Significant life transitions have piled up for me over six decades. Long-term relationships and marriage have provided the most challenging and enriching times in my journey. Experiences with death have opened my heart in ways only grief can do. Every bit of it has contributed to the passion I feel and guidance I offer as a Life-Cycle Celebrant.
The power of our life journeys and our stories stirs me. I listen with curiosity and interest. I write with depth, care, and insight. I draw on my skills as a researcher, writer, educator, and presenter to create and officiate an openhearted ceremony. I want meaning to be found and lives to connect.
I am a Life-Cycle Celebrant, professionally certified as a wedding officiant and a funeral/memorial officiant by the only U.S. qualifying organization, the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. Life-Cycle Celebrants are specialists who are ordained and trained to officiate ceremonies that acknowledge virtually every life event. I am also a trained Home Funeral Guide by the Institute of Conscious Dying, Home Funerals and Green Burial Education.
I am based in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado and northern New Mexico. I live in Alamosa, Colorado and offer ceremonies west to South Fork, Creede, and Pagosa Springs, north to the Collegiate Peaks area and Salida, east to La Veta and on to Pueblo, and south to Taos. I am a Colorado wedding officiant and New Mexico wedding officiant (for all couples), and a funeral/memorial officiant. In addition, with strong Texas roots I am sometimes able to schedule ceremonies in the Denton, Houston, and Austin areas.
My ceremonies occur at a variety of venue locations: private homes, decks, and backyards; national parks and scenic forests, meadows, mountain, and river areas; interfaith, community chapels; reserved train cars or the open air car on the Rio Grande Railroad; historic hot springs, hotels, ranches, and restaurants; as well as at other unique and beautiful venue locations.