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 email@example.com
If you are a member and offer celebrancy services, and would like to be listed here, please send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note we may edit your entry for brevity and house style).
The Order also offers celebrancy training to members. See here.
Currently an OBOD Bard based in Brisbane, Australia, I am a qualified civil/funeral celebrant, authorised marriage celebrant and can also conduct baby namings, home/business blessings and many other life transitions. I have a professional background in customer service and publications writing/editing, and a personal background in performance and community education, but really came to celebrancy through my studies with OBOD. My gift as a celebrant is a passion for creating a unique experience as each ceremony is individual; it can be as spiritual or as secular as you need it to be, and includes research into traditions and rituals to help you put your personal stamp on your special day. Come visit me at ajgcelebrant.wordpress.com or email
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
I am a Belgian member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids since 2007, currently walking the Druid Grade. As a pagan, psychologist and psychotherapist, all of my ritual work is nature based and most of it is based on the Order’s methods and insights. In 2015 I’ve joined the OBOD
course on Funeral Celebrancy led by River Jones, and in Spring of that year I participated in a workshop on ‘The Art of Celebrancy’, led by Philip Carr-Comm and JJ Middleway. As a celebrant my goal is to create and perform ceremonies that reflect the importance of the natural life-changing events that people experience throughout their life. My life and work is based in the centre of the Dutch speaking part of Belgium, Vlaams-Brabant. If you ‘re interested in my work as a celebrant please visit my website: celebrating-life.be.
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 - tel: 05.61.58.22.05 website or email.
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
I come from a village in northern Germany and have lived many years in deep contact with nature. After studying social work, I completed additional studies in sex therapy, systemic therapy and various spiritual methods (pagan, shamanic and druidic). Druidry has especially excited me and given me completely new perspectives. In my job as a consultant and therapist, I treat people with various psychosocial problems and lead groups, seminars or workshops. In my spiritual (pagan, shamanic or druidic) work, I also celebrates rites of passage (birth, blessing, marriage, death, and many other life changes) and lead people to harmony of body, mind and soul with various methods. I will gladly answer you personally about any questions concerning my work. Contact me by email, facebook or visit my homepage.
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
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.
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.
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 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. Email.
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
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
Andrea RomanazziI am a Shaman (Core Shamanism and Nepalese Shamanism) and a OBOD Druid. I started my spiritual path about 30 years ago and I have written many books on Spiritual and Magical Traditions. I offer a Celebrant service to help people move through rites of passage such as baby welcoming/naming ceremonies, initiation name, handfastings and funerals. I can also help to discover and meet individual spirit helpers in nonordinary reality, awakening spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature. I can execute these functions in Italy. Please contact me by email. For other information you can visit my website.
Paolo Veneziani (Bran)
I am a Druid and OBOD mentor. I have been organising seasonal ceremonies in my grove the" Cerchio di Anu" . I am a celebrant for weddings, baby blessings, rites of passage, and celebration of life ceremonies and can travel anywhere in area of Northern Italy. Please contact me by email.
Peter van Doorn
I am a Dutch member of OBOD since 2002, and currently in the Druid grade. I’m not only walking the Druid path, but also the path of traditional witchcraft as a highpriest. My ritual work is based on nature, druidry, witchcraft and shamanism. In 2016 I followed both OBOD courses on celebrancy (“Serving the Living and the Dead” and “Celebrating Life”), both led by River Jones. I love to work with people at key points in their lives, handfastings, namings, divorce, house-blessings, funerals etc., and all other rites of passage. Interested? Then please visit my website: www.paganweddingplanner.nl. I offer myservices in the Holland and Belgium area and am willing to travel to the UK.
My focus as a civil celebrant is with loss and grief. The bulk of my work is therefore funerals, sometimes referred to as transitional or end-of-life ceremonies. However I also craft and perform the following: handfastings, baby naming and adult renaming’s, cleansing and blessing the home, personal healing rituals, rites of passage, transitions through crisis, and work related ceremonies as requested. As a member of the Grove of the Summer Stars, Aotearoa, I also participate in seasonal and full moon ceremonies. It therefore goes without saying that all my ceremonies have a strong spiritual base which is expressed on varying levels, reflecting on the needs of the client.
Life is a series of transitions, and the final one in the apparent world deserves our full spiritual attention. Bringing together a funeral ceremony usually takes place after death has occurred but there are times when funerals are pre-planned and it is a great privilege to be part of this process. Liaising closely with funeral directors is important to me to ensure the families’ we work with receive the very best professional care possible to make a difficult time as stress free as possible. With deep listening, compassion, and integrity, I work at a pace the family can manage to create a ceremony that meets their needs; one that lovingly and respectfully honours the one they have lost in the physical world. Venue can be a large part of how the ceremony unfolds, as does the active involvement of family and friends as they feel able.
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 rich and abundant material from New Zealand writers if that is appropriate.
I gained my Certificate in Celebrant Studies in 2005 and furthered my training in 2007 by completing a Certificate in Applied Grief when I realised my interest, and strength, was in the field of loss and grief. As an active member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ) I am committed to ongoing professional development for myself, which I undertake in both New Zealand and overseas, and networking with other celebrants.
