Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training

This online training that combines video teaching with LIVE online workshops.

We understand that you would like to know more about celebration and joy.
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Are you community minded?

Would you like an uplifting qualification?

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

Qualify as a Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner to perform ceremonies – including weddings and funerals – and be able to provide spiritual support in your own community.

This is an international training qualification and is offered through the Academy of Inner Wisdom, the education platform of 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. 

Our Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner qualification 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 qualification for a lifetime, after retirement, or for parents who can set their own schedule. Enjoy the freedom and benefits of being a registered metaphysical 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 qualified 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 qualified 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 authorized 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. For authorization, outside of these geographic areas, you will need to make application to your local governing authority.

SPIRITUAL SUPPORT

Volunteer 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 qualified to officiate end-of-life ceremonies.

No additional official government registration is required to do this.

COMMISSIONER for OATHS

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

The Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner program is a self-paced program with 2 mandatory ceremony workshops. Multiple workshop dates are offered to fit in with your robust schedule.

The workshop schedule is “a la carte” to meet your program completion, graduation and personal needs.

The program is ongoing, you may start immediately. It is possible to complete the CSP program in as little as 3-4 months or you may take up to one year from your registration date to finish the program.

Meet Your Teachers

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

There is nothing more fulfilling than to be of service. With this qualification, you can 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 MSc.D

Founder and Creator of SolePath, Founder and Faculty at the Academy of Inner Wisdom

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, and her unique teachings about the Tao. Her core values and core energy are spirituality and connection, inspiration and communication.

Dr. Debra is the course creator for the programs at the Academy of Inner Wisdom, including the Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner training, and SolePath Metaphysical Philosopher training.

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. Dr. Debra is an ordained minister and a member of the American Metaphysical Doctors Association and a Board member of the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry.  Dr. Debra is the author of many spiritual books, and children’s books, and 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

Being 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

Academy of Inner Wisdom Faculty and Subject Matter Expert (Celebrant)

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 co-instructor and co-creator for Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner qualification.

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). She is an ordained metaphysical minister through CIMM.

Cathy officiates up to 100 ceremonies each year, including weddings and funerals.

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.  

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.

rev. Janice Brown

Reverend Janice Brown, SCM

Dean of Learning, SolePath certified master mentor, Academy of Inner Wisdom Faculty, SolePath Instructor through the SolePath Institute

Janice’s SolePath is Spiritual Warrior and Intellectual Lateral Thinker. Her core values are her passion for life and her amazing problem-solving gifts. She 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 their well-being.

Janice is a co-instructor and co-creator for Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner qualification; and program advisor for the SolePath Foundations program.

Rev. Janice is a SolePath certified master mentor and educator. She is an avid writer and explorer of life, who teaches understandings of metaphysical concepts and mastery of self through the SolePath Institute. She is an ordained metaphysical minister through CIMM.

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 hold the position of dean of academics, Janice thrives on sharing ideas and concepts.

Books by Rev. Janice Brown

What a beautiful life as a Wedding Celebrant looks like

Who is This Training For?

The Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner qualification 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 will guide you to be of service to others and to be able to provide ceremony in an authentic and meaningful way.

In the seasons of life, there are many opportunities to discover and re-discover purposeful service that aligns with your own inner compass. This is a qualification for a lifetime, after retirement, or for parents who can set their own schedule. Enjoy the freedom and benefits of being a registered metaphysical clergy.

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 qualification. 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 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 opportunities and options.

Perhaps you are truly called to service and 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?

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.

*You will be redirected to the SolePath Institute Membership area

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

Online study is self-paced with
instructional videos, textbooks, downloadable teaching materials
and 2 mandatory workshops to attend.

What’s Included?

You will receive lifetime access to all online learning resources, to return to for deeper insight and understanding as you continue to evolve as a
Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner.

Online Video Modules

Program Advisor

Program Textbooks

Lifetime access to the CSP Program of Learning Resources

Live Virtual Contact with
Workshop Instructors

Program applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and you may begin your studies immediately.

PART ONE:
MEET YOURSELF

Self-Awareness and Identity

Though the primary understanding of this material is focused on self, you will study all the metaphysical materials related to self-analysis so you can become a stronger more purposeful Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner.

PART TWO:
MEET YOUR CALLING

Metaphysics and Practical Applications

Each section of the Metaphysics and Practical Application materials builds cumulatively. You will study the energetic aspect then move directly to a practical application of that material before moving onto the next module.

GRADUATION

Certification

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

Course BONUSES

Registered Students will also receive 3 Special Bonuses!

BONUS 1
Your SolePath Energy
Analysis

Discover and study your energetic personality profile. Your SolePath Energy Analysis includes a 40-minute conversation with a SolePath certified mentor about your personal, unique LightPaths and DarkPath.

BONUS 2
Your Personal SolePath Membership Site

Your very own private and personal page on the SolePath membership website, 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 you were born is a remarkable day and its energy is carried forward into your life. Your SoleNumbers report guides you towards a beautiful life filled with purpose.

The Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training
offers 2 payment options.

Choose the payment option that works best for you.

Single Payment

Total program cost is
$3,100 CAD + applicable taxes

Payment Plan

Payment plan includes

  • $500 registration fee,
  • $1,000 initial payment, and
  • 4 equal $438.75 monthly payments on the remaining balance.

