Celebrants

Celebrants can help to arrange Rites of Passage, such as Baby Namings and Blessings, Handfastings and Weddings, Funerals and Memorials. Specifically Druidic ones can be offered, but most celebrants will also help with ceremonies that are inspired by other approaches. Please note that all celebrants listed below are here at their own request, and although they are all members of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, inclusion on this list in no way suggests an endorsement from the Order, or specific knowledge of the nature or quality of the services they provide. The Order is worldwide and we cannot monitor, assess or vouch for the services of the celebrants listed. Celebrants charge a fee for the time, energy and expertise they offer. Since you need to be assured that your ceremony will be the best it can be, ask any potential celebrant that you contact about their experience, training and past rites they have conducted, prior to deciding whether you wish to employ their services. If you want to send any feedback about these services please email celebrants@druidry.org

If you are a member and offer celebrancy services, and would like to be listed here, please send your entry to celebrants@druidry.org (Please note we may edit your entry for brevity and house style).

Australia

Elkie White
I am an authorized marriage celebrant living in Melbourne, Australia. As a Civil Marriage Celebrant under Australian law, I have a lot of freedom as there are only a few (albeit strict) requirements for a marriage to be deemed ‘legal’.  The bulk of the ceremony we are free to create as we wish – celebrant and couple together. I thoroughly enjoy this work as every wedding is unique and special. I am often asked to create a ceremony for a couple of mixed beliefs such as druid and something else, and I relish the process of working it out together so that everyone is happy with the outcome. As well as marriage ceremonies, I also conduct commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples, naming rites, and memorial services. I am also fully trained to conduct funerals. Contact me by email

 

France

Helene Bessoles 
I have been training with OBOD for ten years now, and am making my way towards the Druid grade. I have been very much involved in rite initiations for the Bardic grade, during OBOD camps in Great Britain.

I have performed marriages ceremonies as well as a diversity of rites of passage (for babies and women in particular), burial rituals, along with seasonal rituals and their teachings. I like the ceremonies to be beautiful, colorful and when possible surrounded with music, incense and lustrations. Acquainted with both OBOD rites as well as Continental Druid rites, I can help you build a ceremony that will be very personnal, as well as rooted within the pagan tradition.

I am available for Handfastings, Rites of Birth, etc. and am based in west southern France. Helene Bessoles, Naturopathie, Reiki - website  tel: 05.61.58.22.05

Eber (Dominique Paquot)
I am a Druid and OBOD mentor. I have been organising seasonal ceremonies in my grove in Lorraine for the last ten years, and I am a celebrant for weddings, baby blessings, rites of passage, and celebration of life ceremonies. We are in the east of France, between Metz and Strasbourg. Contact me by email    

 

Germany

Volkert Volkmann
I am a Druid living in the woods of  middle Germany. As a natural healer (Heilpraktiker) I practice many different ways, working with herbal plants, etheric oils, massage, chiropractic and so on. My interest is to built up the energy of  body, mind and spirit in cases of illness or personal times of change. Doing this I use traditional music with drums, Celtic Harp and Nyckelharpa, singing and dancing, also Mask Performances, Events and mental awareness training.
I organize Rites of Passage like Blessings, Name-Giving, Weddings, Funerals, and personal and group healing ceremonies, Keltic Sweat Houses and 'Gabhar Teine' Fire ceremonies. Interested? Contact  Volkert  by email  website     

Daniel McKenzie
I have been practising Western Mystery Traditions for more than 15 years, but nature based mysteries and spirituality have always been close to my heart. As an active member of OBOD, I run workshops, talks and ceremonies here in Northern Germany and serve as a councillor for the wider pagan community.
I have acted as celebrant for many occasions over the last years doing mostly weddings, house blessings and memorial services. The later are something very dear to me as I am also an obituary writer and speaker at funerals.
My aim with any of these services is to ensure that the ceremonial experience is exactly as the participants wish it to be. I offer advice and consultation, especially when it comes to finding a language to bridge diverse beliefs and customs in a group were different spiritual views are present. I am very happy to travel so don‘t be shy to contact me even if you live far away.
I also work as a professional storyteller, spreading the bardic heritage of myth and legend to a wider audience. With good contacts to the pagan and medieval music scene I can help your plan and realise a very special event. To discuss your ideas and requirements just contact me by email or facebook.

