Check out who our awesome workshop hosts and presenters are below.
Natasha Johnson (She/her)
As well as being the co-director of the Celebrants Collective, Natasha has been a wedding celebrant for 14 years in the Costa Del Sol, Spain and before that she had a long career at the BBC as a radio reporter and newsreader. Passionate about communicating and engaging audiences through words and energy, Natasha loves to inspire other celebrants to think beyond their ceremony scripts. As well as being a tutor for the Celebrants Collective wedding training course, and mentor for celebrant members, Natasha also co-hosts the Celebrant Survival Podcast with Claire Bradford.
Photo of Natasha by Barney Walters Photography
Claire Bradford (She/her)
Claire came to celebrancy from a varied career path that included being an English teacher, working for the Church of England and a long spell as a life coach. These experiences, coupled with writing for magazines and newspapers, having her own radio show and running a networking group, gave her lots of skill ‘ingredients’ and, when she found out that celebrancy was a thing, she realised it was the just the recipe she’d been looking for!
An award-winning wedding and funeral celebrant, and co-director of the Celebrants Collective, she recently wrote and produced its two flagship celebrant training courses. Claire is also a judge for the prestigious UK Wedding Industry Awards, celebrant category.
In her spare time you can usually find her in the garden or on the sofa with a book and a big cup of tea!
Lonan Jenkins (He/him)
Lonan is an Independent Celebrant and co-runs The Embers Collective: a London based storytelling and music group, who have been sharing myths, folktales and live music to festivals and events around the world for 5 years.Lonan is a storyteller, teacher, performer, writer and workshop facilitator. Narratives, intimacy and human connection are always at the heart of what he does.Lonan has a BSc Degree in Psychology and a MSc Degree in War and Psychiatry. Lonan uses both his qualifications, and his personal experiences of regular psychotherapy, to hold a safe, inclusive space for those sharing their stories, with a therapeutic tone throughout.
Veronika Robinson (She/her)
Veronika Robinson has been a celebrant for almost 27 years, and has officiated internationally across all rites of passage. Her passion for ceremonies, rituals and celebrancy extends to her work as co-founder and co-tutor at Heart-led Ceremonies Celebrant Training, and editor of the global magazine The Celebrant. She earned her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cumbria.
Rosalie Kuyvenhoven (She/her)
Rosalie is an award-winning wedding and funeral celebrant, speaker, co-founder of ‘Grief Training for Professionals’ and Death Cafe host to a global audience. Warm, compassionate and creative, Rosalie loves finding unique and meaningful ways to celebrate love and life, including ceremonies at unusual locations. A wedding in a cinema? A funeral in a theatre? She’s done it! Rosalie also is experienced in online ceremonies and has a special interest in dementia-friendly funerals and baby and child funerals. Rosalie is course tutor for both the Celebrants Collective wedding and funeral training courses.
Lucy Brown (She/her)
Lucy has been running her voiceover business for over 5 years and has 20+ years' teaching experience over a wide range of disciplines including dance and Pilates. She's also about to complete training to become a certified breathing coach, as well as becoming a wedding celebrant. She has a weakness for crumble with double cream and is a confessed reading addict. Lucy lives with her Spanish husband, their three young children and hamster, in Marbella, Spain.
River Jones (She/her)
River is a celebrant with over twenty years’ experience of delivering bespoke ceremonies for people of all faiths and none, and course director at School of Celebrancy, the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids’ online training school for celebrants worldwide. She is also a prize winning poet and former teacher of creative writing at the University of Sussex.