Onespirit’s Birch Pathway
You might be curious about what follows the training. Since everyone enrols for their own reasons, a single answer doesn’t exist. For the planners out there, we know this may be a frustrating answer, BUT this diversity is what makes the training special! Our ministers are of service to people of all walks of life. What is consistent throughout is their shared devotion and commitment to celebrating life, supporting spiritual awakening and exploring life’s deeper meanings. Our graduates are all committed to living their calling authentically, so those who are drawn to our training enrol for a variety of reasons.
Graduates of our training often work in ‘secular‘ as well as ‘spiritual‘ roles. More than 1,000 individuals have completed our training and our graduates express their ministries in a wide variety of ways. Several of our graduates are involved in conducting weddings, funerals and blessing ceremonies as OneSpirit Interfaith Ministers or celebrants. Some have started their own centres, worship communities and spiritual education programmes. Others tend to offer spiritual counselling – either privately or in hospitals, hospices, prisons, colleges and schools. One’s ministry may manifest in public service for some, but may also take a more personal, private form for others…
CEREMONIES & RITUALS
Our skilled ministers work hard to create ceremonies that express your deepest emotions and personal beliefs. They carefully design each ritual to reflect your individual values and feelings. While not everyone’s ministry involves ceremonies and/or rituals, some of these services may include:
- Weddings: Celebration of a couple’s unique love.
- Funerals: Respectful ceremonies that honour the deceased and provide comfort for the family.
- Baby Blessings: Celebrations of a new life filled with love and good wishes.
- Rites of Passage: Ceremonies marking important transitions in life.
- Pet Funerals: Honoring cherished relationships with pets.
- Other Rituals: Personalized rituals made for unique occasions or events.
Our ministers offer support for deep thought and reflection. They create warm, welcoming environments where every emotion has a space. Not every graduate finds themselves working in the field of spiritual accompaniment, but these services often include:
- Deep Inquiry: Helping you explore your deepest thoughts and emotions to stimulate growth and change.
- Reflection: Guiding you in considering your experiences from a fresh perspective.
- Holistic Support: Promoting wellness in mind, body, and spirit.
- Non-Judgmental Accompaniment: Offering empathy, compassion, and understanding without judgment.
COACHING, CHAPLAINCY & MORE
Our ministers who feel a calling to teaching, coaching, chaplaincy, and more may offer a variety of services to promote personal growth across different areas of life. These include services can include:
- Guidance: Spiritual advice and assistance for those in need.
- Coaching: Personalised services in many areas to promote confidence and resilience.
- Therapies: A variety of healing methods to promote whole-person wellness.
- Business Training: Training designed to improve team dynamics and individual performance.
Our ministers are also artisans of the spirit, blending creativity with spirituality to craft sacred experiences that resonate with your unique narrative. Each creative offering is a harmonious fusion of your personal essence with timeless spiritual practices. These passionate offerings can include:
- Meditative Crafting: Sessions that align the act of creation with meditative practices for a tranquil and introspective journey.
- Storytelling Ceremonies: Interweaving your personal stories with ancient myths, providing a narrative backdrop to life’s key moments.
- Artistic Rituals: Bespoke rituals incorporating visual arts, music, or poetry, tailored to encapsulate personal spirituality.
- Creative Workshops: Facilitated gatherings that use art, writing, or dance as a conduit for spiritual exploration and community bonding.
- Vision Journeys: Guided meditations coupled with art-making designed to map out aspirations and dreams.
- Symbolic Expression Sessions: Opportunities to craft personalised symbols or talismans that hold specific spiritual significance.
- Renewal Rites: Events centred around the creation of personal or group art as a form of renewal and transformation.
Imagine the incredible journeys awaiting you beyond our training. By exploring our Find a Minister gallery, you’ll witness firsthand the myriad paths carved out by our diverse ministers. Each person embarked on their OneSpirit journey fueled by distinct inspirations and aspirations, only to unfold into their own remarkable narratives post-training. Our gallery showcases over 1,000 ministers who’ve seamlessly integrated their ministry into both secular and spiritual realms. Their stories are a testament to the boundless possibilities awaiting you—whether leading communities with a vision of unity, enriching lives through spiritual counselling, or merging spirituality with public service for greater societal impact. Each minister’s path is a reflection of their unique call to serve, resonating with authenticity and purpose.
From orchestrating touching life ceremonies like weddings and blessings to offering solace in hospitals and schools, or even fostering personal spiritual practices—how you choose to manifest your calling is entirely yours to design. Witnessing the diverse journeys of our ministers, you’ll see that there truly is no limit to the ways you can make a difference. Inspired by what you see? Curious about where your own journey with us might lead? Our Find a Minister gallery invites you to delve into the vast landscapes of spiritual calling, ensuring your future with us is as expansive and luminous as your aspirations.
Let us come together to honour life, nurture spiritual awakenings, and delve into the rich tapestry of existence. Embrace your authentic self and embark on a journey of discovery and fulfilment with OpenSpirit. Every step of your journey is celebrated and supported here, paving the way for a life lived in true alignment with your spirit.
* Since our website is freshly launched, some of our ministers are still in the process of transitioning to their new profiles. Feel free to discover all our OneSpirit Interfaith Ministers here.
HAVE A QUESTION?
Should curiosity spark or questions arise as you journey through these possibilities, remember, that we’re here to illuminate your path and support you every step of the way. Reach out with any questions!
"The curriculum is relevant, informative and inspirational. It's encouraging me to use self-reflection routinely and providing me with countless rabbit holes of interest to lose myself in!"
– Claire, Current OneSpirit Student