Category Archives: ceremony

Dark of Solstice

Here is a poem to usher you through this powerful time of the Winter Solstice. Blessing for the Longest Night All throughout these months as the shadows have lengthened, this blessing has been gathering itself, making ready, preparing for this night. It has practiced walking in the dark, traveling with its eyes closed, feeling its […]

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Candles at Dusk

Having lived on the Puget Sound for 10 years, I’m deeply connected to the west coast. I’ve felt the nourishment of walking along the sandy rock lined shore and paddled through the glistening kelp beds. Because of this, it was easy for me to say “Yes!” last week when I was invited to create a […]

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Marriage is Madness

I love writing the love story for the couples I marry! Their individual answers to the many questions I ask them reveal an honest story about how they came together, what they love about one another and why they chose to marry. When I read their love story during the ceremony, all who are gathered […]

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A Summer Ceremony

Celebrating summer seems fitting here in southern Ontario where our two months of summer stand out in welcome contrast to our many months of winter. That was certainly the case early one evening when a small group of people gathered in a grassy area to express aloud our intention to be present to summer and […]

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From the Land

Tomorrow I’m taking a drive out into the country to meet with one of my wedding couples on the land where their ceremony will be held. This property is important to them. It has supported them during their 10-year relationship and they have bright hopes for their future there. Knowing this, it’s especially important to […]

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“Filled with Gladness”

The community ceremony I hosted earlier this week was everything I’d hoped it would be and more. When I awoke on the day of the ceremony, it was gently snowing but by late afternoon miraculously the sun came out and it turned gloriously warm. People arrived to the park in ones, two’s and three’s, greeting […]

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Get Outside!

A few weeks ago, I was pleased to be invited to host a nature ceremony in collaboration with Rodney Fuentes who is holding a “Get Outside-30 Day Challenge”. I gladly signed up for the challenge. Here are a few photos from my excursions into the natural world in the past few days. I’ve been dreaming […]

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Manifesto of the Heart

This summer I turned 60! I’ve been making my way to this very special birthday for a while now. It began three years ago when a young woman offered me her chair. I arrived late to a workshop and when she stood up and whispered, “take my chair, after all, I’m young”, I realized that […]

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A Fresh Look at a New Year

I went for a New Year’s walk first thing this morning. I got on my coat, boots, hat and mittens and headed out the door with the intention to see things with fresh eyes. After all, this was the first morning of the first day of a new year. Tiny snowflakes were gently falling and […]

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For Marriage

This Saturday I am performing my first wedding! Off and on over the past few weeks I’ve sequestered myself in my studio for hours at a time writing and rewriting until only the words with just the right sentiment for the couple I’m working with remain. It was a beautiful feeling when everything finally came […]

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