These rituals and rites of passage are moments when we stop in time and consciously create sacred space to fashion a clear intent and to worship the milestones and transformational moments of our lives. They provide us with clarity, confidence, and understanding of our emotions and the changes we are experiencing on our path. They can consolidate and honor relationships or peacefully, gratefully and respectfully end them. There are many key moments in life that deserve a special celebration – entering womanhood (menarche), bridal ceremonies, wedding (handfasting), divorce or break-up, pre-birth rituals (mother-to-be), the birth of the child (baby blessing, baby naming), miscarriage/abortion (baby good-bye), post-birth ritual (mother blessing), entering the stage of a wise-woman (menopause), or death (funeral or celebration of life). The end of one phase is the beginning of a new one. The essential role of these rituals is that they support us through important changes in our lives and help us to consciously take life into our hands and at the same time connect us with what is beyond the mundane and greater than us.
All life cycle ceremonies are custom prepared based on your individual specifications and preferences after detailed consultation and continuous cooperation throughout the preparation process, so they’ll meet your full expectations. To inquire about a ceremony please contact me.
This Rite of Passage is a celebration of young girls as they embark onto their path of a woman. Similar to Bat Mitzvah or Quinceanera in some cultures. This traditional celebration is conducted in a circle of women only, that is women and young girls who already experienced their menarche (first menstruation). During the celebration, the young honoree is reminded that her body is cyclical and goes through natural monthly changes not only on a physical level but on an emotional level as well. She learns that woman goes through these changes during all stages of her life similar to seasonal changes in Nature. In connection with cyclical changes in Nature, woman’s energy levels and emotions change as well. Around Christmas holidays, we yearn to cool off and seek a feeling of winter atmosphere and a sense of calm. In the spring, we are looking forward to warmer weather when we can see and smell spring blossoms and hear the birds singing. In summer, we enjoy the warm sea and playing in the waves. And in the fall, we are waiting for the leaves to turn beautiful colors and we enjoy the orange hues of ripe pumpkins and to gather Nature’s harvest. Just like the yearly changes every woman experiences similar changes during her monthly, menstrual cycle as well. Unfortunately, over the centuries, menstruation had received a very negative connotation - something disgusting that we should be ashamed off, what we have to hide, what we have to suffer through, and what limits us and annoys us. But we forget that this is the milestone when we start the passage to womanhood. And it begins with times of unease, curiosity, the big unknown, big mystery that we anticipate with big expectations and possibly secret discussions or questioning with our girlfriends (“Did you get it yet?” “I think she’s already got it”). But when this “big transitional event” actually happens no one mentions a thing. It is passed over as if nothing had happened. And all the inner emotions, anxieties and turmoil that something big is about to happen, evaporate unnoticed. Whether we are consciously aware of it or not, omitting this big event in young girls’ lives leaves a deep wound in their identity as a woman. As a result, the girl’s journey of searching for her own identity during adolescence becomes much more complicated.
On the other hand, honoring this time of her life and celebrating her passage into womanhood fills her with confidence and assurance that she can count on other women around her to support her and to advise her in times of uncertainty and to acknowledge her inner and outer beauty in this new phase of her life.
If you are interested to hold a menarche ritual for your daughter, granddaughter, niece or another young girl who had her first menstruation already, please contact me for further organizational information. It would be my honor to help you celebrate and support your young lady’s life changes.
Whether we are aware of it or not, the cycles of nature are constantly turning around us and in us. In winter we slow down and seek the atmosphere of calmness and coziness. In spring we start waking up again and want to enjoy the scent of fresh flowers. In summer we like the warmth and the possibility to play in the waves and to be active. In autumn we look forward to seeing the colored foliage and start to slow down again. And we run through the same cycles as women during our menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, menstruation has been given a very negative connotation in today’s society. It is considered as something that is abhorrent, what we have to keep hidden, and what restrains and limits us. We’ve forgotten that menstruation was the milestone that brought us onto our path of becoming a woman. For many of us who have children (especially girls) in this "transition" age, we recall how this period was for us. But do you remember how you thought about it as a young girl, how you talked with your girlfriends about who’s "got it" already, and what a mysterious tension it created inside of you - a little bit of fear and worry about the unknown, yet a sense of exciting anticipation as if something big was to happen? But when it finally happened, it was as if nothing had happened at all. Our "menarche" (the first menstruation) was just passed by with an expression, "Oh well, here, there are some pads and tampons." And all this inner, intuitive excitement that something big is to come was scorched without a scream. Unnoticed and swept under the carpet! Whether we are conscious of it or not, it has left us with a wound that was never tended to nor healed. It has made our journey through adolescence into womanhood yet more complicated. How much easier it would have been if we were given the rite to pass through some of the mysteries that only women who experienced them and understood them, could teach us through their stories.
