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I was ordained through the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City in 2010 and became a certified Spiritual Counselor in 2014 through One Spirit.
I believe in honoring the dignity and diversity of all human beings. It is an honor and privilege to be with you during life’s greatest joys—weddings and commitment ceremonies, welcoming new babies and celebrating new beginnings including blessings for your home or office. I can also help you during the lowest peaks in the valley — the death of a loved one.
I have been blessed to be in a loving marriage for over 45 years.
It is a privilege to be able to meet each couple and find out how they met and fell in love. As an Interfaith Minister, I can officiate weddings for any faith at any venue. I’ve done weddings at beaches, many wedding venues and even in my living room! Ceremonies can be quick elopements to gala affairs of 400 guests. Call or text for information and pricing. Rehearsals are extra as are out of town weddings but I travel all over Long Island and the Metro New York Area. I even officiated at the wedding of our son and his wife in Cancun, Mexico!
I’ve been doing retreats since 2008 and was a Team Leader for Cursillo weekends for many years before that. I love to see a group get together and transform over the course of a few hours or a weekend getaway. If you have a favorite place you call your “sanga”, gather a group and I’ll form a retreat that will give you a little lift from the day to day trudge. I hold workshops for groups as small as 4-6. Let me know where and when and what your group needs in the form of care. You will go back renewed, recharged and refreshed. Take Time for You! Connect to your soul’s purpose and find out who the Divine is inside of you.
Places I’ve done retreats are: Tabor Retreat Center(NY), Montfort Seminary(NY), Guest House (NJ) and Camp Ladore (PA). Other places where retreats can be held are The Cenacle, Lifebridge, Stony Point, Cor Maria and Pumpkin Hollow, all in New York. I travel to your retreat throughout the U.S.
It is such an honor to accompany a family through the last part of their loved ones physical journey on this planet. I work with your Funeral Home with the wake service or meet you at the gravesite for a send-off for your loved ones final journey. I can help all faiths through this sad time. I’ve been through so many personal losses-I know what it feels like and can help.
Spiritual Counseling or Direction is not a big mystery. It is a conversation between two people in which God is invited. It is not therapy or financial and marital advice. It is a one on one or group experience in private sessions with a mentor who has completed extensive formation for the ministry and service of spiritual direction. It strives to be inclusive, welcomes and encourages you to seek connection to a Higher Power of your own concept.
"The spirit of Barbara's' living soul - gratitude, humility, faith and prayer inspires an energy of loving growth and harmony in my life." Carol C
"Our wedding ceremony was witnessed by our large families and many many friends and yet it was the most intimate moment of our lives. We were truly blessed to have Reverend Barbara Brownyard help us to put together a ceremony that expressed our religious beliefs, traditions and our love for each other and our families. Most of the guests that attended have commented that it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever attended. Liz and Tom
Rev. Barbara, the wedding would not have been the same without you, we say that on a daily basis and whenever we talk about the wedding, you are always part of OUR story, and that means a lot to us. Very special thanks to Barbara Brownyard for a wonderful ceremony, and Dolores Schaufler Gmora for taking such beautiful photos! You ladies rock. Genessa and Evan
Even though we knew Barbara for only a short time, having communicated via email and phone, I still feel she is a trusted member of our family. Barbara's words at our ceremony were heartfelt and meaningful. She brought together a perfect blend of togetherness and spirituality for our special day. Barbara is absolutely a pleasure to work with; she is open-minded, casual, flexible, and makes herself faithfully invested in our commitment. Also, I was a little nervous before our ceremony, but just having Barbara in the room with me seemed to make me feel calmer and relaxed. Thomas
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your celebration or event.