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Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training 2022

A 3-Month Journey to Self-awareness and an Uplifting Spiritual Career

Are you community minded?

Would you like an uplifting career?

Can you imagine being part of the key celebrations of life, contributing to the joy in the lives of others?

Become a Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner and learn how to perform ceremonies – including weddings and funerals – and to provide spiritual support in your own community.

This training is the first of its kind in Canada and is offered through the SolePath Institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and endorsed by the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry (CIMM), in British Columbia, Canada.

Letter from the Course Creators

As we have moved away from traditional establishments in our secular communities, there has remained a deep yearning for comfort, community and support. For care and assistance from someone who fulfils the role of mentor, celebrant and trusted advisor. Spiritual Practitioners are community-minded, a key part of those important celebrations of life, and provide guidance in their community. 

Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training was born out of a deep need for training that combines the spiritual and practical aspects of the passages of life. As metaphysical clergy, you will dedicate your life to contributing to the joy in the lives of others, outside of the confines of doctrine. There are no pre-requisites for this course, except a deep desire to be of service and a personal belief that you are ‘more than your physical body’. 

We are very proud of the fact that our teachings and courses do not conflict with any traditional religious nor spiritual beliefs, but rather enhance all personal belief systems. This is a career for a lifetime, a second career at retirement, or for parents returning to the workforce. Enjoy the freedom and benefits of creating your own career and business as a registered clergy. 

In joyful service, Dr. Debra, Rev. Cathy, and Dr. Janice
Course Creators and Instructors

What Qualifications Will I Receive?


Upon completion of this training, you will be trained to officiate ceremonies, provide spiritual support in your community, and run a ministry.

You will receive a certificate of completion from the SolePath Institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 Upon graduation from this course, you will be able to register to become an ordained clergy through the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry (CIMM) with the title of Reverend.

WEDDINGS

You will be fully trained to officiate weddings anywhere in the world. Additionally, in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, you will be government registered and legally able to officiate wedding ceremonies in your home Province.

CIMM obtains registration through the department of Vital Statistics with the provincial government, for you to be authorized to perform weddings. Outside of these geographic areas, you will need to make application to your local governing authority.

SPIRITUAL SUPPORT

In this training, you will learn skills that will guide your spiritual care work and private practice.

Opportunities in your own community may include spiritual support in the following settings: health care, hospitals and hospice; penitentiary and prison services; women’s, seniors and youth support services. Students will be encouraged to research local opportunities.

FUNERALS / END OF LIFE CEREMONIES

All students will be trained to officiate end-of-life ceremonies.

No additional official government registration is required to do this. Application must be made to local funeral businesses.

COMMISSIONER OF OATHS

In most jurisdictions, your clergy qualification allows you to register to study to become a commissioner of oaths.

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2022 semester.

This is a 3-month program, with two live classes per week.
Classes take place online on
Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and
Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Mountain Time).

Meet Your Teachers

The Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training is a collaboration between Dr. Debra Ford, Rev. Cathy Yost, and Dr. Janice Brown.

There is no work more fulfilling than to be of service. With this training, you will become part of the key moments in the lives of others. Your life will become a meaningful celebration.

Dr. Debra Ford

Reverend Dr. Debra Ford M.Sc.D

SolePath Instructor through the SolePath Institute

Dr. Debra’s SolePath is Inspirational Teacher and Spiritual Mystic. It is this SolePath that allows her to connect, create and communicate the original SolePath body of work. Her core values and core energy are spirituality and connection, inspiration and communication.

Dr. Debra is the course creator for Section A: Understanding Metaphysics and Section B: Self-awareness and Identity.

Dr. Debra is one of the world’s foremost experts in metaphysical energy. She has a doctorate in metaphysical science and is a metaphysical philosophy teacher. She is an ordained minister and member of the American Metaphysical Doctors Association and the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry. 

Dr. Debra is the author of 16 books including SolePath the path to purpose and a beautiful lifeDaily Pulse, rhythm of the Tao and her first children’s book Emilia Rose and the rainbow adventure. She is a popular meditation teacher on the Insight Timer meditation app, with over 150,000 listens to her comforting and insightful meditations.

