Rev Melanie Restall | Co. SLIGO
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My mobile: +353 86 1652 999
Landline: +353 71 9130 916
Based near Sligo:
Weddings | Handfastings | Commitment Ceremonies | Vow renewal
Rites of Passage
Spiritual Counselling | Spiritual Workshops | Meditation
I’m very happy to work with people of all faiths and backgrounds knowing that we each tune into the wonder of life in our own unique way. Being in a comfortable sacred space can really help us to deepen into our truest selves, and one of my gifts is to create such space, be it in ceremony, in spiritual counselling sessions or in group settings.
To support me in this I draw from the wells of the world’s great spiritual traditions and have come to understand that at their heart they’re all saying the same thing: they’re all about Love.
I looked in temples, churches, & mosques.
But I found the Divine within my heart.
Would you like a Ceremony created especially for you?
I help to answer the growing need for a new way of celebrating life’s major events & transitions. While still wanting a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony people also want one with that is very personal, one that has great meaning for them.
I work with you closely in the designing & creating of your ceremony, be it a wedding, baby welcoming, funeral or for another occasion. Your input will guide me, helping me understand what kind of ceremony you’re looking for, what your beliefs and traditions are and how you want to express them. Every ceremony is unique, created with love.
Weddings, such a happy time! and now you can get legally married outdoors! I really enjoy everything that’s involved in creating the perfect ceremony for the two of you, with the two of you – knowing it could include anything from a silent blessing, to a handfasting, to dancing in the aisles!
The process usually begins some months before the big day so we have plenty of time to get to know each other and to feel comfortable working together. After our initial meeting/skype/phone call I send you some questions to reflect on. These help you to focus on the ceremony and your forthcoming marriage in a very conscious way. Your responses give me an understanding of who you are and what kind of ceremony you’d like.
One of the questions I ask very early on is what kind of atmosphere would you like to create in your ceremony? For example: informal, celebratory, traditional, spiritual, alternative, light hearted, intimate, non-religious, reflective, simple, romantic, elaborate, etc. Your answers to this question help me to set the tone when writing your ceremony.
At this stage my role is to guide and accompany you, to encourage and inspire you, so that between us we create the wedding ceremony which truly reflects your personalities, your unique relationship and your vision for marriage. I can send you samples of readings, vows, music and blessings, and together we can explore some of the different ways the ceremony might unfold. I compile everything into a series of drafts until you’re completely happy that we’ve got it all just right.
Couples really enjoy the freedom of being able to have as much involvement as they want in creating their wedding, and they value the opportunity to reflect deeply into their reasons for marrying – very often their vows to one another emerge from this reflection in a natural, heart centred way. So, on the day, their wedding is an outer expression of their unique and beautiful relationship. What a great start for any marriage!
Maybe you were legally married in another country and now would like a wedding blessing to sanctify and celebrate your marriage with friends and family at home?
Wedding Blessings can take place in your favourite location – on beaches, in gardens or wherever! I’d be delighted to offer you a personalised ceremony.
Renewal of Wedding Vows
Couples sometimes choose to renew their vows in a meaningful ceremony that honours the years they have been together and marks their continuing commitment to their marriage.
Ceremonies for Babies & Children
Baby Welcoming, Baby Blessing, Baby Naming: It is always such a joy and delight for family & friends to welcome and bless your new baby. With your input I can create a really beautiful ceremony.
Ceremonies for children: Some children had no ceremony when they were a baby, I am happy to create an individual ceremony for such an occasion.
The passing of a loved one is usually a time of deep sadness, grief, and often of other complex emotions as well. Sometimes it can feel as if we’ve been thrown into a different reality altogether. All this at a time when a funeral needs to be arranged.
I work closely with the family at this time, accompanying you on this part of your journey, as you begin to acknowledge the reality of your loss and prepare to give thanks for the unique life of your loved one and to say goodbye to their physical presence.
In creating the ceremony I will ask you how you would like it to reflect your loved one, so they can be remembered for who they truly were.
Creating a unique and meaningful ceremony, one that reflects the personality, the stories, the spirit and beliefs of the person whose life is being remembered and celebrated can be a source of comfort and healing at this time of great sadness. I can help you choose readings, poems, pieces of music, etc, and also can offer to help you in the writing of the eulogy.
I will ensure the whole ceremony is prepared with great care and conducted with sensitivity and compassion.
As spiritual counsellor I can support you and your family up to and beyond the funeral. Many people feel very tender and raw at this time, and some choose to seek help after the funeral is over. I can offer you such support, a space where you are deeply held and listened to, a space where you are free to express any emotions around your grieving.
Some people who are terminally ill choose to celebrate their lives with their loved ones before they die, giving all a chance to express things which might otherwise be unsaid. I am happy to help with such celebrations.
Some people choose to plan their own funerals, this can be a very rich experience, one that can help the person feel a sense of completion to their lives. I can offer help and guidance with this.
