Celebrate Matariki 2024
Celebrate Matariki 2024
Monday 24 June - online seasonal ritual; 7:00-8:30pm

“Ka rere ngā purapura a Matariki: The seeds of Matariki are falling”
– Dr Rāngi Mātāmua
The celebration of Matariki still feels quite new for many New Zealanders, celebrants included. Join Darcie Price for some history, insights and a personal exploration of what Matariki gifts us this year.

All welcome – celebrants, friends, family and anyone curious and interested in being part of this evolving national marker! You can participate with a group, but please enrol individually (and email us who’s in your group) as we will be managing breakout discussions during the evening.

Note: We may record this session for those wanting to purchase it for later viewing.

$59.00 incl. GST Add to cart
Marriage Celebrant Mastery
Marriage Celebrant Mastery
Starting 23 July 2024 in weekly evening sessions

This course is for those who wish to be fully trained as professional marriage and civil union celebrants. It builds upon our prerequisite Marriage Celebrant Essentials (MCE) course and therefore assumes a thorough working knowledge of the legalities imposed by the Marriage Act and the Civil Union Act.* We will explore the full design process and a spectrum of creative enactments that can be incorporated into contemporary ceremonies of commitment to meet the needs of client couples. You will delve into interviewing, vow coaching and managing rehearsals, as well as how to enhance both your ceremony writing and delivery.

The course is delivered in 5 evening sessions 7.00pm – 9.30pm starting Tuesday 23 July and ending Tuesday 20 August. It is practical, inspiring and very rewarding for those wanting to excel in the role.

*Note: Practising celebrants who have already conducted 5+ ceremonies may apply for direct entry into this course (although if interested in the differentiation and offering of registry and registry-style ceremonies, MCE is still recommended as a pre-requisite)

Earlybird entry is available until 18 June (saving you $50). After this date course fee is $610 incl GST.

We like smooth enrolments and for students to have time for precourse preparation. Enrolments received less than a week before course commencement incur a 10% surcharge to cover the additional admin required.

$560.00 incl. GST Add to cart
Funeral Celebrant – superb combo of online and face-to-face training
Funeral Celebrant – superb combo of online and face-to-face training
starting Thursday 19th September 2024

We trialed this new combination of online and face-to-face funeral celebrant training earlier this year. It was received so positively that we are offering it again. If you are considering how to learn to competently and confidently design and lead funeral ceremonies in NZ, there is no better option. You have the convenience of online classes for the majority of the course, culminating with an intensive weekend in Wellington where you get the inside view of a Funeral Director, see a mortuary, visit a natural burial cemetery and urupa, and get live funeral delivery practice. Get enriching experience and build your collegial network at the same time!
It is beneficial if you have already completed the Ceremony and Celebration paper, although practising celebrants and others with experience in the industry and/or with loss and grief may also apply. (Contact the Director to discuss your suitability). Grab this opportunity for the ultimate funeral celebrant training package.
Note the dates:
Thursday 19 September: 7:00pm-9:30pm online
Thursday 26 September: 7:00pm-9:30pm online
Thursday 3 October: 7:00pm-9:30pm online
Thursday 10 October: 7:00pm-9:30pm online
Saturday 19 October: : 10:00am-5:00pm face-to-face in Wellington
Sunday 20 October: 9:00am-3.00pm  (Please note: the weekend times allow for those travelling and may be adjusted depending on group size)
Paying your deposit secures your place with full fees all payable by 14 August to secure Earlybird rate.
From 15 August course fee increases to $795.
Precourse work is sent prior to the first Zoom session. To provide a smooth start for the group, we prefer all enrolments/course admin to be concluded 10 days before commencement – enrolments after this incur a 10% surcharge. Please enrol early.

$745.00 incl. GST Add to cart
Marriage Celebrant Essentials
Marriage Celebrant Essentials
starting 5 August 2024

This very popular, on-line, short course provides all the essentials for starting out on the right foot as a marriage celebrant. It ensures a thorough knowledge of the legalities imposed by the Marriage Act and recent changes affecting celebrants. You will be well set up for applying or renewing your appointment with BDM, and dealing with the tricky legal questions that invariably arise in a public role. You will learn about designing ceremonies at the simpler end of the spectrum and subsequent courses will develop deeper knowledge and skills.
THIS COURSE FILLS QUICKLY! Earlybird discount (saving you $50 off the full price of $360 is available until 1 July) Enrolments received within the week before course commencement incur a 10% surcharge to cover the additional admin required.