Books and Resources by Dr. Debra Ford

A career as a Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner is both rewarding and exciting! Providing spiritual support and leading life celebrations brings meaning and purpose to one’s life.

Rev. Cathy Yost

Reverend Cathy Yost

SolePath Instructor through the SolePath Institute

Rev. Cathy’s SolePath is Inspirational Teacher and Spiritual Mystic. Her core values and core energy are spirituality and connection, inspiration and communication.

Rev. Cathy Yost is the course teacher and the creator of Section C: Practical application of learnings.

Reverend Cathy Yost is a SolePath certified technician, a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant™ trained with the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in New Jersey, and a Funeral Celebrant trained with the Certified Celebrants Association of Canada (CCAOC). 

Cathy has officiated over 50 weddings in just over 2.5 years and currently has dozens of 5 Star google reviews from her clients. This year, Rev. Cathy has already been booked for 60 weddings in the year 2022 before Valentines Day!

Cathy’s journalism education launched her into writing, producing and production coordinating for television, radio and film. As a Professional Business and Life Coach she took her training in Australia with Coach University and was a member of the International Coach Federation for over a decade.  

She is the author of Life Speaks: Challenging Moments Are Our Greatest Gifts.

Books by Rev. Cathy Yost

Life Speaks: Challenging Moments Are Our Greatest Gifts (2016)

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but your life is begging you to change.

Rev. Cathy Yost

The work is you, knowing yourself.

Dr. Janice Brown

Reverend Dr. Janice Brown D.Ac., Dip. TCM, SCM

SolePath Instructor through the SolePath Institute

Dr. Janice’s SolePath is Spiritual Warrior and Intellectual Lateral Thinker. Her core values are her passion for life and her amazing problem-solving gifts. Dr. Janice is a Wellness Visionary who is deeply fulfilled by helping people see the true brilliance of who they are and discovering the many aspects of the self that contribute to a person’s well-being.

Dr. Janice Brown is a doctor of Acupuncture, a SolePath certified mentor, and an educator with over 20 years of experience. Dr Janice is an avid writer and explorer of life, who teaches understandings of metaphysical concepts and mastery of self-navigation through the SolePath Institute. She is an ordained minister through CIMM.

Dr. Janice will be instructing the Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training content in Sections A & B, as well as, contributing some personal insight regarding working in health care, hospice and palliative care settings.

It’s been over 25 years since Janice took her first step into a classroom as a post-secondary educator. Her special gift is communicating new and foreign concepts to individuals in a way they can understand. From a little rural classroom, teaching computer skills to trappers in the north, to the beautiful study of Chinese medicine in the city of Calgary, where she went on to the position of dean of academics, Janice thrives on sharing ideas and concepts.

Books by Dr. Janice Brown

What a beautiful life as a Wedding Celebrant looks like

Who is this Training for?

The Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training will appeal to you if you are community minded and called to be of service to others, in a spiritual capacity. This training has two objectives. Firstly, it is about coming to a deeper understanding of self, so you can live more joyfully. Secondly, it guides you to be of service to others, to provide ceremony for others in an authentic and meaningful way.

In the seasons of life, there are many opportunities to discover and re-discover purposeful work that aligns with your own inner compass. This is a career for a lifetime, a second career at retirement, or for parents returning to the workforce. Enjoy the freedom and benefits of creating your own career and business.

Retired and looking for Personal Fulfilment?

This is the opportunity to guide and assist others through important life celebrations and transformations, while creating memories for them to carry for a lifetime. You can and you will make a difference to yourself and others with this training. Make your second, third or twentieth career about you and your powerful choices to step into a life of meaning.

This is an opportunity to fill the yearning that you have had over the course of your work life, to be part of something important and worthwhile.

Are you a Parent exploring Career or Business Opportunities customized to your needs and schedule?

Walking your path through the life and lens of a full-time parent may have opened your heart and mind to new desires for career opportunities and options.

Perhaps you have already spent time in another career capacity, but are truly called to continue work that speaks from your heart. Participate meaningfully in life, witness the important milestones of others, you already know how this will fill you up.

Are you a Professional or Entrepreneur looking to expand your credentials and client offerings?

Mentors, coaches and teachers who have incorporated these metaphysical understandings into their life and work have found their current career to have expanded in a more joyful and meaningful capacity.

