Welcome! You have reached the landing place for Kestrel’s Nest.  Nestled within, you will find Tidal Ceremonies and Kestrel’s Fibre Arts !

We have moved!  As of August 2021, my  Life-Cycle Celebrant  and Fibre Art businesses has been operating from Gabriola Island in British Columbia.  I look forward to greeting new client friends on Canada’s Pacific coast.

I am dedicated to creating ceremonies that respect your unique personality and life-style. Weddings and Engagements, Funerals or Celebration of Life, Pregnancies or Baby Blessings, Coming of Age or Graduations, New Business Openings or Retirements, New Home or Leaving Home, Pet Welcomings or Departings … so many things to honour with ceremony.  Inclusive and eclectic, I welcome all. Please see some photos and reviews from my client friends in My Ceremony Gallery.

My fiber art reflects this love of ceremony.  Reflecting the changing Seasons, the four Elements, and the Goddess in all women,  I bring in love of the Earth drawing on decades of study in environmental science. A long-time seamstress, knitter, and quilter, I have taken my creativity into the realm of fiber art. Open to creating commissioned pieces for special life events, I am.  Please see photos of current works in My Art Gallery.

Through My Blog I provide offerings of ways to bring ritual into your life to celebrate every day.  Bright Blessings to you,  Kestrel

Rev. Dr. Karen Arends, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and Ordained Minister of the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry, Member of Western Canada’s Fibre Art Network.

Tidal Ceremonies

Greetings! You have reached the home of Tidal Ceremonies — offering professionally-crafted, unique-to-you, memorable and meaningful life-cycle celebrations that acknowledge your once-in-a-lifetime moments.

I am a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant  professionally trained through the Celebrant Foundation and Institute (http://www.celebrantinstitute.org/).   I have specialization in Ceremonies Across the Life Cycle, Weddings and Funerals, Healings and Transitions.  I am an ordained minister with the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry offering inclusive, eclectic and professional ceremonial experiences.  

As of August 2021, Tidal Ceremonies is situated on Gabriola Island on B.C.’s west coast.  I am pleased to create ceremonies for whatever life brings your way.   I am available for weddings and other life cycle celebrations.  I also create seasonal and sustenance ceremonies either for individuals, small groups, or public settings. With decades of experience in ritual development and study, I bring the vast world of ceremonial ideas to you. My experience in university academics has given me writing and public speaking skills to help your moments shine.  Please see MyCeremony Gallery for photos and reviews.

My Service to you 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 as requested;  consultations with your other vendors if needed; officiating of the ceremony on the agreed day; and keepsake documentation of your ceremony. 

A celebrant works with clients to co-create events to acknowledge their life cycle passages.  We all recognize the wedding ceremony as one of life’s rites of passage.  There is so much more to celebrate.  Consider also expecting parents and births, coming-of-age ceremonies, graduations or business openings, engagements, house blessings, empty-nesting, separations and divorces, retirements, pet welcomings, and departures, as well as healing and recovery rituals.

We need ceremony in our busy lives more than ever.  We zip along missing the opportunity to stop and breathe at life’s growths, losses and changes of all kinds.  When you feel a need to honour life’s passage , whether in private or public, I am committed to supporting your path with a professionally-written ceremony delivered in a manner that reflects your unique life-style and personality.   I will create the ceremony you wish you had time to create. 

I welcome your inquiries at: TidalCeremonies@KestrelsNest.ca 

What an adventure!   

My Gallery

Welcome!  Please enjoy these pictures of my client-friends celebrating their once-in-a-lifetime events. 

This is my own wedding day! We got the best compliment from my hubbie’s 96-year old grandmother who said “I liked it … it was different.” And she’d seen a lot of weddings! – Kes
“Karen put together a family blending celebration for our son’s engagement. She worked with both sets of parents to create a fun and joyful announcement. It was awesome!” – Wendy
“Kes is an excellent officiant. She made an in-depth inquiry into who we were as individuals and as a couple so that she could give us a ceremony that felt natural, flowing and in alignment with what we wished to convey to our friends and family.” -Stephanie
The final walk down the aisle after a beautiful ceremony.
“Karen did a wonderful job with our ceremony. Our ceremony was very special and involved all of our children in the blending of our family with the sand ceremony.” – Jennifer
“Karen writes custom weddings that tell the love story that is the real connection in a wedding ceremony. ” – Elisa
“Karen was amazing. She was involved from day one. Would one hundred percent recommend her to anyone! We are over the moon with the service that was provided.” – Kim

My Blog


The Buddha says “the wave and the water are one”. The fishes that are immersed in the water are forever in their element.  They trust the water completely.  It is home, safety and continuity.  They are born and die there.  And, separated from the water, the fish panics and will die without it. Besides the …


Night!  Does the word fill you dread? Wonder? Anxiety? Peace?  Our lives are balanced between light times and dark times — the days, the seasons and our lifetimes.  Day is the time of doing, taking action, meeting and greeting – the stuff of living.  Yet, night is the time of being, dreaming, resting and recovering …

My Art Gallery

Greetings! Here I share some of my love of working with fibre. Please enjoy these photos of my past and current pieces.

“Pele Rises” Pele is “She who shapes the Sacred Land” – creator and destroyer Volcano Goddess. Hawaiians know that to enjoy the fertile lands of paradise, there must first be destruction by Pele’s passionate and unpredictable temper.  Many living in Kilauea’s shadow express reverence and thanks to Pele, even as lava destroys their home. Anyone travelling to her volcanic home standing at the edge of the active crater, is moved by the Spirit of this Goddess. 
“Woman in Tangles” We all feel it at times. That knot in our solar plexus chakra or manipura when our confidence is low or we fear some unknown. The connection between our gut and brain is a complex one and often overlooked as we search for ways to enhance our sense of personal power.
“Elmo” Created before our pet friend passed, this quilt has only now been able to be shared.
“Cape St. Mary’s” Anyone who has visited the Province of Newfoundland can recognize the flat tops of hills overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and dotted with sheep.
Colour Square” An exercise to understand hue, tint, tone, and shade,
Peacock Grace” Created by fussy cutting and applique with piecing.
“Village of Vancouver” Growing up in a town by the sea brings a fondness of the connection between city and nature.
“Four Seasons Altar Quilt” Spring, Fall, Summer, Winter … which block attracts your sense of each season?
“Forest in the Morning Glow” As the sun rises, the trees in the BC forest seem to glow with radiance even as the sky remains darkened.
“Forest in the Evening Glow” As night falls and the sun dips below the horizon, the trees darken even as the sky remains bright.
“Winter Solstice Sunrise” After the longest night, the rising of the sun is a reminder that brightness follows the dark. And so, celebrating the return of the sun has been and remains a tradition in cultures worldwide. Let’s not lose that by retreating to the indoors.