Ireland 

Eimear Burke  
I aim to help you to go through your rite of passage in a way that is full of personal meaning for you, your relatives and friends. As a starting point I offer a template which you can modify to include your own ideas,  symbols and readings. My approach is fluid, flexible and interested in your life journey. I am available for baby welcoming/naming ceremonies, age of reason ceremonies for older childhood, teenage/first moontime ceremonies, handfastings & weddings, separations and funerals. The venue is your choice. The ceremony can be outdoors in the wild, at a hotel, in my own druid grove at Three Castles or other suitable location. You can contact me by email or Tel: +353567767142 . My website can be found here

 

Luke Eastwood
I have studied Druidry for over 15 years, spending 7 years of that time working through the grades with OBOD. I am also facilitator of Solas Nemed (a grove in Wexford, Ireland), an Archdruid of Druid Clan of Dana (part of Fellowship of Isis) and a member of Ord Na Druí. I am a Reiki practitioner, author and horticulturist, I organise Éigse Spiorad Ceilteach (Gathering of Celtic Spirituality) every August in Ireland and I also run the irishdruidnetwork.org website. I am available for all ceremonies however I am not a legal celebrant for marriages, in all cases these can be tailored to individual needs. Rates: I do not have any set rate, this depends on your circumstances and also distance for me to travel, I try to be as reasonable as possible. Contact me by email

Annette Peard
Annette started her spiritual path in earnest 24 years ago, learning body and Indian head massage, metamorphic technique and becoming a Reiki Master. She discovered Shamanism twelve years ago, which changed her life. She is a trained Shamanic Counselor and Practitioner and has attended many shamanic workshops and rituals both here in Ireland and abroad with indigenous shamans. She was made a Peace Elder by Lakota Chief Mary Thunder in 1999 at the Four Directions Conference in Texas. She has trained with Grof Transpersonal Training to be a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator. She is also a member of OBOD, a practicing Druid and member of a Grove. She is available for one-to-one sessions for shamanic counseling and healing (soul retrieval, extraction and journeying), Reiki, rituals and druidic ceremonies.

Martin Duffy
Martin is the director of the OakTree Charitable Trust, a nonprofit organization that runs the Irish Centre for Shamanic Studies and The Transpersonal Institute at Dunderry Park. The Centre is dedicated to promoting and preserving shamanic traditions from around the world, particularly those of the pre-Celtic and Celtic era. Contemporary Transpersonal approaches are also taught at the centre. Martin has worked as a mental health care professional since 1977. He is a member of OBOD and an accredited transpersonal /Jungian psychotherapist. He has trained in various forms of consciousness raising methods including Holotropic Breathwork, Dreamwork, Trance dancing and Firewalking. His grandfather and mother are traditional folk healers and he is following in their footsteps. His work is influenced by the Druid traditions of ancient Ireland. He has done fieldwork with indigenous Shamans from Mongolia, Mexico, the Amazon, Andes, and Africa and also has trained in core Shamanism with the Foundation of Shamanic Studies (U.S.A.) and the Scandinavian Centre for Shamanic Studies. Martin brings warmth and compassion to his shamanic practice. He has strong values with regards integrity, honesty and openness, in particular he believes in empowering the individual to find healing, knowledge and wisdom within themselves. He is available for one to one sessions for Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Shamanic Counseling, soul retrieval, extraction work, shamanic healing and ceremonies. To book a one to one session with Martin, call 046 9074455

Italy

Hagal Renato Mancini
I am following the Druid path for over twenty years and during this time I acted as celebrant in various rituals of handfasting, naming and memorials. I support and facilitate the organization of the rituals of the eight festivals for the Italian Druid Order as well as workshops and talks. Over the past ten years I worked to help people in search of self awareness and their potential by connecting with the elements and reconnecting with the natural world.
In 2009, together with others, I founded the Italian Druid Order  - Il Bosco dell'Awen (The Awen Grove) with the intention to spread  druid thought and philosophy, also through the distribution of the OBOD course. I can help with rites anywhere in Italy. Contact me by email

New Zealand

Anne Conroy
My focus as a civil celebrant is with loss and grief so the bulk of my work is funerals. However I also do namings, house and work space clearings and blessings, healing ceremonies, and the occasional hand-fasting. While most of my work is in Wellington city, Aotearoa, New Zealand, I also cover the wider Wellington region and am happy to travel if requested and travel costs are covered.
I believe death is just one transition that we all make throughout our life and deserves our full spiritual attention, aside from all the paper work. In saying that I also perform secular ceremonies if that is what a family have chosen. Many aspects of the modern funeral have been sanitised, and families are given time frames. I work at the pace the family can manage and liaise closely with both the funeral director and family, using deep listening, compassion and honesty. We work together until the family have a ceremony that meets their needs; that lovingly and respectfully honours the one they have lost. This involves every aspect of the ceremony which may include readings, music, eulogies and tributes, reflection times, and the type of committal that best suits the philosophy of the deceased. Finding fresh and relevant resources is high on my list of priorities as every ceremony is crafted specifically for that individual. I particularly like to draw on the abundant material from our own New Zealand writers. It can be a challenging process all round but the rewards far outweigh any effort required. It is a privilege to walk alongside families at this time in their lives and one that I, at times, find very humbling.
I gained my Certificate in Celebrant Studies 2005 and went on to complete a Certificate in Applied Grief Studies in 2007 when I realised that Loss and Grief were my areas of interest and strength. As an active member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ) and member of the National Association of Loss and Grief (NALAG) I am committed to Professional Development for myself and for all other celebrants who share this passion.
For further contact details please visit my website www.ritualcelebrant.co.nz

