Weddings, Memorials, Ceremonies & Rituals
Secular or Faith-based: Ceremonies and rituals bring people together in community, celebrate life and offer space for reflection and renewal. They also help support us through trying times. I am happy to collaborate with you to create a unique, intimate and memorable wedding ceremony, memorial service, grief ritual, rite of passage, blessing for a newborn, new home, or to celebrate the turning of the seasons.
Wedding #1 – Setting Sacred Space: Together with the bride and groom we created an intimate circle of guest seating, holding the ceremony in the center. Guests filed into their seats following the spiral layout. A section of the outer ring of chairs remained empty to honor the loved ones who could not attend. Giving the invocation as I walked the circle, I explained how perfectly a circle symbolizes the cycles of life …no beginning, no end… and how everyone’s energy spiraling in helped to create the sacred container for the ceremony.
Wedding #2 – Private Interfaith Ceremony in Nature: The Bride, Groom and I walked a short distance into the redwoods to find a circle of trees within which to hold their private ceremony. Asking the trees permission, and honoring the space they held for us, we then faced toward Mecca, as the bride was Muslim. We opened the ceremony with a blessing and poetry by Rumi. The couple exchanged gemstones along with their vows and then closed with a poem written by the groom for his beloved. Very sweet.
Labyrinth Walks are a wonderful meditative tool for balancing and integrating left and right brain activities. I also create and lead public labyrinth meditations and ceremonies for celebrating seasonal changes and rites of passage.
“I very much appreciate Lisa’s openness, balance and wisdom when using the labyrinth, guiding people to trust in themselves during the turns on life’s journey.” – Jo Ann Mast, Labyrinth Facilitator and Master Teacher
Blessings & Prayers
Sometimes I hear resistance to prayer with people saying they don’t believe in it, or asking, “who or what am I praying to?” I was one of those people until I literally felt the energy of a group of people praying for me, 1000 miles away, prior to a surgery. That experience convinced me to manage a prayer circle for a spiritual community of 700. I have plenty of stories about what prayer is or can be, and of prayers working.
Sermons & Satangs
I am available for guest sermons, and Satsangs or to lead spiritual salons at your church, temple, senior center or organization. I have given Christian sermons at Spring Lake Village Senior Center in Santa Rosa, and the Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley, and Satsangs at the Sonoma Ashram.
Spiritual Care & Guidance
If you are at a turning point or crossroads in your life, exploring existential questions, faith, mysticism, or what might come next, I offer 1-1 spiritual guidance and companioning. I can also be a guide for those who have had a near death experience (NDE) as I have, and are dealing with the after effects. My personal spiritual experiences, Interfaith Studies through The Chaplaincy Institute and Nine Gates Mystery School, working as a Chaplain Resident at Marin General Hospital and Clinical Pastoral Education, all provide a solid foundation for the spiritual care and guidance I offer you and your loved ones.
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org