Sacred Celebrations

Celebrating Love In All It's Forms

About Brenda & John Berry

Brenda Berry, Minister

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Sacred Celebrations … celebrating Love (in all it’s forms) through the union of body & mind, heart & soul.
Love belongs to everyone … We are delighted to perform marriage ceremonies for All Who Love!

Hello, I’m Brenda Berry, PHD (“Professor of Happiness & Delight”), creator and founder of Sacred Celebrations, LLC. Ordained through the Church of Spiritual Humanism, retired Credentialed Unitarian Universalist Religious Educator, Usui/Holy Fire® III and Holy Fire® III Karuna® Reiki Master and Intuitive Energy Medicine Practitioner, Shamanic Healer, and Wedding Celebrant. A pretty eclectic scope of vocation, indeed – all of which is in celebration of love through the union of body, mind, heart and soul.

I have performed over 400 wedding ceremonies and have been creating and officiating many other sacred celebrations since 2001. I am truly honored for the opportunity to perform your wedding. Serving couples in Virginia, eastern West Virginia and western Maryland, and parts of Pennsylvania, I specialize in non-denominational, non-traditional, spiritual & secular weddings, the Celtic Handfasting, and commitment ceremonies for ALL who love, and will provide you with a ceremony that is beyond compare and in keeping with your vision for how it will proceed. Clearly stated, I am delighted to perform marriages for same or opposite sex couples – Love belongs to everyone!

To create a wedding ceremony, I request that my clients complete a short questionnaire. Your answers to questions such as “what does marriage mean to you”, why do you want to be married to this person”, “what do you love most about each other” and “what are your hopes and dreams for your marriage” are used to help give me some sense of your personalities and often you will hear your own words echoed back to you in the ceremony itself. 

It is my hope that the journey of your marriage will be filled with much happiness and I would be honored to help you begin that journey.

Love has many forms, and every day of living in a state of wholeness and well-being is a Sacred Celebration indeed. I’ve always been passionate about good health, living naturally and holistically. While I love to unite two hearts in loving a relationship, as a Board Certified Health and Spirituality Coach, I can also help you as an individual become united in body, mind, heart and soul. Living in unity with oneself holistically brings balance not only to the body, but also to the emotions, the mind and the spirit. .

I am a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and am pleased to offer Health & Spiritual Coaching. I’ve trained in over 100 dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. As your coach, I will work with you, step-by-step, to meet your wellness goals and create a healthier, happier life – one that complements and enhances your well being – on all levels. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your body, lifestyle, preferences and goals. During our work together, you will gain the tools you need to easily get you on the path toward a new and healthier you! Follow this link to learn more about my training and my unique approach to health and spirituality coaching. For couples seeking guidance to a successful marriage, I’ve adapted a program to help you develop the skills every couple needs and offering Marriage Coaching to those seeking to do just that. Click Here

A professional Integrative Energy Medicine practitioner and Reiki Master, I am a graduate of the 2 year program at White Winds Institute for Energetic Healing. I have received over 2000 hours of energy medicine training and have learned a variety healing modalities and techniques that integrate with modern medical practices.

I am also what is known by the Q’ero, (a tribe of Andean medicine people of Inkan lineage), as a Paqo and Kamasqa Curendera (which basically means an initiated Shamanic Healing Practitioner). I’ve apprenticed in two mesa traditions, the Pachakuti Mesa and Katari Mesa, both have a lineage through don Benito Corihuaman Vargas. These apprenticeships greatly enhanced and deepened my work as a healer by aligning and guiding me with the work I was born to do and thus to serve the highest and greater good of all. Through these teachings I am able to perform shamanic journeys for deeper healing through soul retrieval, spirit and animal guide connections, and spirit attachment removal when needed.

I also love to teach! I especially love to teach Reiki and offer classes to those wishing to utilize this gentle and effective Japanese energy healing modality into daily caring for themselves, family and friends. I teach classes in all Reiki Levels I, 2, Advanced Reiki Training, & Holy Fire Master Teacher. I use curricula provided by the International Center for Reiki Training. I would be honored to have you in one of my classes and will delightfully provide a lifetime of support to my students. “Discover Wellness, Outside the Box” workshops on topics such as Chakra Balancing with Crystals and Essential Oils, emotional healing with Flower Essences, Medicine is Food and Food Is Medicine: the Science of Food Energy, Rune Divination (and more) are also available!!!!

I have a private Integrative Energy Medicine and Health & Spirituality (and now Marriage) Coaching practice in Winchester, Virginia, serving individuals seeking the benefits of energetic healing – relief of chronic long term pain, emotional trauma experienced from grief and loss, relaxation and stress reduction, and am now pleased to be offering a 6 month coaching program to support women in their personal healing journey toward wholeness and well being. Marriage coaching is also available to those newly wed, or “soon to be” , or married couples who feel that guidance and support from “someone who’s been there” could help them maintain a long and happy life together.

Certified Holistic Health Practitioner through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, licensed and insured.

Meet John Berry, Civil Celebrant

It was always poetry for John. From a very young age he was drawn to writing poetry as though it was the most natural thing in the world to relate his experience of the world in this
way. Even during the years when the preoccupations of adulthood overshadowed his love of
writing, and engaging with poetry, it was still there, waiting for the day to come forward again.

When poetry did come back, in the astonishing way our passions often do, it came back not only written on the page, but also in his voice. Suddenly, for John, there was more than just the writing of his own and the reading of others, there was a new spaciousness he never imagined to be found in the spoken word.

First it was attending readings, and speaking his poems aloud. Then it was hosting his own open-mics, and not long after, the opportunity to host a show he called The Sock Drawer Poetry Series on a local internet site. During this time, John also published two books; Wobbly Man through Red Dashboard Press, and most recently, Medicine by Foothills Publishing.

Taught by his beloved, Brenda, John also received his master level training in the Holy Fire Reiki tradition, and shortly thereafter, began and completed a two year course of study in Energy Medicine through the Whitewinds/Featherstone Institute. Today, John is beginning to see clients as a Reiki/Energy Medicine practitioner as well as volunteering with Blue Ridge Hospice, offering Reiki to patients in the process of dying.

With a background in poetry and public speaking, and with the presence afforded him through energy medicine, becoming a wedding officiant was a logical, and life-affirming choice for John. And with his beloved Brenda, who comes so highly regarded and sought after as an officiant, Sacred Celebrations begins a new chapter in its service to couples.

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