Danna D. Schmidt

Master Life-Cycle Celebrant®

Ordained Wedding Officiant

Funerals/Memorials Specialist

Praise & Gratitude

Thank You     heart stones on beach     Blueish Inukshuk

Danna is a gifted and inspiring writer, storyteller and ritual artist. She collaborates with you to create personally meaningful, innovative rituals that speak deeply to your soul. She approaches her work with caring and passion, and a sincere desire to listen and give voice to whatever unique stories of the people she is honoring, remembering, and celebrating.
I highly recommend her.”
Deb 

 

Thank you so much for assisting me and my family at the time of my daughter’s death. The sensitivity and compassion you showed to our family and friends shall never be forgotten. We received so many compliments regarding the service. Your kindness, integrity, calm demeanor, thoughtfulness and easy manner were a relief to us all and helped make her Celebration of Life peaceful and smooth. Weaving the bird theme throughout the ceremony in honor of her nickname was beautiful and inspiring, as was your suggestion to hand out birdseed packets for people to scatter after the service or treasure as commemorative keepsakes. It’s apparent that this profession is not simply a job for you but a calling.”
Jody 

 

Danna crafted a ceremony to mark the opening of my art studio and classroom. Creating a ceremony to “officially” open the space was important to me. Danna interviewed me to help me get clear about my intention for the event ~ I was impressed from the start. Without her astute questions and gentle nudging I don’t believe it would have been so powerful for me and for everyone who attended.  She asked me to collect some items from nature that were on my property and then created a beautiful “nesting” ritual that everyone participated in. Danna composed the perfect blessing to read ~ written just for me. I loved her desire to collaborate and to make sure that what we did fit with who I am: I would never have come up with all the personalized elements on my own.  We co-created something magical and my art space now feels open and welcoming.”
Carol

 

WOW! I am so grateful, Danna. This is really beautiful work. You get IT. You get Us!”
Ann

 

When your life brings you to a moment that you hope to “trap in amber” as Vonnegut says, something so precious that you want it to hold still in your mind so you can see it again, feel it again, sense it from years’ distance, you will want someone with Danna Schmidt’s gifts and talents to help you create that moment. I was the celebrated one at an event for which she was celebrant: the marking of the completion of my first novel. She titled the event a “Book Mitzvah” and followed the theme along, honoring and validating paths and streams in including food, music, poetry, performance, deep connection and celebration. Simply as a crafter of capsules of words to hold the power of the moment, Danna’s gifts can carry any day into the extraordinary, but she never, ever stops there—she attends to all the senses and engages complex emotions. A client of Waypoint will be amply and deeply guided to a moment to hold on to and learn from for a lifetime.”
Emily

 

 The ceremonies you have crafted for me/us have brought such richness to our lives and created wonderful memories for us. I greatly appreciate the symbols as they daily remind me of our rites, and continue to create sacred space within our home. The house blessing skeleton key hangs on a beautiful ribbon on the inside of our front door and I smile every time I open and close the door remembering the monumental and cumulative life event my move to Seattle was, and how you wove “my story” so eloquently into my ceremony with your great wordsmithing talent. Waking up in my house the next day, I had a feeling that it truly was my house. I was starting fresh and all who lived in the house before blessed me and wished me well. And the special ritual you crafted for our first anniversary recommitment is one we intend to repeat every year on our anniversary! The items we shared with each other will be on our altar and the readings you selected were perfect – we plan to frame one of them for our home. Thank you so much, Danna. We are so grateful and can’t wait to see what you create for our office blessing.”
Michele and Denny

 

Danna – when I asked you to design a life-transitional ritual for me, I wasn’t fully aware what I was asking of you. What emerged was genius. Your ability to sense exactly what I was wanting and then to craft such a meaningful experience for me, continues to take my breath away. From beginning to end, every detail was carried out flawlessly. Thank you for creating one of the most remarkable, transformative moments of my life.”
Darrell

 

