A Pagan Celebrant (Keli Tomlin) stands looking at the sky, smiling, as the outdoor wedding ceremony comes to a close. The image is black and white.

Getting to know me

I’m an earth-loving, barefoot-walking, tree-hugging human, living and loving my third decade with a son, a husband and a hamster called Jack to keep me company.

A small village in the Peak District is home, but I’ve also lived in the sprawl of London and grew up in an industrial Northern town. I’m a Yorkshire lass at heart; I love the tea and the beer and the sarcastic humour, but I’m also a sensitive soul, called to to the open moors and the wild woodlands of our land.

I am deeply moved by poetry and beautiful words and believe strongly in the power of speaking them aloud. I like to bring my passion for words to every ceremony I create and am hugely inspired by writers such as John O’Donohue, Glennie Kindred, Robert MacFarlane and Emma Restall Orr. I escape into novels that are fantastical and full of magic and dragons, because I believe in a World that is a magical place. As well as stories, I also write poems, short stories and articles on earth-based spirituality and what it is to live in this World as perfectly imperfect human.

Keli tomlin Celebrant stands smiling and playing a skin drum

I love folk music and will always get up and dance given the opportunity. Campfires, long skirts, cider and drums are my idea of perfect evening. I love to camp with my family and also dream of sneaking off into the woods alone, to sleep under the stars; though I’ve not yet built up the courage to do so!

I’ve visited Stonehenge, Avebury, the Nine Ladies, Arbor Low, West Kennett Barrow and Glastonbury Tor over the years and have a deep respect for these wild and sacred places.

I still find the hills of my own valley the most perfect place to be to watch the sun rise and set.

A ‘Green-Spirited’ Celebrant…

I trained to be a ‘Green-Spirited’ Celebrant, with two wonderful teachers, Glennie Kindred and Annie Keeling, six years ago, but my journey with ceremony and ritual began far earlier.

I discovered paganism in my late teens and perused many of its different traditions; I practised and experimented with a variety of different ritual practises, before deciding labels really weren’t my thing and continued to explore spirituality through my own lived experience. I became confident in creating my own rituals and sacred spaces, finding inspiration in Nature and its seasonal cycles.

In London, I worked with the Pagan Federation creating and participating in seasonal celebrations and rituals for the public. Sometimes attracting over a hundred attendees, these celebrations were theatrical, enthusiastic and fun; they taught me a lot about telling a story, holding space for a large group and most importantly keeping individuals connected through the power of symbolic action and words.

celebrant leading wedding ceremony

Upon settling in the Peaks, as well as undertaking my Celebrant training, I transformed my experiences with personal and public ritual into a community gathering called ‘Walk The Wheel’: a chance for folks to gather and celebrate the turning year and acknowledge our connection to the cycles of Nature. It was a deeply humbling and inspiring experience that ran for four years. I still provide workshops and gatherings on these topics in addition to my work as a Celebrant.

Today, I refer to myself as ‘Green-spirited’ meaning I am strongly connected to the Earth and its cycles. I am an animist and thus believe all things to have a spirit and are sacred; by which I mean all things deserve equal respect, care and compassion. I am passionate about living a sustainable, eco-conscious life and am deeply inspired and upheld by the energies of the Four Elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water). They form the root of my spiritual practise and the foundation for my continued journey for deeper connection and appreciation of the World.

A Bride and Groom have their hands tied as part of a handfasting ritual. They are smiling at their guests. The Celebrant Keli Tomlin stands behind them smiling, her arms spread to present them to the guests.

As Your Celebrant…

I am always aware of how lucky I am to be part of special moments and milestones in your life and, as such, I treat every ceremony as ‘sacred’: worthy of deep care, hard work and respect.

That does not mean there is no room for job and levity; just the opposite in fact! Finding ways to bring lightness, joy, humour and fun into moments that are simultaneously meaningful, powerful and important is the reason I do what I do. I refuse to believe that our most precious moments should be ‘solemn’ occasions; there is far more meaning in laughter than their is in apathy or boredom!

I am passionate about creating ceremonies that speak of the individuals they are built around in every moment. I love using my skills as a public speaker and performer to create a ceremony that becomes the beating heart of a day that will be remembered by everyone.

And I am passionate about you too! About every dream, desire and hope you have committed to this very special moment, and I will do everything I can to support you in making it a reality.

Keli Tomlin Celebrant at a Viking Wedding Ceremony hands dried pink rose petal confetti to two young boys. She is looking over her shoulder and smiling broadly

Words from happy clients…

Keli is such a lovely person with a kind and positive heart. Her energy and love seems to shine out of her and she instantly made us feel comfortable and at ease.

The handfasting day was so perfect and Keli made everything flow so wonderfully.

We will be eternally grateful to Keli for all the hard work, love and pure magic she put into our day.

Emma & Robert, 2019

A Bride and Groom dressed in Viking outfits look at one another smiling. their hands are bound with plaited ribbons in Handfasting. Part of an outdoor Viking Wedding Ceremony by Keli Tomlin Ceremonies. The image is in black and white.
© Matt Thompson Photography

If I can help create or guide you towards the ceremony or your dreams, get in touch here or via email kelitomlinceremonies@gmail.com.

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