On-Site Training for Celebrants: Washington DC

The Humanist Institute is offering on-site training for individuals who currently are or desire to become Humanist Celebrants.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

American Humanist Association DC Office
1821 Jefferson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20036

$75 per person

Learn how to prepare unique & inspiring humanist wedding ceremonies

Find out how to care for individuals nearing the end of life & support their families during this time

Discover what makes a humanist memorial service so different

Gain understanding of how humanists celebrate life events & milestones

Get in the queue to give local meeting invocations and know what is appropriate vs inappropriate to say

This training is now closed. If you wish to attend a future training please complete this request form.

For questions, please contact The Humanist Institute Executive Director, Kristin Wintermute at manager@humanistinstitute.org

Note: The Humanist Institute trains celebrants and The Humanist Society endorses celebrants, enabling them to perform ceremonies. This training will inform you how to get endorsed but THI does not endorse celebrants.


10:00 to 10:30 amWelcome & Introductions
10:30 to 12:00 pmWeddings
12:00 to 1:00 pmLunch (Provided)
1:00 to 2:30 pmEnd of Life Preparation & Memorials
2:30 to 3:00 pmInvocations
3:00 to 3:30 pmBaby Welcomings
3:30 to 4:00 pmComing of Age Celebrations

*Participants will receive supporting materials to begin (or add to) their personal library of resources i.e. sample ceremonies, suggested readings, creative ideas. Endorsed celebrants will be added to a local database. 


Kathy Diedrich holds credentials as a Humanist Celebrant and a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant. She earned certificates from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in Foundations of Celebrancy, Weddings, Funerals, and Ceremonies for Children and Families. Since 2010, she has performed over 250 ceremonies, writing each one to meet the needs and wishes of her clients. Kathy has offered weddings, memorials, naming ceremonies, and coming of age ceremonies. While the demand for secular services came as somewhat of a surprise, Kathy is happy to provide custom, meaningful ceremonies throughout southeastern Minnesota, and to often be the first face of Humanism for her clients. Before becoming a full-time celebrant, Kathy was a programmer and project manager at IBM for 28 years.

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  1. Looking for an inexpensive hotel. Can anybody tell me which train line this is closest to?

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    • It’s closest to Dupont Circle Station. The Embassy Row Hotel and Tabard Inn are cheapest (under $100) close hotels and various other options for under $200.

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  2. Are there other offerings of this training? Perhaps in the midwest?

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    • We are interested in and available to have more trainings throughout the country. None are currently scheduled. To request a location and/or offer to help organize, please email us. Thanks!

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  3. If there is a training on the west coast, I would be interested in attending.

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