Pamela Meekings-Stewart
I am a registered Marriage Celebrant and Civil Union Celebrant in Aotearoa New Zealand. I was registered in 2005 and have been re-registered every year since. My home territory covers Wellington to Otaki in the North Island but I am happy to travel further afield if travel costs are covered. I am also able to arrange contact for weddings and civil unions at Stonehenge Aotearoa in the Wairarapa with myself as Celebrant.
I offer Druid, pagan and alternative spirituality ceremonies and work with couples to create their own unique ceremony. What I usually do, once I have been booked as Celebrant, is have a conversation with the couple and then send a suggested outline of a ceremony created uniquely for them and then it is completely up to them to add, delete, change and make it their own. Or if they prefer, I send a suggested outline and we go from there.
As a Druid and committed to a spiritual life, the work is important to me. Couples continue to ask for my services and very much appreciate the gentle spiritual aspect of the ceremonies I help them put together. As to costs: my services as Celebrant are $300 plus 15% GST, i.e. $NZ345 - that's for all consultation plus the ceremony on the day. I also offer civil ceremonies for namings and funerals.
Contact me by email

Adrian Phillips
Wild Bill Druid of OBOD, I am a licenced Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant and can offer a range of ceremonies to meet the needs of those who seek an ancient European Connection, Pagan, Druidic style of Wedding, Civil Union, Hand Fasting etc.  I also cater for Funeral Services, Naming Ceremonies, Blessings of Homes, Businesses and Ventures within the Central and Lower North Island. I welcome a call and discussion about your own needs and cater to these accordingly.
I am passionate about my Druidic walk, History, Natural History and the Outdoors and well connected with local and pagan communities. Please make contact in the way that works best for you from the following: Telephone:021487497; email or P.O Box 91, Ashhurst, Palmerston North, New Zealand 4810. For more info go to my website  or my blog . I would love to hear from you. Yours Under the Sacred Oaks.

United Kingdom

Karem Barratt 
I have been an eclectic Pagan for over 20 years. I am a member of the OBOD and was recently ordained as an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor with the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation. I craft ceremonies for all of life’s passages, including “bump” blessings, baby namings, wedding blessings and hand fastings, spiritual healing ceremonies, funerals and memorials.  I work with people’s spiritual beliefs, world views and values, to create ceremonies that reflect, respect and honour who they really are. Ceremonies can be Pagan, non-denominational or secular and they can include aspects from different traditions, be they spiritual, artistic or cultural. I mainly cover the Essex and East London area, but I’m happy to travel further afield. For more information, please contact me here or visit my website.

Penny Billington and Matt McCabe
Penny and Matt have been active members of OBOD since the early 1990s and are Druid celebrants with a wealth of practical experience of facilitating ceremony, celebration and life-rites for both the Druid and wider community: they are currently responsible for OBOD's Art of Meditation and Ritual Workshops.Their approach is inclusive, crafting with the participants a satisfying experience that will be personally deeply symbolic, yet will take account of the needs of family and friends to understand, support and enjoy the event.Having both moved to Somerset, they now provide wider celebrant services in the South West and enjoy discussing aspects of ceremony with those in search of a spiritual alternative for any personally significant event, without obligation. FFI email Matt: Matt McCabe mattmccabe.1@btinternet.com or Penny: touchstone@druidry.org

 

Nimue Brown 
I have studied with OBOD through to the Druid Grade and have led public and private ritual for years. I work in the Gloucester area, UK. My preference is informal and bardic Druidry, creating inclusive ritual in the moment, incuding ritual for groups that are not druidic, or not wholly pagan. I can and will work with scripts, but I am a more suitable celebrant for people who favour spontaneous celebration and informality. email