Monday 5 August 2024:  7:00pm-9:30pm

Monday 12 August 2024: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Monday 19 August 2024: 7:00pm-9:30pm

$310.00 incl. GST Add to cart
Ceremony and Celebration – start your celebrant training here!
Ceremony and Celebration – start your celebrant training here!
14/15 & 21/222nd September 2024 (online across 2 weekends)

Are you wondering what a celebrant does, what makes a good ceremony, or how to become a celebrant? This course gives a realistic preview of the role, explores a range of ceremonies, and starts to build essential skills. It is recommended as the first course towards the Certificate in Celebrant Studies (although other entry points are possible). You will gain a firm understanding of the nature of ceremony and ritual and the role of the celebrant in Aotearoa-New Zealand, build essential writing and delivery skills, and receive a framework for the planning and design of a broad range of contemporary ceremonies.
Weekend 14 and 15 September  9.00am – 4:00pm  each day and
Weekend 21 and 22 September   9:00am – 1.00pm each day ie the course runs across two weekends

Note: We are delivering this programme fully by Zoom, but be assured that we have mastered how to keep you so engaged that time will fly on Zoom.  Feedback from past participants shows that you build both skills and a professional network and have fun in the process!

Earlybird rate available until 31 August. Thereafter course fee is $749incl GST

Please enrol early, so we can easily deliver precourse info to everyone. To enable smooth processing of enrolments and adequate time for pre-course student preparation, we need enrolments at least 2 weeks before course commencement. Enrolments after this date incur a 10% surcharge.

$699.00 incl. GST Add to cart
Professional Practice – starting 22 May
Professional Practice – starting 22 May
Finish Your CertCelSts in 2024

Prerequisite: Ceremony & Celebration & completed full Marriage strand, Funerals or both.
This Professional Practice course will be in a series of 7 Wednesday Zoom evenings starting 22 May, through to 3 July. [The option of including a weekend meeting in-person in Auckland will be discussed with participants.]
All Zoom evening sessions are held 7.00pm-9.30pm.
Please enrol by 12 April to allow for thorough precourse prep and to access best course fee.

$797.50 incl. GST Add to cart
Professional Practice – starting Monday 2nd September
Professional Practice – starting Monday 2nd September
Finish Your CertCelSts in 2024

Prerequisite: Ceremony & Celebration & completed full Marriage strand, Funerals or both.
We are offering a special opportunity for this final Professional Practice of the year, to integrate a series of Zoom evenings from 2nd to 30th September, with a one day face-to-face Sunday session on 6 October. Our recent Funeral weekend in Wellington reminded us all of how relational celebrancy is, and that skill refinement and feedback is infinitely more real in person. As most people will be completing their qualification with this paper, it is both exciting and appropriate to have this opportunity available.
All Zoom evening sessions are held 7.00pm-9.30pm.
Sunday 6 October 10am-4pm [end time may alter depending on group size]
Please enrol by 29 July to allow for thorough precourse prep and to access best course fee.

$725.00 incl. GST Add to cart
Diploma Accreditation Course June 2024
Diploma Accreditation Course June 2024
For Past Graduates with 5 papers

This is a small, guided, peer-learning course to stretch, refresh, and update practice. It is designed for those celebrants who graduated with their Certificate in Celebrant Studies prior to 2017 having completed all 5 qualification courses (when only 3 were required), who would like their ceremonial practice reassessed at the current Diploma level. A ceremony assignment will be set and assessed and any emerging themes used as a stimulus for group exploration. This course was extremely well-received by the 2023 pilot group as a mechanism to learn at an advanced level, and giving due regard for the experience within the group. A course outline and further info will be forwarded on application.

Application must include proof of completed celebrant papers, whether through AUT or The Celebrant School.

Dates: Tues 4th, 11th June and 25th June, 7-9.30pm each evening.

[Note: Past CertCelSts grads with 4 papers can complete the 5th to receive their Diploma in Celebrant Studies]

$575.00 incl. GST Add to cart
Transition Ceremonies – Diploma paper
Transition Ceremonies – Diploma paper
starting 9 October 2024 - evening and weekend Zoom sessions

Prerequisite: Ceremony & Celebration Course plus at least one other

Gain mastery in Transition Ceremonies in a small class of experienced peers! This is an advanced course providing training in the design and delivery of ceremonies for transition through change and crisis – whether personal, family or community (e.g. illness, bereavement, abuse, infertility, separation and divorce, natural disasters etc). It is designed principally for those who have some experience as celebrants (or facilitators) and who wish to extend their practice into this area.

Dates: Wednesday evenings 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct & 6 Nov 7-9.30pm
plus Sat 9 Nov 9.30 – 3pm
Weekend session time may vary depending on group size

Earlybird discount ends 4 Sept. Thereafter course fee is $795

$745.00 incl. GST Add to cart