As the rise of celebrant-led ceremonies grows in the UK, more people are coming across a celebrant at work, and if the celebrant is good at what they do, then the observer may be inspired to pursue that career path.
Fortunately, there are many training organisations available. However, it is important that you choose one that matches your ethos, and don’t make a decision purely based on price or location. There are many, many factors to take into account with your training, and that also includes after-course support. An expensive course does not necessarily mean an excellent training programme. Too many would-be celebrants are left flailing and seeking out a second training course because their ‘expensive’ one was inadequate, and didn’t do what it said on the tin. It’s easy to be lured by words like ‘government diploma’, ‘professional’, ‘institute’, etc. It could be that you’re paying for modules on how to write an email or use a Word document, or writing essays on the history of funerals. A good course should teach you to BE A CELEBRANT. It should inspire your creativity, empathy, imagination, and excellence in forging client relationships.
Also, consider why so many organisations offer separate courses for wedding/naming celebrancy and funeral celebrancy. My view, as a celebrant of 23 years, is that they don’t need to be offered separately, and that it is merely a way for organisations to ‘earn more money’.
When looking at different training courses, ask questions. Lots of questions!
. how many face-to-face contact hours are there? (minus the time for meals/refreshments)
. what is the experience of the tutors? (do they pride themselves on quality services over quantity?)
. is there voice training by a qualified voice coach? What does that involve? Is there ongoing voice training as part of your fee?
. how is your work assessed to see if you are suitable to be a celebrant?
. does the course give certificates to anyone who attends, or only to those whose written and practical work is outstanding?
. what practical experience does the course offer you?
. will you have the opportunity to write ceremonies?
. what experience does the tutor have in creative writing?
. does the course teach you how to create and choreograph rituals?
. what experience do you have on the course of officiating a ceremony?
. does the training take a holistic approach?
. does the tutor have experience in a wide variety of settings?
. what written material is available as part of your training?
. what post-course support is available?
These are important questions to ask. Don’t throw your money away on the first course you see. Research your options well.
If you’re looking for a mind, body, soul approach to celebrancy, I invite you to consider my training course. Ask me any questions you like. My course isn’t for everyone, but for those who intuitively feel that celebrancy is a heart-led vocation rather than an administrative job. ~ Veronika x
Heart-led Ceremonies Celebrant Training
Recommended by the Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC)
Comprehensive and in-depth practical training course in creative, heart-led, authentic celebrancy.
Learn to create, write and officiate all types of ceremonies with confidence, care, commitment and grace.
Founder and Facilitator: Veronika Sophia Robinson
Veronika Robinson is an experienced, working celebrant. She trained in New Zealand in 1995, where she was registered to officiate legal wedding ceremonies, and has been officiating ever since. Veronika has had the privilege of officiating in New Zealand, Australia and England where she has written and led all manner of ceremonies, including weddings, handfastings, blessingways, namings, divorce healing, miscarriage memorial, conscious conception, funerals, memorials, wise crone, menarche, and house warmings.
She’s also an author (fiction and non-fiction), journalist, public speaker, workshop leader, and metaphysician.
Veronika is delighted to be a celebrant for Gift of a Wedding, a charity which provides weddings for couples where one of them is terminally ill.
She is also President of The Association of Independent Celebrants, and is the founder and facilitator of Penrith’s first Death Café which seeks to open up honest discussion around death and dying.
Certificate in Celebrancy
Certificate in Advanced Celebrancy & Ritual
Post-course support is ongoing, and there are opportunities to shadow experienced celebrants.
Include the study and practical experience of:
♥Understanding ceremony structure. If you know how to create one type of ceremony you can create any ceremony (hence the reason this course encompasses funerals, namings, weddings, and other rites of passage).
♥Recognising the skills and qualities necessary for personalised and professional, heart-led, celebrancy.
♥Funerals and Memorials (Understanding grief, family disputes, working with funeral directors, creating meaningful farewells, cremations, burials, eco-burials). In the five-day training, you may be able to include a visit to the crematorium or a funeral director. Both private training options may also include shadowing Veronika at a funeral or family visit.
♥Weddings, Handfastings and Vow Renewals
♥Naming Ceremonies (for babies, children, adults, and transgender people who wish to have their new identity formally honoured)
♥Other rites of passage, such as menarche, blessingways, sagesse (wise crone), new business, divorce healing, and more.
♥Understanding the legalities around death, funerals and marriage (e.g. the difference between a registrar and a celebrant)
♥The difference between a heart-led celebrant and other types of celebrants
♥Indoor and Outdoor Ceremonies
♥Creating Sacred Space
♥Archetypes in Storytelling
♥Symbols, Rituals and Altars
♥Working with the Four Elements
♥Understanding the role of the Community Celebrant
♥Voice development and coaching by Paul Robinson (this is required as an ongoing commitment by students via Skype after the initial training)
♥Being of Service
♥The responsibility of being a Celebrant
♥Developing a higher-vibrational heart frequency
♥Sacred Connections with Clients
♥Mainstream and Metaphysical Marketing
♥Establishing Your Celebrant Business
♥The Four Sacred Archetypes of Building Your Celebrancy Brand
Applications are invited from people who are committed to developing awareness of self and others, willing to train to an excellent level, are creative, independent, inspirational, authentic and courageous, and wish to consciously create beautiful ceremonies in their community.
Unlike any other training course in England, this focuses on the importance of ongoing personal development, and takes a mind, body and soul approach to celebrancy and ceremonies, as well as recognising the importance of ongoing skill building.
The foundation of this celebrant training is based on integrity and self-awareness.
Please email for a booking form: veronikarobinson AT hotmail DOT com