I am Amy Benedict, a Life-Cycle Celebrant, certified by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute to create and perform personalized weddings and other ceremonies for individuals, couples, families and communities. I’m a member of the Celebrant Alumni Association which is an abundant source of collective wisdom about this extraordinary work. I am also an ordained interfaith minister in the Universal Brotherhood Movement and a registered NYC officiant.
I have been creating rituals and bringing intention, art and spirit to life’s important moments (large and small) my whole life. When my husband and I got married we wove Jewish and Quaker traditions into a uniquely beautiful ceremony. A “wish circle” blessed our daughter Sophie’s first birthday. NPR’s Living on Earth aired an essay of mine which described the impromptu ceremony I created to honor my daughter Isabella’s experiences with a tree that had fallen in our neighborhood park. (Story Transcript) The creativity, mindfulness, and spirit surrounding events like these make them continue to resonate in our lives to this day.
I have a Master’s degree in Integrated Education from Antioch University New England and have worked in a variety of educational capacities, including as the Director of Education and Outreach at The Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH. I know that learning and transformation happens when it grows out of the innate wisdom and passions of individuals and their connections to community. So, I am keenly attuned to creating ceremonies that authentically reflect my clients, clarifying their intentions and surrounding them with the love and support of their Family and Friends.
I run and enjoy many forms of movement and dance. I am a musician, gardener and poet.
I’m curious and fascinated by the intersection between nature, spirit and human consciousness. I have a deep reverence for our journeys and see it as my life’s work to artfully give expression to our highest individual and collective hopes and aspirations.
I will listen deeply and ask illuminating questions in order to discover your story, and reveal the symbols, passions and themes of your journey. It is my goal that your ceremony fills you, your family and friends with joy and inspiration for what lies ahead.
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Let’s celebrate and cultivate your flourishing life!