Carol Brankin

2018 Graduate Celebrant Minister

“People ask me, ‘what are you training to do?’. I answer ‘I am training to be a celebrant, but this course is so much more than that’.”

I cannot easily express the wonder of this course. People ask me, ‘what are you training to do?’. I answer ‘I am training to be a celebrant, but this course is so much more than that’.

I am so glad I chose to train with Mel at The Celebrant Academy. I did look into other training providers before making my decision, but they didn’t seem right for me. After speaking to Mel on the phone, I knew The Celebrant Academy was the right place for me.

We have been meeting as a group, for a weekend, once a month since April. We have covered baby naming’s, rites of passage, weddings and funerals. Each weekend has been amazing and has been delivered in an appropriate way for the ceremonies that we have covered. We have written a number of different ceremonies that are unique and written from the heart. No scripts here! Every ceremony will be as individual as the individual.

It has been an absolute pleasure to have been part of the course that The Celebrant Academy have run. The support is fantastic and we have grown into the role more and more each time we meet. 

The other people on the course are wonderful, we are all so different but it just works. We have all bought so much to this practical learning environment. I don’t think any of us would have benefited from sitting behind a desk being taught to do things in a particular way.

Our learning environment feels very safe and very true. We have so much respect for each other. Mel and Ellie are just wonderful and full of experience.

We all know that when we step out into the world as celebrants, we will be fully equipped to deal with whatever comes our way. We have been on our own personal journeys so that we may help others with theirs.

There is so much more to this role than people would expect. I know that I made the right decision to carry out a role that will be such a great honour.

If you are thinking of training to become a celebrant I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Mel and The Celebrant Academy.

Thank you.

Carol Brankin – Newly qualified celebrant! 

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