This training creates an enhanced connection with self and others, and is a wonderful ceremonial layer to an existing qualification and practice.

Are you called to Compassionate Service and Spiritual Support?

During times of powerful life transformation, spiritual inquiry can be deeply rooted in understanding self and life. There are potential opportunities in your own community that may include spiritual support in the following settings: health care, hospitals and hospice; penitentiary and prison services; women’s, seniors and youth support services.

Look to your community, if you feel called to be a purposeful and powerful community resource for those in need of spiritual guidance. For those who are interested in spiritual support and exploring spiritual understandings.

Jump into a 3-month DISCOVERY of SELF and SERVICE.

Classes take place online on
Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and
Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Mountain Time).

What’s Included?

You will receive lifetime access to all online teaching videos, to return to for deeper insight and understanding as you continue to evolve in your new career.

The course also includes 63 hours of live virtual contact time with class instructors.

Online Video Modules

Weekly Live Class

Textbooks

The Entire CC&SP Program of Video Material

63 hr
of Live Virtual Contact with Class Instructors

Quantum ‘Dig-In’ Saturdays
9:00am-12:00pm MT

Sole-Full Tuesdays
6:30pm-9:30pm MT

The Fall 2022 semester commences
on October 1, 2022 and ends on December 20, 2022.

This is a 3-month program, with two live classes per week.
Classes take place online on
Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and
Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Mountain Time).

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2022 semester .

SECTION A

Understanding of Metaphysics

Students will create a personal belief statement of being. A statement that defines personal values, ethics and morals; and guides their spiritual care work and private practice.

(7 modules, 3 hours each)

SECTION B

Self-Awareness and Identity

Development of self-awareness and identity to facilitate effective work in spiritual and pastoral care.

(7 modules, 3 hours each)

SECTION C

Practical Application Of Learning

To provide spiritual support using a person-centred approach. To understand the role of a spiritual support worker and highly trained celebrant.

(7 modules, 3 hours each)

GRADUATION

Certification

3-hour ceremony and celebration attended by students, founders of the SolePath Institute, and board members of the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry.

(3 hours)

Course BONUSES

Registered Students will also receive 3 Special Bonuses!

BONUS 1
SolePath Energy Analysis

Discover and study your spiritual personality profile. Your SolePath Energy Analysis includes a 30 minute conversation with a SolePath certified mentor about your personal, unique LightPaths and DarkPath.

BONUS 2
Lifetime access to your Personal SolePath membership site

Your very own private webpage where all the contents are solely about you. 
We like to call it, “The Library of You”.

BONUS 3
Your Unique SoleNumbers report

The day that your were born is a remarkable day and its energy is carried forward into your life. Your SoleNumbers report includes 11 unique and personal numbers that guide you as you take your next best step towards a beautiful life filled with purpose.

This Fall semester of the Canada Celebrant & Spiritual Practitioner Training Program is offered at an
Early-bird price of CAD $3,100 + GST for deposits received on or before
August 31, 2022.

Full tuition fee of CAD $4,000 + GST will be required for payments made
after August 31, 2022.

Course and Curriculum Summary

SECTION A

Understanding of Metaphysics

Participants will create a personal belief statement of being. A statement that defines personal values, ethics and morals; and guides their spiritual care work and private practice. Students will understand the gravitas of becoming clergy with the title of Reverend.


Learning outcomes

Spirituality
Meditation

Journaling
Intentions
Affirmations

Breath Prayers
Gemstones


Summary

The Daily Pulse is a daily spiritual practice that brings ritual to life, a precious ordinary experience that reawakens you to the beauty of a single moment.

A daily ritual that is a guided process of self-awareness and a way to get connected to Higher Self and Source Energy to receive inspiration and guidance.

The Daily Pulse puts you in sync with the Tao, the heartbeat of nature. The Tao is the essential rhythm of nature, the fundamental pulse of our world.

The Daily Pulse reminds you that personal change happens in small steady steps each day. That transformation of how you feel, happens in the gift of time spent alone, in the ritual of an inner process.

Outline

The Daily Pulse is a daily ritual; small steps towards life transformation and happiness. This course is a combination of meditation and journaling and is based in Dr. Debra’s book Daily Pulse, rhythm of the Tao.

