Janis Horne has always been deeply grateful for the benefits of the broad-based liberal arts education that she obtained at Simon Fraser University. It has served her well throughout her 26-year career in post-secondary education [at both SFU and UBC] in a variety of roles in co-op education, alumni and development. Through all her experiences, Janis has cultivated many meaningful relationships, and has had ample opportunity to use her writing and public speaking ability in a wide context.
In 2013, Janis determined to direct her education and skills to a new purpose as a Life-Cycle Celebrant. Celebrants are ceremonial facilitators and ritual creators, trained to officiate and guide individuals, couples and families through key life events.
The motivation behind this “heart work”, as Janis likes to call it, is her belief that contemporary society is hungry for meaning and significance. She feels that although many of us have turned our backs on organized religion, we still have an archetypal need to mark the important moments of our lives. We need to develop new rituals for blessing our babies, for marrying and for the ends of our lives that respect our contemporary worldview and our complex multicultural reality.
To prepare, Janis continues to seek training in the art of ritual, ceremony, world and faith traditions and ceremonial writing. She comes to the work with an open heart and no agenda, freeing her to respond with the creation of a ceremony that is as unique as the people she serves.