Below we have listed some of our Testimonials. See what students are saying about the CELEBRANT FOUNDATION.
Feel free to call us, find out about our courses, or just have a look around our website. Thank you!
Celebrant Students, Graduates & Alumni.
2012 Graduate, "I have found these months of studying amazing. My teachers were delightful woman to work with. CF&I is one of the most well organized schools I've ever attended and I would venture to say it's the most well-run business I''ve ever dealt with as well. There is nothing left unaddressed. In my opinion, if our government were as well organized and well run we wouldn't be in the mess we're in. Your school is wonderful! Thank you for this most fantastic experience."
2011 Graduate, "My Celebrancy practice has taken me to heights I'd never dreamed! I have truly found something I love! Each new ceremony challenges me to bring the best skills, grace, and love to the people and the event they've placed in my hands. I've grown as a human being because of this work! I'm so very grateful for the skills I learned through the Celebrant Institute."
2011 Graduate, "I am here in the program because Funeral Celebrancy is knocking on my door. It is no longer just a program that I am in; it is a program that is in me."
2010 Graduate, "I'm loving my Celebrant (professional ritual maker) life!"
2006 Graduate, "My practice is non-stop, I've done over 1,500 weddings."
2010 Graduate, "There are so many things to celebrate on earth and so many ways to do it. I love life and can't imagine anything more rewarding than creating a career assisting others in honoring its most important milestones. I believe that being a celebrant is something I was born to do."
This photo above is of our Celebrant, AC Warden, and the lovely couple she married. Over the last 8 years AC has been officiating at personalized and meaningful ceremonies for folks from all walks of life. These ceremonies are: Weddings, Funerals, Baby Welcomings and Same Gender Ceremonies, as well as a wonderful array of other life milestone ceremonies. AC loves her thriving Celebrant practice and you can enjoy being a Certified LifeCycle Celebrant too!
Jessica NJ 2008
I'm not only extremely excited to now be a practicing Celebrant, but incredibly CONFIDENT in my vocation - and it's because of the support of my classmates, instructor and the Celebrant Foundation. I honestly cannot thank you enough. I'm incredibly pleased with my investment.
Rani FL 2008
It exceeded my expectations and I am grateful for the experience. Even if I wasn't going to become a celebrant, I believe this past year has enriched my life and had a significant impact. It has expanded my understanding of ritual and ceremony and the role they can play in our individual, family and community lives to enhance our relationships and connections to one another, as well as increase our self-awareness. Thank you so much for all of your efforts to create and sustain this opportunity.
Dawn AZ 2007
I am amazed at how in such a short time our study group has developed the sense of safety and trust with each other to share the stories and moments of pain/change/growth of our lives. It sets this class apart as being more than just a handing out of information as in traditional classes. This class has become in itself a transformational process and a feeding of one's soul.
RJ WI 2008 On his recent wedding he performed...
I found that what I learned from my teacher Peggy Lewis and the Institute made this a completely different ceremony compared to my first wedding, back in September. It was so much fun working with the couple, finding out all about them, and then seeing how much everyone enjoyed the ceremony. I am so excited about being able to bring this kind of meaning and joy into the lives of others in the future. The bride and groom were just ecstatic about the ceremony, and were thrilled to get a special transcript of the ceremony as a keepsake. Thank you for all you have taught me, and for how you have helped me to be more the person that I was meant to be!
Celebrant Students, Graduates & Alumni
Marian NH 2008
Thank you so much for your support and guidance throughout this journey. It has certainly given me a holistic picture of a way that I can pull on all my strengths from the past to create something new for the future. I'm looking forward to figuring out where to go from here.
Beverly IL 2008
My Celebrant graduation was THE MOST INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE that I have ever witnessed or participated in!!!!!
I kept saying to my husband, "I can't believe that they're doing all of this for us!"
It was a wonderful time throughout the entire 3 days. How amazing to be in such an atmosphere! Talking with classmates and colleagues the entire time!!!!
