about

The Celebrant Academy

We are passionate about Celebrancy – and especially about the importance and responsibility of that role. We are excited by the increasing awareness of celebrant led ceremonies, and we aware that momentum will continue to grow as people realise they can make many more choices about their landmark ceremonies, and have ceremony for any important moment in life. These are changing times we are living in, and we can truly make a difference in the world and in people’s lives in the most fulfilling, and sometimes challenging way.

We have come together from very different walks of life, but one thing we are all passionate about is celebrancy and creating a community of like-minded individuals who can lead ceremony from the heart. Today we offer to you a course to allow a personal awakening and training that reaches beyond ‘teaching’ you how to become a celebrant.

Our philosophy

We hold a deep-rooted philosophy of understanding oneself. To understand and love oneself allows us to do the same for others.

our future

We will continue to raise the standards of teaching celebrancy and supporting others on their journey of personal understanding and awakening.

The Celebrant Academy

The Founders

Melanie Sopp ~ Founder & Course Leader

After training with the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary for two years I was ordained as a non denominational minister in July 2011. My calling and ministry has since been one offering spiritual counselling and companionship, particularly working with people at the end of life, and creating ceremonies including many funeral and memorial services. I am passionate about creating and delivering personal and deeply meaningful ceremonies and supporting families through all of life’s landmark events – whether that be new life celebrations, rites of passage, joining together ceremonies and end of life tributes. I have also worked with the Interfaith Seminary as a mentor and supervisor for student ministers and as a trainer for another celebrant training organisation. I am now proud to have brought into being The Celebrant Academy working with others wishing to become celebrants, to work with them to be able to create all ceremonies, in a heart led way. We are building a wonderful community of Family Celebrants who are supporting each other and the people they serve – as well as offering continued support and development for the future. If you are looking for a unique and exciting course which is transformational in a personal and professional way please do give us a call.

Elena Sopp ~ Co-Founder & Mentor

My 'life journey' took a different and uncharted turn when grieving for a loved one. I felt totally lost and powerless amongst my profound sadness. Subsequently, I meandered away from the path I was walking and the happiness I found whilst there. Finding my way back was, and is, challenging. I was confronted with obstacles that I had set from many past experiences, but I found a way to work with them to move forward - which follows our process in our teachings. My journey is an ongoing process, as is everyone's, and I hope to share as you move on yours. My passion is working with people and helping in their times of need, for I too understand the pain that comes with being human. I read psychology, but my work incorporates spiritual, philosophical, and sociological teachings. I am responsible for the day to day running of The Celebrant Academy and I also run the grief and bereavement module in our Celebrant Training. If you too are looking for a way back to yourself I hope we are able to guide you. The beautiful lady above is my wonderful Mum and this mother-daughter duo is so excited to meet you! Much love x