• Elisa

My Ceremonies and Experience

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

I am a certified Master Life-Cycle Celebrant with certifications in Weddings, Funerals, Ceremonies Across the Lifecycle, and Ceremonies for Healing and Transition. I have received the "Couple Choice Award" from WeddingWire 10 years in a row. I have performed hundreds of ceremonies for hundreds of clients. And no two of those ceremonies have ever been the same. I am trained in the art of story ceremonies and words are my super power.

There is more than one definition of sacred. Let's talk about whatever it is that brings fullness and awe to your life, and craft a ceremony that honors and articulates what matters most to you. We were battling growing isolation before Covid 19, and it's unclear how the current crisis will influence or inform us as we adjust. Neuroscience tells us that if we don't find a way to describe what we feel, we tend to discount the feeling- and to push it away as either silly, unworthy, or wrong. Bad ceremony leaves us feeling numb or dumb.

“For a society to be healthy, people must significantly mark the milestones in life through ceremony and ritual. Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist

I am a ceremony renegade because I know that when the tone and the words and the rituals of a ceremony are authentic expressions of the people the ceremony is being held for, it become a catalyst for validation, illumination, meaning and connection. Sounds like a lot? Don't worry- when a ceremony is written by, for and about YOU, it will never feel anything but comfortable - and comforting.

I serve where I am needed- Womb to tomb

At the intersection of our lives, we need ceremonies. We always have. Like way back to cavepeople. The need to commemorate is woven into our dna. I provide the needed assistance to craft personalized ceremonial experiences, for family welcomings, Weddings, Funerals and Memorials. I work with civic, business and community organizations on public ceremonies of commemoration or celebration. I also work with families and individuals looking for a way to bring meaning and acknowledgement to various life experiences including milestones like graduations, vow renewals, home and business openings, as well as personal ceremonies for illness and recovery, gender renaming and name claiming and more. If you feel like you need a ceremony- but don't quite know what that means, I can help.

Fees for Service

My fee for service is always based on providing each client the custom level of service they need. No two ceremonies are the same, therefore I don't have a rigid unyielding rate card. Generally my fees for work with couples, families and individuals range from $700-$1400 within the State of Connecticut. For civic or community events my fees vary based on funding and the role you need me to play in the event.

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