My name is Felicity Harvest, and I am a Humanists UK trained celebrant for weddings, funerals and namings. I live in East Sussex, with my husband, and between us we have three grown-up children.
I have believed in humanist principles all my life, but formally discovered the British Humanist Association (now Humanists UK) when looking for material for my daughter’s naming ceremony 30 years ago, and have been a member ever since. I have used Humanist celebrants for family funerals, and for my own marriage, so I know from personal experience what a rewarding experience these ceremonies can be, with their personal focus, and emphasis on how we live our lives. See humanism.org.uk
I started my working life as a theatre designer, then went on to run several different organisations including a cinema and an environmental project. I then worked in arts funding and development, finishing that part of my career as Regional Executive Director for the Arts Council here in the South East. Training as a celebrant has meant that I can bring my belief in humanism together with both my creativity, and a number of straightforward, useful skills I have learned over the years like listening, being organised, and making myself heard!
When I’m not doing ceremonies, I’m very involved in supporting other Humanist UK celebrants. I am the Ceremonies Network Support Coordinator for the South East region, which means that I support our local groups and help with recruitment and training of new celebrants. I am also a trainer, a mentor for new trainees, and one of the people who observes trainees for their final accreditation.
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