Spiritual Counselling & Soul Friendship
There are times when we long for someone to be there for us, to compassionately support us in a soul centred relationship – maybe when we’re going through a very painful or difficult time or maybe when we realise that there ‘just has to be another way’ and we know we can’t do it alone.
As Spiritual Counsellor & Soul Friend I offer you a safe, sacred & compassionate space where I help you connect with your deepest self, your spiritual self, your true home. This is a place of complete acceptance where you can discover how to heal and release the patterns, the struggles & stories that have prevented you from achieving happiness, peace and fulfillment.
In this same space I can also help you reflect on your spiritual awakening and the beautiful unfolding of your spiritual life, supporting you as you integrate this awareness into your everyday life.
And I offer support if you’re in a spiritual crisis – maybe questioning the purpose and meaning of your life – especially during times of transition such as making major decisions, facing loss, bereavement, new commitments etc.
If you allow yourself
to be the person you are
then everything will come into rhythm.
~ John O’ Donohue
I will honour and respect your own beliefs & spiritual practices as I walk alongside you, supporting you with compassion and listening to you deeply. I might offer some spiritual practices such as meditation, guided visualisation, silence, movement, and centering prayer if I feel they could assist you, but you may choose to decline such offers, it is always up to you.
My role is to be there with you fully in an intuitive, compassionate and skilful way while helping you to rediscover your own inner truth, wisdom, strength & beauty.
Some practicalities about sessions:
Sessions are confidential and usually 50 – 60 minutes long.
They can be in person, when we are face to face, this would be in the Sligo area. Or they can be by Phone or Skype, these online sessions are not restricted geographically.
Sessions can be booked singly although most people benefit from a short series of sessions.
Feel free to call me if you’d like to find out more.
These are a great way to come together for Support, Growth, Encouragement, Inspiration, Discovery, Sharing, Challenge, a Sense of Belonging and Fun!
I offer a variety of workshops & courses:
All are experiential with opportunities for individual and shared reflection; all of them are held in a safe, sacred & confidential space; and all of them reflect my own interfaith background.
Together we develop trust and a sense of belonging while discovering our inner truth & ways to live that truth.
Meditation & Spiritual Practice
- Five Sessions offering you space to deepen & explore:
- Gratitude Meditation & the Practice of Being Present
- Mindfulness Meditation & the Practice of Acceptance
- Loving-Kindness Meditation & the Practice of Compassion
- Healing Meditation & the Practice of Forgiveness
- Meditation on our Inner Nature & the Practice of Stillness
These sessions are to help us nurture our connection to our spiritual selves,to our innate goodness, wisdom, truth and beauty. We look at various ways to support us in doing this, sampling meditations and exploring spiritual practices in an experiential way which helps us to integrate them into our everyday lives. The sessions might include creative expression, movement, chant, silence and working in pairs.
Enlightenment is a divine accident,
but spiritual practice makes one more accident prone.
~ Zen quote
Poetry of the Mystics
In this workshop we enter into a meditative space as we immerse ourselves in the mysticism of poets from Rumi & Hafiz to Mary Oliver & Thich Nhat Hanh. These inspirational poems, enhanced by gorgeous music, can create a beautiful heart opening energy which encourages our own creative & spiritual expression.
did the rose
ever open its heart
and give to this world all of its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light against its being,
otherwise we all remain too
Soul Space – A Day of Calm for You
Ever longed for a real break – from all the non-stop busyness of your life?
This day is just that – time for you to slow right down, stop, and find your inner calm & peace – your true foundation. You”ll be able to relax, drop into your heart energy, a space of beautiful expansiveness where you can nourish & care for your soul self. You’ll learn some tips & techniques you can take away with you.
For many years my spiritual journey has been weaving into my whole life, steadily gathering momentum until in 2005 my wish to deepen my own spirituality and to serve the spiritual needs of others drew me to the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation where I was ordained in 2007. Since then have been a practicing Interfaith Celebrant, Spiritual Counsellor, Group & Workshop Leader, & Supervisor.
I’m especially drawn to work with those who long for spiritual connection and expression but who feel they don’t belong in the traditional religions. I love guiding such people to connect to, draw from, and express their spiritual selves in a way that is comfortable for them.
I’m nourished by many of the world’s great spiritual traditions and I’m inspired by many of the world’s great spiritual teachers from East and West, including some who are contemporary. My daily formal practice is meditation; practices such as mindfulness, loving kindness etc, are ongoing in everyday life!
Prior to this part of my journey most of my working life has been in the caring professions, with a few years as a craft worker. I have followed my passion in doing various courses, including mountain leadership, tai chi, non violent communication, five rhythms dance, and reiki.
I really enjoy living near Sligo, close to the beaches, mountains and lakes, close to nature which is giving me a growing appreciation of the Celtic calendar.
If you’re interested in finding out more about what I can offer and how I can help I’d love to hear from you!