Our Sacred Circles (OSC) founder Rinah Rachel Galper works with all her clients to lovingly co-create and officiate marriages and sacred unions, births and memorials, and rituals for any and all life changes and transitions,. She is an ordained Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess), Maggidah (Storyteller and Spiritual Guide), artist, educator, healer, and activist, sharing over two decades of experience and training in deep listening and reflection, spiritual support, Jewishly-rooted, mystical, feminist, and earth-based healing practices (including mikva'ot*), storytelling, art, meditation, and movement.
* In evolving Jewish tradition, mikva'ot or ritual water immersions are now being done to honor and facilitate a wide array of life transitions and milestones as well as for cleansing at specific times. Rinah is available to conduct mikva'ot in homes, hospitals, care facilities, traditional pools, and living bodies or water.
Our Sacred Circles works with individuals, friends, partners, and families to create and hold rituals and ceremonies to honor a divorce or separation, one's true gender identity, a change in a job or career, the onset of menstruation or menopause, recovery from illness and addiction, and chroning (celebration of becoming an elder). Rinah also supports families with end of life transitioning. This can include spiritual support, energy healing work, art and story activities such as clay sculpting, collage, and creative writing, and story sharing,
Weddings and Sacred Unions
OSC works with LGTBQ, Jewish, multi-faith, and interfaith couples to create and conduct weddings and sacred unions that weave together their stories, beliefs, and communities. This includes commitment ceremonies between friends, alternative life partners, and for individuals who wish to marry or make a life vow to Spirit. She is available for Shabbat (Saturday) afternoon and weekend ceremonies.
Beshert (Beloved) Rituals
Our Sacred Circles creates personalized rituals for women seeking to manifest a partner. These rituals are varied to incorporate each woman's needs and traditions and can be done in person or virtually.
House Cleansings and Blessings
OSC uses ritual objects such as mezuzot (hung on doorways), elemental cleansing and blessing, sound healing, song, and prayer to invite in protection, abundance, healing, peace, happiness, and peace into a new home and rid it of unwanted energies.
Birth and Baby Naming
Our Sacred Circles works with couples and individuals during, prior to, and after birth to help welcome and bless their newborn and introduce her/him/them into the family and community. Blessings and Naming rituals can include but are not limited to tree or flower planting, singing and prayer, sacred readings, gifting, story sharing, art projects, sacred lifting and dancing, and water or other elemental cleansing and blessing practices.
*Rinah Rachel also provides spiritual support and releasing/remembering rituals when a couple or individual loses their child at or after delivery.
Suggested donations for weddings, baby naming rituals, and memorials are $300-$500. These rates include one free consultation. Planning/Support sessions (including rehearsals) are an additional $75 per hour. Food, lodging, and travel expenses outside Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill are not included. All other rituals and ceremonies are are $75 per hour with planning included.
Note: No one is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay.