Ceremonies

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Ceremonies with Heart

~ for all occasions ~

Hello my name is Anna and I am an authorised marriage celebrant who delights in creating ceremonies that are beautiful and inspiring celebrations of love, full of heart. I am based in Byron Bay, northern NSW Australia. I am also a director of the Sophia Wisdom Centre.

Weddings

These ceremonies will reflect your uniqueness and acknowledge the fact that your love has grown wings and now aspires to a higher ideal.
I will help you create a relaxed and intimate ceremony, one that is perfect for you. This will be a celebration not only of your existing relationship, but also an honouring of your desire to move to a greater depth of intimacy and also what you want for your marriage.

You will be given the guidance you need to prepare your vows so that this becomes a special and beneficial process for both of you.

Special symbolic gestures and rituals that honour the sacredness of the occasion can also be included to add that extra flavour and make the occasion even more memorable.

“You did a fantastic job. It was all perfect. Thank you very much.”Bill M.
“Thank you so much for helping us create a magical ceremony and officiating our marriage. You did a fantastic job of keeping us on track, giving us extremely thoughtful examples tailored to us and ensuring we were comfortable with everything down to the last word. You just seemed to make everything easy. And our guests thought our ceremony was just superb – both catholic and non religious!
Our wedding was just spectacular and it will certainly by remembered for the rest of our lives.”Ben and Em
The roots of Marriage, Stephen Mitchell from the Tao of Marriage;

‘Go deeper than love’ D.H. Lawrence wrote, ‘for the soul has great depths.’. The willingness to go deeper than love itself, is a kind of love, a desire to meet the beloved beyond
desire, in the darkness where ther is no self, no other. For this meeting, a man and a woman must be whole enough in themselves to step out of themselves, into a place of mutual transformation. They are able to surrender everything they know, everything they love, with the abandon that a Master has at the hour of death. Transformation is a death. It is also a birth, and can be as painful as any physical birth. Painful or ecstatic , it requires a fundamental trust. ‘Into your hands I commit your spirit’.

A man and a woman who enter this depth of intimacy find themselves standing in the garden where Adam and Eve stood. All things are possible for them. The ancient Chinese sage Tsu-ssu said, ‘For the mature person, the Tao begins in the relation between man and woman and ends in the infinite vastness of the universe .’They have traced their love for each other back to the root of love, the radiant non-self, the boddhisatva’s serene compassion.

Like the wedding ring it has no beginning or ending.

 

 

Funerals

Funerals, Memorials, or Ashes Ceremonies.
I am also a Funeral Celebrant, assisting people to travel through the dying, death and funeral experiences with care, guidance and dignity. My focus is on celebrating the life of the deceased while encouraging active participation of family members and friends to help them through the grieving process. I uphold whatever the spiritual beliefs of the person would have been and weave them into the ceremony .

HOW SHOULD THE SOUL
not take wings
when from the Glory of God,
It hears a sweet, kindly call:
“Why are you here, soul? Arise!”

How should a fish not leap fast
into the sea from dry land

When from the ocean so cool
the sound of the waves reaches it

How should the falcon not fly
back to his king from the hunt
When from the falconer’s drum
it hears to call: “Oh, come back”?

Why should not every soul begin to dance atom-like
Around the Sun of duration that saves from impermanence?

Oh fly , of fly, O my soul-bird,
fly to your primordial home!
You have escaped from the cage now-
your wings are spread in the air.

Oh travel from brackish water
now to the fountain of life!
From this world of separation
to union, a world beyond worlds!….Rumi

Thich Nhat Hanh. Contemplation on No-Coming, No Going

This body is not me I am not limited by this body
I am life without boundaries
I have never been born, and I have never died

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous true mind

Since before time, I have been free
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass
sacred thresholds on our journey

Birth and death are a game of hide-and seek
So laugh with me, hold my hand
let us say good-bye, say good-bye, to meet again soon

We meet today
We will meet again tomorrow

We will meet at the source every moment
We meet each other in all forms of life.

from Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book

“Very professional and yet with a lot of heart. The ceremony was so beautiful and touched us deeply. It was exactly what Jocelyn would have wanted.”Nathaniel
“I liked the mixture of formality and informality, the humour and the poignancy-it was a great tribute delivered with much dignity”.Julian
 

 
 

 

Other Ceremonies

I also offer many other ceremonies besides Weddings, amongst them are:

Commitment or Wedding Ceremonies between same sex couple
There are a wonderful diversity of relationships and I offer ceremonies for this diversity with the same joy, honour, respect and delight that I would any other ceremony.

Commitment or Wedding Ceremonies between couples who are already married or who don’t want to sign the legal paperwork.
The ceremony and process are much the same just without the legal documents.

Vow Renewals, Recommitments, or Anniversary Ceremonies
These ceremonies are an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate your relationship, often with your family now on board.

Namings and/or family Ceremonies
Naming or Family Ceremonies, are a non religious way of celebrating children into your family. These ceremonies gently honour and celebrate the child’s place within its family and the bigger family of humankind. It serves to deepen the already strong bonds between the child and the people that are in it’s life now and into the future.

Wise Women and Men Ceremonies
In ancient times, the mature woman or “crone” was revered as a community elder who embodied wisdom and knew the truth of cyclic existence. A Croning Ceremony acknowledges a woman’s age, wisdom, and power. Of course, there are Wise Man Ceremonies to honor the elder men in our lives as well. See wise women and men ceremonies

Life Stories
We love to celebrate the decades of our lives especially as we get older…the 40’s 50, 60s, 70s even 80s.. Transitions are important to recognise. Many folk are distilling the essence of their life in in photos, skits and various rituals as a celebration of their journey thus far. I can give you ideas and support you in the process…See Life Stories