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About Elizabeth

I am a Master Life-Cycle Celebrant® and Non-denominational Minister, with certifications from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in Ceremonies for Weddings, Families & Children, and Funerals. A faculty member of the Institute, I have taught the Families and Children, and now teach the Funerals certification course. Through my flourishing wedding practice, I’m a repeat recipient of Wedding Wire’s “Bride’s Choice” and The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” awards. As a Non-denominational Minister, I am a registered Officiant with the NYC Marriage Bureau.

Finding Celebrancy has been a gift, the past 6 years it has given me so much joy to help couples and families celebrate their milestones exactly the way they want to! I came to Celebrancy after many years of spiritual exploration including working with ritual; and passionate involvement with the creative arts, theater, dance, writing, and singing. It was a dream to find a way to weave these disciplines together into more meaningful work. I was thrilled when I found the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, which offers a well educated and creative perspective on ceremony. My studies there included comparative religion, cross-cultural ritual, contemporary and creative ritual, mythology, symbolism, the craft of effective ceremony construction, and public speaking. In addition, I bring 20 years of experience with holistic and energy healing practices, Jungian psychology, and meditation.

My spiritual path is simple,  though I am not Buddhist I resonate with this quote by the Dalai Lama: There is no need for great temples or complicated philosophies. My own brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. I gather gems of wisdom from various traditions as well as follow my inner wisdom and find inspiration in nature. However I do not impose my personal beliefs in my work with couples and families, but rather support them in honoring theirs. I believe that we all have the right to our individual beliefs, whether we find them through religion, exploring various paths, or choosing not to follow any spiritual path. My mission as a Celebrant  is to facilitate celebrating our diversity and the common ground of our humanity.

 

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For more information about the Celebrant Institute, check out their website here.