Ellie Douglas (Elemental Heart)
Based in Fife, covering central Scotland, occasionally further afield by arrangement. I am happy to work with any rite of passage, formal or informal (individual, couple, family, group) and tailored to individual requirements, including but not limited to: Baby Welcome/Naming, Adoption, Family merger/recommitment, Celtic Handfasting, Wedding celebrations (non-legal ceremony - registrar service also required), Renewal of Vows, Separation/Divorce ceremony, Coming of Age, Elder Acknowledgement, Funeral, Letting Go after Bereavement and various other forms of Moving On. Any time in life where a change in life needs witnessing, support, celebration or just a transition marker.
I am an experienced shamanic practitioner, firewalk instructor, drum circle and workshop leader, also offering spiritual support, reiki, breathwork, counselling, psychotherapy, conflict mediation, massage therapy/bodywork and coaching alongside celebrant services. Registered professional practitioner with experience and particular interest in spirituality in all forms, holistic natural approaches to living and dying, and the importance of doing things in ways which have real meaning to us. One of the founder members of the Scottish Independent Celebrants Association (SICA) formed 2011. Current member of OBOD and studying druidry at Ovate level. More than happy to work within druidic, other pagan or religious/non-religious personalised belief framework of each client to build a unique and meaningful ceremony for every special occasion and moment of transition. To discuss your ideas and requirements without obligation contact me by email

Dennis Hazenbroek (Druid Donagh MacBran)
Dennis is a Druid Graduate and mentor for OBOD.
All my ceremonies are personally written for you with your personal input. You always will have the final say. I have a number of basic scripts, but I will work with you so that you can choose what you want included or excluded. I am a experienced celebrants, and am happy to work with you whatever faith, or no faith, you may be.
My aim is that whatever the occasion, as many of your friends and family can join in as you wish. I create roles so that those who wish to take an active part can do so. I aim to make the ceremony special. Children are very welcome, and I can create roles for them too. I do not believe in ‘going through the motions’ of a ceremony any more than you do. I work in Largs and the surrounding area of North Ayrshire. Please visit my website for more information.

Caz Isted
I am a Druid Celebrant and have experience of acting as celebrant at both handfastings and naming ceremonies for both large circles and smaller intimate circles, with both pagan and non pagan attendees. My aim as a celebrant is to ensure that the ceremony experience is exactly as the couple/family wish it to be, while offering advice and suggestions if required. I am currently walking the Ovate Grade with OBOD and I have also led a Bardic Grove for several years holding large, intimate and public seasonal celebrations. I hail from the West Midlands area and I am happy to travel outside of the West Midlands area. You are welcome to contact me further details by email. 

Bo McAllister
I am an Independent Funeral celebrant and Soul Midwife, and member of the Ovate grade.  I offer beautiful, individualised ceremonies that honour and celebrate a life and mark the crossing of a threshold within a soul’s journey. Working closely with families and friends, I weave together different threads of a person’s life tapestry, to create an authentic funeral service that gives voice to the wider community of all those who loved them. As a Soul Midwife, I work with individuals and their loved ones at any stage of the dying process, to promote a gentle, sacred and loving death. Drawing on a range of therapeutic techniques, I will acknowledge and support your individual needs as you travel on your journey towards the sacred threshold. Based within East Devon, I am also available for funeral ceremonies within the wider area of Devon, Dorset and Somerset. All enquiries please email me.

Debbie and Steve Merritt
Debbie is a Druid Graduate and mentor for OBOD, and Steve is an Ovate member of the Order.
All our ceremonies are personally written for you. We have a number of basic scripts, but we will work with you so that you can choose what you want included or excluded. We are experienced celebrants, and are happy to work with you whatever faith or no faith you may be. Our wedding blessings have been described as Celtic Spiritual weddings, make of that what you will, but we are delighted!
Our aim is that whatever the occasion, as many of your friends and family can join in as you wish. We create roles so that those who wish to take an active part can do so. We know from feedback from our clients that this is what makes the ceremony so special, and that those who have had a special part to play remember it especially fondly. Children are very welcome, and we can create roles for them too.
We draw upon our own spiritual journeys to create the magic and mystery that makes true ceremony so special. We do not believe in ‘going through the motions’ of a ceremony any more than you do, and know that our clients are looking for something deep and meaningful. We have conducted ceremonies throughout Devon and Cornwall, please visit our website for more information: www.specialdaysinspecialways.co.uk

