About Me


I love a celebration!  Each day is an opening to be mindful of ourselves and other people.  Each season is an opportunity to celebrate the marvels of change through observing the magic of the Earth.  We are surrounded by special occasions if we will take a moment to honour them.  Ritual is one way that I draw myself into those moments. Now I want to share the beauty of ritual with others … those who wish to be more engaged with the passage of their lives, to feel more mindful of the milestones they create, and to celebrate more often.  Could that be you?

I am a professional Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant through the Celebrant Foundation and Institute with specialization in Ceremonies Across the Life-Cycle, Weddings and Funerals.  I am an ordained minister with the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry. Situated in the Edmonton, Alberta region, I am pleased to be able to offer ceremonies across your life cycle.

Imagine honouring births, growths, unions, changes, losses, and transformations of all kinds.  With 25-years of experience in creating and leading ritual, I bring an openness and excitement to celebrating your story.  My fascination with archaeology brings to you a wealth of historical knowledge to add depth and meaning to your ceremony. As a certified yoga instructor, I appreciate the multitude of cultures that contribute to that practice and offer you spirit-filled ceremonies that have meaning and depth.

The service I provide includes ceremony research and resource materials; in-depth consultation and writing of your ceremony; script consultations and updates via email; your complete approval of the final script; a rehearsal if requested;  consultations with your other vendors if needed; officiating of the ceremony on the agreed day; and a keepsake document of your ceremony.  

Prior to this adventure, I was a university professor of environmental chemistry.  My research focused on understanding the pollution we put into the atmosphere and how it may affect the foundations of this planet’s life through the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil we depend on for our foods. I remain an environmental advocate and truly believe that connecting people back to the cycles of the Earth through celebrating the cycles of their lives is the best way to make lasting change for our planet.  Let’s connect!

The process begins with a free, no-obligation chat over a cup of tea or coffee anywhere in the Edmonton, Alberta region.  I appreciate your enquiries at:  TidalCeremonies@KestrelsNest.ca

Rev. Dr. Karen (Kestrel) Arends, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant