Boutique Celebrant Training

hi there, We’re Veronika and Paul Robinson, a husband and wife team who offer boutique celebrant training here in Cumbria.


Why boutique?

Wikipedia explains: The word is French for “shop”, which derives ultimately from the Ancient Greek ἀποθήκη “storehouse”. And it is this ancient meaning which describes the potential gifts, skills and ‘ingredients’ we offer to our select list of students. Between us, our vast experience in celebrancy, writing, voice and presentation, self-employed business skills, and more, ensures that we are truly offering  a ‘storehouse’ with each student. 

Another way to look at it is that what we offer is unique amongst celebrant-training organisations. We don’t seek to be big, or promote a slick, corporate front, and have no desire to churn out a dozen or more celebrants at a time. Boutique, to us, is a highly personalised service. We are invested in each new celebrant’s success, and consider our teaching to be akin to a master ensuring the apprentice becomes highly accomplished.

Your Celebrant-Training Tutors:

Veronika Robinson has been a celebrant since 1995, and has officiated internationally across all rites of passage. She’s a prolific author of both fiction and non fiction, including the bestselling book for celebrants Write That Eulogy: the art and craft of biographical storytelling (this book is included in our celebrant-training materials). Veronika has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cumbria, so she is uniquely placed amongst celebrant trainers for what she can offer her students. She founded Penrith Death Cafe; is a supplier for Gift of a Wedding (a charity supporting those who are terminally ill); and trains celebrants from around the world via workshops and on a one-to-one basis, including masterclasses in eulogy writing and the crafting of love stories. Veronika is a specialist in ritual. As Veronika is still a working celebrant, and keeps up to date with changes in the industry, it is possible for some of our students to shadow her at ceremonies. This is invaluable for someone in training to learn from an expert in the field.

Paul Robinson has spent his career working with his voice and other people’s voices, and is the voice and presentation coach for Celebrant Training UK. Not only does he have experience as a celebrant, Paul has worked extensively as an actor (TV, theatre, radio), broadcaster, singer, compere and ventriloquist. No one knows the voice, how it works, and how to make the most of your voice, better than Paul. Our students have the benefit of receiving excellent vocal and communication training.

Our teaching is focused on one-to-one with each celebrant-in-training thereby ensuring no one is left behind, and that we can tutor to our student’s individual and unique learning style. 

Whether a student studies with us in person at our home in rural Cumbria or via Zoom, our training is personalised, friendly, discrimination-free, comprehensive, and ongoing. 

We take the vocation of celebrancy seriously, and welcome applications from people who are diligent, creative, empathic, disciplined and have a strong work ethic.