Central Coast & Bay Area Officiant, Celebrant and Ceremonialist
Hi! I’m Naomi Rose.
I’m an earth-based minister of prayer, certified life cycle celebrant, avid ceremonialist, threshold guide, and one of Santa Cruz County’s most sought-after wedding officiants.
I’m part spiritual counselor, part rites of passage facilitator, part artist-storyteller, part minister to the churchless, and part legitimizer of personal spiritual expression.
I’m a modern mystic and contemporary seeker, and I have spent my whole life wrestling with the big philosophical, religious, spiritual, and cultural questions.
I have spent years in Jewish synagogues, Buddhist and Hindu temples, jungle Malkoas, and nature based prayer circles, cultivating my devotional heart, and challenging oppressive, dogmatic and rigid constructs that make me want to cringe and flee.
After studying every type of healing modality I could get my hands on, I came to the conclusion that how we do or don’t mark our big life milestones and threshold passages determines so much of our personal and collective well-being, or is reflected in our personal and societal ailments.
Craving more beauty, connection, creativity, life force, inspiration and blessings (think John O’donohue) for myself and the world, I chose this as my work. Or rather, I answered the call.
“My only option is to enter the fray, struggling along with others to find more insightful ways of comprehending the great human transitions and reinventing meaningful ways of ritualizing them.” ~Ronald Grimes
Reading all that you might think that I am new-agey, woo-woo, fluffy or flaky. I am not. I am extremely grounded, practical, professional, and slightly irreverent. After all, I am a Capricorn from New York!
My education includes a BA in creative writing from Queens College, 2 years of Ministerial Training with Center for Sacred Studies, and Certification as a Life Cycle Celebrant with The Celebrant Institute and Foundation. Additionally I have apprenticed with master healers and ceremonialists in spiritual and energetic ways of ceremony, healing and prayer. I am grateful for all of my teachers, mentors and guides along the way, and I know that I would not be where I am today without their loving guidance and support.
Additionally, I am on the board of the Slow Weddings Network, and am a member of the recently formed Santa Cruz local Natural Deathcare Initiative.
I welcome babies into this world, marry them when they’re grown, and honor their lives once they’ve passed. I also create profound personal healing ceremonies for individuals, couples, communities and corporations that want to use the power of ritual, ceremony and nature to assist their healing and growth.
I offer clients, couples, communities and corporations a depth of insight, reverence, sensitivity, humor, love, and guidance. My ceremonies are heartfelt, down-to-earth, well-rounded, deeply customized, and attuned to the moment.
Some more personal stuff, just in case you’re interested:
Favorite TV show: Broad City. This show is outrageous, and probably illegal in some countries. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Superpower: My friends call me “The Orchid Whisperer” because I can get orchids to bloom and bloom and bloom year-round, even in mid-winter, even when I lived in Boulder, CO and had icicles on the inside of my windowsills.
Former profession: After college I became very interested in American Sign Language. I got myself a job as the head receptionist at NY Society for the Deaf, took ASL classes at night, spent all of my free time socializing in the deaf community, and reading everything about sign langue and deaf culture I could get my hands on. Eventually I became a sign-language interpreter, and you can bet I was good at it! Sadly a chronic wrist injury forced me into very early retirement.
First word: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. For real.
Family: I’m the oldest of 5 children, and the auntie of 7 nieces and nephews.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou