It's finally here! The day that many of us have been thinking about and dreaming of for a while - a real-life, in person meet-up with our celebrant colleagues.
We want to meet as many of our members, trainees and graduates as possible. So we want to give you as much information as possible, so that hopefully you'll be able to join us and your celebrant colleagues for a day of fun, connection and good times! Natasha will be coming over from Spain, Claire from just down the road and we can't wait to see where everyone else will be coming from!
WHEN: Wednesday 4th October, 2023, 10-4/5pm approx
WHERE: Cissbury Barns, West Sussex (The nearest airport is Gatwick and the venue is very accessible by road, train, bus and taxi from Worthing)
On the day
We're still putting the day's activities together but please know that this day is primarily about meeting up, connecting and having fun. We will organise one or two practical ceremony-related activities, where we can discuss choreography (of funerals and weddings) and have demonstrations of different rituals, for example. And there will be time for a Q&A session too, where the hive mind can also share their experiences and knowledge. The focus will be on practical day-to-day celebrant stuff, which we can all share and partake in. Also on the day, teas, coffees and biscuits will be provided and a tasty catered lunch and refreshments, which will be inclusive of all dietary requirements, health and lifestyle preferences. More details of the exact menu to follow.
Afterwards, we're planning a flexible, completely optional evening gathering for those who might be staying overnight, or who fancy joining us in the evening in any case.
For those who are looking to stay over, Worthing is the best town for your accommodation searches. Natasha will be booking in at the Premier Inn on Worthing seafront. There is also a Travel Lodge on the seafront and lots of air bnb options too.
We have now created a temporary Facebook group to have a space where people who are interested in coming to the meet-up, can chat to other celebrants, make plans, and ask questions etc. You may want to know if there are other celebrants in your area who are planning on coming and might want to organise travelling together or car shares etc. Click here to join the Facebook group.
Ready to book your spot?
We've calculated a subsidised price of 40 UK pounds/ 48 Euros per person for the meet-up. If you're ready to book your spot you can do so here, using a credit or debit card, or Paypal. If you'd like to pay by Euro or GB bank transfer, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org for our bank details specifying the currency. Please note that you will need to have booked your spot by September 16th so that we can ensure the best organisation of the event.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is for paid members, trainees and graduates of the Celebrants Collective. If you're not a member yet but would love to join us, you can sign up here.
Hope to see you there!
PS: We understand that the location isn't going to suit everyone this time around. For our first meet-up of this kind we wanted to work with a venue that we know of, that's local to us and that we could go to beforehand if needed to help with planning and logistics. This venue is local to Claire and having prior knowledge and experience of it, plus knowing the managers has made organising this very first meet up much easier for us.
We plan on having annual meet ups (yay!) and will work our way around the country, so if the location is an issue for you this time, hopefully they'll be a meet-up that you can make next time.