JJ Middleway
An OBOD tutor for the past 15 years, I have wide experience of conducting rites of passage ceremonies, and bespoke rituals, over the last 19 years. These include, but are not limited to, Namings/Baby Blessings, Handfastings/Weddings, and Parting/Funeral services. I aim for simplicity, depth, authenticity, spontaneity and fun – a rich mix of reverence and of mirth. These range from small, informal back garden affairs, to very large and high profile events. It has been and remains, my privilege to serve all walks of life and all paths (or none). I enjoy meeting with participants and working together to produce what is always, in my experience, a unique and deeply moving ritual. Whilst lovingly rooted in the Earth and in Mother Nature, and richly influenced by Druidry, the services I offer encompass considerable influences from Buddhist, Sufi and other sacred traditions. Most times, my services are not so much openly Druidic as inclusive 'Celebrations of Life'. I also offer witnessing/ listening/healing and mediation. Based in Gloucestershire but but will travel anywhere in UK or beyond. email

Lorraine Munn
I am a mentor with OBOD, and an ordained minister with the Interfaith Foundation. I have acted as Celebrant for many occasions over the last 20 years, from baby blessings, weddings, rites of passage, and celebration of life ceremonies (funerals and memorials). I run workshops and talks on related topics, and organise seasonal festivals and ceremonies on a regular basis for small intimate groups to very large public groups. My intention is create a unique occasion with a ceremony that is prepared after full discussion and consultation; and can be organised to include the participation of family and friends.  My interfaith training enables me to find the language and words to bridge beliefs and customs; helpful when families hold different spiritual views. I am also available for one-to-one spiritual counselling (this can be conducted by phone), and life counselling and am willing to travel in the western half of middle England.  In the first instance, email      

Janel Rakow
I have been a member of OBOD since 1997. Area East Sussex. In service I offer support for those who require a Pagan celebration of life ceremony. A ceremony will be held that is both personal and tailored to your requirements and can include: support in planning one's own funeral; conducting a full funeral service or delivering a reading that may be requested within a service; memorials; a short ceremony for the scattering or burying of ashes. Contact by email

Revd Paul Sandford
OBOD Druid graduate, ordained Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor with a practice based in Hertfordshire. I am very willing to work throughout the UK and abroad by arrangement with you. Offering beautiful and personalised ceremonies to honour and celebrate one's special moments in life. (Weddings, Civil Partnerships and Vow Renewals). Celebrating the blessings of new life, through a naming ceremony. To honour the passage of death, through heartfelt Funerals and Memorials. I maybe also available for bedside vigils and spiritual care for the dying, for which I am a volunteer Hospital Chaplain at West Hertfordshire Hospitals. My speciality is within Earth-based traditional forms of ceremony, drawing from years of officiating at Celtic inspired Handfast Ceremonies, Baby Blessings and Tree Burials. email

Neill Sankey
I am a member of OBOD and leader of the Catuvellauni Grove, Hertfordshire. Over the last ten years I have acted as a celebrant at Naming Ceremonies, Handfastings  (Druidic and Wiccan) and Pagan and Humanist Celebrations of Life Ceremonies (funerals and memorials). My intention is create a unique occasion with a ceremony that is prepared after full  consultation. My Pagan and Humanist training enables me to find the language and words to bridge beliefs and customs, helpful when families hold different spiritual and secular views. The ceremonies can take place indoors or  outdoors at places of significant spiritual or experiential meaning to the main participants. I am happy to travel throughout London and the South East and indeed anywhere in England. I can be contacted at: email

Adrienne Thomas
I am a fully qualified and experienced Civil Celebrant able to conduct funeral, memorial, wedding, renewal of vows, baby naming, hand fasting, and civil partnership  ceremonies. I have completed the Bardic level of the OBOD training and am about to embark on the next level of study. I am based in East Sussex , but happy to travel  in order to work with  anyone  who would like a unique, creative, ceremony to mark a transitional event in their life.
I am passionate about community, inclusivity and empowerment and work very closely and at length with people to ensure that all their needs are met, that they have exactly what they need and want whilst offering guidance in what might also be possible in putting together a fitting ceremony.
I have a collection of ideas and materials from many different sources which reflect the Druidic way of being and acknowledge our connection to spirit and the power of the elements, including Celtic, Native American, Buddhist, Pagan and some forms of Christian Mysticism, but feel open to all and everything that points us towards the light joyfulness of collective ritual. The balance between joy and solemnity is at the heart of a truly meaningful ceremony so music, poetry, song and dance are all welcome!
I come from an arts and  drama background; have a powerful speaking and singing voice and am happy to follow whatever dress code suits the occasion.
Please visit my website for more info and contact information.
 

