Training, development and mentoring for nature inspired celebrants worldwide

Designed to equip you with all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to provide a professional, client centred service to anyone, whatever their outlook or spiritual orientation.

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Celebrating Life

This online training course will equip you with all the skills you need to work as a celebrant with couples and families at some of the most important moments in their lives, and to create and conduct rich, vibrant and unique ceremonies for Weddings, Handfastings, Renewals of Vows, Namings and Welcomings.

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Serving the Living and the Dead

This online training course will prepare you to work as a funeral celebrant, to provide a professional service to families at times of loss and trauma, and to help lay the foundations for a healthy grieving and healing process by creating and conducting unique Funerals and Memorial Services to celebrate the lives of their loved ones;

“As a former professor, I recognize a well-prepared, knowledgeable, and experienced instructor when I encounter one, and River is all of these things…This course is thoughtfully designed, well organized, and professionally executed, and, just as importantly, it is a wee bit magical. I recommend this course highly to anyone who wishes to create unique, individualized ceremonies and rituals, and to perform them with grace, humor, and excellence.” – Susan Kim Rowan-Nelson

Celebrating Earth


Celebrating Earth:

a continuing professional development course for nature inspired celebrants

Designed to help you connect deeply with the inspiration of nature, reflect on the spiritual aspects of your work and bring more magic, richness and resonance to your ceremonies, this course is delivered in six face to face webinars.


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Celebrating Community:

a course in community celebrancy

Celebrant-led ceremonies are becoming even more popular for hatchings, matchings and dispatchings – but what about the many other important moments that have traditionally been marked with ritual? Whether you are a new or experienced celebrant, this course will equip you to serve your wider communities, leading ceremonies for neighbourhood events, seasonal celebrations, group and individual rites of passage and other occasions. 

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Holistic Funerals with Holly-Lyon Hawk

Holly is an award winning funeral director, specialist in ceremonial care of the body and end of life doula for people and pets. I’ll be talking with Holly about her work, and how we might think outside the box when it comes to planning and preparing for funerals, farewells and end of life celebrations.

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