SOULFUL CELEBRATIONS & CEREMONIES WITH REVEREND 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
End of Life
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. 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. 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 . 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 at 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. My ministry finds its home in partnership with St. Mary's Church on their property in Portsmouth and on the shores of Third Beach, Middletown in the summer months. I offer individual spiritual mentoring, small group gatherings and 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, Shelley
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.
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"