Celebrating life with ceremony is a passion of mine. To assist others in honoring their life with sacred ceremony to mark the important chapters of one’s life is truly an honor. These significant events of one’s turning points in life are made memorable as the participants create sacred space around their special occasion.
Ceremony comes in a variety of forms for a myriad of reasons.
Sharon’s companion Steven has been passed down a Peruvian Full Moon Fire Ceremony from Marylee DiLorenzo and will be offering that ceremony every Full Moon at their home in East Asheville.
Back in the late ’80s I was passed on the Arapaho Sweat Lodge. The sweat lodge is considered a prayer and purification ceremony. There is always a focus and a reason for which a sweat is called for. Many times over I have witnessed individuals emerging purified, and renewed.
From The Blessing Way of when a woman is pregnant to the final sacred moments of end-of-life transitions with many, many opportunities in-between. Some of my fondest memories are when I would be in ceremony to celebrate life changes. I recall a Native American tipi ceremony held for my daughter’s fifth birthday. There were many prayers and songs were sung through-out the evening in her behave for her to have a good, long, happy, healthy life. Friends and relatives gathered and good times were had by all.
During Women’s Vision Quest ceremony, women go up the mountain to spend four days and four nights in the designated sacred spaces to “cry for a vision.” The remainder of us support them at base camp, tend the ceremonial fire, and eat and drink for them. This ceremony is life-changing for the women. It is an honor to see them come off that mountain and go into their future with a deeper understanding of who they are and the divine connection that they carry anew.
One of the most special times in a young women’s life is when she starts her moontime, her monthly cycle. I have held Rites of Passage for young women and their mothers to honor this important transition in one’s life. Unfortunately, I never had this ceremony for myself back in the ’60s. I was raised Mennonite and they didn’t have a way to acknowledge this significant passage. In general, today’s society doesn’t recognize the sacredness of this event in our young women lives. Girls often arrive at this sacred time feeling self conscious, if not totally embarrassed. This Rites of Passage ceremony celebrates the wonderful old ways and demonstrates how very sacred it is to bleed every month. This time is so very life affirming. I see a deep bonding taking place between the mothers and daughters for sharing this important phase of the daughter’s life.
My favorite weddings to officiate are the ones when I actually know someone in the family, if not the bride and/or groom themselves. This is one of the main ceremonies that as a society we all are familiar with! Most of the weddings I participate in are held outside as opposed to inside a church. I often perform destination weddings, which mean the couple travel to these beautiful mountains for their wedding. What I appreciate most of all during these events is that with my ceremonial background I hold an energy that is sacred. Many of these couples have never before, or may never be again, in ceremony. Since I am very comfortable ‘holding the space’ there is a palatable sacredness, for not only the couple, but for the guests to tap into, as well. Always after the ceremony I have several guests approach and say “that was the most beautiful ceremony I have ever seen!”
These are the main ceremonies that I perform and there are others. For more information regarding any of these circles, ceremonies, or retreats please feel free to contact me.