Celebrant, mindfulness practitioner, facilitator, communicator, holder of circles, weaver of stories… friend, partner, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister… 

What captivates those who meet Wendy is her genuine warmth, kindness, and an extraordinary skill set that never overshadows her ability to connect with others as peers. She invites honest conversations about life’s complexities—be it relationships, marriage, death, stress, mourning, challenges, or moments of joy and celebration.

Dr. Georgina Gibson writes: “Wendy’s voice is full of love and laughter, honest and deep, daring to go to places many others avoid. Her intelligence, wisdom, and kindness are revealed with her words, a joy to those blessed to read or hear them.”

With 28 years of experience as a family celebrant, Wendy has orchestrated various ceremonies—weddings, namings, funerals, home ceremonies, memorials, birthdays, and even divorce ceremonies. An award-winning celebrant and author of celebrant-related books, she has been a beacon for celebrants globally since 2003.

As a practitioner and facilitator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Wendy extends her passion for mindfulness to online programs. Trained in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), she regularly hosts Ongo: Everyday Nonviolence and empathy circles, fostering genuine connections and conversations.

Wendy’s innovation shines through her acclaimed six-month program, ‘Celebrating this Precious Life, Honest Conversations about Death and Dying.’ This groundbreaking initiative that she founded seamlessly blends celebrancy, mindfulness, and NVC to create a transformative and supportive experience. She also serves as a compassionate facilitator of Mourning and Celebration Circles, providing a sacred space for individuals to share their grief and joy.

Passion and Commitment: Wendy’s true passion lies in mindful presence, deep listening, and supporting individuals and groups engage in honest conversations and meaningful connections.

Last, but not least, I love being with my partner. We have given each other lots of opportunities to grow and, 28 years later, I am grateful to be by his side. 

All in all, I get to celebrate this one precious life that is mine to live. 

Celebrant Wendy Haynes