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A civil ceremony supports participants to celebrate special events in a way that provides huge freedom of expression within a framework that is usually not religious in nature (although religious elements can be incorporated if desired).

Spiritual life and expression is important to me and outward ceremony can be a profound and powerful tool to reflect the rich inner life of a loving couple, to take a relationship to a new level, to welcome a child into the world or celebrate the special life of a precious relative who has died. It creates an atmosphere that uplifts and empowers all participants and this has a positive and healing flow-on effect to the guests present and the community as a whole. Ceremony is healing, moving and frequently transforming.

I adore conducting ceremonies that connect people, allow them to rise above any differences and share a loving cause and provide human beings with the means to articulate and celebrate important changes and turning points in their life. This work is a privilege and I see it constantly renewing and energising all participants.

I specialise in ceremonies that  blend a range of cultures, traditions, religions and personalities. For example, I have created kava ceremonies to honour Fijiian tradition, incorporated Japanese Haiku for a Japanese bride, Buddhist beliefs together with a Celtic Handfasting, a palm ceremony to honour the union of two masseurs and healers before they took their vows, an Epicurean Exchange instead of a ring exchange where one person in the couple was an avid foodie...the ways of making the ceremony entirely personal and reflective of the unique backgrounds of the couple is only limited by the imagination!

In recent times I have been lucky enough to be able to use my legal background, training and other skills with my experience and love of being a marriage celebrant in my marriage celebrant training business. I currently train for AssentTECS based in Queensland and have been a Trainer with the International College of Celebrancy.

It has been a very colourful journey on the road to celebrancy! I have worked as a massage therapist since 1990 and had my own gourmet catering business. I have been a cook for Lady Packer, spent many years singing in jazz and other bands around the world and spent several years in publishing in Tokyo and London.

I have travelled extensively and have a broad-minded, compassionate outlook. I believe in helping others and giving back and sponsored a Kenyan boy Musyoki for many years and now a young Tibetan refugee, Tenzin Sherab and a nun Tsering Dolkar from the Choeling Nunnery in India. On this website you can also see the Sponsorship programme which I am happy to talk to you about if you would like to help a nun or monk with study, health and prayers for peace.

I have a genuine appreciation & gratitude for the rich diversity of different cultures, creeds and ways of life that exist here in Sydney. I believe in tolerance, understanding and accepting people as they are. We all have so much to learn from each other and the process continues for our lifetimes so I think it's vital to open our hearts and enjoy the journey!

I trained as a yoga teacher in India and Australia and have been teaching since 1994 in the Satyananda tradition.Currently, I run a number of yoga classes around Sydney and teach regularly up at Mangrove Mountain. I  am an avid swimmer, singer and writer.

I sing with an acappella group ISing on the Cake and we recently finished a wonderful tour of singing and cultural exchange throughout Cuba. Music is an immense joy and comfort in life and I love incorporating it as a celebrant to lift and give emotional colour to a ceremony. My dancing daughter provides much fun and delight in life and after a huge year singing and dancing with Marcia Hines in the acclaimed show Velvet, she is off to work with Disney's Aladdin- so proud doesn't come close!!. All in all, I consider myself blessed as there is never a dull moment in this life, as much as those moments may be a welcome change at times!

Head, Heart & Hands, symbolising the mind, the emotional expression and the ability to give and serve in life, are utilised in much of what I do and I am grateful for that!

I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact me directly on:  villachaska@optusnet.com.au

Mail: 111 Darley Street, Newtown NSW 2042

Telephone/fax: (02) 9519 6552
Mobile: 0425 213 338


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I just wanted to say thank you so much for such an amazing job last weekend! So many people came up to tell me how nice it was that you made the ceremony so personal with the story about how we met and proposed, and the personal connection you had with my family. All of them commented they had never been to a wedding like that before where it seemed so intimate and everyone so close- honestly I couldn't have asked for it to be a more perfect day if I tried!

 

Arabella and Brett (Feb 2016)

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