While most of my work is in Wellington City, New Zealand, I also cover the greater Wellington area and happily travel further afield if requested, travel costs additional.
For further contact details please visit my website.
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.
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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.
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.
I have been a member of OBOD for over 10 years and finished my journey through the Druid Grade in 2016. Living on Dartmoor in Devon in am blessed to be surrounded by wonderful sites for ceremonies such as hand-fastings, weddings, vow renewal, child naming, funerals and other significant days or life transitions and am also happy to travel to other areas in the South West of England.
I was inspired by the OBOD “Celebrate! Gathering” to expand my work as a Celebrant and am now also a member of The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.
My background as a children’s nurse has given me a particular interest in including children in ceremonies of all types.
Having worked in palliative care I am also keen to help children who are affected by the death of someone they were close to or a companion animal and can advise on ways to help them at these difficult times.
The formation of a family through adoption or a new parental relationship can be made very special when marked by a ceremony and can help adjustment into this new phase.
My ceremonies are crafted specifically for you and can be based in my Druidic / nature based pathway or placed within a wider spiritual framework. They will always be designed in partnership with you to suit your individual needs on these special days. Email - Phone:07818065382
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 email@example.com or Penny: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
An OBOD Druid living in the sunny (damp) town of Wigan in the Northwest of England, I'm a practicing celebrant and work with both the Setantii Grove and Nos Coryn Seed group. As well as this I'm a blogger, podcaster and magical tool maker. I'm also an initiated Wiccan, long term witchcraft practitioner and have a personal working style that is far more animistic and shamanic than anything else. It's pretty common to find me leading public rituals, both formally and off the cuff. For me the Joy of Celebrancy is working alongside people at the key points in their lives: namings, dedications, handfastings, funerals and rites of passage. Helping to make things run smoothly, with a gentle humour and steadying words. I'm available for all of the above and am more than happy to travel if needed. It's important to me to make every ceremony bespoke to the participants, making sure that wishes and traditions are well reflected in their ceremonies. Feel free to drop me an email at Spirallingleaf@gmail.com or a phone call via 07783409738.
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.
EarthSong Live Music Weddings and Funerals
Kirsten is a professional violinist and fiddler, Green Fuse trained Celebrant, OBOD Bardic member and Iona community member.She brings live music, sacredness celebration, joy and silence to ceremonies. Kirsten plays on the violin, haardanger fiddle and viola in Irish, Swedish, Breton Scottish and Classical styles, with fellow musicians to call on when needed. EarthSong specialises in home funerals,supported DIY/low cost funerals natural weddings ,ceremonies outdoors and the unusual. Hand crafted ceremonies take inspiration from our world faiths and earth based spiritualities. Email or phone 01544 388689.
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.
I am a Funeral Celebrant and trained with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, a member of the Natural Death Centre, and Ovate Grade. I work with you to create a beautiful personalised ceremony, one that honours your loved one passing and celebrates their life in a meaningful way to bring comfort and healing. I was called to do this work following several bereavements in my own family and organising their funeral service.
A Funeral is the last honour we can give our loved one who has passed away. It is one of the last remaining ceremonies and it is a very important ritual that assists in the grieving process by being allowed to say our goodbyes and accept that our loved one has moved on in their soul’s journey, whilst being supported by family and friends. Whether you wish for your ceremony to be in indoors or outdoors I can accommodate your wishes. Whilst I follow an earth-based spirituality, I am guided by you to reflect your beliefs and wishes in the service.
I have many years experience of ceremony, ritual and rites of passage. I have run several spiritual Druid Shamanic based retreats, conducted large outdoor ceremonies and brought the World Peace Drum to Anglesey to honour the Druids who died there in a weekend residential retreat. My druid shaman facebook page allows me to express myself with creative writing to inspire the soul through the wheel of the year. I also sing and run sacred singing workshops and use to sing with the Philharmonia Chorus in London. I am based in Lancashire in the North West and cover Greater Manchester and South Cumbria, I can travel further afield.
For more information or to discuss further please call Tel 01254 831 629 mobile 07720889472 or contact me via Email: email@example.com. Website: www.gillkavanagh.com
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 Merritt I am a Druid Graduate and mentor for OBOD, and a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. All of my ceremonies are personally written for you. 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 are experienced celebrant, and am happy to work with you whatever faith or no faith you may be. My wedding blessings have been described as Celtic Spiritual weddings, make of that what you will, but I am delighted!
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 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 I can create roles for them too.
I draw upon my own spiritual journey to create the magic and mystery that makes true ceremony so special. I 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. I have conducted ceremonies throughout Devon and Cornwall, please visit my website for more information:www.specialdaysinspecialways.co.uk
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
I am a mentor with OBOD, and an ordained minister with the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation. I have acted as Celebrant for many occasions over the last 20 years, from baby namings, wedding blessings and handfastings, rites of passage, and celebration of life ceremonies (funerals and memorials). My experience extends to running workshops and giving talks on related topics, and I organise seasonal festivals and ceremonies on a regular basis for small intimate groups to very large public gatherings.
