SANTA CRUZ OFFICIANT
Inclusive, Relevant, Original
Ceremonies & Rites of Passage
If you’ve ever been to a ceremony where the officiant, priest, reverend or rabbi completely missed the mark, and failed to capture the essence of your friend, your relative or yourself, or if you disassociated and starting checking your Instagram feed because the ceremony felt so entirely impersonal, irrelevant and flat, then you know that there is a genuine need for ceremonies that feel enlivening and inspired.
No matter who you are, or what you believe in, ceremony gives you the opportunity to slow things down, mark a passage, honor a transition, celebrate a milestone, or grieve a loss.
Ceremony is one of the most powerful ways that we have to contextualize ourselves within the larger cycles of life, and metabolize significant moments of transition and change. Perhaps this is why ceremony is such an enduring, universal human impulse.
“We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Author, Eat, Pray, Love
As an Earth-Based Minister of Prayer, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, and Threshold Guide, with experience and training in writing and public speaking, it is my commitment to create ceremonies that honor your vision, values, and beliefs, and effectively get you across a threshold, or see you through a big life milestone or transition.
I specialize in creating personal, meaningful, unique, relevant, original, custom ceremonies for people of all beliefs, cultures, gender and sexual orientations.
I perform custom wedding ceremonies, vow renewal and recommitment ceremonies, elopement ceremonies, funerals, memorials, vigils, celebration of life ceremonies, mother blessing ceremonies, baby welcoming ceremonies, and many other ceremonies that honor the different milestones along the life cycle continuum. I believe that each person, couple, family, and community deserves access to ceremonies that are renewing and transformative on all levels.
Most of the people who seek me out identify as atheist, agnostic, “spiritual but not religious”, pagan, earth-honoring, nontraditional, or secular. I am also asked to stand up with people who identify as inter-faith or multi-faith.
So, if you’re looking for a versatile, dynamic, well trained, experienced, professional officiant, celebrant and ceremonialist to create and perform a unique, personalized and deeply meaningful ceremony for you in Santa Cruz County, and all along the Central Coast and Bay Area, including Aptos, Felton, Capitola, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Pescadero, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Monterey, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, and San Francisco, then please
I chose the name “Santa Cruz Officiant” because it’s highly searchable and easy to remember. It’s important to acknowledge that Santa Cruz was home to the Awaswas people, also known as Santa Cruz people. The Awaswas or Santa Cruz people are one of eight divisions of the Ohlone Native Americans of Northern California. The Awaswas lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains and along the coast of present-day Santa Cruz County from present-day Davenport to Aptos.