Creating Thresholds of Change and Celebration through Ceremony

Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University
Course Number: PEPM3399-Y13
Date: Fri, Nov 29, & Sat, Nov 30, 2013
Length: 1 evening, 1 day
Times: Fri 7-9pm, Sat 10am-3pm
Cost: $125 + applicable taxes
Best to Register by: Fri, Nov 15, 2013

Course Description

Since the beginning, humans have always gathered to recognize changes in life with ritual. Preparing a personal ceremony to celebrate at a 50th or 75th birthday, a retirement, a move, or an anniversary, is a truly symbolic way to honour the story of our lives. As traditional ceremonies have all but faded away, new forms are being created. As a celebrant, Abegael shares her appreciation for sacred ceremonial space and helps others shape and prepare their meaningful life celebrations.

Topics:
  • Enjoying poetry and stories celebrating the fullness of life
  • Activities to uncover the threads in our own life story
  • Individual work, partnering and whole group creative storytelling
  • Introduction to shaping ceremony (Van Gennep folklorist)
  • Exploring symbols and symbology in our lives, culture, world traditions
  • Exploring the relationship between the spiritual and the everyday
  • Exploring ritual as a container for ceremony
  • Telling a story of our own life
  • Gaining the confidence of sharing creative work
Learning Outcomes:
  • Exploring the similarities between world myth and personal anecdote,
  • Recognizing the the value of personal storytelling : making sense of our
  • experiences and the experiences of others. (Clarifying, celebrating)
  • Understanding the therapeutic aspects of storywork with others
  • Appreciating the place of ceremony in a lifetime
  • First steps in preparing a ceremony

Facilitator

Abegael Fisher-Lang is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, creating bespoke, personal ceremonies to mark significant turning points for individuals, families and organizations. The aspects of language, symbol, ritual, life story and the changing elements of the year shape the vessel for ceremony. Each event is uniquely personal, new and yet mythic at the same time. Abegael is on the faculty of the Celebrant Foundation and Institute as an instructor for Family and Children’s Ceremonies. Since the beginning, humans have always gathered to recognize changes in life with ritual. Preparing a personal ceremony to celebrate at a 50th or 75th birthday, a retirement, a move, or an anniversary, is a truly symbolic way to honour the story of our lives. As traditional ceremonies have all but faded away, new forms are being created. As a celebrant, Abegael shares her appreciation for sacred ceremonial space and helps others shape and prepare their meaningful life celebrations. www.mythopoetica.ca, www.lifethreads.ca

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