Experience has fostered a deep appreciation of life’s dance and led me to train as a professional Life-Cycle Celebrant and End of Life Doula. I am practiced in the creation of authentic personal ceremonies and performing weddings, celebrations of life, healing circles and other ceremonies that honour life’s important intersections and passages. I am open and affirming of all beliefs and works with clients of all ages, ethnicities, and life styles to skilfully choreograph their ceremonies.
Trained through the Celebrant Foundation & Institute (CF&I), I am a certified End of Life Doula through Conscious Dying Institute (CDI), ordained as a minister through the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry (CIMM), member of Interior British Columbia Quakers and long time meditator in the Buddhist tradition, I possess all the skills, training and experience to craft a beautiful, secular ceremony or assist clients and their families to navigate end of life journeys. I am also a coordinator of the Okanagan Valley Death Cafes.
Over the years as an arts manager, I have established a reputation as an accomplished facilitator and a natural storyteller. I have been the leader of numerous cultural organizations where my energy and enthusiasm was directed at articulating visions and missions, creating successful programs and projects of all kinds for the community. These include: Ballet Kelowna, The National Museum of Dance, Boulder County Arts Alliance, and Collage Children’s Museum. I am currently a partner in OOMPH! Consulting.
In 2007 I moved to Peachland, BC from Boulder, Colorado with my husband Mark to cultivate a life dream of owning an organic farm, Ravens View Farm. I am an avid orchardist cultivating tree ripened peaches and plums and providing master chefs in the Okanagan Valley and visitors to the Peachland Farmers’ Market with juicy stone fruit. I have raised heritage chickens and bees. In collaboration with other celebrants and shamans, I enjoy performing seasonal ceremonies in the Lavender Labyrinth to celebrate the passing of the seasons. What a life!