Mark Townsend
I am a member of OBOD and a Progressive / Eclectic Christian Priest. I served within the Church of England for over a decade but now offer myself in a broader and more inclusive way. I have over fifteen years’ experience of creating and performing special ceremonies for people from a variety of spiritual paths and traditions – including many who do not fit within any particular religious ‘box.’ Often people see themselves as spiritual (and believers in God / Goddess / Spirit) yet cannot equate their natural faith with any official religion. Others are more definitely Pagan, yet belong to families with a strong Christian connection, or are involved in a relationship with a person from another faith. Within all these contexts I am able to tailor-make special rites of passage that reflect the entire breadth of the situation with authenticity and respect for all. Welsh Border / Midlands - but will travel anywhere in UK or beyond.Mark was the perfect man to guide us through the beautiful ceremony of marriage. His warm caring nature meant that our service was perfectly adapted for us and our family. So many of our friends expressed how it was the most wonderful service they had ever been to and how true it felt. He is a unique Rev in every way!” Jade Jagger and Adrian Fillary email  websites: www.rent-a-rev.co.uk   and www.marktownsendministry.co.uk

Helen Woodsford-Dean (Magpie)
I live in Orkney and have been a member of OBOD for about 6 years now, currently studying at Ovate grade.  I am also a member of the Scottish Pagan Federation and my background is in hedge-witchcraft.  Together with my husband, Mark, we offer fully legal Pagan weddings, predominantly in the Orkney Islands. We specialise in unique, bespoke, spiritual and genuine handfasting rituals at stunning locations!  In Scotland it is possible to get married anywhere you choose, so we have performed weddings at enigmatic stone circles, deserted beaches, and dappled woodlands. We also offer non-legal handfastings as well as rituals by which couples can renew their vows – non-legal rituals are available for any relationships: heterosexual, LGBT, polyamorous. We provide namings, funerals and any other requested ceremonies for the Pagan community whom we serve in Orkney. We hold open rituals for the main eight Pagan rituals (OBOD format) at the Ring of Brodgar stone circle to which anyone with an open mind and warm heart is most welcome. We also visit Pagans in hospital in Orkney, liaise with the Police and Interfaith on Pagan issues.  We are happy to meet up and provide advice on visiting Orkney for any OBOD members. Contact us by email or find us on FaceBook (Orkney Pagans). Our website is www.orkneypaganweddings.co.ukI also have a blog which talks about various sites on Orkney from an archaeological and spiritual perspective (one of these articles has been published in TouchStone) - Spiritual Orkney

Diane Worthington
I am a Druid Graduate of OBOD and a member of TDN, The Order of the Yew and the BDO, and have been writing and performing Druid ritual for about 10 years. I am currently a facillitator for the Abus Coritani, a Druid/pagan group in North Lincolnshire who celebrate all the seasonal festivals together. All my ceremonies are personally written for you although I have a number of basic scripts that can be adapted to your own needs. I am happy to help you with the preparation of your own rituals too should you want to write them yourself. This includes handfastings, baby namings, rights pf passage, funeral or memorial ceremonies. My aim is that as many of your friends and family can join in as you wish. whatever their faith, or none. I can create roles so that those who wish to take an active part can do so.  Children are very welcome, and roles can be created for them too. I am based in North Lincolnshire and mainly work in and around this area. For further information please contact me by email

River Jones
I joined OBOD in 2000, shortly after being asked to conduct my first handfasting ceremony. I have since trained with the UK College of Celebrancy, and am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. Whilst my own spiritual practices are nature based, as a celebrant I’m guided by you, creating your unique ceremony to reflect your outlooks and values. I draw on skills and experience gained through my previous career in community work, which brought me into contact with people from all walks of life - whatever the occasion, I ensure that everyone there feels welcome and involved. Many people worry about getting the words right in their ceremonies. Having won a few prizes as a poet and taught creative writing for many years, I can help with that - whether it’s putting words together for you or inspiring and supporting you to write your own. I love this work and do all I can to make every ceremony I conduct the best it can be. Based in Brighton, Sussex, but can travel. For more information see www.celebrantforyourceremony.com

USA

 

Tim and Jennifer Bailey 
Celebrating Times of Change - Colorado Front Range

Tim and Jennifer, OBOD members, are a husband and wife Life-Cycle Celebrant® team creating and performing ceremonies together and individually. They are both skilled in performing meaningful ceremonies based on different customs and traditions. They have studied a wide variety of cultural ceremony elements. They beautifully weave together nature and the elements that reflect their Druid philosophy.
They are well versed regarding the importance of rites-of-passage, from weddings, handfastings, civil unions, renewals of vows, house-blessings, baby-naming ceremonies, coming of age ceremonies, autumn years ceremonies, memorials, and funerals, as well as seasonal celebrations and special events.
Their goal is to create and perform ceremonies that reflect the importance of the natural yet life-changing events that individuals and couples experience. They create and perform unique and memorable ceremonies that match your lifestyles, philosophies, and values. They work with you to design and write your ceremony to match what you envision, customizing each ceremony with a personal story of what led up to this meaningful change.  Find their website here.

