Soulful Celebrations & Ceremonies with Rev Shelley Dungan
Soulful Celebrations & Ceremonies is the name of my officiating ministry. "Holding space" ... whether it's teaching Sacred Yoga or officiating a special ceremony, holding space is what I do. As an ordained Interfaith Reverend, I cherish the opportunities I am given to gather souls together to honor special moments and events on the journey of life. I serve people from all walks of life. The list below is a sampling of the services I offer. I would love the chance to speak with you to see how I can help create a unique and meaningful experience. Officiating prices and references available upon request. Please scroll down to read some testimonials and see some recent photos!
End of Life Ceremonies
Coming of Age
ABOUT ME: I am Reverend Shelley Dungan, a graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City where I became an ordained Interfaith Minister. I am the director of The Sacred Center, a ceremony officiant, a yoga instructor, a spiritual director, wisdom teacher, a mother of 4 and devoted to making my corner of the world more loving and inclusive.
I earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Communications from the University of New Haven, not realizing then that this coursework would serve me well much later in my life. I received my yoga instructor training at Sacred Rivers Yoga in Glastonbury CT, with further advanced studies and certifications at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I have enjoyed training and mentoring numerous yoga teachers over the years as well. I am a Reiki Master, Healing Prayer Minister and a certified Spiritual Director .
During my years as a yoga instructor, I realized that what I wanted to offer my students is a deeper level of healing by placing more emphasis on the spiritual aspect of yoga rather than physical. My belief is that the physical benefits are still gained when the emphasis is placed on the spiritual aspect but, if physical gain is the primary focus, spiritual growth is limited. This belief encouraged me to open Valley Yoga & Healing Center in Simsbury, Connecticut which reflected my philosophy of the sacred invitation that yoga offers us all.
In 2013, I sold my yoga studio and moved to Middletown, RI, happily residing near the awe-inspiring ocean and tranquil natural environments abundant on beautiful Aquidneck Island where my family and I spent the previous 15 summers. I am the delighted mother of four grown children who continue to teach me more about myself than any other relationship in my life.
With my children grown, and as Reverend Shelley, I have the honor to officiate weddings, baby blessings and end of life celebrations. At these celebrations, and any other ceremony I am asked to officiate, my personal goal is to bring God's Love, Light & Healing to all. As an Interfaith minister with Christian roots, my service is to couples, families, singles, seekers, those who desire to find better health, wholeness and a loving spiritual community. I minister to those who have lost their way or need to find a tribe of like-minded people seeking spiritual growth beyond the limitations of structured religion.
I offer individual spiritual mentoring, small group gatherings, prayer support and much more. It is my life purpose to lead, guide and inspire others as we all walk the road toward wholeness together. It is also my hope to bring compassion, strength and Presence to all that I do.
Peace Be With You,
I wrote this prayer for us,
Beloved Creator, Divine Source of Love, in whom we live and move and have our being, You are beyond our mental comprehension yet felt with the presence of each and every breath we take. Your presence is made known wherever there emerges kindness and compassion. Our intention is to allow your love to soak us and fill us to overflowing, to welcome your unconditional love and acceptance and guidance. By your grace grant that we may feel connected to You, to ourselves, to one another and to our experience of being alive. Despite our preference for comfort, may we be able to honor both the shadow and light within our human experience. It amazes us that in this moment people and animals everywhere in this world are engaged in the Universal Breath, all of us breathing in and breathing out as one. The plants are also a part of this Universal Breath as they breathe in our exhalation and breathe out oxygen...providing our next inhalation! One planet... breathing together…every moment of every day…surely all is sacred, all are equal, all is Love.
Torey and Troy
Kevin & Mark
"Mark and I can't thank you enough for the beautiful and thoughtful wedding service you created for us. Getting to know us and incorporating our vision of love, sincerity but also some lighthearted moments were perfect. Your surprised us when describing the evolution of our relation and what was important to the both of us from the beginning of our relationship and it was very special. Leading us to writing our vows but helping with your template made it very special. So many of our friends and family have commented on how perfect it was."
Kevin and Mark"
Cate & Andrew
"Leading up to our wedding, neither Andrew or I would've thought that the ceremony would be the most memorable part of our big day. Now, looking back, we both agree that it was the best part of the day! All of our guests commented on how special they thought our ring warming, tree planting, and vows were - there was not a dry eye in the crowd. And that was all thanks to Shelley!
Shelley crafted a unique, thoughtful, and inclusive ceremony which fit our personalities perfectly. She took the time to meet with us, and our families, in the year leading up to our wedding. She asked many questions about our history together and our spiritual beliefs, and made lots of amazing suggestions to make sure we could choose what felt most true to us. Shelley was totally attentive and flexible throughout the entire planning process, and made us feel at ease leading up to such an important day! She has such a kind, gentle, and nonjudgemental presence, and we feel so honored to have had her as a part of our wedding day."
THANK YOU, SHELLEY!
Kim & Colin
"We had the honor of being married by Reverend Shelley this Summer. From our initial phone call with Shelley, we knew she was the perfect fit to marry us. Her calm nature and positive energy radiated through the phone. The whole process leading up to the wedding was truly seamless. She worked with us as a team to craft the perfect ceremony that was suited to what exactly we wanted. The ceremony was just perfect. It was everything we envisioned and more. Her words were so beautifully written and she embodied who we were as a couple - and that's all we could have asked for!"
-Kim & Colin
Lauren & Job
Sean & Dani
"Working with Shelley as our wedding officiant brought so much peace and joy to our entire experience. We so appreciated how she beautifully guided us through the process and co-created our ceremony with us. It brings back such great memories to think of it!"
-Sean & Dani
Katie & Ty
"Shelley helped make our wedding day the best ever. She was so kind, reassuring and easy to work with. After meeting with us, she wrote the sweetest and most meaningful sermon that she surprised us with at our wedding. She really hit the nail on the head and we were so touched by her words. They were so heartfelt and spot on. I felt like we were in great hands with Shelley, which means a lot to a nervous bride to be! I would recommend her services to anyone looking to get married!"
-Katie & Ty
Stephanie & Mark
"Shelley, Thank you so much for your love, kindness, patience & calm during our planning and wedding day. It was wonderful working with you& we are so grateful to have had you be part of our favorite day. We can't recommend you enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
-Stephanie & Mark