Danna went above and beyond her job description and was exceptionally creative, understanding, and patient, and crafted our ceremony to be so perfectly representative of who we are. She was open to collaborating with me and incorporating my suggestions, since I admittedly have a hard time fully letting go of control. I can’t thank her enough for everything. She is such a good and kind person, an extremely talented wordsmith, and so thoughtful. She made our wedding ceremony and our tree planting ritual so special with her beautiful talent for storytelling. I honestly can’t express how grateful I am for everything that Danna did for us. I highly recommend Danna/Waypoint Ceremonies to anyone and everyone needing a celebrant. During the process of writing our ceremony, Danna was professional but did not treat us like customers in her business, she treated us like close friends. I know that we will be in touch with Danna with updates on our family, and seek out her celebrant services again when it comes time to renew our vows, and to plant trees for our kids when they join our family.”
Jessica

 

A Big thank you for all that you’ve done. The ceremony, in its entirety was VERY, VERY, VERY well received. Nobuko and I were so surprised when Alfred acted out the mime. We loved it, and the audience loved it, too. People said it’s not like any other ceremony they’ve seen. And on top of that, they said it’s the best ceremony they’ve seen. Thanks again for everything. A wedding ceremony that nobody will forget is exactly what we wanted.”
Michael

 

With the sudden loss of my brother, our family was faced with finding the right person to lead us through the best memorial for him. We were lucky enough to connect with Danna. This process is never easy and most people, I believe, are not sure where to start and what to do. All we had were the ideas of what we knew would be important to our family, but not sure how to make them all happen cohesively. Danna spent several evenings with us, guiding us through the process and offering an outline of what the service could look like. She also took a genuine interest in who he was during his time on earth and what his energy was about. This was extremely important to our family. The memorial service itself was exactly what we had hoped. Our beliefs were respected, last minute requests were honored and welcomed, down to Danna even supplying a vessel for the sage we cleansed with. We were provided with a very well organized copy of the service, that we were able to reference when needed during eulogies. They also served as cherished keepsakes. She honored my brother and his life beautifully. We were very thankful for her kindness, compassion, and professionalism during this painful time.”
Christina

 

Danna provided an amazing celebration of my mom’s life as a celebrant. She was very responsive to me and our family regarding getting the service just right. She captured my mom’s essence as completely as possible without knowing her. It made a difficult time a bit easier and definitely left me with fond memories of taking my mom “home”. I would absolutely recommend her for any occasion as she was excellent and professional to work with.”
Cindi

 

Danna is always thorough throughout the planning process. She is never “cookie-cutter” but instead wants to discover who your loved one was and how your loved one impacted you and your family. My memorial was for my mother – a year after her death. Whether you are fortunate enough to have the foresight to engage Danna for your loved one’s interment (funeral) services or would like to commemorate your loved one at a later date (ours was in Costa Rica), you should do your due diligence and seek out Danna’s services. I will never be able to say “good-bye” to my mother, but I was able to celebrate her with my family in a way befitting the person who impacted me most in my life.”
Monica

 

When we moved back into our home, Danna did a house blessing with our family. She did a detailed discovery of our goals and the home, and provided us a lovely ceremony outline as well as a detailed list of items we needed for the ceremony. The ceremony was tailored, lovely and inclusive of our daughters and pets. Each family member was part of the ceremony and it really helped clear the old energy and help us settle in.”
Michele

 

 Thank you so much for the beautiful work and attention you’ve paid to our ceremony! You are amazing! And thank you for cueing us with next steps in so much detail without diminishing focus and quality on your work. You are a godsend to us!” 
AnVi & Loc

 

Reading our ceremony draft for the first time was amazing…thanks so much for making our stories come to life! You absolutely nailed the vibe we were looking for with our ceremony. Lighthearted and sweet! You are truly talented!” (Daniela) “I was simply blown away. I admit I wasn’t totally motivated to fill out the questionnaire with all the other things I had going on. You managed to turn nothing ~ from the short answers I had given you ~ into something! You’re an amazing writer.” (Ryan)
Daniela & Ryan

 

