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Creating a beautiful Blessingway ceremony
A Blessingway ceremony is a beautiful and holistic alternative to the modern-day baby shower. Whether you’re a professional celebrant, midwife, doula or about to officiate your first Blessingway ceremony for a client, friend or sister, this guide will lead you through the essential elements of creating a beautiful, inspiring, meaningful and memorable rite of passage for a mother-to-be or for parents preparing to adopt. Based on the author’s years of experience as a celebrant, The Blessingway contains plentiful suggestions to bring art, soul and heart to this modern adaptation of an ancient Navajo tradition.
In 1995, I officiated my first wedding ceremony in Auckland, New Zealand. Trained as a celebrant by Rhonda Gola, of Unity Church, I’ve loved being part of such defining moments in people’s lives. There are so many ways to celebrate our lives, such as weddings, funerals, menopause, menarche, house blessing, naming ceremonies and so on. The Blessingway: creating a beautiful blessingway ceremony is for people who wish to gift a pregnant (or adopting) woman with a ceremony which honours her whole being. It shows how to create a ceremony from beginning to end, and which features to include.