We would like to let you know about our forthcoming Winter School from Friday 9th – Monday 12th March 2018. We are returning to East Woodlands Village Hall, a charming venue set in woodland just outside Frome and only a two hour train journey from London [to Westbury station close by]. The venue offers an intimate […]
Rites of Passage Summer School 2017 – with GILLY ADAMS and SUE GILL. If you are at a moment of transition in your life or would like to expand your personal practice, this four day Summer School is an opportunity to examine the Hows and Whys of ceremony and celebration in practical and experiential ways.
It takes courage to mark key moments of change in our lives, especially if they are associated with difficulty or loss. Consciously celebrating these transitions helps us to let go of the past and move forward but it can be hard to draw attention to ourselves or to know exactly what to do. This intensive course offers answers to some of these dilemmas through an exploration of the rituals of our everyday lives.
Rites of passage are common to every culture. It’s a term used for the ceremonies and rituals we use to mark and celebrate stages in life: from starting and leaving school, loosing teeth to fairies and learning to drive to other markers of independence and coming-of-age: 18th and 21st birthdays, leaving home.
Interested in training for celebrants? There’s a range of workshops out there provided by Humanists and independent celebrants.
These days, we often look upon a funeral as a celebration of life as well as an opportunity to mourn a death.
Funeral, ceremony, wake, memorial… whatever you call it, these goodbyes are all ‘rites of passage’ – events for friends and families to come together after a death to say farewell and honour a life. Ceremonies called ‘life celebrations’ may also be held before a death.
Dying can be a very scary prospect. The end. The unknown. Losing connection with those we love and life as we know it. Towards the end, people can feel waves of anxiety and euphoria in turn, whether in principle they are resigned to death, accepting of it or maybe even welcome it.