I want to express how deeply felt and meaningful the healing ceremony was that you custom-crafted for me. It was unbelievably cathartic. From putting together my altar, to your beautiful words, to the amazing poetry and music, to the rituals of release, the whole experience felt magical and like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It may be one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. You are a gifted healer and I hope many, many others can experience your offerings. Thank you!”
Tina

 

I am still smiling – sending out radiant energy in awe of the self-transformation that took place with the Healing and Release ceremony Danna was instrumental in helping me to create. She acted as both Facilitator/Officiant/Celebrant as well as Production Manager for this long-distance ritual. I created an altar for myself with symbols that held great meaning associated with this most powerful ceremony.  On the other end, Danna also constructed an altar on my behalf. She provided music, poetry and other elements having to do with self-love and forgiveness. She held “sacred space” for me, ensuring that I felt safe and comfortable in showing my vulnerability with such rawness in the powerful work we did together. Her calming presence was so soothing. I felt gently guided through what I would describe as a “metamorphosis”. I feel like a new woman – light and free! There is a richer and deeper tone to my laughter now.”
Genevieve

 

Danna helped us to create a ceremony that was so uniquely us we are speechless. After the ceremony, countless guests came us to us to tell us that they had never seen such a beautiful ceremony and it was the best wedding ceremony that they had ever been to. We couldn’t agree more. From our first encounter with Danna she promised that she would be the celebrant to truly create a ceremony that reflected us uniquely. This was the case in so many little details in the ceremony but was also true through the planning process wherein Danna created multiple opportunities for us to set aside time to really think about our love for one another, what marriage means, what we hope for the future and those goofy things that just make you laugh (or cringe) about one another. She also encouraged us throughout the full process to create rituals that we could carry with us throughout our marriage. It really felt like Danna was setting the stage for our marriage as opposed to simply facilitating the ceremony. We had a family member film the ceremony and will treasure it forever! We cannot recommend Danna more highly for all those looking to create a ceremony that truly reflects the individuals getting married. She is so open to incorporating elements into the ceremony that really define who we are as individuals and as a couple.”
Lauren & Spencer

 

Oh my goodness…where do I even begin. Danna somehow took me and my husbands questionnaires about our life and how we met and crafted it to life. She was able to take all of the little details about how we met, where we met, how we felt and take everyone at our ceremony (including ryan and I!) back in time to that place and those feelings we felt. You can tell so much time, thought, effort and love really went into what Danna built for us. Danna also was able to take what we said we loved about each other, what marriage meant to us and helped us craft the most perfect vows. My husband and I were really apprehensive at reading them out loud but as soon as we read what she had built based on our questionnaires we knew that we HAD to read them out loud to each other to aloud for all our friends and family to hear. It was truly magical. I had SEVERAL of our guests come up and ask us if Danna was a long time family friend because she came across as knowing us for as long as we had known each other. People were asking for her name and business card hoping to get to work with her for their own future weddings!! All in all, wonderful experience from start to finish. I cannot recommend her more to couples looking for a ceremony that is truly unique to their love story!! Thank you SO much Danna for making our ceremony one that we (and our guests!) will remember always.”
Dani

 

I didn’t know what to expect with a “Celebrant” in the beginning. If it were up to me, I would have had my marriage at the county court house with a witness or two… This is before I knew what Danna Schmidt was capable of. One of the things she tasked me with was a questionnaire that seemed to go forever and ask some mushy love stuff that I wasn’t too motivated to answer. At the time I didn’t see the importance. After I finally answered many of the questions, not all of them, she had written My wife and I’s love story, and vows. I felt like she took nothing and turned it into something made for a movie. It was all our words, but with added flare and depth. Many people assumed Danna was a long time family friend because she crafted such an in depth story that was the essence of “us”! She turned the ceremony, which most of the time is what people can’t wait to get through into something that moved people into tears and laughter. So many people throughout the reception came to me and told me how good our ceremony was. Especially coming from people I did not expect to care about the ceremony. There’s a big difference between an officiant and a celebrant. This being my second marriage (and final), I can tell you from experience. You cannot go wrong Danna.”
Ryan

Say it RITE…the Ceremonious Way!

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