This Daily Pulse course is experiential and transformational. Each lesson includes a guided meditation on the trigram of the Tao; a reading by Dr. Debra from her book; as well as journaling exercises. Each daily spiritual ritual includes an Intention, Breath Prayer and Affirmation.

The benefits of meditation are very well researched. Meditation reduces stress and helps control anxiety. Meditation promotes emotional health and enhances self-awareness. In our uncertain world, meditation seems as vital as breathing.

The benefits of journaling may not be so readily known. Journaling engages the left, creative or emotional side of the brain? Because of this it soothes emotional unease and helps with all negative feelings.

Meditation and journaling are a spiritual practice during which you can connect with your higher self, your angels, your guides, your God. A way to receive inspiration and wisdom.

The Daily Pulse is the ritual of doing something uplifting and positive for yourself every day.

7 modules of 3 hours each

SolePath is who you are born to be. It is your guide to a beautiful life, filled with happiness, peace, joy, love, purpose and meaning. When you know your SolePath, you can navigate the pitfalls and those things that trip you up in your life, and connect with your unique, personal, individual gifts and greatness.

Dr. Debra Ford
SECTION B

Self-Awareness and Identity

Development of self-awareness and identity to facilitate effective work in spiritual and pastoral care. It is understood that to assist others with the challenges of their life, one must first gain a pure and deep understanding of self.


Learning outcomes

Personality profile
Self-awareness

Awareness and understanding of others
Spiritual modelling of behaviour

Language for better communication


Summary

Everyone is born with a SolePath. It is your unique individual Energetic Personality Profile. ‘Sole’ because it is solely about you. ‘Path’ because it guides you on your life’ journey. At the Calgary SolePath Institute we measure your energetic vibration and give to you your best lifehack ever, your SolePath.

When you know your SolePath you can be who you dreamed you’d be and who the world needs you to be.

SolePath is a deep journey of personal awareness, and it guides you to being happier. Through self-awareness, SolePath helps you with finding purpose, creating positive change in your life, being a better parent, enjoying happier relationships, acquiring the best career and more.

Outline

This training is a journey of self-discovery, a deep understanding of your own personal unique SolePath, LightPaths, DarkPath, and Governing SoleNumber.

You know more about yourself and how to navigate your light and dark, and how to guide others to find their way in life.

This training gives you an opportunity to explore metaphysical concepts; for you and your personal soul evolution; for your understanding of how others ‘tick’ and how best to communicate with them.

7 modules of 3 hours each

SECTION C

Practical Application Of Learning

You will understand the role of a spiritual celebrant and support worker. You will learn to provide moral spiritual support using a person-centered approach.


Learning outcomes

Spiritual support work

Wedding ceremonies

Funeral ceremonies


Summary

Spirituality is recognized to have a profound effect on people’s lives. From birth-to-end of life, spiritual support affects emotional and mental well-being on your life’s journey.

Areas of application include: Celebrations including weddings and funerals, and spiritual support.

Outline

This course will teach you how to perform weddings and funerals that are uniquely designed for each person and each situation. Course will include preparation, performing and legalities.

Opportunities for spiritual care will be discussed, giving students inspiration for discovering prospects in their own communities. Areas to be explored include health care, hospice, seniors care, schools, corrections, education and private practice.

Guest Speaker: Patti Shortreed, a public speaking coach offering evaluation and teaching points to improve our students’ public speaking confidence and technique (read more about Patty here).

7 modules of 3 hours each

When You Register, You Will Receive…

Lifetime access to all training materials through the SolePath Academy Portal

63 hours of live conversations with your group and experienced instructors – get all your questions answered!

Bonuses!

BONUS #1: Your SolePath Energy Analysis (your spiritual personality profile) which includes a 30 minute conversation with a certified SolePath Mentor about your 2 LightPaths and your DarkPath.

BONUS #2: Lifetime free access to your personal SolePath membership site. Your very own private webpage with all the contents, solely about you.
We like to call it, “The Library of You”.

BONUS #3: SoleNumbers report, which includes 11 unique and personal numbers that guide you as you take your next best step towards a beautiful life filled with purpose.

This Fall semester, the Canada Celebrant & Spiritual Practitioner Training Program is offered at an Early-bird price of CAD $3,100 + GST for deposits received on or before
August 31, 2022.

