Debbie Rayfield celebrant

Hi, I’m Debbie

Debbie Rayfield celebrant

“My philosophy is about celebrating the good in people and our relationships, embracing diversity and equability, aiming to live a responsible life, and treating others and all living beings with compassion and respect. Recognising that life is short I believe in making the most of each precious day that we have and living with gratitude.”

A background of helping people

During my life, I have spent over 35 years in health care. Qualifying as a Registered Nurse at St Thomas’ hospital in 1977 I spent the next 10 years specialising in medical and intensive care nursing. The last couple of years of my nursing career were as a nurse tutor.

A holiday in Australia sparked an interest in alternative forms of medicine and lifestyle. I then went on to study natural medicine, naturopathic nutrition and Homeopathy in Sydney.

In Australia, I set up my private practice and managed “The Fountain Centre”, a natural health care centre in Sydney and Byron Bay over the last 25 years, gaining extensive experience from clinic, teaching and practitioner education.

Charitable work

In the late 90’s, I spent 5 years in rural India as director of a Buddhist retreat and meditation centre. The most rewarding part of this journey was establishing a homeopathic hospital and outpatients programme treating over 3000 patients per month, as well as a school for 500 children from the local community.

Becoming a celebrant

At present, I am living back in the UK and continue to practice health care, which is now mostly on line and is working well.

Since returning to the UK I have qualified as a Civil Celebrant. This profession seemed a natural progression from working with people, from all stages and walks of life, to enrich their lives and well being.

I strive to really get to know my clients, putting people at ease and guiding you through the process with as much or as little support as you need, giving you the best experience on your special day.

One life, live it well

‘Life is like a piece of string. It has a beginning and an end. We don’t get much say about that. But we can make choices about the bit in between. We have the freedom to shape our own lives.’