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meet wendy haynes,
leading marriage celebrant

quote marksI have been passionate about celebrancy since I was appointed in 1995. I celebrated my 25th anniversary of appointment in March!

It's been an inspiring and rewarding journey working side by side with many couples and families creating personal, unique and heartwarming ceremonies that have touched not only the couple but everyone present.

Even though we need to 'stay at home' and cannot hug and kiss our dearest friends and family we can come together online, with a quality of deep presence, attention and care to honour the 'touchpoints' in our lives. I'd be happy to talk with you to discuss what is possible to make your ceremony meaningful and heartfelt.

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How to Create Your Own Inspiring Ceremonies...

Create your own inspiring Wedding Ceremony by Wendy Haynes

In this time of the pandemic so many ceremonies have been cancelled and postponed - weddings, funerals and memorial ceremonies, naming days... it can be confusing, disappointing, heartbreaking and for some, financially challenging. More than ever, it is our time to come together.

Viktor Frankl, writer and psychologist, is attributed with saying, 'Between the stimulus and the response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom'. 

We are all called to find new ways of being - working, playing, socialising and also, honouring life's celebrations and ceremonies. We are called to connect with each other across the street, over the phone, writing a letter, connecting online. No longer can we offer reassurance through a physical hug. I am a hugger so I so get how hard that is for many people and I also know it's possible to connect deeply in other ways. We can do this and we can do it well through offering our full attention, our deep listening, our presence and care.

It's my experience we can do this online as well. Yes, it is a strange medium for these heartfelt and important moments in our lives, particularly for those who feel completely at sea with modern technology, and yet it can be done. Let's keep celebrating and mourning together. I am working on an online funeral training program (for free) with a team of support people. Many of the skills and tips are transferable to other celebrations. Keep an eye on this space.

My books can help you to write the ceremony; offering step by step processes, lots of inspiration and expert tips to help you create the ceremony that's just right for you!  

Please feel free to contact me for support or to discuss your online ceremony.


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Mindfulness with Wendy and Lisa

We invite you to be a part of an ongoing, online meditation community each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm (AEDT NSW, Australia). The meditations will be led by Wendy and Lisa, qualified practitioners offering practical meditation skills to support you during these challenging times, drawing on a range of traditions including Insight meditation, yoga and compassionate communication. The practices are offered freely however you are welcome to make a donation here to support our work. To join us, please download the free Zoom program and follow this link each week

Be safe, well and happy everyone in these challenging times. 

MOUNTAIN MEDITATION - FREE DOWNLOAD (written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, read by Wendy Haynes)

BODY SCAN - FREE DOWNLOAD

We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us, that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet' Yeats.


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Celebrant Resources

Hosting online funeral meetings and ceremonies - free training package coming soon!

Celebrant OPD by Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes is a highly sought after Celebrant trainer, conducting workshops across Australia offering inspiring, lively and informative sessions for celebrants at conferences and meetings. Wendy's articles, wedding kit and books are a great resource for Celebrants!


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Do I want to marry this couple?


MEMORIES OF WEDDINGS PAST - I remember being quite alarmed when I met this couple for the first time. When I opened my front door and welcomed them into my home the groom was holding their beautiful new born baby. The baby looked a little treasure fast asleep. I acknowledged their baby and the groom said, 'yeah, the little ##@!! didn't sleep last night'.  ... read more



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During this time of great change, and social distancing there are many challenges that arise within us, personally and globally. Our opportunity to connect is vital especially in times of loss and celebration.

If you would like me to host an online ceremony (using Zoom) whether it be for a commitment ceremony, funeral or memorial service, a pre or post wedding celebration (currently only five people can be in attendance at a legal ceremony) or a birthday celebration I am here to support you.

No matter what the occasion, we can create a ceremony that is meaningful and memorable for you and your family.

At this time, I am offering my services by donation as a mindfulness practitioner, celebrant trainer and also as a celebrant to ensure that no matter your financial situation, we can come together and express our love and care in the work and practices that sustain us..

Your contribution supports my work however, I request that you only donate what brings you joy and what is sustainable for you.

I hope this will support you in this time of need.