John Beckett
Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas
I’m a Druid graduate of OBOD, an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Church, and an officer in my local chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. I’m available for weddings and handfastings and can officiate 'legal' ceremonies as well as those the state doesn’t have the compassion and good sense to recognize. I also perform house cleansings and blessings, child naming ceremonies, funerals and other rites of passage, and lead workshops on daily spiritual practice. I have a variety of Druid, Pagan and interfaith ceremonies available, but I’m a ritual geek and will be happy to work with you to craft a ceremony that meets your needs and honors your beliefs and traditions. Fees vary based on the time, work and travel involved, and on the ability to pay.I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area but will travel if expenses are covered and my schedule permits.You can find me on my blog or via email.

Brenda Cole
New Mexico
I am a Druid Grade member of OBOD and a member of the 1st Unitarian Church of Albuquerque. My spiritual training includes over 20 years experience in Druidry, Wicca, Unitarian Universalism and Catholicism. I am an ordained Minister through Centro de Esperanza in Albuquerque and have completed 30 hours of training as a pastoral care associate with 1st Unitarian Church. I am also an initiated Shaman and Reiki Master.
My diverse spiritual background allows me to craft individualized ceremonies for participants of all spiritual beliefs from Pagan to Christian to Humanist. I can work from a ceremony you have designed or we can craft one to fit your specific needs. I have performed weddings, hand fastings, naming ceremonies and assisted with funerals. I have also acted as a spiritual advisor with experience in resolving grief issues, personal growth and spiritual cleansings for home and person. I use Tarot, Reiki, a pendulum and EFT to help facilitate this work. I am located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will travel to your location if you are willing to pay all travel related expenses. I am also available for phone consultations. email

Gail Arthur-Eddy
Cleveland area, Ohio
Life Passages, Life Rites - Baby naming and blessing to funerals. I am an experienced ritualist, OBOD Druid and Fellowship of Isis Priestess.  I am happy to work with you to provide a meaningful ceremony in the Druid or other tradition: wedding, civil union, handfasting, coming of age or elderhood.  Funerals a specialty, I have been working with rites of passage since 2001.  I am able to work throughout Ohio. Please contact me here.

Huathe Fearn
Southwestern portion of the United States. (Ok, Tx, Ar, Nm, Ks, Co.)
I am a Druid graduate with OBOD, group facilitator of The Circle of the Six-Fold Path and an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church.
As well as being an active member of OBOD, I offer workshops, most notably Mynd a'r Carrig am dro/Walking the Stones. A study of the Circle as a tool for a better understanding of our daily lives. I also offer talks on related topics of Druidry.I offer Celebrant services which includes baby blessings, weddings, rites of passage, and celebration of life ceremonies (funerals and memorials). With the benefit of interfaith training, it allows me to bridge beliefs and customs which strengthens our faith through similar ideas; while understanding the differences without creating a division. I offer counseling to  families with different spiritual views to find a common ground. I am also available for spiritual counselling, either by phone or in person (depending on distance.) I offer spiritual guidance through the use of Tarot, Oracle cards and Ogham. Contact me by email

Sarah Fuhro
Boston
Druid member of the Boston (Mystic River) Grove in Massachusetts. I have celebrated with Druids and non druids alike. I have created and facilitated weddings, baby and child naming ceremonies, house blessings, celebrations for moving, for healing and for funerals. I belong to a grove which began twenty years ago. We take turns writing our own rituals for the turn of the year and have been fortunate to have weddings and baby celebrations within the group. I am also a professional astrologer and offer consultations on timing for events. email   

Ray Hayward
Minnesota and the upper mid-west
I am a registered minister and can perform baptisms, weddings, and funerals, as well as any rituals, rites of passage, or custom celebrations. I am a Druid Grade member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and base all my ritual on the Order’s methods and insights as well as drawing on my other experiences with Sufism, Taoism, and the Western Mysteries.
I also lead seminars and workshops on meditation, T’ai-Chi, Qi-Gong, swordplay, and spiritual journeying. I am available for spiritual guidance, healing, and consultation. I have extensive experience with Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland and am authorized to lead Masonic and non-Masonic tours. email

