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Treebute and Nature Nature Based Ceremonies

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
~ Muriel Rukeyser

We invite our visitors, people like you, to join us and be troubadours of nature and a part of Treebutes Celebrating Trees in multi-city, Earth Day ceremonies led by the North American community of Life-Cycle Celebrant with participation from citizens like you that care.

Treebute is the focus of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute's first annual Earth Day offering of ceremonies led by its membership of certified Life-Cycle Celebrants. Shared within Celebrants communities across the United States, and in Europe and Mexico, Treebute ceremonies will offer rituals and observances that raise awareness of the importance of trees, imparting how they enhance the quality of life and are essential to the future of the planet.

Funeral Celebrants

Ceremonies, in general, provide signposts for our lives, honoring what is important to us, and molding perceptions that shape our future. Treebutes ceremonies, in particular, are intended to deepen our connection to this botanical life force and to help transform the too-common attitude that trees are a pollinating and leaf-dropping nuisance into one of gratitude and appreciation. The uniform elements of these ceremonies taking place on a single day across North America, are intended to magnify a collective reverence for trees and the spiritual activism for protecting them.

Our Celebrant Foundation Treebute Project Team is supporting these events and its participating Celebrants and interested people with:

  • Fully scripted ceremonies for wholly adopting, or guiding local ceremonies

  • Promotional and sponsorship tie-ins

  • Press releases for local media, as well as national press targeting by CF&I

  • Ideas for a permanent installation of a tree, bench or plaque, etc.

Why bring a Celebrant Treebutes ceremony to your Earth Day event?

Elevate your Earth Day celebration with a rich, carefully crafted ceremony and rituals that promise to uniquely complement all the Earth-honoring festivities of your community event. By including a CF&I certified ceremony specialist in your Earth Day celebration, you will expand the opportunity for inter-generational and inter-cultural appeal at your celebration. Your local Certified Celebrants are highly trained in the history of ritual, ceremony and multi-cultural traditions-including community celebrations and earth-based observances.

Cities, municipalities and other groups all over the country are increasingly involved in tree stewardship. Treebutes is intended to deepen these important initiatives by leading ritual observances and ceremony that have the power to instill and expand participants investment in the overall process and goals.

For more information on connecting with a Celebrant in your area, please contact:

Ms. Woody Winfree at: wwinfree@bellsouth.net

About Funeral Celebrants

How certified Life-Cycle Celebrants can join their CF&I colleagues as Treebutes emissaries:

The Treebute Project Team invites people from all walks of life to participate in and/or collaborate with other Celebrants in your area on this ground-breaking and exciting event. Add your special talents to the Earth Day celebrations in your community, while increasing the visibility and credibility of your Celebrant practice. What a fun and meaningful way for future clients to learn about your work and get to know you!

For more information about joining your colleagues from across the country and beyond, or spearheading Treebutes in your community, please contact: wwinfree@bellsouth.net

Special thanks goes out to our Celebrant Nature Based and Animal Ceremony Outreach Committee

"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

"A tree person has positive feelings for individual trees and an appreciation of trees as a species."
Jean Shinoda Bolen, Like a Tree, How Trees, Women and Tree People Can Save the Planet.

Think Like a Tree Poem:

Soak up the sun
Affirm life's magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling.
By Karen Shragg

About Celebrants

Celebrants are educated and certified ceremony specialists who have a sound background in the history of ritual, ceremony and traditions in many cultures and religions. Celebrants recognize the unique importance of military service in the lives of service men and women and their loved ones.

Celebrants have been drawn to this work by a strong realization that every life has meaning and deserves to be celebrated and celebrated well. All are convinced that funerals and memorials in particular, can be a valuable source of healing. Nothing can take away the grief, but a genuine, well-prepared tribute may ease the pain.

Who Should Choose A Celebrant?

Anyone and everyone! Whether you are secular, religious, spiritual, nondenominational, part of an interfaith or multicultural couple, or if you simply wish to express yourself in a manner of your own choosing, a Celebrant can help you create a ceremony that respects all that is meaningful to you.

Our Client Family Endorsements For Ceremonies:

"We wanted to thank you so much for all of the time you spent designing the perfect wedding ceremony for us. When we first started planning, we had no idea that we would end up with a personalized, beautiful ceremony." ~ Bobby & Chris

"EVERYONE commented on how personal and different our wedding ceremony was. It was so amazing and perfect." ~ Lauren & Dane

"Words could never express our gratitude for all the magnificence that you contributed to our daughter's naming ceremony. We deeply appreciate the hard work, creativity, commitment and LOVE that you demonstrated to our family in helping to make the day truly special." ~ Parents, reflecting on their daughter's naming ceremony

"We are so thankful to the Celebrant Foundation. The funeral ceremony for our dad truly celebrated his life, our family history and paid tribute to his military service in WWII, including his being awarded and decorated with the Purple Heart Badge of Military Merit." ~ Sisters Deborah & Denise

RESOURCES:

Sample Tree Planting Ceremony

Organizations: The National Arbor Day Foundation has little gift live treelets for $3 - $5 or so apiece. They come in plastic bags or cardboard tubes, and include instructions for planting.

Books: The Meaning of Trees by Fred Hageneder (large book with beautiful photos -- has more botany than other information) and The Sacred Language of Trees by A. T. Mann (symbolism of trees in mythology from around the world). Jean Shinoda Bolen's Like a Tree

Tree Ecards: A great site where you can send an eCard that plants trees www.treegreetings.com

Tree Friends Project, Using Arts to Transform our Relationship with the Natural World: www.lifedeathbeyond.com