I myself had the privilege to be welcomed to my womanhood as an adult, mature woman who was way past her menarche time. Yet, when my ceremony finally arrived, I could experience the power when both I and the other women around me welcomed me into womanhood. Even though I did not experience this at the age of 13 or so, the ceremony had its tremendous power and impact on my sense as a whole and empowered woman. It felt that a wound that I did not even realize was there was finally healed. And I could just breath out a sigh of relief, “This was what I was missing …”
I would like to invite you to meet in the circle of women to celebrate and worship what should have been done a long while ago when you embarked on this journey – your path of a woman. It’s never too late to empower you and to strengthen all the attributes and archetypes of a strong, capable and confident yet feminine, nurturing and loving woman in you.
To inquire about a Menarche Ceremony for Women please contact me.
Bridal Ceremony could be compared to a bridal shower as it is a way to say good-bye to a single life, life of a Maiden, a life without a life-partner. However, Bridal Ceremony is not just a bridal shower at all. It is much deeper and much more meaningful than a bachelorette party. It is a ritual in which the bride-to-be can say good-bye to her Maiden life, express gratitude to her mother and other influential women in her life, express her worries, anxieties and uncertainties, be enriched by experiences of other women, and sort and clarify her assumptions, expectations and dreams about the upcoming marriage. This ceremony should also honor the bride’s body so she could deeply feel the sacredness of it and its important role in creating passion and joy in her marriage.
To inquire about a Bridal Ceremony please contact me.
I am ordained as a minister of the Universal Life Church and thus authorized by the church to conduct official marriage ceremonies within the United States and to perform all peaceful rites and ceremonies of the church, including weddings, funerals, baptisms, or blessings.
Handfasting is an ancient marriage tradition and a way to celebrate a union of two people who decide to walk through life as husband and wife or life partners. This ceremony is fully customizable to the visions and dreams of the bride and groom or partners to meet their expectations how to celebrate their marriage and to start their life journey together.
To inquire about weddings/handfasting ceremonies please contact me.
I am a certified Reiki Master Practitioner and a certified Karuna Reiki Level II Practitioner. I have received my reiki certifications at the IMPART Wisdom and Wellness Center founded and run by Dr. Anne Reith, Ph.D., a certified Reiki Master/Teacher and a registered instructor of Karuna Reiki.
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What is reiki and how does it work?
Reiki (“RAY-kee”) is a Japanese word meaning “spiritually guided life force energy.” It is an energetic healing technique that can be used alone or in conjunction with any form of medical or therapeutic treatment. Nurses, massage therapists, and athletic trainers can now receive continuing education credit for Reiki courses, and many medical and cancer treatment centers are offering Reiki sessions to their patients.
This simple and yet profound healing technique can be learned by anyone and can be used on yourself, others, animals, and plants. It can be done in person or sent from a distance. It can also be used to empower and cleanse objects (e.g., crystals) or areas (e.g., your home or office). It is totally natural and cannot cause harm!
Reiki is a simple and yet powerful healing technique that works to balance the energy system of the body. It is believed that when the “life force energy” (AKA: chi) within the body is balanced, this often leads to improvements in health, increased relaxation, and improved well-being. If someone’s “life force energy” is low or blocked, then they are more likely to become ill. If it is high and flowing smoothly through the body (i.e., through the meridians), then the person is more resilient to disease and is happier.
This goal of balancing the person’s energy is similar to that of acupuncturists or acupressurists. However, with Reiki, the Practitioner does not necessarily need to touch the body . . . it can be done either “hands-on” or “hands-off.”
Because the “life force energy” that is channeled through a healer during a Reiki session comes from Spirit/God/Goddess, it can never do harm. However, because the energy is guided by Divine-consciousness, the Practitioner cannot guarantee a specific outcome. The energy is guided by God/Goddess/Spirit to where it is needed on a physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual level. Receiving this “life force energy” during a healing session is always helpful, but the specific outcome is always determined by Spirit and is for the highest good of the recipient.
Information obtained from Dr. Anne Reith’s website. For more information about reiki healing energy or Dr. Anne Reith, please visit https://www.annereith.com/classes/reiki-orange-county/#whatisreiki .