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Evan has performed hundreds of Buddhist and Spiritual wedding ceremonies. He has practiced Buddhist (Insight) meditation since 1995, is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Dedicated Practitioners Program and the Sati Center's Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. He has taught meditation at 12-step retreats and meditation groups.
Evan served as the Director of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center from 2000 to 2010 and is a Buddhist Ritual Minister on Spirit Rock's behalf.
He has an active volunteer life and his hobbies include biking (nine-time AIDS LifeCycle participant raising over $60,000 to benefit AIDS organizations), hiking in beautiful places, and leading individuals on plant medicine journeys (see www.GuidingYourJourney.com).
Evan's spiritual path and teachings are informed by 12-step
literature (sober since 1993), Buddhist Dharma (since 1995),
the Diamond Heart tradition (since 2005) and
plant medicine traditions (since 2015).
Don't just take our word for it - read what our happy couples have to say about their experience with Evan...
The ceremony was chilling from the opening bell to the closing bell. I was absolutely enraptured by the words that were spoken. I don't know where you found that magician (Evan) but that is the kind of ceremony people should be engaging in when it comes to promising their lives together and to each other....And just the fact that it wasn't that whole you must be tied to some man to serve and.... It was so equal and beautiful and uplifting and celebratory, which I have never actually seen in ceremonies. ... Honestly the best wedding I have ever been to!
-Guest at a Los Angeles wedding
There are no words to express just how grateful we are to have found you to officiate our wedding. We received so many compliments about you and about how wonderful and personal our ceremony was. You successfully created a warm and intimate environment for 175 people, and the ceremony set the tone for the rest of the evening. Everyone had a blast, and I think that the 'Community Blessings' [section you added] helped just bring the group together right from the start, so thank you for taking the time to develop the right ceremony for us. We could not have imagined a more perfect way to get married. Our friends and family loved it, and more importantly Jack and I truly enjoyed the experience. I'm looking forward to reliving the memories over and over. -Camille
There isn't another person on earth whom I would rather have officiate at [my son's] memorial. Evan is one of the most empathic, nurturing, gentle and wonderful men I've ever met. [Referring me to him]...is yet another gift you have given to me during this very difficult time...Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We are so grateful for the amazing work that Evan did. When we first met, we had only vague ideas about how we wanted our ceremony to be - but we both knew that crafting a personal, unique ceremony was very important to us.
Evan was such a skillful guide in helping us create a meaningful ceremony that felt like a real expression of who we are and what we value. He brought wonderful suggestions about how the ceremony could be ordered, rituals and phrases we might use - while at the same time giving us so much space to modify the ceremony in a way that made it uniquely ours.
We were so pleased with the end result. On the weekend of the wedding itself, he was a calm, gentle presence at both our wedding rehearsal and our wedding. We heard from many friends and family members that they found our ceremony as beautiful, touching, and honest as we did.
This process that we went through with Evan of defining and writing our intentions for our marriage not only allowed us to create a beautiful ceremony for the day itself, but more importantly allowed us to bring this definition of our commitment forward into our actual marriage. We recommend him highly.
-Alyson & Andy
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