I love to create and facilitate unique and special ceremonies that will make the occasion stand out from the ordinary - marking those significant moments in life that only happen once. The usual pattern is for a draft ceremony to be produced after a full discussion, which can then refined and added to. This is offered as a service so at all times the person or people involved have full control over what is happening (unless some aspect is meant as a surprise of course!)
An additional skill is that my interfaith training enables me to find the language and words to bridge beliefs and customs which is helpful when families hold differing spiritual views or have none at all. I am also available for one-to-one spiritual counselling (this can be conducted by phone), and life choice counselling. I am based in the west of England and am willing to travel. In the first instance, email.
I have recently completed the Funeral Celebrancy course with other OBOD members, and am a member of OBOD in the Druid grade. I have already taken part in various ceremonies and enabled celebrations such as handfastings, as well as other rites of passage ceremonies and now can add funeral ceremonies to these. I can comfortably work with any rite of passage ceremony in a supportive and caring way, working with you to create your personal ceremony, including as many of your ideas and wishes as are possible. Your ceremony can be indoors or not, depending on your preference. This is your ceremony and I will do my very best to make it so. Much of my life experiences are drawn from some forty-odd years practicing as a Registered Nurse, supporting people through the highs and lows which make up our life cycles. My spiritual pathway is heavily influenced by the sacred nature which is all around us. I live in Devon, but can travel if required. I can be contacted without any obligation and I will be happy to help you if I can. Email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone : 07595 392218
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
My name is Adrian Rooke. I am an accredited counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists and a spiritual healer. I am a member of the Druid grade and have been an OBOD member for over 20 years. I have served as a tutor and the press liaison officer for OBOD for over 10 years. For many years I have had the great privilege of running many beautiful ritualistic retreats with the aim of deepening and enhancing people’s life journey. It was therefore a natural and joyful progression in my life to expand into offering celebrations of births, marriages and the ultimate conclusion of life, which is death. I came to celebrancy work many years ago as a result of feeling very unsatisfied with the very limited funeral options presented to my family at the time of my mother’s death. I felt that we deserved more empathy, and a sense of being heard, so decided to do the funeral myself. It was a very powerful experience and as a consequence, I was asked to conduct a friend’s funeral, which was a pleasure and a privilege to be part of. The feedback was so positive from the family that I decided to study the whole process involved in the conducting of funerals (including the OBOD funeral celebrant’s course) and to offer my services to the wider community.
I bring to the funeral my own sense of awe and respect each unique life and for the transition of this life to death. The essence of the entire funeral service is the honouring and expression of the wishes and memories of the family. I deeply believe that it is so important to listen carefully to the family, and weave the stories and memories into a beautiful ritual that honours the deceased with warmth and compassion and joy. The service can include hymns or songs, prayers, poems, reflections and anecdotes from those special to the person. This can be created into a deeply spiritual celebration or equally it can simply honour the person with no religious content whatsoever. Whatever the choice, the celebration will be deeply honouring of the person who has just passed. I come from Bristol and I am able to cover most of the west country region, I am also willing to travel if the situation required it. Contact me at email@example.com - tel: 07950316218 or 01275542369 .
Harriet is a funeral celebrant based in Teesdale, County Durham. As an Ovate, healer and Celebrant, she offers her services with compassion in difficult times. Harriet can discuss with you different burial or dispersal options, honouring the life and spirit of the Deceased, respecting their beliefs, as well as honouring the land. Harriet will carry you in trustworthy hands through these difficult times. Harriet offers her services in the County Durham, Cumbria and North Yorkshire areas. To contact her, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07720390065 for more information.
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
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
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.
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
Mark & Helen Woodsford-Dean (Greycrow & Magpie)
We live in Orkney (Scotland) and have been members of OBOD for about 9 and 6 years (respectively), currently studying at Druid and Ovategrade (respectively). We are also members of the Scottish Pagan Federation and the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. Together we offer all life rituals including fully legal Pagan weddings (for heterosexual and same-sex relationships), predominantly in the Orkney Islands but we will travel on request. We specialise in unique, bespoke, spiritual and genuine rituals at stunning locations! In Scotland it is possible to get legally married anywhere you choose, so we have performed ceremonies at enigmatic stone circles, deserted beaches, and dappled woodlands. We provide namings, funerals and any other requested ceremonies for the community whom we serve in Orkney.We hold open rituals (http://www.spiritualorkney.co.uk/open-rituals/4576890763) 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, and liaise with the Police and Orkney Interfaith on Pagan issues. We are happy to meet up and provide advice on visiting Orkney for any OBOD members (Helen is a Scottish Tourist Guide Association regional guide for Orkney). Contact us by email (email@example.com) or find us on FaceBook (Orkney Pagans). Our websites are www.spiritualorkney.co.uk and www.orkneypaganweddings.co.uk. Helen has a blog which discusses various sites on Orkney from an archaeological and spiritual perspective (some having been published in TouchStone, Pagan Dawn and SPIN) - Spiritual Orkney (spiritualorkney.blogspot.co.uk). (Photograph is (c) Jeff Kuipers)
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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 via my My 'Life Cycles Celebrations' Blog.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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