Full tuition fee of CAD $4,000 + GST will be required for payments made
after August 31, 2022.

With a successful application interview, you will receive a link to register for the Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training.
A non-refundable retainer of CAD $1,000 + GST is required to secure your placement in the course when you register. 

If for some reason you are unable to attend the session you have registered for, your retainer will be carried forward and you may apply it towards the next offering only of the Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training.

A Resource and Networking HUB

When you have completed the Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training, you will be part of an inner network of referral services for Celebrant opportunities. We see this as a HUB, a central point of community for our students, celebrants and practitioners to come to when they are stretching their wings out into their new career opportunities. We are here for you. 

What is a Celebrant?

Wikipedia (Australia) where Celebrant was created:

Celebrants are people who conduct formal ceremonies in the community, particularly weddings, which are the main ceremony of legal import conducted by celebrants.

They may also conduct extra-legal ceremonies such as naming of babies, renewal of wedding vows, funerals and memorial services, divorce, becoming a teenager, support in adolescence, changing name, significant birthday, retirement, adopting a child, on taking over a house, on leaving a house, or dedicating a house – in short for all of life milestones.

How long does it take to become a certified Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner?

Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training consists of 63 hours of course material over 3 months, currently offered online. Therefore, once you are certified, you will then apply for your Clergy Status and be ready to perform weddings in under 4 months from the beginning of your start date.

What is a Spiritual Practitioner?

Spiritual Practitioners are Metaphysical Ministers trained to provide support for the spiritual well-being of individuals and families across diverse beliefs, cultural perspectives, and practices.

What is Metaphysics?

Metaphysics is one of the main branches of philosophy (along with epistemology, logic, ethics) and deals with the nature of existence, truth and knowledge.

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that studies the first principles of being, identity and change, space and time, causality, neccessity and possibility. It includes questions about the nature of consciousness and the relationship between mind and matter. The word “metaphysics” comes from two Greek words that, together, literally mean “after or behind or among [the study of] the natural”. 

Metaphysics studies questions related to what it is for something to exist and what types of existence there are. Metaphysics seeks to answer, in an abstract and fully general manner, the questions: 1.Who am I?  2. What am I doing here?

What pre-requisites or prior qualifications do you need to have?

  • Do you wish to make a difference? To be of service in your community?
  • Would you like to play a meaningful role and be a witness to the key life milestones of others?
  • Are you someone who can become comfortable with public speaking?
  • Are you willing to develop your ceremonial writing ability?
  • Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit, and a good sense of business?
  • Are you comfortable meeting couples where they’re at, regardless of gender, background, or sexual orientation? Are you able to share in their excitement, while collaborating on creative ideas while being open minded to new and different ceremonies?
  • Are you someone who has empathy with those experiencing grief and loss?
  • Are you a team player, who is looking for a community of like-minded people who share in meaningful work as celebrants?

What is the application process?

Once you have decided wholeheartedly that you want to move forward with the application process, you may proceed to complete a brief application questionnaire on the application page.

You will then be asked to submit a short video, sharing the reasons why this is a good fit for you.

From there you will be invited to a comprehensive Zoom online interview with the course instructors.

Here they will be able to answer any questions you may have and understand the entire process, to see if it’s a perfect fit for you.

How do I register?

Once you have been accepted into the program with a successful application interview, you will receive a link to register for the Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner training.

You will be prompted to select your payment plan preference . **The tuition fee includes a non-refundable retainer of CAD $1,000 + GST. 

**If for some reason you are unable to attend the session you have registered for, your retainer will be carried forward and you may apply it towards the next offering only of the Canada Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training.

Will I have to attend all the modules to become certified?

Yes, you are required to complete all 63 hours of training – Tuesday evenings 6:30pm – 9:30pm and Saturday mornings 9:00am – 12:00pm for the duration of 3 months. 

Please ensure you are dedicated and committed to this training and process, and fully ready to embrace your new career.

How many trainings do you have, and when is the next training scheduled?

We offer two trainings per year:

  • Fall Semester runs: October 1 to December 20, 2022
  • Graduation date: Friday, January 13, 2023
  • Spring session will run February through April 2023, dates TBA