Custom ceremonies for the milestones of life

 

 

Reflect • Celebrate • Honour

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASED IN SASKATOON, CANADA

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Our life's journey is full of important turning points and thresholds. 

We embark on joyful new beginnings. We navigate the uncharted terrain of difficult endings and transition. 

We face detours and blaze new trails. These are the life passages that are meant to be acknowledged with reflection and intention. 

Together, we can create a ceremony that is true to your stories, values, beliefs and traditions – a ceremony that will bring meaning to your life and create memories that you will cherish.

 

What milestone would you like to honour with a personalized, meaningful ceremony?
 

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Celebrations of Life

Pay tribute to your loved one with a ceremony that honours their life, and connects and comforts those left behind.

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Weddings & Unions

Celebrate your most important relationship with a ceremony that is joyful, meaningful, and crafted to reflect your story. 

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Life Milestones

Find meaning, support, joy and connection as you mark an important event in your life, family, community, or organization.

 
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Why ceremony?


Since time immemorial, people have come together to mark significant life transitions through ceremony and ritual.

In today’s fast-paced, diverse and more secular society, many age-old traditions honouring life’s important thresholds have been abandoned. Those occasions that we do gather on – such as baby showers, graduations, weddings, and funerals – are often impersonal and lacking depth. And yet we continue to crave the meaning-making, connection, and community that a thoughtfully planned and conducted ceremony can offer us.

Ceremony strengthens communities, comforts the grieving, supports those in transition, and celebrates new beginnings and triumphant endings. Put simply, ceremony can be transformative. I love working with people who want to pause in order to honour, witness, and celebrate the deeper meaning in their lives.

Done well, ritual and ceremony move you through a gateway from one phase of your life to the next.

 
 

The skillfully integrated music, readings, story, symbolism and choreography of good ceremony have the effect of integrating the transition in our lives and equipping us for the next stage of our journey.

 

Every life, every love, and every milestone has a singular story to tell. I would love to bring your story alive through meaningful ceremony.

 
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Celebrations of Life

Pay tribute to your loved one with a ceremony that honours their life, and connects and comforts those left behind.

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Weddings & Unions

Celebrate your most important relationship with a ceremony that is joyful, meaningful, and crafted to reflect your story. 

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Life Milestones

Find meaning, support, joy and connection as you mark an important event in your life, family, community, or organization.

 
 
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Hello, I'm Karla.

 
 
 
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I am a heart-centred person who is passionate about making meaningful connections with people, places, and the big and small moments in life. 

For much of my adult life, I’ve worked, lived, and studied in foreign languages and contexts. I have learned to be adaptable, to communicate clearly, and to listen with my ears and heart in order to discern what is important. I have discovered that the things we all have in common – the joys of love, the pains of loss, the regrets from the past, and the hopes for the future – are what truly connect us.

I believe in the transformative possibilities of conscious living and dying. I try to engage in life fully by being present with my family, expressing myself musically, deepening my spiritual practices, and cultivating community. I am a regular Death Café host and hospice volunteer. I also support those at the end of life by co-directing the Saskatoon Threshold Singers, which offers the comforting gift of simple a cappella singing at the bedsides of the seriously ill and dying. 

 

I am strong in connecting and engaging with people,
especially when it comes to matters of the heart. 

 
 

I also believe in the transformative possibilities of meaningful ceremony. Our lives are full of important transitions. We marry and divorce. We welcome new babies into our families through birth or adoption. We overcome life-threatening illness or are consumed with grief after a loved one dies. When we set time aside to acknowledge and honour these and many other life milestones through thoughtful, personal ceremony, we deepen our experience of living and strengthen our connections with family and friends.

I bring to my work as a Celebrant and Officiant over two decades of experience in planning, organizing, research, writing, and collaborating in corporate, public and grassroots sectors, both in Canada and abroad. I hold a Master of Science in Sociology and a Bachelor of Commerce. As an experienced public speaker and singer, I am comfortable performing in any kind of setting – from intimate backyard gatherings to stadiums with thousands of spectators. I am also multilingual, and would love to incorporate French, German, basic Swedish or Turkish elements into your ceremony.

 

Celebrancy is my vocation. It fulfills my desire to engage in work that is soulful and of service to others.

 

I am certified as a Life-Cycle Celebrant by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute (CF&I), which offers the gold standard in Celebrancy education. Through this rigorous seven-month program, I spent hundreds of hours studying all aspects of Celebrant ceremony design and delivery. As a member of the CF&I Alumni Association, I enjoy access to a vast, collaborative network of hundreds of my Life-Cycle Celebrant colleagues.

My goal as a Celebrant is to really get to know you—or your loved one—in order to weave together the unique threads of your story in a custom ceremony. Intricately and expertly crafted, your ceremony will add meaning and depth to your life transitions by honouring your past, present and future.

 
 
 
Dear Karla...Thank you for your thoroughness, flexibility and vision...
— P. + R.
This lovely woman is a heartfelt presence.
— P.+ R.
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Your ceremony will become a cherished waypoint on your life’s journey.

 
 

Let's connect! 

Let's talk about your ceremony.

Please contact me for a no-obligation chat. 

 
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