Saturday I led a workshop on Rites of Passage with my friend Morgan at the La Leche League Conference of MA/RI/VT. We covered hild dedications and naming ceremonies and how to deal with death and dying, but coming of age rituals and ceremonies were the big topic of discussion. A big thanks to Stan Crow, whose work on mentoring and Rites of Passage, I came to value while leading coming of age programs while a ministerial intern. Stan graciously gave permission for us to reference his work. It was wonderful to spend time with a group of people who approach parenting in same vein and were genuinely interested in making ceremony and ritual more a part of their families’ lives.
We tried our best to model our approach by designing our workshop as a ritual. Here is our center table with our electric candles and La Leche League books and workshop programs.