for me and has enabled me to embrace my inner child in profound ways that I didn't have access to before. This ritual, combined with the ceremony, created a feeling of power and grace within me. Working with Georgia has been one of the greatest gifts that I have given myself.
transitions, clarity, reciprocity, love, forgiveness
The ceremony acknowledged both my pain and possibility. The ceremony acknowledged the magnitude and multitudes of my heartbreak and simultaneously reminded me of my power, and my inner most longings.
The ceremony(ies) that Georgia helped prepare with me/for me brought ritual into my life in a way that I've been trying to access for years. In a way that felt so relevant that it was impossible not to integrate into my daily life. The gift of this ceremony was and is something I can always return to. Something I can iterate from and towards. It's anti-singular, as am I, and that helped too. The process with Georgia, the altar and practices that came from it, supported me at a time when I needed it most and for that I'm forever grateful. It was also, really fun to collect pieces for the altar and invite people in my life to sit with me and listen to me read my intention.
light, voids, objects
The ceremony acknowledged my story of exile from my country of birth, my internal voids and shadows. It also celebrated my vision as an artist, my strengths and my inner light.
I was touched deeply by Georgia’s vision, her thoughtfulness and attention to little details to connect every part of the ceremony to my personal life was unique and special. Her writing brought tears in my eyes. I felt transformed and empowered in a way that I had never felt before.
women, friendship, ancestry, transition, hair, haiku
The ceremony acknowledged the power of and importance of female friendship leading up to my marriage.
Leading up to my wedding, there was - as expected - a great emphasis and focus on my relationship with my to-be husband. But this moment also marked a larger transition in my life — from child to adult, from nuclear family to building a new family, from exploration to commitment. As such, it was very important to me to acknowledge the other relationships in my life and the way they had led me to this point and would support me in all points to come.
The ceremony was designed and executed in a way that encouraged participation but also gave everyone the opportunity to engage in whatever way they felt comfortable. It was intimate and emotional but still celebratory and joyful.
Jena & Justin:
birth, rose petals, ancestor, sea water
The ceremony acknowledged the birth of our first born and her position in our family.
The ceremony emphasized the deep connection between parent and child, exploring the idea that a child chooses their parents and has something valuable to teach their parents. The ceremony began with each family member coming into a circle around our baby and making a silent wish for her as they each tied a knot in a piece of fabric taken from Jena’s wedding dress. Georgia acknowledged the ancestors and other family members not present by creating an altar on a rock beside where the ceremony was held. The ceremony was meaningful on a personal and communal level and allowed us to welcome our daughter into our lives in holistic way with joy and soul.
family, closure, remembrance, rubbings, dog tags
The ceremony acknowledged our family’s long history in our home and building (close to 40 years) before we sold our apartment. It was a way to say goodbye with love, acknowledgment and a certain reverence.
I felt the ceremony moved our family, separately and together, into the next phase of each or our lives (adulthood and retirement). We had an opportunity to acknowledge together our love of each other and our shared past and home. We left a piece of ourselves behind in the dog tags with our names hidden on fire escape. It was a playful but moving token of our years there together.
Mel & Ron:
peaceful, warm, spiritual, honest
The ceremony acknowledged our offical union as husband and wife and our deep love and respect for one another. We felt grateful for Georgia’s grace and intellect, which informed the style and substance of the ceremony.
horse, wash, warm water, candle, red powder
This ceremony acknowledged that I am courageously facing difficult things in my art practice and in my life. It acknowledged that three parts of my life are intimately connected: the family I come from, the art I am making, and the family I want to have.
Georgia designed a daily ritual for me, a weekly meditation, and an additional daily prayer. I have been practicing all three regularly for the last month and have felt a noticeable shift in my approach to my art and to my family, and to my wish to have a child. I feel less anxiety in all three areas. I feel less doubt in all three areas. I am more patient with myself too. I am not fighting anything; I am moving forward with an open heart.
Pam & Susan:
stones, thresholds, childhood
The ceremony acknowledged the letting go of our family homestead of 60 years, where we shared growing up, weddings and deaths.
Georgia created a shared experience for us that was thoughtful, inventive and emotional.The exercises allowed us to recreate specific memories that were personal and individual and then bring those recollections into a shared experience.
Georgia’s vision set just the right tone that made saying goodbye to our home a poignant celebration of family history.
communication, painting, history, body, seed, breath, guidance
This ceremony acknowledged the four generations of women artists, of which I am a part of. This ceremony acknowledged the bounty of resources, creativity, and complexity that these generations hold. This ceremony acknowledged that history is passed down through bodies and physical being. This ceremony gave me rituals for honoring my maternal lineage and nurturing my journey to come.
For days after the ceremony I would count out four breaths a day, each breath dedicated to a woman in my maternal lineage. After the ceremony, I felt I could more clearly embrace the abundance passed down from my female ancestors while committing to my own vision. I felt a deeper sense of forgiveness and admiration for my female lineage, while also a renewed sense of discovery in my own feminine wilderness.