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The Order launches an online course in Celebrancy

Following the success of workshops held in England last year, and in the Netherlands this year, we are very pleased to announce the creation of a new training course for members interested in celebrancy work. We’ve chosen the format of a small group meeting together for two hours once a week for six weeks. This will give the opportunity for an in-depth training that is both informative and participatory. And by doing it online you don’t have to leave home to attend, and can be anywhere in the world. If you’ve never experienced using your computer to participate in a webinar, we will help you through the process, and over the coming year or so we will introduce courses on other aspects of celebrancy work, so that eventually you will have the opportunity to be well trained in all kinds of celebrancy.

Serving the Living and the Dead: an OBOD course on Funeral Celebrancy - Six Tuesday seminars 7.30 - 9.30pm UK time April 12, 19, 26,  May 3, 10, 17  2016
This online course will lead you through a process of reflecting on all the skills and qualities needed to work with families at times of loss and trauma; to serve them in creating and conducting unique funerals to celebrate the lives of their loved ones; and to help lay the foundations for a healthy grieving and healing process.
Beginning with an exploration of your motivation, and what you bring to this important and privileged task and role, the course will go on to explore celebrancy from the perspective of each direction. Participants will be offered a grounding in the practical considerations of organising and conducting funerals, and liaising between bereaved families and the funeral professions. The group will consider listening, writing and speaking skills, and be guided through a process which can be followed in working with bereaved families. We will look at how to create fitting celebrations of life, whatever the age or circumstances of death; and reflect on the deep emotional and spiritual processes which a good funeral can support. Underpinning the whole course will be an approach to celebrancy as service, and the recognition of the healing journey we must ourselves undertake if we are to facilitate healing for those we serve.
The course will be delivered to a small group (maximum 10 students) as six weekly webinars, which will be available online for review at any time. This means if you miss a meeting you can watch the recorded seminar at a later date. Teaching and learning methods will include group discussion, handouts, mini lectures, and individual assignments including meditations, practical and written work. On completion of the course and all the assignments, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.
(The first two series, starting September 2015 and January 2016 are full, some places remain on the third series, starting in April 2016.  Future repeats of the course are planned, so if you can’t make these dates, email us at celebrants@druidry.org to register your interest and we will keep you informed.)
THE COURSE COST is £225. You need to be an OBOD member to participate. Since places are limited, if you would like to enrol, please tell Maria at celebrants@druidry.org. If all places are taken, we will let you know as soon as we can about the dates for the next course.

About the Tutor
The course will be led by River Jones, an OBOD member since 2000 who conducted her first funeral eleven years ago (whilst a student on Ivan McBeth’s Shamanic Healing course) and has conducted over 140 funerals since training with the UK College of Celebrancy and becoming a full time celebrant. Previously River worked in adult education, designing and managing outreach programmes and teaching creative writing, personal development and life history courses for the University of Sussex. River will balance the sharing of her own knowledge and experience with a participatory and facilitative approach, recognising what each student brings to the course. To find out more about River’s Celebrancy work see www.celebrantforyourceremony.co.uk