Total cost of program through the payment plan is
$3,255 CAD + applicable taxes

*You will be redirected to the SolePath Institute Membership area

Course and Curriculum Summary

PART ONE
Meet Yourself

Development of self-awareness and identity to facilitate effective 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

Your 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. SolePath is energetic personality profiling giving the gift of deep self-awareness.

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

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

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

This qualification 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.


Timing

You will work with your program advisor to discuss what your timing and schedule options are for program completion.

Metaphysics is the study of the way we energetically interact with our world, in pursuit of happiness. SolePath energetic personality profiling is a cornerstone of modern metaphysics.

Dr. Debra Ford

PART TWO: Meet Your Calling
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. 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. These teachings are a combination of meditation and journaling and are based on Dr. Debra’s book Daily Pulse, rhythm of the Tao.

This Daily Pulse course is experiential and transformational. Each video 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.


Timing

There are 10 self-paced study modules, and 2 mandatory workshops for this section of the program study.

Workshops are sequenced for the program study. You will work with an advisor to discuss what your timing and schedule options are for program completion.

PART TWO: Meet Your Calling
Practical Application Of Learning

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


Learning outcomes

Spiritual support

Wedding ceremonies

Funeral ceremonies


Summary

Qualifying to be a Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner gives you the opportunity to have a profound effect on yourself and on the lives of others. Spiritual support and ceremonies that go from birth to end-of-life, affect emotional and mental well-being. You will be a witness to life, a guide and advisor. 


Outline

This course will teach you how to build an energetic business framework using the perfect balance of the Tao. You will learn about weddings and funerals that are uniquely designed for each person and each situation and include the perfection of the Tao. Opportunities for spiritual care will be discussed, giving students the inspiration for discovering prospects in their own communities. Areas of exploration include health care, hospice, seniors care, schools, corrections, and education. 

Through the lens of the Tao you will be given the opportunity to work on all parts of your spiritual growth: study and personal image; confidence and self-esteem; expression and ideas; creating nourishing relationships and order; support and perspective; purpose; learning and wisdom; money and good fortune; balance. 


Timing

There are two mandatory live virtual workshops for this section of program study.

Workshops are scheduled multiple times throughout the year.

CSP students must participate in one Tao and Wedding Ceremony workshop and one Tao Funeral and End-of-Life Workshop.


Upcoming live virtual workshop offerings are scheduled for the following dates.

CSP students will register for the workshops they would like to attend within the student portal. Workshops are included in the CSP program fees.

Tao Funeral
Workshop Dates

April 09, 2024
October 08,2024
Tuesday
9:30 am – 4:30 pm MTN

Tao Wedding
Workshop Dates

April 08, 2024
October 7, 2024
Monday
9:30 am-5:30 pm MTN

You could be offering ceremonies during this summer’s peak wedding season!

When You Register, You Will Receive…

Lifetime access to all training materials through the Academy of Inner Wisdom Portal

2 days of live workshop and instructor time –
get all your questions answered!

Bonuses!

BONUS 1
SolePath Energy
Analysis

Discover and study your energetic personality profile. Your SolePath Energy Analysis includes a 40-minute conversation with a SolePath certified mentor about your personal, unique LightPaths and DarkPath.

BONUS 2
Lifetime access to your Membership Site

Your very own private and personal page on the SolePath membership website, 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.

The Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training
offers 2 payment options.

Choose the payment option that works best for you.

Single Payment

Total program cost is
$3,100 CAD + applicable taxes

Payment Plan

Payment plan includes

  • $500 registration fee,
  • $1,000 initial payment, and
  • 4 equal $438.75 monthly payments on the remaining balance.

Total cost of program through the payment plan is
$3,255 CAD + applicable taxes

*You will be redirected to the SolePath Institute Membership area

A Resource and Networking HUB

When you have completed the Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training, you will be part of an inner network of Celebrants. 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 with their new qualification. We are here for you. 

YES! I am ready to become a
Celebrant!

*You will be redirected to the SolePath Institute Membership area

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.”

The Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner Training consists of 27 modules of self-paced study and 2 mandatory live online workshops equaling 15 hours of workshop engagement. You can complete the material in as little as 3 months or up to one year from your registration date.

Metaphysics is the study of the way we energetically interact with our world, in pursuit of happiness.

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that studies the nature of consciousness. The word metaphysics comes from two Greek words that mean “after or behind or among [the study of] the natural”. Metaphysics seeks to answer the four fundamental questions of life: 1. Who am I?  2. What am I doing here? 3. Where do I come from? 4. Where am I going? 

Metaphysics studies questions related to existence. To be interested in or drawn to the study of metaphysics, there is only one conviction needed and this is outside of the constraints of any religious or specific spiritual beliefs. It is a certainty, a knowing by the individual, that ‘I am more than my physical body’. This may be defined in any personal way and based on any personal belief system. The part of you that is ‘more than your physical body’ is generally referred to as your higher self, or your soul.

There are no educational pre-requisites, just a deep desire to be of service.

Yes. This self-paced learning schedule has been designed for you. You may review and begin study of your online materials at anytime. It is expected that you will have reviewed all content that will be covered, before each workshop date. This will put you in a position to have meaningful class discussion, and request any clarity of understanding of the material that is relevant for your own success.

Multiple workshop dates are offered to meet your personal needs.

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

Our CSP training has an ongoing registration process. It is self-paced, and you may begin at any time. You are required to go through a personal orientation to the program materials and then continue on as your schedule allows. Program advisors will work with you to complete your program milestones for certification.


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