At Rites of Passage, LLC, we provide
- Inclusive Spiritual Care Coaching for all of Life’s Seasons,
- Tools for Navigating Life’s Changes,
- Personalized Rituals to Mark Life’s Transitions.
20 years of experience in spiritual care, ritual design, and officiating.
Located in Burlington, Vermont
Serving Vermont, North Country New York, and Beyond
“A Rite of Passage is an official ceremony or informal activity that marks an important stage or occasion in a person’s life.” ~ Cambridge Dictionary
As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus is known to have said, “Change is the only constant in life.” Throughout human history, people have developed rituals to mark the most profound of these changes, including birth, the transition to adulthood, marriage, and death. These Rites of Passage are essential markers for the individual and the community as a person leaves behind one stage of life and transitions to the next.
Today, many of these markers have been lost, but the need to acknowledge life’s changes remains. Whether it is the joy of a new baby, the excitement of a marriage, or the sorrow of a divorce or death, change requires individuals and communities to let go of one stage of life and turn toward the next. Rituals are a healthy way for people to intentionally acknowledge transitions and embrace the transformations these life changes can bring.
“When I rise up/ let me rise up joyful/like a bird. When I fall/let me fall without regret /like a leaf.”
~ Wendell Berry