To me, one of the most moving rituals was the living archway of teachers and alumni that we passed through at the end of the ceremony. The entire experience I cherish to this day! I passionately and proudly say, "I am a Celebrant!" I am grateful to have made and strengthened friendships that I feel will last throughout my life. Although we are states away, we communicate on a regular basis by email, cards and sometimes lengthy phone calls. We ask for and share with each other elements and rituals that we need or have performed.
The education provided by the foundation is impeccable and should be followed explicitly!!!
Katie VA 2008 If I was attending the graduation with you all I would be hugging my teacher Lamira right now! This past year was a blessing in many ways and my celebrant classes were part of that blessing. Like others, celebrancy was new to me and just what I was looking for! Or maybe just what was looking for ME!
I am grateful for the program; grateful for Cindy Reed, who kept saying yes to all my questions; grateful for my classmates because I learned so much from you all; grateful for Lamira as "instructor extraordinaire," who shared her knowledge and expertise and wisdom with generosity, humor and support. Congratulations to all of us!
Trina OR 2007
Thank you for all your thoughtful guidance and feedback. Now as I come to a finish I find myself hungry for more. The course has brought me to a place where I have a new level of questions. I suppose this is where our own searching and fellowship with fellow celebrants comes in You have crafted a program that evolved me to this point, again thank you. Best, absolutely the best.
Roberta NY 2006 & 2007 Graduate
This was my third course and I've learned, grown, made wonderful friends and have an exciting new aspect to my life. THANK YOU CINDY & CELEBRANT USA!
Celebrant Students, Graduates & Alumni.
Mickey MN 2006
Thank you! I can't tell you how excited I am. There have been few times in my life when I've have known without doubt that the decision I had made was absolutely right. This is another one of them.
It's amazing, think about it, if our foundation & institute would have started just a decade ago we would not have been able to create this learning, sharing and empowering Celebrant community that we have now. Power to technology and to folks like you that know how to use it for the greater good.
Kendyl WA 2007
To: Wedding Celebrant teacher, Woody Winfree "You have been a great teacher; definitely tougher than I expected, but very fair. There is a long, long path before I am ever as good as you!"
Adam NYC 2007
Your coaching is great and the course is great. I can see how I WOULD NOT have felt comfortable creating and performing a ceremony without going thru the entire course. Thank you. Thank you.
Jeff VT 2007
Believe it or not, most funeral directors know very little about ceremonies unless they take the time and have the interest. In fact, the two years of college and one year apprenticeship does not teach them about ceremonies. I recall just touching on it a little in the funeral history course. In school, we were not taught that a funeral service is a ceremony and we had no real concept of what rituals were and how to apply them to ceremony. I was one of the more creative one's, yet, I've learned more just in the fundamentals class that the Celebrant Foundation and Institute offers and I'm looking forward to now studying for my Certification in the Funeral and Healing course.
Jan OR 2006
I really loved the first part of this class. I was overwhelmed by the reading at first and was sure it wasn't sinking in but with Cindy's help, I settled into the class and loved it. Understanding the structure of ceremony also helps me see more structure in the callings in my own life. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I was almost sad when we moved away from Joseph Campbell and Van Gennep and moved on to the more pragmatic part of the course. I love understanding Joseph Campbell more clearly. I've been reading his work or listening to him for years and always loved him but now I seem to get a little more of the picture instead of just pieces of it. I was surprised and please to see how quickly our personalities showed in a chat-room type class. Cindy said this was her favorite way to do a class and I was doubtful but now I see why. We quickly had to get to the point, and show ourselves for who we were and how we learned.
Celebrant Students, Graduates & Alumni.
Dorry NJ 2006
I am very grateful for this opportunity. I am grateful for our teacher's commitment and dedication and to the thought, the care and the planning that has gone into the syllabus for this program and to the continuing process of looking at the syllabus and of the unique reaction of each new group as it faces it's course of study --- as evidenced by Cindy's comments after the class. . I find the Institute's willingness and desire to meet each of us individually - wherever we're at - and to encourage us (and especially to support us by teaching us that there is no competition!!!) very generous in spirit - and something I have not found in most work environments I have been in.
