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Rite of Passage - Ceremonies
Menarche (First Period) Celebration
Celebrating Menarche is a beautiful way to positively and consciously support our daughters through their passage into womanhood.
During their celebration the celebrated girl will sit in circle surrounded by her chosen guests, poems will be read, blessings shared, there will be crafting, fun, laughter and refreshments.
Suggested activities (choosing two-three activities):
- Guests bring a special bead for threading onto a bracelet
- Guests bring a poem, reading or blessing to share
- Flower Crown creation for the celebrated girl
- Feet & hand massage, followed by painting the celebrated girls nails
- Brushing and Braiding hair
Menarche Celebrations do not have to be large gatherings - it could be between the celebrated girl, her mum/career and myself. Or she may wish to include female relatives and friends. It is entirely her decision, there is no right or wrong way of holding a menarche celebration.
Price and what's covered:
£120 - allowing 2 hours for the celebration (plus 1.5 hrs to set up and pack away)
Provided: menarche circle altar, tea's, tea lights, affirmation cards, poems, guided relaxation.
Not provided: Large central 'Maiden' candle, cushions for sitting, pens, items for activities, food & cake.
A Menarche Celebration is the perfect gift to initiate our daughters into womanhood. It may be received especially well if she has attended one of my First Moon Circles, please see here for details.
Mother Blessing/Birth Blessing Ceremony
Whether you are crossing the passage into Motherhood for the first time or already have children, it is never too late to celebrate becoming a mother. A Mother Blessing is a mother-centred celebration - an alternative to a Baby Shower.
During this beautiful 3 hour celebration we will sit in circle at your home surrounded by your chosen guests, I will open the space with a guided relaxation, we will read poems, share blessings & wisdom, your loved ones will care for you physically & emotionally, there will be crafting, fun, laughter and refreshments.
Suggested activities (choosing three-four activities):
- Guests bring a special bead to create a unique bracelet that can be worn during labour
- Guests bring a poem, reading, blessing and/or wisdom to share
- Feet & hand massage, followed by painting nail
- Shoulder and neck massage
- Hair brushing & braiding
- Flower Crown creation
- Thread ceremony
- Bump Art
£150 - allowing 3 hours for the celebration (plus 1.5 hrs to set up and pack away)
Provided: Mother Blessing circle altar, tea's, herbs for cleansing hands & feet, tea lights, massage oil, thread, affirmation cards, poems, guided relaxation.
Not provided: Large central 'Mother' candle, cushions for sitting on, pens, items for activities, food.
A Closing Ceremony is a scared and beautiful ceremony carried out throughout history across the world, for when you are closing-off a chapter/phase/passage in your life.
A Closing Ceremony is an incredibly personal event. Before the day of the ceremony, we will meet to talk about what you are closing off (some example's below), I will hold space so you can share as much of your story as you feel comfortable doing. I will support you to curate your list of 'sisters' to invite along, I suggest no more than 8. You sisters could be made up of your mum, sisters, friends, aunts, cousins etc. Anyone who you wish to witness your closing in all its rawness. They can be very emotive, so choose your list carefully.
On the day of the Ceremony I will come to your house approx. 1 hr before we are due to begin. We can hold a guided relaxation, do some breath work and sink in to the moment. If you have a young baby or child, it would be helpful to have someone who you can delegate their care to such as your partner - we can pause for breastfeeds.
Once your sisters have arrived, we will gather in a circle to open the space for you to share your story. This can be a few words or many words. It's your story. We will then proceed to your bathroom where I have prepared a beautiful warm bath for you to sit in, while you are cleansed by your loved ones and blessings & promises are made. We will then invite you to step out of the bath, when you are ready. Your sisters will towel dry you and then lead you to your space where you lie down to be massaged. The feeling of many hands on you, taking each limb is unlike anything you would have experienced before. During the drying and massage there will be laughter and story sharing. And then comes the closing. We will wrap and close you, thanking each part of your glorious body and self for being. Once you are closed we lay our hands on you transferring positive thoughts and energy into you while you lay there approaching your re-birth. The final stage is for one or two of your closest sisters to unwrap you while we cheer and sing to greet the new version of you.
If your home does not have a bath tub, we will work with what it has. We can bath and cleanse your hands & feet before massaging and closing.
- After having a child/children (closing off the maiden years and becoming a mother)
- After separation
- After a passing
- After a career change
- Upon completion of studies
£150 - allowing around 3 hours for the Closing Ceremony (plus 1.5 hrs to set up and pack away)
Provided: Cloths for closing, herbs/flowers for cleansing, tea's, herbs for cleansing hands & feet, tea lights, massage oil, poems, guided relaxation.
Not provided: Large central 'Mother' candles, cushions for sitting on, food.
A Closing Ceremony can be held as from 40 days postpartum. Please be in touch to discuss further.
Acknowledging the thread of knowledge & wisdom shared by my teachers and theirs. I have been privileged to attend both the Traditional Postpartum course and Closing Ceremony workshop facilitated by the incredible
Nicola Goodall of Red Tent Doulas. Nicola shares, with permission, the teachings of her teachers. Nicola's teacher for Closing Ceremonies is the wonderful Angelina Martinez Miranda.
Baby/Child Blessing Ceremony
Birth is our first rite of passage, the passage into life. If you do not follow a particular faith, but would like to honour and celebrate the birth of your baby, a Baby Blessing Ceremony may be the beautiful alternative you are seeking to welcome your baby Earth side.
Baby/Child Blessing Ceremonies will be held in the comfort of your home, surrounded by your loved ones. We will sit in circle and each guest will share a reading, a blessing and/or a promise to baby and as each person speaks they will light a candle in honour of your baby. There will be time for another activity that leaves baby with a physical gift brought together by the circle guests.
- Guests bring a special bead to create a unique bracelet
- Guests collectively create a piece of art on canvas to be hung in baby's room
- Guests collectively capture positive words on a single piece of paper
Price and what's covered:
£105 - allowing 1.5 hours for the celebration (plus 1.5 hrs to set up and pack away)
Provided: circle altar, tea's, tea lights, poems.
Not provided: Large central candle, cushions for sitting, pens, items for activities, food & cake.
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