Part 1: the conversation
we will sit down together, me and you (which can be one person, two people a group of people — whoever will be included in this ceremony).
we will discuss the moment, transition, event, place or person you would like to create a ceremony for. I will ask questions as we both build clarity about what it is that we are acknowledging or honoring. we will discuss context: who, what, when, where, how. we will also discuss the subtle, poetic elements of this moment: the smells, words, memories, objects, colors, textures of this thing.
I consider this conversation to be as sacred as the ceremony itself. It is the articulation, translation and naming of that which the ceremony will be for. Anecdotes and small details can be influential to the nature and structure of the ceremony. In this way, an open, expansive and associative conversation is essential. The conversation is a collaborative creation, as we together work to communicate and discover the essential qualities of that which the ceremony is being composed for.
Part 2: the composition
I will compose a ceremony from what was gathered and generated during the conversation.
the composition will take the form of a written document, which will include a proposed series of events, as well as all the other elements of the ceremony. These may include but are not limited to a specific place and/or time, a list of the participants, objects, food, sound and dress.
note: this written ceremonial composition will be sent to you so that you have an opportunity to provide further ideas, desires, considerations, questions, thoughts.
Part 3: the ceremony
at the determined place and time, we will meet and the ceremony will be performed.