Laura Higgins
Life-Cycle Celebrant®
Owner of Portrait Ceremonies
Serving York and Simcoe Regions and the Greater Toronto Area
(other locations by request)

I am drawn to Celebrant work because I care about people.
Creating relevant, meaningful ceremonies is one way I can use my talents and skills to make a difference in the lives of others. Celebrant work brings together my extensive background in writing, speaking and the creative arts as well as my compassionate approach to communication.

A graduate of the prestigious Celebrant Institute & Foundation, I am a ceremony specialist trained in the personalized use of effective structure, ritual, symbolism, storytelling, choreography and other elements. This intensive program involved several months of research, study and practical assignments related to creating customized ceremonies. All Life-Cycle Celebrants abide by a strict code of ethics. As a minister ordained through the Bancroft Centre for Awakening Spiritual Growth, among the ways that I serve my community, I am licenced by the government of Ontario to perform weddings, I offer support to families who have worked with me regarding the loss of a loved one, and I hold Inspired Life Gatherings in Newmarket. I honour each individual’s beliefs and values and their unique path.

300x200_LauraI have a Masters degree in English including life writing studies, a Bachelor of Education, and have more than 25 years of experience as a professional visual artist and writer of poetry and prose. I have also worked in museum education and exhibit design, which strengthened my aptitude for communicating the stories of our lives using oral history and primary sources such as journals, letters, photographs and everyday objects. My training as a life coach also enhances the support I offer to my clients.

In my life outside of work, I feel a deep connection with nature and enjoy hiking in the local conservation areas. Playing music on the accordion, piano or fiddle with friends, and attending Irish ceilidh dances are amazing experiences of community. My husband and my son are the greatest gifts in my life. Indeed, my foremost joys in life come from feeling connected with other people and in those moments, knowing we are part of something bigger than our individual selves.