are key moments in life which are recognizable as life changing and worthy of acknowledgment.
A life affirming celebration of the transformations one is
experiencing can be intimate or shared with family, friends and
community. Listed below are some of the types of custom made
ceremonies I have created.
Choosing to exchange vows with another is a
profound expression of love and devotion. I have performed
ceremonies for those who wish to commit to their relationship
without legal documents, including same sex couples.
an anniversary with a renewal ceremony is always a rich and
rewarding experience. Honoring the history of a shared life
often creates a perspective of gratitude and a deepening of the
"Soaring has given us memories that are
forever woven into our lives. Over the last 12 years she has
renewed our marriage vows on our twentieth anniversary,
performed a gratitude ceremony on our twenty-fifth and as we
approach our thirtieth Soaring will, we are sure, amaze us
again." - Tim and Karla Riordan
Baby Blessings - Blessings of the Expectant
Grandparents, godparents, children and friends
all enjoy welcoming a new baby to the world and new parents to
their role. Participants often present symbolic gifts to
represent their best wishes. There is sweetness and wonder and
well as laughter and lots of advice.
Rites of Passage
the last decade I participated in and led several ceremonies for
large groups of women to celebrate their rites of passage as
maidens, mothers and elders. The Women of the 14th Moon
ceremonies were a powerful experience for the participants in
building self esteem and a sense of community. I have also led
several ceremonies to honor women who have formally welcomed
becoming elders on their 60th birthday.
The purpose of a memorial is to strengthen and
help heal those left behind, as well as honor the one who died.
"I am so deeply appreciative of your loving
presence at my brother's memorial and passage service…and I am
honored to know you and to have shared you with my brother, his
children, and our family. You touched us all in a profound way.
Thank you for your quiet and powerful way of being in the
world." - Bonny McGowen