Founded in 2001, the Celebrant Foundation & Institute (CF&I) is an educational nonprofit headquartered in Montclair, NJ dedicated to educating and certifying personalized ceremony professionals called Life-Cycle Celebrants®.
The Celebrant Foundation & Institute believes affirming life's milestones through customized, thoughtful ceremony strengthens the bonds of families, partnerships and communities and deepens the human connection across generations. And, that paying homage and remembering our ancestors are at the very essence of what it means to be human.
Leading research indicates the need for celebrants is on the rise. Recent Pew Studies reveal that a growing number of people aren't connected to a specific religion, and many are not religious at all. Life-Cycle Celebrants® offer an alternative, giving people of all backgrounds, traditions, cultures, and faiths the opportunity to create ceremonies that best reflect their beliefs and ideals. We believe it is their story, and our job is to weave it into a ceremony that is authentic to each client.
Life-Cycle Celebrants® bridge generations by creating ceremonies that are a genuine expression of the honoree celebrated. Each ceremony is a unique reflection of personal rites of passage, transitions, or celebrations.
Celebrancy originated in Australia and New Zealand more than 60 years ago. Inspired by that movement, in 2001, philanthropists Gaile and Pat Sarma founded the Celebrant Foundation & Institute in New Jersey.
The Celebrant Foundation and Institute is accredited by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the International Association of Wedding Professionals and the International Coaching Federation.