Louise NY 2005
Now - I would REALLY like to thank you for your patience in going through all the class materials, planning the classes, organizing the materials and being there for all of us. Your enthusiasm and professional experiences, along with your creative expertise was invaluable during the semester ...I am in awe of your ability to make the creative and business aspects of Celebrancy work together. I am honored to even try to become a 'celebrant' and join such a talented and caring family. Thank you for all you bring to the Celebrancy organization and all you have shared with us this past class. I look forward to meeting you some day soon(?) and working with you and the organization in the future. I can only strive to achieve the level of knowledge, creativity, confidence and professionalism that you exhibit. Thank you for being my instructor and starting me on this journey. So - THANK YOU .... it does not do justice to your role, but it is my heartfelt and sincere sentiment... Thank you so very much.
Enid NJ 2006
I loved the celebrant classes! I was amazed at the depth of the material. When I first started I didn't really feel that there would be so much to learn, but I have really appreciated the science and the art behind celebrancy, that you brought out so eloquently. The science is there, we are the ones who will create the art in a new, personal and joyous way for others. I also feel that some of us are like...now what? Will we be able to do this effectively and memorably? I, for one, have two weddings scheduled for the summer and will plunge into the assignment, hoping for it to come together beautifully, although I may be a little scared. As I said before : once you make up your mind to do something positive, the universe conspires to assist you!
Cheri FL 2006
I thank each of you for sharing your intellect, creativity and wisdom. I learned much from you. I am also amazed at how I feel have come to know you through technology, without ever having met you face-to-face. I'm so much more aware of what goes into this with each class I take. I feel so much more comfortable with going on this path for myself as I really see how it fits with my previous career and how it allows me to still be in a helpful relationship with people but in more creative ways. Thanks for all your insight and guidance and I feel honored to have taken all my classes with you (Cindy). You are so experienced with tools and wisdom.
Elizabeth NJ 2006
I like your teaching and I very much enjoyed Fundamentals. I especially like the incremental approach. I headed into this like I was going to learn it in one day. The pace of our learning has been comfortable and conducive to really absorbing the material.
Alma Rose CA 2005
I just wanted to personally thank you for everything. I could not have made it through the first part of the course without your patience and support. I have to confess, mythology was my worst subject in school. Somehow, you made it more pleasurable and do-able (it finally made sense after all these years).
Celebrant Students, Graduates & Alumni.
Terry CA 2007
This class has exceeded any expectations that I might have had, incredibly thorough in all aspects, Cindy, you are one of the most competent instructors it's ever been my honor to work with (and I'm pretty darn picky!). The class truly prepares me to move forward into new career but also has been instrumental in some personal, internal shifts in the way I am choosing to live my life. I am so grateful for everything and for each one of my classmates, and their wisdom and willingness to share resources and ideas.
Mike WA 2007
I am really looking forward to getting started. I am very, very impressed with this course and the quality of you all there at celebrant USA. I am extremely thankful for your expertise and knowledge and resourcefulness and look forward to meeting you all next month.
Charyl MN 2007
I also would like to express my gratitude to you, Cindy, the rest of the staff and of course my classmates for a wonderful journey. I'm excited and feel prepared to take on this new role and I look forward to growing into it. Thank you again for all your help to prepare me to take this on!
Nancy Irish, MI 2008
As one of the old mystics wrote of such a journey, "the final fruit is joy." Perhaps you can imagine the deep quiet joy I feel having found a cleared path to the rich spiritual work of Celebrancy. Thank you so much for having the insight and courage to co-create this opportunity for us that will enrich countless lives.
Deb MA 2007
This was a very tough year for us - with hidden blessings. But the shining light through it all was the Celebrancy program and now my work as a Celebrant. It has brought me such joy and fulfillment to finally be able to do the work that I have really wanted to do my entire adult life. Thank you for providing me with a foundation, structure, and such excellent preparation to be able to bring forth my own passion and creativity in this way. I absolutely love this work and I am happier than I have ever been as an adult. It shows and others - well everyone - has noticed it. Really, you saved my soul. I look forward to many more years growing and sharing with you and bringing this beautiful work out into the world.