CELEBRANCY TRAINING

Celebrancy is the art of being able to design and lead Weddings/Handfastings, Funerals, Baby Namings & other Rites of Passage. We offer two online training courses for members, which together constitute a well-rounded grounding in the art of celebrancy. The courses take the form of a small group meeting, in a webinar format, held for two hours once a week for six weeks, together with access to a full set of resources including examples of real life rituals addressing many different circumstances. The courses give the opportunity for an in-depth training that is both informative and participatory. By working online you don’t have to leave home to attend, and can be anywhere in the world. If you’ve never experienced using your computer to participate in a webinar, we will help you through the process. 

Celebrating Life: an OBOD course on Family Celebrancy

Six Tuesdays 7.30 -9.30pm UK time: Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18 2016
(More series coming soon!)

This course will equip you to work closely 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. We will explore ways of drawing upon our experience and practice of Druidry to create meaningful rituals for people in our wider communities, whatever their own beliefs and outlooks may be. We’ll look at the structure, forms and dynamics of ceremonies, and how these can be adapted to suit different occasions. As well as offering you opportunities to develop your own listening, writing, and speaking skills, the course will equip you to work with families collaboratively, facilitating their input and engagement in a variety of ways.  You’ll be supported to draw on family history and personal stories, and find ways to enable everyone present to feel welcome, included, and actively involved – creating ceremonies that feel, natural, powerful and just right for each family that you will serve in this uniquely privileged role.  
THE COURSE COST is £225. You need to be an OBOD member to participate. Since places are limited, if you would like to enrol, please tell Maria at celebrants@druidry.org. If all places are taken, we will let you know as soon as we can about the dates for the next course. (Future repeats of the course are planned, so if you can’t make either of these series, email to register your interest and we will keep you informed.) A Certificate of Completion will be mailed to you once all assignments have been completed. 

Serving the Living and the Dead: an OBOD course on Funeral Celebrancy.

Six Tuesday seminars 7.30 - 9.30pm UK time Nov 1, 8, 15 22, 29, Dec 6 2016  
(More series coming soon!)

This online course leads you through a process of reflecting on all the skills and qualities needed to work with families at times of loss and trauma; to serve them in creating and conducting unique funerals to celebrate the lives of their loved ones; and to help lay the foundations for a healthy grieving and healing process.
Beginning with an exploration of your motivation, and what you bring to this important and privileged task and role, the course goes on to explore celebrancy from the perspective of each direction. Participants are offered a grounding in the practical considerations of organising and conducting funerals, and liaising between bereaved families and the funeral professions. The group will consider listening, writing and speaking skills, and be guided through a process which can be followed in working with bereaved families. We will look at how to create fitting celebrations of life, whatever the age or circumstances of death; and reflect on the deep emotional and spiritual processes which a good funeral can support. Underpinning the whole course will be an approach to celebrancy as service, and the recognition of the healing journey we must ourselves undertake if we are to facilitate healing for those we serve.
THE COURSE COST is £225. You need to be an OBOD member to participate. Since places are limited, if you would like to enrol, please tell Maria at celebrants@druidry.org. If all places are taken, we will let you know as soon as we can about the dates for the next course. (Future repeats of the course are planned, so if you can’t make either of these series, email to register your interest and we will keep you informed.) A Certificate of Completion will be mailed to you once all assignments have been completed.

About the Tutor
The courses will be led by River Jones, who joined OBOD in 2000 – a year after conducting her first Handfasting. Since training with the UK College of Celebrancy she has become a full time celebrant, and has conducted over 300 rites. Previously River worked in adult education, designing and managing outreach programmes and teaching creative writing, personal development and life history courses for the University of Sussex. River will balance the sharing of her own knowledge and experience with a participatory and facilitative approach, recognising what each student brings to the course. To find out more about River’s Celebrancy work see www.celebrantforyourceremony.co.uk

About the Courses
No special software is required to access the webinars. The courses are delivered to a small group via six weekly webinars, which remain available online for review; and an interactive course platform where students can access materials, submit and receive feedback on assignments and interact with one another at any time during the course. Teaching and learning methods include tutor talks, group and individual exercises, and homework assignments, both written and practical. 

Retreats
There is also on opportunity for students of the course, for celebrants, and for those who are interested in exploring celebrancy as an avenue of service, to meet together from time to time. In 2014 we held the first of such gatherings - Celebrate!' - at Earthspirit in Compton Dundon, Somerset. Details of any planned gatherings will be sent to all course participants.

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