Revd Neal Cox & Revd Jennifer Niehaus-Cox
St Louis Metro Area, Missouri
Neal and Jennifer are individually ordained by Universal Life Church, are members of the OBOD (Bardic grade), and co-facilitators of Elderwood Grove OBOD Seed Group of Missouri and Illinois, which holds open OBOD Sabbats for the St Louis area Pagan community. Neal and/or Jennifer are available for individual or group spiritual counseling, hospital visits or hospital chaplain needs, life changing rites such as rites of passage (baby blessings, weddings, handfasting, rites of passage, etc.) and celebration of life ceremonies (funerals and memorials). Neal and Jennifer can work alone or together. We can organize ceremonies for small intimate groups to very large public groups. We normally meet with the couple, group, or family to first create a unique and meaningful occasion and plan the actual ceremony. For weddings and handfastings, this first meeting is followed by a few more pre-meetings, which can also include a rehearsal.  Neal and Jennifer’s interfaith experiences enable them to find the language and words to bridge beliefs and customs, which is helpful when families and friends hold different views. Neal and Jennifer also offers a list of commonly common used items for rituals (such as decorative tikis, Quarter candles, punch bowls, etc.), which would complement any ceremony and for a small fee. The basic rate for Weddings and Handfastings is $100.00 for Neal OR Jennifer; and $200.00 for both, not including any other offered service or mileage. Jennifer is a full time student working on my Bachelors degree in Psychology at Capella University. She has been walking the path of a Pagan Celtic Witch since Beltane 1998. She is a natural born healer. Jennifer received her Usui Reiki I Achievement to be legally certified. She reads animal spirits, teaches introductory Paganism and Witchcraft to those who prove they are serious.
Neal is a former Christian ordained minister, but has been following the druidic path since 2000. He graduated from Ozark Christian College with a Bachelors degree in Theology in May 1995 as class valedictorian. Neal will be graduating from Capella University in July 2012 with a MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. email

Moss Magill
Seattle, WA
I am a member of OBOD, a Pagan Occupy Chaplain, and the co-founder of the Circle of Coll Seed Group in Seattle, Washington. I am also a student of Alchemy. I believe in the Interfaith Movement and the practicality of Earth-based spiritual path work. I have experience in officiating weddings, baby blessings and house clearings. Contact me by email

 

 

William Melnyk
Metro Philadelphia Area
I have been a Druid member of OBOD since 2002. I was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1982, where I served for 25 years. I have many years of experience in the planning and conducting of life rituals in the Pagan traditions, including marriage, dedication of a new child, and funeral services, as well as ecclectic, interfaith celebations. I am available to officiate at life celebrations in the metropolitan Philadelphia area.  Please note: I choose not to act as an agent of the State in signing marriage licenses. In most Pennsylvania counties a self-uniting marriage license is available to the couple, and in other areas a brief civil ceremony is recommended prior to the more important spiritual wedding or handfasting. email

Steve Thomas
Rochester, NY
I am a member of OBOD with 15 years experience as a minister in the Rochester NY area. I have done numerous weddings, funerals, christenings and namings. I am currently ordained in the Universalist Life Church. I am available for weddings, handfastings, funerals, namings and custom celebrations of a Pagan nature. Fees would be based on length of celebration, time preparing for it, and travel. My base fee for a wedding/handfasting is $100. Contact me so that we can talk about what you have in mind and see if we fit together. email

 

Lisa Tonner
New England
I am an OBOD member and facilitator of the Connecticut OBOD Seed Group. I am also an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. I have 25 years of training in various spiritual belief systems, including Druidry, Wicca, Asatru, Voodoo and Thelema. I am available to perform weddings and legal handfastings as well as baby blessings, house blessings, rites of passage, funerals and memorial services. My fees vary based on the type of ceremony, location, and your ability to pay. I can also put you in touch with a professional wedding photographer/videographer and DJ with reasonable sliding scale fees. I will work with you to create a personalized and unique ceremony that reflects your beliefs and personalities. Connecticut allows same-sex marriage, and I am LGBT-friendly. email

 

Organisations

Pagan Transitions

Pagan Transitions was created to provide Pagans with the resources to create meaningful and beautiful rites of passage, particularly funerals, that offer support during the process of dying, reflect the spirituality of the person who has passed through the Gateway, and offer support to the bereaved. Website

The Pagan Federation (Scotland) Celebrancy Service

The PF (Scotland) hold a register of Celebrants who are experienced in writing and conducting many kinds of ceremonies, including Handfasting, Legal Marriage, Funeral, and Naming ceremonies. All of their celebrants are happy to write and conduct Pagan ceremonies that closely reflect the beliefs of those involved. Most are trained in one or more of the main Pagan traditions, such as Druidry, Wicca and other forms of Witchcraft, Heathenry, and Shamanism, and most are also happy to work with more general, or eclectic, Pagan thought and symbolism, and where appropriate to conduct Interfaith ceremonies. Website

Pagan Celebrant Listing for Australia

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